2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 12: Flex-Play Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 22, 2011

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 20:  Kevin Smith #30 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a second quarter touchdown while playing the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field on November 20, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Kevin Smith vs. Packers

What a game it was for Kevin Smith. His road back to a healthy NFL career has been a long one since he tore his ACL toward the end of the 2009 season. Last year, Smith was with the Lions but clearly wasn’t the same player he was before his injury. Until injuries and poor play opened the door for Smith again in Detroit, he was out of the league just a few weeks back.

Two attributes I’ve always admired about Smith his big heart and determination, and those served him well in a three-touchdown performance with over 200 total yards from scrimmage on only 20 touches last week.

Smith will face off against two of the better teams in the coming weeks, but both the Packers and Saints have struggled against the run this year. Look to Smith as low-end RB-2 as he’s earned the starting job in Detroit.

Mark Ingram vs. Giants

Finally healthy from a heel injury suffered Week 7, Ingram should be a worthy flex play option this week against the Giants' defense. New York played well against the run last week until LeSean McCoy broke loose for a 60-yard run at the end of the game. While the Giants should play well early, I expect the same thing to happen this week, as New York has had trouble putting four quarters of solid run defense together lately.

The Saints love to run the football at the end of games, and if you're in need of a third running back to start, this should be a week where we see Ingram rush for over 50 yards and a score. In the end, Ingram’s missed time could work in your favor down the stretch as he will have fresh legs.

More Week 12 rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | Waivers | Start/Sit

1 Arian Foster @ Jaguars
2 LeSean McCoy Patriots
3 Matt Forte @ Raiders
4 Calvin Johnson Packers
5 Greg Jennings (I) @ Lions
6 Steve Smith @ Colts
7 Rashard Mendenhall Chiefs
8 DeMarco Murray Dolphins
9 Maurice Jones-Drew Texans
10 Larry Fitzgerald @ Rams
11 Mike Wallace @ Chiefs
12 Dez Bryant Dolphins
13 Steven Jackson Cardinals
14 Ray Rice 49ers
15 Michael Bush Bears
16 Marshawn Lynch Redskins
17 Michael Turner Vikings
18 Chris Johnson Buccaneers
19 Kevin Smith Packers
20 Marques Colston Giants
21 Hakeem Nicks @ Saints
22 Wes Welker (I) @ Eagles
23 Jordy Nelson @ Lions
24 Laurent Robinson Dolphins
25 Antonio Brown @ Chiefs
26 Andre Johnson (I) @ Jaguars
27 Fred Jackson (I) @ Jets
28 Jonathan Stewart @ Colts
29 LeGarrette Blount @ Titans
30 Brandon Lloyd Cardinals
31 Vincent Jackson Broncos
32 Roddy White Vikings
33 Victor Cruz @ Saints
34 Reggie Bush @ Cowboys
35 Willis McGahee (I) @ Chargers
36 Ryan Mathews Broncos
37 Percy Harvin @ Falcons
38 Anquan Boldin 49ers
39 DeSean Jackson Patriots
40 Frank Gore (I) @ Ravens
41 Cedric Benson Browns
42 Ben Tate @ Jaguars
43 Brandon Jacobs @ Saints
44 Chris Ogbonnaya @ Bengals
45 Brandon Marshall @ Cowboys
46 Mario Manningham @ Saints
47 Jeremy Maclin (I) Patriots
48 Santonio Holmes Bills
49 Michael Crabtree @ Ravens
50 Torrey Smith 49ers
51 Mike Tolbert Broncos
52 Shonn Greene (I) Bills
53 Toby Gerhart @ Falcons
54 Sidney Rice (I) Redskins
55 Jerome Simpson Browns
56 Denarius Moore Bears
57 Dwayne Bowe Steelers
58 Mike Williams (TB) @ Titans
59 Darren Sproles Giants
60 Beanie Wells (I) @ Rams
61 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) @ Eagles
62 DeAngelo Williams @ Colts
63 Harry Douglas Vikings
64 James Jones @ Lions
65 Earl Bennett @ Raiders
66 Mark Ingram Giants
67 C.J. Spiller @ Jets
68 Lance Moore Giants
69 Damian Williams Buccaneers
70 Eric Decker @ Chargers
71 Vincent Brown Broncos
72 Titus Young Packers
73 Reggie Wayne Panthers
74 Roy Helu @ Seahawks
75 Jackie Battle Steelers