2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 8: Top Flex Play Rankings / Projections

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2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 8: Top Flex Play Rankings / Projections
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DeMarco Murray vs Eagles – 

A hot name off the waiver wire turned fantasy gold, as rookie running back DeMarco Murray broke the Cowboys single game rushing record in his first game as a feature back. Sure, Murray’s stats were helped by a 91-yard touchdown score at the start of the game, but, if you look at his rushing numbers after that touchdown, he still posted over 160 yards on 24 carries.

Look for Murray to have another solid performance this week as Felix Jones will be sidelined again with a high ankle sprain and fellow veteran Tashard Choice injured his shoulder last week. Fellow rookie Patrick Tanner stands to be Murray’s backup, but fantasy owners should expect Murray to get a feature back type of workload again.

While Murray isn't used in the passing game, he’s a talented pass catcher. As I pointed out last week, he had 71 receptions with the Sooners last year. Consider Murray a must start running back as long as Jones is out, and if he continues to play half as good as he did against the Rams, he will likely take over as the starter for good.

Knowshon Moreno vs Lions -

With Willis McGahee sidelined for at least one week with a hand injury, Knowshon Moreno figures to take on most of the work in the Broncos backfield. Lance Ball will be in the mix but Moreno should benefit from defenses having to account for Tim Tebow’s special abilities. While Moreno will never be a big-play threat, he can be a productive flex play option against a Lions defense that has struggled against the running game in recent weeks.

Nate Washington vs Colts –

The Titans have been horrible in recent weeks, but Nate Washington could be worth using as a WR-3 against the Colts. That’s not saying much about Washington at this point, as the Colts are fresh off giving up 62 points to the Saints, and have yet to win a game this year. Indianapolis has been horrible against No.1 receivers, and Washington should be good for around 75 yards and a score this week. Now lets see if the Titans will actually show up and play some football for a change.

Ryan Torain @ Bills –

While Tim Hightower is gone for the year with a torn ACL, forgive me if I’m a little hesitant to recommend Ryan Torain after Mike Shanhan pulled another one of his stunts this week by playing Hightower over Torain. Ideally, if Torain was to be used like we saw against the Rams, he would make for a decent RB-2 this week.

However, you just never know what Shanahan is going to do. After all, he still has rookies like Roy Helu and Evan Royster on the squad to use. Consider any Redskins running back a roll of the dice weekly from this point forward, no matter how well they play the week before. In the end, I should have recommended that from the beginning with Torain, and I apologize to those of you that started him a week ago. Shanahan, you’re a jerk!

More Wk 8 Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex | K/D | Waivers | Start/Sit |

1 Arian Foster
Jaguars
2 Ray Rice
Cardinals
3 Fred Jackson
Redskins
4 LeSean McCoy
@ Cowboys
5 Ryan Mathews
@ Chiefs
6 Calvin Johnson
@ Broncos
7 Adrian Peterson (I) @ Panthers
8 Maurice Jones-Drew
@ Texans
9 Wes Welker
@ Steelers
10 Mike Wallace
Patriots
11 Steve Smith (Carolina)
Vikings
12 Dwayne Bowe
Chargers
13 Frank Gore
Browns
14 DeMarco Murray
Eagles
15 Steven Jackson
Saints
16 Ahmad Bradshaw
Dolphins
17 Darren Sproles
@ Rams
18 Marques Colston
@ Rams
19 Hakeem Nicks
Dolphins
20 Dez Bryant
Eagles
21 Rashard Mendenhall
Patriots
22 Vincent Jackson (I) @ Chiefs
23 A.J. Green
@ Seahawks
24 Jeremy Maclin
@ Cowboys
25 BenJarvus Green-Ellis
@ Steelers
26 Jonathan Stewart
Vikings
27 Chris Johnson
Colts
28 Anquan Boldin
Cardinals
29 DeSean Jackson
@ Cowboys
30 Stevie Johnson
Redskins
31 Daniel Thomas
@ Giants
32 Ben Tate
Jaguars
33 Larry Fitzgerald
@ Ravens
34 Miles Austin
Eagles
35 Antonio Brown Patriots
36 Knowshon Moreno
Lions
37 Michael Crabtree
Browns
38 Torrey Smith
Cardinals
39 Percy Harvin (I) @ Panthers
40 Montario Hardesty
@ 49ers
41 Pierre Thomas
@ Rams
42 Mike Tolbert
@ Chiefs
43 Brandon Lloyd
Saints
44 Brandon Marshall
@ Giants
45 Jackie Battle Chargers
46 Eric Decker Lions
47 Bernard Scott
@ Seahawks
48 Maurice Morris @ Broncos
49 Reggie Wayne
@ Titans
50 Steve Breaston
Chargers
51 Mario Manningham
Dolphins
52 DeAngelo Williams
Vikings
53 Roy Helu
@ Bills
54 Delone Carter
@ Titans
55 David Nelson Redskins
56 Greg Little
@ 49ers
57 Sidney Rice
Bengals
58 Deion Branch
@ Steelers
59 Pierre Garcon
@ Titans
60 Emmanuel Sanders Patriots
61 Leon Washington Bengals
62 Early Doucet @ Ravens
63 Demaryius Thomas Lions
64 Victor Cruz Dolphins
65 Nate Washington
Colts
66 Justin Forsett Bengals
67 Reggie Bush (I) @ Giants
68 Donald Brown @ Titans
69 Kevin Walter
Jaguars
70 Thomas Jones
Chargers
71 Steven Ridley
@ Steelers
72 Kendall Hunter
Browns
73 Ryan Torain
@ Bills
74 Keiland Williams @ Broncos
75 Alfanso Smith Ravens
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