2012 NFL Fantasy Football Week 12: Flex Play Rankings/Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 21, 2012

Nov 18 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (21) runs with the football during the fourth quarter of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

With Willis McGahee done for the remainder of the regular season, rookie Ronnie Hillman will receive the opportunity many fantasy owners have been waiting for since he was drafted in the spring. Hillman worked his way into the prime backup job to McGahee over a month ago. Now he has the starting job, but expect Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno to see some time on the field this week.

Only time will tell if Hillman can hold on to the job, but the Broncos clearly drafted him with the intention of being the replacement for McGahee in the future.

In a friendly matchup against the Chiefs, my hope is that the Broncos are going to look at this game and the rest of the season as evaluation time to see what they have in Hillman for the future. That should mean that at some point they will want to see how he responds through a full game as a starter: Does he tire out by the fourth quarter or get stronger as the game goes on?

If we give him 25 touches in a game, can he handle the load, and at the same time, how does he look in practice and in the following game after that kind of workload?

While the situation is there for Hillman to touch the football more than 20 times in Kansas City, I’m not sure the Broncos' coaching staff is comfortable giving him that workload just yet. What we want to see from Hillman is for the rookie to play well in all phases of the game, to earn a larger role in future weeks.

What we should expect from the San Diego State product is to lead the team in touches this week, and hopefully he will flash for a few big plays, like he did against the Saints a few weeks ago.

Consider the odds of him doing so likely, and I wouldn’t count him out for work around the end zone, as he did a nice job converting on a five-yard touchdown run against the Panthers a few weeks ago.

Hillman has a chance to go down as one of this year's late-season heroes that leads fantasy owners to championships. For now, consider him a low-end RB2 and a must-start flex play option against the Chiefs.

1 Adrian Peterson at Bears
2 Doug Martin Falcons
3 A.J. Green Raiders
4 Vincent Jackson Falcons
5 Roddy White at Buccaneers
6 Calvin Johnson Texans
7 Chris Johnson at Jaguars
8 Arian Foster at Lions
9 Frank Gore at Saints
10 Demaryius Thomas at Chiefs
11 Andre Johnson at Lions
12 Marshawn Lynch at Dolphins
13 C.J. Spiller at Colts
14 Matt Forte Vikings
15 Ray Rice at Chargers
16 Brandon Marshall Vikings
17 Reggie Wayne Bills
18 Dez Bryant Redskins
19 Trent Richardson Steelers
20 Eric Decker at Chiefs
21 Victor Cruz Packers
22 Randall Cobb at Giants
23 Jamaal Charles Broncos
24 Wes Welker at Jets
25 Marques Colston 49ers
26 Alfred Morris at Cowboys
27 Stevan Ridley at Jets
28 Jordy Nelson (I) at Giants
29 Danario Alexander Ravens
30 Steven Jackson at Cardinals
31 Ronnie Hillman at Chiefs
32 Mikel Leshoure Texans
33 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Raiders
34 Marcel Reece at Bengals
35 Ryan Mathews Ravens
36 Julio Jones (I) at Buccaneers
37 Percy Harvin  (I) at Bears
38 Danny Amendola at Cardinals
39 Denarius Moore at Bengals
40 Michael Turner at Buccaneers
41 Bryce Brown Panthers
42 Mike Wallace at Browns
43 Jalen Parmele Titans
44 Torrey Smith at Chargers
45 Miles Austin Redskins
46 Darren Sproles (I) 49ers
47 Steve Smith at Eagles
48 Hakeem Nicks Packers
49 Cecil Shorts Titans
50 Beanie Wells (I) Rams
51 Mike Williams Falcons
52 Justin Blackmon Titans
53 Dwayne Bowe (I) Broncos
54 Steve Johnson at Colts
55 Jonathan Dwyer at Browns
56 Lance Moore 49ers
57 Michael Crabtree at Saints
58 Reggie Bush Seahawks
59 Vick Ballard Bills
60 Jeremy Kerley Patriots
61 Felix Jones  (I) Redskins
62 Mark Ingram 49ers
63 Ahmad Bradshaw (I) Packers
64 DeSean Jackson Panthers
65 Jonathan Stewart at Eagles
66 James Starks at Giants
67 Kendall Wright at Jaguars
68 James Jones at Giants
69 Kendall Hunter at Saints
70 Larry Fitzgerald Rams
71 Darrius Heyward-Bey at Bengals
72 Rashard Mendenhall at Browns
73 Sidney Rice at Dolphins
74 Kenny Britt at Jaguars
75 Andre Brown Packers

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