2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 9: Flex-Play Rankings / Projections
Michael Bush vs. Broncos
As of Monday, Darren McFadden missed the team's first practice of the week coming off the bye as he recovers from a leg injury that knocked him out of action against the Chiefs. Fantasy owners with McFadden and Michael Bush need to monitor his progress throughout the week as the star running back may not play in a terrific matchup against the Broncos.
If McFadden is out, Bush would move up from being just a flex-play start, to a legit RB-2 play this week as Oakland has tormented Denver on the ground for a few years now. Expect rookie speedster Taiwan Jones to get some looks with Bush, but the power back should see at least 20 carries and the usual goal-line work if he’s declared the starter.
Javon Ringer vs. Bengals
Watching video from the Titans vs. Texans, it was clear to see that Chris Johnson was on the fast track to losing his job if he continued his uninspiring play. At one point, Johnson had five carries for only one yard against a Colts defense that’s been torched on the ground all year.
By the fourth quarter, the Titans coaching staff finally made the switch to Javon Ringer as he’s run better and will at least lower his shoulder and deliver a blow to opposing defenders. While Ringer will likely be in a time share with Johnson going forward, fantasy owners should look to Ringer as the better fantasy play at this time.
Brandon Marshall @ Chiefs
This has been a tough year for the Dolphins, but Brandon Marshall continues to be an active player in the offense weekly. Matt Moore has a tendency to lock on to one receiver, as we saw him target Marshall often against the Jets and he did the same with Steve Smith while in Carolina.
Don’t be surprised if Marshall ends the season with 90 receptions and over 1,000 yards but his touchdown total should be low. The Dolphins have had a hard time getting the football over the goal line, and when they do finally score a touchdown, it tends to be on the ground.
Still, Marshall makes for as high as a low WR-2 play this week as he will have some opportunities against the Chiefs secondary that likes to take chances (for turnovers) and can get burned.
|3||Matt Forte||@ Eagles|
|5||Darren McFadden (I)||Broncos|
|6||Michael Turner||@ Colts|
|7||Ray Rice||@ Steelers|
|8||Steven Jackson||@ Cardinals|
|11||Ryan Mathews (I)||Packers|
|12||Frank Gore||@ Redskins|
|13||Ahmad Bradshaw||@ Patriots|
|16||Greg Jennings||@ Chargers|
|17||A.J. Green||@ Titans|
|20||Roddy White||@ Colts|
|22||Victor Cruz||@ Patriots|
|23||Anquan Boldin||@ Steelers|
|26||Beanie Wells (I)||Rams|
|27||LeGarrette Blount (I)||@ Saints|
|28||Vincent Jackson (I)||Packers|
|30||Shonn Greene||@ Bills|
|32||Cedric Benson||@ Titans|
|33||Reggie Bush (I)||@ Chiefs|
|36||Brandon Lloyd||@ Cardinals|
|37||Mario Manningham||@ Patriots|
|38||Santonio Holmes||@ Bills|
|39||Brandon Marshall||@ Chiefs|
|41||BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I)||Giants|
|47||Sidney Rice||@ Cowboys|
|48||Torrey Smith||@ Steelers|
|51||Lance Ball||@ Raiders|
|52||Daniel Thomas (I)||@ Chiefs|
|54||Mike Williams (TB)||@ Saints|
|56||Jordy Nelson||@ Chargers|
|59||Knowshon Moreno||@ Raiders|
|60||Michael Crabtree||@ Redskins|
|61||Greg Little||@ Texans|
|62||Marshawn Lynch(I)||@ Cowboys|
|63||Greg Salas||@ Cardinals|
|65||Ben Obamanu||@ Cowboys|
|66||Eric Decker||@ Raiders|
|68||James Starks||@ Chargers|
|70||James Jones||@ Chargers|
|72||Arrelious Benn||@ Saints|
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