Flex rankings for this week:
Week 2 flex rankings:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
It's amazing how one week of games can alter so many opinions. Your second-rounder from August might not be among your top options for a flex position this week due to injury or a tough Week 1. Perhaps he's not even on your roster anymore! But for the players who are still upstanding or just standing members of your fantasy rosters, the Thursday flex rankings are here to help. You should know the drill by now: We combine the top running backs, wide receivers and tight ends to form a top-100 list, though it remains one man's opinion and it's recommended that you make your own decisions.
Best of luck to all in Week 2 and beyond!
1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: "Wait, Eric, didn't you rank him third in the preseason and last week?" Why yes, I did, but I like his matchup more than the other logical top choices this week, and that's what we're concerned with here.
2. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: If he shares as many touches with Darren Sproles as he did in Week 1, then I might get a tad concerned. As of now, I'm not.
3. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: He'd better get at least 20 touches or fantasy owners will not be pleased.
4. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
5. Matt Forte, RB, Bears
6. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos: So a guy on Twitter asked me if he should trade Thomas because he had a "pitiful Week 1 and it's obvious he's not the top guy anymore." Ah, Twitter.
7. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
8. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Just remember, some of the top individual performances by running backs the past few seasons have come against Oakland, home or road (Doug Martin, Jamaal Charles).
9. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
10. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: There's nothing wrong with Tony Romo. Until January.
11. Montee Ball, RB, Broncos: I really don't care about his yards per carry in Week 1. I care only about the touches. He had many.
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After an early fumble, DeMarco Murray finished with 133 total yards and a TD against a tough 49ers defense in Week 1.
12. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: He was ripping up the San Francisco defense. Just stay healthy, please.
13. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Oh, and you stay healthy as well, please.
14. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
15. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals: Not concerned yet that the team intends to lessen his workload. He'll get enough.
16. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
17. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: And you were worried about him being covered by Joe Haden. How silly!
18. Alfred Morris, RB, ********: If the guy handing off to him isn't allowed to run, give the ball to this guy more.
19. Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos
20. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
21. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers: This rank is obviously contingent on him suiting up and handling a heavy workload, and he should pass concussion tests soon. But be aware.
22. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos: It certainly is possible the NFL alters its drug and suspension programs and Wes Welker is back next week, so be aware it would affect Sanders. Of course, Josh Gordon could play next week as well. I'm fine with that in theory, but let's remember every NFL suspension is now basically up for grabs to be changed. Believe everything and believe nothing and prepare always.
23. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
24. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers: Everyone seems to love the matchup against the Bears. It's not 1986.
25. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
26. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
27. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings: So far, so great. Doesn't figure to be a high-volume wide receiver though, for this week or beyond, for those in PPR formats.
28. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots: Seven rushes, five receptions. That's fine for us if he gets into the end zone, which he did.
29. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers: Don't worry, he'll be fine. Better than fine. More conducive matchup this week.
30. Pierre Garcon, WR, ********
31. Zac Stacy, RB, Rams: You have to give him at least a few games before giving up. I don't think we’ll be having this conversation next week, though.
32. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: Hamstring woes could keep him from practicing, but for now it appears he will play. And if he plays, I trust him.
33. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals: One of the more popular risers of the week. Everyone seems to love him.
34. Chris Johnson, RB, Jets: That's pretty much the kind of workload I expect, and it's enough.
35. Roddy White, WR, Falcons
36. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
37. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
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Larry Fitzgerald had just one catch in the season opener.
38. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Dolphins: What can he do for an encore? Well, he doesn't have to quite as nuts, but just see the touches. Then we'll keep on believing.
39. Percy Harvin, WR, Seahawks: As I've said and written all along, make me believe. Early returns look tremendous. Fabulous talent. Willing offense. Just stay on the field.
40. Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars: Nothing special in Week 1, but when healthy, the job is his. Be patient.
41. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: Could have been far worse, though I suspect few used him. He could have been inactive.
42. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
43. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: Enough targets to matter. Should get better. But if you get offered a top-10 guy on this list for him, I'd trade him.
44. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: I appear to be higher on him than most, so take that for whatever it tells you.
45. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
46. Reggie Bush, RB, Lions
47. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants: Terrible game for the team, but I was encouraged by his performance. Certainly has the goal-line carries. And this team will move the ball.
48. Joique Bell, RB, Lions
49. Marques Colston, WR, Saints
50. Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens: I probably like him more than most, but certainly he's guaranteed nothing in terms of playing time. Ravens could easily sign a veteran guy by Week 3, too.
51. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
52. Shonn Greene, RB, Titans: I still think he'll rush for 1,000 yards. And not this week, though the opponent might try to allow it. The point is, there is value here.
53. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
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Knowshon Moreno rushed for a league-high 134 yards in Week 1. Can he come close to repeating it this week?
54. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Be careful how quickly you sell low on him. He's not done.
55. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins: Not everyone is a believer yet. Well, he certainly is!
56. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
57. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
58. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
59. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans: Halfway there to last season's touchdown total. I say he ends up with at least seven scores.
60. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens: The wrong Ravens Smith in Week 1. The right one from here on out.
61. Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens: Targets, targets and more targets.
62. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: That was mildly disconcerting. But again, don't give up so quickly. Dealing with a knee problem and might not play this week.
63. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
64. Eric Decker, WR, Jets
65. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
66. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles: I predicted he'd get more carries than he's used to regularly, but 11 is a lot for him. Has eclipsed that four times in his career. Probably not a new trend.
67. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
68. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers: If he couldn't rip apart Dallas, how can he do it to other teams? Well, he can. But this rank is cautious for sure.
69. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets
70. DeSean Jackson, WR, ********: He needs to get the ball down the field, not behind the line of scrimmage. This ain't Philly anymore.
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Rookie Terrance West wowed the Browns last Sunday, rushing for 100 yards in his NFL debut.
71. Terrance West, RB, Browns: Here's your chance, kid. Or you're sharing it. Either way, a tad risky to trust, as this rank shows. But nice upside.
72. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons
73. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
74. Justin Hunter, WR, Titans: Did nothing to end sleeper talk last week.
75. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers: Fourteen carries for him, nine for Jonathan Stewart. So it's still a timeshare. But I didn't rank Stewart.
76. Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings
77. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
78. Golden Tate, WR, Lions
79. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots: At least he held onto the football. Baby steps.
80. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers
81. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints: Fantastic debut, but chances are you have safer options. And eventually Kenny Stills will matter here.
82. Trent Richardson, RB, Colts: A reminder that real-life draft position is overrated. Sometimes it's very overrated.
83. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins
84. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: Obviously the Chiefs struggling offensively in Week 1 was all because he was suspended for the game. Now the offense will shine. (Or not.)
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What can Kelvin Benjamin do for an encore, likely with Cam Newton back at quarterback?
85. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers: I joked that he might be better off without Cam Newton as the quarterback, and the more I ponder that …
86. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
87. Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys: Still the quality sleeper he was two weeks ago.
88. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
89. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: Might be the last time you can get him cheap. They're gonna use him. They told us so. And teams never, ever, ever lie.
90. Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers
91. Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns
92. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
93. Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens: Probably deserves a better rank than this, but I think Forsett is just better and more versatile.
94. Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars: Watch his injury status, for he left Wednesday practice prematurely.
95. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Cardinals: He matters in deep leagues. A little.
96. Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles
97. Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears
98. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders
99. Brian Quick, WR, Rams
100. Steve Smith, WR, Ravens
Others: Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars; Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers; Donnie Avery, WR, Chiefs; Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers; Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns; Jarrett Boykin, WR, Packers; Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills; Khiry Robinson, RB, Saints; Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans; Rod Streater, WR, Raiders; LeGarrette Blount, RB, Steelers; Donald Brown, RB, Chargers; James Starks, RB, Packers