2012 PPR Fantasy Football Week 1: Flex Play Rankings/Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIISeptember 3, 2012

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Baltimore will still look to Ray Rice as a key component to their success as a team, but expect Joe Flacco to make a statement on Monday Night Football. The Bengals are solid up front, but with Leon Hall coming back from a major injury, rookie Dre Kirkpatrick down for a few more weeks and suspect play from the safety positions, Flacco should have a good game.

While Julio Jones has been the talk of fantasy this summer, another second-year receiver has put together a nice camp and his name is Torrey Smith. We’ve seen flashes from Smith last year, and after the season was over we found out he was playing with a groin injury.

Healthy and ready to make an impact, Smith should deliver WR3 numbers (even in PPR leagues) and he will benefit from having one of the stronger arms in the game throwing him the football.

Anquan Boldin should also profit from this situation, especially if defenses start to game plan for Smith as the No.1 receiver as the season moves along. Look to Smith as a weekly starter, and Boldin is worth holding as a matchup play.

Willis McGahee Should Have Another Solid Season

The Broncos will use more stretch running plays with Peyton Manning at quarterback. This style doesn’t suit McGahee well, but the former Miami standout has turned himself into a true pro, and he will find a way to hold RB2 value.

I’m a little worried he won’t hold up throughout the season, but early on he should command most of the touches out of the backfield.

With Denver keeping four running backs on the depth chart (McGahee, Lance Ball, Ronnie Hilliman, Knowshon Moreno) consider it likely the Broncos will be running more than some would anticipate with Manning on the team.

A week one matchup against the Steelers looks like a tough start for McGahee but remember this game will be played in high altitude and the Broncos will give the Steelers problems. Early in the year, players are still getting their legs under them, so expect Steeler defenders to leave the game at times with cramps and fatigue.

If the Broncos build up a lead going into the second half, we could see McGahee roll off over 100 yards on the ground and find the end zone.

1 LeSean McCoy @ Browns
2 Calvin Johnson Rams
3 Darren McFadden Chargers
4 Brandon Marshall Colts
5 Andre Johnson Dolphins
6 Arian Foster Dolphins
7 Ray Rice Bengals
8 Matt Forte Colts
9 Julio Jones @ Chiefs
10 Chris Johnson Patriots
11 Jamaal Charles Falcons
12 Steven Jackson @ Lions
13 Dez Bryant @ Giants
14 A.J. Green @ Ravens
15 DeMarco Murray @ Giants
16 Fred Jackson @ Jets
17 Doug Martin Panthers
18 Jordy Nelson 49ers
19 Larry Fitzgerald Seahawks
20 Roddy White @ Chiefs
21 Wes Welker @ Titans
22 Antonio Brown @ Broncos
23 Victor Cruz Cowboys
24 DeAngelo Williams @ Bucs
25 Ahmad Bradshaw Cowboys
26 Peyton Hillis Falcons
27 Brandon Lloyd @ Titans
28 Percy Harvin Jaguars
29 Frank Gore @ Packers
30 Eric Decker Steelers
31 Greg Jennings 49ers
32 Pierre Garcon @ Saints
33 DeSean Jackson @ Browns
34 Willis McGahee Steelers
35 Darren Sproles (I) Redskins
36 Torrey Smith Bengals
37 Marshawn Lynch (I) @ Cardinals
38 Jeremy Maclin @ Browns
39 Hakeem Nicks (I) Cowboys
40 Steve Smith (I) @ Bucs
41 Rashad Jennings @ Vikings
42 Reggie Bush @ Texans
43 Marques Colston Redskins
44 Reggie Wayne @ Bears
45 Stevie Johnson @ Jets
46 Michael Turner @ Chiefs
47 Stevan Ridley @ Titans
48 Shonn Greene Bills
49 Demaryius Thomas Steelers
50 Dwayne Bowe Falcons
51 Kevin Smith (I) Rams
52 Vincent Jackson Panthers
53 Titus Young Rams
54 Malcom Floyd @ Raiders
55 Donald Brown @ Bears
56 Mark Ingram Redskins
57 Trent Richardson (I) Eagles
58 Miles Austin (I) @ Giants
59 Cedric Benson 49ers
60 Nate Washington Patriots
61 Justin Blackmon @ Vikings
62 Toby Gerhart Jaguars
63 Michael Bush Colts
64 Ronnie Brown @ Raiders
65 Mike Wallace @ Broncos
66 Jonathan Dwyer @ Broncos
67 Michael Crabtree @ Packers
68 Darrius Heyward-Bey Chargers
69 Mike Williams Panthers
70 Danny Amendola @ Lions
71 Evan Royster @ Saints
72 Anquan Boldin Bengals
73 Isaac Redman (I) @ Broncos
74 Ryan Williams Seahawks
75 Greg Little Eagles

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