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2012 NFL Fantasy Football Week 11: Flex Play Rankings / Projections

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 11:  Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 14, 2012

One thing we can count on in New Orleans is a running game with multiple tailbacks coming in and out of the lineup. With Joe Vitt back from his suspension and leading the charge as the Saints' head coach, there are some changes of which we need to take note.

For one, Vitt is open about wanting to run the football more, using ball control to take pressure off the defense. A smart move, and with Sproles out of the lineup, Chris Ivory has been pressed back into action as the third option in the backfield.

Both Ivory and Mark Ingram have run the football well, and their fresh legs look to be an advantage as we creep closer to Thanksgiving. Because all three of the Saints running backs are flex-play candidates, I want to break down the recent snap counts and stats for each back for the past two weeks.


Snap Counts

Wk 10 Snap Count Wk 9 Snap Count
Mark Ingram



Pierre Thomas



Chris Ivory



snap count numbers courtesy of Football Outsiders


Week 10 Results

Week 9 Results

Rush Stats

Pass Stats

Rush Stats

Pass Stats

Mark Ingram

16 – 67

7 – 44

2 – 23

Pierre Thomas

5 – 10

1 – 6

6 – 44

2 – 26

Chris Ivory

7 – 72 – 1

1 – 13

10 – 48 – 1

1 – 2


As we can see, Thomas as led the charge in snaps both weeks but oddly enough he’s been outproduced or at least matched in terms of production by both Ingram and Ivory each week.

While Ivory is bringing up the rear in terms of touches and snaps, he’s been the top option to start of the three, as he’s scored a touchdown each week, while Ingram and Thomas have failed to find the end zone.

Ivory the goal-line back? Not that I’ve seen, as Ivory’s touchdowns have come from distances of 22 and 56 yards! What we should notice is that both Ivory and Ingram have earned more playing time, and I hope they receive it this week against a pathetic Raiders defense.

Expect the Saints to build up a big lead on Oakland in the first half and run the football over 30 times by game's end. Both Ingram and Ivory are worth starting, and I actually like Ingram as the top start of the three because he received 16 carries last week.

If the Saints continue to run the football as they have in recent weeks, we can expect Brees’ numbers to take a dip from what we saw through the first two months of the season. Coach Vitt is wise to protect his defense, and an effective running game is a great way to help them out.

1 Arian Foster Jaguars
2 Doug Martin @ Panthers
3 Stevan Ridley Colts
4 A.J. Green @ Chiefs
5 Roddy White Cardinals
6 Calvin Johnson (I) Packers
7 Vincent Jackson @ Panthers
8 Reggie Wayne @ Patriots
9 Ray Rice @ Steelers
10 Matt Forte @ 49ers
11 Trent Richardson @ Cowboys
12 C.J. Spiller Dolphins
13 Brandon Marshall @ 49ers
14 Demaryius Thomas Chargers
15 Denarius Moore Saints
16 LeSean McCoy @ Redskins
17 Jordy Nelson (I) @ Lions
18 Marques Colston @ Raiders
19 Eric Decker Chargers
20 Frank Gore Bears
21 Jamaal Charles Bengals
22 Randall Cobb @ Lions
23 Andre Johnson Jaguars
24 Julio Jones (I) Cardinals
25 Willis McGahee Chargers
26 Alfred Morris Eagles
27 Ryan Mathews @ Broncos
28 Steve Smith Buccaneers
29 Wes Welker Colts
30 Miles Austin Browns
31 Torrey Smith @ Steelers
32 Larry Fitzgerald @ Falcons
33 Mike Wallace Ravens
34 Mike Williams @ Panthers
35 Dwayne Bowe Bengals
36 Dez Bryant Browns
37 Jonathan Dwyer Ravens
38 Reggie Bush @ Bills
39 Steven Jackson Jets
40 Mikel Leshoure Packers
41 DeSean Jackson @ Redskins
42 Steve Johnson Dolphins
43 James Jones @ Lions
44 Michael Turner Cardinals
45 Brandon Lloyd Colts
46 Jeremy Maclin (I) @ Redskins
47 Titus Young Packers
48 Danny Amendola (I) Jets
49 Darrius Heyward-Bey Saints
50 Jeremy Kerley @ Rams
51 Felix Jones Browns
52 BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Chiefs
53 Shonn Greene @ Rams
54 Danario Alexander @ Broncos
55 Lance Moore @ Raiders
56 Andre Roberts @ Falcons
57 Alex Green @ Lions
58 Marcel Reece Saints
59 Larod Stephens-Howling @ Falcons
60 Vick Ballard @ Patriots
61 Mark Ingram @ Raiders
62 Cecil Shorts @ Texans
63 Michael Crabtree Bears
64 Brian Hartline @ Bills
65 Josh Gordon @ Cowboys
66 Ryan Broyles Packers
67 Rashad Jennings @ Texans
68 Jonathan Stewart Buccaneers
69 Joique Bell Packers
70 Chris Ivery @ Raiders
71 Danny Woodhead Colts
72 Isaac Redman Ravens
73 Santana Moss Eagles
74 Daniel Thomas @ Bills
75 Dayrl Richardson Jets

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