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Jeff Erickson

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Week 12 Rankings

Here are our rankings for the coming week at each position to help you decide your starting lineup. Our rankings are based on the following scoring system: three points for a passing touchdown; six points for a rushing/receiving touchdown; one point for every 20 passing yards; and one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards.

Last updated November 28. * = check status (not necessarily injury status)

Thanksgiving Week - Three Thursday Games: NE at DET; NO at DAL; CIN at NYJ

Quarterback

1. Aaron Rodgers GB at ATL
2. Philip Rivers SD at IND
3. Drew Brees NO at DAL
4. Michael Vick PHI at CHI
5. Peyton Manning IND vs. SD
6. Ben Roethlisberger PIT at BUF
7. Mark Sanchez NYJ vs. CIN
8. Kyle Orton DEN vs. STL
9. Jon Kitna DAL vs. NO
10. *Tom Brady NE at DET
Note: (Foot) Brady did not practice Tuesday - it's being called a precaution, but the fact that the Pats play Thursday bothers me.
Update: Officially listed as questionable, which raises greater concern, but at least we'll have the benefit of him playing first to set our lineups in time. ***THURSDAY ACTIVE ***
11. Donovan McNabb WAS vs. MIN
Update: (Hamstring) Full practice Wednesday.
12. Shaun Hill DET vs. NE
*** THURSDAY ACTIVE - QUADRICEPS ***
13. *Matt Schaub HOU vs. TEN
Note: Dealt with knee issues last week but still emerged with a decent game.
14. Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. PIT
15. Matt Cassel KC at SEA
16. Jay Cutler CHI vs. PHI
17. Eli Manning NYG vs. JAC
Note: Down both Steven Smith and Hakeem Nicks now.
18. *Brett Favre MIN at WAS
Note: Favre will remain the starter under new interim coach Leslie Frazier. So long as the Vikings are still technically alive for a playoff spot, they won't consider benching him for Tarvaris Jackson.
Update: Limited practice Wednesday, as is custom now. ***SUNDAY UPDATE - ADD THE FLU TO HIS LIST OF PROBLEMS. STILL PLAYING, OF COURSE. ***
28. *Rusty Smith TEN at HOU
Note: Vince Young is on the IR with a thumb injury after his blowup with coach Jeff Fisher, and then was asked to leave a team meeting Monday. Chris Simms will be the backup this week, with Kerry Collins as the third quarterback.
*** SUNDAY UPDATE: MODEST UPGRADE, DUE TO OPPONENT. ***
19. David Garrard JAC at NYG
20. Joe Flacco BAL vs. TB
21. (prob. 25.) *Carson Palmer CIN at NYJ
Note: Missing practice with a foot injury, though the Bengals still expect that he'll play Thursday night against the Jets.
Update: Listed as probable, though he's still technically a game-time decision.
22. *Matt Hasselbeck SEA vs. KC
Note: Moving the team up and down the field well, just having trouble getting into the end zone.
23. Matt Ryan ATL vs. GB
24. Josh Freeman TB at BAL
25. Sam Bradford STL at DEN
29. *Jason Campbell OAK vs. MIA
Note: Campbell will start again this week despite getting pulled for Bruce Gradkowski last week. It didn't hurt Campbell that Gradkowski wasn't much better last week.
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - GRADKWOSKI STARTING AHEAD OF CAMPBELL ***
26. *Troy Smith SF at AZ
Note: Smith will start Monday night against the Cardinals despite the debacle against the Bucs.
27. Derek Anderson AZ vs. SF
30. *Tyler Thigpen MIA at OAK
Note: Thigpen took most of the first-team reps Monday, though Chad Henne got some action in while sporting a big brace for his knee.
Update: So far no clarification from the Dolphins on who will start. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - NO OFFICIAL WORD, BUT DOLPHINS LEANING TOWARDS STARTING HENNE. ***
31. (prev. 30.) *Jake Delhomme CLE vs. CAR
Note: Colt McCoy has a high ankle sprain, which might force the Browns to start Delhomme, though Mangini hasn't officially named him the starter yet.
32. *Jimmy Clausen CAR at CLE
Note: Clausen hasn't yet been cleared to play, but if he does get that clearance this week, he'll start ahead of Brian St. Pierre. St. Pierre had a sore throwing shoulder following his first career start last week.
Update: St. Pierre was limited in Wednesday's practice. Meanwhile, Clausen had a full practice. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - CLAUSEN WILL START. ***

