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Flex rankings: Forte, McFadden in top 10

10/18/2012

Welcome to Thursday, the day the NFL games begin for the week. It's Seahawks-49ers tonight, so get those lineups set. Thursday is also the day we release our weekly flex rankings, combining the top running backs, wide receivers and tight ends -- quite a few tight ends make this list, actually -- into one tidy top-100 package.

Six teams are on bye this week. As such, I expected that would make filling out the top 100 to be a difficult process, but it wasn't. In fact, there are still decent options for deeper formats that didn't make the top 100. Anyway, these are your teams, so make your own decisions, but if you need some help and the list below doesn't settle things, then check out the Week 7 staff rankings, which you can sort individually by expert, and perhaps your question was answered either in my Wednesday chat wrap or will be by my colleagues today or tomorrow. You can also find me on Twitter (I am @karabellespn).

Good luck in Week 7 and beyond!

1. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Has scored a touchdown in 10 consecutive games, and we all saw what an average running game (the Cowboys') did to the Ravens last week. Huge game coming!

2. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars: Seems like a wise time to trade for him. He's healthy, his bye week has passed, and now that the passing game is at least some threat, that helps MJD.

3. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens

4. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Just because the Eagles didn't run on the Lions last week hardly means the Bears won't.

5. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: Pretty much unstoppable at this point.

6. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders: Carried the ball 27 times last week, so I'm assuming he's healthy.

7. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants

8. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Hasn't topped 12 fantasy points since Week 1, but then again, eight points was his worst game. He's a weekly play.

9. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns: Sure hope he plays, because it's a great matchup.

10. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants: With Bradshaw, I don't worry about missed practices.

11. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: If you're going to trade him, get full value. He's not struggling the same way Matthew Stafford is.

12. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Even if Megatron's quarterback is struggling, note how well Fitzgerald is able to overcome that.

13. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Personally, the matchup doesn't worry me. That said, Russell Wilson won't spread the field the way Eli Manning did, which opened things up for Bradshaw last week.

14. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins: A weekly play, at this point.

15. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings

16. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots: I still laugh at those who thought he was toast a month ago, and couldn't wait to let me know it.

17. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers

18. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears

19. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

20. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: Should rip up the Saints. Didn't we think he'd have more than 10 receptions at this point? What is he, Michael Turner? C'mon, Josh Freeman!

21. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots

22. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

23. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: No run defense has been as friendly in fantasy as Buffalo's. You know what? Johnson has had nice matchups before. Get excited, but not too excited.

24. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants: He just practiced for the first time this season on a Wednesday. Wow. I think that means he's playing.

25. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: Spiller owners shouldn't complain that he doesn't get all the carries when he's putting up suitable numbers regardless.

26. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers: Another great matchup, and he has been doing his job.

27. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers

28. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: I think Aaron Rodgers wanted to make a point by getting him more involved last week.

29. Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys: Wouldn't surprise me one bit if Jones, DeMarco Murray's replacement, disappoints us all. Jones has just tortured us in the past. But the matchup and opportunity dictate a nice rank.

30. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: And still, Jones gets the better rank over Dez. It's the difference in 20 touches over maybe 10.

31. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills

32. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints: If the team lets him play, then I do trust he's healthy enough from his ankle sprain to produce the numbers we expect.

33. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints

34. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

35. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers

36. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals: Last reached double digits in Week 2, so I'm not expecting a big game, even though the Steelers no longer have a dominant defense.

37. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers: Hasn't been practicing this week because of an Achilles injury, and this is the Sunday night game. Plan ahead earlier Sunday, just in case.

38. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys

39. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

40. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: I doubt the Bills alter this two-series on, two-series off thing with Jackson and Spiller since both are running well.

41. James Jones, WR, Packers: Hmm, I'll take two more touchdowns this week, please! (But I wouldn't expect it.)

42. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: I don't believe the Rams' backfield is a 50-50 timeshare.

43. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers

44. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans: Some love him this week, but if his name was Jeremy Kerley or Malcom Floyd, two fellas he's tied with in fantasy scoring this year, would you still play him every week?

45. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens: A week ago, I would have said Smith and Joe Flacco would be hard-pressed to rip the Texans' pass D. Then Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes against it.

46. Alex Green, RB, Packers: He's the guy to trust in that Packers backfield.

47. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets: Go ahead and trust him if you want, but when he's back under five fantasy points per week, we'll look at his 34-point explosion against the Colts for what it was.

48. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Patriots: Gets so many targets you'd think at some point things will improve. I would buy low on Lloyd.

49. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers: The matchup suggests another nice game is pending. And he's actually had a decent season.

50. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions

51. Kenny Britt, WR, Titans: Getting close to where we'll need to consider him a top-20 wide receiver.

52. Owen Daniels, TE, Texans

53. Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

54. Vick Ballard, RB, Colts: His numbers were down last week because it was a blowout. I doubt the Colts get blown out this week.

55. William Powell, RB, Cardinals

56. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers

57. Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots

58. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens

59. Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns: Move him up 20 spots if Richardson can't play.

60. Nate Washington, WR, Titans

61. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers: I gotta rank him, but I sure don't gotta play him.

62. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

63. Lance Moore, WR, Saints

64. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers: Probably deserves better based on the past two weeks, but I also don't see Rodgers throwing six touchdown passes again this week.

65. Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets: I don't think the Jets will get blown out by the Patriots.

66. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings: I bet most people have no idea he has been a top-three tight end so far.

67. Donnie Avery, WR, Colts: Important game for him since he has been quiet of late. Might not be ranked here next week if he's quiet again.

68. Michael Bush, RB, Bears

69. Nate Burleson, WR, Lions: Not a nice matchup for Stafford and the Lions against the Bears. Not at all.

70. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans: Kind of under the radar the past few weeks, and becoming underrated.

71. Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals: Four fantasy points the past two games, for those who thought he was headed for stardom before that.

72. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns: He's probably due to taper off big-time, but this is a nice matchup and opponents haven't been covering him well.

73. Heath Miller, TE, Steelers

74. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

75. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

76. Domenik Hixon, WR, Giants: Nicks insurance.

77. Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers: Could either start at running back or miss the game. Doesn't seem like something we'd want to deal with.

78. Devery Henderson, WR, Saints

79. Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks: I've seen him ranked much better, but it was still only one play. And wouldn't you think the 49ers defense has something to prove this week?

80. Andrew Hawkins, WR, Bengals

81. Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots

82. Daryl Richardson, RB, Rams: Probably the last time he's ranked this low if the Rams keep giving him significant work.

83. Brandon Gibson, WR, Rams

84. Stephen Hill, WR, Jets: Opportunity is there for him to emerge.

85. Scott Chandler, TE, Bills

86. LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Cardinals: He's just not every-down running back material.

87. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Buccaneers: Neither is he, though he has been busier of late.

88. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders

89. Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers

90. Phillip Tanner, RB, Cowboys: Definitely a name to remember, because the guy atop the depth chart is "week to week" and the next guy just isn't very good. Or durable, for that matter.

91. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

92. Chris Givens, WR, Rams: In two years is he Mike Wallace? I'm serious. He has caught a 50-yarder in three consecutive weeks. Raw but interesting prospect.

93. Ben Tate, RB, Texans: Incredibly, 21 of his 25 fantasy points this season came in one stinkin' game. The Texans had better not wear out Foster, but it's trending that way.

94. Fred Davis, TE, Redskins: The best, most consistent option Robert Griffin III has, really.

95. Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers

96. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints: Eleven of his 15 fantasy points for the season came in one game. I wouldn't laugh if you simply cut him.

97. Brandon Bolden, RB, Patriots: I wouldn't cut Bolden yet.

98. Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks

99. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars: Deep sleeper about to get more work.

100. Santana Moss, WR, Redskins: Yes, he's still in the league.

Others: Joique Bell, RB, Lions; Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions; Mario Manningham, WR, 49ers; Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals; Justin Forsett, RB, Texans; Mike Goodson, RB, Raiders; David Wilson, RB, Giants; Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers; Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars; Jamie Harper, RB, Titans; James Starks, RB, Packers; Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars; Cedric Peerman, RB, Bengals; Robert Turbin, RB, Seahawks.