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Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 Flex Position Options for Week 1

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 19: C.J. Spiller #21 of the Buffalo Bills avoids the tackle of Antoine Bethea #41 of the Indianapolis Colts during game action August 19, 2010 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2017

Some leagues offer a flex position into which you can plug a running back, wide receiver, or tight end. In years past, you would almost certainly have gone with a RB. However, in today’s game that isn’t the case anymore. Here are my top 10 flex options.

(Note:  The players can’t be among the top 24 RBs, 36 WRs, or 12 TEs since they would be starters.)

1.  C.J. Spiller: Spiller’s big-play potential makes him a perfect guy to use in a flex spot. Miami should play him tough, but Spiller’s speed could kill. He’s being likened to Chris Johnson, who had 159 total yards against Miami last year.

2.  Ahmad Bradshaw: The Giants' starting RB faces the Panthers, who finished 22nd against the run last year and lost Julius Peppers. Peppers is obviously more of a factor rushing the passer, but his loss will be felt. The Giants play at home and will get back to pounding the football.

3.  Braylon Edwards: The Jets will test a Baltimore secondary that will miss Ed Reed’s presence at safety. Edwards has a career average of 73.4 yards per game against Baltimore, with four TDs in seven games.

4.  Ricky Williams: The epitome of a flex player. TD potential, plus he could grind out the clock against an inferior Buffalo team.

5.  Tim Hightower: Beanie Wells is banged up, so goal-line work is highly likely. Plus, he’s facing the Rams.

6.  Santana Moss: McNabb’s most accomplished WR has a career average of 90.6 yards with four TDs in 10 games against Dallas.

7.  Clinton Portis: It’s hard to predict what you’re going to get from the Redskins RBs, but Portis is clearly the top back. He has an average of 92.7 total yards with three TDs in nine career games against the Cowboys. He’s also the best the 'Skins have at RB in the passing game.

8.  Felix Jones: Albert Haynesworth is clearly not at the top of his game, which means it should be easier to run against the Redskins. Plus, Jones possesses some big-time big-play potential.

9.  Brandon Jacobs: The Giants will look to enforce their will on the Panthers. Not only is Jacobs likely to get the short-yardage TDs, but he could be the closer for the G-Men as well.

10.  Austin Collie: Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai, and Pierre Garcon command so much attention that Collie becomes a dangerous threat. Peyton Manning is not shy when it comes to distributing the ball to whoever is open.

Also check out:
Week 1 QB Rankings
Week 1 RB Rankings
Week 1 WR Rankings
Week 1 TE Rankings
Week 1 K Rankings
Week 1 DEF Rankings
Week 1 IDP Rankings
Week 1 Start/Sit
Week 1 NFL Picks

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