2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 16: Flex-Play (RB, WR) Playoff Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 20, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 30: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with a catch for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Adrian Peterson @ Redskins

It’s tempting to look past Adrian Peterson's mire 10 carries against the Saints and rank him as the usual RB-1 stud he is when healthy, but with Toby Gerhart playing well, I have my concerns. I’m sure those fantasy owners who actually made it to the Super Bowl with Peterson in the lineup last week are feeling the same way, but if healthy, he’s likely a must play on your team.

Peterson had one big run against New Orleans, but he clearly didn’t have the ability to make quick cut-backs in the open field, which is a sign that his ankle is likely to give him problems again this week. That shouldn’t surprise anyone as high ankle sprains (in Peterson's case he’s lucky he didn’t break his ankle on the play) can be troublesome and take a good four to six weeks to recover from, and even then it’s no guarantee you’ll be at full strength.

While Gerhart only ran the football two times last week, he did have four receptions and two touchdown scores. It’s likely that the Vikings will look to limit Peterson’s workload by allowing Gerhart to play more in 3rd-and-long situations and predictable passing downs. This will likely limit Peterson’s production some, so view him as more of a must-play RB-2, and if he happens to score a couple touchdowns and post 80 yards, consider that his high-end production this week.

Peyton Hillis @ Ravens

Let’s cross our fingers and knock on wood, but it appears that Peyton Hillis is finally at a point where he can help us out in the flex position. Last week Hillis carried the football 26 times for 99 yards and a score as the Browns played the Cardinals tough without Colt McCoy at quarterback.

This week Hillis will have a tougher matchup on paper, but then again, this is the same Ravens defense that gave up three rushing touchdowns to the Chargers last week. That said, it’s not like Baltimore will have to worry about an explosive passing game coming from the Browns, like they did against San Diego, but Hillis could be good for more production in the short passing game.

Consider Hillis a border line flex play start for standard leagues, as the Ravens are a different team at home, and are unlikely to lose with so much at stake in the division.

More Week 16 rankings: QB | RB | WR | Waivers | Start/Sit

1 LeSean McCoy @ Cowboys
2 Arian Foster @ Colts
3 Calvin Johnson Chargers
4 Reggie Bush @ Patriots
5 Ray Rice Browns
6 Ryan Mathews @ Lions
7 Maurice Jones-Drew (I) @ Titans
8 Felix Jones Eagles
9 Vincent Jackson @ Lions
10 Roddy White @ Saints
11 Rashard Mendenhall Rams
12 Shonn Greene Giants
13 C.J. Spiller Broncos
14 Brandon Marshall @ Patriots
15 Mike Wallace Rams
16 Steve Smith Buccaneers
17 A.J. Green(I) Cardinals
18 Jordy Nelson Bears
19 Larry Fitzgerald @ Bengals
20 Julio Jones @ Saints
21 Beanie Wells @ Bengals
22 Wes Welker Dolphins
23 Antonio Brown Rams
24 Torrey Smith Browns
25 Marshawn Lynch 49ers
26 DeAngelo Williams Buccaneers
27 Chris Johnson Jaguars
28 Laurent Robinson Eagles
29 Dez Bryant Eagles
30 Miles Austin Eagles
31 Michael Bush @ Chiefs
32 Roy Helu Vikings
33 Adrian Peterson (I) @ Redskins
34 Michael Turner @ Saints
35 Marques Colston Falcons
36 Demaryius Thomas @ Bills
37 Percy Harvin @ Redskins
38 Santana Moss Vikings
39 Cedric Benson Cardinals
40 Frank Gore (I) @ Seahawks
41 Lance Ball @ Bills
42 Victor Cruz @ Jets
43 Michael Crabtree @ Seahawks
44 Hakeem Nicks @ Jets
45 Jeremy Maclin (I) @ Cowboys
46 Donald Brown Texans
47 Ahmad Bradshaw @ Jets
48 Ben Tate @ Colts
49 Jabar Gaffney Vikings
50 Anquan Boldin Browns
51 Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Chiefs
52 Santonio Holmes Giants
53 Brandon Jacobs @ Jets
54 Peyton Hillis (I) @ Ravens
55 Lance Moore Falcons
56 Dwayne Bowe Raiders
57 Nate Burleson Chargers
58 Malcom Floyd @ Lions
59 Steven Jackson @ Steelers
60 LeGarrette Blount @ Panthers
61 Willis McGahee (I) @ Bills
62 Jackie Battle Raiders
63 Ryan Grant Bears
64 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Dolphins
65 Mike Tolbert @ Lions
66 Toby Gerhart @ Redskins
67 Donald Driver Bears
68 Plaxico Burress Giants
69 DeSean Jackson (I) @ Cowboys
70 Nate Washington (I) Jaguars
71 Steve Johnson (I) Broncos
72 Jonathan Stewart Buccaneers
73 Kevin Smith (I) Chargers
74 Darren Sproles Falcons
75 Kalil Bell @Packers