Flex rankings for Week 3 of the fantasy season

As the injury bug bites, it gets more and more difficult to choose a weekly flex play. Director of PFF Fantasy Jeff Ratcliffe is here to help.

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DeAngelo Williams

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Flex rankings for Week 3 of the fantasy season

On to Week 3. There were a number of injuries that impacted the fantasy landscape this past weekend, so pay close attention to all of the moving parts in this week’s top 150 flex rankings.

1. DeAngelo Williams, PIT (RB1) – Fantasy owners will get one more week of elite fantasy production out of Williams before Le’Veon Bell returns.

2. David Johnson, ARZ (RB2) – Gets a strong matchup against a Bills team that just gave up a huge day to Matt Forte.

3. Antonio Brown, PIT (WR1) – Despite last week’s down performance, you’re never benching Brown. Period.

4. Julio Jones, ATL (WR2) – Dealing with a calf injury, but is an elite fantasy option any time he’s on the field.

5. Mark Ingram, NO (RB3) – Only 27 touches so far, but found the end zone twice the last time he faced the Falcons.

6. Todd Gurley, LA (RB4) – It’s been rough for Gurley owners so far, but things get a little better this week against a middling Bucs defense.

7. Lamar Miller, HST (RB5) – The Texans have fed Miller 59 touches through the first two games. Only DeAngelo Williams has more.

8. C.J. Anderson, DEN (RB6) – Devontae Booker got some run in Week 2, but Anderson remains entrenched as the lead back.

9. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (RB7) – Despite poor yards per carry numbers, Elliott has found the end zone twice and ranks fifth in carries.

10. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG (WR3) – No scores yet for Beckham, but a big game is coming.

11. LeSean McCoy, BUF (RB8) – The Bills offense is lackluster so far, but McCoy averages nearly 20 touches per game.

12. Matt Forte, NYJ (RB9) – Monster Week 2 performance put Forte clearly in the RB1 conversation, but expect some regression in his touches.

13. DeAndre Hopkins, HST (WR4) – Target volume is down with Will Fuller in the mix, but still a top-end WR1.

14. Devonta Freeman, ATL (RB10) – Outplayed Tevin Coleman as runner in Week 2. Poised for a big game against a poor Saints defense.

15. Melvin Gordon, SD (RB11) – Vaults into RB1 territory in the wake of Danny Woodhead’s season-ending injury.

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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is 2016's second-most-accurate ranker in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

  • Vitor

    Blount over Parker or Maclin (flex)? I’m really having a hard time with the idea of starting LeGarrete. Houston’s got such a good D# and they will just load the box against Brisset.

  • DEV00100000

    Why is Forsett in the top 40 on this list? He’s in the worst RBBC in the league and hasn’t really done anything so far. I wouldn’t even put him in the top 60, maybe not even top 70. Top 40 means that you think he’s startable this week, I can’t really understand that call. In fact, I dropped him this week in a 10 team league for a potential late season bloomer. I’m not afraid of anyone picking him up, he has virtually no upside, and if he does have a big game, it’s likely no one would be comfortable putting him in their starting lineup anyway.