We are finally here, Sharks. You come to this website weekly (it should be daily …), so you should be in a good position for the playoffs in your league. This article will continue on into Week 17, so keep joining me and we can get you that championship together. This past week was not kind as far as injuries go, so flex decisions will be tough for Week 13. For those that 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 who you can flex during Week 13. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?
Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville (vs. Indianapolis)
This seems like a cop-out, but hear me out. Leonard Fournette is suspended for this week (and this week only … but still … ugh), so Hyde is going to be the main guy toting the rock for Jacksonville. Old-man Frank Gore (no disrespect here) just averaged 4.8 yards per carry against Indianapolis, and I think Hyde can match that, if not exceed it. Hyde can catch the ball out of the backfield, so don’t expect T.J. Yeldon to soak up all of that work. Jacksonville traded to get Hyde for a reason, and that will show this week. Flex him with confidence in Week 13 (he is just a handcuff once Fournette returns).
Frank Gore, Miami (vs. Buffalo)
As I alluded to above, Gore averaged 4.8 yards per carry last week against Indianapolis. Buffalo’s run defense has been better than many would have thought, but it is on the same page as the Indianapolis run defense. The key here is that Buffalo isn’t as competitive as Indianapolis (sorry, Buffalo fans). He is averaging 17 touches per game the past three weeks, which is plenty to work with in the fantasy football world. Kenyan Drake is also banged up (again …), so keep an eye on that. I like Gore whether or not Drake plays in this contest.
Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay (vs. Carolina)
I’m featuring Barber for the third time in a row in this article. Don’t be mad, but he is just simply ranked too low yet again. Yes, Carolina is a much tougher matchup than San Francisco, but I don’t care when you have a running back touching the ball as much as Barber is lately. He has two straight games with 20 touches, and he scored in each one of them. I think it continues in Week 13, as this is an attackable matchup for Jameis Winston to get the ball near the goal line. Once they get there, they will look Barber’s way and he will score in his third consecutive contest.
Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers (at Pittsburgh)
Jackson looked electric in Melvin Gordon’s absence last week, totaling 57 yards on just 7 carries (8.1 yards per tote …). Everyone is assuming that Austin Ekeler is going to get all of the work, but I have my doubts. In Week 7, Ekeler got the start and totaled 68 yards on 17 touches. That’s not bad, but it’s not great. Ekeler is best suited as a change-of-pace back, and the Chargers realized this in Week 7. Also, Jackson had 122 receptions in his four-year stint at Northwestern, showing us that he has the chops to be a three-down back. This could blowup in my face, but my gut tells me it doesn’t. Don’t be shocked when Jackson receives 15 or more touches this week against Pittsburgh and Ekeler’s role doesn’t change as much as many expect.