2012 NFL Fantasy Football Week 14: Flex Play Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 4, 2012

September 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) chases down Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20)  during second quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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After struggling through the first half of the season to pick up the team's new zone-blocking scheme, Darren McFadden suffered another injury, and for the fifth year in a row, McFadden will now have missed at least four games.

It just so happens that McFadden has only played five seasons in the league, so fantasy owners who drafted him this summer should have known the risk in taking him as a high round draft pick.

If you happen to be one of the lucky fantasy owners that has survived McFadden’s bust season and still made the playoffs, this could be the time to cash in on what you hoped for all year.

While we don’t know what his workload with be this Thursday, it appears we should count on McFadden to be active against the Broncos. McFadden has a good track record against the Broncos over the history throughout his career, but it’s his matchups in the coming weeks that I find most interesting.

Next week McFadden plays the Chiefs, and in the fantasy Super Bowl weekend he plays the Panthers. As long as McFadden can get through this weeks game healthy, we should expect good things in the final weeks. For this week, consider McFadden no more than a flex play with upside.

Panthers Run Game

While Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton all but make DeAngelo Williams' odds of red-zone touchdowns a wash, we know the veteran can strike from a distance. Williams should touch the football 12 or more times a week as long as Jonathan Stewart is out, and this week Williams faces a Falcons team he’s played well against over his career.

Like McFadden, if Williams maintains the starting job we should target his matchup against the Raiders Super Bowl weekend. This week against Atlanta, Williams makes for a respectable flex play, but just know you’re rolling the dice on him making a big play to come through.

1 Adrian Peterson Bears
2 Trent Richardson Chiefs
3 Calvin Johnson @ Packers
4 Demaryius Thomas @ Raiders
5 Arian Foster @ Patriots
6 Ray Rice @ Redskins
7 Bryce Brown @ Buccaneers
8 Jamaal Charles @ Browns
9 Doug Martin Eagles
10 A.J. Green Cowboys
11 Andre Johnson @ Patriots
12 Victor Cruz Saints
13 Brandon Marshall @ Vikings
14 Chris Johnson @ Colts
15 Marshawn Lynch Cardinals
16 Vincent Jackson Eagles
17 Julio Jones @ Panthers
18 Dez Bryant @ Bengals
19 Roddy White @ Panthers
20 Wes Welker Texans
21 Eric Decker @ Raiders
22 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Cowboys
23 C.J. Spiller Rams
24 Frank Gore Dolphins
25 Stevan Ridley Texans
26 Alfred Morris Ravens
27 Knowshon Moreno @ Raiders
28 Ahmad Bradshaw (I) Saints
29 Reggie Wayne Titans
30 Marques Colston @ Giants
31 Michael Turner @ Panthers
32 Randall Cobb Lions
33 Steve Smith Falcons
34 Torrey Smith Redskins
35 Mikel Leshoure @ Packers
36 Matt Forte @ Vikings
37 Steven Jackson @ Bills
38 Hakeem Nicks Saints
39 Michael Crabtree Dolphins
40 Ryan Mathews @ Steelers
41 DeMarco Murray @ Bengals
42 Danario Alexander @ Steelers
43 Cecil Shorts (I) Jets
44 Lance Moore @ Giants
45 Mike Williams Eagles
46 Fred Jackson Rams
47 Reggie Bush @ 49er
48 Darren McFadden (I) Broncos
49 Jeremy Maclin @ Buccaneers
50 Sidney Rice (I) Cardinals
51 Vick Ballard Titans
52 Jonathan Dwyer Chargers
53 Miles Austin (I) @ Bengals
54 Pierre Garcon Ravens
55 Chris Givens @ Bills
56 Shonn Greene @ Jaguars
57 Beanie Wells @ Seahawks
58 Darren Sproles @ Giants
59 Steve Johnson (I) Rams
60 Greg Jennings Lions
61 Denarius Moore Broncos
62 Montell Owens Jets
63 DeAngelo Williams Falcons
64 Golden Tate Cardinals
65 Dwayne Bowe @ Browns
66 Kenny Britt @ Colts
67 Josh Gordon Chiefs
68 Mike Wallace Chargers
69 Jacquizz Rodgers @ Panthers
70 Mark Ingram @ Giants
71 Justin Blackmon Jets
72 James Jones Lions
73 James Starks Lions
74 Bilal Powell @ Jaguars
75 Ronnie Hillman @ Raiders

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