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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. It’s easy to do that with the plethora of injuries that occurred in Week 14. With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 15! 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 15. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, WAS (vs. Philadelphia)

With Derrius Guice on IR, Peterson now has the stranglehold on this backfield. When Guice went down last week, Peterson saw 20 touches, in which he totaled 78 yards and a touchdown. Philadelphia is a tough run defense, but with that kind of volume, it doesn’t matter. The Eagles’ offense is in shambles (thanks in large part to injuries) so game script shouldn’t get too out of hand here. Flex the future Hall of Famer with confidence in Week 15.

Patrick Laird, MIA (at New York Giants)

Laird has been consistent since he has been the starter for the Dolphins the past two games, where he has at least 86 total yards or a touchdown in each contest. The most appealing part of all of this is that he has 10 targets in those two games, which are the valuable touches we want. The Giants are a neutral matchup for opposing running backs, and game script will not get out of hand. Look for Miami to continue leaning on the rookie in Week 15, which means you can too.

Ronald Jones, TB (at Detroit)

Jones has been a dud of late, but this week’s contest against Detroit has the looks of a get right game for the sophomore runner. Jones did see 5 targets in the passing game in Week 14, which is always promising to see. Detroit is the second best matchup for opposing running backs, and Jameis Winston’s hand injury may force Tampa Bay to utilize their backfield more than usual in this contest. Detroit won’t blow Tampa Bay out of the water with their floundering offense, so you can bank on solid volume in a plus matchup for Jones in Week 15.

Carlos Hyde, HOU (at Tennessee)

Hyde continues to get no love. I recommended him here last week, and he did just fine (78 total yards). The fact of the matter is that we know Hyde will see at least 15 touches, with the opportunity for more. Tennessee is a neutral matchup for opposing running backs, so don’t be scared off by the matchup. These inner-divisional games are typically close games, so don’t think the Titans are just going to run away with this game. I like Hyde to see plenty of scoring opportunities as well, making him a safe flex with a decent ceiling in Week 15.

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