- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Welcome to the latest installment of the flex rankings, where we combine the top running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into one tidy list of 100 in an effort to help fantasy owners with their roster decisions. As we approach playoff time, we remind owners to make their own choices and use the advice given by members of the ESPN Fantasy staff only as a guide. They're still your teams, so win those championships with your decisions!
1. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Don't worry about him sitting in December. It's still premature to assume the Texans will clinch the top seed early.
2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Leads the league in rushing yards, by quite a bit. Who could have expected that after last season's knee injury?
3. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns: Already a top-10 running back.
4. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: Another rookie, and this one has scored in double digits (ESPN standard scoring) seven consecutive weeks. Reminds me of the next guy, who also has the capability to put up numbers against good foes.
5. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: If fourth-down statistics was its own category, he'd move to the top. As it is, he remains quite valuable, and not as disappointing as you'd think.
6. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Pretty much unstoppable again, averaging better than 20 points per game over the past three weeks.
7. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: What, he didn't score a touchdown for the first time since Week 1? What's wrong with him? Time to cut him. (OK, don't do that.)
8. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
9. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: While we'd all like to believe it, it's probably premature to presume he's a lock to get a ton of touches.
10. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
11. Roddy White, WR, Falcons
12. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
13. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
14. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins: Doesn't seem to be hitting that rookie wall anymore.
15. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: New offensive coordinator shouldn't affect the running game much. After all, it has been working fine.
16. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants: See, there was nothing to worry about here.
17. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots: Schedule starts to get tougher, but perhaps he's so good that it won't matter.
18. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Don't. Sit. Him. Ever.
19. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
21. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
22. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: Showing off his considerable ability of late; let's hope it continues. The Eagles' secondary shouldn't pose much opposition.
23. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals: Say it with me: un-der-rat-ed!
26. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants: Looks healthy and reliable again.
27. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams
28. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
29. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions: Make sure he plays before trusting him as a second fantasy back.
30. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills
31. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars: His rank might seem high, but seems to me most people aren't aware what he has been doing. It's double digits every week for this guy now.
32. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots
34. Marques Colston, WR, Saints
35. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos: Quiet the past three weeks with only eight receptions, but that hardly means he's being phased out. He has a nice matchup this week.
36. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: My highest-ranking Packers option in these ranks, but he still has a lot of competition internally.
37. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons
38. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Nobody will laugh at you if you bench this guy, but his weekly seven or eight points is still better than nothing.
39. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: Similar to Mathews, he doesn't score touchdowns and we've stopped expecting big numbers, but he gets you a little something each week.
40. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
41. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
42. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons: There's a long line of people trying to tell you Turner doesn't matter anymore, but he has scored touchdowns in three of his past four games. He's not going away.
43. Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders
44. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints: Not a great matchup for him, but he's going to catch passes for those of you in PPR formats. Don't worry about the lack of handoffs.
45. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
46. Danario Alexander, WR, Chargers: Quite the rise to relevancy for this fellow.
48. Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins: Still in a time-share for now.
49. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Two months ago, would you have ever believed someone like Danario Alexander would be ranked above Fitz? Well, two months ago many of you didn't know who Alexander was.
51. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets
52. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos: Can't say I'm surprised he's relevant, but it did come quickly. He could go away just as quickly.
53. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins: Obviously a difference-maker, but we never know if he could be shut down early because of his foot injury.
55. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars: He's not Shorts, but his future, both immediate and down the road, is looking brighter each week.
56. Lance Moore, WR, Saints
57. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals: I just have a hard time trusting this guy, but he does have a pretty decent matchup.
58. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers: Same here with Dwyer. Yes, he has been anointed the starter, but what does that really mean? Twenty touches? What if he fumbles again early? Be careful trusting any Steelers.
59. Owen Daniels, TE, Texans
60. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
61. Danny Amendola, WR, Rams
62. Michael Bush, RB, Bears: People seem to love him after his multi-touchdown outing in Week 12, but he averaged fewer than 3 yards per carry. He hadn't topped four fantasy points since Week 3. If Matt Forte sits, Bush likely will be overrated.
63. Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots: This is a big game for his fantasy value. It's fine if he's unproductive in his first game back, but in his second, too?
64. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
65. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys
67. Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars: Hmm, seems we're having quite a run of average running backs here.
68. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons: And here's another one! Look, if Rodgers was playing well, he'd have a large piece of the job. But he's nothing special.
69. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
70. Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins
71. Vick Ballard, RB, Colts
72. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers
73. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots
74. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: He's back! Problem is, he wasn't doing much when healthy, and the quarterback situation is an issue.
75. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: The T.Y. does not stand for thank you, not that we can't believe it.
77. Chris Ivory, RB, Saints
78. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders
79. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers: On a cold streak of late, but he remains relevant.
80. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: His relatively high ranking at tight end shouldn't be taken as newfound trust in him. There are just so few tight ends playing well on a consistent basis these days.
81. Donald Brown, RB, Colts
82. James Starks, RB, Packers: Watch him run and it's really not very exciting.
83. Greg Jennings, WR, Packers: Over/under on snaps for him this week should be around 25, which isn't much.
84. Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins: Would like to see what he could do with all the carries. Perhaps if the Dolphins get officially eliminated soon.
86. James Jones, WR, Packers
87. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers: Not giving up on him, but it's no longer looking positive.
88. Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers
89. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers: For those who thought the quarterback change would save him, what do you think now? He's still a top-10 tight end, though, because there's nobody else who deserves to jump over him.
90. Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets
91. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
92. David Wilson, RB, Giants: Certainly worth owning in all formats because he's exactly the type of guy who could get mid-December opportunities and make good.
93. Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins: Playing better of late.
94. Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals
95. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Patriots: It's time for his fantasy fans to look closer at his numbers. Next step is for him to fall out of these rankings all together.
96. Joique Bell, RB, Lions: Would get sizable boost if Leshoure sits.
97. Brandon Stokley, WR, Broncos: His production might explain Decker's lack of production, really.
98. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos: When coaches speak, fantasy owners shouldn't believe what they say.
99. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
100. Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers
Others: Bilal Powell, RB, Jets; Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks; Kenny Britt, WR, Titans; Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions; Ben Tate, RB, Texans; Alex Green, RB, Packers; Brandon Jacobs, RB, 49ers; Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots; Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs.