- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Welcome to Thursday, that special day when we combine running backs and wide receivers into one long weekly rankings list. Running back and wide receiver ... the two positions listed for New England's Danny Woodhead, who returns to the top 100 flex rankings this week. We laugh, we cry, we all flex together. Let's get started.
This week you'll see the normal infusion of running backs early in the rankings, then things change like no other week this season. Let's just say it's not a particularly good week for running back depth. In fact, I couldn't find 50 backs I really liked for the position rankings, and you won't find 50 running backs on this list below. Rather, it's heavy on wide receivers, and even if this list went 10 deeper (to 110), I'd likely just add nine more wide receivers. This is good for those in deep leagues, because the days of automatically choosing a running back for the flex spot are long gone.
As always, use these rankings as a guide but ultimately make your own decisions for active rosters, and please keep up with the news right up to game time Sunday. Things will change in the coming days. Remember, these are, after all, your teams.
Enjoy, and best of luck with your decisions in Week 7.
1. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: Surprise! The matchup dictates he can't help but go nuts this week.
2. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: How many fantasy games were decided by his late-game touchdown Monday night? Until that point, CJ wasn't having a great day.
3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
4. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: If he can just stay healthy, the numbers will be there.
5. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
6. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers: Remember, he was top 10 even without Big Ben. In fact, I'd still trade for him.
8. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars: Not a great Monday night game for him, but the Jaguars should rely on him more given their quarterback problems this week.
9. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons: Still capable of many touchdowns.
10. Roddy White, WR, Falcons
11. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys: Even the top wide receivers will have the occasional clunker. Watch him torch the Giants.
12. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
13. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Looking good, but still sharing time, so don't get too excited.
15. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: Sheesh, if we could all be this productive with fractured ribs. Not that we're endorsing anyone to have this malady. All the talk about quarterbacks, and McCoy just produces.
16. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens: It's not only Ray Rice who should enjoy playing the Bills.
17. Randy Moss, WR, Vikings
18. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders: Look for him to bounce back to previous production. His backfield mate, Michael Bush, had his chance.
19. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots
20. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants: Miles Austin should be good against his team, but Nicks is a top-10 wide receiver as well.
21. Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals: I don't understand the panic about this guy. He's fine.
23. Greg Jennings, WR, Packers: Good for the occasional long touchdown, but it would be nice to see an eight-catch, 110-yard game.
24. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Back to sputtering in the run game. You would sputter too behind that offensive line.
25. Steve Smith, WR, Giants
26. Peyton Hillis, RB, Browns: Kind of a big week for his future fantasy value. He's not facing the Steelers this week.
27. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Broncos: Don't let one average week sway you from sitting him.
28. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos: Don't let many average weeks force you into using him.
29. Hines Ward, WR, Steelers
30. Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals
31. Donald Driver, WR, Packers
32. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers: On pace for 1,014 yards. No, really he is. That might not seem like much in a 16-game season, but the point is, he hasn't been that bad.
33. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: He's back, and given this rank it's clear I'd use him.
34. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: He'll go off a few days after you finally give up and trade him away.
35. Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins
36. Marques Colston, WR, Saints: Who has November for him finally scoring a touchdown? December? Sometime in 2010, at least?
37. Thomas Jones, RB, Chiefs
38. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers: He's got me convinced.
39. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals: Terrific buy-low option. His stock should not have dropped coming off the bye week.
40. Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys: Remains to be seen if he can handle the workload consistently, but the Cowboys have to let him try.
41. Santana Moss, WR, Redskins
42. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Not the best debut, but he has time.
43. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings
44. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants: Pretty potent the past three weeks, especially in touchdown-heavy leagues.
46. Terrell Owens, WR, Bengals: Actually has outscored Chad Ochocinco by quite a bit; maybe soon our rankings will reflect that.
47. Roy E. Williams, WR, Cowboys: Never expected to see him in my top 50, but the production absolutely warrants it.
48. Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins: Not a nice matchup for a guy struggling to begin with.
49. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers
50. Lance Moore, WR, Saints
52. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: Terrific performance in Week 6. Can't say a thing bad about it. But I'm not going to rely on him just yet.
55. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: Still a buy-low option to me.
56. Kenny Britt, WR, Titans
58. Deion Branch, WR, Patriots: Very nice return to New England, but not a top-20 wide receiver yet.
59. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: No. 3 Dallas wide receiver, but still very relevant.
60. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens
61. Michael Bush, RB, Raiders: Well, don't drop him yet.
63. Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys
64. Mike Williams, WR, Seahawks
65. Jabar Gaffney, WR, Broncos
66. Buster Davis, WR, Chargers: Take your pick between Buster and Crayton. Or take both.
67. Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins: Not doing much even in good matchups.
68. Mike Thomas, WR, Jaguars: The best Jacksonville wide receiver now.
69. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: I can't make a strong case for him anymore. I can barely make a weak case.
70. Eddie Royal, WR, Broncos
72. Lee Evans, WR, Bills
73. Justin Forsett, RB, Seahawks
74. Danny Amendola, WR, Rams: Not quite the big Week 6 most people expected, but don't give up hope yet.
75. Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers: You'd think someone could step up and steal his carries, wouldn't you?
76. Robert Meachem, WR, Saints
77. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: It's a mistake to cut him. Again, he's coming off a bye, so why would anyone like him much less than they did a week ago?
78. Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals
79. Anthony Armstrong, WR, Redskins: I'm well aware the fellow from the now-canceled "Law & Order" was named Anthony Anderson, not Armstrong (see last week's blog), but it seems many people didn't understand that it was a joke. It's no joke that Armstrong is on the verge of emerging.
80. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills: He's scoring touchdowns, but few are noticing.
81. Earnest Graham, RB, Buccaneers: I could see him emerging as the team's top running back if healthy.
82. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars: Ho hum, another underachieving week.
83. Mike Tolbert, RB, Chargers: Got three carries last week, though he scored on a third of them.
84. Steve Breaston, WR, Cardinals
85. Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins
86. Willis McGahee, RB, Ravens
87. Danny Woodhead, RB/WR, Patriots: Double eligibility matters more in baseball and basketball. At flex, not so much.
88. Mario Manningham, WR, Giants: Pretty nice third receiver for the Giants, and fourth receiver in fantasy.
90. Jason Snelling, RB, Falcons
91. Danario Alexander, WR, Rams
92. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Buccaneers
93. Brandon Tate, WR, Patriots: Don't cut him yet.
94. Nate Washington, WR, Titans
95. Chester Taylor, RB, Bears
96. Devery Henderson, WR, Saints
97. John Kuhn, RB, Packers
98. Devin Hester, WR, Bears
99. Leon Washington, RB, Seahawks
100. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos