Cole Beasley, Ronald Jones
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With injuries and bye weeks, it’s officially time to lower your Fantasy Football standards during Week 5 of the 2019 season.

Finally, a week in which a star player didn’t get hurt. Can you believe it?

With bye weeks now happening for the next couple of months, you might need to lower your standards for when it comes to adding players. There are some legitimate wide receiver adds and even a couple of running backs who can be your flex-week play for the foreseeable future.

Good luck out there and don’t be afraid to start dropping players who have underperformed the first four weeks of the season.

Cole Beasley, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills (Available in 79 percent of ESPN leagues)


Cole Beasley’s production has gone up every week. He is averaging 14 fantasy points per game over his last three weeks and he gets to face some bottom tier pass defenses in the upcoming weeks. If Josh Allen is set to miss some time due to a concussion, I wouldn’t even think about starting him in your league. He’s a safe flex play in PPR leagues, and if you need a WR to fill in because of bye weeks, Beasley is a great add for your team.

Geronimo Allison, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers (Available in 73 percent of ESPN leagues)

With Davante Adams getting hurt with a toe injury (he could miss a couple of games), both Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will both be top-20 WR plays for Week 5. If you need help at wideout, and, if either Green Bay Packers wideout is there, I would add both. Toe injures can be a very difficult injury to bounce back from and could sideline Adams for multiple weeks.

Mohamed Sanu, Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons (Available in 65 percent of ESPN leagues)

Mohamed Sanu has scored double-digit points (PPR scoring) in three out of the first four weeks. No matter how the Falcons are playing, he is a consistent target in the passing attack. He doesn’t have the upside of fellow teammates Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley, but his consistency makes him a solid flex or WR3 most weeks. With bye weeks now a thing, you need to add depth and Sanu offers consistency that is hard to find on the free agent wire.

Ronald Jones II, Running Back, Tampa Bay Bucs (Available in 58 percent of ESPN leagues)

Ronald Jones is now doubling the number of touches that Peyton Barber saw. This tells me that the team trusts him more and that he is now worthy of being a flex play. When a RB is seeing 20 touches a game, he needs to be rostered in all leagues. His production might not be ideal from week to week, but you are looking for volume when you are adding an RB from the FA wire.

Jordan Howard, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles (Available in 46 percent of ESPN leagues)

I know he doesn’t meet the requirements of being available in over 50 percent of leagues, but 46 is pretty close, and he is a top-20 RB for the rest of the season. His touches-per-game have gone up every game since week one and he is the running back that the Eagles trust near the goal line. He won’t score three touchdowns a week, but you want any part of a high-powered offense like the Eagles. Add him now and he is an immediate flex play for the rest of the season with the upside of being a RB2.


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