When it comes to the ranking fantasy flex players for Week 5, it’s important to analyze how factors at positions other than running back and wide receiver could impact certain teams.
For example, Week 5 could end up being the Tom Brady show, as the Patriots welcome back their quarterback and have Cleveland squarely in their sights after getting shut out at home against Buffalo last week. Excitement also builds for the potential return of Tyler Eifert, and perhaps Rob Gronkowski’s return to form with Brady back under center. However both tight ends had a setback, which should concern owners. In particular, there’s a strong change that Eifert will end up missing a fifth straight game.
Five weeks in, this represents a chance for many owners to get on the right side of .500, pick up their first win or remain undefeated. With four teams on bye this week and still plenty more remaining, roster management is going to be critical moving forward as owners try to win without some of their best players.
With so many things to consider and information to digest, filling that final spot or spots in your starting lineup may be tougher than ever when it comes weighing a less-heralded or established player that is producing against a struggling superstar or early-round draft pick.
Flex rankings like these can help you determine who you should take your chances with and who needs to stay on the bench this week.
Teams on bye: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.