- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Ah, the fantasy football playoffs, when proper use of your flex position is more critical than ever. That doesn't necessarily mean you should debate the decision for hours, but take our rankings and the latest news into account and choose confidently. Here is the latest combination of the top running backs and wide receivers for Week 14 to help you.
Please remember that, once again, there is a Thursday night game, as Peyton Manning will try to avoid adding to his recent run of interceptions in Tennessee against the Titans. As you can see below, I'm pretty confident in the Titans' running back, and also interesting is the absence of a certain Hall of Fame wide receiver currently calling Tennessee home.
Enjoy, and best of luck in Week 14 and beyond!
1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: If that's what he looks like with a sprained ankle, scoring three touchdowns, then there's never reason to doubt him.
2. Peyton Hillis, RB, Browns: From 37 fantasy points in Week 12 to seven last week. Obviously I'm looking at a bounce-back performance against the Bills.
3. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
4. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Fantasy's No. 1 player has a tough matchup, so don't expect 150 rushing yards. But he'll get enough to help you.
5. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars: Has rushed for 100 yards in five consecutive games ... now we just need more touchdowns!
6. Greg Jennings, WR, Packers: Tremendous run with three consecutive 100-yard receiving games. Don't worry about the cold weather with him, either.
7. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: Well, you see my stance. If Johnson was facing a really tough run defense, he wouldn't be here. But the Colts are not tough to run on.
8. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts: Don't feel too sorry for Peyton Manning and all his missing targets. Wayne is still pretty good.
9. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos: I'll take the under on another 150-plus yards, but he should get plenty of opportunities in the new regime.
10. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
11. Roddy White, WR, Falcons
12. Marques Colston, WR, Saints: Zero touchdowns the first six games, but he has five since then. He turned things around and is safe again.
13. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Ladies and gents, we're watching an historic season here, as he's averaging 6.2 yards per rush. That shouldn't go down this week, either.
14. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: Is it OK to say I really hoped for more than 102 rushing yards against the Cardinals?
15. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: It doesn't just seem like it's all or nothing with him, it actually is after his Week 13 goose egg! Still, the lure of big numbers is too great to avoid him.
16. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
17. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
18. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
21. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders: Nice to see him return to top-10 running back status.
23. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants: Sat out practice Wednesday because of a wrist injury but certainly seems like he'll play, and play well, Sunday.
24. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
26. Matt Forte, RB, Bears
27. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens: Wildly inconsistent this season, but can't ask for a much better matchup than facing the Texans.
28. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots
29. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets: Generous rank for him, but I see a big Jets bounce-back game offensively, and a touchdown drought ending for Tomlinson as well.
31. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills: One more nothing game and yes, I will become concerned about him.
32. Thomas Jones, RB, Chiefs
33. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
34. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Buccaneers: Could share the goal-line duties, but that generally gets overrated. He'll just need to score from 12 yards out instead of 3.
36. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers
37. Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals: I know you think he has been awful this season, but he is the No. 20 running back in terms of fantasy scoring. He hasn't been that bad! Not a good matchup here, obviously, but don't write him off.
39. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
40. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: The proposed timeshare sure looks like it's heavily favoring Stewart.
41. Santana Moss, WR, Redskins
42. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Patriots: Tough matchup, but this is a guy with 11 rushing touchdowns. Even in tough matchups, touchdowns are scored.
43. Chris Ivory, RB, Saints: Those waiting for Pierre Thomas to return are probably mighty tired of hearing that by now. If this was a last-place team, would Ivory's emergence deem Thomas an injured-reserve candidate?
44. Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals
45. Mike Tolbert, RB, Chargers: Odd Week 13 game, as the Chargers fell behind early and abandoned the running game. Shouldn't happen again this week.
46. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers: Nice matchup, and good numbers projected here, but I'm mildly cautious.
47. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants: Still looking good, whether he's the starter or not.
49. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens: Has scored touchdowns in three of five games, and for the best part, see the second part of Anquan Boldin's write-up.
51. Hines Ward, WR, Steelers: Not so much fun to start anymore, with one game of more than 11 fantasy points all season.
52. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings
53. Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins
54. Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets: More fantasy points than Andre Johnson since Week 9.
55. Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts
57. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: I guess you can see I don't expect another three-touchdown performance this week.
58. Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets
59. Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins: Talk to me if he suits up, then check out his week-by-week numbers.
60. Tashard Choice, RB, Cowboys
61. James Starks, RB, Packers: Still a bit crowded in this backfield, but this is the guy to own.
63. Jahvid Best, RB, Lions: We're not even asking for another 40-point fantasy performance, just something decent.
65. Donald Driver, WR, Packers: Ah, now that's the Driver of old.
66. Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals
67. Anthony Dixon, RB, 49ers: And finally we find a 49ers player. More to come. But note who came first.
69. Javarris James, RB, Colts
70. Deion Branch, WR, Patriots
71. Brian Westbrook, RB, 49ers
72. Mike Thomas, WR, Jaguars
73. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: Last time he scored a touchdown was way back in Week 2, but more disconcerting is the fact that he last topped six fantasy points that week as well.
74. Roy E. Williams, WR, Cowboys: Been awhile since he has been relevant as well, but it all changes with Dez Bryant out.
75. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals
76. Danny Amendola, WR, Rams
77. Maurice Morris, RB, Lions: If Best is back, then Morris won't matter much.
78. Lee Evans, WR, Bills
79. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets
80. Steve Smith, WR, Giants: Make sure he's playing before you use him, but even if he plays, there are no guarantees this week.
81. Lance Moore, WR, Saints
82. Michael Bush, RB, Raiders
83. Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins: Actually had 86 receiving yards the last time he faced the Jets, for what it's worth.
84. Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers: Certainly can't say he didn't have his opportunity.
85. Robert Meachem, WR, Saints
86. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars
87. James Davis, RB, Redskins: Top Redskins running back on this list, but is that even relevant?
88. Ben Obomanu, WR, Seahawks
89. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
90. Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins
91. Steve Breaston, WR, Cardinals
92. Mike Goodson, RB, Panthers: Actually did well with his opportunity, but sometimes life just isn't fair.
93. Danny Woodhead, RB/WR, Patriots: There might be a tendency to overrate him coming off his 104-yard receiving effort against the Jets. After all, he didn't have that many in the four previous weeks combined.
94. Earl Bennett, WR, Bears
95. Keiland Williams, RB, Redskins
96. Jacoby Ford, WR, Raiders: Would like to see what he could do with a big-time passing offense.
98. Reggie Bush, RB, Saints
99. Justin Forsett, RB, Seahawks
100. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills