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FLEX APPEAL: Week 16

Well, we finally made it to the championship game of the fantasy playoffs. Sadly we still have a lot of injury questions that still aren’t answered, and whatever COVID brings us this week. 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 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 16. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

J.D. McKissic, WSH (vs. Carolina)

McKissic filled in admirably for Antonio Gibson last week, as he had 22 touches for 107 total yards and a touchdown (which was through the air) in a tough matchup against Seattle. The most promising part of all of that was the 10 targets he drew, which was a huge plus with Dwayne Haskins as the signal caller. Antonio Gibson appears to be sitting out yet again, so McKissic should see another 20-ish touches in a plus matchup against Carolina. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a standard or a PPR league, as McKissic is a phenomenal flex for Week 16.

Zack Moss, BUF (at New England)

I featured Devin Singletary here last week, and he came through for anyone who played him in their semi-finals. This week is a Moss week, though, as New England is a plus draw for opposing running backs. Moss didn’t find the end zone last week, but he did rush the ball 13 times for 81 yards (that’s an impressive 6.2 yards per tote). The key here is game script, which will be in favor of Buffalo running the ball more than they usually do. He won’t get many targets in the passing game, but 15-17 carries with some goal line work sounds about right. If you’re in a bind this week, the promising rookie can be flexed safely in your lineups.

Giovani Bernard, CIN (at Houston)

Bernard has been a huge letdown in Joe Mixon‘s absence, but he finally broke out last week in a tough matchup against Pittsburgh. The veteran had a whopping 26 touches in that contest, which he turned into 97 total yards and 2 touchdowns (including one via the air). He should stay hot this week, as Houston is the 3rd best matchup for opposing running backs. The Bengals can win this game, so look for Bernard to handle as many touches as he can handle. We can finally trust Bernard in our flex spots for Week 16, which is about darn time.

Jeff Wilson Jr., SF (at Arizona)

It doesn’t matter who is starting for the 49ers at running back, as they will put up good stats in any given week. Sadly Raheem Mostert went down with yet another injury, and it was Wilson who immediately saw all the work out of the backfield. He didn’t light up the stat sheet by any means, as he only had 60 rushing yards on 16 carries. He did find the end zone, though, and he saw an encouraging 4 targets in the passing game (he didn’t catch any of those, but still). Wilson should see around 20 touches against Arizona, which makes him very “flexy” for your championship match.

About Ryan Black

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!