Fantasy football flex rankings for Week 13

Eric Karabell
ESPN PLUS


The bye weeks are completed and the fantasy playoffs are coming up soon, so the roster decisions one makes take on even more importance. Well, that is why we are here! As always, we combine the best of the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into one long list to aid in your decision-making, and while there are a few injuries and a notable suspension subtracting a key player, no teams are off. Fantasy managers are never off! Best of luck flexing in Week 13!

1. Todd Gurley II, RB, Los Angeles Rams: That was not a fun week sans the top running back in fantasy. Gurley is back and enjoy it while you can, because the Rams could sit him in late December.
2. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: The No. 8 running back for the season returns from bye as well and has two games remaining with Oakland. Sign us up!
3. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers: His Week 12 performance was the best in fantasy this season, including the quarterbacks.
4. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: Like Hunt, Kamara boasts only one game of 100 rushing yards. Like Hunt, it just does not matter.
5. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants: Only concern now would be the Giants sitting him out of series like they strangely did in Week 12. Makes no sense.
6. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Saints are third best in preventing fantasy points to running backs, but some of that is because trailing teams throw. Elliott should get numbers.
7. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Ravens are third best in preventing fantasy points to wide receivers, but again, this is a special player. Do not worry.
8. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Somewhat quiet statistically the past two games, but no worries.
9. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Back to 100 receiving yards after a two-game absence.
10. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
12. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Again, he is playing the Raiders off a bye week. Perhaps I did not rank him well enough.
13. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers has somewhat modest numbers, but Adams is having a career season.
14. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
15. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants: If Eli Manning cannot get him the ball, there is not much Beckham can do. Still, it is a high floor.
16. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Bad team, great player overcoming it.
17. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns: Yep, he is this good, blossoming into a top-10 RB. The Texans have stopped the run lately, but Chubb catches passes, too.
18. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Loss of Andy Dalton should not harm Mixon's production much, if at all.
19. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Has scored a touchdown in each of his past three games and caught 31 passes in that span. It is not just Thielen.
21. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers: He is carrying managers to playoff berths. Would have been nice if he played more in September.
22. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos: The No. 11 PPR running back for the season is barely sharing touches now.
23. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Has topped 100 receiving yards twice as much as his colleague Brown has.
24. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
25. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Has not reached 15 PPR points in three consecutive games, so while he is the No. 6 RB for the season, the recent numbers tell more.
26. Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff is back from the bye, too.
27. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
28. Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots
29. Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Where was this version of Miller last season, when he never topped 75 rushing yards in a game? Now he is breaking 97-yard plays.
30. Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Hop on the Gus bus because it will take you far.
31. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
32. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions: Loss of Marvin Jones Jr. did not affect how I view Golladay.
33. James White, RB, New England Patriots: The return of Rex Burkheadprobably affects White more than Michel. Then again, Bill Belichick could bench them both for Rex.
34. Mark Ingram II, RB, New Orleans Saints
35. Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
36. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: It looks good for him to return this week, but let's not assume he plays every game the rest of the way, either.
37. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
38. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
39. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
40. Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Not an easy matchup for him in Seattle.
41. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: He replaces Melvin Gordon, but presuming he does what Gordon does statistically is a bit crazy.
42. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Dallas should be throwing on Thursday.
43. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans: Game-breaker simply needs more consistency.
44. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Still not the least bit impressive statistically except for a few big plays since the return.
45. Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Has not reached 12 PPR points in any of his past three games, and this opponent plays strong defense.
46. Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots
47. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
48. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Jaguars defense has slipped, but still tops against fantasy running backs.
49. Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Finally getting some real touches, and opposing runners have enjoyed facing Washington of late.
50. Carlos Hyde, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Nice work, Leonard Fournette. Nice work. Big game for Hyde to prove himself.
51. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Three wide receivers have more touchdown catches. That is it, three.
52. DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
53. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
54. Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Should regain lost targets with Jack Doyle shut down. Ebron could end up leading the NFL in receiving touchdowns.
55. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Looked fine in Week 12, but clearly he is not 100 percent healthy.
56. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
57. Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
58. Dion Lewis, RB, Tennessee Titans
59. Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins: Weird season of all-or-nothing performances.
60. Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins: Eagles have permitted at least 39 PPR points to running backs in each of the past three games, but Peterson has a way of being inconsistent.
61. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions: Seems unlikely he plays this week, so plan ahead.
62. Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns: Keep him rostered, but no longer has to be active in fantasy.
63. Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
64. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
65. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: He figures to be productive with Fournette missing the game, too.
66. Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders: Pass-catching running backs are valuable.
67. Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions: Just do not make Riddick a top-25 RB even if the rookie sits out.
68. Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
69. Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: More productive than everyone seems to realize.
70. Golden Tate, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: I give up.
71. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Houston Texans: Scored two touchdowns Monday, but volume remains low.
72. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
73. Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
74. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
75. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers: Quiet the past two weeks with two total catches on five targets. Perhaps a trip home helps.
76. Doug Martin, RB, Oakland Raiders: This is what Lamar Miller did last season. Every week it is between 50 and 70 rushing yards, and little else
77. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: Such a lost opportunity in the Eagles loss.
78. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons
79. Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Perhaps he plays this week, and if so, the matchup is nice.
80. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: He will surprise next season, in a positive way.
81. Isaiah Crowell, RB, New York Jets
82. Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns: The Browns fooled everyone!
83. Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
84. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
85. Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders: Back to top-10 tight end status.
86. DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Thumb injury could end his season soon.
87. Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos: Not making much case to keep him rostered, but Denver's schedule is appealing.
88. Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams
89. Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Missed Week 12 game with personal issue, not an injury.
90. Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals
91. Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Just a hunch he is going to be relevant this week and next.
92. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Only four catches for 20 total yards the past fortnight.
93. Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings
94. Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys
95. Michael Crabtree, WR, Baltimore Ravens
96. Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears
97. Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos
98. Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks
99. Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins: Needs 405 rushing yards in final five games for 1,000. That would be sweet!
100. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts


Others: Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints; Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans; Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons; Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons; Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets; Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets; Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers; Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers; Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens; LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions; Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears; Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins; Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks; John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens; Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals