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FLEX APPEAL: Week 16

It’s championship time, baby! It’s win the ship or go home, so you need to make sure that you don’t get cute and overthink things. It’s easy to do that with the plethora of injuries that occurred in Week 15. With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 16! 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 you can flex during Week 16. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, Washington (vs. New York Giants)

With Derrius Guice on Injured Reserve, Peterson has total control of this backfield. He is averaging 20 touches per game in his past two contests, and has scored in three straight games. The Giants run defense has been better of late, but they are not a matchup from which to shy away. Game script will not get out of hand, either, so look for Washington to continue their run heavy approach. You could do far worse than Peterson in your flex for championship week.

David Montgomery, Chicago (vs. Kansas City)

Montgomery has been a letdown, but I think he has a nice bounce back game this week. The rookie has no less than 15 touches in a game in his past eight contests, which is the usage you want to see from a running back. Kansas City is brutal against the run, as it is a Top 3 matchup for opposing tailbacks. Kansas City is also the toughest matchup for opposing wide receivers, so if Chicago wants any chance of being competitive in this game, it will be via the ground. Give Montgomery a hard look for Week 16 if you’re struggling with a flex decision.

Devin Singletary, Buffalo (at New England)

Many folks will shy away from Singletary this week, but I’m here to tell you not to. The electric rookie has 23 touches in each of his past two games, which is just absurd usage. As I mentioned above, many people are off of Singletary due to the dreadful matchup with New England’s defense, but not so fast. Joe Mixon just rushed for 136 yards on this unit, which was for 5.4 yards per tote (in a blowout loss, nonetheless). Look for Buffalo to ride the promising rookie early and often, which will allow Singletary to have a nice game on Saturday. Flex Singletary with confidence despite Week 16’s matchup.

DeAndre Washington, Oakland (at Los Angeles Chargers)

For those that are not aware, Josh Jacobs has already been ruled out for Week 16’s game. What that means is that it’s officially Washington time, baby! In Jacobs’ absence in Week 14, Washington handled 20 touches, in which he turned into 96 total yards and a touchdown. The most promising stat from that week was that he saw seven (!) targets in the passing game, something Jacobs never saw once on the season. The Chargers are a plus matchup for opposing running backs, so look for Washington to come through for you in championship week.

About Ryan Black

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!

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