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Well, we finally made it to the fantasy playoffs. Sadly we still have a lot of injury questions that still aren’t answered (looking at you, Christian McCaffrey) and whatever COVID brings us this week. With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 14. 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 14. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

Giovani Bernard, CIN (vs. Dallas)

Bernard has been a massive disappointment in Joe Mixon’s absence, but there is room for optimism this week. The veteran did see 14 touches last week, and it was expected that he wouldn’t produce much as Miami is a tough run defense. Enter Dallas, who is the 6th best matchup for opposing running backs, and they are giving up the most rushing yards to their opponents in the past 4 weeks. This game should be competitive, as both offenses struggle to move the chains and both defenses are horrific. You get the gist, so you can finally flex Bernard with some confidence in Week 14.

Ty Johnson, NYJ (at Seattle)

As of now, Frank Gore looks highly unlikely to suit up this week. Enter Johnson, who stepped right in last week and saw a whopping 24 touches. Seattle is a good defense, but they are middle of the road in terms of difficulty of matchups for opposing running backs. Wayne Gallman just averaged 8.4 yards per tote (totaling 135 yards…) against this defense in Week 13, and even Alfred Morris averaged 4.9 yards per carry in that game (and had 2 touchdowns). It never feels good relying on a Jet, but you can trust Johnson in the first week of fantasy playoffs.

J.D. McKissic, WSH (at San Francisco)

McKissic needs to be in your lineup this week, folks. Antonio Gibson is out with “a painful case of turf toe”, and Peyton Barber is just a guy. The 49ers are a tough run defense, but they struggle against pass-catching backs. Enter McKissic, who caught all 10 (yes, 10) of his targets for 70 yards against Pittsburgh in Week 13. This isn’t just a recommendation for folks playing in PPR formats, as the former Lion will still see 7-10 carries on top of his work in the passing game. If you need some safety in your flex for Week 14, McKissic is your man.

Jamaal Williams, GB (at Detroit)

Yes, this is Aaron Jones’ backfield, but there is enough work to go around this week for Williams to succeed as well. Detroit is the best possible matchup for opposing running backs, and Williams averaged a robust 7.9 yards per carry against them in Week 2. I expect Williams to see around 15 total touches this week, which we all know is plenty of opportunity to wreck havoc on the putrid Detroit rushing defense. Go ahead and have faith in Williams if you’re desperate for a flex this week.

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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!