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It’s always sad when I write the last Flex Appeal article for the year. Most of you are done with your season-long leagues, but some of you still have a championship to win. Some teams will be resting their starters in Week 17, so you have to keep that in mind. With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 17! 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 17. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

Damien Williams, KC (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

Williams finally returned from injury last week, and the Chiefs gave him the lion’s share of the backfield touches. He turned 19 touches into 92 total yards and a touchdown against a tough Chicago defense. Now he gets to face the Chargers, who are a plus matchup for opposing running backs. This is a game that the Chiefs will want to win, so look for Williams to be on the field a ton. Flex Williams with confidence in Week 17.

Gus Edwards, BAL (vs. Pittsburgh)

Mark Ingram is sidelined with a calf injury, and the Ravens will be resting there starters. Enter Edwards, who will be thrust into the starting gig for Baltimore in Week 17. Pittsburgh is a tough matchup for opposing running backs, but that doesn’t matter. Edwards has averaged 5.2 yards per carry on the season (and last season…) so he is perfectly capable of running over good defenses. I’m expecting 15-20 touches from the sophomore back, which makes him a strong flex this week.

Ronald Jones, TB (vs. Atlanta)

I’m not sure why people are off of Jones this week. He did well against Houston in Week 16, as he handled 17 touches for 109 yards and a touchdown. He also had his largest snap percentage since November 10th, which is what you want to see. Atlanta is a neutral matchup for opposing running backs, so no need to shy away from the matchup. This game has quiet shootout appeal, so Jones should have plenty of scoring opportunities. Look for the sophomore back to finish the year strong in Week 17.

Travis Homer, SEA (vs. San Francisco)

I’m calling my shot and saying that Homer leads this backfield in Week 17. Homer is perfectly capable, as he has averaged 6.5 yards per carry this season in limited action. He is also perfectly capable of catching the ball out of the backfield. This is an important game, so the Seahawks will lean on the back who has been on their team this entire season. Don’t be shocked when Homer has a solid game in Week 17.

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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!