Fantasy Football Heroes: Flex Rankings Week 12


Veterans Day was the other day. It had me thinking about all the men and women who have served for our nation. I think about all the sacrifices they must make so that we may have silly little things like freedom and fantasy football. There is no comparison between what I do and what they do. What they do has real meaning. I’m just a nerd with a sports obsession.

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With the fantasy football regular season winding down there are a lot of you who could use a hero on you’re team. You never know where a hero might come from. There are some players out there that could play a role on your team, possibly saving it from devastation. Players who, back in September you never thought you would be considering there services.

There a couple of players with some real fantasy relevance that went down this past weekend. Indianapolis running back Ahmad Bradshaw was lost for the season with an ankle injury. New Orleans rookie receiver Brandin Cooks is out the rest of the season due to surgery needed on his thumb. It’s not just injuries. Old age is affecting other players. In Oakland its getting more and more difficult for Maurice Jones-Drew to get on the field and the heck of a lot easier for Latavius Murray.

Here are a few players that could serve some use on your roster as you engage in your post-season mission.

Ryan Mallett – QB, Houston Texans: He showed some promise on Sunday. No, he’s not Peyton Manning. He’s not Ryan Fitzpatrick either. There was good reason for the Texans to trade for the four year pro away from New England. Texans HC Bill O’Brian was the New England offensive coordinator in 2011.. Mallett’s rookie season. He was part of the coaching staff who scouted and then drafted the quarterback out of the University of Arkansas. With a the Texans running game (Foster or  Blue) and the receiver weapons he has (Johnson and Hopkins) there is plenty of areas he can succeed.

Latavius Murray – RB, Oakland Raiders: It’s true that finding a Raider to positively affect your fantasy team is like finding a Leprechaun on top of a unicorn. The sheer fact that all they want to do in Oakland is have a nice long look at this kid bodes well for usage. What he does with the usage remains to be seen but he did show explosiveness on four carries last week. His sample size is very small and he does have a few tough match-ups down the stretch. Still, he is going to be used as a runner and a receiver. Even in tough match-ups he’s going to be the guy the offense is going through.

Kenny Stills– WR, New Orleans Saint: He had a couple flashes in his rookie campaign last season. This year, he’s played that old Robert Meachum role. With Cooks now on the shelf he’s going to have to run some of those old Devery Henderson routes. I actually picked him up in the league I had Cooks and I’m super excited. I understand my expectations on him have a chance of not coming to fruition. Still, having the vertical guy in a Drew Brees lead offense has got to hold some water here.

Kenny Britt – WR, St. Louis Rams: No, it’s not 2010 again. It may appear like it is due to the Jeff Fisher coached team throwing bombs to Britt down field. He is on pace to have the most receiving yards in his career since 2010. With a game at home versus the terrible Washington secondary and two contests on the road in San Diego and Oakland he has the match-ups to warrant an add in standard 10 team leagues. He should already be owned in  12-14 team leagues, but if he isn’t hurry and go get him. As a WR3 or even as someone’s flex he could be that little bonus you need to get past the rest of your league.

If you need any of these guys you’re probably on tough shape to begin with. That’s just fine. This is where warriors are made. If it was easy, then it wouldn’t be so damn rewarding at the end. One of these unusual suspects could be the hero your looking for.

Here are you fantasy football flex rankings for Week 12.

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