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The regular season is coming to an end, but some of you are still fighting for a championship. You need to keep an eye on which players will be resting for the playoffs, as it looks as if the Rams have already decided to sit their studs (ugh…Todd Gurley, anyone?). It sucks, I know, but it is what it is. Let’s go ahead and look at some RB3, RB4, WR4, and WR5 types who could help you to win in Week 17. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?

Running Backs

Peyton Barber, TB (vs. New Orleans)

Barber is the clear lead back in Tampa Bay, while Doug Martin continues to be an afterthought. Barber out-touched Martin 15 to 6, while out-gaining him 55 to 7. Carolina’s run defense is much tougher than New Orleans is, so look for Barber to have more success in Week 17. You’re looking at a player who has looked good this year who will also see 15-20 touches. That’s a solid flex, if you ask me.

Wayne Gallman, NYG (vs. Washington)

Are you in any sort of PPR format? If so, then Gallman is your man. I had mentioned in last week’s article that he had amassed 16 targets in weeks 14 and 15, and he yet again came through in the passing game in Week 16. Gallman had 8 targets, in which he secured 6 of those for 44 yards. He also added 10 carries, which just makes Gallman an even more appealing flex. I said it last week and will say it again this week: Gallman is a very safe flex play.

Malcolm Brown, LAR (vs. San Francisco)

You’ve probably never heard of Brown, but he needs to be on your radar for Week 17. The Rams have stated that they will sit Todd Gurley for Week 17, so Brown will be the workhorse for the Rams. It’s all about opportunity, folks, and Brown will have a ton of that in Week 17. Should you expect Gurley-like numbers? No, of course not. That being said, Brown will likely see at least 20 touches in a good matchup for running backs. Don’t fear the unknown, Sharks.

Mike Gillislee, NE (vs. New York Jets)

This one is scary, but I seriously doubt New England will give Dion Lewis 29 touches against the hapless Jets in Week 17. Enter Gillislee, who did have a touchdown in Week 16. New England will simply need to run the ball, and then run the ball more against the Jets. Gillislee should lead New England in touches this week by a wide margin, so go ahead and have some faith in him if you’re really struggling this week. It is scary, but he could give you 1 or 2 touchdowns in Week 17.

Edit: Gillislee has missed two practices and may not play. If he doesn’t and James White does, insert White here. If they both don’t play, insert Brandon Bolden. That being said, Bolden would be a very deep and desperate flex play.

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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!