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Championship week is here, Sharks. It’s what we all play for when we start this excursion in August. 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 16. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?

Running Backs

Jaylen Samuels, PIT (at New Orleans)

Samuels was the only bright spot last Sunday for Pittsburgh, as he totaled 172 whopping yards on 21 touches. What’s more promising is the fact that Stevan Ridley only saw 3 touches in that contest, so we know that Samuels is the main guy here. James Conner is looking extremely doubtful, as he has even admitted that he is not close to 100%. Mike Tomlin loves to lean on just one guy in his backfield, and Samuels is it. Go ahead and ride Samuels to your championship.

Kalen Ballage, MIA (vs. Jacksonville)

Frank Gore was placed on IR this week, leaving Miami’s backfield up in the air. That being said, if week 15 was any indication into how this backfield shapes up in Gore’s absence, it’s that Ballage should be the main guy toting the rock the rest of the way. Ballage out-touched Kenyan Drake 13-4 (Ballage totaled 121 yards and a touchdown on those 13 touches), and this should be a trend that continues. Adam Gase came out and stated that Drake’s lack of touches was not injury related, so for some reason they just don’t like giving Drake a lot of work. If you’re in a bind, flex Ballage, who has a great deal of upside in week 16.

Peyton Barber, TB (at Dallas)

Barber has been featured in this article often this year, and I’m putting him back in the circle of trust. In Week 15’s tough matchup against Baltimore, Barber totaled 89 yards and a touchdown on 21 touches. Dallas is also a tough matchup for running backs, but Marlon Mack just gashed them last week for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns. Barber was the only running back to receive a carry in Week 15, and he has scored in 4 of his past 5 games. The math adds up here to yet another productive day for the underrated back out of Auburn.

Zach Zenner, DET (vs. Minnesota)

If you’re truly in a bind in your championship (it’s possible with the onslaught of injuries that occurred last week), then you should give Zenner a hard look. Kerryon Johnson was placed on IR this week (sigh…he was a beast), so Zenner should continue getting the most work out of Detroit’s committee. Zenner is averaging 4.9 yards per carry on the year, and he has scored in 2 straight games. Last week was against a stout Buffalo run defense, too. Minnesota seems like a tough matchup for running backs, but they are just middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points given up to opposing running backs. Again, if you’re completely lost at who to flex, Zenner could be your saving grace.

About Ryan Black

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!