- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
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?
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
27. Matt Forte, RB, Bears
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.
43. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos
44. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers
45. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
99. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
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.
Eric Karabell posts his top 100 flex (running back/wide receiver/tight end) rankings for Week 12, noting that the list is decidedly stronger with the lack of bye weeks.