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We have four teams on bye this week, so go ahead and get the players from the Ravens, Colts, Dolphins, and Vikings out of your lineups.  With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 7. 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 7. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

Justin Jackson, LAC (vs. Jacksonville)

I highlighted Jackson here in Week 5, as I believed he would get more work than folks anticipated. Well he did, as he totaled 21 touches (for 94 scoreless yards) compared to Joshua Kelley’s 12 touches (for 38 scoreless yards). That’s a pretty big split, and that trend should continue this week. Jacksonville is a plus matchup for opposing running backs, and we know game script won’t get out of hand. Jackson is a great flex for Week 7.

Jerick McKinnon, SF (at New England)

This one is risky, but you can’t ignore the upside that was evident the first time Raheem Mostert got hurt this year. In that 2-game absence, McKinnon averaged 19 touches for 87 yards and a touchdown in each contest. Those are RB1 numbers, and a lot of his work comes via the air. Yes, JaMycal Hasty will get some run, but McKinnon should regain the starter role with Mostert out. The Patriots are a tough matchup, but that doesn’t matter with the anticipated volume here. Put your faith back in McKinnon for this week.

Phillip Lindsay, DEN (vs. Kansas City)

Lindsay looked phenomenal in Melvin Gordon’s absence in Week 6, as he totaled 101 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries (he surprisingly didn’t have a target in this game…). We know Gordon should suit up this week, but you can still play Lindsay. Expect Lindsay to be used out in space more this week, since that is the way to get at the Kansas City defense. I’m expecting around 15 or so touches here, and it should be very close to a 50-50 split. Lindsay can be trusted this week as a fine flex if you need him.

James White, NE (vs. San Francisco)

Here is the PPR special for the week. White was actually the Patriots’ leading receiver last week, and that could be the case again in Week 7. Receiving backs have been doing well against the 49ers this season, and that will continue this week. White has a whopping 17 targets in his past 2 games, to go along with his usual 3-5 carries per game. He’s getting the same usage as always, but there is only one difference: He has yet to find the end zone this year. White is a very safe flex (high floor), with a good chance at his first touchdown this week.

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