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Ryan Black

Ryan is a fantasy football enthusiast who specializes in redraft and keeper leagues. He lives in Yorktown, VA with his beautiful wife, son, and daughter. Feel free to ask him any and everything regarding fantasy football on twitter. It's all about winning that fantasy football championship, Sharks!

FLEX APPEAL: Week 17

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Crowder isn’t an exciting flex, but he is a high-floor flex if that’s what you need this week... Enter Philadelphia’s hapless secondary and it looks like Crowder could end the season on a high note.

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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 17

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Derek Carr was not exactly lighting the world on fire on Christmas Eve, but at least he didn’t turn the ball over. He will have to throw a ton in week 17, though, as Kansas City is knocking on the door this week. They are the 3rd best matchup for opposing quarterbacks on the year.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 16

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Peyton Barber was the only running back to receive a carry in Week 15, and he has scored in 4 of his past 5 games. The math adds up here to yet another productive day for the underrated back out of Auburn.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 15

RB Elijah McGuire NYJ

As of this writing, Isaiah Crowell looks like a long-shot to play in Week 15. Enter McGuire, who returned to practice on Wednesday and looks like he’ll get the start for the Jets this week.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 14

RB Peyton Barber TBB

Peyton Barber received 16 carries in week 13 against Carolina, and I expect him to see another 15-20 carries this week. This is an "attackable" matchup for Jameis Winston to get the ball near the goal line, which is where Barber excels.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 13

RB Frank Gore MIA

Frank Gore is averaging 17 touches per game the past three weeks, which is plenty to work with in the fantasy football world. Kenyan Drake is also banged up (again …), so keep an eye on that. I like Gore whether or not Drake plays in this contest.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 12

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Doug Martin actually looked great in the first half in Week 11, but sadly he was injured shortly after and was ruled out for the rest of the game. Enter Jalen Richard, who totaled 93 yards on 14 touches against Arizona in Week 11.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 11

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This isn’t a sexy pick by any means, but a safe one if you are in a pinch. Peyton Barber actually ran the ball well against the stout Washington run defense, totaling 66 yards on 14 touches. The good news here is that the Giants shouldn’t get out to a big lead, leaving game script in a favorable position for Barber.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 10

WR Tre'Quan Smith NO

Yes, Dez Bryant was signed by the Saints this week. No, I don’t believe this does anything to Smith’s value on the season (Bryant may not even suit up this week). Smith is clearly the number two wideout for Drew Brees, and that’s something that should be appealing to you.

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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 10

QB Alex Smith WAS

I recommended Alex Smith here last week, and I’m going back to him in Week 10. He didn’t “wow” anyone in Week 9, but he did throw for more than 300 yards. Tampa Bay is the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks, so I think Smith will have to air it out more than usual yet again.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 9

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Cobb looks like he is back to full health, and I like him for this week’s most anticipated game against the Patriots. He did tie for 2nd on the team in targets in Week 8, behind only Davante Adams. Look for Aaron Rodgers to look for his trusted companion early and often..

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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 9

QB Alex Smith WAS

Alex Smith hasn’t been what he was last year (a stud for fantasy purposes), but Washington is winning, so he hasn’t had to do much outside of being a game-manager. That may change this week, though, as Atlanta’s high-powered offense is coming to town who are the best possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 8

RB Raheem Mostert SF

Raheem Mostert has totaled 164 yards in the past two weeks, and now he gets the pleasure of taking on the best matchup for opposing running backs in the Arizona Cardinals. If you have watched him play, his 4.42 speed has been on full display the past two weeks. Mostert makes for a good flex regardless of whether or not Breida suits up.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 7

RB Marlon Mack IND

It’s Mack time, as he was the clear touch leader for the Colts in Week 6 upon his return. Mack looked explosive, totaling 93 yards on 13 touches. I know that isn’t too exciting, but it’s all about that matchup this week.

