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Week 16 flex rankings 

December, 18, 2014
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Eddie LacyBenny Sieu/USA TODAY SportsEddie Lacy has picked the right time to play some of his best ball.
Well, the fantasy football season is nearly over, but don't say that to those still playing for something. It's all about what's ahead, and hopefully the players you choose for your flex position can contribute positively. Several of the players on the most championship-round rosters in ESPN leagues have been among the most productive players of late, and you'll find those names near the top of the rankings. Then again, some of the recent strugglers, such as a certain Chicago Bears running back and Denver Broncos wide receiver, also remain in high regard. Regardless, here are the latest flex rankings, combining the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into one group.

And as always, best of luck to all in Week 16 and beyond, and happy holidays!

1. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: He's only three points behind the top spot for non-quarterbacks in standard scoring this season, and Bell didn't have surgery for a broken hand this week.

2. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers: Remember back in September when so many wanted to flat-out cut the guy? Double digits in fantasy scoring 10 of 11 contests since then.

3. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Had an eight-game streak of scoring in double digits broken in a tasty matchup against Oakland last week, but don't sit him now. This is another fine matchup.

4. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: I actually think he will play and won't be hampered much from the injury, but please make sure Sunday afternoon the team has him active.

5. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Skewered the Bears the last time, and really ought to do so again. Not much is in the way.

6. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Not the easiest matchup and it would help to have an actual NFL quarterback handing off to him, but still an elite option.

7. Joique Bell, RB, Lions: Surprise! And really, he's having a terrific season. The reason for his bump here is, well, it's the Bears.

8. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos: His quarterback isn't doing so much lately, but Thomas had 18 fantasy points last week.

9. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: Probably the most reliable, consistent player in all of fantasy football, quarterbacks included. That counts for a lot.

10. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks

11. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: Man, imagine if he just catches that 94-yarder, so much would have been different! Maybe this week!

12. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

13. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Yes, he didn't have much success the last game versus Detroit, but I'm treating him as an elite player, because he is. Is more than capable of making a big play or two regardless of the team's quarterback play.

14. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos

15. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

16. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints: He's likely going to rush for 1,000 yards this season. Admit it, that would have shocked you back in August!

17. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Contingent on him playing, of course, but his team really does need him. And he's really, really good.

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Al Bello/Getty ImagesOdell Beckham Jr. has carried many fantasy teams to the championship game.
18. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants: He's good, too. Matchups don't matter. Don't overthink it. No wide receiver is on more ESPN finalists than this fellow.

19. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: The disappointment continues, now we can't be sure he gets the goal-line looks.

20. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles

21. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers: Five-game drought since last touchdown, but nice matchup.

22. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

23. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: The Cowboys can be thrown on. This team has become reliant on Hilton, too.

24. Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens

25. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers: Also doesn't matter which cornerback covers him. Or, as we saw Sunday, which quarterback throws to him.

26. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: Kittens!

27. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

28. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers: Rookie could end up leading the league in touchdowns.

29. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: Rookie is ninth among all running backs in standard scoring. Wow!

30. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots

31. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos: If the statistical trend continues, he'll score only four points this week. I don't think the trend continues.

32. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

33. Tre Mason, RB, Rams

34. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins: He might not admit it, but you know he wants to score a touchdown against his former team and keep them from playing in January. Actually, he will admit it.

35. Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots

36. Roddy White, WR, Falcons: Don't worry about Julio Jones in White's case. He'll be OK regardless.

37. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: As long as some of the footballs Jay … um, I mean, Jimmy Clausen launches are in his general direction, he can produce enough numbers.

38. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: This is his best three-game run of stats since 2010. It'd be surprising if the return of DeAngelo Williams messes that up. Stewart, on the other hand, can mess it up.

39. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

40. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins: Coming off his best game of the season, though the Vikings do nice work against the pass.

41. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons

42. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

43. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns: We can all blame the team's excellent quarterback play, but some of this is clearly on Gordon, too.

44. Daniel Herron, RB, Colts

45. Golden Tate, WR, Lions: It's the Bears, so Tate and Megatron can each thrive.

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Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY SportsJimmy Graham's numbers have declined at the wrong time for fantasy owners.
46. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints: We keep ranking him well, but he's not putting up the numbers. He's a good tight end, but at flex, you can do better.

47. Steve Smith, WR, Ravens

48. Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders: I like him, but on this team, with that O-line, it's tough for him to reach his potential.

49. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: I'd call this a good rank for him. Imagine that back in August.

50. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

51. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers

52. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: Gronk is the only tight end with more fantasy points this season. This guy is good.

53. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals: He and Andre Ellington will end up overdrafted in 2015. Sorry, but that's the likely scenario based on how their teams will use them.

54. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

55. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers: So Jay Cutler, the No. 9 fantasy QB, loses his job, but Colin Kaepernick, the No. 18 QB, gets to keep flailing away. This week he gets Boldin back on track, though. Kind of.

56. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: He's probably too injured to really help anyone at this point, even if he's suited up.

57. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

58. Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars: He's starting again, though it might be a bit tough to tell statistically.

59. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles

60. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots: Bill Belichick giveth, and taketh away.

61. Andre Williams, RB, Giants: Should be in line for volume touches, but it's not a pleasant matchup.

62. Charles Johnson, WR, Vikings

63. Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons: This rank assumes Julio Jones plays. If he does not, move Harry up 25 spots or so.

64. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets

65. Kerwynn Williams, RB, Cardinals

66. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers

67. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns: Looked a lot more special a month ago.

68. Terrance West, RB, Browns: Has never really looked special.

69. Kenny Stills, WR, Saints: He should be doing more. I want to rank him better.

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Jake Roth/USA TODAY SportsMalcom Floyd becomes the Chargers' No. 1 receiver this week with Keenan Allen out.
70. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers: No more Keenan Allen, but it's dangerous to rely on Floyd.

71. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers: This is assuming Frank Gore doesn't play, but hedging because Hyde could sit with injury, too. If he does, I'd put Alfonso Smith here.

72. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

73. Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos: Not the second half of the season people expected.

74. Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings: Here comes the three-touchdown game!

75. Eric Decker, WR, Jets: Comes off his fifth double-digit fantasy effort. Hey, nobody thought he'd be great.

76. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins

77. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

78. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs: Honestly, who cares what this team's wide receivers are doing? The team could make the playoffs. That seems to matter more. And Kelce is good.

79. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Should be just fine with 70-year-old Jim Hart at QB. (Look him up.)

80. Shonn Greene, RB, Titans: It's his job again. Nice work by the Titans this season!

81. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins

82. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks

83. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots

84. Trent Richardson, RB, Colts

85. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

86. Nate Washington, WR, Titans: Sneaky pickup for this week.

87. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

88. Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs: We keep talking about Hyde and Christine Michael as dynasty stashes, but imagine if Davis had a line on a starting job. Wow.

89. Stedman Bailey, WR, Rams

90. Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys: Murray should play. If he doesn't, I'd rank Randle near where Doug Martin is.

91. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts: A little too hurt to put up numbers, but it's tough to rely on Donte Moncrief.

