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Flex rankings: Falcons ranked favorably

11/8/2012

Someone posed an interesting question last week on Twitter about these flex rankings, and my answer is worth sharing with everyone: The reason we don't simply start the rankings with say, No. 10 at running back and wide receiver is because we just don't know where that line is with fantasy teams, and we shouldn't leave any options out. Take this week, for example, with Arian Foster not being in the top spot. In theory, someone could own the two running backs ranked ahead of Foster this week, and would have to consider sitting the Houston Texans' stud if his active roster limit was two running backs.

That's unlikely, of course, but it's still possible, and it's why we don't simply start our top 100 list with the likes of Rashad Jennings or Andre Johnson. We have to make sure all the worthy flex options are properly ranked.

Hopefully these flex rankings have been helpful for you this season. For more advice, check out the Week 10 staff rankings in the usual spots, and perhaps your question was answered either in my Wednesday chat session or will be by my colleagues today or tomorrow. You can also find me on Twitter (I am @karabellespn).

Good luck in Week 10 and beyond, and remember the Colts and Jaguars play tonight!

1. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: Faces the same Oakland defense that Doug Martin embarrassed. Just don't expect 200-plus yards again.

2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: If not for Martin's huge game, Peterson's Week 9 performance would have received more attention. What a season he has had!

3. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Only No. 3. Say it isn't so! He's still a fantasy monster.

4. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks

5. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: Wasn't exactly running poorly before Week 9, either. The entire Tampa Bay offense is cruising.

6. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: Had 100 rushing yards in the first half Monday night. He finished with 119 yards. Welcome to your 2012 Philadelphia Eagles.

7. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: You'll get at least a touchdown every week. Can't say that about any other players.

8. Roddy White, WR, Falcons: Watch the Falcons put up 40 points on the Saints.

9. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots

10. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: His knee problem didn't look like much of a problem last week.

11. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

12. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: The opposing Texans are the only NFL team that has not allowed a rushing touchdown. But Forte should get plenty of yards.

13. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: In the past, just when we begin to trust this guy, you know what happens. But his 141-yard explosion against the Bears was really a bunch of nothing special and then a big run. I'd still sell high.

14. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants

15. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons: Yeah, he's slowing down, but here comes another 100-yard rushing game to anger the haters.

16. Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos

17. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts: Just because he's older than most other wide receivers does not mean he'll tire as the season wears on.

18. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots: His last decent fantasy game came in Week 6. But here come the Buffalo Bills to the rescue!

19. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers

20. Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins: Speaking of matchups, everyone runs on the Tennessee Titans. Watch Ryan Tannehill have a nice game as well.

21. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears

22. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

23. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers

24. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

25. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions: Broke up a subpar month of performances with a three-touchdown performance. Is there anything in between?

26. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers

27. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

28. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers: He's always a good play, and the fact that Antonio Brown might sit shouldn't really affect Wallace, good or bad.

29. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: He should always be a good play, but we have doubts now because of his odd usage recently.

30. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants

31. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints: He could have had twice as big a game against Philly, but the Saints decided to run more.

32. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys: Certainly more reliable than his colleague, the one with the three-letter first name.

33. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos

34. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals

35. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: Hey, he scored a touchdown! He might score another this week! But don't presume a big second half is pending.

36. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: Hard to like the matchup, even if he does see more touches than normal.

37. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens: Not just a good matchup for Ray Rice.

38. Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars: Should get another few weeks before Maurice Jones-Drew comes back.

39. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

40. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Patriots: Still getting plenty of targets, but not connecting with Tom Terrific.

41. Vick Ballard, RB, Colts: Looks like he's got game, for sure. But also looks like he's in a timeshare.

42. Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

43. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets

44. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills: Make sure he plays before plugging him in.

45. Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers: Make sure he's starting before you start him.

46. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: Just when you thought he would get big-time touches, he doesn't. Can't say it's too surprising.

47. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs

48. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams

49. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

50. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers

51. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: So the Panthers led you to believe he'd get more carries. There's just no trusting NFL coaches, is there?

52. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

53. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants: Remember when he was among the top receivers in the league? He has just one game with more than five fantasy points all year.

54. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles: Still hasn't dropped a pass all year, but without much of an offensive line, it has been tough for Michael Vick to connect with D-Jax downfield.

55. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles

56. Lance Moore, WR, Saints

57. Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins

58. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons: Statistics not looking so good lately, but you have to like this Saints matchup.

59. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

60. Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots

61. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers: Seems odd seeing his name here, but he's the Antonio Brown fill-in, Big Ben will be throwing early and often, and this is a marvelous matchup.

62. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons

63. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers

64. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens

65. Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys: Hard to believe he looked like a really good player once upon a time.

66. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers

67. Marcel Reece, RB, Raiders: Might get much of his production via the passing game, but so what?

68. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots: Should be this week's beneficiary of the garbage-time stats.

69. Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks

70. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers

71. Nate Washington, WR, Titans

72. Kenny Britt, WR, Titans: In theory, Britt would seem to look better with strong-armed Jake Locker at quarterback, but it has been a while, and Locker wasn't playing great to begin with.

73. Titus Young, WR, Lions: People love him when he's doing well, and seem to ignore the bad games.

74. Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins: It's not merely a good matchup for Reggie Bush, but Thomas as well.

75. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders

76. Danny Amendola, WR, Rams: Welcome back! And once he gets through this tough matchup, he'll look a lot better.

77. Heath Miller, TE, Steelers

78. Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets

79. Joique Bell, RB, Lions

80. Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins: I'm calling it now: He's going to score his first touchdown of the season this week.

81. Donald Brown, RB, Colts: Not a guarantee he plays, but if he does, he should get plenty of touches.

82. Owen Daniels, TE, Texans

83. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars

84. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers: Complained quite a bit about a lack of targets, and he's right. Should get more of 'em this week.

85. Andre Brown, RB, Giants

86. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars

87. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

88. Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers

89. Daryl Richardson, RB, Rams

90. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

91. Andrew Hawkins, WR, Bengals

92. Chris Ivory, RB, Saints: Watching him on Monday, one must wonder why the Saints weren't using him more in previous weeks, or at least why he wasn't trade bait to some desperate team.

93. Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks

94. Michael Bush, RB, Bears: Last scored a touchdown in Week 3, and TD-scoring is supposed to be his primary skill.

95. Chris Givens, WR, Rams

96. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers

97. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

98. Donald Jones, WR, Bills: This sleeper option scored the last time the Bills played the Pats.

99. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

100. Donnie Avery, WR, Colts

Others: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals; Delone Carter, RB, Colts; Ryan Broyles, WR, Lions; Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs; Stephen Hill, WR, Jets; Brandon Myers, TE, Raiders; Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers; Taiwan Jones, RB, Raiders; Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens; Danario Alexander, WR, Chargers; Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots; Ronnie Brown, RB, Chargers; Robert Turbin, RB, Seahawks; Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos.