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Week 17 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 17 highlight: As we did last week, we've included Vikings QB Joe Webb in our flex rankings for those owners who can start him as a receiver. Coming off a strong performance on Tuesday at Philadelphia, Webb might have a future in this league. A Week 17 matchup at Detroit should suit him well -- the Lions have allowed at least one touchdown in all but two games this season and 23 total on the year. With Webb proving to be adept at passing (16 of 26 passing, 7.5 yards per attempt) and clearly able to run away from defenders (at least 30 rush yards and a touchdown in each of his last two games), he's got a good shot at putting up good numbers against the Lions ... if he starts.

Look out for our Flex rankings every Tuesday with an update (including players returning to health) every Friday throughout the season.

Top 150 Flex Rankings
Name Pos Opp
1 Michael Turner RB CAR
2 Arian Foster RB JAC
3 Adrian Peterson RB @DET
4 Ray Rice RB CIN
5 Joe Webb QB @DET
6 Greg Jennings WR CHI
7 Steven Jackson RB @SEA
8 Jamaal Charles RB OAK
9 Chris Johnson RB @IND
10 Jonathan Stewart RB @ATL
11 LeGarrette Blount RB @NO
12 Ahmad Bradshaw RB @WAS
13 Ryan Mathews RB @DEN
14 Roddy White WR CAR
15 Rashard Mendenhall RB @CLE
16 Darren McFadden RB @KC
17 Ryan Torain RB NYG
18 Fred Jackson RB @NYJ
19 Owen Daniels TE JAC
20 Pierre Garcon WR TEN
21 Kenny Britt WR @IND
22 Brandon Lloyd WR SD
23 Percy Harvin WR @DET
24 Miles Austin WR @PHI
25 Thomas Jones RB OAK
26 Jason Witten TE @PHI
27 Jacob Tamme TE TEN
28 Vernon Davis TE ARI
29 Zach Miller TE @KC
30 Mike Wallace WR @CLE
31 Vincent Jackson WR @DEN
32 Mario Manningham WR @WAS
33 Davone Bess WR @NE
34 Robert Meachem WR TB
35 Joseph Addai RB TEN
36 Chris Ivory RB TB
37 Shonn Greene RB BUF
38 Ronnie Brown RB @NE
39 Maurice Morris RB MIN
40 Brian Westbrook RB ARI
41 Beanie Wells RB @SF
42 Jerome Harrison RB DAL
43 Tony Gonzalez TE CAR
44 Kellen Winslow TE @NO
45 Jimmy Graham TE TB
46 Chris Cooley TE NYG
47 Jared Cook TE @IND
48 Reggie Wayne WR TEN
49 Wes Welker WR MIA
50 Jacoby Jones WR JAC
51 Calvin Johnson WR MIN
52 Santonio Holmes WR BUF
53 Larry Fitzgerald WR @SF
54 James Jones WR CHI
55 Lance Moore WR TB
56 Mike Thomas WR @HOU
57 Michael Crabtree WR ARI
58 Anquan Boldin WR CIN
59 Correll Buckhalter RB SD
60 Rashad Jennings RB @HOU
61 Marshawn Lynch RB STL
62 Johnny Knox WR @GB
63 Brandon Marshall WR @NE
64 Steve Johnson WR @NYJ
65 Hines Ward WR @CLE
66 Andre Caldwell WR @BAL
67 Felix Jones RB @PHI
68 Marion Barber RB @PHI
69 Rob Gronkowski TE MIA
70 Tony Moeaki TE OAK
71 Mike Williams WR @NO
72 Blair White WR TEN
73 Kelley Washington WR @DEN
74 Santana Moss WR NYG
75 John Kuhn RB CHI
76 Peyton Hillis RB PIT
77 Fred Taylor RB MIA
78 Michael Hoomanawanui TE @SEA
79 Brandon Pettigrew TE MIN
80 Dwayne Bowe WR OAK
81 Jerome Simpson WR @BAL
82 Laurent Robinson WR @SEA
83 Riley Cooper WR DAL
84 Brandon Jacobs RB @WAS
85 C.J. Spiller RB @NYJ
86 Benjamin Watson TE PIT
87 Alge Crumpler TE MIA
88 Deion Branch WR MIA
89 Andre Roberts WR @SF
90 Josh Morgan WR ARI
91 Danario Alexander WR @SEA
92 Derek Hagan WR @WAS
93 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB MIA
94 Michael Bush RB @KC
95 Brandon Jackson RB CHI
96 Bernard Scott RB @BAL
97 LeSean McCoy RB DAL
98 Matt Forte RB @GB
99 Ricky Williams RB @NE
100 Joe McKnight RB BUF
101 Darren Sproles RB @DEN
102 Reggie Bush RB TB
103 Kevin Boss TE @WAS
104 Derrick Mason WR CIN
105 Jordy Nelson WR CHI
106 Jabar Gaffney WR SD
107 Danny Amendola WR @SEA
108 Steve Smith WR @ATL
109 Jacoby Ford WR @KC
110 Emmanuel Sanders WR @CLE
111 Kevin Walter WR JAC
112 Michael Jenkins WR CAR
113 Braylon Edwards WR BUF
114 Naaman Roosevelt WR @NYJ
115 Malcom Floyd WR @DEN
116 Cedric Benson RB @BAL
117 Jahvid Best RB MIN
118 Jason Snelling RB CAR
119 Danny Woodhead RB MIA
120 Mickey Shuler TE @NE
121 Marcedes Lewis TE @HOU
122 Heath Miller TE @CLE
123 Todd Heap TE CIN
124 Brent Celek TE DAL
125 Devin Hester WR @GB
126 Brian Robiskie WR PIT
127 Donald Driver WR CHI
128 Mike Sims-Walker WR @HOU
129 Legedu Naanee WR @DEN
130 Ben Obomanu WR STL
131 Brandon Gibson WR @SEA
132 Nate Washington WR @IND
133 Anthony Armstrong WR NYG
134 Jason Avant WR DAL
135 Donald Brown RB TEN
136 Dominic Rhodes RB TEN
137 Tim Hightower RB @SF
138 Mike Goodson RB @ATL
139 Marcel Reece RB @KC
140 Anthony Dixon RB ARI
141 Cadillac Williams RB @NO
142 Lance Ball RB SD
143 Chester Taylor RB @GB
144 Jeremy Shockey TE TB
145 Visanthe Shiancoe TE @DET
146 John Carlson TE STL
147 Clay Harbor TE DAL
148 Jeremy Maclin WR DAL
149 Roy E. Williams WR @PHI
150 T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR CIN
Top 150 Flex PPR Rankings
Name Pos Opp
1 Arian Foster RB JAC
2 Greg Jennings WR CHI
3 Michael Turner RB CAR
4 Ray Rice RB CIN
5 Adrian Peterson RB @DET
6 Roddy White WR CAR
7 Miles Austin WR @PHI
8 Davone Bess WR @NE
9 Brandon Marshall WR @NE
10 Owen Daniels TE JAC
11 Steven Jackson RB @SEA
12 Jamaal Charles RB OAK
13 Pierre Garcon WR TEN
14 Brandon Lloyd WR SD
15 Percy Harvin WR @DET
16 Reggie Wayne WR TEN
17 Jason Witten TE @PHI
18 Jacob Tamme TE TEN
19 Joe Webb QB @DET
20 Chris Johnson RB @IND
21 Ahmad Bradshaw RB @WAS
22 Kenny Britt WR @IND
23 Mario Manningham WR @WAS
24 Mike Thomas WR @HOU
25 Zach Miller TE @KC
26 Darren McFadden RB @KC
27 Fred Jackson RB @NYJ
28 Vincent Jackson WR @DEN
29 Robert Meachem WR TB
30 Jacoby Jones WR JAC
31 Larry Fitzgerald WR @SF
32 Andre Caldwell WR @BAL
33 Vernon Davis TE ARI
34 Jonathan Stewart RB @ATL
35 Ryan Mathews RB @DEN
36 Ryan Torain RB NYG
37 Jerome Harrison RB DAL
38 Rashad Jennings RB @HOU
39 Mike Wallace WR @CLE
40 Santonio Holmes WR BUF
41 Lance Moore WR TB
42 Santana Moss WR NYG
43 Tony Gonzalez TE CAR
44 Kellen Winslow TE @NO
45 Jimmy Graham TE TB
46 Chris Cooley TE NYG
47 Jared Cook TE @IND
48 LeGarrette Blount RB @NO
49 Correll Buckhalter RB SD
50 Wes Welker WR MIA
51 Calvin Johnson WR MIN
52 James Jones WR CHI
53 Michael Crabtree WR ARI
54 Anquan Boldin WR CIN
55 Steve Johnson WR @NYJ
56 Mike Williams WR @NO
57 Rashard Mendenhall RB @CLE
58 Ronnie Brown RB @NE
59 Maurice Morris RB MIN
60 Brian Westbrook RB ARI
61 Hines Ward WR @CLE
62 Dwayne Bowe WR OAK
63 Jerome Simpson WR @BAL
64 Danny Amendola WR @SEA
65 Tony Moeaki TE OAK
66 Brandon Pettigrew TE MIN
67 Thomas Jones RB OAK
68 Joseph Addai RB TEN
69 Marshawn Lynch RB STL
70 Felix Jones RB @PHI
71 Reggie Bush RB TB
72 Johnny Knox WR @GB
73 Blair White WR TEN
74 Kelley Washington WR @DEN
75 Deion Branch WR MIA
76 Derek Hagan WR @WAS
77 Benjamin Watson TE PIT
78 Chris Ivory RB TB
79 Shonn Greene RB BUF
80 Beanie Wells RB @SF
81 Peyton Hillis RB PIT
82 Josh Morgan WR ARI
83 Danario Alexander WR @SEA
84 Rob Gronkowski TE MIA
85 Michael Hoomanawanui TE @SEA
86 Kevin Boss TE @WAS
87 Marion Barber RB @PHI
88 John Kuhn RB CHI
89 Darren Sproles RB @DEN
90 Laurent Robinson WR @SEA
91 Riley Cooper WR DAL
92 Andre Roberts WR @SF
93 Derrick Mason WR CIN
94 Jordy Nelson WR CHI
95 Jabar Gaffney WR SD
96 Emmanuel Sanders WR @CLE
97 Kevin Walter WR JAC
98 Michael Jenkins WR CAR
99 Braylon Edwards WR BUF
100 Malcom Floyd WR @DEN
101 Brandon Jacobs RB @WAS
102 C.J. Spiller RB @NYJ
103 Bernard Scott RB @BAL
104 Steve Smith WR @ATL
105 Jacoby Ford WR @KC
106 Naaman Roosevelt WR @NYJ
107 Brian Robiskie WR PIT
108 Legedu Naanee WR @DEN
109 Ben Obomanu WR STL
110 Jason Avant WR DAL
111 Alge Crumpler TE MIA
112 Mickey Shuler TE @NE
113 Marcedes Lewis TE @HOU
114 Heath Miller TE @CLE
115 Fred Taylor RB MIA
116 Michael Bush RB @KC
117 Brandon Jackson RB CHI
118 Matt Forte RB @GB
119 Joe McKnight RB BUF
120 Devin Hester WR @GB
121 Donald Driver WR CHI
122 Mike Sims-Walker WR @HOU
123 Brandon Gibson WR @SEA
124 Nate Washington WR @IND
125 Anthony Armstrong WR NYG
126 Todd Heap TE CIN
127 Brent Celek TE DAL
128 LeSean McCoy RB DAL
129 Ricky Williams RB @NE
130 Jahvid Best RB MIN
131 Jason Snelling RB CAR
132 Danny Woodhead RB MIA
133 Cadillac Williams RB @NO
134 Chester Taylor RB @GB
135 Roy E. Williams WR @PHI
136 Harry Douglas WR CAR
137 T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR CIN
138 Brandon LaFell WR @ATL
139 Eddie Royal WR SD
140 Julian Edelman WR MIA
141 Mike Williams WR STL
142 Sammie Stroughter WR @NO
143 Rashied Davis WR @GB
144 Visanthe Shiancoe TE @DET
145 John Carlson TE STL
146 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB MIA
147 Donald Brown RB TEN
148 Mike Goodson RB @ATL
149 Clay Harbor TE DAL
150 Jeremy Shockey TE TB

