2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 9: Flex-Play Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 31, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02: Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after scoring on a one yard touchdown run against the New England Patriots in the second quarter during an NFL football game at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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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.

More WK 9 Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex | K/D | Waivers | Start / Sit |

1 LeSean McCoy Bears
2 Arian Foster Browns
3 Matt Forte @ Eagles
4 Fred Jackson Jets
5 Darren McFadden (I) Broncos
6 Michael Turner @ Colts
7 Ray Rice @ Steelers
8 Steven Jackson @ Cardinals
9 Dwayne Bowe Dolphins
10 Wes Welker Giants
11 Ryan Mathews (I) Packers
12 Frank Gore @ Redskins
13 Ahmad Bradshaw @ Patriots
14 DeMarco Murray Seahawks
15 Mike Wallace Ravens
16 Greg Jennings @ Chargers
17 A.J. Green @ Titans
18 Jeremy Maclin Bears
19 Marques Colston Buccaneers
20 Roddy White @ Colts
21 Dez Bryant Seahawks
22 Victor Cruz @ Patriots
23 Anquan Boldin @ Steelers
24 DeSean Jackson Bears
25 Larry Fitzgerald Rams
26 Beanie Wells (I) Rams
27 LeGarrette Blount (I) @ Saints
28 Vincent Jackson (I) Packers
29 Miles Austin Seahawks
30 Shonn Greene @ Bills
31 Jackie Battle Dolphins
32 Cedric Benson @ Titans
33 Reggie Bush (I) @ Chiefs
34 Darren Sproles Buccaneers
35 Darrius Heyward-Bey Broncos
36 Brandon Lloyd @ Cardinals
37 Mario Manningham @ Patriots
38 Santonio Holmes @ Bills
39 Brandon Marshall @ Chiefs
40 Rashard Mendenhall Ravens
41 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) Giants
42 Nate Washington Bengals
43 Antonio Brown Ravens
44 Javon Ringer Bengals
45 Pierre Thomas Buccaneers
46 Michael Bush Broncos
47 Sidney Rice @ Cowboys
48 Torrey Smith @ Steelers
49 Reggie Wayne Falcons
50 Delone Carter Falcons
51 Lance Ball @ Raiders
52 Daniel Thomas (I) @ Chiefs
53 Steve Johnson Jets
54 Mike Williams (TB) @ Saints
55 Chris Johnson Bengals
56 Jordy Nelson @ Chargers
57 Steve Breaston Dolphins
58 Ben Tate Browns
59 Knowshon Moreno @ Raiders
60 Michael Crabtree @ Redskins
61 Greg Little @ Texans
62 Marshawn Lynch(I) @ Cowboys
63 Greg Salas @ Cardinals
64 Jabar Gaffney 49ers
65 Ben Obamanu @ Cowboys
66 Eric Decker @ Raiders
67 Pierre Garcon Falcons
68 James Starks @ Chargers
69 Ryan Torain 49ers
70 James Jones @ Chargers
71 Emmanuel Sanders Ravens
72 Arrelious Benn @ Saints
73 Phillip Tanner Seahawks
74 Roy Helu 49ers
75 David Nelson Jets