2012 NFL Fantasy Football Week 15: Flex Play Rankings/Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 11, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 09:  David Wilson #22 of the New York Giants breaks away from Isa Abdul-Quddus #42 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Finally! Dynasty owners like myself with David Wilson on their bench have been waiting for the ultra-talented rookie to receive an opportunity to showcase what he can do. Earlier in the season he had a long touchdown run against the Browns, but because of early fumbling issues and pass protection concerns, Andre Brown moved past Wilson on the depth chart.

Brown was placed on injured reserve a few weeks back and the Giants countered by adding Kregg Lumpkin for added depth. Lumpkin saw a few snaps against the Redskins, but the Giants decided to use Ahmad Bradshaw as the teams feature back again as a response to Brown’s injury rather than working Wilson in as a committee back.

Because of an injury to Bradshaw last week, the Giants were forced into using Wilson more and the rookie responded with a huge performance. Beyond his kickoff return heroics, Wilson carried the football 13 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Both touchdown runs were impressive. The first came early in the third quarter as he collided with a linebacker in the hole and drove him back, carrying him as he stretched the football over the goal line. A clear demonstration of Wilson’s power.

On the second touchdown, Wilson did a nice job showing off his kick return skills as he set up a Saints safety by taking a few steps towards the middle of the field, forcing the defender to commit and then bouncing back to the outside and turning on the jets.

Wilson even impressed the crowd with a couple of back flips in celebration of his 52-yard touchdown run and his 97-yard kickoff return touchdown. Consider Wilson a must-start down the stretch as Bradshaw will have to labor through injuries. We should expect the rookie to play in a committee split and to be the “closer” in the fourth quarter going forward.


Expect Dez Bryant To Play

Because of all the news about Dez Bryant’s availability this week, I’ve left him off the list below. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com, unless doctors tell him he can’t play, we should expect Bryant on the field and fantasy owners would be wise to keep him in the lineup if he’s active. The finger injury shouldn’t limit his play, so expect him to remain a WR1 against a beat-up Steelers secondary.

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

Week 15 Standard Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | D |