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Week 13 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 13 highlight: The Matt Forte roller-coaster hasn't been a fun ride this season. He's had some weeks where his numbers were downright atrocious and others where he smashed expectations. This week should be one of those weeks where he helps Fantasy owners. Forte will take on the Lions, an opponent he has regularly destroyed. In each of his last four games against them he's either had 100-plus yards rushing or receiving, including a 151-yard, two-touchdown game against them in Week 1. Additionally, he's scored five times over his last five in the series. Detroit's run defense is ripe for the picking after allowing two rushing touchdowns last week, 15 total touchdowns on the season and at least 115 total yards to opposing teams' rushers in all but two games this year. With 243 total yards over his last two games, make it a point to have Forte in your lineups this week.

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

Top 150 Flex Rankings
Name Pos Opp
1 Dwayne Bowe WR DEN
2 Michael Turner RB @TB
3 Arian Foster RB @PHI
4 Maurice Jones-Drew RB @TEN
5 Brandon Lloyd WR @KC
6 Peyton Hillis RB @MIA
7 Steven Jackson RB @ARI
8 Chris Johnson RB JAC
9 Adrian Peterson RB BUF
10 Matt Forte RB @DET
11 LeSean McCoy RB HOU
12 Knowshon Moreno RB @KC
13 Jamaal Charles RB DEN
14 Andre Johnson WR @PHI
15 Greg Jennings WR SF
16 Jeremy Maclin WR HOU
17 Mike Tolbert RB OAK
18 Brandon Jacobs RB WAS
19 Cedric Benson RB NO
20 Antonio Gates TE OAK
21 Marques Colston WR @CIN
22 Reggie Wayne WR DAL
23 Steve Johnson WR @MIN
24 Johnny Knox WR @DET
25 Rashard Mendenhall RB @BAL
26 Chris Ivory RB @CIN
27 DeSean Jackson WR HOU
28 Roddy White WR @TB
29 Santonio Holmes WR @NE
30 Larry Fitzgerald WR STL
31 Ray Rice RB PIT
32 Jonathan Stewart RB @SEA
33 Fred Jackson RB @MIN
34 Calvin Johnson WR CHI
35 Anquan Boldin WR PIT
36 Miles Austin WR @IND
37 Terrell Owens WR NO
38 James Jones WR SF
39 Thomas Jones RB DEN
40 Ahmad Bradshaw RB WAS
41 Marcedes Lewis TE @TEN
42 Kevin Boss TE WAS
43 Jacob Tamme TE DAL
44 Kellen Winslow TE ATL
45 Vernon Davis TE @GB
46 Visanthe Shiancoe TE BUF
47 Tony Gonzalez TE @TB
48 Mike Wallace WR @BAL
49 Mike Williams WR ATL
50 Blair White WR DAL
51 Mike Goodson RB @SEA
52 LaDainian Tomlinson RB @NE
53 Felix Jones RB @IND
54 Darren McFadden RB @SD
55 Ronnie Brown RB CLE
56 Toby Gerhart RB BUF
57 Justin Forsett RB CAR
58 Marshawn Lynch RB CAR
59 Joel Dreessen TE @PHI
60 Rob Gronkowski TE NYJ
61 Dez Bryant WR @IND
62 Mario Manningham WR WAS
63 Jabar Gaffney WR @KC
64 Nate Washington WR JAC
65 Davone Bess WR CLE
66 Danny Woodhead RB NYJ
67 Keiland Williams RB @NYG
68 Donald Brown RB DAL
69 Dustin Keller TE @NE
70 Jeremy Shockey TE @CIN
71 Mike Thomas WR @TEN
72 Wes Welker WR NYJ
73 Danario Alexander WR @ARI
74 Steve Smith WR @SEA
