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I sincerely hope that all of you had a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving, filled with delicious food, amazing company, and great football. It’s crunch time for many, so flex decisions are key this week. Luckily for everyone, bye weeks are over, which makes life a little easier. Hopefully whoever you started on the Thanksgiving slate didn’t bust and you have a good idea where your team stands this week. Let’s go ahead and look at some RB3, RB4, WR4, and WR5 types that can help you in your flex position for Week 12. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?

Running Backs

Alex Collins, BAL (vs. Houston)

Houston is pretty tough against the run, but that doesn’t matter in this case. Collins had 24 touches in week 11, while also receiving 7 targets through the air. Volume is king in our world, Sharks. Collins also had the goal line carry in week 11, which he did convert for a touchdown. Yes, Danny Woodhead should see a little more work in week 12’s contest, but that’s okay. Baltimore should have a positive game script in this game, so look for them to ride Collins into the ground.

Damien Williams, MIA (at New England)

Williams out-touched Kenyan Drake 11-7 in week 11, while also out-gaining him 102-14. The tides have turned, Sharks. Williams has always been the preferred passing down back in Miami, so look for more opportunities through the air in week 12. New England will put a lot of points on the board, leaving Miami to chase them through the entire game. Williams could easily see 5-8 targets in this contest, thus providing us with fantasy goodness, or “flexy”, as I’d say.

Duke Johnson, CLE (at Cincinnati)

Johnson is especially “flexy” this week if you are in any sort of PPR format. In their first meeting in Week 4, it was Johnson that had the rushing touchdown, as well as 10 whopping targets in the passing game. He also had 6 targets in week 11 against Jacksonville, in which he turned into 4 receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. That’s no easy feat against the stout Jacksonville defense, folks. As always, Cleveland will be playing from behind often in week 12, leaving them with no option but to turn to their pass-catching running back. Flex Johnson and thank me later.

J.D. McKissic, SEA (at San Francisco)

It’s never fun playing (or recommend playing…) a Seattle running back, but here we are. McKissic saw 6 targets last week against Atlanta, and I look for that trend to continue. Furthermore, look at who Seattle is facing…the 49ers! San Francisco is the easiest matchup for a running back, so look for McKissic to feast on the lowly 49ers defense. He has passed the eye test all year, and he led all of Seattle’s running backs last week with 4.3 yards per tote. If you’re in a bind, you could do far worse than McKissic in your flex.

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Ryan is a fantasy football enthusiast who specializes in redraft and keeper leagues. He lives in Yorktown, VA with his beautiful wife, son, and daughter. Feel free to ask him any and everything regarding fantasy football on twitter. It's all about winning that fantasy football championship, Sharks!