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With the Holiday week upon us, I’m releasing Flex Appeal early. You’re welcome, Sharks! I hope you all have a fun and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. I also hope you watched the game of the year on Monday that was the Rams and the Chiefs. Sheesh, that game was all kinds of awesome. That being said, they are both on bye in Week 12 (sad face). 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 12. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?

Running Backs

Jalen Richard, OAK (at Baltimore)

Doug Martin actually looked great in the first half in Week 11, but sadly he was injured shortly after and was ruled out for the rest of the game. Jon Gruden has stated that he thinks Martin is fine, but who the heck really knows how serious the injury is. Enter Jalen Richard, who totaled 93 yards on 14 touches against Arizona in Week 11. The man is also PPR gold, as he has 51 receptions on the season. I think Richard sees around the same amount of work that he saw last week, but with more receptions thrown in (see what I did there? I’ll show myself out…). Richard is a safe flex whether or not Martin plays in Week 12.

Peyton Barber, TB (vs. San Francisco)

Last week I stated “This isn’t a sexy pick by any means, but a safe one if you are in a pinch. Barber actually ran the ball well against the stout Washington run defense, totaling 66 yards on 14 touches”. Well, Barber made me look like I know what I’m talking about, as he totaled 110 yards and a touchdown on 20 touches in Week 11. I think you can safely role him out yet again, as he has a plus draw in Week 12 against the 49ers. I like his odds at another 18 or so touches with a good shot at a goal-line plunge in this contest.

Theo Riddick, DET (vs. Chicago)

I really don’t like the fact that I am featuring a lot of the same guys here this week as I did last week, but here we are. Kerryon Johnson is week-to-week with a knee sprain, leaving Riddick to get more work tacked on to his usual 7-9 targets a game. The Lions’ confidence is high after their Week 11 upset over Carolina, so look for Riddick to be on the field as much as possible as they try to upset the Bears on Thanksgiving Day. Marvin Jones also looks doubtful for this contest, which just adds more fuel to the fire. Riddick is a safe flex for those of you playing in any sort of PPR format.

Josh Adams, PHI (vs. New York Giants)

Yet another repeat from last week, as I really tried looking for a better and different flex play for you all. Adams is currently ranked 32 on the week, which is just too low. As I mentioned above, the Giants were just gashed by Peyton Barber in Week 11, and Adams is the better talent. That’s really not why I am really excited about featuring Adams yet again in this article, though. Adams saw a whopping 6 targets in the passing game, which is unusual for him in his short stint of being the main guy in the Eagles’ backfield. Add that to the fact that he is averaging 6.1 yards per carry on the season, and we have ourselves a great flex yet again. Keep trusting Adams, as talent always (well, usually) wins out.

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!