75 Earl Bennett WR @DET
76 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB NYJ
77 Jason Witten TE @IND
78 Chris Cooley TE @NYG
79 Daniel Fells TE @ARI
80 Chad Ochocinco WR NO
81 Pierre Garcon WR DAL
82 Mike Williams WR CAR
83 Hines Ward WR @BAL
84 Steve Breaston WR STL
85 Derek Hagan WR WAS
86 Michael Crabtree WR @GB
87 Jordan Shipley WR NO
88 Brandon Stokley WR CAR
89 Seyi Ajirotutu WR OAK
90 Brian Westbrook RB @GB
91 LeGarrette Blount RB ATL
92 Brandon Jackson RB SF
93 Ryan Mathews RB OAK
94 Brandon Pettigrew TE CHI
95 Percy Harvin WR BUF
96 Nate Burleson WR CHI
97 Braylon Edwards WR @NE
98 Jordy Nelson WR SF
99 Danny Amendola WR @ARI
100 Brian Hartline WR CLE
101 Ricky Williams RB CLE
102 Reggie Bush RB @CIN
103 Tashard Choice RB @IND
104 Maurice Morris RB CHI
105 Willis McGahee RB PIT
106 Todd Heap TE PIT
107 Andrew Quarless TE SF
108 Derrick Mason WR PIT
109 Malcom Floyd WR OAK
110 Eddie Royal WR @KC
111 Deion Branch WR NYJ
112 Legedu Naanee WR OAK
113 Santana Moss WR @NYG
114 Donald Jones WR @MIN
115 Beanie Wells RB STL
116 Shonn Greene RB @NE
117 Cadillac Williams RB ATL
118 Jahvid Best RB CHI
119 Greg Olsen TE @DET
120 Anthony Fasano TE CLE
121 Billy Bajema TE @ARI
122 Jermaine Gresham TE NO
123 Brandon Marshall WR CLE
124 Ben Obomanu WR CAR
125 Sidney Rice WR BUF
126 Jerricho Cotchery WR @NE
127 Lee Evans WR @MIN
128 Devin Hester WR @DET
129 Randy Moss WR JAC
130 Brian Robiskie WR @MIA
131 Michael Jenkins WR @TB
132 Mohamed Massaquoi WR @MIA
133 Early Doucet WR STL
134 Josh Morgan WR @GB
135 Darren Sproles RB OAK
136 Benjamin Watson TE @MIA
137 Tony Moeaki TE DEN
138 Aaron Hernandez TE NYJ
139 David Thomas TE @CIN
140 Zach Miller TE @SD
141 Brent Celek TE HOU
142 Heath Miller TE @BAL
143 Delanie Walker TE @GB
144 Jared Cook TE JAC
145 T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR PIT
146 Brandon LaFell WR @SEA
147 Eric Decker WR @KC
148 Lance Moore WR @CIN
149 Jacoby Ford WR @SD
150 Johnnie Lee Higgins WR @SD
Top 150 Flex PPR Rankings
Name Pos Opp
1 Dwayne Bowe WR DEN
2 Brandon Lloyd WR @KC
3 Arian Foster RB @PHI
4 Peyton Hillis RB @MIA
5 Knowshon Moreno RB @KC
6 Andre Johnson WR @PHI
7 Jeremy Maclin WR HOU
8 Maurice Jones-Drew RB @TEN
9 Steven Jackson RB @ARI
10 LeSean McCoy RB HOU
11 Greg Jennings WR SF
12 Marques Colston WR @CIN
13 Steve Johnson WR @MIN
14 Antonio Gates TE OAK
15 Jamaal Charles RB DEN
16 Reggie Wayne WR DAL
17 Johnny Knox WR @DET
18 Larry Fitzgerald WR STL
19 Terrell Owens WR NO
20 Jacob Tamme TE DAL
21 Michael Turner RB @TB
22 Chris Johnson RB JAC
23 Adrian Peterson RB BUF
24 Matt Forte RB @DET
25 Ray Rice RB PIT
26 Fred Jackson RB @MIN
27 DeSean Jackson WR HOU
28 Roddy White WR @TB
29 Santonio Holmes WR @NE
30 Anquan Boldin WR PIT
31 James Jones WR SF
32 Dez Bryant WR @IND
33 Mario Manningham WR WAS
34 Mike Tolbert RB OAK
35 Cedric Benson RB NO
36 Calvin Johnson WR CHI
37 Miles Austin WR @IND
