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FLEX APPEAL: Week 13

Well, we finally made it to Week 13. Where did the time go? Tampa Bay and Carolina are on bye this week, so make sure you get players from those two teams out of your lineups. With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 13. 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 13. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running backs

Nyheim Hines, IND (at Houston)

Yes, Jonathan Taylor will be back, but that just doesn’t matter here. The Texans are giving up the 3rd most points to opposing running backs, and their offense can put up points on the Colts. Hines saw a whopping 10 targets last week, to go along with 10 carries. With Taylor returning, he should return to the 7 or 8 carries he usually sees, to go along with however many targets are thrown his way (should be in the 6-8 range). Those are easy points, so you need to trust Hines in Week 13 (especially if Jordan Wilkins can’t suit up this week).

Damien Harris, NE (at Los Angeles Chargers)

The opposite of Hines, as you know you won’t get a PPR boost with Harris, but hear me out. The sophomore still saw 14 opportunities in Week 12, and he is averaging a robust 5.1 yards per carry on the year. Am I worried about Sony Michel? No, and you shouldn’t be either. The Chargers are the 6th best matchup for opposing running backs, and the Patriots will try to mask Cam Newton’s woes (as they have been) in this contest. Harris is a good bet for at least 15 touches, and in a great matchup, that makes Harris a solid flex for Week 13.

Frank Gore, NYJ (vs. Las Vegas Raiders)

I’m highlighting Gore yet again, as the old man just seems to be forgotten in fantasy circles. He saw 21 touches in Week 12, and he totaled 86 yards against a tough Miami defense. Enter the lowly Las Vegas defense, who are a top-10 matchup for opposing running backs. Look, Gore is going to see 18-25 opportunities in this contest, to go along with all of the goal line work. The veteran can be trusted, and that’s despite what you may think of the Jets’ atrocious offense. All of you can flex Gore with confidence this week, trust me.

Cam Akers, LAR (at Arizona)

It’s only a matter of time before the rookie takes a stranglehold of this backfield, but we have seen evidence of just that in the past three games. In fact, he has been leading this backfield in snap percentages since his bye, and he has two touchdowns in those games. Arizona is in the bottom-15 of points given to opposing running backs, but I’m calling my shot that this is Akers’ breakout week. Be ahead of the majority and flex the promising rookie in Week 13.

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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!