videoWhen Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6, the immediate reaction by many looking at the value of the team’s running backs and wide receivers was panic. Most simply presumed Brett Hundley would be a terrible fantasy option (which hasn’t been the case) and the team’s weapons would flounder (that’s not exactly true, either). Sure, those relying on Jordy Nelson might not be doing so anymore, but the Packers did have a running back rush for 131 yards and a touchdown in Hundley’s first start, and Davante Adams is coming off a 90-yard outing with a touchdown. And Nelson could easily have a relevant statistical game this Sunday. New quarterbacks don’t always wreck everything. Now we’ve got the panicking Buffalo Bills, despite holding the final AFC playoff spot, making a voluntary quarterback change to rookie Nathan Peterman -- and
videoThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins were supposed to meet at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami way back in Week 1, but Mother Nature intervened and the teams were forced to serve their bye weeks at the very beginning of the season, rather than this Sunday. Back then, things seemed otherwise positive for both the Bucs and Fins. The Buccaneers won more than they lost in 2016 and figured that QB Jameis Winston would continue to make strides, especially as the team added WR DeSean Jackson. The Dolphins were a playoff team last year and thought that replacing injured Ryan Tannehill with Jay Cutler wouldn’t alter their trajectory all that much.

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Week 11 fantasy football flex rankings 

November, 15, 2017
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video And finally, a week before Thanksgiving, we say farewell to those pesky bye weeks. Four more teams will sit out this week (Colts, Jets, 49ers, Panthers), the final four if you will, and then fantasy rosters won’t have to consider that annoying facet of NFL scheduling until next season. Everyone will then be in play, except for the injured, benched and, of course, the suspended. The PPR flex rankings are never suspended! We behave! Good luck in Week 11!

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Week 11 rest-of-season fantasy rankings 

November, 14, 2017
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videoOne might think it’s silly for rest-of-season rankings to still be coming out in mid-November, but this is the final full week of the regular season before not only Thanksgiving, but the trade deadline in ESPN leagues. This is when one probably needs the most help. Just seven weeks remain and, for most fantasy managers, it’s going to be a lot less than that. So get in there and take one writer’s opinion for what it is, and try to improve your teams!

Quarterback

Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz are the top two scorers from this position for the season, with the No. 1-ranked guy in sixth place. So why does Tom Brady continue to keep the top spot? Well, Brady is having a terrific season. He’s on pace for more than 5,000 passing yards. He has thrown just two interceptions. His remaining schedule, except for a Week 15 game in Pittsburgh, sure doesn’t seem to be too difficult. It looks far more challenging for Wilson and Wentz, but these guys have been excellent in fantasy all season. Don’t forget about some of the others you can count on who moved up this week, such as the Rams’ Jared Goff, the Jets’ Josh McCown and even Indianapolis' Jacoby Brissett. Hey, he’s the No. 13 quarterback for the season! Later in the quarterback rankings, there might seem to be a few strange names, including three Denver passers, but we know some of you play in more challenging two-QB formats or in leagues where quarterbacks can be a flex option. Minnesota’s Case Keenum is one spot ahead of Teddy Bridgewater, but I do expect that to change soon. Bridgewater is going to play. San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo remains ranked. He should play as well. Those relying on Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor won’t like this, but it sure seems like rookie Nathan Peterman could get his chance soon if Taylor doesn’t turn things around.

Running back

The big news at this position is, of course, that the Cowboys finally, mercifully, will need to turn to backups with Ezekiel Elliott suspended. Let me make something clear: As an Elliott manager with eyes on a deep playoff run, I’m not cutting him. He can return in Week 16 and when he does, there will be no time-share. Also, deep down I still don’t expect a full six games to be missed. So keep Elliott on fantasy rosters. Alfred Morris and Rod Smith look like they’re in a clear time-share and Darren McFadden -- the most-discussed running back this season with only one rushing attempt -- is No. 3 by a mile. However, all that could change at any point. The rankings reflect my thoughts, with Elliott falling quite a bit. There are other teams with more than one running back to consider, and the rankings were shaken up a bit as a result. Take the Patriots, for example, as if we can ever figure out that team. James White was barely a factor Sunday night, and now suddenly Rex Burkhead is. Dion Lewis certainly is. Mike Gillislee didn’t even dress in the win. Watch Gillislee rush for a pair of touchdowns in Week 11! That would be so Patriots! Anyway, fantasy managers need to consider each of White, Lewis and Burkhead, for now in that order. There was also a change in hierarchy for the Falcons -- Devonta Freeman could miss a few games -- the Browns and the Packers, with rookie Jamaal Williams likely becoming relevant.

