2012 PPR Fantasy Football Week 9: Flex Play Rankings (RB/WR)
No one can deny that Larry Fitzgerald is a superior player to his fellow teammate Andre Roberts. Up to this point in the world of PPR fantasy football, however, you’ll find Roberts' total points to be right about on par with Fitzgerald for the season.
Both are top 20 scorers at the receiver position in PPR leagues. Not only is Roberts on par with Fitzgerald, but other notable receivers like Julio Jones and Eric Decker have outscored high-profile names like Calvin Johnson, Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe.
Question is, what are the odds that Roberts can continue the pace he’s been on through seven weeks?
In my mind, the situation is there for Roberts to be a top 25 receiver in PPR leagues, but it will be dependent on whether John Skelton can stay on the field. Kevin Kolb is not expect back soon, which means the team will have to turn to rookie Ryan Lindley as the starter should Skelton go down.
Much like Skelton, Lindley has the physical tools to potentially be a starter or at least a respectable backup in this league. But with the worst pair of tackles in the game, it would be up to the coaching staff to give him simplified reads so he can get the football out quickly and avoid any big hits.
Even in that situation, Roberts should hold his own as the Cardinals have used him regularly in the short passing game.
While Michael Floyd will be worked into the offense, Roberts is in no danger of losing his job after the production he’s put on the field this season.
Roberts has actually proven to be a better fantasy option when the Cardinals are playing poor football. When the team falls behind and have to rely on the passing game, their wideouts get a lot more opportunities.
While Roberts is coming into his own as a receiver, it helps to have someone like Fitzgerald draw all the attention away from opposing defenses. Roberts is left in one-on-one matchups as a result, and he has proven he can win on a regular basis.
Add it all up, and we should at least target Roberts as a WR3 option to flex play this week against the Packers at home.
|2||Ray Rice||@ Browns|
|3||Adrian Peterson||@ Seahawks|
|4||Willis McGahee||@ Bengals|
|5||LeSean McCoy||@ Saints|
|6||Jamaal Charles||@ Chargers|
|7||Brandon Marshall||@ Titans|
|10||Doug Martin||@ Raiders|
|12||Percy Harvin||@ Seahawks|
|13||Matt Forte||@ Titans|
|15||Demaryius Thomas||@ Bengals|
|18||Vincent Jackson||@ Raiders|
|20||Miles Austin||@ Falcons|
|21||Eric Decker||@ Bengals|
|25||C.J. Spiller||@ Texans|
|29||Mike Wallace||@ Giants|
|31||Calvin Johnson (I)||@ Jaguars|
|33||Reggie Bush||@ Colts|
|34||Larry Fitzgerald (I)||@ Packers|
|35||Steve Smith||@ Redskins|
|37||Fred Jackson||@ Texans|
|38||Jonathan Stewart||@ Redskins|
|40||Stevie Johnson||@ Texans|
|41||Dez Bryant (I)||@ Falcons|
|42||Titus Young||@ Jaguars|
|43||Jonathan Dwyer (I)||@ Giants|
|44||Torrey Smith||@ Browns|
|46||Mikel Leshoure (I)||@ Jaguars|
|47||Jordy Nelson (I)||Cardinals|
|48||Mike Williams||@ Raiders|
|49||Ahmad Bradshaw (I)||Steelers|
|51||Antonio Brown||@ Giants|
|52||Dwayne Bowe||@ Chargers|
|53||Jeremy Maclin||@ Saints|
|56||DeSean Jackson (I)||@ Saints|
|57||Cecil Shorts||@ Packers|
|58||Joique Bell||@ Jaguars|
|60||Phillip Tanner||@ Falcons|
|62||Andre Roberts||@ Packers|
|63||Larod Stephens-Howling||@ Packers|
|66||Ronnie Hillman||@ Bengals|
|67||Anquan Boldin||@ Browns|
|68||Brian Hartline||@ Colts|
|70||Ryan Broyles||@ Jaguars|
|75||Felix Jones (I)||@ Falcons|
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