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Week 5 flex rankings: Browns, Jets WRs in focus

10/8/2009

[Editor's Note: These rankings were slightly updated Friday based on injuries and other factors.]

No time to waste this week, so let's just get to the flex rankings quickly. As always, please remember I have no biases against any players. I check out the conversations and read all the feedback, and sure, there are going to be players you disagree about, but realize I have a reason for why Terrell Owens is ranked where he is, and why I really like Roddy White this week. You should chime in when you want, make your opinions heard! Hey, we have disagreements all the time on the ESPN Fantasy staff, too. That's why the "Called Out" feature written by Tristan Cockcroft is so interesting. One man might love Mohamed Massaquoi this week, another might have him buried. You need to know why. I try my best to explain my opinions all week. Here we go with the flex rankings.

1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: He tweaked his leg, but until I see him on an injury report, he's my No. 1.

2. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars

3. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants

4. Steve Slaton, RB, Texans: Anyone worried now? Didn't think so.

5. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: Great matchup, but if the Colts are up three touchdowns early, Johnson might get his numbers through the air.

6. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers: Maybe the week off will fix Jake Delhomme. If so, Williams will thrive.

7. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons

8. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

9. Brian Westbrook, RB, Eagles: He's practicing, so I trust him. Might need only half of Sunday's game to put up numbers.

10. Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins: I'm not his biggest fan, but still I ranked him really well. Just have a hunch.

11. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

12. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Can't wait to see Andre Johnson and Fitzgerald each put up 20 fantasy points.

13. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: Getting good yards, so the touchdowns have to come sometime.

14. Randy Moss, WR, Patriots

15. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers: I don't think Willie Parker will be suiting up this week. If he does, Mendenhall's stock drops quite a bit. And please, just because I praised Parker prior to the season doesn't mean a thing now that he's hurt and Mendenhall has emerged. Until last week, Mendenhall had done nothing.

16. Willis McGahee, RB, Ravens

17. Roddy White, WR, Falcons: I'm not at all worried. The 49ers' D put up 39 fantasy points on an awful offense. The Falcons will score points.

18. Dallas Clark, TE, Colts

19. Anquan Boldin, WR, Cardinals: He says he hasn't been this healthy in a while. I say it's just in time.

20. Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins: I'll keep sending him out there as a RB2.

21. Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys: Might not get the most carries on the team, but should score.

22. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Even if it's Daunte Culpepper over Matthew Stafford, Johnson will be fine.

23. Thomas Jones, RB, Jets: Really, he's a big beneficiary of the big trade with the Browns, too. Can't stick nine men in the box against the New York running game now!

24. Hines Ward, WR, Steelers

25. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons

26. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars: Fantasy owners are finally realizing he's going to have a big season.

27. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: Don't expect the Ravens to throw as much this week.

28. Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals

29. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles

30. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers

31. Steve Smith, WR, Giants: Both Smiths are going to have nice games. We really should stop comparing them to each other, but to other top-10 WRs.

32. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos

33. Glen Coffee, RB, 49ers: With 49 carries in two weeks, this guy might get burned out. OK, seriously, will we ever see a touchdown? For those wondering why he's only No. 33 here, he just hasn't proven all that much. Being No. 33 is probably too nice.

34. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Jets: No worries even with his new teammate starting.

35. Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers

36. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

37. Tashard Choice, RB, Cowboys: Should be a few more weeks before the threat of Felix Jones returns.

38. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Bills

39. Santana Moss, WR, Redskins

40. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

41. Brandon Marshall, WR, Broncos: You might have already run out of time to get this fellow cheap.

42. Kevin Walter, WR, Texans

43. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens

44. John Carlson, TE, Seahawks

45. Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals: Not an easy matchup, but still not a bad rank for him.

46. Bernard Berrian, WR, Vikings: He scored! Should be at least seven or eight more of those the rest of the way.

47. Joseph Addai, RB, Colts

48. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants

49. Jerome Harrison, RB, Browns: Others like him more, but I do think Jamal Lewis plays this week.

50. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots

51. Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals

52. Donald Brown, RB, Colts

53. Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers: Even if Derrick Ward plays, it looks like Williams is the top guy in Tampa.

54. Chris Cooley, TE, Redskins

55. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

56. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seahawks

57. Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets: No excuses anymore for him.

58. Julius Jones, RB, Seahawks

59. Terrell Owens, WR, Bills: Certainly not a bad matchup, but that doesn't mean Trent Edwards will do much with it.

60. Mewelde Moore, RB, Steelers: Trash time might come early this week, and Moore did score twice last week.

61. Kevin Smith, RB, Lions: Got his touchdowns last week, but not the yards. It's risky to rely on the touchdowns again.

62. Brent Celek, TE, Eagles

63. Larry Johnson, RB, Chiefs

64. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals

65. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs

66. Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins

67. Patrick Crayton, WR, Cowboys: Invisible for three weeks, but that doesn't make him different than the other Dallas wide receivers.

68. Mario Manningham, WR, Giants: Amazing how everyone loved him a few weeks ago.

69. Michael Bush, RB, Raiders: Even with Darren McFadden out, he's still splitting carries! Good luck against the Giants. Ugh.

70. Owen Daniels, TE, Texans

71. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles

72. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings: Seems to have a knack for scoring.

73. Leon Washington, RB, Jets

74. LenDale White, RB, Titans: Seems to have lost his knack for scoring.

75. Antonio Bryant, WR, Buccaneers

76. Sammy Morris, Patriots

77. Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts

78. Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Browns: Gonna be tough to match his breakout week, especially now that his opponent can prepare for him.

79. Nate Washington, WR, Titans

80. Dustin Keller, TE, Jets

81. Justin Fargas, RB, Raiders: In an easier matchup I might have considered him.

82. Steve Breaston, WR, Cardinals

83. Roy E. Williams, WR, Cowboys: Might not even play. And you might not even notice.

84. Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins

85. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers

86. Jamal Lewis, RB, Browns

87. Ladell Betts, RB, Redskins

88. Lee Evans, WR, Bills: Oh, how the overrated have fallen.

89. Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings

90. Nate Burleson, WR, Seahawks

91. Chester Taylor, RB, Vikings

92. Bobby Wade, WR, Chiefs

93. Donnie Avery, WR, Rams

94. Laurence Maroney, RB, Patriots

95. Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jaguars

96. Torry Holt, WR, Jaguars

97. Chansi Stuckey, WR, Browns

98. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets: Seems like someone to watch, and to procure in advance in deep leagues. Just not a great play yet.

99. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

100. Mark Clayton, WR, Ravens