[Editor's note: This list was updated after the Thursday games.]
One of the good things about the flex position in fantasy football is that owners can choose from a large pool of both running backs and wide receivers -- and in some cases tight ends -- so why not make the position work for you? For instance, none of your players on those six teams that play on Thanksgiving should be in your flex spot.
I'll explain. Cedric Benson might or might not play this weekend, and it's too early to tell right now which way he's leaning. Say Benson is in one of your running back slots, while Marion Barber is in your flex spot. Barber plays Thursday against the Oakland Raiders -- and he's going to play well! -- and you're not benching him, but if you leave Barber in that flex spot, and Benson in the running back slot, you have fewer options should Benson be deemed unable to dress for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. It might be a small thing to some, but it can really matter. Put Benson in your flex spot, and if we find out Sunday morning he can't play, you can use a running back or wide receiver in that spot. Hey, every advantage matters. Use Barber in that spot, and there goes the versatility.
Happy Thanksgiving and good luck in Week 12!
1. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: Why can't he run for 2,000 yards? He's still the best, even if he doesn't get the goal-line looks.
2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Just one yard short of 1,000 right now. Gee, think he'll get it?
3. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
4. Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins: That was a fast rise, eh? Only reason I have him this high is the Bills are just awful against the run. And Ricky can run.
5. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
6. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: Just imagine if he scored more touchdowns. I'm guessing his owners are doing just that.
7. Thomas Jones, RB, Jets
8. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
10. Ryan Grant, RB, Packers: A lot better than people realize.
11. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans: Still largely uncoverable, just like Moss.
12. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
13. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
14. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
15. Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals: Indications are he'll be back, just in time to ravage the Browns.
16. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots: Amazing how great his season stats look despite missing two games.
17. Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings: Just like that, Rice is a top-10 wide receiver.
18. Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals: Probably not doing much talking after losing in Oakland.
19. Jason Snelling, RB, Falcons: Terrific first start, and he shouldn't have any problem running the ball this week. There is a slight possibility Michael Turner returns; if he does, he would rank just ahead of Benson for me.
20. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Chargers: Still scoring touchdowns, so it really could be a lot worse.
22. Laurence Maroney, RB, Patriots: Mock me if you must, but Maroney is scoring touchdowns every week. I can't see how he loses significant touches unless the fumbles add up.
23. Joseph Addai, RB, Colts: Of all the Colts who might get rested, he would seem the most obvious, since he has a backup at about his level.
25. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers: Tough matchup, but teams have run on the Ravens this season. Benson did.
26. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: Still worth RB2 status even without the touchdowns. And the schedule actually gets easier for him.
27. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars
28. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: Eventual Offensive Rookie of the Year really ran with authority in Week 11.
30. Marques Colston, WR, Saints: Ceding touchdowns of late, but he's still the top target.
32. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
33. Nate Burleson, WR, Seahawks: Time for this passing offense to move on after the Vikings loss.
34. Hines Ward, WR, Steelers
35. Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals: Still think he's losing his job? He became the first Cardinals running back to top 100 rushing yards in a game this season.
36. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
37. Justin Forsett, RB, Seahawks: Should find it much easier to accrue rushing yards this week. It would be a shame if he wasn't the lead back. I suppose it's possible.
38. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals
39. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
40. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seahawks
41. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: No worries so far.
42. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers: Finally scored a touchdown, and I see another one coming this week.
43. Dallas Clark, TE, Colts
44. Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers
45. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers
46. Steve Slaton, RB, Texans: Got five carries Monday night. Maybe more are coming, but there's little reason to trust him until we see more commitment to the ground game from the Texans.
48. Rock Cartwright, RB, Redskins: Yep, he's the starter. And he's ranked all the way down here. Hey, the Redskins might not even score this week. In fact, they might not score any week.
49. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens
50. Mike Bell, RB, Saints
51. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
52. Terrell Owens, WR, Bills: Amazing that he scored 25 fantasy points in Week 11, considering his top two games in Weeks 1-10 combined for just 23 points. Can you say fluke?
53. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: No reason to get excited here, but maybe someone can explain how he looked so good in September.
54. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Bills: At least if he doesn't play, you'll know you can't play him.
55. Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets: Who would have guessed he'd leave a team with quarterback issues, and it wouldn't get much better.
56. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons
57. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
58. Laveranues Coles, WR, Bengals
59. Robert Meachem, WR, Saints: Scoring touchdowns, but not getting enough catches to make up for it when he doesn't.
60. Santana Moss, WR, Redskins: One good game all season. He's just not worth much.
61. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings
62. Lee Evans, WR, Bills
63. Kellen Winslow, TE, Buccaneers
64. Jamal Lewis, RB, Browns: Had an easy matchup with the Lions and didn't do much with it. Now he faces a run defense that has been very good. Look elsewhere.
65. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Jets
66. Reggie Bush, RB, Saints
67. Devin Hester, WR, Bears: Doesn't get much blame for Cutler's problems, but let's just say he's not Brandon Marshall.
68. Donnie Avery, WR, Rams
69. Kevin Faulk, RB, Patriots
70. Bernard Scott, RB, Bengals: Impressive first start, but it sure looks like Benson will return.
71. Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts
72. Darren Sproles, RB, Chargers
73. Nate Washington, WR, Titans
74. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets
75. Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Vikings
76. Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins
77. Julius Jones, RB, Seahawks
78. Chester Taylor, RB, Vikings
79. Sammy Morris, RB, Patriots
80. Chris Brown, RB, Texans: I'd call it a shame that he led the team in carries Monday, but who was going to do better?
81. Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Browns: I think something might be there, but his quarterback is not going to have another 28-point fantasy game anytime soon.
82. Antonio Bryant, WR, Buccaneers
83. LenDale White, RB, Titans: Not in a timeshare with the top guy on this list, but he is back on the touchdown prowl.
84. Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers
85. Donald Brown, RB, Colts
86. Lex Hilliard, RB, Dolphins
87. Ryan Moats, RB, Texans
88. Leonard Weaver, RB, Eagles
89. Devery Henderson, WR, Saints
90. Austin Collie, WR, Colts
91. Willis McGahee, RB, Ravens
92. Derrick Ward, RB, Buccaneers
93. Andre Caldwell, WR, Bengals
94. Torry Holt, WR, Jaguars
95. Jeremy Shockey, TE, Saints
96. Jerious Norwood, RB, Falcons
97. Kenny Britt, WR, Titans
98. Greg Olsen, TE, Bears
99. Brandon Gibson, WR, Rams
100. Johnny Knox, WR, Bears