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Week 9 Top 150s

Senior Fantasy Writer

Not all leagues are created equal, and not all of them have starting spots designated for Flex players. But for those that do, we offer two versions of our Top 150 rank lists: One for standard formats and one for PPR formats. You might notice some peculiar rankings here, and that's because these are based solely from my weekly projections -- not an average of multiple points of view. So if a tight end is projected to get 20 yards and a touchdown, he'll be equal to a quality running back projected for 80 total yards. Thus, use these rankings as a starting point for your weekly research and use your own judgment to determine who you should consider starting.

Week 9 highlight: Typically we like to point out a player rising in our flex rankings. This week, we're doing the opposite and looking at someone you should consider benching. Cedric Benson continues to struggle and shouldn't be considered a top Fantasy option. He hasn't scored in four weeks, and save for a nice rushing total in Week 5 has been more of a plodder than anything else. CedBen's been given plenty of chances -- at least 20 carries in each of his last three games, but he has more fumbles lost than end-zone visits -- and he plays against the Steelers on Sunday. If you have the horses to do it, consider benching Benson in Week 9.

Look out for our Flex rankings every Tuesday with an update every Friday throughout the season.

Top 150 Flex Rankings
Name Pos Opp
1 Adrian Peterson RB ARI
2 Michael Turner RB TB
3 Roddy White WR TB
4 Ahmad Bradshaw RB @SEA
5 Darren McFadden RB KC
6 Arian Foster RB SD
7 Hakeem Nicks WR @SEA
8 Reggie Wayne WR @PHI
9 Rashard Mendenhall RB @CIN
10 LaDainian Tomlinson RB @DET
11 LeSean McCoy RB IND
12 Matt Forte RB @BUF
13 Anquan Boldin WR MIA
14 Andre Johnson WR SD
15 Calvin Johnson WR NYJ
16 Jamaal Charles RB @OAK
17 Peyton Hillis RB NE
18 Miles Austin WR @GB
19 Jeremy Maclin WR IND
20 Dwayne Bowe WR @OAK
21 Greg Jennings WR DAL
22 Marques Colston WR @CAR
23 DeSean Jackson WR IND
24 Patrick Crayton WR @HOU
25 Ray Rice RB MIA
26 Thomas Jones RB @OAK
27 Ryan Mathews RB @HOU
28 Larry Fitzgerald WR @MIN
29 Mike Williams WR @ATL
30 Steve Smith WR @SEA
31 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB @CLE
32 Austin Collie WR @PHI
33 Mike Wallace WR @CIN
34 Lee Evans WR CHI
35 Tony Gonzalez TE TB
36 Mike Tolbert RB @HOU
37 Steve Johnson WR CHI
38 Johnny Knox WR @BUF
39 Dustin Keller TE @DET
40 Brandon Jacobs RB @SEA
41 LeGarrette Blount RB @ATL
42 Dez Bryant WR @GB
43 Hines Ward WR @CIN
44 Terrell Owens WR PIT
45 Lance Moore WR @CAR
46 Wes Welker WR @CLE
47 Jacob Tamme TE @PHI
48 Jason Witten TE @GB
49 Visanthe Shiancoe TE ARI
50 Fred Jackson RB CHI
51 Brandon Jackson RB DAL
52 Cedric Benson RB PIT
53 Shonn Greene RB @DET
54 Darren Sproles RB @HOU
55 Brandon Marshall WR @BAL
56 Steve Breaston WR @MIN
57 Pierre Garcon WR @PHI
58 Braylon Edwards WR @DET
59 Jerricho Cotchery WR @DET
