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Well, we finally made it to the championship game of the fantasy playoffs (well, for some. Some of y’all are unfortunately finished). Sadly we still have a lot of injury questions that still aren’t answered, and whatever COVID brings us this week (and players that may be resting). 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 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 17. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

Wayne Gallman Jr., NYG (vs. Dallas)

Yes, Gallman’s production has fallen off in recent weeks, but you have to look beyond that. He is still the snap leader for running backs on the Giants, and his last 2 games have been against tough run defenses. Enter Dallas, who are giving up the 7th-most points to opposing running backs. This game should be close, so game script won’t get away in this contest. Look for Gallman to see his usual 15-20 touches here, which makes the veteran a fine flex for Week 17.

J.D. McKissic, WSH (at Philadelphia)

McKissic’s rushing volume fell off last week with Antonio Gibson‘s return, but that was expected. The veteran still saw 10 targets in the passing game though, which makes that back-to-back weeks with that heavy passing volume. The Eagles do have a good run defense, but that doesn’t account for passing work. This is a must win game for Washington, so McKissic will be used plenty in this NFC East battle. It doesn’t matter if you are in a PPR or a standard league, as McKissic will be a fine play in Week 17.

Darrel Williams, KC (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

Williams is a risky play, but the reward is high here. First off, Le’Veon Bell will most likely be rested in this game. Second off, it was actually Williams who got the most run in Week 16 (and a promising 6 targets). Thirdly, the Chargers are a plus matchup for opposing running backs, so now we have the icing on the cake for this play. Don’t be shocked when you see that Williams had around 20 touches in Week 17 which, when partnered with a great matchup, makes him a great flex for those that are struggling.

Ty Johnson, NYJ (at New England)

Johnson is the last man standing in this backfield, and he gets a plus matchup for opposing running backs when he travels to New England this week. The Jets have won two straight, and they could make it three against the struggling Patriots. I’m expecting a workload like he saw in Week 13, where Johnson saw a whopping 24 touches against the Raiders (which he totaled 117 yards and a touchdown). It’s never fun starting a Jet, but you need to get past that thought. Johnson is a great flex play that comes with some big upside in Week 17.

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!