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Flex ranks: Alfred Morris a top-five option

11/1/2012

Welcome to November, where the games count for just as much but slim fantasy losses tend to hurt a bit more. You still need to make the best decisions you can, and we're here to help, with the Week 9 version of the flex rankings. Here we combine the top running backs, wide receivers and tight ends available this week into a tidy top 100.

For more advice, check out the Week 9 staff rankings, and perhaps your question was answered in my Wednesday chat or will be by my colleagues today or tomorrow. You can also find me on Twitter (@karabellespn).

Good luck in Week 9 and beyond, and remember the Chiefs and Chargers play Thursday night.

1. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: The lone non-quarterback or defense in the top 15 in fantasy scoring this season. That says quite a bit about the quarterback play, the Chicago Bears' defense and the lack of top running backs.

2. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: I'd still gladly deal for this guy.

3. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: He definitely concerns me more than Rice, but he plays the Saints this week. How can this go wrong?

4. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins: Just as we all expected. Only four running backs have more points.

5. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Topped 100 rushing yards against top-10 defenses from San Francisco and Detroit. Enjoy.

6. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Enjoy this too. Returning at this level from an ACL tear this soon just does not happen.

7. Matt Forte, RB, Bears

8. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders

9. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: Lit up Minnesota last week; a strong second half is pending.

10. Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos

11. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

12. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns: Another rookie to rely on. He certainly gets plenty of touches.

13. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears

14. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Would be nice if the team trusted him to catch passes, but he must avoid fumbles.

15. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

16. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Either 30 carries or five. You pick. I'll say more than 20 this week, but this rank is cautious, I admit.

17. Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins: Hasn't done much for a month and is sharing touches, but this is a nice matchup in Indy.

18. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants: Tied with A.J. Green for the wide receiver scoring lead in fantasy. That doesn't mean both receivers won't have quiet weeks.

19. Marques Colston, WR, Saints: He rarely has quiet weeks. The Eagles' defense certainly won't pressure Drew Brees.

20. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants: If you own him, you must deal with a lot of missed practices, but he plays the games.

21. Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars

22. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers

23. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints: At least last year he got to run the ball too. Not so much this season.

24. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers

25. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

26. Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders: I've written about him the past two days, so clearly I'm a fan.

27. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons: I watched his 24 carries closely in Philly, and he could have easily added a touchdown to his ledger. That's why we own him.

28. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings

29. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

30. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: Five games in double digits; two others were duds. Now he plays Houston. I think he will do well, actually.

31. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Still worth starting but not the top WR choice anymore. Might he need to sit a week at some point?

32. Roddy White, WR, Falcons

33. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals

34. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers

35. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints: If he plays, you play him. He's that special.

36. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: It's kind of the same thing as Graham: If he plays, you start him, but you shouldn't expect huge numbers.

37. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys: It was certainly fun owning him and watching him play in Week 8.

38. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

39. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

40. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: Now the tougher matchups show up. I'm sure the Bears will be prepared.

41. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions: Didn't do much in the second half Sunday, but he has been deemed healthy for this week.

42. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Maybe John Skelton isn't much different than Kevin Kolb after all.

43. Donald Brown, RB, Colts: He's not getting all the running back touches, but he's still not a bad play.

44. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

45. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys

46. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers: Love the matchup!

47. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: I've been cool on this guy's value despite the added touches because the offense is a mess.

48. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers: I've been cool on this guy's value because Rashard Mendenhall is still a factor.

49. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos

50. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

51. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs

52. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

53. Alex Green, RB, Packers: A great example of someone's value being tied to cumulative touches, because he is not doing much with them.

54. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons: Been quiet lately, but I'm not reading much into that. It's not like he's toast.

55. LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Cardinals: When he's quiet, he's really quiet.

56. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants: Probably playing through pain.

57. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles: If he can't do something against the Saints, then against whom?

58. Heath Miller, TE, Steelers

59. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills

60. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

61. Michael Bush, RB, Bears

62. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles

63. Owen Daniels, TE, Texans

64. Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys: Watch him play and it's kind of unimpressive. OK, remove "kind of."

65. James Jones, WR, Packers

66. Lance Moore, WR, Saints

67. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers

68. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers: You don't even want to know how much he makes per carry.

69. Titus Young, WR, Lions: Underrated in August, overrated for a few weeks and now underrated again? Quickly becoming overrated again, though.

70. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

71. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans: Good, young talent, but this is not a favorable matchup.

72. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars: Sure hope you didn't scoff when he led my Sneaky Pickups blog a few weeks ago?

73. Vick Ballard, RB, Colts

74. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns

75. Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins: Becoming relevant, that's for sure. Interesting dynasty-league target too.

76. Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks

77. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders: There's probably a bit too much space between this rank and that of Denarius Moore's.

78. Kenny Britt, WR, Titans

79. Joique Bell, RB, Lions

80. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens

81. Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals

82. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: When we call him overrated, it doesn't mean you should simply move on. He might be the best tight end option available anyway.

83. Andre Brown, RB, Giants: A Michael Bush-type now, which is fine.

84. Santana Moss, WR, Redskins

85. Nate Washington, WR, Titans

86. Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins: A bit like Jamaal Charles in that he could get 15 targets or zero. He's not much like Charles fantasy-wise other than that.

87. Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs: Speaking of Charles, don't presume the lost carries to Hillis grossly adjust his value. Hillis is the backup.

88. Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers: If Mendenhall and Dwyer sit this week, Redman moves up 30 spots, at the very least.

89. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions

90. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons: Looked good in Week 8, but Turner isn't going anywhere.

91. Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks

92. Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers

93. Ronnie Brown, RB, Chargers: Remains to be seen if he'll continue to get the chance to catch passes or if Week 8 was to motivate Mathews.

94. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Buccaneers: While Martin exploded in Minnesota, Blount rushed for 16 yards on eight carries. Awesome.

95. Mike Thomas, WR, Lions: Yep, he's now a Lion. And he could make immediate impact.

96. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars

97. Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns

98. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos

99. Donnie Avery, WR, Colts

100. William Powell, RB, Cardinals

Others: Kevin Walter, WR, Texans; Jackie Battle, RB, Chargers; Martellus Bennett, TE, Giants; Justin Forsett, RB, Texans; Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings; Mike Tolbert, RB, Panthers; Phillip Tanner, RB, Cowboys; James Starks, RB, Packers; Mark Ingram, RB, Saints.