2012 PPR Fantasy Football Week 6: Flex Play Rankings (RB/WR)

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 11, 2012

October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Chargers 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
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While Jackie Battle started the game against New Orleans, it was Ryan Mathews that clearly outworked him in the backfield. Attribute Mathews' light activity in the second half to Coach Norv Turner not wanting to overwork his talented running back as he is still working his way back from a shoulder injury.

That said, it appears Turner is ready to cut Mathews loose for a feature role soon based on his recent comments. Injury is the main reason why Mathews hasn’t been one of the top five fantasy backs, but it appears he ready to play at that level soon.

For PPR purposes we should also feel good about the fact that Mathews is already tied for the seventh-highest running back in targets and he didn’t even play in the first two weeks. Averaging six targets through his first three games back, if that average is kept up through five games, Mathews would have 30 targets on the season, putting him only behind Darren Sproles (39) and Ray Rice (33) on the year.

Not only does Turner have a long history of using one feature back, but he uses his running backs in the passing game perhaps more than any team other than the Saints.

Everything is in front of Mathews to make a run at being the top running back in fantasy football, now if he could only stay healthy, we might see the beginning of a terrific production from this point on. Even if Mathews should struggle to run the football at times, his work in the passing game should keep him as a low-end RB1 in PPR leagues.

1 LeSean McCoy Lions
2 Ray Rice Cowboys
3 Arian Foster (I) Packers
4 Trent Richardson Bengals
5 Jamaal Charles @ Bucs
6 Ryan Mathews Broncos
7 Roddy White Raiders
8 Calvin Johnson @ Eagles
9 Adrian Peterson @ Redskins
10 Alfred Morris Vikings
11 Larry Fitzgerald Bills
12 Demaryius Thomas @ Chargers
13 Julio Jones (I) Raiders
14 Marshawn Lynch Patriots
15 Darren McFadden @ Falcons
16 Willis McGahee @ Chargers
17 Victor Cruz @ 49ers
18 A.J. Green @ Browns
19 Reggie Wayne @ Jets
20 Reggie Bush Rams
21 BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Browns
22 Wes Welker @ Seahawks
23 Percy Harvin @ Redskins
24 DeSean Jackson Lions
25 Frank Gore Giants
26 Michael Turner Raiders
27 Stevie Johnson @ Cardinals
28 Vincent Jackson Chiefs
29 Antonio Brown @ Titans
30 Dwayne Bowe @ Bucs
31 Eric Decker @ Chargers
32 Andre Johnson (I) Packers
33 Ahmad Bradshaw @ 49ers
34 Rashard Mendenhall @ Titans
35 Doug Martin Chiefs
36 DeMarco Murray @ Ravens
37 James Jones @ Texans
38 C.J. Spiller @ Cardinals
39 Mike Wallace @ Titans
40 Torrey Smith Cowboys
41 Mikel Leshoure @ Eagles
42 Jordy Nelson @ Texans
43 Malcom Floyd Broncos
44 Steven Jackson @ Dolphins
45 Stevan Ridley @ Seahawks
46 Brian Hartline Rams
47 Miles Austin @ Ravens
48 Dez Bryant @ Ravens
49 Denarius Moore @ Falcons
50 Mike Williams Chiefs
51 Sidney Rice Patriots
52 Brandon Lloyd @ Seahawks
53 Bilal Powell Colts
54 LeGarrette Blount Chiefs
55 Michael Crabtree Giants
56 Jeremy Maclin Lions
57 Kendall Hunter Giants
58 Pierre Garcon Vikings
59 Fred Jackson @ Cardinals
60 William Powell Bills
61 Domenik Hixon @ 49ers
62 Andre Roberts Bills
63 Anquan Boldin Cowboys
64 Randall Cobb @ Texans
65 Andrew Hawkins @ Browns
66 Alex Green @ Texans
67 Chris Johnson Steelers
68 Kendall Wright Steelers
69 Vick Ballard Jets
70 Brandon Bolden @ Seahawks
71 Jacquizz Rodgers Raiders
72 Davone Bess Rams
73 Nate Washington Steelers
74 Shonn Greene Colts
75 Ben Tate (I) Packers

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