- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Welcome to Thursday, the day we'll be "flexing" this season. Here are the fantasy flex rankings for Week 2, taking the best -- and not-so best as we near the bottom of the ranks -- running backs, wide receivers and tight ends and combining them into one tidy top 100 list in order to compare players across the flex-eligible positions. Obviously, you should make your own lineup decisions; as with other information available to you on ESPN.com, this is merely a guide.
Need more advice? Check out the Week 2 staff rankings, which you can sort individually by expert, or 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 (@karabellespn).
Good luck in Week 2 and beyond!
1. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Still No. 1, but keep an eye on his knee woes, because the team does have depth.
2. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: Don't be concerned if his rushing attempts remain low.
3. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders: Wow, 13 receptions! He had 19 all of last season. Um, please don't get hurt.
4. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Yeah, I'd say he's feelin' pretty good.
5. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: The Eagles threw the football a ton last year, too, and McCoy still got his numbers. Don't worry about him. Instead, worry about his quarterback staying upright.
6. Matt Forte, RB, Bears
7. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
9. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
11. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Can't complain about this week's matchup.
12. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
13. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Don't overthink the situation with the team's quarterbacks. In Fitz's case, there's ample evidence it doesn't matter who starts.
14. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
15. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
16. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings
18. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Looked fine Sunday for a guy with back problems.
19. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: Also dealing with a knee issue, and also not a young man (by NFL standards).
20. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: He's apparently a polarizing fantasy option, the Tim Tebow of running backs. Many are ready to give up on him, but I'm not.
21. Roddy White, WR, Falcons
22. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: I just don't think his quarterback is all that great.
23. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots: The true test will come when Pats coach Bill Belichick has a full complement of running back options.
24. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants
25. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants: Instead of debating which Giant to own, can't we just recommend both?
26. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: Will get another chance to perfect his spike motion this week.
27. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams
28. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
29. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
30. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots: Another example of a guy who didn't do much in Week 1, and despite months of prepping for drafts and loving the guy, now people think he's done. That's just ridiculous.
31. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
32. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: Regardless of who else plays wide receiver for the Packers, he's going to get his numbers.
33. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons: Buy low, within reason. He's not a top-10 running back, but he's not going away, either.
34. Marques Colston, WR, Saints
35. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals: Actually looked strong against the Ravens, so I admit that perhaps this rank isn't quite fair.
36. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
37. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos: Don't love him too much. Peyton has other options, too.
38. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints: Nary a rushing attempt in Week 1, but he was on the field plenty.
39. Greg Jennings, WR, Packers: Be prepared to remove him from lineups in case he's scratched. Packers play Thursday. This rank is obviously predicated on him playing. If he's active, he can put up numbers.
40. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
41. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Patriots: I'll still take Welker over Lloyd.
42. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns: He's not the only Brown on the list, but he is the lone Cleveland Brown. Things should improve.
43. Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins
44. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens: Came so close to a few big plays Monday. Look for the Eagles to give up a few big plays this week.
45. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts: Take the under on 200 receiving targets this season.
46. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
47. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins: Too much Mike Shanahan evidence to ever trust that a sixth-round rookie keeps the starting job.
48. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys
49. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers
50. Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos
51. Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots
52. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: The problem with sitting him is he's so talented that any game could be a 20-point performance.
53. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets: Hopefully we didn't see his best game of the season already.
54. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills
55. Donald Brown, RB, Colts: Pretty sure he'll get more than nine rushing attempts this week, and he'll catch passes, too.
57. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
58. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
59. Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs: I'm buying low here, absolutely. Doesn't mean he's a top-10 running back, but good times are ahead.
60. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
61. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins: A tad concerned about his foot issue, and he's probably a tad overrated from his big game in the first place. It was basically one big play he made.
62. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
63. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers: Seems like he's getting opportunity, but a foot injury could cost him. Make sure he plays before flexing him.
65. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals: Not the best week to rely on him, up in New England.
66. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos: Probably coming at too much of a discount in trades this week. He and Thomas will both produce.
67. Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers
68. Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets
69. Cedric Benson, RB, Packers: Another fellow to buy low on, no matter how you feel about him. Remember, they just played the 49ers. It gets easier.
70. Robert Meachem, WR, Chargers
71. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers
72. Lance Moore, WR, Saints
73. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons
74. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints: Has to get more touches to keep earning even this modest rank.
75. Michael Bush, RB, Bears: Let's see if he gets a healthy 12 carries in closer games. Not sure he will.
76. Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks
77. Nate Washington, WR, Titans
78. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers: You and I actually have more rushing yards than this guy this season. And we have nary a rushing attempt. By the way, I did not rank still-questionable teammate Jonathan Stewart yet. If he plays, he'd be in the 60s on this list.
79. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens
80. Ben Tate, RB, Texans: I'll just say while he's not a great option this week, make sure he's owned in your league, because Foster's situation is probably more precarious than the team is letting on. Seriously. Plan ahead, whether you own Foster or not.
81. Kevin Ogletree, WR, Cowboys: Not a great rank for the Week 1 high scorer at wide receiver. There's a reason for that. Own him, but don't start him.
82. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers: Leaps up 20 spots if Jennings can't go.
83. Nate Burleson, WR, Lions
84. Fred Davis, TE, Redskins
85. Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers
86. Titus Young, WR, Lions: Way too early to give up on this guy. We're all underrating him a bit.
87. Kenny Britt, WR, Titans: Expected to get 20 or so plays, and no, I don't think this situation is like Adrian Peterson or Maurice Jones-Drew, when they blew away expectations.
88. Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers: Solid first game, and is likely to matter all year.
89. Roy Helu, RB, Redskins: Don't drop him. I'm telling you, he will matter at some point, perhaps soon.
90. Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings: I wouldn't drop him, either. Peterson looked great, but a missed game or two wouldn't be shocking.
91. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions
92. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers
93. Danny Amendola, WR, Rams: Borderline starter in PPR formats. No, really.
94. James Jones, WR, Packers: I'll take Cobb over him, but each should be relevant.
95. Ryan Williams, RB, Cardinals: This is not the week to use a Cardinals running back, after what the Patriots did to Chris Johnson, but don't cut Williams.
96. Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers: Watch Dwyer's situation, but Redman is not a strong option regardless.
97. Laurent Robinson, WR, Jaguars
98. Stephen Hill, WR, Jets: The Steelers' defense is just a bit better than the Bills'.
99. David Wilson, RB, Giants: Hold on to the football, young fella!
100. Mario Manningham, WR, 49ers: Yes, I'd use him over the future Hall of Famer that just missed the list (whose name is next).
Others: Randy Moss, WR, 49ers; Ronnie Brown, RB, Chargers; Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints; Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos; Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders; LeGarrette Blount, RB, Buccaneers; Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons; Jared Cook, TE, Titans; Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Chiefs.
Eric Karabell posts his top 100 flex (running back/wide receiver/tight end) rankings for Week 2, moving Maurice Jones-Drew back into the top 10.