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

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIINovember 1, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 02: Roy Helu #29 of the Washington Redskins runs against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 2, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Washington Redskins beat the St. Louis Rams 17-10.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Roy Helu vs. 49ers:

I have Roy Helu listed as a bench option this week against the 49ers, but if you're desperate for a flex-play option, give him a shot. The Redskins are likely to play from behind this week, and while Helu wasn’t running the football, he consistently got to running back in the passing game. Washington has already announced that Tashard Choice won’t suit up this week, and I have a feeling that Shanahan has grown tired of Ryan Torain at this point.

This could lead to Helu seeing an opportunity to be the starter, as it’s likely that Shanahan wants to see him as the starter at some point. Heck, you can even hold on to one Redskins running back and, as bad as things may seem one week, eventually he can return to the good graces of Shanahan.

Again, only use Helu if you're desperate. In a PPR league, he can give you critical reception points and may see more activity as the Redskins say in passing situations in the second half.

Kevin Faulk vs. Giants:

In his first play in over a year, Kevin Faulk was the top running back in the Patriots' game plan, seeing considerable work in the passing game and helping to carry the load. Danny Woodhead basically took over Faulk’s job last year and was worth a flex play start in PPR leagues.

While Faulk won’t be a weekly start, he can help you through the bye weeks and has a decent matchup to take advantage of this week against the Giants.

Eric Decker at Raiders:

Yes, Tim Tebow has a lot to learn before he’s ready to be a respectable starting quarterback in the NFL, but at least he’s looking for Eric Decker in the passing game.

Decker was targeted over 10 times against the Lions and made a few nice moves on his touchdown score from 14 yards out. The Broncos may not be blown out this week, but they will likely be playing from behind in the fourth quarter (and will likely play from behind in most weeks).

Decker should remain a decent flex play to WR-3 start going forward, as I believe he will remain one of Tebow’s (or Kyle Orton's) top targets in the passing game.

More PPR WK 9 Rankings – QB | RB | WR | Flex | Waivers | Start / Sit |

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