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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 7

QB Baker Mayfield CLE

So, who has the best matchup for quarterbacks in Week 7, you ask? It’s Baker Mayfield, who has been quite the roller-coaster this year. Cleveland travels to Tampa Bay, who give up just ridiculous stats to opposing quarterbacks. You will need to monitor the injury report, though, as he did tweak his ankle in Week 6.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 6

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Behind Isaiah Crowell’s monstrous week (219 freaking rushing yards) was the fact that Bilal Powell once again was the touch leader in the Jets’ backfield (20 rushes for 99 yards). As of Thursday, Crowell has not practiced this week. It’s officially Powell time, baby!

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 5

RB Phillip Lindsay DEN

For the recency bias folks, Monday night showed Lindsay having 14 touches to Freeman’s 8. This trend should continue when Denver travels to New York to face the Jets. The Broncos’ clearly love Lindsay, and you should too.

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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 5

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New Orleans’ grades out as the hardest matchup for tight ends. Enter Jordan Reed, who is Washington’s leading receiver on the year (168 receiving yards). Look, I’m not saying to bench him, but you could have an equal tight end on your bench who has a better matchup in Week 5.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 4

RB James White NE

Ah, what could have been with Rex Burkhead (he was sent to IR this week, in case you were wondering). That leave James White as the primary receiving back for New England, and he should capitalize in this must-win contest as Miami is an above-average matchup for running backs.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 3

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Yes, Seattle’s offensive line is atrocious, but Dallas’s defense isn’t as good as Chicago’s (although they are better this year). This game has quiet shootout potential, and he has a touchdown in each game this year. Keep it rolling with Lockett in your flex.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 2

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Tyler Lockett looked good in Week 1, finishing with a 3-59-1 stat-line. Doug Baldwin is out for the foreseeable future (I think he will be out longer than the 4 weeks reports are stating…) and Lockett should benefit from this. Green Bay just had 3 receivers finish within the top-15 at the position…

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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 2

QB Tyrod Taylor CLE

Ryan Fitzpatrick just devoured the Saints defense, to the tune of 453 total yards and 5 touchdowns. Let that sink in…you good? I’m still not, as I played the Saints’ defense in a lot of spots last week. Tyrod Taylor didn’t have a very good day against Pittsburgh in Week 1, but he should have a good day in Week 2.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 1

WR Keenan Cole JAC

Keelan Cole was already running with the starters before the Marqise Lee injury, and now it looks like he is the de facto number 1 target for Blake Bortles. Add in the fact that he is facing a porous New York secondary, and you get yourself a clear path to success.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 17

RB Peyton Barber TBB

Barber is the clear lead back in Tampa Bay, while Doug Martin continues to be an afterthought. Barber out-touched Martin 15 to 6, while out-gaining him 55 to 7. Carolina's run defense is much tougher than New Orleans is, so look for Barber to have more success in Week 17.

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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 17

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As I mentioned in last week's article, Clay was going to have trouble in Week 16 against New England. There was a silver-lining though, as he did lead all Buffalo receivers with a whopping 10 targets. Now Clay gets to close the season out with a date with his ex-team, and Miami is the fourth-easiest matchup for a tight end. Clay is a great play in Week 17.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 16

WR_Mike_Wallace_BAL_1

Wallace has quietly been pretty solid lately, as he has had 34 targets in his last four games. With Jeremy Maclin expected to miss Week 16, he should see 10+ targets against the Colts this week.

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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 16

QB Jimmy Garoppolo SF

Tell me if you’ve heard this before ... Jacksonville’s defense is REALLY good. Not just good, but really, really freaking good. Garoppolo has already thrown for more than 1,000 yards in his short stint with San Francisco, but you are asking for trouble if you play him this week.

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FLEX APPEAL: Week 15

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I hope this article finds you in an ecstatic state, as you have advanced to your fantasy league playoffs en route to a championship. If not, thanks for reading! You da real MVP. Ha, I kid, I kid. You are ...

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