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

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 24, 2012

Oct 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles (84) catches a pass over Chicago Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden (24) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears won 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
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It’s been a tough start for the Lions passing game, and the loss of Nate Burleson won’t help. Then again, it might be just what this team needs, as rookie Ryan Broyles will find more playing time. Broyles is an ideal slot receiver and should be a nice compliment to what Calvin Johnson, Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew bring to the table.

While Matthew Stafford continues to struggle with his mechanics, Detroit is still counting up over 40 pass attempts per game.

Before Burleson broke his leg, he received target totals of 12, eight and nine in the team's previous three games. Broyles picked up four targets, converting over to three receptions (the first three of his career) for 51 yards and the Lions' only touchdown.

Granted, the touchdown came as the lions played from behind on their final drive of the game, but that’s been a common trend for this team all year.

Broyles is coming back from a lower-leg injury of his own that happened back in college, but before that setback, he enjoyed one of the more prosperous careers in college history.

It will take some time (as it does for just about every unproven player in this league) before defenses see major improvement from Broyles, or before they take him seriously. This should play to his advantage, and while teams focus on Johnson, Pettigrew and Young, it should be Broyles who plays at a WR3 level in PPR leagues.

Consider him a solid roll-of-the-dice option as we work our way through bye weeks.


Panthers Wanted To Give Jonathan Stewart The Football More

According to Steve Reed of the San Francisco Chronicle, Head Coach Ron Rivera said the NFL" target="_blank">plan last week was to use Stewart as the feature back. While Stewart only received 10 carries and three receptions on the day, he dwarfed DeAngelo Williams in terms of snap count by 58 to five.

A big deal for sure if this trend continues, but the bottom line is: Stewart needs to touch the football over 20 times a game.

I expect it to happen this week, and if that’s the case, Stewart could quickly emerge as a solid RB2 option weekly. This would be a good time to move on him in a trade offer in your fantasy leagues.

That said, what we need to see from the Panthers is a movement away from the option offense before the Panthers running backs can maximize their potential. Defenses know the option in coming, and that predictable play-calling is hurting them.

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

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