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Flex ranks: Michael Bush a top-20 option

11/10/2011

We're into double digits now! Yes, it's Week 10, and since it's Thursday, it's time for the latest top 100 flex rankings. There are running backs, wide receivers and tight ends ranked here for Week 10, all in one man's order to help you make decisions.

Please remember there is a game Thursday night -- and will be for Thursdays to come! -- so prepare accordingly. If you're on the fence about a certain player, due to injury or some other reason, always remember to use the obvious strong Thursday night options -- Vincent Jackson and Michael Bush, for example -- in the WR and RB slots, respectively, not at flex. You might need that flexibility come Sunday morning.

As always, we're here to help, but these are your teams, so make the best decisions you can! Here's a link to my Wednesday chat wrap for more advice. Best of luck in Week 10 and beyond!

1. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: That's 78 standard fantasy points in three weeks, if you're counting at home. That's more than all but 29 players have all season.
2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: OK, so he's pretty good, too.

3. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles

4. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: I wouldn't worry too much about him losing touchdowns. He's still a major fantasy producer.

5. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

6. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens

7. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars: He loves the matchup with the Colts, and so will fantasy owners.

8. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Fantasy's No. 1 wide receiver for the season comes off a bye week with double-digit performances every week.

9. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons

10. Greg Jennings, WR, Packers

11. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: Who would have guessed Smith would be a top-5 wide receiver again with a rookie quarterback?

12. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams

13. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: I don't expect Felix Jones to play this week, but even if he does, Murray should be good for at least 15 touches.

14. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers

15. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers: Gore has five consecutive 100-yard rushing games, and the Giants can be run on. The ankle injury he suffered last week doesn't appear a major issue.

16. Michael Bush, RB, Raiders: You know, it's certainly possible Darren McFadden keeps missing games because of his foot injury, so Bush is worth dealing for.

17. Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers: You can't ever sit him knowing how big his "big games" can be.

18. Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos: Don't be so shocked; he continues to play well.

19. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs

20. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: You know, the Eagles aren't exactly thriving defensively. As such, don't downgrade Fitzgerald because of the quarterback situation.

21. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers

22. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Buccaneers: Looked fine in Week 9, and while this isn't a great matchup against the Texans, he's still a strong RB2.

23. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots

24. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers

25. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: Don't assume he becomes a safe WR1 just because Miles Austin isn't around for a few weeks.

26. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints

27. Roddy White, WR, Falcons

28. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Rams: It's worth noting that the Browns have been among the stingiest in allowing fantasy points to opposing passing games.

29. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: Go ahead and trade the farm for him, but I'm sure not convinced he's back.

30. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles: Clearly Philly's top wide receiver at this point, for whatever that's worth.

31. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys: He has more fantasy points than Dez Bryant, you know. Bryant has more upside, though.

32. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Patriots: He produced 26 fantasy points a few weeks ago against the Jets; don't assume he can't do it again.

33. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets: Similarly, his best game of the season came against the Patriots. Of course, their defense is not very good.

34. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: With the Steelers and Ravens littering Cincy's schedule, it's time to see what rookies Green and Andy Dalton can do.

35. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants: Make sure he plays, but indications are he will, and if he does, I trust him.

36. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants: Same as Bradshaw, really, though it's not a great matchup by any means.

37. Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins: Word on the street is Matt Moore might be Miami's quarterback in 2012 as well. Not the best news for those planning to keep Marshall.

38. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

39. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals: One of the most maddening players to own. Goes nuts on the Ravens, then struggles against the Rams. Based on that, perhaps he won't do much versus a bad run defense in Philly.

40. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints: Showing signs of being normal again.

41. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens

42. Mike Tolbert, RB, Chargers

43. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Very good rookie, but don't make plans to keep him over surefire top-10 wide receivers, either. Still go with Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings.

44. Roy Helu, RB, Redskins: I'm certainly on board with his talent, but just be aware that at any time, and without provocation, his coach could change his mind.

45. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: Looking like his old self again, which is obviously nice.

46. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

47. Mario Manningham, WR, Giants

48. Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals

49. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles: Not the season he was looking for if he wanted a big contract.

50. Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets

51. Jackie Battle, RB, Chiefs: Certainly not giving up on him, but clearly the inconsistent Chiefs are not to be trusted.

52. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Becoming a reliable RB3, or essentially a decent flex choice.

53. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills

54. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: His emergence really isn't surprising, but I don't assume he becomes a safe WR2, either.

55. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: Doesn't really matter for him statistically what the other Saints running backs are doing. There's something to be said for knowing your role.

56. Nate Washington, WR, Titans

57. James Starks, RB, Packers: About the most average running back there is.

58. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: Don't concern yourself with what he'd do if he got more carries, because it's not gonna happen.

59. Ben Tate, RB, Texans: On the other hand, I've definitely wondered what might happen if Arian Foster wasn't playing, or playing so well. Tate would be terrific.

60. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings

61. Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers

62. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

63. Plaxico Burress, WR, Jets: Has really had only one big game, but against the Patriots, you have to consider him.

64. Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins: I'll admit he has had some moments as a pure running back this season, but we've been burned by him before.

65. Maurice Morris, RB, Lions: I honestly don't know when Jahvid Best will play again. I don't think he knows, either.

66. Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks

67. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants: Only three double-digit fantasy games, but he leads the Giants' wide receivers in fantasy points.

68. Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots: Has scored in three consecutive games but hasn't topped 10 fantasy points, either. Still, you know he'll do something.

69. Steve Breaston, WR, Chiefs

70. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers: He's actually averaging 4.8 yards per rush, so don't blame everything on him.

71. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos

72. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers: If only he had Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, all would be wonderful.

73. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants: Someday he'll get another chance to start regularly, and he'll look a bit like the current Cedric Benson statistically, but with a few more touchdowns.

74. Laurent Robinson, WR, Cowboys: People seem to think he's a superstar in waiting. Um, not really. But he does have an opportunity now.

75. Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins: Ah, the rookie running back blues.

76. Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts: Ah, the bad quarterback blues.

77. Joseph Addai, RB, Colts

78. Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Browns: Of course, in his case, getting an opportunity might not be such a big deal.

79. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons: Was doing a lot better early in the season, but he's still in my tight end top 10.

80. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers: So it must be this week that he gets going!

81. Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers: A smart add just in case Gore gets hurt, or the 49ers clinch the division before Thanksgiving. Both could happen.

82. Lance Moore, WR, Saints

83. Donald Brown, RB, Colts: This rank proves I'm still not exactly buying.

84. Jacoby Ford, WR, Raiders: And this rank proves the same thing. It was just one good game, though I have been talking him up since August.

85. Fred Davis, TE, Redskins

86. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

87. Deion Branch, WR, Patriots

88. Chris Ivory, RB, Saints: Don't be so surprised he has a role on this team. He did lead the team in rushing a year ago, after all.

89. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets

90. Jerome Simpson, WR, Bengals

91. Earl Bennett, WR, Bears: I think he can become the top Jay Cutler target, but is that really meaningful for standard leagues? Probably not.

92. Jake Ballard, TE, Giants

93. Delone Carter, RB, Colts

94. Robert Meachem, WR, Saints

95. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

96. Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots

97. Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

98. Jabar Gaffney, WR, Redskins

99. Early Doucet, WR, Cardinals

100. Ryan Grant, RB, Packers

Just missed: Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers; Javon Ringer, RB, Titans; Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders; Marion Barber, RB, Bears; Jason Hill, WR, Jaguars; Keiland Williams, WR, Lions; Michael Jenkins, WR, Vikings; Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins; Ricky Williams, RB, Ravens; James Jones, WR, Packers; Thomas Jones, RB, Chiefs.