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QB struggles begin to impact Cardinals DST
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:13 am ET) The Cardinals DST scored just one Fantasy point in standard CBSSports.com leagues Week 16 against Seattle, interrupting a stretch of 10 games in which it averaged 15.1, and the Cardinals' offensive woes may have had something to do with it.

Specifically, they've been unable to find a decent quarterback since losing Carson Palmer to injury in Week 10. Backup Drew Stanton at least mounted some kind of threat, but with him sidelined by a sprained knee in Week 16, the Cardinals had to turn to third-stringer Ryan Lindley. He turned the ball over twice without once leading his team into the end zone, completing less than half of his passes in the process.

The quick trips back to the sideline gave the Seahawks more chances to pile up points and yards, and they did, finishing with 35 and 596. Only one other time have the Cardinals allowed more than 30 points in a game, and the 596 yards were a season high. Worse yet, they were lacking in big plays, recording one sack with no takeaways.

Fortunately, the Cardinals will take on a struggling 49ers offense in Week 17, so even if Lindley is back under center, the DST at least has a chance of a respectable performance. Still, if you've been relying on it all season, you might want to make sure there isn't an appealing matchups play on the waiver wire.


Seahawks DST can't be stopped
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:04 am ET) The Seahawks DST had another dominant performance Week 16 at Arizona, continuing a nine-week run that has made it once again arguably the top unit in Fantasy. During that stretch, it has averaged 16.2 Fantasy points, allowing 11.9 points on 231.3 yards.

It allowed only six points on 216 yards in Week 16, recording four sacks and one interception. Of the Seahawks' 33 sacks this season, 20 have come in their last five games.

Clearly, they had a favorable matchup in this one, but they also shut down the Eagles in Week 14. You don't have any reason to shy away from the Seahawks DST against St. Louis in Week 17.


Kenbrell Thompkins comes out of nowhere
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:58 am ET) After making only modest contributions since coming over from the Patriots in Week 6, Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins suddenly emerged as quarterback Derek Carr's favorite target Week 16 against Buffalo, catching five passes for 90 yards. He hadn't caught even one pass since Week 13, and his previous high in yardage was 47.

Of course, you should know how this goes by now. Fellow wide receivers James Jones and Andre Holmes have both had their stretches of Fantasy relevance this season, as has tight end Mychal Rivera. The Raiders have a multitude of viable receiving targets, but their roles aren't so clear, which makes the task of picking the most impactful from week to week next to impossible.

In other words, you'd need to play in an especially deep league to take a flier on Thompkins for the season's final week.


Latavius Murray trustworthy up to a point
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:51 am ET) If his 23 carries Week 14 against San Francisco didn't convince you, Latavius Murray's 23 carries Week 16 against Buffalo should make the message loud and clear: He is the Raiders' top running back, and they're putting more faith in him than they ever did Darren McFadden.

Granted, it hasn't translated to much production yet, but the 49ers and Bills are two of the toughest defenses against the run. Unfortunately, Denver, the Raiders' Week 17 opponent, is ranked even higher at both.

Can you trust Murray to get his carries? He's gotten them two of the last three weeks, so most likely, yes. And with 20-plus chances, there's always the chance he breaks a long one. But the matchup will make it difficult.

You'd like to start him given his ever-increasing role, but you shouldn't force him into your lineup if you have two (or maybe three) respectable running backs already.


One way or another, Fred Jackson gets his
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:44 am ET) Trailing early Week 16 at Oakland with their playoff hopes on the line, the Bills didn't stick with the running game for long, attempting only three runs in the second half. But in a way, that worked to running back Fred Jackson's advantage. He's such a good pass-catcher out of the backfield that he still topped 100 total yards, doing so for the first time since returning from a groin injury in Week 12.

Even with the return of C.J. Spiller from a long-term shoulder injury, Jackson still led the Bills in carries, but with only six for 10 yards. He also led the team in catches with nine for 93 yards. He had 10 catches just two weeks ago, so clearly, he's a PPR stud.

Is he worth starting in standard leagues as well? Well, he's also gotten 20 carries twice in five games since returning. He hasn't been as effective on the ground as through the air, but yards are yards, however he gets them.

Their matchup Week 17 at New England will probably force the Bills to go pass-heavy again, so unless you're stacked at running back, you can find a spot for Jackson in your lineup.


Desperation fuels Kyle Orton's performance
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:35 am ET) Bills quarterback Kyle Orton didn't have the most efficient day throwing the ball Week 16 at Oakland, but from a Fantasy perspective, it was a productive one. He threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns but also had two interceptions.

What's crazy, though, is that 196 of those yards came in the second half. The Bills were trailing a winnable game with their playoff hopes on the line, and their desperation showed. Unfortunately, that desperation also contributed to the second of Orton's interceptions.

