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Week 9 Top 150s

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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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