Week 15 flex ranks: Playoff pressure is on
The San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos get Week 15 started, but note this will be the final Thursday night game of the season. The flex rankings will continue for the final two weeks, but you’ll have a bit more time to process them before making final decisions for Sunday’s action. This is a good thing. We’re honored to play a role in those decisions, and while important players left and right leave fantasy rosters for various reasons -- health-related and perhaps not -- we wish you well (and health!) in the fantasy playoffs.
Best of luck to all in Week 15 and beyond!
1. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: Leading rusher in the NFL after his snow-fest explosion and the schedule doesn’t appear to be challenging.
2. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Leading scorer among non-quarterbacks in fantasy for the season and again, the schedule doesn’t appear to be challenging.
3. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Tougher schedule in theory, but you’re not sitting him.
4. Matt Forte, RB, Bears
5. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns: Has 109 standard fantasy points in four weeks. Think about just how many that is for a non-quarterback. It’s hard to believe.
6. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Well, he’s pretty good, too. All indoors the next three weeks!
7. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
8. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
9. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
10. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers: I have to think he will play against Dallas, and will play very well. No defense permits more fantasy points to running backs than the shell that is the Cowboys' defense.
11. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: He’s not the one likely matched up with Cleveland’s Joe Haden.
12. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos: One single-digit fantasy game in his past 10. You’re thinking of sitting that?
13. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
14. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
15. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: One double-digit fantasy game in his past five, so you’re within your rights to question the rank. But man, the schedule is nice for him.
16. Reggie Bush, RB, Lions: Risky this week because he’s still hurting, and the Lions showed last week they’re capable of leaving him active and still not using him. And the game is on Monday night. Consider using a lesser-ranked yet safer player.
17. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
18. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
19. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins: Hasn’t done much the past three games, but honestly, the NFL’s No. 6 rusher for the season is good enough to explode in this tasty matchup this week. The fact the guy handing off to him has changed is irrelevant.
20. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
21. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints: And then there was one tight end in the top tier. Farewell, Rob Gronkowski. Please stay healthy, Jimmy Graham!
22. Ben Tate, RB, Texans: You bet I thought he would be considerably better and more consistent than this if given full-time opportunity. Now he’s no sure thing.
23. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos: Absence of Wes Welker figures to aid him, but can’t see how his owners would be sitting him anyway.
24. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
25. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins: As with Morris, the change from Robert Griffin III to Kirk Cousins doesn’t alter my feelings on Garcon. He’s third in the NFL in receptions. Let’s assume Cousins knows how good Garcon is.
26. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
28. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals: Ah, if he could be what Vereen is. Well, he mostly is.
29. Marques Colston, WR, Saints: How many of you didn’t play him for the multi-touchdown game against the Panthers? Feels like he’s bound to disappoint this week.
30. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
31. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars: Not assured of playing, and one has to wonder why the Jaguars would force it.
32. Zac Stacy, RB, Rams: If his worst fantasy game is seven or eight points, we’ll take it.
33. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: No, to answer one of the most obvious questions out there, I do not think Aaron Rodgers will play this week. But against the Cowboys, I think Matt Flynn will do just fine. Nelson hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 8. That changes Sunday.
34. Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles
35. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
36. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
37. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons: Have to admit he looks pretty good, and the Washington defense certainly does not.
38. Andre Brown, RB, Giants: Seattle is tough, but Brown is tough, too. Definitely a RB2 even if he loses goal-line touches, which hasn’t been officially established anyway.
39. Roddy White, WR, Falcons: Made my top 20 wide receivers this week, so clearly I’ve bought back in.
40. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
41. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
42. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars: Has scored touchdowns in consecutive weeks, and the Bills don’t do a great job stopping things like these.
43. Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings: Assuming he’s healthy and Adrian Peterson sits this one out, he’s definitely worth adding. Is he a top-20 RB? He’s close. But you cannot extrapolate his yards-per-carry over 20 rushing attempts and expect monster numbers!
44. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers
45. Rashad Jennings, RB, Raiders: Says he’ll play, which is about one step up from a coach
saying the same thing, I suppose.
46. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
47. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
48. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: Quiet performance in Week 14, but he’s better than 12 rushing yards. Just don’t take the Jaguars' matchup and assume greatness.
49. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons
50. Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos
51. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants: Can’t recall the previous time he ranked outside the top 50 in flex rankings, if ever. But he’s not producing, bottom line.
52. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
54. Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons
55. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: Go ahead and rely on him, if you dare.
56. Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers
57. Montee Ball, RB, Broncos: Getting enough touches to be worth everyone’s while.
58. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Writing him off would be a mistake. Very talented player, Andrew Luck will find him.
59. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys: Not sure why Tony Romo doesn’t look his way more.
60. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers
61. Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins: Most people would note he’s not the high-upside wide receiver on his team, but each has four double-digit fantasy games, and Hartline more points for the season.
62. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals
63. Joique Bell, RB, Lions: If he’s available in your league and you own Reggie Bush, add him now. Becomes a nice option if Bush sits on Monday.
64. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
65. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins
66. Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots: You’re just guessing if you think you know which Tom Brady target gets the most love after Vereen. Against Dallas, you play 'em all. Against Miami, you do not.
67. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
68. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets
69. Bobby Rainey, RB, Buccaneers: Seems like he can play, at least when the matchup is really favorable. This week it is not. See his quiet games from weeks 12 and 13.
70. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills
71. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: Hey, he scored a touchdown last week! He hadn’t done so since Week 8 when everyone anointed him the next big thing. It’s been a time share all along.
72. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Cardinals: Meet the other part of the time share.
73. Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks
74. Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns: Don’t forget about his upside. He can still help you win.
75. Donald Brown, RB, Colts: Like a roller coaster with this guy, but he’s still getting touches.
76. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
77. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots: He’s back! I could see him getting 15 touches, so don’t write him off.
78. James Jones, WR, Packers
79. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins: Apparently destined to disappoint, for any number of reasons.
80. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
81. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints: Almost seems like Saints don’t trust him. Or want to keep him healthy for January. Either way, he’s not a good fantasy option, even in PPR formats.
82. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: Didn’t hear much about Ladarius Green invading his space in Week 14.
84. Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Browns: Has a wonderful matchup, but there are no guarantees the team gives him enough touches to matter.
85. Coby Fleener, TE, Colts
86. Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings
87. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers: He’s healthy enough to play and Jonathan Stewart is not, but on this offense, does it really matter? This rank says it does not.
88. Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders
89. Jarrett Boykin, WR, Packers
90. Willis McGahee, RB, Browns
91. Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins: Broke off a 55-yarder against the Steelers, which might say more about the Steelers, frankly. They also allowed QB Ryan Tannehill a 48-yarder. Thomas is no star.
92. Charles Clay, TE, Dolphins
93. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers
94. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Steelers
95. James Starks, RB, Packers: If Lacy cannot play, move Starks up to close to RB2 status. That’s how bad the Cowboys are defensively.
96. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers: That’s six receptions and 10 fantasy points in two weeks, in case you expected the 2012 version right away.
97. Rod Streater, WR, Raiders
98. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
99. Marlon Brown, WR, Ravens
100. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
Others: Delanie Walker, TE, Titans; LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots; Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets; Bilal Powell, RB, Jets; Tavon Austin, WR, Rams; Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens; Rueben Randle, WR, Giants; Trent Richardson, RB, Colts; Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers; Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Colts; Andre Holmes, WR, Raiders; Shonn Greene, RB, Titans; Marcel Reece, RB, Raiders; Nate Burleson, WR, Lions; Jordan Todman, RB, Jaguars; Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles