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Can you believe that we are halfway through the fantasy football season? Me neither, but here we are. Time flies when you’re having fun, though, I guess. Either way, we must push on towards our trek to the playoffs. Your weekly reminder that Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers, and Tennessee are on bye in Week 8. So stop what you’re doing and check on that and how it corresponds with your respective lineup(s). 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 8. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?

Running Backs

Raheem Mostert, SF (at Arizona)

Mostert is a must-start, am I right? Okay, I tried. As of now, it appears as if Matt Breida will not suit up this week (but who knows, as Breida seem to heal himself like he is Wolverine). Mostert has totaled 164 yards in the past two weeks, and now he gets the pleasure of taking on the best matchup for opposing running backs in the Arizona Cardinals. If you have watched him play, his 4.42 speed has been on full display the past two weeks. Mostert makes for a good flex regardless of whether or not Breida suits up.

Wendell Smallwood, PHI (at Jacksonville in London)

Smallwood hasn’t exactly been what we thought he’d be since the Jay Ajayi injury, but there was a silver-lining in the Week 7 upset loss to the Panthers in Week 7. Smallwood led all of the Eagles’ backfield in touches by 5, and also looked the most explosive. Jacksonville has not been the daunting defense that we thought they’d be, evidenced by Lamar Miller’s gashing of them on the ground (100 yards and a touchdown). I think Smallwood is a fine flex this week if you need him (this game is in London, so make sure you wake up early Sunday to check for any sudden updates).

Trenton Cannon, NYJ (at Chicago)

Cannon has a bad-ass name. That’s it, as that is the only reason I could see you playing him this week. I’m kidding, as I actually think he is a sneaky good flex, especially for PPR formats. Bilal Powell is officially on IR, so they will turn to the rookie to split work with backfield mate Isaiah Crowell. Cannon actually led all of the Jets in receiving with 69 yards on 4 catches. He should get 10-15 total touches, and I’m interested to see what the kid can do (and you should be interested as well).

Chris Ivory, BUF (vs. New England)

LeSean McCoy looks doubtful to play in Week 8, so enter the veteran Ivory. In McCoy’s absence, Ivory showed flashes of his vintage self, totaling 106 yards on 19 touches (which included 6 targets in the passing game). New England is not a tough matchup for opposing running backs, and I look for Buffalo to attempt to attack them via Ivory in this one. I know, starting any Buffalo player is a kick to the gut, but Ivory could supply you with surprising stats when Week 8 is all said and done.

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!