2012 NFL Fantasy Football Week 8: Flex Play Rankings (RB/WR)

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIJanuary 19, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans jumps over Aaron Williams #23 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.Tennessee won 35-34. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Running back depth continues to look grim with lackluster play and mounting injuries to even some of the elite talents like Trent Richardson and Maurice Jones-Drew. As a result, for the first time ever I have seven wide receivers listed in the top 10 of my flex play rankings.

What is even more interesting is the three top running backs listed are Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson. Talent wise all three are good enough to be elite options, but all three running backs had their question marks coming into the season.

Peterson has surprised many with this play through seven weeks, and he finally found the end zone against the Cardinals for the first time since Week 1.

Charles has turned into a feature back and only time will tell if he can hold up to the pounding of a full season coming off his ACL injury.

Then we have Johnson, a player who has brought much frustration to fantasy owners for the past two seasons. Because of a respectable performance against the Steelers and the fact that we are in the middle of bye weeks, it’s likely you had him in your lineup.

If so, he probably carried your team to a victory and his day could’ve been even better if not for Jamie Harper taking over goal line duties. This week, Johnson takes on a Colts defense that gave up over 150 yards and three touchdowns to Shonn Greene two weeks ago.

Last Sunday, Indianapolis did a good job against the Browns ground game, but Trent Richardson was clearly playing less than 100 percent and was benched for the second half of the game. Let’s hope Johnson’s recent performances (and that of the Titans as a team) are the start of big things to come.

Poor Matchups

Brandon Lloyd has struggled in recent weeks and it’s not all his fault. Matched up against the likes of Champ Bailey and Antonio Cromartie have taken a toll on his production.  

This week Lloyd has another tough matchup against Cortland Finnegan,  and it could be another slow week as Tom Brady doesn’t mind looking to other options.

LaRod Stephens-Howling had a surprising 100-yard performance last week when we expected William Powell to see the bulk of the carries. Stephens-Howling will have to get it done against the 49ers via the pass for success this week.

Don’t expect him to become another Ahmad Bradshaw or Marshawn Lynch. Stephens-Howling is a different style of running back and the 49ers have a almost two weeks to get ready for this game.

1 Jamaal Charles Raiders
2 Adrian Peterson Buccaneers
3 Victor Cruz @ Cowboys
4 Demaryius Thomas Saints
5 Percy Harvin Buccaneers
6 Brandon Marshall Panthers
7 Jordy Nelson Jaguars
8 Vincent Jackson @ Vikings
9 Roddy White @ Eagles
10 Chris Johnson Colts
11 Matt Forte Panthers
12 Eric Decker Saints
13 Marshawn Lynch @ Lions
14 Frank Gore @ Cardinals
15 Ryan Mathews @ Browns
16 Willis McGahee Saints
17 Calvin Johnson Seahawks
18 Alfred Morris @ Steelers
19 LeSean McCoy Falcons
20 Larry Fitzgerald 49ers
21 Reggie Wayne @ Titans
22 Marques Colston @ Broncos
23 Julio Jones @ Eagles
24 Mike Wallace Redskins
25 Darren McFadden @ Chiefs
26 Wes Welker @ Rams
27 Miles Austin Giants
28 Doug Martin @ Vikings
29 Stevan Ridley @ Rams
30 Steve Smith @ Bears
31 Hakeem Nicks @ Cowboys
32 Denarius Moore @ Chiefs
33 Jeremy Maclin Falcons
34 Antonio Brown Redskins
35 Michael Turner @ Eagles
36 Ahmad Bradshaw (I) @ Cowboys
37 Randall Cobb Jaguars
38 James Jones Jaguars
39 DeSean Jackson Falcons
40 Trent Richardson (I) Chargers
41 Jonathan Dwyer Redskins
42 Mike Williams @ Vikings
43 Josh Gordon Chargers
44 Kenny Britt Colts
45 Dwayne Bowe Raiders
46 Mikel Leshoure Seahawks
47 Darren Sproles @ Broncos
48 Steven Jackson Patriots
49 Dez Bryant (I) Giants
50 Shonn Greene Dolphins
51 Rashad Jennings @ Packers
52 Kendall Wright Colts
53 Jeremy Kerley Dolphins
54 Felix Jones (I) Giants
55 Reggie Bush @ Jets
56 Brandon Lloyd @ Rams
57 Michael Crabtree @ Cardinals
58 Malcom Floyd @ Browns
59 Sidney Rice @ Lions
60 Larod Stephens-Howling 49ers
61 Vick Ballard @ Titans
62 Alex Green Jaguars
63 Santana Moss @ Steelers
64 Andre Roberts 49ers
65 Shane Vereen @ Rams
66 Jonathan Stewart @ Bears
67 Pierre Thomas @ Broncos
68 Nate Burleson Seahawks
69 Devery Henderson @ Broncos
70 Brian Hartline @ Jets
71 Brandon Gibson Patriots
72 Phillip Tanner Giants
73 Earl Bennett Panthers
74 Montario Hardesty Chargers
75 Danny Woodhead @ Rams

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