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FLEX APPEAL: Week 14

Week 14 is finally here, Sharks. It’s the first week of the playoffs, which means that all of your wins and all of your points scored this season don’t matter. It’s one-and-done deal if you lose, so you have to be vigilant with your lineup 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 who you can flex during Week 14. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

Jeffery Wilson, San Francisco (vs. Denver)

Wilson was the hot waiver wire add of the week, and rightfully so. He totaled 133 yards on 23 touches against a stout Seattle defense in Week 13, and he should keep rolling this week. The best stat to take away from last week is the fact that he saw a whopping nine targets in the passing game, which is just absurd. Matt Breida has already been ruled out, so look for Wilson to carry the load against Denver this week (Denver is a middling run defense). Go ahead and flex him if you need him.

Josh Adams, Philadelphia (at Dallas)

Adams has been a nice surprise of late, and Philadelphia’s coaching staff has noticed. This has been a committee all season, but Adams has taken the job and ran away with it. Adams had 85 scoreless yards on 20 carries in Week 13 against Washington, and he also had 22 carries against the New York Giants in Week 12. There is a trend here, folks. Any time you can plug someone into your flex that sees 20-plus touches a week, you should feel pretty confident with what the outcome will be.

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay (vs. New Orleans)

I’m featuring Barber for the fourth time in a row in this article. Don’t be mad, but he is just simply ranked too low yet again. Yes, New Orleans is a tough running defense, but I simply don’t care. 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. Once Tampa Bay gets there, it will look Barber’s way and he will score in his fourth consecutive contest.

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. Cincinnati)

I’m going back to the electrifying rookie again this week, as he continues to shine in Melvin Gordon’s absence. Yes, Austin Ekeler received nine more touches than Jackson in Week 13, but Jackson outgained him 82-43. Oh, and Jackson also scored for the Chargers in that game (on quite an impressive run). Coach Anthony Lynn stated this week that Ekeler will see less touches this week, as he is “getting tired” with all of that work he is getting to go on top of his special team’s duties. This is one of those rare times where you actually believe what the coach is telling the media, so go ahead and flex Jackson again in Week 14 (Gordon won’t play this week, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is out in Week 15, either …).

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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!