60 Jordan Shipley WR PIT
61 Jahvid Best RB NYJ
62 Jonathan Stewart RB NO
63 Michael Bush RB KC
64 Danny Woodhead RB @CLE
65 Willis McGahee RB MIA
66 John Kuhn RB DAL
67 Deion Branch WR @CLE
68 Steve Smith WR NO
69 Davone Bess WR @BAL
70 Donte' Stallworth WR MIA
71 Benjamin Watson TE NE
72 Donald Lee TE DAL
73 Joel Dreessen TE SD
74 Chris Ivory RB @CAR
75 Donald Brown RB @PHI
76 Michael Jenkins WR TB
77 Derrick Mason WR MIA
78 Chad Ochocinco WR PIT
79 Brandon Tate WR @CLE
80 Santonio Holmes WR @DET
81 Darrius Heyward-Bey WR KC
82 Mike Williams WR NYG
83 Todd Heap TE MIA
84 Rob Gronkowski TE @CLE
85 Marshawn Lynch RB NYG
86 Beanie Wells RB @MIN
87 Felix Jones RB @GB
88 Julius Jones RB @CAR
89 Ronnie Brown RB @BAL
90 Chester Taylor RB @BUF
91 C.J. Spiller RB CHI
92 Percy Harvin WR ARI
93 Mario Manningham WR @SEA
94 Nate Burleson WR NYJ
95 Robert Meachem WR @CAR
96 Seyi Ajirotutu WR @HOU
97 Kellen Winslow TE @ATL
98 Kevin Smith RB NYJ
99 Early Doucet WR @MIN
100 Roscoe Parrish WR CHI
101 Earl Bennett WR @BUF
102 Chansi Stuckey WR NE
103 Roy E. Williams WR @GB
104 Jordy Nelson WR DAL
105 James Jones WR DAL
106 Greg Olsen TE @BUF
107 Brent Celek TE IND
108 Brandon Pettigrew TE NYJ
109 Heath Miller TE @CIN
110 Ricky Williams RB @BAL
111 Toby Gerhart RB ARI
112 Bernard Scott RB PIT
113 Cadillac Williams RB @ATL
114 LaRod Stephens-Howling RB @MIN
115 Tim Hightower RB @MIN
116 Tashard Choice RB @GB
117 Jacoby Jones WR SD
118 Devin Aromashodu WR @BUF
119 Devin Hester WR @BUF
120 Kevin Walter WR SD
121 Brian Hartline WR @BAL
122 Bernard Berrian WR ARI
123 Jason Avant WR IND
124 Deon Butler WR NYG
125 Brandon Stokley WR NYG
126 Arrelious Benn WR @ATL
127 Antwaan Randle El WR @CIN
128 Terrance Copper WR @OAK
129 Jacoby Ford WR KC
130 Nick Miller WR KC
131 Tony Moeaki TE @OAK
132 Aaron Hernandez TE @CLE
133 Jeremy Shockey TE @CAR
134 John Carlson TE NYG
135 Justin Forsett RB NYG
136 Jason Snelling RB TB
137 Sammy Morris RB @CLE
138 Marcel Reece RB KC
139 Mewelde Moore RB @CIN
140 David Nelson WR CHI
141 David Gettis WR NO
142 Josh Cribbs WR NE
143 Greg Lewis WR ARI
144 Micheal Spurlock WR @ATL
145 Sammie Stroughter WR @ATL
146 Shawn Nelson TE CHI
147 Jermaine Gresham TE PIT
148 Anthony Fasano TE @BAL
149 David Thomas TE @CAR
150 Kevin Boss TE @SEA
Top 150 Flex PPR Rankings
Name Pos Opp
1 Roddy White WR TB
2 Reggie Wayne WR @PHI
3 Adrian Peterson RB ARI
4 Hakeem Nicks WR @SEA
5 Andre Johnson WR SD
6 Calvin Johnson WR NYJ
7 Arian Foster RB SD
8 Matt Forte RB @BUF
9 Anquan Boldin WR MIA
10 Miles Austin WR @GB
11 Jeremy Maclin WR IND
12 Marques Colston WR @CAR
13 Patrick Crayton WR @HOU
14 Steve Smith WR @SEA
15 LeSean McCoy RB IND
16 Dwayne Bowe WR @OAK
17 Greg Jennings WR DAL
18 DeSean Jackson WR IND
19 Michael Turner RB TB
20 Ahmad Bradshaw RB @SEA
21 Darren McFadden RB KC
22 Jamaal Charles RB @OAK
23 Peyton Hillis RB NE
24 Ray Rice RB MIA
25 Larry Fitzgerald WR @MIN
26 Mike Williams WR @ATL
27 Terrell Owens WR PIT
28 Jason Witten TE @GB
29 Rashard Mendenhall RB @CIN
30 LaDainian Tomlinson RB @DET
