2012 NFL Fantasy Football Week 9: Flex Play Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 29, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (21) rushes past New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field.  The Broncos went on to win 34-14.  Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE
Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE

The Broncos rookie running back Ronnie Hillman was a much talked about player throughout the summer as a potential sleeper to stash in the later rounds of your fantasy draft. Early in camp, Hillman suffered a hamstring injury that lingered for a few weeks and the rookie lost valuable time and started the season as the fourth-string running back, behind Willis McGahee, Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno.

Moreno worked in passing situations but failed to impress, while Ball gave the Broncos steady play when called upon. Eventually, Hillman was going to find the active roster and because of Moreno’s play, the former first-round pick was a healthy inactive by the end of September and Hillman was behind Ball on the depth chart.

As October rolled around, Hillman moved past Ball on the depth chart but it was clear he was still getting a grasp on the playbook, as Peyton Manning would have to help him out with his assignments at times before the football was snapped.

Coming off the bye week, Hillman’s workload and play (14 carries for 86 yards) suggest he’s ready to become a fantasy option when the Broncos are playing against a team they feel they can exploit in the running game.

One key for Hillman is the play of the Broncos defense, who put the Broncos in a situation where Hillman could close out the game. Don’t be surprised if he has the same situation in Cincinnati, and because he’s an ideal fit for the Broncos running scheme, he could rip off a big touchdown run, giving you RB2 numbers as a roll of the dice, flex play start.

Dwyer Continues To Run Well

Those of you that picked up Jonathan Dwyer off the waiver wire a couple of weeks ago should enjoy another start or two in the coming weeks. Given the way he’s run the football, it only makes sense that the Steelers will rest up their ailing running backs, and if he keeps it up, he may just hold onto the job, regardless of who is on the active roster.

1 Arian Foster Bills
2 Ray Rice @ Browns
3 Adrian Peterson @ Seahawks
4 Demaryius Thomas @ Bengals
5 Marshawn Lynch Vikings
6 Willis McGahee @ Bengals
7 Jamaal Charles @ Chargers
8 Doug Martin @ Raiders
9 LeSean McCoy @ Saints
10 Brandon Marshall @ Titans
11 Vincent Jackson @ Raiders
12 Matt Forte @ Titans
13 Ryan Mathews Chiefs
14 Trent Richardson Ravens
15 A.J. Green Broncos
16 Victor Cruz Steelers
17 Julio Jones Cowboys
18 Percy Harvin @ Seahawks
19 Alfred Morris Panthers
20 Darren McFadden Buccaneers
21 Larry Fitzgerald @ Packers
22 Eric Decker @ Bengals
23 C.J. Spiller @ Texans
24 Reggie Wayne Dolphins
25 Fred Jackson @ Texans
26 Denarius Moore Buccaneers
27 Mike Wallace @ Giants
28 Roddy White Cowboys
29 Miles Austin @ Falcons
30 Chris Johnson Bears
31 Marques Colston Eagles
32 Randall Cobb Cardinals
33 Jordy Nelson (I) Cardinals
34 Andre Johnson Bills
35 Jonathan Dwyer @ Giants
36 Reggie Bush @ Colts
37 Stevie Johnson @ Texans
38 Steve Smith @ Redskins
39 Jonathan Stewart @ Redskins
40 Rashad Jennings Lions
41 Torrey Smith @ Browns
42 Hakeem Nicks Steelers
43 Mike Williams @ Raiders
44 Calvin Johnson (I) @ Jaguars
45 Dez Bryant (I) @ Falcons
46 Jeremy Maclin @ Saints
47 Antonio Brown @ Giants
48 Dwayne Bowe @ Chargers
49 Titus Young @ Jaguars
50 Michael Turner Cowboys
51 Darren Sproles Eagles
52 DeSean Jackson (I) @ Saints
53 James Jones Cardinals
54 Mikel Leshoure (I) @ Jaguars
55 Ahmad Bradshaw (I) Steelers
56 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Broncos
57 Alex Green Cardinals
58 Kendall Wright Bears
59 Sidney Rice Vikings
60 Josh Gordon Ravens
61 Cecil Shorts @ Packers
62 Phillip Tanner @ Falcons
63 Joique Bell @ Jaguars
64 Anquan Boldin @ Browns
65 Andre Brown Steelers
66 Santana Moss Panthers
67 Brian Hartline @ Colts
68 Pierre Thomas Eagles
69 Larod Stephens-Howling @ Packers
70 Donald Brown Dolphins
71 Ryan Broyles @ Jaguars
72 Andre Roberts @ Packers
73 Ronnie Hillman @ Bengals
74 Darrius Heyward-Bey Buccaneers
75 Devery Henderson Eagles

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