Championship week is here, Sharks! I know some of you also play in Week 17, so don’t fret, as I’ll be back next week to help with your tough flex decisions then, too. Week 16 is our only focus now, though, and you probably face some tough lineup decisions. So let’s look at some RB3, RB4, WR4, and WR5 types that you can plug into your flex and get you to the championship. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Isaiah Crowell, CLE (at Chicago)
Crowell is a tough one to trust in your fantasy championship, but I see him being a solid flex this week. He totaled 121 yards on the ground against Green Bay in Week 14 and 72 (on 5 carries!) in Week 15 against Baltimore. The game script was not in Crowell’s favor in Week 15, but should be in Week 16 when he travels to Chicago. This is going to be a close contest, with the Browns possibly getting their first win of the season. Look for Cleveland to ride the ground game hard against Chicago, whose run defense is just middle of the road against opposing running backs.
Kerwynn Williams, ARI (vs. New York Giants)
If Williams can’t go this week, insert Elijhaa Penny here. Before exiting Week 15’s contest against the Redskins, Williams had totaled 17 carries (then Penny came in and had 10 carries). It’s clear that Arians wants to pound the rock on the ground, and this shouldn’t be any different against the Giants (who may be starting Davis Webb this week…). Whoever gets the start this week will be a volume-based flex play, with a good chance of a goal line plunge.
Wayne Gallman, NYG (at Arizona)
On the other side of the ball, it’s looking like Gallman could be of service to you in Week 16. It looks as if Gallman has leapfrogged Orleans Darkwa as the lead back for the Giants, but that’s what’s not even the most appealing about him. Gallman quietly has 16 targets in his past two games, which is just absurd. As mentioned above, Davis Webb may be starting for the Giants in Week 16, and he will dump it off often to his running backs. Even if Eli Manning gets the nod, he is the one who tossed those 16 targets Gallman’s way the past two weeks. If you are in any kind of PPR format, Gallman is a safe play for you.
James White, NE (vs. Buffalo)
This one makes me a bit nervous, but I get the hunch that White is the beneficiary of Rex Burkhead’s injury (sigh…he was a stud as of late). White didn’t receive a carry in Week 15, but that will likely change this week. The Patriots are not going to hand Dion Lewis the ball 20 times, so look for White to have 5-8 carries with 4-7 targets in the passing game. The key here is that Burkhead was getting all of the goal line work before his injury. This could be where White makes his hay, as the goal line back for New England is as valuable as it gets. Call it a hunch, but White could be a stud in Week 16.