2012 NFL Fantasy Football Week 7: Flex Play Rankings / Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIOctober 17, 2012

Oct 14, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) hands the ball off to running back Vick Ballard (33) before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Colts rookie running back Vick Ballard was a buzz name player in fantasy circles late last week after the news that Donald Brown would be out a few weeks. What looked to be a terrific matchup for Ballard turned into a trap game for the Colts as they came into New York and faced a desperate but determined Jets team.

Some will turn their backs on Ballard as an option this week, but with key running backs on bye weeks, I encourage you to at least consider using him as a flex play.

The Colts are a much better team when playing at home, and I think they are going to be in a high-scoring game against the Browns this week. Expect Ballard to be an active part of the Colts game plan this week, and I like his odds of delivering at least 80 total yards and a score.

Josh Gordon Continues To Make Big Plays

A supplemental pick this summer, Josh Gordon had an uphill battle to see regular playing time as a rookie. Off-the-field problems got Gordon in trouble back in college, so his actual playing time on the field was limited.

Drafted for his physical tools rather than on-field performance, Gordon obviously has impressed the coaching staff enough to be trusted in game action, and he’s giving the Browns the deep threat they have been looking for since Braylon Edwards big season in 2007.

As long as Gordon handles himself like a pro, his future is bright in this league, and he could end up as the top receiver in his rookie class.

That discussion is for another time; for now, Gordon is an interesting flex play start as the Browns face a Colts secondary that can give it big plays.


1 Arian Foster Ravens
2 Ray Rice @ Texans
3 Ahmad Bradshaw Redskins
4 Darren McFadden Jaguars
5 A.J. Green Steelers
6 Victor Cruz Redskins
7 Matt Forte Lions
8 Trent Richardson (I) @ Colts
9 Calvin Johnson @ Bears
10 Maurice Jones-Drew @ Raiders
11 C.J. Spiller Titans
12 Larry Fitzgerald @ Vikings
13 Percy Harvin (I) Cardinals
14 Adrian Peterson Cardinals
15 Vincent Jackson Saints
16 Brandon Marshall Lions
17 Reggie Wayne Browns
18 Jordy Nelson @ Rams
19 Dez Bryant @ Panthers
20 Mike Wallace @ Bengals
21 Wes Welker Jets
22 Marshawn Lynch @ 49ers
23 James Jones @ Rams
24 Denarius Moore Jaguars
25 Stevan Ridley Jets
26 Marques Colston @ Bucs
27 Stevie Johnson Titans
28 Andre Johnson Ravens
29 Chris Johnson @ Bills
30 Alfred Morris @ Giants
31 Fred Jackson Titans
32 Mike Williams Saints
33 Doug Martin Saints
34 Felix Jones @ Panthers
35 Torrey Smith @ Texans
36 Steve Smith Cowboys
37 Hakeem Nicks (I) Redskins
38 Mikel Leshoure @ Bears
39 Kenny Britt @ Bills
40 Antonio Brown @ Bengals
41 Frank Gore Seahawks
42 Alex Green @ Rams
43 Darren Sproles @ Bucs
44 Brandon Lloyd (I) Jets
45 Anquan Boldin @ Texans
46 Randall Cobb @ Rams
47 Miles Austin @ Panthers
48 Shonn Greene @ Patriots
49 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Steelers
50 Kendall Wright @ Bills
51 Andre Roberts @ Vikings
52 William Powell @ Vikings
53 Steven Jackson Packers
54 Andrew Hawkins Steelers
55 Michael Crabtree Seahawks
56 LeGarrette Blount Saints
57 Josh Gordon @ Colts
58 Jonathan Stewart Cowboys
59 Vick Ballard Browns
60 Rashard Mendenhall (I) @ Bengals
61 Brandon Bolden (I) Jets
62 Pierre Thomas @ Bucs
63 Ben Tate Ravens
64 Pierre Garcon (I) @ Giants
65 Nate Burleson @ Bears
66 DeAngelo Williams Cowboys
67 Earl Bennett Lions
68 Sidney Rice @ 49ers
69 Santana Moss @ Giants
70 Michael Bush Lions
71 David Wilson Redskins
72 Danny Woodhead Jets
73 Brandon LaFell Cowboys
74 Domenik Hixon  Redskins
75 Kendall Hunter Seahawks

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