Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: Darrius Heyward-Bey and the Best Flex Wideouts

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2011

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 09:  Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders scores on a touchdown reception late in the second quarter against the Houston Texans  on October 9, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Ladies and gentlemen, Darrius Heyward-Bey is in danger of leaving his reputation as a bust behind him.

But that's what happens when you catch 22 passes for 385 yards and a touchdown in your past four games.

And even if a still-rusty Carson Palmer is throwing him passes, Heyward-Bey still has an ideal matchup this week against the abysmal Denver secondary, which allows an average of 27.5 fantasy points to receivers each week.

So feel free to make him a flex start for your team. And maybe flex a bit in front of your friends when he torches that Denver secondary, too.

Here are some other flex options at wide receiver you should be considering.


Early Doucet, Arizona Cardinals

In seven games this year, St. Louis has given up 12 touchdowns to wide receivers. In five of those games, they've given up 140 yards or more to wide receivers.

In the past three weeks, Early Doucet has been good for eight or more fantasy points, including scoring touchdowns against Pittsburgh and Baltimore the past two weeks.

Flex this man!


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 23: James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings on October 23, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Packers defeated the Vikings 33-27. (Ph
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James Jones, Green Bay Packers

Jones has actually become a pretty safe play in his past four games, going for 10.8, 20, 9.5 and 6.3 fantasy points.

Meanwhile, the Chargers have been torched by opposing wide receivers in their past two games, allowing wideouts alone to snag 26 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns. And that was against the Jets and Chiefs, teams not exactly evoking memories of "The Greatest Show on Turf."

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are going to throw the ball. A lot. Chances are, Jones will catch enough of those passes to make him worth your while.


Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks

If you believe in patterns, you believe that Sidney Rice will earn you 13 fantasy points this week.

Why, you ask? Because over his past five games, Rice has earned 10.9, 13.9, 3.8, 3.8 and 10.2 points.

See? He's due for 13 this week.

If you like to make decisions on evidence a bit more solid than patterns, I should note that Dallas has given up over 100 yards to opposing receivers in every game they've played this year. Seeing as the Seahawks aren't exactly teeming with receivers, Rice should ensure you some solid yardage numbers at the very least.


Jon Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs

Here is your risky, waiver-wire-and-flex-play prediction of the week: Take a chance on Jon Baldwin.

The kid showed flashes of brilliance against the Chargers, namely in his beautiful 39-yard touchdown reception. In only his second game, he snagged five passes for 82 yards to go along with the aforementioned touchdown.

Oh, and did I mention he's playing the horrid Dolphins this week?

He's a risky play, but if the bye weeks are rough on you this week and you're in a deeper league, Baldwin is at least worth your consideration.