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This is going to be a tough week for most, as 6 teams are on bye. That means that your flex decisions are that much harder and much more disgusting. You may have to play people you never thought you would, but it is what it is. Your weekly reminder that Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Giants, and Philadelphia are on bye this week. 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 9. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?

Running Backs

Aaron Jones, GB (at New England)

Jones is a scary flex, due to the fact that we never know what the hell is going on in Mike McCarthy’s mind. Jones did out-snap Jamaal Williams 32 to 13 in week 8, so there is hope. Want more hope? Ty Montgomery was traded to the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. So, yeah, maybe Jones will finally get his shot in the explosive Green Bay offense. Did you know that Jones is averaging 6.2 yards per carry on the season? That is just ridiculous. Anyway, Green Bay will need to have their best back in the game more often than not if they want to beat New England. Play Jones with confidence.

Peyton Barber, TB (at Carolina)

Barber is another flex who is not for the faint of heart. That being said, he did receive 19 carries in week 8, and he turned that into 85 yards and a touchdown. Add in the fact the fact that Ronald Jones got hurt in that matchup, and you should have even more opportunity for Barber this week. Despite popular opinion, Carolina has not been that great against the run (this is a neutral matchup). I like Barber’s odds at quite a few goal lie carries, making him a great flex in Week 9.

Isaiah Crowell, NYJ (at Miami)

Trenton Cannon did not work out last week. That’s my bad, as I told you he would be a good flex. Either way, we must move on, and you should flex Crowell in Week 9. Miami is a plus matchup for opposing running backs, so I could see Crowell having one of his cliché blowup games this week. Game script shouldn’t get away from the Jets, and majority of their receivers are still banged up and expected out in Week 9. This may be the last week you can trust Crowell (Elijah McGuire can return any week now…), so go ahead and fire him up in your flex.

Duke Johnson, CLE (vs. Kansas City)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that both Hue Jackson and Todd Haley were fired this week. Release Johnson, I say! I’m not sure if anyone heard me, but that’s okay. This season has been a lost cause for the receiving back, but I have faith this week. Kansas City will rack up the points, forcing Johnson into more playing time this week. He has actually averages 4.9 yards per carry on the year, but that’s not what it’s about. Many people forget that Johnson had over 50 receptions in 3 straight seasons before this season and this should (could? I’m hopeful, I think?) be the turning point for this season. Look for Johnson to get back on track in Week 9.

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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!