Wide receiver

There’s a bunch of new players at this position to consider, not only for starting lineups but for roster spots. While there were some major alterations in the top 20, with Minnesota’s Adam Thielen moving to WR1 territory and Detroit’s Golden Tate and Denver’s Emmanuel Sanders earning our WR2 trust again, get to know the Rams’ Robert Woods, the Jets’ Robby Anderson, the Giants’ Sterling Shepard, Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster and others. Well, you likely know them, but consider them as at least flex options, depending on the matchup. This is the final week of byes and several of these guys could be WR2 choices the way they’re playing. Even for those in deeper formats, there should be relevance for Chicago's Dontrelle Inman, Cincinnati's Brandon LaFell, Indianapolis' Chester Rogers and exciting Jacksonville rookie Dede Westbrook, expected to debut this week.

Tight end

Giants rookie Evan Engram continues to play so well that it wouldn’t be surprising if he eventually took over the top spot. Hey, nothing against the great Rob Gronkowski, but Engram has now scored touchdowns in four consecutive games. His quarterback doesn’t have a ton of options. Engram is terrific. Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce come off bye weeks to strong matchups, so suddenly this position sees four legitimate No. 1 options. Meanwhile, a former No. 1 option in Carolina’s Greg Olsen could return from injury for his team’s next game. See if Olsen was dropped in your league.

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Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY SportsMark Ingram and Saints backfield partner Alvin Kamara each rushed for at least 100 yards in Week 10.
The New Orleans Saints won their seventh consecutive game on Sunday with an impressive 47-10 drubbing of the Buffalo Bills, achieving this on the road and without the aid of quarterback Drew Brees throwing for some ridiculous number of yards and a myriad of touchdowns. In fact, Brees threw for nary a score, and for the sixth consecutive game, he did not reach as many as 20 fantasy points. These Saints rely on a fantastic and versatile running game -- even Brees scrambled for a score for the first time in four years -- and an underrated but surging defense to win games. And it sure is working.

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videoTo me, the most interesting game on this week’s slate is the Sunday night option with Tom Brady taking on Von Miller. Other players are involved, of course, but the New England Patriots are coming off their bye week for a road tilt in the thin air of Colorado. Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos are a mess on both sides of the football, with Brock Osweiler at quarterback and a defense coming off a 51-point shredding in Philadelphia. Does that mean Brady will have a great game and, if so, should fantasy managers shy away from the Denver defense not only this week but moving forward?

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This week, the Minnesota Vikings fully intend to start Case Keenum at quarterback. By Week 11, who knows? It could be Teddy Bridgewater, but it definitely won’t be Sam Bradford. The latest news that Bradford’s season is over could tempt fantasy managers into worrying about wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs plus tight end Kyle Rudolph. Should it? It’s not as if Bradford was Tom Brady, and Keenum has been good enough to make Thielen the No. 16 wide receiver scorer in PPR for the season. Diggs, on a per-game basis, is actually the No. 5 wide receiver for the season.

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Week 10 fantasy football flex rankings 

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Chuck Cook-USA TODAY SportsRookie Alvin Kamara has been on a roll, but is he ranked higher than backfield mate Mark Ingram?
It's Week 10, and we’re getting to the point where we can’t keep the suspensions straight. One guy did something last year, and another started a melee this past week, and one is out, and the other might be, and ... it can get confusing. The flex rankings are posted on Wednesdays but the staff rankings are updated through Saturday night, so make sure you keep up with the news and activate the players actually playing in the games, because these situations can be, well, fluid. The flex rankings aren’t. Here they are. Let’s flex! 1. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: Still leads the NFL in targets, and he’s coming off his bye week.

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video There are many changes in this week’s version of the end-of-season rankings as we aim to characterize proper value for players the rest of the way. We know what they’ve already done. What will they do? It’s not so clear for some players, especially a certain running back who might or might not play this week and the next five after that, and there’s a former top wide receiver who hasn’t played since 2014 back to potential relevance, but we do our best! Good luck to you, and remember, just a few more weeks of fantasy trading season!

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video Below-average quarterback play can obviously affect the production of a top wide receiver. Just ask those who relied on Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last season, a longtime star whose awesome production cratered in 2016 because the team’s quarterbacks couldn’t get him the football. Much of the time, however, a top wide receiver can overcome virtually anything. Those relying on Hopkins had to enter Week 9 with concerns after starting quarterback Deshaun Watson shredded a knee this week, rendering him out for rest of the season and forcing backup Tom Savage back into play.

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video While everyone will surely be watching to see what the Dallas Cowboys end up doing with their remaining running backs on Sunday, the team on the other side of the field will bring one of the most prolific offenses to AT&T Stadium. Still, some fantasy managers aren’t yet convinced. The Kansas City Chiefs boast the top two fantasy scorers using PPR scoring for the season in quarterback Alex Smith and running back Kareem Hunt, while tight end Travis Kelce is tied for 19th overall and wide receiver Tyreek Hill is 25th. No other NFL team boasts more than two players in the top 25.

