2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 6: Top Flex Play Rankings / Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIOctober 11, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09:Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.  Buffalo won 31-24.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Fred Jackson @ Giants

When things are going your way, they can really go your way, as Fred Jackson’s career-year is starting to prove. The Buffalo Bills head out to face a Giants defense that gave up three touchdowns to Beanie Wells in Week 4 and close to 100 yards and a score to Marshawn Lynch last week. If those running backs can torch this group, what will arguably the best fantasy back of 2011 to do them?

Jackson made the most of his opportunities against the Eagles last week, and I expect him to do the same in New York. The Giants just don’t seem to play well at home, and the Bills are sitting at 4-1 with victories over talented teams like the Eagles, Patriots and Raiders. There is a reason why Jackson has beaten two top 15 draft picks in Marshawn Lynch and C.J. Spiller to remain the feature back in Buffalo. This is because he’s a hard worker that plays the game the right way, across the board.

Standing in at No. 4 on our week six flex play rankings, Jackson will have another huge game, as the Bills should score over 30 once again.


LeGarrette Blount vs. Saints

After posting big numbers against the Colts, LeGarrette Blount ran into a brick wall in San Francisco. What really hurts Blount owners is that he suffered a knee injury in the third quarter and failed to return to the game. That could be because the Buccaneers were on the fast track to a 48-3 whooping, and it was smart not to risk Blount hurting himself further.

Keep an eye on the situation this week as Blount should rebound with a productive game against a Saints defense that continues to underachieve for the talent they have on defense. Besides, the Buccaneers always seem to play the Saints tough, so I expect Blount to get plenty of work if he’s a full go this week.


Marques Colston @ Buccaneers

Saints top wide receiver Marques Colston is rounding back into shape as he failed to land on the injury report last week and picked up five receptions for 69 yards against the Panthers. Tampa Bay hasn’t played wide receivers well in recent weeks, and the 49ers probably would have done more damage through the air if it weren’t for getting out to a big lead.

Look for Colston to find the end zone this week as the Saints are still taking to the air more than the run, even against teams that suggest they should run the football first.


Hines Ward vs. Jaguars

The old man finally got it going against the Titans last week with seven receptions and two touchdowns. Ward was calling for the football through the media last week, and Ben Roethlisberger made sure he was an active part of the passing game. While youngsters like Emanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown will overtake Ward in the future, look to Ward as the No. 2 to receiver after Mike Wallace.

Both young wide outs have failed to take Ward’s job, and it’s time for the Steelers to go with the players who have produced over the years to get back in the playoff chase. The Jaguars still have a weak pass defense, so Ward should take advantage with at least five receptions and a score.

WK 6 Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | K/D | Flex | Waivers |

Bye Weeks – Cardinals, Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Seahawks, Titans

1 Darren McFadden Browns
2 LeSean McCoy @ Redskins
3 Ray Rice Texans
4 Fred Jackson @ Giants
5 Adrian Peterson @ Bears
6 Arian Foster @ Ravens
7 Calvin Johnson 49ers
8 Greg Jennings Rams
9 Hakeem Nicks Bills
10 Wes Welker Cowboys
11 Michael Turner Panthers
12 Maurice Jones-Drew @ Steelers
13 Steve Smith (Carolina) @ Falcons
14 Mike Wallace Jaguars
15 Ahmad Bradshaw Bills
16 Matt Forte Vikings
17 Frank Gore @ Lions
18 Dez Bryant @ Patriots
19 Miles Austin @ Patriots
20 Roddy White Panthers
21 LeGarrette Blount (I) Saints
22 Ryan Torain Eagles
23 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Cowboys
24 Stevie Johnson @ Giants
25 Santonio Holmes Dolphins
26 Peyton Hillis @ Raiders
27 DeSean Jackson @ Redskins
28 Jeremy Maclin @ Redskins
29 Cedric Benson Colts
30 Rashard Mendenhall (I) Jaguars
31 A.J. Green Colts
32 Steven Jackson @ Packers
33 Daniel Thomas @ Raiders
34 Victor Cruz Bills
35 Reggie Wayne @ Bengals
36 Pierre Garcon @ Bengals
37 Shonn Greene Dolphins
38 Darren Sproles Buccaneers
39 DeAngelo Williams @ Falcons
40 Jahvid Best 49ers
41 Mike Williams (TB) Saints
42 Michael Crabtree @ Lions
43 Santana Moss Eagles
44 Felix Jones @ Patriots
45 James Starks Rams
46 David Nelson @ Giants
47 Anquan Boldin Texans
48 Percy Harvin @ Bears
49 Jordy Nelson Rams
50 Marques Colston @ Buccaneers
51 Brandon Marshall @ Jets
52 Julio Jones (I) Panthers
53 Jonathan Stewart @ Falcons
54 Tim Hightower Eagles
55 Johnny Knox Vikings
56 Deion Branch Cowboys
57 Delone Carter @ Bengals
58 Steven Ridley Cowboys
59 Kevin Walter @ Ravens
60 Mike Sims-Walker @ Packers
61 Mike Thomas @ Steelers
62 Hines Ward Jaguars
63 Plaxico Burress Dolphins
64 Titus Young 49ers
65 Brandon Jacobs (I) Bills
66 Ryan Grant Rams
67 Mark Ingram Buccaneers
68 Kendall Hunter @ Lions
69 Robert Meachem @ Buccaneers
70 Mario Manningham Bills
71 Arrelious Benn Saints
72 Montario Hardesty @ Raiders
73 Jonathan Dwyer Jaguars
74 Torrey Smith Texans
75 Lance Moore @ Buccaneers