38 Brandon Jacobs RB WAS
39 Rashard Mendenhall RB @BAL
40 Ahmad Bradshaw RB WAS
41 LaDainian Tomlinson RB @NE
42 Mike Williams WR ATL
43 Blair White WR DAL
44 Mike Thomas WR @TEN
45 Marcedes Lewis TE @TEN
46 Kellen Winslow TE ATL
47 Vernon Davis TE @GB
48 Visanthe Shiancoe TE BUF
49 Tony Gonzalez TE @TB
50 Chris Cooley TE @NYG
51 Darren McFadden RB @SD
52 Mike Wallace WR @BAL
53 Jabar Gaffney WR @KC
54 Kevin Boss TE WAS
55 Jason Witten TE @IND
56 Chris Ivory RB @CIN
57 Jonathan Stewart RB @SEA
58 Thomas Jones RB DEN
59 Mike Goodson RB @SEA
60 Felix Jones RB @IND
61 Ronnie Brown RB CLE
62 Danny Woodhead RB NYJ
63 Keiland Williams RB @NYG
64 Donald Brown RB DAL
65 Nate Washington WR JAC
66 Davone Bess WR CLE
67 Earl Bennett WR @DET
68 Chad Ochocinco WR NO
69 Pierre Garcon WR DAL
70 Hines Ward WR @BAL
71 Michael Crabtree WR @GB
72 Joel Dreessen TE @PHI
73 Rob Gronkowski TE NYJ
74 Brandon Pettigrew TE CHI
75 Justin Forsett RB CAR
76 Marshawn Lynch RB CAR
77 Wes Welker WR NYJ
78 Steve Smith WR @SEA
79 Mike Williams WR CAR
80 Steve Breaston WR STL
81 Danny Amendola WR @ARI
82 Dustin Keller TE @NE
83 Toby Gerhart RB BUF
84 Reggie Bush RB @CIN
85 Danario Alexander WR @ARI
86 Derek Hagan WR WAS
87 Jordan Shipley WR NO
88 Percy Harvin WR BUF
89 Nate Burleson WR CHI
90 Braylon Edwards WR @NE
91 Brian Hartline WR CLE
92 Deion Branch WR NYJ
93 Donald Jones WR @MIN
94 Jeremy Shockey TE @CIN
95 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB NYJ
96 Brian Westbrook RB @GB
97 Brandon Jackson RB SF
98 Brandon Stokley WR CAR
99 Seyi Ajirotutu WR OAK
100 Jordy Nelson WR SF
101 Derrick Mason WR PIT
102 Eddie Royal WR @KC
103 Legedu Naanee WR OAK
104 Santana Moss WR @NYG
105 Jerricho Cotchery WR @NE
106 Todd Heap TE PIT
107 Andrew Quarless TE SF
108 Cadillac Williams RB ATL
109 Malcom Floyd WR OAK
110 Brian Robiskie WR @MIA
111 Early Doucet WR STL
112 Daniel Fells TE @ARI
113 Anthony Fasano TE CLE
114 Billy Bajema TE @ARI
115 Jermaine Gresham TE NO
116 LeGarrette Blount RB ATL
117 Ryan Mathews RB OAK
118 Ricky Williams RB CLE
119 Tashard Choice RB @IND
120 Maurice Morris RB CHI
121 Willis McGahee RB PIT
122 Jahvid Best RB CHI
123 Brandon Marshall WR CLE
124 Ben Obomanu WR CAR
125 Sidney Rice WR BUF
126 Randy Moss WR JAC
127 Michael Jenkins WR @TB
128 Mohamed Massaquoi WR @MIA
129 Josh Morgan WR @GB
130 Greg Olsen TE @DET
131 Lee Evans WR @MIN
132 Devin Hester WR @DET
133 Brandon LaFell WR @SEA
134 Eric Decker WR @KC
135 Lance Moore WR @CIN
136 Johnnie Lee Higgins WR @SD
137 Jason Avant WR HOU
138 Deon Butler WR CAR
139 Jason Hill WR @TEN
140 Benjamin Watson TE @MIA
141 David Thomas TE @CIN
142 Heath Miller TE @BAL
143 Delanie Walker TE @GB
144 Jared Cook TE JAC
145 Beanie Wells RB STL
146 Darren Sproles RB OAK
147 Patrick Cobbs RB CLE
148 Jacob Hester RB OAK
149 Mewelde Moore RB @BAL
150 T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR PIT

