2012 NFL Fantasy Football Week 16: Flex Play Rankings/Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 19, 2012

Dec 10, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA;  New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (85) recovers a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium.  The New England Patriots defeated the Houston Texans 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

If you happened to draft Brandon Lloyd this past summer like I did, you’ve probably been shaking your head when watching the Patriots play on prime-time television the past two weeks, as the veteran has looked like a Pro Bowl star. In that time, Lloyd has been targeted a whopping 25 times, hauling in 17 receptions for 279 yards a score and even picking up a fumble recovery in the end zone for another touchdown.

Problem is, many of you didn’t have him in your lineup, let alone on your team at this point, after Lloyd struggled throughout the season and was demoted out of two-receiver sets against the Dolphins and Colts.

Outside of Wes Welker and Lloyd suiting up each week, the Patriots have been plagued by injury at the receiver position, and with Rob Gronkowski out, it’s opened the door for Lloyd to be a relevant option in the passing game.

Will it continue as New England plays Jacksonville this weekend? Why not, as it would stand to benefit New England to have Lloyd playing well, as he possesses a threat to defenses as a weapon on the outside that can stretch the field. While the Patriots figure to make quick work of the Jaguars, Lloyd is worth starting in your lineup this week as at least a flex play start.


DeAngelo Williams A Must-Start?

 Now that Mike Shanahan has finally settled on one running back, we can easily point our fingers towards Carolina as the most frustrating backfield to trust in fantasy football. That said, with Jonathan Stewart out with ankle problems, DeAngelo Williams is being used as the main option at running back.

Expect Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert to continue to take away goal-line opportunities from Williams, but over the past two weeks, Williams has over 50 yards both running and receiving each week. Not only that, but Williams has a touchdown reception in both games and has a total 39 carries over the past two weeks.

Finally one of the Panthers' two talented running backs is getting enough touches to show us that they are still an effective option when given a chance. As long as Stewart is out, we should trust Williams as no less than a must-start flex play option against the Raiders defense.

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

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