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It’s playoff time, baby! It’s win or go home, so you need to make sure that you don’t get cute and overthink things. With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 14! The key is making sure you make those right flex decisions. For those who 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 that you can flex during Week 14. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

Kareem Hunt, CLE (vs. Cincinnati)

I’m going to continue beating the Hunt drum, due to the fact that many still don’t want to trust him. He has scored in each of his past two games, and now faces a top-5 matchup for running backs when the Bengals come to town. He is also averaging 6 targets in the passing game since returning from his suspension, which elevates his floor every week. This is a must-win game for Cleveland, so look for them to rely on their backfield to shoulder them to victory (and you as well).

Jamaal Williams, GB (vs. Washington)

What’s weird is that Aaron Jones is consistently ranked as a RB1, while Williams is ranked as a RB3. Why is it weird, you ask? Well, for starters they are in an even split when it comes to backfield snaps. Secondly, Williams has outproduced Jones on a per game basis the past 5 weeks. Jones does offer more of the “boom” potential, but Williams has the higher floor. Washington won’t get out ahead of the Packers, so look for them to use their backfield even more than usual in this contest.

Rashaad Penny, SEA (at Los Angeles Rams)

Coach Carrol has stayed true to his word, as Penny has been much more involved in his past 2 games. Even though Chris Carson did out-touch him in Week 13, it was Penny who was more effective (107 total yards and 2 touchdowns). The Rams are not a daunting matchup, and the Seahawks will look to run the ball down their throats. I think 15-20 touches sounds about right, with 4-6 of those being the valuable touches via the passing game. You can trust Penny in Week 14.

Carlos Hyde, HOU (vs. Denver)

This one isn’t for the faint of heart, as Hyde has been a disappointment of late. That being said, I think you can flex him with some confidence this week. Denver is more vulnerable via the ground, and game script will be favorable for Houston in this contest. Hyde quietly has 880 total yards on the season, and is averaging 4.6 yards per tote (that ties a career high for the veteran). Look for Hyde to handle 17-22 carries and all of the goal line work in Week 14.

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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!