It’s playoff time, baby! This is both fun and scary at the same time, as you are one-and-done if you lose this week (in most formats). With all of the injuries and suspensions this week (Week 13 was weird…hell, the whole season has been), flex decisions are of the utmost importance. No fear, as I’ll give you some RB3, RB4, WR4, and WR5 types that can help you in your flex position and into the next round of the playoffs. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Jerick McKinnon, MIN (at Carolina)
This may look scary, as Carolina grades out as the fifth-hardest matchup for running backs on the year (yes, that’s even after the gashing the dynamic duo of the Saints just put on them). That being said, you can still “run through the air” on the stout Carolina defense. McKinnon caught all 5 of his targets in week 13, and one was for a touchdown. McKinnon should exceed the 5 targets he saw in Week 13, quite possibly even double it. McKinnon is a locked-and-loaded flex this week.
Isaiah Crowell, CLE (vs. Green Bay)
Did you know that Crowell was 19th in the league in rushing? I know, that’s nothing to write home about, but it’s better than what I expected. Green Bay is not an opposing matchup for running backs, and that was clearly shown in Week 13. Peyton Barber gashed the Green Bay run defense for 102 yards on 23 carries. Heck, Tampa Bay as a team had a total of 165 rushing yards against the Packers last week. Game script should be neutral in this one, as Green Bay shouldn’t blow Cleveland out of the water (upset of the week? Yes? No? Maybe so!), so Crowell will be needed in this contest.
Mike Davis, SEA (at Jacksonville)
The waiver wire wonder from Week 13 can add immediate flex help if you scored him this week (or hopefully before Week 13…). The Eagles are the hardest matchups for a running back, and Davis just totaled 101 yards against them. Jacksonville is a much better pass defense than run defense (although they have been tougher as of late), so I think Davis can have some success again in Week 13. Old man Frank Gore just averaged 4.7 yards per tote against them in Week 13, and that was on 13 carries. I expect Davis to see 15-18 carries and 3-6 receptions in Week 14. That’s “flexy”, am I right?
Andre Ellington, HOU (vs. San Francisco)
This is my PPR call for deeper leagues this week, as Houston was decimated by injuries to their pass catching unit in Week 13. Ellington saw 6 targets in Week 13, as he caught 5 of them for 56 yards (he also received 2 carries). I say this all the time, but opportunity is king in fantasy. The Texans are down to scraps in their receiving core, leaving them to use the newly acquired Ellington in the slot and out wide. Again, if you are REALLY struggling for a flex this week in a deep PPR league, Ellington could provide a safe floor for you.