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Sammy Watkins risky in Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:25 am ET) The Bills haven't had a bonafide No. 1 receiver since the days of Jim Kelly to Andre Reed, but rookie Sammy Watkins has the talent to be their best wide receiver since the franchise's Super Bowl era. Sure, Eric Moulds, Lee Evans and Stevie Johnson were fine, but with the right quarterback, Watkins can be special.

Unfortunately, Watkins will be catching passes from second-year signal caller EJ Manuel. The team seems to have little confidence in Manuel being the answer at quarterback just one year after drafting him in the first round last year. Kyle Orton was pulled out of retirement and handed a pricy one-year deal, and one can easily picture the scenario where he's starting games for the team in November and December.

Will Manuel respond to the job-security threat with elevated play? His best shot is to feed his star rookie early and often. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has made a career off shutting down No. 1 receivers, but he's not the same player at 33 as he was at 25. While he was a plus in coverage as recently as 2012, Tillman struggled on the field between injuries last year. If Watkins had a top-16 quarterback delivering the ball, I'd like him for a big game in Week 1. As it is, Fantasy owners would be best holding off on starting Watkins until the quarterback situation plays itself out for better or for worse.


Fred Jackson may have trouble finding running room in Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:04 am ET) Bills running back Fred Jackson will face a Bears team in Week 1 that did a terrible job at defending the run last season. However, his Week 1 success may not be as pre-ordained as that of running mate, C.J. Spiller.

Unlike Spiller, Jackson does much of his work without the benefit of big plays, grinding out his numbers by taking what the defense gives rather than providing a home-run threat on any down. While most of the members of the Bears back seven that was responsible for surrendering so many big plays has returned, the team has overhauled the defense line, signing three new defensive ends and drafting two rotational defensive tackles.

Two of those free-agent additions are Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, the two players that graded out as the best 4-3 defensive ends in run stop percentage last season, per Pro Football Focus. With those two players in tow and second-round draft pick Ego Ferguson taking up space in the middle, Jackson could have difficulty converting on short-yardage or goal-line situations.

It's also fair to wonder how many long scoring drives the Bills will be able to put together if Jackson and the offensive line can't stymie the line's potentially improved rush defense. EJ Manuel hasn't done enough at this point in his career to trust his ability to pick defenses apart with his arm. If the Bills have trouble finding the red zone, Jackson could wind up being a Week 1 Flex option Fantasy owners come to regret.


C.J. Spiller could ride big plays to productive Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:39 am ET) Bills running back C.J. Spiller has feasted on big plays ever since emerging as a Fantasy weapon. In 2012, he was third in the league in breakaway percentage, a statistic tracked by Pro Football Focus that determines how much of a player's rushing yardage total is accrued on plays of at least 15 yards. Spiller topped the league in the category last season. Clearly, if he can find a seam, he has the ability to wrea havoc on a defense.

Spiller will be squaring off with the Bears on Sunday. Last season, the Bears turned in by far the worst run defense performance in the league. They surrendered 2,583 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per rush, both marks placing them last in the league. They overhauled the defensive line in the offseason as a result, drafting two rotational defensive tackles and signing three defensive ends.

But if those players can't keep Spiller bottled up at the line all game, he's a threat to break a long touchdown or two. While the Bears run defense was obviously porous as a unit, the back seven was particularly offensive, ranking last in Football Outsiders' second-level yardage and open-field yardage statistics. The Bears didn't do much to upgrade those two levels of the defense either, meaning plenty of broken tackles and long gains are there for the taking if Spiller can find a little daylight. He's a trustworthy RB2 in Week 1 and a must-use in any Flex conversations.


