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Flex rankings: Ray Rice jumps to No. 1

10/21/2010

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.

7. Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins: He's the top wide receiver this week. He can't be covered, unless Darrelle Revis is 150 percent healthy. And Marshall doesn't face the Jets this week.

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.

14. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: I kinda think Max Hall will be just fine with getting the football in Fitzgerald's hands.

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.

22. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles: He'll likely have just one game without DeSean Jackson drawing targets, but Maclin has been having a strong (yet under the radar) season anyway.

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.

45. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers: Rising quickly with Ben Roethlisberger back.

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

51. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Patriots: Has scored in three consecutive games, but it will be interesting to see how/if Fred Taylor is incorporated into the offense.

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.

53. Chris Ivory, RB, Saints: I didn't rank Pierre Thomas because I don't think he'll play. If he does, then he'd be in the 30s, and Ivory would drop quite a bit.

54. Johnny Knox, WR, Bears: If Jay Cutler gets time to throw, Knox can be productive.

55. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: Still a buy-low option to me.

56. Kenny Britt, WR, Titans

57. Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers: There's no indication James Starks will play this week, but remember the name. It's not like Jackson is a star.

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.

62. Patrick Crayton, WR, Chargers: Big free agent add this week with Malcom Floyd not likely to suit up.

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

71. Deon Butler, WR, Seahawks: People are adding Golden Tate, but this is the guy starting.

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.

89. Louis Murphy, WR, Raiders: Amazing that we need Bruce Gradkowski to help his value.

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