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Flex ranks: LeSean McCoy still in top 15

10/14/2010

There are plenty of storylines involving quarterbacks this week, with Ben Roethlisberger returning, Brett Favre hurting and Aaron Rodgers yearning to play, but when you get right down to it you need the running backs and wide receivers to come through. It's Thursday, and thus time for the flex rankings, where we go through the best of the best, and for those who need it, even some of the not-so-best at the latter end of the top 100.

As always, use these rankings as a guide, but ultimately make your own decisions for active rosters. These are, after all, your teams. And please keep up with the news right up to game time on Sunday. Things are sure to change in the coming days.

Enjoy, and best of luck with your decisions in Week 6.

1. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: You should feel better now after he ripped up the Cowboys.

2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

3. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers: A quarterback change, if it must happen, shouldn't affect his value.

4. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: Looks like himself again, and he was getting looks at the goal line, too.

5. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars

6. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons: Those who wanted to sell a few weeks ago but didn't have to be pleased that they didn't do it. There are a lot more yards coming.

7. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys: The Cowboys' record hasn't hurt his production.

8. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers: The only other top-10 running back that has already had his bye week is Peterson. Now, Mendenhall gets his quarterback, um, back.

9. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

10. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: Even when Sam Bradford struggles, which will happen occasionally, Jackson comes through.

11. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants: Love the matchup.

12. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

13. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Will be interesting to see if his owners panic, if he has another bad game this week.

14. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants: I'm on board with him being a top-10 wide receiver.

15. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: I can't name too many running backs I would expect to thrive with a fractured rib.

16. Roddy White, WR, Falcons

17. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: We keep hearing that his time is coming. Why not this week?

18. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers: It's still going to be quite some time before Vincent Jackson returns, so don't panic and sell off Floyd.

19. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: I'm starting to wonder when he'll play again, but I have to respect the talent and matchup if he does.

20. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens

21. Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins

22. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Well, anyone wondering whether he could carry a ground game got their answer in Week 5.

23. Randy Moss, WR, Vikings: Nice first game, but now his quarterback has a sore elbow. You didn't sign up for Moss connecting with Tarvaris Jackson.

24. Michael Bush, RB, Raiders: I have a feeling he gets the start again, and thrives.

25. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets

26. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Broncos: Matchups just don't matter anymore with Lloyd and Kyle Orton.

27. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions

28. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Let's not assume he'll get a ton of carries, because this remains a timeshare.

29. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots: Loss of Moss shouldn't affect him as much as people think.

30. Jahvid Best, RB, Lions: I'd like to see him start scoring touchdowns again.

31. Hines Ward, WR, Steelers: Big Ben is back!

32. Peyton Hillis, RB, Browns: Keep an eye on his health, but if he plays, how can you question him?

33. Steve Smith, WR, Giants

34. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: I could certainly see 20-plus touches in his debut. You traded for him, so use him!

35. Joseph Addai, RB, Colts

36. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

37. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles: Counting down the days for Michael Vick to return.

38. Thomas Jones, RB, Chiefs: Don't give up on him yet. He's still going to play quite a bit.

39. Santana Moss, WR, Redskins

40. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets

41. Donald Driver, WR, Packers: It's Thursday, and I still think it's doubtful Aaron Rodgers suits up. If he does, move the Packers wide receivers up some.

42. Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins: Not that he was supposed to be Foster or anything, but do you feel different about him now after seeing him play in Week 5?

43. Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts: He's certainly on the cusp of big things.

44. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Patriots

45. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos: The Denver running game is desperate for him to return. Fantasy owners should be a bit more guarded.

46. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles

47. Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys: The team made it clear that Jones isn't starting, but if he runs well, that won't matter.

48. Austin Collie, WR, Colts: The injuries have to be affecting him some.

49. Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins

50. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers: Not a top-20 wide receiver no matter the quarterback, but certainly his stock goes up with Roethlisberger returning.

51. Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers: He has to play, because there is nobody else. Or is there?

52. Nate Washington, WR, Titans

53. Greg Jennings, WR, Packers

54. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings

55. Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys

56. Mike Tolbert, RB, Chargers: Should see fewer touches but could remain valuable in touchdown-heavy formats.

57. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers: When Josh Freeman does something good, chances are good that Williams will be a part of it.

58. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers: Hope you didn't cut him before Week 5.

59. Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins

60. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: Wait, while you were reading this, Bowe just dropped another pass.

61. Jabar Gaffney, WR, Broncos

62. Justin Forsett, RB, Seahawks

63. Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets

64. Kenny Britt, WR, Titans: He's quietly on the verge of becoming a top-25 wide receiver.

65. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders: Even if he plays, he probably won't be 100 percent.

66. Johnny Knox, WR, Bears: Jay Cutler should play, which is great news for a passing game that was terrible with Todd Collins piloting it.

67. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants: The matchup is so good that Jacobs should get some run, too.

68. Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets

69. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

70. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars

71. Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers: Hmm, maybe the team isn't ready to strip his carries after all.

72. Ladell Betts, RB, Saints

73. Lance Moore, WR, Saints

74. Jason Snelling, RB, Falcons

75. Brandon Tate, WR, Patriots: This is kind of a big game for him since he should start and everyone is watching him in the post-Moss era.

76. Kevin Walter, WR, Texans: Unless/until Matt Schaub returns to being, well, Matt Schaub, it's tough to get excited about any Texans wide receiver not named Andre Johnson.

77. Eddie Royal, WR, Broncos

78. Mike Hart, RB, Colts: I think Addai will play, and who knows about Donald Brown.

79. Willis McGahee, RB, Ravens

80. Roy E. Williams, WR, Cowboys: I admit I expected rookie Bryant to have a larger role at this point.

81. Derrick Ward, RB, Texans: He's looming, in case something happens to Foster.

82. Mike Thomas, WR, Jaguars: Looming in case Sims-Walker remains inconsistent.

83. John Kuhn, RB, Packers: Looming, but not sure it matters.

84. Nate Burleson, WR, Lions

85. Danny Amendola, WR, Rams: Let's assume he won't get another 19 targets again, OK?

86. Chester Taylor, RB, Bears

87. Robert Meachem, WR, Saints

88. Javon Ringer, RB, Titans

89. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens

90. Danny Woodhead, RB/WR, Patriots: Hope you noticed he is eligible at running back and wide receiver. Not sure I'd use him as more than a flex option, but every advantage helps.

91. Mario Manningham, WR, Giants

92. Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers

93. Deion Branch, WR, Patriots: Not exactly a great ranking for him, but I think it's accurate.

94. Laurence Maroney, RB, Broncos: This ranking stands, whether Moreno plays or not. How sad is that?

95. Mike Williams, WR, Seahawks

96. Anthony Armstrong, WR, Redskins: Won't catch many passes, but he's turning into a home run threat.

97. Leon Washington, RB, Seahawks

98. Jerome Harrison, RB, Eagles

99. Chris Ivory, RB, Saints: Not sure we'll see new acquisition Julius Jones this week, but his signing can't be good news for Ivory or Betts.

100. Donald Brown, RB, Colts: If we knew he'd play this week and Addai wouldn't, he'd move way up.