EJ Manuel will look to conquer road woes Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel endured what could at best be described as an uneven rookie season last year. Going 4-6 as a starter, Manuel particularly struggled on the road, where he turned in poor performances against the Jets, Browns, Steelers and Buccaneers before turning in a quality performance against the Jaguars in Week 14, his last game of the season.

Manuel opens this season on the road as well, heading to Soldier Field to take on the Bears Sunday. He'll be facing a new-look Chicago defensive line, rebuilt after the Bears defense struggled to generate a pass rush last season. Whether that pass rush can be effective could be the key to Manuel's success; the quarterback averaged 6.9 yards per attempt when under no pressure last season, but just 5.0 yards per attempt when faced with pressure.

Is there a good reason to start Manuel in Week 1? Not really. Every Fantasy team should be looking at a healthy roster heading into the beginning of the season, and there are anywhere from 14 to 20 QBs worth using over Manuel no matter the matchup. But a good performance in an unfavorable environment against a potentially improved pass rush would go a long way towards making the second-year player Fantasy relevant in 2014.


Patriots claim Don Jones off waivers
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(9/1/2014) The Patriots have been awarded safety Don Jones on waivers from the Dolphins and waived offensive lineman Chris Barker in a corresponding move.

The Patriots will likely be looking for some extra insight on their Week 1 opponent after bringing the former Dolphin into the fold. The move leaves the Patriots with six safeties on the roster.


Jets release Ellis Lankster, re-sign A.J. Edds
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(9/1/2014) The Jets released cornerback Ellis Lankster and re-signed inside linebacker A.J. Edds Monday.

Report: Chris Conte to start if medically cleared
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(9/1/2014) Bears safety Chris Conte will be the team's starting free safety in Sunday's season opener against the Bills, provided he's medically cleared to play, ESPN reports.

Conte has been locked in a position battle with rookie Brock Vereen, and despite suffering a concussion during the team's third preseason game, he's done enough to be named the starter. It wouldn't be surprising to see Vereen overtake Conte in the starting lineup, with the latter grading out as a below-average starter, according to ProFootballFocus.com, who particularly struggles in run support.


Report: Raiders going with Derek Carr over Matt Schaub
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(9/1/2014) Raiders players have been told the team will start rookie Derek Carr over veteran Matt Schaub at quarterback, reports Fox Sports. Carr threw three touchdown passes in last Thursday's preseason finale while Schaub has battled elbow problems.

Oakland opens the season Sunday at the Jets.


Emmanuel Sanders a strong flex option Week 1
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Assuming Wes Welker returns from his concussion and plays Week 1, teammate Emmanuel Sanders still will be a strong flex option. Colts-Broncos is a guaranteed shootout -- the over/under is a whopping 55, highest on the board -- and Peyton Manning can support three productive Fantasy receivers with ease.

Plus, Manning has taken a liking to Sanders. When Sanders debuted in the third preseason game, the duo hooked up for 67- and 29-yard touchdowns in the first half.

"You just throw it as far as you can, and it's hard to outthrow that guy," Manning told the team's website.

Sanders finished with five catches for 128 yards on eight first-half targets, doing most of that before Welker got concussed. Sanders was not 100 percent for that game; he had just come back from a quad injury.

Now Sanders, who started building chemistry with Manning at informal Duke University workouts, "looks ready for the big stage," the website said.

"Peyton puts it on the money," Sanders said. "He takes pride in throwing the perfect football. He takes pride in being perfect all around, in general. He makes my job easy."

Manning is going to help Sanders reach a level he has not hit before, starting Sunday night.

Redskins complete practice squad
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(9/1/2014) The Redskins filled out their 10-man practice squad by signing safety Akeem Davis and linebacker Chaz Sutton, reports the Washington Post.

 
 
 
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