Flex rankings for Week 7 of the fantasy season

The absence of Ben Roethlisberger and a great matchup for a star WR has a shakeup atop this week's flex rankings, says Jeff Ratcliffe.

| 8 months ago
(AP Photo/Frank Victores)

(AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Flex rankings for Week 7 of the fantasy season

The bye weeks are in full swing and injuries are making the start/sit decisions more complicated than ever, especially at the flex position. To help you with those choices, here’s this week’s edition of the flex rankings:

1. A.J. Green, CIN (WR1) – Second in the league in targets, Green gets a fantastic matchup against a Browns secondary that just got torched by Kendall Wright.

2. DeMarco Murray, TEN (RB1) – Playing inspired football, Murray is third among running backs in touches (142) and faces a Colts team that has given up 100-plus rushing yards in five of their six games.

3. David Johnson, ARI (RB2) – It’s a tough matchup for Johnson this week, but you simply can’t fade the No. 1 fantasy running back this week.

4. Julio Jones, ATL (WR2) – He went for over 100 yards and a score against the Seahawks last week. Things are much easier this week against the Chargers.

5. LeSean McCoy, BUF (RB3) – One of just three running backs with at least 100 carries and 20 catches, McCoy is a bell cow in a strong matchup against the Dolphins.

6. Le’Veon Bell, PIT (RB4) – Backsliding a bit without Ben Roethlisberger, Bell will still see volume and remains an RB1 play.

7. Devonta Freeman, ATL (RB5) – He’s clearly ahead of Tevin Coleman in Falcons’ backfield and gets an enticing matchup this week.

8. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG (WR3) – Can we get an encore? Beckham finally broke out and faces a Rams defense that got lit up by the Lions last week.

9. Todd Gurley, LA (RB6) – The efficiency hasn’t been there, but Gurley has seen the fourth-most touches (134) among running backs this season.

10. Melvin Gordon, SD (RB7) – Remember when Gordon was a “bust”? He has seven scores so far and continues to see heavy volume in the Chargers offense.

11. Mike Evans, TB (WR4) – Speaking of heavy volume, Evans leads all wide receivers in targets per game.

12. Antonio Brown, PIT (WR5) – His value takes a hit without Ben Roethlisberger, but Brown did put up 124 yards with Landry Jones under center in Week 7 last season.

13. Jordy Nelson, GB (WR6) – Despite the Packers inconsistencies, Nelson has five scores in five games. They’ll lean on the pass without Eddie Lacy.

14. Christine Michael, SEA (RB8) – Michael has a tough matchup against the Cards, but he has 56 carries and four scores over the last three games.

15. Lamar Miller, HOU (RB9) – He finally broke out last week, but Miller faces the Broncos this week. Volume should be in his favor, but Miller is a volatile fantasy option.

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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.

  • Steve Revak

    Why is Jeremy Hill ranked so high? How can you rank him over Bernard when Bernard is getting the much higher % of snaps?