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Injuries are aplenty, and we have Green Bay, New York Giants, Seattle, and Tennessee on bye (that’s a lot of firepower). With that we have some tough flex decisions for Week 11! 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 Rankins (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 that you can flex during Week 11. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

Carlos Hyde, HOU (at Baltimore)

Hyde just can’t get any love, can he? If you like volume, you have to start showing the veteran some love. He has 38 touches in his past two games (for 243 yards…), and also has 3 games on the season with over 20. Baltimore isn’t going to seek out stopping Hyde in this contest, and they are not a bottom-15 matchup for opposing running backs (Baltimore has that “stench” of being a daunted run defense). Hyde will get his Sunday, so show the man some love finally.

Kalen Ballage, MIA (vs. Buffalo)

Get your Pepto Bismol ready, as this one is gross. Ballage has been the punchline of many jokes this season, with his hands made of stone and ability to find a defender to tackle him. Call me crazy, but this could (I’ll emphasize “could” here) be a breakout game for him. He had a whopping 24 touches last week, and we all know that volume is king. Buffalo’s defense is phenomenal against the pass, but they are actually a top-5 matchup for opposing running backs. Again, I hope you’re not too nauseous after reading that, but Ballage is a fine flex for Week 11.

Kenyan Drake, ARI (at San Francisco)

Drake seems to be another player not getting any love this week. The man already shredded the stellar 49ers’ defense 2 weeks ago, where he had 162 total yards and a touchdown. Even with David Johnson returning last week, Drake still saw 16 touches against Tampa Bay. David Johnson looks like a shell of his former self, and was benched in last week’s contest because of it. Drake is explosive enough to make the most out of 15-20 touches despite a bad matchup.

James White, NE (at Philadelphia)

Yes, Philadelphia boasts a phenomenal run defense. White will handle his usual 3-6 carries, but it’s about his receiving prowess that gives him the nod here. In his past 6 games, he has no fewer than 46 receiving yards in any contest. He has a whopping 55 targets on the season, and I think his target total exceeds his per game average this week. This game quietly has shootout appeal, as Philadelphia’s offense is nothing to scoff at. Sony Michel won’t get it done for the Patriots this week, so look for them to lean on White more so than usual.

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