The ultimate “Do or Die” week is here. It’s scary, but with the right lineup decisions, you’ll be just fine. We have players, such as Dez Bryant, who are actually falling into must-bench territory. Then we have players, such as Robby Anderson, who are on the other end of that spectrum in the must-start category. Don’t just look at a name and say “hey, I’ve got to start him no matter what”. That’s never the case. Heck, Dez Bryant is no more than a flex this week. Anyway, I can help you with these so called flex decisions in this important week. Let’s look at some RB3, RB4, WR4, and WR5 types that you can flex in week 13. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Jerick McKinnon, MIN (at Atlanta)
Speaking of “must start” players, McKinnon was just that once Dalvin Cook went down with his season-ending injury. The SPARQ freak has come back down to Earth, however, while Latavius Murray continues to make hay. I’m not saying I like McKinnon better than Murray, but I do think both are fine plays this week. McKinnon has 36 receptions on the year, which ranks him 12th among running backs. Atlanta’s offense has been hot as of late, so look for the Vikings to lean on McKinnon more than usual in this one. McKinnon should see 15-20 touches this week.
Orleans Darkwa, NYG (at Oakland)
Darkwa seemed to have taken a backseat to Wayne Gallman last week against the Redskins, but that’s not completely true. Darkwa still out-touched Gallman 12-11, although he was out-produced in the running game. I see that gap widening this week in Darkwa’s favor. He quietly averages 4.6 yards per carry on the season, which ranks him 13th among running backs. Moreover, he has a 6.2% breakaway run rate (runs over 10 yards), which ranks him 6th at the running back position. With Geno Smith under center for the Giants, look for them to lean on the running game more than ever this week.
Duke Johnson, CLE (at Los Angeles Chargers)
I’m featuring Johnson here again, dang it! He didn’t do much last week, but he still totaled 67 yards on 10 touches. He also has 50 receptions on the year, which ranks him 5th among running backs. Oh yeah, he is also averaging 5.3 yards per carry this season, which ranks 3rd among qualifying running backs. The Chargers are on fire lately, so look for their offense to get ahead early (what’s new when someone faces Cleveland?). He is an auto-flex in any PPR format, as he has no less than 5 targets in a game since week 6. Flex him again, I tell ya!
Danny Woodhead, BAL (vs. Detroit)
Yeah, Woodhead only received 8 touches in week 12, but something tells me he sees more this week. Detroit has a better offense than Houston (shocker!), so game script should be in favor for Woodhead to produce. The Ravens will not be able to control the game script as they did in Week 12, which is where Woodhead comes in. His 20.3% snap share will increase in this game (possibly by a lot), as Joe Flacco will look for Woodhead often in this contest. If you’re in any kind of PPR league, Woodhead is a no-brainer flex.