Week 15 is here, Sharks. It’s the second week of the playoffs, which means that you’re most likely still in the hunt if you’re reading this. It’s still a one-and-done deal if you lose, so you have to be vigilant with your lineup decisions. 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 that you can flex during Week 15. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Elijah McGuire, NYJ (vs. Houston)
As of this writing, Isaiah Crowell looks like a long-shot to play in Week 15. Enter McGuire, who returned to practice on Wednesday and looks like he’ll get the start for the Jets this week. When Crowell went out in Week 14, McGuire totaled 83 yards and a touchdown on 20 touches. I believe he will see close to 20 touches again, and that’s exactly what you want when it comes to a flex play. Yes, Houston is a good run defense, but it doesn’t really matter when you see 20+ touches in what should be a closer contest than many think.
Josh Adams, PHI (at Los Angeles Rams)
Adams was a letdown in Week 14, but there is some hope here. First, he still averaged 5.1 yards per carry against a stingy Dallas run defense. Second, Jordan Howard just gashed the Rams’ run defense to the tune of 101 yards on 19 carries (5.3 yards per tote…). Howard and Adams are similar players, in that they are both north-south bangers. With Carson Wentz looking doubtful to play in Week 15, look for Adams to receive a lot of work against an ailing run defense.
Doug Martin, OAK (at Cincinnati)
I know, this is a gross recommendation, but here we are. Martin scored in Week 14’s surprising win against Pittsburgh, and I like his odds to score again in a mouth-watering matchup against the Bengals. Martin has 36 touches in his past 2 games, and game script should be in favor of Martin getting the ball a ton in this one. Martin could continue his scoring streak (3 weeks in a row) this week, in what could be another Oakland victory. Just close your eyes and be happy with the results.
Kenneth Dixon, BAL (vs. Tampa Bay)
Dixon continues to see more work week-in and week-out, and maybe even exceeds expectations this week. Dixon out-gained Gus Edwards 80 to 67 on 7 fewer touches in Week 14, as well as being the Baltimore running back who got the touchdown. Coach John Harbaugh stated Tuesday that he “expected Dixon’s role to grow going forward”, and that should be the case with Dixon’s exceptional play of late (Baltimore is also fighting for a playoff spot, leading me to believe even more that this is not just coach-speak). If you’re really in a bind in the semifinals, throw Dixon into your flex in a cushy matchup against the porous Tampa Bay run defense.