31 Austin Collie WR @PHI
32 Dez Bryant WR @GB
33 Ryan Mathews RB @HOU
34 Mike Tolbert RB @HOU
35 Mike Wallace WR @CIN
36 Lee Evans WR CHI
37 Hines Ward WR @CIN
38 Davone Bess WR @BAL
39 Tony Gonzalez TE TB
40 Steve Johnson WR CHI
41 Brandon Marshall WR @BAL
42 Steve Breaston WR @MIN
43 Dustin Keller TE @DET
44 Darren Sproles RB @HOU
45 Johnny Knox WR @BUF
46 Wes Welker WR @CLE
47 Pierre Garcon WR @PHI
48 Deion Branch WR @CLE
49 Steve Smith WR NO
50 Thomas Jones RB @OAK
51 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB @CLE
52 Jahvid Best RB NYJ
53 Danny Woodhead RB @CLE
54 Lance Moore WR @CAR
55 Braylon Edwards WR @DET
56 Jacob Tamme TE @PHI
57 Visanthe Shiancoe TE ARI
58 Benjamin Watson TE NE
59 LeGarrette Blount RB @ATL
60 Brandon Jackson RB DAL
61 Jerricho Cotchery WR @DET
62 Jordan Shipley WR PIT
63 Michael Jenkins WR TB
64 Brandon Jacobs RB @SEA
65 Fred Jackson RB CHI
66 Michael Bush RB KC
67 Derrick Mason WR MIA
68 Chad Ochocinco WR PIT
69 Mike Williams WR NYG
70 Nate Burleson WR NYJ
71 Donald Lee TE DAL
72 Cedric Benson RB PIT
73 Jonathan Stewart RB NO
74 Ronnie Brown RB @BAL
75 Donte' Stallworth WR MIA
76 Brandon Tate WR @CLE
77 Santonio Holmes WR @DET
78 Darrius Heyward-Bey WR KC
79 Percy Harvin WR ARI
80 Seyi Ajirotutu WR @HOU
81 Joel Dreessen TE SD
82 Todd Heap TE MIA
83 Kellen Winslow TE @ATL
84 Shonn Greene RB @DET
85 Donald Brown RB @PHI
86 Felix Jones RB @GB
87 Chester Taylor RB @BUF
88 C.J. Spiller RB CHI
89 Mario Manningham WR @SEA
90 Robert Meachem WR @CAR
91 Roscoe Parrish WR CHI
92 Earl Bennett WR @BUF
93 Jordy Nelson WR DAL
94 Greg Olsen TE @BUF
95 Heath Miller TE @CIN
96 Willis McGahee RB MIA
97 John Kuhn RB DAL
98 Cadillac Williams RB @ATL
99 Early Doucet WR @MIN
100 Chansi Stuckey WR NE
101 Roy E. Williams WR @GB
102 James Jones WR DAL
103 Brian Hartline WR @BAL
104 Rob Gronkowski TE @CLE
105 Brent Celek TE IND
106 Brandon Pettigrew TE NYJ
107 Chris Ivory RB @CAR
108 Kevin Smith RB NYJ
109 Tim Hightower RB @MIN
110 Devin Aromashodu WR @BUF
111 Kevin Walter WR SD
112 Jason Avant WR IND
113 Brandon Stokley WR NYG
114 Antwaan Randle El WR @CIN
115 Terrance Copper WR @OAK
116 Nick Miller WR KC
117 Tony Moeaki TE @OAK
118 Aaron Hernandez TE @CLE
119 Jeremy Shockey TE @CAR
120 John Carlson TE NYG
121 Marshawn Lynch RB NYG
122 Beanie Wells RB @MIN
123 Julius Jones RB @CAR
124 Ricky Williams RB @BAL
125 Toby Gerhart RB ARI
126 Bernard Scott RB PIT
127 LaRod Stephens-Howling RB @MIN
128 Tashard Choice RB @GB
129 Justin Forsett RB NYG
130 Jacoby Jones WR SD
131 Devin Hester WR @BUF
132 Bernard Berrian WR ARI
133 Deon Butler WR NYG
134 Arrelious Benn WR @ATL
135 Jacoby Ford WR KC
136 Jermaine Gresham TE PIT
137 David Thomas TE @CAR
138 Marcel Reece RB KC
139 Mewelde Moore RB @CIN
140 David Nelson WR CHI
141 David Gettis WR NO
142 Josh Cribbs WR NE
143 Greg Lewis WR ARI
144 Micheal Spurlock WR @ATL
145 Sammie Stroughter WR @ATL
146 Shawn Nelson TE CHI
147 Anthony Fasano TE @BAL
148 Kevin Boss TE @SEA
149 Leonard Pope TE @OAK
150 Jason Snelling RB TB

