Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 6: How to Handle Risky Flex Options This Weekend

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2013

Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA;  Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (85) rushes with the ball after catching a pass during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.  Green Bay won 38-20.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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Several under-the-radar players emerged as fantasy studs in Week 5, including Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who returned from a four-game suspension to torch the St. Louis Rams defense.

Blackmon is a must-start again this weekend against the Denver Broncos' suspect secondary and should offer tremendous value at the flex spot. But beware, some other top flex-position players project to be duds in Week 6.

Let's take a look at how to handle the riskiest flex options this weekend.

*Availability and standard league scoring stats according to ESPN Fantasy.


Bilal Powell, New York Jets, RB

Jets running back Bilal Powell is coming off a lackluster outing against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5 but remains a must-start in Week 6 given his favorable matchup with the winless Pittsburgh Steelers.

No other team has surrendered more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than the Steelers, making Powell an obvious choice at the flex spot.

His days of rushing for over 100 yards may be over with Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson re-entering the mix, but his ability to hit the hole and offer a change of pace as a receiver out of the backfield will keep him in the lineup and out in front of those guys in terms of fantasy production. 

Fantasy Play: Start


Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings, WR

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22: Greg Jennings #15 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the football during the game against the Cleveland Browns on September 22, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Pho
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Veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings finally exploded for fantasy owners in Week 4, catching three balls for 92 yards and two touchdowns in London. But the difference in Week 4 compared to the three previous weeks was that Jennings was catching passes from Matt Cassel.

The Vikings admitted last week that Christian Ponder's rib injury is a factor but that he remains the team's starter under center. 

Considering Jennings is averaging just five fantasy points per week with Ponder at quarterback, whether you play him this weekend depends heavily on which quarterback is starting for Minnesota.

On top of the quarterback dilemma, the Carolina Panthers defense has been solid against the pass in 2013, allowing just 209 yards and fewer than one touchdown per game through the air. 

Unless you have nowhere else to turn to, Jennings is simply too risky in Week 6.

Fantasy Play: Sit


Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins, WR

Many of the fantasy owners who rushed out to add Leonard Hankerson to their lineup after his two-touchdown performance in Week 1 have since parted ways with the third-year receiver. After all, Hankerson hasn't scored a touchdown or caught a pass of more than 17 yards since the Redskins' season-opening loss. 

Fortunately, Hankerson has been targeted at least half a dozen times in three of Washington's four games and will be pitted against one of the worst secondaries in the NFL on Sunday night. 

The Dallas Cowboys rank 30th in passing yards allowed and have given up an NFL-worst 14 passing touchdowns through five games. 

Therefore, if you're one of the many owners still sulking over Julio Jones' season-ending foot injury, reported by John Breech of, Hankerson is an excellent short-term option at the flex spot this weekend.

Fantasy Play: Start


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