James WhiteMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsWeek 7 brings with it a highly-anticipated Super Bowl LI rematch. How does that matter for fantasy?
One could take a look at the final statistics from Super Bowl LI and fantasize that the same players will do the same things, and we'll get the same results. However, not only wouldn’t that be so awesome for fantasy, it also doesn’t seem so likely to me. Oh, make no mistake, it should be entertaining when the Atlanta Falcons travel to face the New England Patriots on Sunday night and fantasy managers should have high hopes for a high-scoring affair. With that in mind, here's what we should be watching, at least from a fantasy aspect.
AP Photo/Darron CummingsForget the matchups. It's time to trust Jerick McKinnon in fantasy.
Perhaps it will take some time for fantasy managers to view the running backs in Sunday's Ravens-Vikings matchup as truly reliable options, but we at ESPN Fantasy are all-in on rejuvenated Minnesota starter Jerick McKinnon this week. We also figure to be for Baltimore starter Javorius Allen in better matchups. But wait, don't the Ravens and Vikings both do a great job defending the run? Well, it's Week 7 and we have some evidence showing that isn't quite the case, thus the rankings discrepancy.

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Week 7 fantasy football flex rankings 

October, 18, 2017
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video Welcome to Week 7 and the latest flex rankings, as we combine the best of the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into one list. Some new names grace this list, as injuries and depth chart adjustments are a weekly occurrence, and that will probably never change. No Lions or Texans this week, so it’s closer to a full complement of fantasy options. Enjoy it and yes, again, let’s flex!

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Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsFantasy managers will be smiling once Andrew Luck gets out of street clothes and into his uniform. That time appears to be nearing.
Injuries continue to haunt fantasy owners, as the top quarterback could miss the rest of the season and a top running back could -- who knows, at this point? -- miss significant time because of an off-field act. As for on the field, fantasy owners still have many options to choose from, so, in the end-of-season rankings, I aim to create a reasonable hierarchy for evaluation purposes. Some of this, of course, is guesswork. Nobody really knows for sure what Dallas will do at running back or how much the Packers' wide receivers will be affected by changes. But I do my best. Do yours and enjoy!

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video Perhaps fantasy managers simply can’t have nice things. With the game’s top running back (David Johnson) lost for months in Week 1 and one of the top wide receivers being ousted for the season last week with a knee injury (Odell Beckham Jr.), now the quarterback position has been hit hard. Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone and, because it’s on his throwing shoulder side, his season could be over. Rodgers was injured early in Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings and his absence will, naturally, affect others and leave a gaping hole on fantasy rosters. It’s a bit unfair to judge

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videoThere’s always plenty to watch in a given NFL weekend, but fantasy owners will likely be spending a bit more focus this time around on the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings tilt. While there’s turmoil presenting itself in many running back situations, there’s obvious upside with these two backfields. After all, are you really interested in which New York Giants running back gets the first carry Sunday at Denver? I didn’t think so. However, when it comes to Ty Montgomery versus Aaron Jones and Jerick McKinnon versus Latavius Murray, the tension is high!

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videoAdd up the season-to-date rushing attempts for Cleveland’s Duke Johnson Jr. and Arizona’s Andre Ellington, and you'll get the same number of touches that Kansas City rookie Kareem Hunt was given in Week 5 alone. Johnson and Ellington, of course, earn their statistical praise by catching passes and not by taking handoffs, but make no mistake: These players -- and a bunch more like them -- are still important fantasy options. Johnson is finally getting his due as a top-20 running back in the Week 6 rankings, and Ellington isn't far off.

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Week 6 fantasy football flex rankings 

October, 11, 2017
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videoThe first segment of planned bye weeks seemed to be a problem for many fantasy owners, notably with filling out the flex position. Perhaps your team’s depth seemed fine in September, but then came October; remove some weekly options from consideration and the tune changes. We’ve got more byes this week and in future ones, so depth will be tested, and teams might have to choose from players barely ranked in the forthcoming top 100. It’s a challenging time for all. We’re all counting on you. Good luck. Let’s flex, Week 6 style! 1. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: Topped 10 receptions in Week 5 for the third time this season.

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video Five weeks of the NFL season have been played and we’ve certainly learned quite a bit, enough to make the end-of-season rankings bear little resemblance, in some instances, to the preseason ones. For example, look at the rookies at quarterback and running back. Look at surprising Chiefs and Rams. Try finding some Giants. Anyway, plenty of time left in the season and whether you’re checking out these PPR rankings for trading or free-agent purposes or just for entertainment, we thank you, and wish you well.

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video For all the talk about injuries wreaking havoc with fantasy football rosters, entering Sunday’s Week 5 the only player chosen in the first few rounds of this season’s drafts to suffer a long-term malady was Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson. Well, until Sunday. That’s when fellow first-round selection New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. fractured his ankle, and as we await further word on the severity of the injury and his chances of gracing a football field again this season, this one will also be difficult for fantasy players to overcome.

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videoThere’s a difference between recommending a new starting running back because you really like him and think he’ll be really productive and talking about a player just because he suddenly has the opportunity. That’s kind of how I feel about the running back situations for both the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks after they each lost exciting rookie starters, Dalvin Cook and Chris Carson, respectively, to season-ending leg injuries. Sure, Latavius Murray and Eddie Lacy have each had seasons in the past when fantasy owners loved them and they’ll be relevant in Week 5. Still, it seems unlikely we’ll love them in 2017.

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Andy Lewis/Icon SportswireA lot of fantasy teams have been trying to deal away a disappointing Jay Ajayi. That might not be a good idea.
The early forecast calls for a warm temperature and scattered thunderstorms when the Miami Dolphins host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon for what will be their first actual home game of the season. The struggling Dolphins are a bit of a mess, as fantasy owners have found out, but ESPN’s Fantasy rankers -- a group of which I remain a member -- didn’t show much collective concern with trusting running back Jay Ajayi and wide receivers Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker for Week 5. After all, this should be a very positive matchup, and really, the past few weeks of disappointment can easily be forgotten.

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video Things get a bit tougher this week with flex decisions because four teams are not playing (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins) and injuries were unfortunately one of the major themes of Week 4. Then again, even though there are fewer options to rely on, the same formula works. Check the matchups, see who is getting volume of touches and make the best decisions you can. We’re here at ESPN Fantasy to help with rankings and projections, and there’s so much content all posted for your perusal. Now it’s time to flex!

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video If the NFL injuries that arose from the first Sunday of October are any harbinger, then this is going to not only be a rough month for those who play in the league, but those who play fantasy. As we head into Week 5, most positions have been affected by the various injuries from the preceding week and, oh by the way, here come the bye weeks to make things even more challenging. We're still here to provide one man's thoughts on rankings for the final 13 weeks of the season. Good luck!

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videoLatavius Murray rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2015 and last season he scored 12 touchdowns, but the Oakland Raiders sure didn’t seem too interested in keeping him around. Entering Week 4 the Minnesota Vikings, who signed Murray in March before they spent a second-round pick on Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, didn’t seem the least bit interested in having him around. That will obviously change after Cook, who looked like a legit top-10 fantasy running back, suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.

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