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Kenny Britt looking for fresh start in Week 1 vs. Vikings
by R.J. White |
(1:34 am ET) Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt ended an up-and-down career in Tennesse by catching only 11 passes for 96 yards last season. Reunited with former Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher, the embattled receiver will look to begin his tenure with his new team on the right foot in Week 1 against the Vikings.

Britt has flashed big-play ability in the preseason, catching a 36-yard pass from starter Sam Bradford in Week 3 before the quarterback succumbed to a season-ending injury. He then tacked on a 32-yard completion from backup Shaun Hill on the team's second drive. If Britt can find chemistry with his new starting quarterback quickly, he has the opportunity to emerge from a muddled Rams receiving corps and become the team's No. 1 option in the passing game.

Will it happen? The Vikings were one of the worst teams in the league at defending the pass last year, ranking 30th in pass-defense DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. The results, however, look much better in the early-going this season. In the team's third preseason game, the defense held Kansas City starter Alex Smith to 140 yards on 14-of-24 passing with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

If that same defense comes to play Sunday, Hill may have nothing but trouble trying to move the chains consistently. But if the upgraded offensive line can keep the Vikings at bay, the Hill-to-Britt connection has the potential to surprise. Consider Britt a quality free-agent add in advance of Sunday's game on the chance that he and Hill show something.

Zac Stacy could struggle vs. Vikings
by R.J. White |
(1:20 am ET) Rams running back Zac Stacy lost his starting quarterback for the season during preseason competition. This is nothing new for the second-year back, as he had to play the second half of 2013 without Sam Bradford as well.

Though Stacy ripped off four 100-yard games after Bradford's injury, he mixed in several ugly lines as well, managing only 62 yards on 26 carries against the Colts, just 25 yards on 14 carries against the Cardinals and only 15 yards on 15 carries as the Seahawks exacted their revenge in Week 17.

Stacy's Week 1 matchup this season is a Vikings team that played well against the run last season. The Vikings finished seventh in the league in rate stuffing the running back at or behind the line of scrimmage. The defense surrendered just shy of 3.9 yards per carry, which is right at Stacy's per-carry rate from last season.

The Rams will likely try to remain committed to the running game with a second stringer at quarterback, but the Vikings have the personnel to sniff out a conservative gameplan and more or less shut down the running game. Fantasy experts are split on Stacy's stock this week, with Jamey Eisenberg slotting him eighth at the position and Davie Richard ranking him 20th.

Wes Welker expected to be suspended for Week 1
by Chris Cwik |
(9/2/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will be suspended for Week 1, according to the Denver Post.

Mike Klis initially reported that there was a chance Welker's suspension wouldn't kick in until after Week 1, but issued an update later. While the NFL has yet to officially announce the suspension, the Broncos have been informed of the move. The team is expected to send out a press release confirming the information Tuesday.

Report: Wes Welker may play Week 1
by Chris Cwik |
(9/2/2014) Update: Welker will be suspended for Week 1, according to the Denver Post. The team is expected to send out a press release shortly.

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker may play Week 1 against the Colts, according to the Denver Post

Welker is expected to be suspended for four games after reportedly testing positive for amphetamines. The league, however, has not officially announced the suspension. Suspensions are typically announced by Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. Since the NFL has yet to announce the move, it's thought Welker could be available for Week 1, but would serve his suspension once the NFL announced the move. 

There are a lot of uncertainties regarding the situation at this time. The club expects Welker to be available, provided he passes concussion protocal, but it remains to be seen how the NFL will handle this suspension. 

Randall Cobb to be tested Week 1
by Chris Cwik |
(9/2/2014) Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb should be in for a tough test Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Cobb caught just three passes during the preseason, picking up 34 yards and a score. His lack of work shouldn’t be a huge concern, as the Packers offense doesn’t need any fine-tuning. The main thing here is that Cobb is 100 percent healthy after playing in just six games last season due to a leg injury.

His Week 1 production could be dampened by a strong Seahawks DST. Seattle was exceptional against the pass last season, holding opposing wide receivers to just 14.79 Fantasy points per game. That figure was the second-lowest rate in the league. On top of that, Cobb may have to deal with Richard Sherman, who is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Sherman may spend the majority of the game stopping Jordy Nelson, but he could find his way over to Cobb on a few occasions.

Cobb’s versatility makes him a strong candidate to be moved around the Packers’ offense. If Green Bay can create some nice matchups, and Sherman is preoccupied with Nelson, Cobb could be in for a better game than people might expect. 

Despite that, expectations should be tempered. Seattle’s DST was strong last season, and while Green Bay boasts a strong offense, things should be muted Week 1. Cobb is a fine start, considering his upside, but he carries more risk this week due to the matchup.

Jordy Nelson in for a tough test Week 1
by Chris Cwik |
(9/2/2014) Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson should be in for a difficult test Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Nelson had a quiet preseason, catching just two passes for 19 yards. One of those catches wound up being a touchdown. Despite the lack of action during the preseason, Nelson’s upside with a healthy Aaron Rodgers is well-known among Fantasy owners. That said, he’s going to have to work for everything he gets against Seattle.