The Bills have been eliminated, so no matter how much they're trailing Week 17 at New England, they probably won't be quite as desperate. You can expect more typical numbers from Orton -- maybe about 250 yards with one or two scores -- even if the matchup appears to be a favorable one, making him a player better left for two-quarterback leagues.


Kenny Britt clearly better with Shaun Hill
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:27 am ET) Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt caught a season-high nine passes on a season-high 11 targets Week 16 against the Giants, but his 103 receiving yards actually weren't a season high.

That's because he had 128, along with a touchdown, Week 11 against the Broncos.

That was Shaun Hill's first game back under center. Week 16, obviously, was his latest one. In the six games since Hill reclaimed the role, Britt has averaged 3.8 catches for 66.3 yards. In the nine games before then, he averaged 2.3 catches for 34.7 yards.

Britt has been especially good lately, averaging 73.3 yards in his last three games. Hill has also been fond of Stedman Bailey, but he doesn't seem to have a clear preference for one or the other.

Of course, the Rams passing attack isn't prolific enough to sustain both, so if you're going to target Britt or Bailey off the waiver wire, make sure it's in a deeper league. You wouldn't want to roll the dice on either in the season's final week if you can help it.


Andre Williams showing more ability
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:19 am ET) Carrying the load for the third straight game with Rashad Jennings sidelined by an ankle injury Week 16 at St. Louis, Giants rookie running back Andre Williams delivered his second 100-yard effort during that stretch, picking up 110 yards on 26 carries. Of course, just like in Week 14, it wasn't the steadiest performance. He had a 50-yard run in that one en route to a career-best 131 yards. He had a 45-yard run en route to his 110 yards in this one.

But that's true for most 100-yard rushing performances. The best backs break long runs occasionally, which makes up for all the 2- and 3-yard gains in between. It's easy to discount Williams' performance because of a long run here or a long run there because he's been so bad on a per-carry basis this season (take that 45-yard run away, and he averaged only 2.6 yards per carry -- oh noes!), but the fact is those long runs count, too. And he barreled over a couple of tacklers to complete it, which was nice to see.

Because Williams is short on receiving ability, his numbers don't look so great when he doesn't break a long run, but with all the carries he's getting now, his chances are better than not of breaking one. He's worth starting in standard leagues Week 17 against Philadelphia.


Rueben Randle not overshadowed for once
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:08 am ET) Since the emergence of rookie Odell Beckham in Week 9, and especially since his even bigger emergence in Week 12, wide receiver Rueben Randle has been an afterthought in the Giants passing game, averaging 2.3 catches for 31.8 yards in the four games leading up to Week 16 at St. Louis. But quarterback Eli Manning finally had enough yards to go around in that one, delivering Beckham his usual eight grabs for 148 yards and still finding Randle on six passes for 132 yards.

Randle even caught a touchdown pass, his first since Week 5. Of course, Beckham caught two and is now up to eight in his last five games, averaging 9.6 catches for 131.4 yards during that stretch.

You see the problem here, don't you? Manning was able to sustain both Beckham and Randle in this one, but that's only because he threw for a season-high 391 yards. If he regresses to a more modest total Week 17 against Philadelphia, we all know Randle is the one taking a back seat. Beckham has other-worldly talent, and Manning is smart enough to deliver him the ball as often as possible.

Of course, the Giants will probably have to throw a lot to keep pace with the Eagles, which bodes well for Randle, but you should still treat him as no more than a No. 3 wide receiver in Fantasy.


Odell Beckham making Eli Manning a stud
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:58 am ET) Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham had another eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns Week 16 at St. Louis, which has become par for the course for him. It was his second straight game and third game in five with more than 140 receiving yards and multiple scores.

What you may not have noticed, though, is that quarterback Eli Manning has taken off during that same stretch. He had a season-high 391 yards and three touchdowns in Week 16, completing 25 of 32 passes. Over his last five games, he has averaged 297.2 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions.

It stands to reason, of course. Beckham couldn't be putting up all those numbers without someone throwing him the ball. This may be one of those rare cases of the wide receiver making the quarterback as opposed to the other way around. Beckham is clearly a special talent, and Manning has made a point to deliver him the ball as often as possible.

It's reason enough to give Manning another chance Week 17 against Philadelphia if you've been suffering with Matthew Stafford or Colin Kaepernick and are somehow still alive in spite of it.


 
 
 
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