Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Flex Plays for Weekend Games

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 11: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota ViKings eludes Ricardo Silva #39 of the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter on a 61-yard touchdown run on November 11, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ViKings defeated the Lions 34-24. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images)
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It is not always the top players that win fantasy football games. Many times, you need depth as well.

The flex position gives you a unique ability to start an additional running back, wide receiver or tight end to add to an already strong team. 

In past years, you were doing something wrong if you did not have three running backs in your lineup. However, the increased emphasis on the pass creates more opportunity for receivers and tight ends.

For example, Ronnie Hillman gets his first opportunity to be a full-time back this week for the Denver Broncos now that Willis McGahee is out. In fantasy football, he quickly became the top priority on most people's waiver wire.

However, Eric Decker would be a better start in the flex position if you have a choice between the two.

The No. 2 target on the team has eight touchdowns this season. Altogether, Denver only has six rushing touchdowns. With the inexperienced Hillman in the backfield, the team is likely to stay with the pass when it gets close to the end zone, giving Decker more upside.

There are a few other receivers with tremendous upside this week. Michael Crabtree is facing a poor New Orleans Saints' defense and Steve Smith is facing a team that looks like it has given up in the Philadelphia Eagles.

Additionally, Danario Alexander has had two huge weeks and now looks like the top target for Philip Rivers in San Diego.

Running backs Doug Martin and Chris Johnson should continue their recent hot streaks, while Marshawn Lynch might cool a bit, though he should still have a good day.

It might be a good idea to stay away from veterans Michael Turner and Ahmad Bradshaw. They have both been playing their way out of jobs in real life for about a month.

Finally, the only reason to play a tight end in the flex position is if you have any two of Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis and Tony Gonzalez. Brandon Myers might also have a productive day if you are weak at other positions.

Overall, these rankings should help you succeed as you try to make your final pushes towards the playoffs.


Rank Player Position Team Opponent
1 Adrian Peterson RB Vikings Chi
2 Doug Martin RB Buccaneers Atl
Frank Gore RB 49ers NO
4 A.J. Green WR Bengals Oak
5 Chris Johnson RB Titans Jac
6 Roddy White WR Falcons TB
7 Jimmy Graham TE Saints SF
8 Ray Rice RB Ravens SD
9 Brandon Marshall WR Bears Min
10 Jamaal Charles RB Chiefs Den
11 Demaryius Thomas WR Broncos KC
12 Reggie Wayne WR Colts Buf
13 Matt Forte RB Bears Min
14 Marshawn Lynch RB Seahawks Mia
15 Vernon Davis TE 49ers NO
16 Victor Cruz WR Giants GB
17 Steven Jackson RB Rams Ari
18 Jordy Nelson WR Packers NYG
19 Randall Cobb WR Packers NYG
20 Tony Gonzalez TE Falcons TB
21 Steve Smith WR Panthers Phi
22 Eric Decker WR Broncos KC
23 Trent Richardson RB Browns Pit
24 C.J. Spiller RB Bills Ind
25 Julio Jones WR Falcons TB
26 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB Bengals Oak
27 Ryan Mathews RB Chargers Bal
28 Michael Crabtree WR 49ers NO
29 Danario Alexander WR Chargers Bal
30 Ronnie Hillman RB Broncos KC
31 Mike Wallace WR Steelers Cle
32 Jalen Parmele RB Jaguars Ten
33 Bryce Brown RB Eagles Car
34 Denarius Moore WR Raiders Cin
35 Torrey Smith WR Ravens SD
36 Michael Turner RB Falcons TB
37 Larry Fitzgerald WR Cardinals STL
38 Brandon Myers TE Raiders Cin
39 Stevie Johnson WR Bills Ind
40 Vick Ballard RB Colts Buf


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