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video The immediate reaction in the fantasy world to the announcement that the Denver Broncos were switching quarterbacks from Trevor Siemian to Brock Osweiler for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles really shouldn’t be a positive one. I originally had ranked Siemian as the No. 24 quarterback before Wednesday’s news -- which isn’t exactly great since only 26 teams are playing in Week 9. Osweiler, however, earns my No. 26 spot. That, my friends, is confidence!

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video OK, so we’ve advanced through September and October and now we’ve got November football. Is it any different than the first two months? Well, the stakes are higher for most fantasy owners as the playoff brackets start to take shape, so the decisions become pretty important. We’re here to help, as we combine the best of the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into one list, PPR-style. Time to flex! 1. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans: His rookie quarterback is tremendous and so is the matchup this week. Hopkins should end up a top-five WR, at least. 2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys: Will he play or won’t he? So tired of this. Until he’s officially ruled out for Sunday, I’m ranking him. And if he sits, no Cowboys running back would crack the top 50 on this list for me. (Editor's note: As of this posting, Elliott is suspended for this week’s game, but that could change and an official ruling is expected by Friday.) 3. Todd Gurley II, RB, Rams: More than 100 rushing yards in four of five games. He’s pretty safe. 4. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Couldn’t score touchdowns in consecutive weeks, but has had big games versus Carolina in the recent past. 5. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals 6. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills: From being judged as too old a fortnight ago to being beloved again. 7. Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs: Set such a high bar the first few weeks that his recent ones look disappointing. Don’t panic. 8. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars: Bengals are defensively sturdy, but when you get this much volume, you’ll get the numbers. 9. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints: Home game plus Buccaneers matchup should get him to 100 receiving yards. 10. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers: Of course, he should get to triple digits as well. 11. Lamar Miller, RB, Texans: Watson’s emergence helps Miller as well. And Miller’s backup running back didn’t have a rushing attempt last week. 12. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints: There’s enough volume for both Saints running backs to thrive. 13. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons: Would be nice to see some big numbers from him again. 14. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: Potential loss of Elliott could boost his value some. 15. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks: Not the top Russell Wilson target every game anymore, but still highly regarded. 16. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs 17. DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans: Perhaps the bye week will get him going. He’s reached 60 rushing yards only once. If it doesn’t, that’s a big problem. 18. Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints 19. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers 20. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: Will be interesting to see if Brett Hundley has more success finding him. Packers are coming off their bye week as well. 21. Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders 22. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos 23. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers 24. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers 25. Aaron Jones, RB, Packers: Have to think he’ll continue to see many carries. 26. Will Fuller V, WR, Texans: Two touchdowns per game is too much to ask, but it doesn’t have to stop with this matchup. 27. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Would have been nice to see him traded to a contender, instead of waiting for Drew Stanton to find him. But he should find him. 28. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles 29. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs 30. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins: Trade of team’s top running back shouldn’t adversely affect Landry. 31. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders: And you thought he’d play like a star consistently once he finally had the breakout game! 32. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Bills: Have to admit I might be a bit surprised if he suits up for Thursday’s game after being acquired Tuesday. Be careful here. Check the inactives. 33. Davante Adams, WR, Packers 34. Golden Tate, WR, Lions: Appreciate him playing through injury on Sunday night and playing well. 35. Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins: Clearly the running back to roster from this team, even in tough matchups, which this might not really be based on Week 8. 36. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos: Eagles still doing a great job against the run. 37. Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals: Not saying you drop the guy, but he’s not looking like an RB2 anymore. 38. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks 39. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Perhaps I’m more generous than others, but he’s still a fantastic player who has had big games this year. 40. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles 41. Devin Funchess, WR, Panthers: Figures to see a few more targets after the Benjamin trade, but don’t expect immediate greatness. Curtis Samuel should get a chance, too. 42. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos: Might play, might not play. With Brock Osweiler at the helm, don’t assume the Broncos exploit the Philly secondary. 43. DeSean Jackson, WR, Buccaneers 44. Pierre Garcon, WR, 49ers: As of this posting, we don’t expect Jimmy Garoppolo to start this week. In time it will make a difference. 45. Adrian Peterson, RB, Cardinals: Thought he retired after Week 7? Nah, they were just on bye. 46. Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons 47. Frank Gore, RB, Colts: Coming off his best game with 82 rushing yards. He can still be relevant. 48. Evan Engram, TE, Giants 49. Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles: He has outscored Alshon Jeffery, which is indeed surprising but could continue. 50. Rishard Matthews, WR, Titans 51. Javorius Allen, RB, Ravens 52. Alex Collins, RB, Ravens: Definitely intriguing if he keeps getting the carries, but let’s see it in a game that doesn’t end 40-0. 53. Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants: He’s not going to be Eli’s top target. It’s going to be the tight end. 54. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Falcons: He’s not his team’s top target, but he’s doing nice work. 55. Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Lions 56. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions 57. Bilal Powell, RB, Jets 58. Marlon Mack, RB, Colts: Have to think at some point soon the Colts start giving him a consistent 15-plus touches per week. Invest in advance. 59. Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Saints: First 1,000-yard season is within reach. No, it’s true! 60. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Jets 61. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: Don’t you forget about him. Still a good PPR option as long as he’s healthy, which we think he is. 62. Jay Ajayi, RB, Eagles: Not used to seeing his name this far down in the flex ranks, but it’s his first week with the Eagles and no guarantee he sees volume. Plus, they’re playing Denver. 63. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Eagles 64. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders: Back from suspension, but should you care? 65. Paul Richardson, WR, Seahawks: Not seeing consistent targets each week, but making big plays. Nearly had a third touchdown in Week 8. 66. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks 67. Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers 68. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Jets 69. Jack Doyle, TE, Colts: Fantasy managers seem to be relying on the wrong tight ends, while guys like Doyle are available. 70. Matt Forte, RB, Jets 71. Orleans Darkwa, RB, Giants: Certainly could matter if the Giants are able to establish a running game, but this ranking doesn’t portend optimism. 72. Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams 73. Robert Woods, WR, Rams 74. Ty Montgomery, RB, Packers 75. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: Hey, he scored the team’s first non-quarterback rushing touchdown! But he still didn’t crack double digits in PPR! 76. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans 77. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans: Deep down he’d probably disappoint if he became the starter, because expectations are just so high. 78. DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins: Maybe he plays, but maybe it doesn’t really matter. 79. Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins: And yet Parker edges out the Miami running backs. Hard to believe Drake will succeed where Ajayi could not. 80. Damien Williams, RB, Dolphins: The pass-catcher of the tandem. 81. Rob Kelley, RB, Redskins 82. Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars 83. Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins: Whoa, that was a nice Week 8 for him, so perhaps he matters again. 84. Robby Anderson, WR, Jets 85. Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins: Keep hearing how he’s the breakout guy, but he caught one pass last week. 86. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Ravens 87. Theo Riddick, RB, Lions: Those who have him on their fantasy team are aware of just how underwhelming he has been. 88. Wendell Smallwood, RB, Eagles: Could make the case he’s still going to be catching passes out of the backfield. 89. Sammy Watkins, WR, Rams: He had his Amari Cooper-like breakout game more than a month ago and hasn’t come close to sustaining it. 90. Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars 91. Chris Ivory, RB, Jaguars: Kind of disappointing when Fournette was out, but he’s back now. 92. Matt Breida, RB, 49ers: Scored a touchdown in Philadelphia last week and looks intriguing if he gets a chance. 93. Eric Decker, WR, Titans 94. Jared Cook, TE, Raiders 95. John Brown, WR, Cardinals 96. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers 97. Kenny Stills, WR, Dolphins 98. DeAndre Washington, RB, Raiders: Looks to be first in line should Lynch miss a future game. 99. Jalen Richard, RB, Raiders 100. Corey Davis, WR, Titans: Intriguing fellow who last played in Week 2. Looked good in Week 1. Others: Mike Wallace, WR, Ravens; Jordan Matthews, WR, Bills; Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys; Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys; Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals; Eddie Lacy, RB, Seahawks; Jamaal Charles, RB, Broncos; Willie Snead, WR, Saints; Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks; Shane Vereen, RB, Giants; Alfred Morris, RB, Cowboys; Darren McFadden, RB, Cowboys

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video Now that the entertaining trade deadline has passed, there doesn’t figure to be much movement among NFL players. Among fantasy options, however, there remains ample time to make trades, so get in there and make your teams better. The goal of the end-of-season rankings is to inform and entertain, like all our other work at ESPN Fantasy, but certainly, fantasy managers can use them to make trades, figure out free-agent pickups and more.

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video It is entirely one thing for a rookie quarterback in his sixth career start to become the first to ever throw for more than 400 passing yards with four passing touchdowns while also rushing for more than 50 yards in one game, but to execute these historic statistics against the mighty Seattle Seahawks and in their stadium is quite ridiculous. Still, this is what Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson achieved Sunday in arguably the best football game of the season, a 41-38 Seahawks win because veteran Russell Wilson and his team’s defense were just a little bit better.

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