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This is the toughest week I’ve had with this article, and there are still some injury/COVID questions yet to be answered. We also have four teams on bye this week, so go ahead and get the players from Atlanta, Kansas City, Dallas, and the New York Jets out of your lineups. With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 10. The key is making sure you make those right flex decisions. For those who are new here, every week I will help you by looking at the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) to make these decisions a little easier on the Sharks. Let’s go ahead and look at some RB3, RB4, WR4 and WR5 types you can flex during Week 10. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

Damien Harris, NE (vs. Baltimore)

No one wants to play a Patriots’ running back, and I get it, but Harris deserves some respect. The sophomore running back is averaging 5.8 yards per carry in his last three games, and two of those games were against stout run defenses. I mention that because the Ravens are a good rush defense, but Harris can still thrive here. James White is all but out of the picture in this backfield, so it is the Harris and Rex Burkhead show (and Cam Newton, of course). Harris was forced to exit early last week, but he is already practicing, so he will be fine. This is a tough week, and I think Harris is a fine flex if you need him though know that Sony Michel is also eligible to return here and Bill Belichick has been known to crush fantasy dreams by doing the unexpected.

Wayne Gallman, NYG (vs. Philadelphia)

You know, I’ve always thought Gallman was underrated, as he runs hard and picks up the extra yards that some backs don’t. Washington is a tough run defense, and the veteran backup had 15 touches for 77 yards and a touchdown in that contest. Philadelphia is about the same kind of run defense as Washington, as far as difficulty goes, so no need to be scared off by the matchup. Alfred Morris saw more run than expected last week, but that was due to the coaching staff wanting the veteran to get back at his former team (revenge narrative…). Expect Gallman to see 18-20 touches and the goal-line work, making him a good flex for Week 10.

J.D. McKissic, WAS (at Detroit)

McKissic is now in the circle of trust, especially in PPR formats. For starters, when Alex Smith is the signal caller, it’s McKissic who is the lead back (per snap percentages) over Antonio Gibson. Antonio Gibson is also banged up (it looks as if he will play, though), so they may limit his snaps this week. Detroit is one of the best matchups for opposing running backs, and we have the revenge narrative for the pass-catching back. I’m not sure if you saw, but he saw a whopping 14 targets against the Giants last week, which is just absurd. All of that to say that McKissic is a solid flex in Week 10.

Duke Johnson, HOU (at Cleveland)

As of this writing, David Johnson looks like a long-shot to play this week. Enter the other “D” Johnson, who saw a whopping 20 touches after his backfield mate’s departure. Yes, he averaged an abysmal 2.6 yards per carry in that game, but we can give him a mulligan for that performance. Oh yeah, and we have another revenge game narrative on our hands here. He should see more than his 4 targets in last week’s game here, as Cleveland has a better offense than Jacksonville (obviously). Opportunity is king in the fantasy world, and that’s what we have when it comes to Johnson and Week 10.

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