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Flex ranks: Green-Ellis next up for Raiders

11/21/2012

We're "flexing" a day early this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, combining the top running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into one tidy package. The bye weeks are in the rearview mirror, so the names on this list as you get deeper down will look a bit better than in past weeks. It's a good thing to have more options.

For more advice or questions, check out the Week 12 staff rankings in the usual spots, or perhaps your question was answered in one of our chats this week or in Wednesday's special Cover It Live event with myself and colleagues Tristan H. Cockcroft and AJ Mass.

Good luck in Week 12 and beyond, and remember that there are three wonderful football games on Thursday this week. Best of luck!

1. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: It's incredible that the Texans could light up the Jaguars and Foster provides a measly six fantasy points. That's an aberration.

2. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: Yeah, No. 2. It's not so crazy. After all, this is the highest-scoring running back in fantasy this year, leading Foster 169-167. The next guy (below) has 164 points, but he also has a tough matchup.

3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Don't ever bet against this fellow, though.

4. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Realized when he was off in Week 11 that I had him in a bunch of leagues, and I missed him!

5. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: Looked ordinary against the Steelers, but still finds a way to get us numbers.

6. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: Even if he's sharing touches, you shouldn't worry about him.

7. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

8. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers

9. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: You know, Foster didn't run on the Jaguars, and now Johnson faces them. Nah, probably means nothing.

10. Roddy White, WR, Falcons: Amazing how concerned people were about this guy back in August. Concerned now?

11. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: People were concerned about him just a few weeks ago. And now, not so much. The "loss" of Titus Young is irrelevant here.

12. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

13. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns

14. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers: Gotta stick with this guy no matter the matchup.

15. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots

16. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

17. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

18. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals: People don't realize he is a perfectly worthy RB2, and one with a nice matchup this week.

19. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints

20. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears: Some concerns about the quarterback play, but he did score a touchdown Monday. This is not Arizona. Jason Campbell isn't that bad, and Jay Cutler could return soon anyway.

21. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

22. Marcel Reece, RB, Raiders: I'm obviously a big fan of this guy, and I don't think Darren McFadden is a sure thing to play this week, which is why I left him out of these rankings. If he does play, downgrade Reece some, but not a lot.

23. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: When focused, Bryant can easily be a top-10 receiver.

24. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants: When healthy, Bradshaw can be a borderline top-10 running back.

25. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

26. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers: Still the Packers receiver to own these days. I don't expect Greg Jennings to be active this week.

27. Matt Forte, RB, Bears

28. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants: I think he will find open space in the Packers' secondary, and we should know better than to dismiss Eli Manning.

29. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans: Who dismissed Johnson before last week?

30. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: Certainly seems to have fresh legs of late.

31. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys

32. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots

33. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Just has looked so average the past two months. Where's the burst? Why doesn't he catch more passes?

34. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

35. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

36. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: We shouldn't expect a full workload.

37. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions: We'll be seeing him on Thanksgiving for years to come. I don't think we'll be seeing really big numbers from him this week, though.

38. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons: I hope he's not becoming all-or-nothing statistically.

39. Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

40. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons

41. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos: This rank probably seems a bit low for many, but he really hasn't proved himself. This is about opportunity. Might he run wild? Of course, but there is risk, and also potential competition.

42. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Hopefully he plays. If not, Harry Douglas would be a top-100 flex guy.

43. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos

44. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers

45. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets

46. Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots: Likely to become a tad overrated. He's not Rob Gronkowski, after all, and he's not 100 percent healthy, either.

47. Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys: Is this guy ever 100 percent healthy? He also doesn't have the upside of DeMarco Murray.

48. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills

49. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings: The risk is that he does suit up to play, but can't play all four quarters.

50. Jalen Parmele, RB, Jaguars: Similar to Hillman in that he's getting a chance, but he certainly isn't proven, and in this case the competition is one of the best in the game, though Maurice Jones-Drew won't play this week.

51. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

52. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: What a joke this franchise's quarterback situation has become.

53. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers: More productive than most realize.

54. Vick Ballard, RB, Colts: Also more productive than most realize, so it's a shame he can't get more touches on a consistent basis.

55. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers: Nice sleeper ranked this low, even with Charlie Batch at quarterback.

56. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals: Welcome back! You'd think this guy was a fantasy superstar the way people have discussed and planned for his return. He's not a special player, and Arizona's schedule is tough.

57. James Jones, WR, Packers

58. Danny Amendola, WR, Rams: Hopefully he suits up, and when he does, expect six receptions and enough yards to matter.

59. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers: Probably deserves to see most of the carries, but I doubt he will.

60. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

61. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants: That week off had to help Eli, but also Nicks.

62. Owen Daniels, TE, Texans

63. Danario Alexander, WR, Chargers: Expectations have become a bit too high regarding Alexander.

64. Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins: Expectations have become awfully low on him.

65. Lance Moore, WR, Saints

66. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints

67. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars: The hotshot rookie who was taken in the first round (Justin Blackmon) has one good game. Shorts, meanwhile, has more than a few.

68. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers: I just don't buy that Davis and Alex Smith didn't have chemistry. No matter the quarterback, Davis is worth using, but the way he's used, he's not a top-5 tight end.

69. Donald Brown, RB, Colts

70. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers: Yeah, I think he will matter.

71. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers

72. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Topped 100 yards in two of the past three games.

73. LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Cardinals: Deserves a better fate than to be brushed aside by Beanie.

74. Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins: Deserves considerably more touches than Bush at this point.

75. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders

76. Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers: Nice sleeper since the Eagles' defense has been awful.

77. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers

78. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

79. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots

80. Andre Brown, RB, Giants: Don't overlook the weekly touchdown he seems to provide.

81. Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets: Don't overlook that Mark Sanchez seems to look his way a lot.

82. James Starks, RB, Packers: Looked better in Week 11 than I expected he would.

83. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Patriots: Yawn.

84. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: Combine bad quarterback play with a neck injury, and it's not pretty.

85. Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles: And this rank is with me assuming LeSean McCoy will sit out this week's game. People, that Eagles offensive line is terrible.

86. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles: That also affects the wide receiver who runs deep routes, because the quarterback has no time to get him the ball.

87. Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks

88. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles

89. Michael Bush, RB, Bears

90. Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks

91. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

92. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

93. Ryan Broyles, WR, Lions: Sleeper pick replacing Titus Young. Mike Thomas will be in play as well.

94. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens

95. Brandon Myers, TE, Raiders: Readily available if you lost Gronkowski, and he's productive.

96. Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers

97. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars: One of those historic days, and hopefully there will be plenty more of 'em.

98. Lance Ball, RB, Broncos: Next in line if Hillman has a subpar performance. Knowshon Moreno is also worth a look in deeper formats.

99. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

100. Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals: Now tied with Fitzgerald and Kevin Kolb, and five points back of the team defense, in the race to lead all Cardinals in fantasy points. What a race that is!

Others: Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins; Bilal Powell, RB, Jets; Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals; Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots; Kenny Britt, WR, Titans; DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers; Daryl Richardson, RB, Rams; Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons; Chris Ivory, RB, Saints.