92. Reggie Bush, RB, Lions

93. James Jones, WR, Raiders

94. Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers

95. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles

96. James Starks, RB, Packers

97. Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars

98. Marquess Wilson, WR, Bears

99. Lance Dunbar, RB, Cowboys

100. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Cardinals

Others: Jonas Gray, RB, Patriots; Davante Adams, WR, Packers; Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs; Delanie Walker, TE, Titans; Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears; Robert Woods, WR, Bills; C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills; Branden Oliver, RB, Chargers; Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers; Chris Johnson, RB, Jets; Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens; Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers

Backfield breakdown entering Week 16 

December, 16, 2014
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The most prolific non-quarterback in fantasy football this season could be leaving us at the worst possible time. Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, No. 8 overall in fantasy points, broke a bone in his left hand in Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles and underwent surgery Monday. The team remains hopeful Murray, with nearly 1,700 rushing yards -- 400 more than anyone else's total -- can handle his normal workload in Sunday’s critical matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, but fantasy owners need to plan ahead.

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Week 15 flex rankings 

December, 11, 2014
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C.J. AndersonRon Chenoy/USA TODAY SportsThe red-hot C.J. Anderson has emerged as a must-start player every week.
For many in ESPN leagues, this is going to be the final week of the fantasy season, as it's the playoff semifinals and, well, someone's going to win each matchup and someone's going to lose. Hopefully you're on the winning side, and these rankings, along with the multitude of information provided by me and my far smarter colleagues at ESPN Fantasy, worked to inform and entertain you along the way. So, here is the latest compilation of the top running backs, wide receivers and tight ends all in one tidy list. Whether you're trailing or leading, pick the best options.

And as always, best of luck to all in Week 15 and beyond!

1. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: He's certainly on his way to finishing as fantasy's top non-quarterback. Matchups no longer matter with him.

2. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Regularly torches the Colts, and this weekend shouldn't be any different. Nice to see him healthy again.

3. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Like Foster, he's achieved great success against this week's foe, the Raiders. Well really, who hasn't?

4. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: He might end up with more than 100 receptions. I'd like to see that, actually.

5. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: Still really, really good, and still really, really healthy. For those who thought it wasn't possible.

6. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles

7. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos: Tough to be too concerned about a player with 22 or more fantasy points in four of five games.

8. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: There's literally nobody else we can count on for this many receptions and yards every week. Brown is amazing. Only two running backs have outscored him.

9. Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens

10. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: With more than 300 receiving yards the past two weeks, there are clearly no concerns here.

11. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Topped 100 rushing yards against the 49ers a few weeks ago, and now he's meeting them at home.

12. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos: Peyton Manning is going to be just fine.

13. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

14. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

15. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers: I think he would have played more had Monday's game been closer. Tough matchup this week, though.

16. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

17. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints: Assuming the Bears aren't up 28 in the first half, Ingram should get his touches.

18. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Well, that was quite the Monday night performance. Could have been better without the hip injury. I think he'll play this week.

19. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: No more Brandon Marshall, so expect better statistics. And they were already really strong.

20. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

21. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins: We expected he'd struggle against the Rams. He shouldn't struggle against the Giants.

22. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

23. Joique Bell, RB, Lions: Stop worrying about the other active Lions running backs! They don't matter!

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Bill Streicher/USA TODAY SportsJeremy Maclin's touchdown catch was one of the Eagles' few offensive bright spots on Sunday.
24. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles: Perhaps not as valuable with Mark Sanchez at quarterback, but still a legit threat.

25. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

26. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns: Hey, Johnny Football has a strong arm. He's going to be throwing and running.

27. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: Can't say it matters much to me that he "likes to snuggle," but good for him. Snuggle with the football twice in the end zone, OK?

28. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots: He saw 20 of the team's 23 rushes last week. Forget about Jonas Gray. Blount's the guy.

29. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets: Wonderful matchup this week, even if he shares the carries. If he scares you, because he hasn't topped six fantasy points since Week 8, I understand. But it's the Titans!

30. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: Look, he's struggled statistically when Joe Haden covers him. It's a fact.

31. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers: Did fine in Week 1 with Derek Anderson at quarterback. Will do fine again.

32. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers

33. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants

34. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans: From 35 fantasy points to 4. Welcome to fantasy football.

35. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

36. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints

37. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons: Double-digits for fantasy in five of six games. Are your starting running backs doing this?

38. Golden Tate, WR, Lions: Has predictably slowed down since Calvin Johnson returned.

39. Daniel Herron, RB, Colts: The boom and bust backfield. Herron is boom.

40. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns

41. Roddy White, WR, Falcons: Would not go into Julio Jones' spot should Jones sit. But White would move up 10 spots or so.

42. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles: Forget everything that happened to this offense in the Seattle loss. The Eagles can't beat elite teams. Dallas is not elite.

43. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers: Remember, he's done quite well in his career against the Broncos.

44. Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders: At least the Raiders figured out their other running backs aren't any good.

45. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: If he goes another four years before his next 100-yard rushing game, that's a really big problem.

46. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins

47. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

48. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots: He has two 20-point games in his past five outings. But the next guy has been more consistent. I say use 'em both.

49. Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots

50. Kenny Stills, WR, Saints: Drew Brees will be more successful this week. It's the Bears.

51. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

52. Steve Smith, WR, Ravens

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John Grieshop/Getty ImagesJeremy Hill has emerged as the Bengals' running back worth starting.
53. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: Yep, I'd prefer Hill in the Bengals' backfield.

54. Tre Mason, RB, Rams

55. Chris Johnson, RB, Jets: Could be his second 100-yard rushing game of the disappointing season. But one shouldn't expect it.

56. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins: No guarantee he plays this week, but his absence clearly affected the offense.

57. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

58. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals: I'm worried about Andre Ellington for next season, and Bernard is similar. It's why teams are reluctant to give too many touches to players like this.

59. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins: Was finally heard from in Week 14.

60. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers

61. Terrance West, RB, Browns: Getting plenty of touches and isn't really the backup here. Of course, it's not about the running game this week.

62. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers: Odd season for him. Scored his most points in Week 14, but the two games in which he has touchdowns are his No. 3 and 4 games of the season. Bottom line is he's been disappointing.

63. Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears

64. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers: Yeah, enough is enough. And this is the highest-ranked 49er.

65. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

66. Trent Richardson, RB, Colts: Got sweet revenge in his return to Cleveland by rushing for 30 yards. Yawn.

67. Andre Williams, RB, Giants: Breakout performance or merely a result of facing the Titans? Giants fans probably don't want to know the answer.

68. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens: Would have been better had he just not suited up for the game at all.

69. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

70. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers

71. Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts: Reggie Wayne has not been shut down for the season due to his injury, so be careful in overrating Moncrief's chance.

72. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots

73. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers

74. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

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Matt Marton/USA TODAY SportsCan Marquess Wilson come close to matching Brandon Marshall's production?
75. Marquess Wilson, WR, Bears: Figures to start and thrive with Marshall out, but he's no guarantee.

76. Eric Decker, WR, Jets: Value goes up assuming Percy Harvin sits, but then again, he's still No. 76. Didn't go up too much.

77. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins

78. Kerwynn Williams, RB, Cardinals: I'm not betting on a repeat performance against the Rams.

79. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans

80. Ben Tate, RB, Vikings: Someone has to run the ball, and the Vikings claim he'll get a chance.

81. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers

82. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

83. Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos: His name seems way out of place in this spot, but are you really sure he'll play and see enough targets? Didn't you think that last week?

84. Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars: Nice season for him. From starter to the bench to only relevant again because Denard Robinson is done for the season. Don't invest. Jordan Todman probably gets a chance, too.

85. Charles Johnson, WR, Vikings

86. Nate Washington, WR, Titans

87. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers

88. Reggie Bush, RB, Lions: It doesn't matter what round you drafted him in. It's not happening.

89. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans: Yeah, same with him. Still think he's the best rookie running back?

90. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals

91. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

92. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks

93. Rueben Randle, WR, Giants

94. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles: A few months ago, everyone loved him. But he doesn't get rushing attempts or targets anymore.

95. Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings: Three touchdowns or bust. Take the bust side.

96. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers: Sure, blame it all on Colin Kaepernick if it makes you feel better.

97. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

98. James Jones, WR, Raiders

99. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Cardinals

100. Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars

Others: Alfred Blue, RB, Texans; Larry Donnell, TE, Giants; Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs; Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens; Robert Woods, WR, Bills; James Starks, RB, Packers; Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs; Kamar Aiken, WR, Ravens; Anthony Dixon, RB, Bills; Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars; Juwan Thompson, RB, Broncos; Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers; Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets; Kenny Britt, WR, Rams


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Week 14 flex rankings 

December, 4, 2014
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Le'Veon BellAP Photo/Gene J. PuskarLe'Veon Bell has 57 fantasy points in his past two games.
It's often said that the roster decisions made during fantasy playoff time are the most difficult, but I'd disagree with that theme. There's just more on the line because a wrong decision could be the final one of a season, but the basic thinking doesn't change. When comparing two or more options, myriad factors enter the fray, but it comes down to doing the research and finally choosing one player over the others, and that's it. And don't look back. As we continue with the weekly flex rankings, take this information for what it is, one man's perspective. Use your best instincts, pick a roster, and hope for the best.

And as always, best of luck to all in Week 14 and beyond!

1. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: Bell's quarterback appears concerned about his running back's overuse, but that shouldn't be a problem this month. Perhaps next year, though.

2. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Expect him to light up the Jaguars, as usual.

3. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: No 20-point games for a while, but he remains productive no matter what else goes on around him. And honestly, don't bother with a handcuff option. You're never going to use Joseph Randle in December.

4. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

5. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Should go back to plenty of touches this week, so no concerns here.

6. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: Faces a Chicago defense that has been very kind to opposing wide receivers the past month.

7. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

8. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

9. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

10. Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens: Don't laugh, he's fourth in the NFL in rushing. I keep pointing this out to some degree for its shock value, I suppose, but we still don't see him treated as a top-10 RB.

11. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos: He's certainly in a happy place. Yes, he's a must-start. In other words, if you have him, start him.

12. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

13. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Looked special again on Thanksgiving, but in the back of my mind, I keep thinking it was the Bears, and they are really, really bad at covering wide receivers.

14. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks

15. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

16. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: Has been running well of late, but now he faces the Seahawks. Yeah, there's some concern.

17. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: Didja know he's fourth on his own team in fantasy points this season? Doesn't seem like it, right? Has scored double digits in 4-of-5, he'll end up No. 1.

18. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos: Candidate for fantasy MVP honors when one considers his original value. Currently tied for 11th among all flex-spot eligible options. Wasn't drafted that way!

19. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns: Really doesn't matter who's slingin' the football his way. But Gordon is already showing signs of general indifference on route running, which is troubling.

20. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants: Fantasy gold. G-O-L-D.

21. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

22. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

23. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints: He has four 100-yard rushing games this season. The guy leading these flex rankings has three. Just pointing that out.

24. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Viewed as a disappointment, but he's already at 82 catches for 1,169 yards!

25. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants: Missed practice with a sore ankle, and the team signed running back depth, so yeah, it's no lock he suits up this week.

26. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: Limited in practice with a sore hamstring, but you'll know Thursday at dinner if he's playing.

27. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers

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AP Photo/L.G. PattersonHow can Tre Mason follow up his huge 33-point game against the Raiders?
28. Tre Mason, RB, Rams: Oh, if only all our running backs could face the Raiders every week during the playoffs. If only.

29. Joique Bell, RB, Lions: I'm not particularly worried about any other Lions running backs, as this top 100 more than insinuates.

30. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: Oh no, only 16 fantasy points in two weeks! Panic time! Sound the alarms! (Don't worry, he's safe. Perfectly safe.)

31. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins

32. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers: You can't convince me he all of a sudden stinks because he's simply too old. The entire offense is a mess. This week it gets the Raiders. I'm still buying.

33. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears: Facing the Cowboys is easier than facing the Lions. Yep, that's what I think it's all about. Rinse. Repeat.

34. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins: Good thing Monday's game didn't end at halftime, when he had no yards!

35. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles: If Mark Sanchez looks Maclin's way six times while Richard Sherman is defending, I'll be surprised. But we rank Maclin well in case the Eagles find ways to get him open, which they should.

36. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins

37. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

38. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints: I'll set the over/under this week at 11.5 targets. You know he's gotta be angry about Week 13, and he probably let his coaches and teammates know it.

39. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers

40. Golden Tate, WR, Lions

41. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens: With double-digit fantasy points in 6-of-8 starts, you bet I find it odd he's not close to 100 percent owned in ESPN leagues. But hey, he's owned in my leagues.

42. Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots: Another fellow who deserves more attention. He's really productive now.

43. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers: Ditto for him.

44. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: He just looks better than the smaller fellow with whom he's competing for time. I wouldn't recommend using both of them in the same lineup. I would prefer to avoid both.

45. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals

46. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots

47. Daniel Herron, RB, Colts: A fine Week 13 statistically, but don't expect him to do much better than that. He's still sharing touches in a pass-heavy offense.

48. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers: He's slowing down statistically, and he faces the Lions.

49. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

50. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns: The other guy in the backfield is having trouble holding onto the football, or else he'd be ranked in this spot. Big week for Crowell if he intends to keep the starting role. It's not just the quarterback situation on this franchise!

51. Roddy White, WR, Falcons

52. Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars: Sorry, but lately we're not impressed.

53. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers

54. Kenny Stills, WR, Saints

55. Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos: Tight end colleague Virgil Green is such an effective blocker that Thomas owners might not be pleased at how many snaps their guy plays.

56. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons

57. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets: Hey, if all they're gonna do is hand the football off to the running backs, we'll play along! Ivory is a high-upside play, in theory.

58. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins

59. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

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Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY SportsSammy Watkins has just nine fantasy points over the past four games.
60. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills: Awfully quiet over the past month, and the Broncos really aren't a great matchup.

61. Steve Smith, WR, Ravens

62. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots: Certainly more valuable in PPR formats, but he still has value.

63. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots: Same as Edelman, really. Except eligible at the more scarce position.

64. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles

65. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers

66. Trent Richardson, RB, Colts: With the Colts playing in Cleveland this weekend, expect many Browns fans to recall the monster trade of last season. Or not.

67. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

68. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

69. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: Sure, you can choose to believe that his solid Week 13 showing is the new normal. But this rank strongly suggests I don't.

70. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: The risk with Stewart is more about durability. Wouldn't you hate to see him leave a December game in the first quarter with injury if you activated him?

71. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers: He's actually healthy.

72. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans: Perhaps next season more fantasy owners will pass on the rookie running backs and look at wide receiver.

73. Robert Woods, WR, Bills

74. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Might play, but it's dangerous to invest.

75. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings: Might also play, and it's also dangerous. He really hasn't done much statistically.

76. Terrance West, RB, Browns: If Crowell sits, West moves into his slot in these rankings.

77. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers: Perhaps we'd like to all believe that the 49ers will produce a bloated 30-point lead early, sit Gore, and let Hyde do his Tre Mason impression. But has that really happened in any other Raiders game this season?

78. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers: Regression is a pain in the you-know-what.

79. Marion Grice, RB, Cardinals: If we exalted him to top-30 status here, it would more than imply that Andre Ellington was the main problem. And he wasn't. The offense is the problem.

80. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals

81. Stedman Bailey, WR, Rams

82. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

83. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks: Sleeper pick in theory since the Eagles' secondary is generally a problem, but Russell Wilson just doesn't look his way much.

84. Andre Williams, RB, Giants: Moves up if Jennings sits, but he doesn't look special, regardless of matchup.

85. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

86. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans: Relying on most tight ends is problematic, even the better ones.

87. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

88. Chris Johnson, RB, Jets: He ran for 100 yards! Finally! Don't let that sway you into thinking all is well now.

89. Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings: Disappointing performance in Week 13 but again, if McKinnon sits, this guy has proven he can score touchdowns.

90. Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings

91. Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders: Has been cleared to play, but not knowing the potential touches and seeing the schedule, it's tough to invest in him as an active player.

92. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals

93. Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears

94. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

95. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins: If you ask me to name one tight end who could push one of the big three out, it's him.

96. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles

97. Percy Harvin, WR, Jets: Still think he's a great player?

98. Eric Decker, WR, Jets

99. Alfred Blue, RB, Texans

100. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins

Others: Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders; Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys; Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts; Kenny Britt, WR, Rams; Roy Helu, RB, Redskins; James Starks, RB, Packers; Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars; Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers; Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns; Reggie Bush, RB, Lions; Robert Turbin, RB, Seahawks; Stepfan Taylor, RB, Cardinals


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Welcome to December and the fantasy football playoffs, and since there's no more trading and only a few more weeks left, we've come to the end of the road for the weekly blog entry that has been the end-of-season rankings. Hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have and you were informed and entertained along the way! Don't fret, the weekly rankings provided by the ESPN Fantasy Fearsome Foursome will continue to be posted on Wednesdays, and flex rankings will remain a Thursday fixture in this space. So thanks for tuning in all season and best of luck!


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Week 13 flex rankings 

November, 26, 2014
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BrownAP Photo/Wade PayneFantasy owners will be happy to have Antonio Brown back from his bye week.
For those who enjoy football and lots and lots of good food, it's tough to do much better than Thanksgiving. It's simply an awesome day, and we've got loads of fantasy relevant players performing in what should be competitive, fun games. As for the food, well, I'm just hoping to stay awake when Russell Wilson reaches 15 fantasy points. Here are the latest flex rankings, and I'm guessing by Week 13 you're aware of what comprises them, certain trends I stick to and, well, try not to each too much!

And as always, best of luck to all in Week 13 and beyond!

1. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: Still getting questions about his handcuff option and I'm thinking, it really isn't going to matter. This guy's playing all 16 games. But he won't make it to 2,000 rushing yards.

2. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: The Saints can be run on, passed on, you name it. As if anyone were worried.

3. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Worry about his availability, but this rank is a sign of my trust in his ability to perform like a champ if he's active. If not, Alfred Blue would be in my top 30 here in flex, but he's not Foster. And as of Wednesday, I just don't know whether Foster will play.

4. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Broncos generally don't get run on, but how many guys like Charles have they faced? Exactly.

5. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: Not as bad as his owners think. Still elite.

6. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers: Remember when people gave up on him in September? Yeah, that was funny.

7. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: You really miss this guy when he's on bye. Nobody is more reliable.

8. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

9. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: The mind boggles at what he could do with 15 targets against Philly.

10. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Tough matchup for sure, but the receptions and volume separate him from concern.

11. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins: Doesn't matter who the quarterback is for this guy. I'm serious. What a dysfunctional mess around Morris. Their fans do deserve better.

12. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

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Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesJustin Forsett's Monday night outburst further proves how legitimate of a fantasy threat he is.
13. Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens: Don't laugh, he's third in the league in rushing. He probably deserves a better rank here, and it's already a rank nobody could have imagined back in September.

14. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

15. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

16. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns: Pretty difficult for defenses to keep him in check. Imagine if he was on Denver!

17. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Facing the Bears tends to fix struggling offenses.

18. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos: It's a week-to-week league, so while he was awesome in Week 12, if he's not in Week 13, it opens the door for Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball. But who knows.

19. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: The Patriots just seem to get it. Whatever it is.

20. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

21. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: A bit hurt, a bit crazy and the schedule is more than a bit challenging.

22. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

23. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants: Fabulous player, hard to have concerns at this point.

24. Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars: He should bounce back nicely in a better matchup.

25. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears: This is not the normal Lions defense he's feasted on in the past.

26. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears

27. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants: Seems to me like next week he'll either be close to top 10 or in the 30s. And the Jaguars really aren't that bad.

28. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers

29. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

30. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

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AP Photo/Ross D. FranklinIs Jeremy Maclin still a slam dunk option with Mark Sanchez at quarterback?
31. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles: Would be nice if Mark Sanchez could throw a decent deep pass. And, well, you know, stop throwing the ball to the other team, too.

32. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints

33. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: Playing so miserably the past three weeks, for whatever reason (health, schedule, Drew Stanton), I don't know how you can feel great about him, even in a tasty matchup. Something's clearly amiss.

34. Golden Tate, WR, Lions

35. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: Yep, we've all pretty much decided if you have room for one Bengals running back, he's the one.

36. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals

37. Tre Mason, RB, Rams

38. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers: Not so easy to throw on the Vikings, but it's not like the Panthers are going to run wild.

39. Roddy White, WR, Falcons

40. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Has looked pretty good of late, actually. It's not a time share. His quarterback is a problem, though, and defenses have noticed.

41. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots

42. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

43. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

44. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns: Is he safe? I wouldn't say that. But there is upside and he does find the end zone.

45. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins: Better or worse with Colt McCoy? Sadly, this is better for all the Redskins weapons. And that's saying a lot because McCoy is not good, either.

46. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins

47. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers: Had his chance against Washington last week. Now it's Seattle. Watch him run for 110 yards and a score. That's the NFL.

48. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans: Destroyed the Philly defense, though he wasn't the first fellow to do so. But Zach Mettenberger does look legit.

49. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers: Amazing how a simple bye week can make fantasy owners forget about a guy. He's really good!

50. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles

51. Joique Bell, RB, Lions

52. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

53. Trent Richardson, RB, Colts: Still not a good player but can score on occasion and the team will keep using him. Even if the other guy clearly looks better.

54. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

55. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

56. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots: May we all get booted without warning, wind up in a better place 48 hours later and score two touchdowns with seemingly minimal effort. I feel like we should've seen this coming since it's Bill Belichick.

57. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

58. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

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Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY SportsJulius Thomas' injury concerns make him a less desirable option this week.
59. Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos: Not the normal rank for him, but he's neither healthy nor a high-volume catcher.

60. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers: Just. Score. A. Touchdown.

61. Daniel Herron, RB, Colts: Not that anyone should believe this would be a top-10 running back if he got the opportunity. He's kinda ordinary.

62. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons: Kinda like this guy.

63. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers: We want to believe so badly.

64. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

65. Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots

66. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets

67. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers: Clearly the team's top receiving weapon, but it doesn't matter much this week. And stop using Vernon Davis! Seriously, check his season. One point per week since Week 2!

68. Marques Colston, WR, Saints: Got more attention with Brandin Cooks out of the lineup.

69. Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders: I feel like he'll be forgotten in a week, but not in a Jonas Gray way. Tough matchup, dysfunctional team.

70. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals

71. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

72. Steve Smith, WR, Ravens

73. Rueben Randle, WR, Giants

74. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins: Pretty productive lately, deserves more fantasy attention.

75. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings: Pretty unproductive all season, deserves less attention.

76. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans

77. Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys

78. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots

79. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles

80. Percy Harvin, WR, Jets: Why not just play him at quarterback? Would it really matter?

81. Eric Decker, WR, Jets

82. Terrance West, RB, Browns

83. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals: And just that quickly he became irrelevant again. And it had nothing to do with the absent Larry Fitzgerald, who is probably absent again.

84. Kenny Britt, WR, Rams

85. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins: His owners have probably given up by now. McCoy's ascension should help though, since the other guy was throwing everything short.

86. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

87. Jonas Gray, RB, Patriots: Comedian was dealt some unfunny news Sunday, as he didn't see a snap. Should see some this week.

88. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers

89. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

90. Andre Williams, RB, Giants: Has anyone seen an indication that he's a future star?

91. Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears: We still rank him well, but that's three consecutive duds.

92. John Brown, WR, Cardinals

93. Kenny Stills, WR, Saints: I think this could be a top-20 WR if the team gave it a chance.

94. Robert Woods, WR, Bills: Could say the same thing here, though the Bills already have such a fellow.

95. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers: The next guy starts. This guy still does better. But at No. 95, neither does well enough.

96. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: Maybe the team needs 50 more carries to see he's average, at best.

97. Justin Hunter, WR, Titans: Time for Mettenberger to give him a 14-target game.

98. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

99. Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns

100. Anthony Dixon, RB, Bills

Others: Alfred Blue, RB, Texans; Kendall Wright, WR, Titans; Larry Donnell, TE, Giants; Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs; Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs; Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs; Chris Johnson, RB, Jets; Charles Johnson, WR, Vikings; Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings; DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers; Reggie Bush, RB, Lions; Branden Oliver, RB, Chargers; Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers; Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders


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2014 rankings update: Gordon top-10 WR 

November, 25, 2014
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First of all, let's wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all. Second, remember that there is a trio of sure-to-be-exciting football games Thursday, so get your lineups in early! Here is the latest edition of the end-of-season rankings, as we aim to define value for future weeks and, for many of you, the playoff ones. Most of you can no longer make trades, but hopefully this still helps in decision-making. And remember, the Week 13 rankings will be posted Wednesday.


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Week 12 flex rankings 

November, 20, 2014
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DeMarco MurraySteve Flynn/USA TODAY SportsDeMarco Murray is back on top of the flex rankings after taking his bye week.
By now you should be well aware that the ESPN trade deadline has passed, making it tougher to change the look of a fantasy roster. But guess what? You still have to put in a lineup for Week 12, and we’re here to help with our flex rankings. We combine the best of the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into one list and then it’s up to you to decide your active roster. There’s certainly plenty of information at ESPN Fantasy to aid you.

As always, best of luck to all in Week 12 and beyond!

1. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: For perspective, he’s the top non-QB in ESPN fantasy scoring, ninth overall, and there's no reason to expect he’ll fall apart. Look at the Dallas schedule!

2. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Has scored a touchdown in five consecutive games, but the Chiefs seem to be underutilizing him. Only 22 catches all season? They still face the Raiders twice, which should help!

3. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: He has three times the receptions of Charles. Just seems odd. Forte could reach 100 catches.

4. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Will he play or won’t he? Foster has destroyed the Bengals' defense in the past, so we really, really want him to play, but be prepared.

5. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers: Not a ton of rushing yards, but plenty of fantasy points. And a nice schedule as well.

6. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos: Working on a streak with seven consecutive games of more than 100 receiving yards. He’s matchup proof.

7. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

8. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: Let’s move past the fact he’s been a rather large disappointment and enjoy what should be a friendly matchup.

9. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

10. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Not a good matchup. Might be ranked too generously here, but he has been playing well lately.

11. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

12. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Welcome to Revis Island! Show him what he’s won! It’s a six-point fantasy game! Obviously we think he can do better.

13. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

14. Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens: He’s actually seventh in the league in rushing -- in case you keep thinking Bernard Pierce is relevant.

15. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears

16. Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars: He’s probably not going for 201 yards and four touchdowns, which is what the Colts permitted last week, but dare to dream.

17. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: Controversy! The rookie pushes aside the other young star! Well, it looks that way this week.

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AP Photo/Rogelio SolisSurprisingly, A.J. Green isn't the highest-ranked Bengal in the flex rankings.
18. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: How about the fact Green isn’t the top Bengal? We’re full of controversy today. I still think Green is far from 100 percent.

19. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles: He and Mark Sanchez get along just fine. Not a worry. The Titans' secondary will fix everything.

20. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers: Has averaged 88 rushing yards the past two games, for all who consider him too old to help.

21. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: I admit, it sure looks like he’s going to play in every regular-season game. I’m glad I was incorrect if, you know, that ends up occurring.

22. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears

23. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

24. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers: Has scored more fantasy points the past three weeks than his overrated, veteran teammate who was nearly a top-10 wide receiver last season.

25. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns: Never heard of him. Oh, and please stay outta trouble, Josh.

26. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos: A good play, not a sure thing.

27. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos: A great play when he is a sure thing. Currently dealing with a concussion.

28. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants

29. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers

30. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: His owners surely must have noticed his previous touchdown came in Week 3. And yet nobody would sit him.

31. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

32. Golden Tate, WR, Lions

33. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills: When and where they play the Bills-Jets game, if it’s altered at all due to ridiculous snow amounts, isn’t really a fantasy factor yet. The game will be played this weekend.

34. Roddy White, WR, Falcons

35. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints

36. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: Certainly trending the wrong direction, and this is not a friendly matchup.

37. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

38. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins

39. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

40. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

41. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins: And you thought his first season with Washington would be completely smooth sailing. Statistically at least, it kind of has been.

42. Tre Mason, RB, Rams: Ran all over the Broncos; now we just need to see consistency.

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AP Photo/David RichardIsaiah Crowell looks to be the top Browns option at running back with Ben Tate gone.
43. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns: The opportunity is there to be a safe RB2. But even with Ben Tate being released (and winding up with the Vikings), he needs to play well to keep the role.

44. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

45. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots

46. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers: Not that it’s terribly relevant, but only 12 wide receivers scored more fantasy points last season. I think the talent is still there. Something’s missing.

47. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals: Not a great play this weekend. Let’s see how the time share progresses.

48. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles: Hard to believe, but even he has outscored LeSean McCoy. Also has 51 points the past three games.

49. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

50. Trent Richardson, RB, Colts: The extra volume will be nice, I suppose, but keep expectations in check now that Ahmad Bradshaw is done. The Colts could simply throw on literally every play now. Well, probably not.

51. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons

52. Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots

53. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens: Definitely the Baltimore wide receiver to own currently.

54. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers: Definitely the San Francisco wide receiver to own currently.

55. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets: Definitely the Jets running back to own currently.

56. Joique Bell, RB, Lions: We can keep playing this game. This is the Lions WR to …

57. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals … and the game stops here.

58. Jonas Gray, RB, Patriots: I like him, and blogged about him before his first snaps, but still, it’s time to sell.

59. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans: Doesn’t look he’ll be the top offensive rookie this season. But you can count on him for five or six points per week.

60. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

61. Percy Harvin, WR, Jets: One of these weeks he’ll score, like, 30 fantasy points.

62. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers

63. Larry Donnell, TE, Giants

64. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: Important guy to watch if healthy. There’s upside despite his age.

65. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles: Well, he’s clearly not going to catch anywhere close to 70 passes. Or 50.

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Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY SportsKeenan Allen has been a mild disappointment this season, scoring just one touchdown.
66. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers: First on team by a lot in targets and receptions, second in receiving yards, but one touchdown is a problem. A big problem. And there’s little reason to think more are coming.

67. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings: The good news for him is Adrian Peterson is done. The bad news is they signed Ben Tate. McKinnon hasn’t been bad, but he doesn’t get in the end zone. Not that Tate is better. It’s a shame McKinnon hasn’t broken out.

68. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals

69. Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears

70. Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos: Teammate Demaryius Thomas boasts more than twice the targets and a ton of yards. But this Thomas has twice as many touchdowns. Low rank this week due to the ankle sprain concerns. He might not even play.

71. Marques Colston, WR, Saints: Really isn’t all that good anymore. I think we’re all overrating him.

72. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots: Speaking of the “o” word. Nice player, but not nearly as productive as his owners probably realize.

73. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks

74. Cecil Shorts III, WR, Jaguars: It’s a good time to invest in him. The Jaguars have done well against the Colts, too.

75. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers: The Bucs are in no hurry, but fantasy owners would like to see Sims do something positive.

76. Terrance West, RB, Browns: A wise handcuff at this point.

77. Rueben Randle, WR, Giants: Giants have a friendly schedule and this fellow sees many targets. Good time to invest here as well, though chances are you’ve got three better WR options.

78. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Tough injury and matchup this week. Try to avoid.

79. Bryce Brown, RB, Bills

80. Kenny Stills, WR, Saints: This is the Saints WR who should really emerge with Brandin Cooks out.

81. Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns: Should still help PPR owners, despite Gordon’s return.

82. Alfred Blue, RB, Texans: Has proved himself in case Foster can’t go. Instant RB2 Sunday if Foster sits.

83. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins

84. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

85. Reggie Bush, RB, Lions: Last topped five fantasy points in Week 3. So why are you still thinking of playing him?

86. Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings: Best time to use him is in a two-week playoff when you’re down big and need a three-touchdown performance. He’s currently questionable for Sunday with a concussion.

87. Steve Smith, WR, Ravens

88. Eric Decker, WR, Jets

89. Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars

90. Daniel Herron, RB, Colts: Ohio State product isn’t special, but neither is Trent Richardson.

91. Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys

92. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers

93. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

94. Kenny Britt, WR, Rams: Comes off best game in years, but he’s burned a lot of fantasy bridges.

95. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs: When Alex Smith is looking for a red zone target, here’s where he looks. He just doesn’t look too often.

96. Bobby Rainey, RB, Buccaneers: Could’ve been a productive flex option for us, but the Bucs said no.

97. Juwan Thompson, RB, Broncos: Easy to see a scenario in which he soon matters.

98. James Jones, WR, Raiders

99. Coby Fleener, TE, Colts

100. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders: He used to be good. And no, there’s no guarantee Latavius Murray gets enough touches to matter.

Others: Wes Welker, WR, Broncos; Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins; Branden Oliver, RB, Chargers; John Brown, WR, Cardinals; Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders; Justin Hunter, WR, Titans; Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs; Theo Riddick, RB, Lions; Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs; Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens; Chris Johnson, RB, Jets; Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons; Roy Helu, RB, Redskins; Andre Williams, RB, Giants


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2014 rankings update: Trade deadline tips 

November, 18, 2014
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Do you know when your fantasy football trade deadline is? For those in ESPN standard leagues, you're really running out of time, as all trades need to be accepted by Wednesday at noon ET, but for those who compete on other sites, check your league rules. It's not critical that most teams make trades, but if your roster has serious needs that free agency can't solve, an extra top-10 quarterback, bench stars or injured options you just can't wait for, start making offers!

In the meantime, we'll discuss buying low and selling high in the latest end-of-season rankings, listing players in order of statistical relevance from here on out. As usual, the Week 12 rankings will appear Wednesday, but this week, that's right after the … trade deadline!


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Week 11 flex rankings 

November, 13, 2014
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Le'Veon BellNick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty ImagesLe'Veon Bell has been a top fantasy option all season despite no rushing TDs since Week 1.
Welcome to Week 11 and a critical flex rankings, as we combine the best of the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into one package to help aid your decisions. Should you rely on these or any other rankings you see on ours or any other site? Nope. Use the glorious information at ESPN Fantasy as a guide, set your lineups, make your pickups and then, hope for the best. Remember the ESPN trade deadline is next week, and we’ll be advising about which players we’d be buying and selling, as well.

As always, best of luck to all -- in Week 11 and beyond!

1. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Sunday night was the first time he hadn’t scored at least 20 standard fantasy points -- and he’s better in PPR -- since Week 4. In other words, don’t worry. He’s fine.

2. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: A groin injury has him questionable, but, coming off a bye, it would be surprising if he sat.

3. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: He’s the No. 5 RB for the season, so if someone who owns him whines to you, tell him or her to stop.

4. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

5. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: We might be waiting years for him to catch fewer than five passes in a game. Hope that didn’t jinx him!

6. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

7. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: I’m well aware he comes off a four-TD, 40-point fantasy effort. But the Chiefs, you know, haven’t allowed a touchdown to a running back this season. And ranked seventh is still pretty good!

8. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

9. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

10. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Looked fine in Week 10. Hope you didn’t sit him. And the Cardinals can and do get thrown on.

11. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers: The Eagles get thrown on, too.

12. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles: And the Eagles throw, too. Mark Sanchez is certainly suitable enough, even though Maclin was quiet Monday night.

13. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

14. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

15. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Great matchup, and, if he doesn’t exploit it, we’ll view his value differently. He’s been quiet since about Week 3.

16. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints: Fantasy monster! And it really doesn’t matter whether his running back colleagues are healthy. It’s Ingram’s show.

17. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

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AP Photo/Jonathan BachmanImagine what Jimmy Graham's fantasy numbers would've been last week had this touchdown counted.
18. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints: Ah, if only they hadn’t called the last-second end zone push-off. And he did push off. Please.

19. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: He’s sixth in the NFL in rushing, so, again, it’s not as if he’s been Adrian Peterson. Your first-round pick wasn’t so awful. Sure, we’d like more touchdowns, but he isn’t the bust of the year. The guy who might or might not get reinstated next week, the first pick in most leagues, he’s that guy!

20. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: Doesn’t look so great, and you already know about his QB. Might be the last time Green is ranked this high.

21. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

22. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins

23. Golden Tate, WR, Lions: Fantastic in yards after the catch, and the Cardinals have a weakness for this.

24. Julius Thomas, WR, Broncos: Ronnie Hillman goes down; a better blocker is inserted; and suddenly Thomas has his most catches and yards since Week 5. Coincidence? I think not!

25. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers: Hey, the Giants have allowed the most rushing yards. It’s a fact. And Gore rushes the ball. If you truly dislike him, nobody’s forcing you to activate him.

26. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers

27. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Colts

28. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: I doubt Giovani Bernard will play. If he does, Hill is considerably less desirable.

29. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers: Rookie run! And this rookie is making quite the impact. I know this is a generous ranking, but nobody has stopped him yet. Seems as if it’s wise to enjoy it.

30. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

31. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears

32. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots

33. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers: Repeat after me: There’s nothing wrong with Josh McCown. There’s nothing wrong with Josh McC…

34. Roddy White, WR, Falcons: Better than his pal Julio the past month. Not that Jones owners have noticed.

35. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: Tough matchup, new quarterback, I’m not treating him like a top-10 RB this week.

36. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

37. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

38. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: Not a great matchup for your Bears wide receivers this week. Vikings have done nice work against the pass.

39. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

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Harry How/Getty ImagesRyan Mathews likely returns from a knee injury this week and could be used a lot against the Raiders.
40. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Welcome back! This rank really isn’t cautious at all, odd because we don’t know whether he'll get a ton of work. I just think he will.

41. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants: Same here. Chargers and Giants want their starters back. They figure to use them.

42. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins

43. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons: The best Falcon the past few weeks, and another nice matchup. No, he’s not too old.

44. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

45. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings: Personally, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Peterson is playing in Week 12. But he’s not playing this week. McKinnon, though, really hasn’t been so great. Hasn’t found the end zone yet.

46. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots

47. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers: I wouldn’t cut him. I know you want to, but try not to.

48. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: Should see a much nicer workload this week. But it’s a tough matchup.

49. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos: I think he'll start and has a shot to do really good things. But we can’t pretend that he’s the only running back who will play, or that the Broncos will run a lot. They throw. A lot.

50. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints: Clearly the top Saints wide receiver at this point. Man, this is an amazing rookie class of wide receivers.

51. Terrance West, RB, Browns: OK, so I ranked him first among Browns running backs. But the Browns are going to use all three and see who takes the job. It could be any of them, which means none of them is an attractive option.

52. Ben Tate, RB, Browns

53. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Goodbye, Carson. Hello, Drew. And I probably ranked Fitz better than most.

54. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

55. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals: Andy Dalton fired one 6 feet over his head while I was typing this.

56. Trent Richardson, RB, Colts

57. Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots: It’s a week-to-week fantasy world, but don’t forget what he was achieving before the bye. A lot!

58. Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts

59. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans: Five or six fantasy points in each game since Week 6. If that’s what you’re looking for, go get it!

60. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins

61. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins: Not a great option in a short week and with his injury.

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AP Photo/Matt RourkeDarren Sproles scored twice Monday night, but he deserves even more touches.
62. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles: Sure does make many big plays, but volume isn’t there. And he has caught only 21 passes in eight games, which is hard to believe. The Eagles are underusing him!

63. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers

64. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers: The top San Francisco weapon these days.

65. Joique Bell, RB, Lions: It’s a tough matchup, so even if he was the only running back in Detroit -- which he sure isn’t -- try not to expect much.

66. Montee Ball, RB, Broncos: Nice to have him back, in theory, but no idea whether it’ll be 15 touches or three.

67. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

68. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

69. Tre Mason, RB, Rams: The rookie running backs have disappointed. He has the job, but he’s not doing much. Denver will make sure that continues by scoring touchdowns early.

70. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

71. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: Didn’t look so bad Monday night. Not a good flex option, but not the worst anymore.

72. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks: Remember when everyone loved him? How he’d really step up with Percy Harvin gone? He has six more points than you in the past two games combined.

73. Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears

74. Jonas Gray, RB, Patriots: Will be interesting to see whether his carries go up after the bye -- or not. He has a shot to be a valuable option.

75. Bryce Brown, RB, Bills: It’s unfair to call him a serial fumbler, but his fine running isn’t what many people remember from Week 10.

76. Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns

77. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers: Gets another chance this week, and deserves it.

78. Bobby Rainey, RB, Buccaneers

79. Kenny Stills, WR, Saints: Might be the last time he’s ranked worse than Colston, which says much about both players.

80. Rueben Randle, WR, Giants: Lean, mean target machine has already been passed by the rookie.

81. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers

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Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesCan Michael Floyd put up numbers with a new quarterback in Arizona?
82. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals: Watch him get back on track after the QB change. That’s fantasy.

83. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers

84. Jared Cook, TE, Rams: Broncos can be vulnerable against the tight end.

85. Reggie Bush, RB, Lions

86. Branden Oliver, RB, Chargers

87. James Jones, WR, Raiders

88. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers

89. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns: Seems so talented, don’t drop him yet.

90. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins

91. Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings

92. Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings: Three touchdowns or nothing!

93. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings: Two touchdowns all season. What a waste.

94. Damien Williams, RB, Dolphins

95. Andre Williams, RB, Giants

96. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles: Some view him as a reliable star now after his multi-TD game Monday, but I’m not there yet.

97. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: This is the week! This is the week! This is probably not the week.

98. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers

99. Wes Welker, WR, Broncos

100. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders

Others: Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons; Larry Donnell, TE, Giants; Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers; John Brown, WR, Cardinals; Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins; Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs; Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs; Anthony Dixon, RB, Bills; Chris Polk, RB, Eagles; Kenny Britt, WR, Rams; Khiry Robinson, RB, Saints; Roy Helu, RB, Redskins; Andre Holmes, WR, Raiders; LeGarrette Blount, RB, Steelers; Justin Hunter, WR, Titans; Antone Smith, RB, Falcons

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2014 rankings update: New RBs in top 10 

November, 11, 2014
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We’re getting close to crunch time in fantasy football, with most of the bye weeks complete, the trading deadline looming in a week, value changing all the time for options many are starting at each of the big fantasy positions and of course, the playoffs! The end-of-season rankings are here to help, offering one man’s analysis on future value, not past achievements. We know the current scoring leaders. Who will step up and become coveted? Enjoy and feel free to comment below! As usual, the Week 11 rankings will be posted Wednesday.


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Four Downs: Don't worry about Romo 

November, 9, 2014
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Tony RomoSteve Flynn/USA TODAY SportsTony Romo passed for 246 yards and three TDs in his return to the Cowboys lineup.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo isn’t generally viewed as the safest, most reliable fantasy option to start with, and that’s when he’s healthy. Of course, Romo is anything but healthy these days, dealing with several broken bones in his back that cost him Week 9 and made him a questionable fantasy start for the Week 10 road game Sunday in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not only was there risk of poor performance, but owners worried their quarterback could be pulled from the game at any time.

Well, by the time the Cowboys removed their quarterback from the convincing 31-17 win, Romo tied for his second-best outing of the season with 21 points, and he turned his excellent wide receiver into the top scorer of the week at his position (entering the Sunday night game). Still worried? Don’t be. Romo and his teammates get Week 11 off and then enjoy a friendly schedule that includes four NFC East battles -- no team in the division defends particularly well -- and games against the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts, neither a defensive juggernaut. The much-maligned Romo seems on his way to perhaps his fourth consecutive top-10 finish among quarterbacks, as his injury status certainly appeared the most overblown story of the week.


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Week 10 flex rankings 

November, 6, 2014
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Matt ForteAP Photo/Nam Y. HuhMatt Forte is back from his bye and ready to put up big numbers both rushing and receiving.
Welcome to Week 10 and the latest flex rankings, as 26 teams prepare to put a notch in the win column and regale fantasy owners with enticing statistics at the same time. Then there are the Oakland Raiders, who rarely -- or never, in the case of winning this season -- supply these things. Regardless, it's another week with six teams on bye, including the streaking Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the rest of the New England Patriots, so choose your players wisely and make sure they're playing!

As always, best of luck to all in Week 10 and beyond!

1. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: Welcome to London and if a certain starting quarterback cannot perform, it means more defensive players in the box. You can see how concerned we are about that.

2. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Comes off the bye ready to catch many passes and even run the football a bit.

3. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: See, there was nothing to worry about! Looked great in Week 9 and there's more to come. And really, he'll find work next season.

4. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: Not only is he the top wide receiver, which isn't terribly surprising, but he's outscored all but two running backs for standard formats this season. So don't ask why he's ranked so well!

5. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

6. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: Seems back on track, and the QB change will not hurt him. The offensive line just needs to play well, and it has been.

7. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

8. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: Has scored a touchdown in each home game, and the streak should continue.

9. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers: Wait, he's scored a touchdown in each home game as well (and all but one road contest)! Good luck, Chicago defense!

10. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: Somewhat lost in the Ben Roethlisberger magic is the fact Bell hasn't scored a rushing touchdown since Week 1, and still he's sixth among all flex options in standard scoring. He's really good.

11. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos: He's really good, too. Doesn't matter to me if Montee Ball is ready to play or not. The Broncos will stick with Hillman. They have to.

12. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Welcome back! We missed you! Now 100 yards and a touchdown will make it all better.

13. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles: Pretty incredible season, and he's well over the pace of what DeSean Jackson achieved last season. In fact, no Eagles receiver ever has done what Maclin might do.

14. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals

15. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: I think Tony Romo will play, but don't overthink using this guy if he doesn't. I wouldn’t change the rank at all if it's Brandon Weeden.

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AP Photo/Rogelio SolisThe Saints say that running back Mark Ingram's confidence has grown with more playing time.
16. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints: Never thought he'd rank so well, but he's earned it.

17. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

18. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears: Both he and his colleague ranked next scored touchdowns in the last Packers meeting. They can do so again.

19. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears

20. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

21. Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens

22. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: I seriously doubt Giovani Bernard suits up for this Thursday game, making Hill a tremendous option. I don't think he'll disappear when Gio returns, either.

23. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: Needed the Week 9 touchdown to justify fantasy owners using him. He can certainly do it again.

24. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

25. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins: I think he'll play, and play well enough. Dolphins really need him around.

26. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins

27. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills: Suffered groin injury in practice Wednesday, which clouds his availability. Make sure on Sunday morning he's OK.

28. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints

29. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets: Don't read too much into what happened in Week 9 when the Jets were getting mauled again. Ivory is still their top running back option.

30. Joique Bell, RB, Lions: Will be interesting to see if he's still his team's top option coming off the bye, but I think he's relatively safe.

31. Golden Tate, WR, Lions: His owners are scared now that Megatron has returned, but he'll still see enough targets.

32. Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars: Would have been nice to see him playing in September. And last season, too.

33. Bobby Rainey, RB, Buccaneers: Not much risk this week, but if Charles Sims can play, they will be moving along. Decent trade candidate.

34. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers: Should be able to find open space against the Eagles.

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Rob Carr/Getty ImagesSteve Smith has just 12 total fantasy points in standard leagues over the past three weeks.
35. Steve Smith, WR, Ravens: Could be the last time we rank him as the Ravens' top wide receiver. It's trending this direction.

36. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers: Don't give up hope. It's a good matchup for him and he's not too old.

37. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

38. Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos: Just doesn't get enough targets, catches. Very touchdown-dependent.

39. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers: Well, I still believe. Too talented and Josh McCown will look for him downfield.

40. Ben Tate, RB, Browns: I still believe in him, to a degree. I'd probably rank him third among the Browns running backs, but until Week 9 the Browns didn't agree. I don't believe it's as much of a harbinger as it appears.

41. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals: Kind of like Golden Tate in that he's not the top guy on his team anymore, but he's still well worth it.

42. Roddy White, WR, Falcons: Oh, and he's been dealing with that for years.

43. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles

44. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers

45. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons

46. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

47. Percy Harvin, WR, Jets: At some point all these touches have to turn into something. Right? Right?!?

48. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

49. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

50. Andre Williams, RB, Giants: Figured we'd see Rashad Jennings by now, but Williams really didn't do much with his opportunity.

51. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals: Can't understand what's going on here. But the team keeps winning, so it doesn't matter to them. I'd buy low.

52. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants: He's looked great, and certainly appears to be his team's top weapon right now.

53. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers

54. Reggie Bush, RB, Lions: Let's see how busy he is before trusting him in fantasy. I'm skeptical.

55. Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears

56. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans

57. Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys

58. Tre Mason, RB, Rams: Tough matchup against the Cardinals, and he really hasn't been impressive the past few weeks anyway.

59. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks: Well, his situation altered quickly, first for good, now for average.

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Jason Bridge/USA TODAY SportsMartavis Bryant has five touchdowns on just 10 catches the past three weeks.
60. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers: Roethlisberger can't throw six touchdowns every game. And Bryant has five touchdowns on his 10 receptions. Be careful here.

61. Terrance West, RB, Browns: I doubt this situation will ever be consistent. In other words, be careful whom you trust here, too. My vote is for nobody.

62. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers

63. Eric Decker, WR, Jets

64. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints

65. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars

66. Anthony Dixon, RB, Bills: Averaging 2 yards per carry doesn't often result in more playing time. Fred Jackson could get this job back as soon as this week.

67. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

68. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys: While everyone's been complaining about him, his top two reception and yardage games have come in the past two weeks.

69. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs: Has caught a third of the team's receiving touchdowns. No wide receiver has any.

70. Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns

71. Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens

72. James Jones, WR, Raiders

73. Rueben Randle, WR, Giants: Mild disappointment, I think it's safe to say. Targets are there, so this ranking could be too cautious.

74. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers: Your guess is as good as ours. He should play, at least. Whether it's 15 touches or three is problematic. There's talent here, but Rainey also has done nicely.

75. Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars: By the end of the season his numbers will look nice, but how many playable games will he have?

76. Khiry Robinson, RB, Saints: No room now that Ingram is awesome.

77. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers

78. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders

79. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: That's right, zero touchdowns for the entire wide receiver unit in Kansas City. That's kind of sad.

80. Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs

81. Andre Holmes, WR, Raiders: Actually leads all Raiders flex eligible players in scoring, but he's inconsistent.

82. Larry Donnell, TE, Giants

83. Benjamin Cunningham, RB, Rams

84. Chris Johnson, RB, Jets: Don't get too excited about his Week 9. I don't think the promotion of Michael Vick triggered this performance.

85. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans

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AP Photo/Jack DempseyWes Welker has just one double-digit fantasy game all season.
86. Wes Welker, WR, Broncos: How the mighty have fallen.

87. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

88. James Starks, RB, Packers

89. Chris Polk, RB, Eagles: Safe to say if something happened to McCoy, this is the handcuff for big carries now.

90. Cecil Shorts III, WR, Jaguars

91. Davante Adams, WR, Packers

92. Juwan Thompson, RB, Broncos

93. Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles

94. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns

95. Justin Hunter, WR, Titans

96. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles

97. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers

98. Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers

99. Stevie Johnson, WR, 49ers

100. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Steelers

Others: Bryce Brown, RB, Bills; John Brown, WR, Cardinals; Antone Smith, RB, Falcons; Owen Daniels, TE, Ravens; Kenny Stills, WR, Saints; Robert Woods, WR, Bills; Marion Grice, RB, Cardinals; Peyton Hillis, RB, Giants; Shonn Greene, RB, Titans; Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens; Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys; Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars


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Backfield breakdown entering Week 10 

November, 4, 2014
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Perhaps when Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson turns 34 or 35 years old, we can start ignoring him as a reasonable fantasy option, but today he's only 33 and still productive. Jackson, who has missed one full game since injuring his groin, did not practice Monday coming off of the team's bye week, but he hopes to be cleared this week. The Bills, wild-card contenders at 5-3 and scheduled to host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10, could have Jackson back in the lineup, and if so, he'd likely earn immediate RB2 status from this analyst, just as he was before the injury.

Alas, Jackson moves back into the starter role on ESPN's running back depth chart, as even if he doesn't play this week, he's the Buffalo running back to own moving forward.

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The NFL trading deadline has passed, and for those in ESPN standard leagues there are about two more weeks to go before you're stuck with what you've got. So why not make a deal? We're here to help with the end-of-season rankings, aiming to project value solely from this point forward. Sure, anyone can look at the season scoring leaders but that merely points out what has happened. As usual, the Week 10 rankings will be posted on Wednesday. Enjoy!


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