It’s do-or-die week for many folks out there this week, so flex plays are crucial decisions that can help you get that much needed win. We have a whopping 6 teams that are on bye this week, and those teams are Buffalo, Cleveland, New York Jets, New England, Miami, and San Francisco. Stop what you’re doing and check on that and how it corresponds with your respective lineup(s). 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?
Doug Martin, OAK (at Arizona)
Gross, I know, but the Muscle Hamster (still don’t know why he was nicknamed that…) needs to be on you radar for Week 11. First off, Arizona is a top-5 matchup for running backs. Second, Jon Gruden continues to give Martin the lion share of the running back load. Even in a blowout loss to the Chargers last week, Martin totaled 92 yards on 18 touches. I think he gets around that same workload this week, just with a much better matchup. I know he has let you down in the past, but you can trust him during bye-week hell.
Peyton Barber, TB (at New York Giants)
This isn’t a sexy pick by any means, but a safe one if you are in a pinch. 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. This is a much easier matchup than last week, so don’t be shocked when you see something like 16 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown (I’m playing the lottery if that’s his actual stat line this week…) next to Barber’s name in Week 11.
Theo Riddick, DET (vs. Carolina)
Here we have the PPR special for Week 11. Riddick is basically a wide receiver with a running back label, as he had zero carries last week, but did total 60 yards on 6 receptions (7 targets). He actually totaled 8 targets in Week 9 against Minnesota, so we have a trend building in Detroit. Although Carolina’s defense looks daunting, it’s nowhere near as good as Chicago and Minnesota. I think we will continue to see Riddick in the slot for the majority of this game, which is PPR gold. I’m calling for 7-8 receptions for 70-90 total yards in this contest for Riddick.
Josh Adams, PHI (at New Orleans)
It’s always risky to play an Eagles’ running back, but if you do, Adams is the guy you should look at. He only had 7 carries in Week 10, but he did total 47 yards on limited touches (that’s 6.7 yards per tote…). Doug Pederson came out this week and bluntly stated that they needed to get the rookie more touches, and I think that starts in Week 11. Yes, New Orleans is a tough matchup, but the Eagles are in desperation mode. What that means is that they should (I’ll emphasize “should”, here) get the ball to their best players. If you’re truly in a bind for a flex this week, give Adams a look.