Plugging in your fantasy studs at RB, QB, and WR is easy; sorting out the fringes of your roster, not so much. We agonize over these decisions until 5 minutes before kickoff, then kick ourselves about the guys we started 10 minutes after kickoff. We’re talking about the WR/TE Flex and WR/RB Flex plays, and they’re a pain in the friggin’ arse.
Our Position Rankings now include more running backs and wide receivers, so you can now refer to those ranks for your WR3 and RB2 options. ETB’s Cheat Sheet only focuses on those crucial flex-spot ranks.
Week 15 Cheat Sheet Rankings
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Week 15 RB/WR Flex Plays
1. Kevin Jones, Detroit @ SD
2. Chester Taylor, Minnesota vs. CHI
3. Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis @ OAK
4. Adrian Peterson, Chicago @ MIN
5. Kolby Smith, Kansas City vs. TEN
6. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City vs. HOU
7. Brandon Stokley, Denver @ HOU
8. Fred Taylor, Jacksonville @ PIT
9. Jabar Gafney, New England vs. NYJ
10. Jerious Norwood, Atlanta @ TB
Fortune Cookies: Welcome to Mr.
Toad Martz’s Wild Ride. Will Kevin Jones get 20+ carries? He’s gotten at least 100 total yards and a TD every time that’s happened—all three times… The Minnesota offensive line is opening massive holes right now, and Chicago is trotting out one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL. We think Chester Taylor has a great chance to score in the Metrodome this week… Anthony Gonzalez is “The Man,” as Peyton Manning put it this week, and should thrive against an Oakland secondary that doesn’t stop No.2 WRs… This is about as bad a matchup as any RB can see, but Adrian Peterson stays active in the passing game and Minnesota let Frank Gore catch 8 passes last week… Kolby Smith is not expected to be at full strength this weekend and that offensive line is in shambles, but he’s the featured back there and has a chance to punch one in with modest yardage… Dwayne Bowe has really cooled off lately, but he should be a primary target for Croyle in Arrowhead and Gonzo is back to drawing coverage to his side of the field… You’ll want to check Brandon Stokley’s status before kickoff on Sunday, but we think he’ll go. If so, he should be a decent flex play against a sagging Houston pass defense and opposite newly minted stud Brandon Marshall… It’s hard to bench Fred Taylor right now with the way he’s playing, but the matchup bumps him down to mediocre flex status for this week. Pittsburgh is brutal to opposing backs, and Taylor is no lock to get the carries on the goal line… Jabar Gaffney was involved in his most snaps of the season last week and has overtaken Donte’ Stallworth as the Pats WR3. The weather conditions may be rough, but you have to think New England is going to pile on the points against Mangini and the franchise that accused them of cheating earlier this year… Jerious Norwood has been playing better than Dunn all season and is a threat to take it the distance on any play, and yet hasn’t received double-digit carries yet this season. With HC Bobby Petrino resigning, perhaps the coaching staff will come to their senses and get him the ball, but either way he should be active in a matchup against the Tampa-2 that takes away receivers over the top.
Week 15 WR/TE Flex Plays
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1. Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh vs. JAX
2. Calvin Johnson, Detroit @ SD
3. Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis @ OAK
4. Brandon Stokley, Denver @ HOU
5. Benjamin Watson, New England vs. NYJ
6. Jabar Gafney, New England vs. NYJ
7. Vernon Davis, San Francisco vs. CIN
8. Amani Toomer, New York Giants vs. WSH
9. Owen Daniels, Houston vs. DEN
10. Shaun McDonald, Detroit @ SD
Fortune Cookies: His quarterback has missed two practices this week with a sore shoulder, but Santonio Holmes seems to be slowly working his way back from his ankle injury and is a strong bet to score… It just doesn’t make any sense that Calvin Johnson is still so uninvolved in the Detroit passing attack, but we’re assuming that Mike Martz will realize that he has lots of size on San Diego’s smallish corners and gets him some redzone looks… We’re pretty keen on rookie Gonzalez’s prospects this week against Oakland, especially with the way he’s been rolling as of late (13 catches, 261 yards, 2 TDs in his last three)… Though currently listed as “questionable,” Stokley has been quietly productive in the slot for Denver, and if he’s active should be good for 3-4 catches and a possible score… The five touchdowns in the season’s first five weeks for Benjamin Watson seem like eons ago, but we have a hunch that damn near every offensive player is going to score this week (hell, maybe even Laurence Maroney!)… And that includes Gafney… If Vernon Davis is to post decent yardage and a score or two over the last three weeks here, you’d think it’d be against the hopeless Bungles and their hopeless defense… Do you enjoy starting Amani Toomer during the fantasy playoffs? No, we didn’t think so, but he’s been pretty consistent these past five weeks, averaging 4 receptions and 53 yards/per. Not especially exciting, but c’mon, it’s Amani Toomer… We’re much more comfortable rolling with Owen Daniels when Matt Schaub is behind center, but his only 2 TDs of the season have come in the past three weeks… In case you haven’t noticed, Shaun McDonald is exactly 200 yards away from going over 1,000 yards receiving this year. Last week in the first game w/o Roy Williams in the lineup, McDonald caught 8 passes for 96 yards.
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