The Seahawks rated as the best defense in the league last year. They were strong in every facet of the game. Seattle held opposing wide receivers to just 14.79 Fantasy points per game, the second-lowest figure in the league. To make things even more difficult for Nelson, he’ll likely be covered by Richard Sherman. Sherman, by many counts, is arguably the best corner in the game. 

Still, it’s tough to pass up Nelson’s upside with a healthy Rodgers. The Packers boast an overabundance of weapons, and it’s possible moving Nelson around before the play could put him in a more favorable matchup. Even if Sherman covers him the entire game, Nelson is a good enough receiver to make some noise. While he doesn’t have a great matchup, Week 1 is not the time to take a player as good as Nelson out of your Fantasy lineup. 

Eddie Lacy to have his hands full Week 1
by Chris Cwik |
(9/2/2014) Packers running back Eddie Lacy will have his hands full Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Lacy is coming off a tremendous rookie season, in which he rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He didn’t get a ton of use during the preseason, but seemed to be in midseason form. Lacy rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries, good for a 5.5 average over two preseason games. He also managed to run in a touchdown.

Though he looked strong in the preseason, Lacy should have a tough time against the Seahawks Week 1. Seattle allowed just 12.32 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs last season. That was the second-lowest rate in the league. While the Seahawks lost three defensive linemen during the offseason, the club is thought to still have the top-rated Fantasy defense.

In many circles, Lacy was considered a strong Fantasy pick after the elite four running backs were off the board. With that in mind, it’s unlikely he’ll be benched in many leagues Week 1. There are better matchups out there, but Lacy is a tough player to sit. Given Green Bay’s offensive capabilities, he’s still a decent start even against the best Fantasy defenses. 

Aaron Rodgers taking on a tough task Week 1
by Chris Cwik |
(9/2/2014) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has his work cut out for him Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Rodgers entered the season as one of the top Fantasy options at quarterback, but will take on the best defense in the league. Last season, Seattle held Fantasy quarterbacks to just 10.89 points per game. That was the lowest rate in the league. The Seahawks DST ranked tops in the league in limiting points and yards last year. On top of that, the team forced the most turnovers.

While Seattle lost three members of the defensive line during the offseason, the club is still expected to have one of NFL’s best defenses. If Seattle struggles to get to Rodgers, that could open things up for the Packers offense.

Given the cost to acquire Rodgers, in a snake or auction draft, he’s probably going to start for most Fantasy teams despite his tough Week 1 matchup. While there are better quarterback options for this week, Rodgers still has a strong potential for dominance. He’s healthy and still has a bevy of weapons at his disposal. It might not be Rodgers best game of the season, but he’s shown that he can put up numbers against even the best defensive clubs.

Percy Harvin looking to start the year on the right foot
by Chris Cwik |
(9/2/2014) Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is looking at a strong matchup Week 1 against the Packers.

A quiet preseason was a good preseason for Harvin. After missing nearly all of last season due to a hip injury, Harvin was able to play in all but the final game of the preseason. He missed the fourth game due to a personal issue, and not because of an injury. Harvin caught seven balls for 92 yards in August.

The Packers didn’t boast a strong pass defense last season. The team allowed opposing wide receivers to average 22.94 Fantasy points per game. That wasn’t one of the worst rates in the league, but it was below-average. The team attempted to address this during the offseason, taking Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round. Despite that, there’s no guarantee the team will perform better in the defensive backfield.

Despite the fact that Harvin is a five-year veteran, there are questions about how he’ll be used with the Seahawks. While Harvin was able to play during the club’s playoff run, it was unclear whether he was actually fully healthy last year. Harvin has shown the ability to be a game-changing wide receiver, so it’s assumed the Seahawks will find ways to get arguably their best playmaker the ball. The club has been been incredibly run-heavy over the past few seasons, but a healthy Harvin could make them more balanced. 

Marshawn Lynch ready to roll Week 1
by Chris Cwik |
(9/2/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is looking to get off to a good start Week 1 against the Packers.

Lynch had an abbreviated preseason, carrying the ball just three times for 16 yards. That’s probably not a bad thing considering his high workload over the past couple years. Lynch also had a brief holdout during the offseason, but reported to camp in shape, and should be ready to roll.

The Packers weren’t particularly strong against the run last season, giving up 19.18 Fantasy points per week to running backs. That was the eighth worst figure in the league. While the team tried to shore up things defensively during the offseason, the loss of B.J. Raji should make it easier for teams to gash the Packers up the middle. 

With that in mind, Lynch should be a strong start. The Seahawks modus operandi the past couple years has been the run game, and that probably won’t change now. There are concerns about Lynch’s workload and lack of preseason reps, but his pedigree and matchup make this a strong start Week 1.