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Week 17 poses a lot of tough flex decision for many out there, as some star players will be resting or playing limited snaps. That being said, we can still find good plays for those of you playing in Week 17. For those that 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 that you can flex during Week 17. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?

Running Backs

Jeffery Wilson Jr., SF (at Los Angeles Rams)

Matt Breida has already been ruled out for Week 17, so we finally have some clarity in this backfield. Wilson had 24 touches in Breida’s absence in Week 14, and I expect to see a workload similar to that this week. Wilson didn’t show well last week, but that was against a stingy Chicago run defense. The Rams are a neutral matchup for opposing running backs, and they may rest some of their starters. This has the makings of a good game for Wilson.

Royce Freeman, DEN (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

Phillip Lindsay’s season is over (what a ride though), so Freeman slides into the starting gig for Denver. Look for Denver to try and get a look at how Freeman can be when he gets the majority of carries for the Broncos. Freeman is averaging 4.1 yards per carry on the season, so he hasn’t been a bum on the ground. The Chargers are a neutral matchup for running backs, so give Freeman a look if you’re struggling for a flex this week.

Doug Martin, OAK (at Kansas City)

Martin was a beast on Christmas Eve, totaling 116 yards and a touchdown on 22 touches. Kansas City is a plus matchup for opposing running backs, and I like his chances at a score (or two…) in this one. Martin has surprisingly been good on the year, averaging 4.1 yards per carry on a subpar offense. Don’t be scared of game-script in this one, as Oakland will try and keep the pigskin out of Kansas City’s offense’s hands.

Brian Hill, ATL (at Tampa Bay)

As of now, it looks like Tevin Coleman’s groin injury will keep him out of Week 17’s contest. Enter Brian Hill who is truly the last man standing in their backfield. Hill looked electric in Week 16 against Carolina, totaling 115 yards on just 8 carries. This one is simply about opportunity, but I don’t see how Hill doesn’t receive 15-20 touches against the lowly rushing defense that is Tampa Bay. I would pivot off of this play, though, if Coleman does in fact suit up.

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