Week 3 flex rankings

Updated: September 24, 2009, 3:45 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

This might be the year of the tight ends. As I noted in blogs earlier this week, it's not just Dallas Clark who is off to a great start. I had a tough time narrowing my top 10 in the rankings at that position this week. I still think there are 14 or 15 tight ends who easily could be regarded as starters in a 10-team fantasy league. Well, that's part of the reason flex rankings can be really helpful. Jeremy Shockey didn't make my top 10 at tight end, but he makes the top 100 here. Compare his rank to that of one of your flex possibilities, like the Baltimore Ravens' Le'Ron McClain or the Washington Redskins' Antwaan Randle El. You might be surprised.

Anyway, let's get right to it, with the Week 3 flex rankings. Remember, we're talking standard leagues here but adding the twist of tight end flexibility.

1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Talk to me when Brett Favre has more passing yards than Peterson has rushing yards. Even then, I'll make Peterson first here every week until further notice.
2. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
3. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: See Tristan Cockcroft's Called Out article for more, but I think Johnson can run on any defense.
4. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
5. Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins
6. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: He's not going away anytime soon, no matter what Marshawn Lynch does.
7. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Averaging 2.2 yards per carry and has a mere five catches so far. Nope, I am not at all worried. The Seahawks are in trouble.
8. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
9. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
10. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
11. Ryan Grant, RB, Packers: Not off to as bad a start as people think. He's scoring touchdowns.
12. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants: He and his backup are going to go off on the Buccaneers this week.
13. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
14. Marques Colston, WR, Saints
15. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: This is the week Jake Delhomme puts it all together. The Cowboys aren't at all impressive in the secondary.
16. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: Can't give up hope yet.
17. Dallas Clark, TE, Colts
18. Randy Moss, WR, Patriots: Can't give up hope here, either.
19. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
20. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
21. Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys: I would have had a healthy Marion Barber in this spot. Even if Barber plays at this point, he won't get this good a rank. Of course, if Barber plays, neither will Jones.
22. Willis McGahee, RB, Ravens: Taking some of the Ray Rice yards and most of the Le'Ron McClain touchdowns. Neat trick.
23. Greg Jennings, WR, Packers
24. Roddy White, WR, Falcons: Averaging merely 8.6 yards per catch. Can't really blame that on Tony Gonzalez. But it's early, and the Patriots are vulnerable.
25. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
26. Anquan Boldin, WR, Cardinals
27. Kevin Smith, RB, Lions: One of these days, he'll have to run for 140 yards and win the game himself. Could be this week.
28. Thomas Jones, RB, Jets
29. Steve Slaton, RB, Texans: This is the last week you can buy low.
30. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
31. Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers
32. Terrell Owens, WR, Bills
33. Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins: Might be the last week you can sell high.
34. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons
35. Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers
36. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: Watch Matt Cassel keep the Chiefs in this game into the fourth quarter. Eagles fans should not look past this game. Bowe can beat the Eagles deep.
37. Brian Westbrook, RB, Eagles: If this guy were healthy, the Chiefs probably wouldn't be in this game into the fourth quarter. You don't have to use Westbrook. He might not play much.
38. Darren Sproles, RB, Chargers: This rank is predicated on LaDainian Tomlinson's sitting this game out. And yes, Sproles is a better version of Reggie Bush but still not a great rusher.
39. Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals
40. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
41. Hines Ward, WR, Steelers
42. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
43. John Carlson, TE, Seahawks
44. Reggie Bush, RB, Saints: If both Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell are hurting, he has to get more touches.
45. Willie Parker, RB, Steelers: It would be nice if he were healthy, wouldn't it? Seems like everyone already has given up on "Fast Willie."
46. Donald Driver, WR, Packers
47. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
48. Lee Evans, WR, Bills
49. Roy E. Williams, WR, Cowboys
50. Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals: Obviously a tough matchup, but as the team's main source of carries, he's still usable.
51. Michael Bush, RB, Raiders
52. Chris Cooley, TE, Redskins: Still Washington's top receiving option.
53. Bernard Berrian, WR, Vikings: At some point, Favre will throw the football downfield. It's in his blood. And Berrian will be waiting.
54. Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers
55. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: The mistake his owners are making is assuming he's off to a bad start. He's doing very well, sans the touchdowns.
56. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: Hedging a bit here. I say he plays but not all that well.
57. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens
58. Steve Smith, WR, Giants: Be careful not to expect 100 yards every week. The catches are legit, though.
59. Joseph Addai, RB, Colts: Running out of time to hold off the rookie.
60. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals
61. Owen Daniels, TE, Texans
62. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots
63. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seahawks: Not going to be as much fun for him now that Matt Hasselbeck is sitting.
64. Santana Moss, WR, Redskins
65. Brandon Marshall, WR, Broncos
66. Larry Johnson, RB, Chiefs
67. Donald Brown, RB, Colts
68. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings: Has more rushing yards than Chester Taylor. Guess that's why I'm not ranking Taylor anymore.
69. Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Dolphins: He's coming off an 11-reception game, but it doesn't feel like anyone's buying.
70. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos
71. Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins
72. Julius Jones, RB, Seahawks
73. Derrick Ward, RB, Buccaneers: Revenge against the former team!
74. Earl Bennett, WR, Bears
75. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
76. Mario Manningham, WR, Giants: Oh, I think I've written about him enough this week.
77. Brent Celek, TE, Eagles
78. Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals: Will he plant Bengals fans in the stands this week? Wait, the game is at home. Like I said …
79. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars: Yes, I do like him better than Torry Holt now. That didn't take long.
80. LenDale White, RB, Titans: They're just not getting any goal line carries.
81. Jamal Lewis, RB, Browns
82. Braylon Edwards, WR, Browns: Told you in August I liked him better with Derek Anderson. Didn't think it would be so pronounced, so early.
83. Tashard Choice, RB, Cowboys: Honestly thought he'd do better in these rankings, but it's hard to tell how busy he'll be.
84. Johnny Knox, WR, Bears
85. Todd Heap, TE, Ravens
86. Correll Buckhalter, RB, Broncos
87. Devery Henderson, WR, Saints
88. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Jets
89. Fred Taylor, RB, Patriots
90. Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins
91. Kellen Winslow, TE, Buccaneers
92. Leon Washington, RB, Jets
93. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: Even if Westbrook is limited, I don't assume he'll simply replace those stats.
94. Nate Burleson, WR, Seahawks
95. Jeremy Shockey, TE, Saints
96. Chansi Stuckey, WR, Jets
97. Le'Ron McClain, RB, Ravens
98. Antwaan Randle El, WR, Redskins
99. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
100. Ladell Betts, RB, Redskins: You'd think he'd be a dark-horse guy for second-half yards when the game gets out of hand … but that presumes the Redskins will get this game out of hand. Still, there were solid players who didn't get ranked at all.