After what seemed to be a decent streak of relatively injury-free weeks, fantasy owners are faced with processing a whole new batch of aches, pains and health-related developments. Wednesday alone brought news of a setback for Doug Martin (hamstring), hamstring tightness for LeSean McCoy and a projected timetable that will keep Ben Roethlisberger (knee surgery) sidelined for at least a month.
Big Ben’s prognosis also impacts Antonio Brown’s fantasy outlook potentially through the end of November, and perhaps Le’Veon Bell’s too. Carlos Hyde (shoulder) and Eddie Lacy (ankle) are other No. 1 RBs that are dealing with injuries that could cost them multiple games. Their backup(s), and some others, will certainly rise up both the running back and these flex rankings, but should they? Will Jacquizz Rodgers, Mike Gillislee, Shaun Draughn/Mike Davis and/or Don Jackson/Knile Davis (whew!) be able to fill the void? Should you value any of these options more than a third-down, pass catching RB?
More than ever fantasy owners will be filling in flex spots or other positions with bench players, or perhaps waiver wire gems such as Kenny Britt or Jay Ajayi. Where do they land in the flex rankings? Only time will tell, but for now Week 7 is filled with a bunch of fantastic matchups as well as plenty of question marks as you probably already realized.
Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex
Teams on bye: Carolina, Dallas
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.