Running Back

1. Chris Johnson TEN at HOU
Note: Is it coincidence or causation that Johnson's YPC have gone up significantly the last two weeks with Randy Moss on the team?
2. Arian Foster HOU vs. TEN
3. Adrian Peterson MIN at WAS
4. Peyton Hillis CLE vs. CAR
5. Frank Gore SF at AZ
6. Michael Turner ATL vs. GB
8. Ray Rice BAL vs. TB
9. Rashard Mendenhall PIT at BUF
10. Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. STL
11. Darren McFadden OAK vs. MIA
12. Steven Jackson STL at DEN
13. LeSean McCoy PHI at CHI
Update: (Shoulder) Full participant Wednesday.
14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE at DET
15. Jamaal Charles KC at SEA
7. Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at NYG
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - ABDOMEN STRAIN, OFFICIALLY A GAME-TIME DECISION, BUT BELIEVES HE'LL PLAY. ***
16. LeGarrette Blount TB at BAL
17. LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ vs. CIN
18. (prev. 29.) *Keiland Williams WAS vs. MIN
Update: Upgraded with Portis now out for the year.
19. Matt Forte CHI vs. PHI
20. Thomas Jones KC at SEA
21. Mike Tolbert SD at IND
22. (PREV. 17.) Cedric Benson CIN at NYJ
Update: Downgrading because I don't like the matchup.
23. *Mike Goodson CAR at CLE
Update: Stewart's return to practice has us worried about the number of carries that Goodson will get. Otherwise he'd be ranked higher than he currently is.
24. (PREV. 29.) *Chris Ivory NO at DAL
Note: Limited in practice Tuesday with shoulder and knee ailments.
Update: Listed as probable (shoulder).
25. (PREV. 33.) Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. JAC
Update: Starting ahead of Bradshaw.
26. Fred Jackson BUF vs. PIT
27. Brandon Jackson GB at ATL
28. Ronnie Brown MIA at OAK
29. *Donald Brown IND vs. SD
30. (PREV. 16.) Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. JAC
Note: Bradshaw's fumbles are becoming a bigger problem, cutting down on his playing time late.
Update: Demoted last week in favor of Jacobs.
31. Shonn Greene NYJ vs. CIN
Note: Greene's bad fumble late against the Texans may hurt his playing time this week.
32. (prev. 38.) *Marion Barber DAL vs. NO
42. (PREV. 76.) *Jonathan Stewart CAR at CLE
Note: Coach John Fox is still uncertain whether Stewart (concussion) will be able to return this week.
Update: Full participant Wednesday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LISTED AS PROBABLE, SHOULD CUT INTO GOODSON'S CARRIES. ***
33. *Jahvid Best DET vs. NE
Note: Had to leave last week's game against the Cowboys after aggravating his turf toe injury. Returned to practice on Tuesday, but I'm wary.
Update: Limited practice Wednesday, listed as probable. *** THURSDAY ACTIVE ***
34. *Chris Wells AZ vs. SF
35. Justin Forsett SEA vs. KC
36. *Tim Hightower AZ vs. SF
37. Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. KC
Note: Buried after two fumbles against the Saints.
38. (prev. 31.) *Felix Jones DAL vs. NO
Note: Jones was limited in practice Tuesday by a hip injury.
Update: Limited Wednesday practice, listed as questionable.
39. Danny Woodhead NE at DET
40. Javarris James IND vs. SD
Update: (Knee) Did not practice Wednesday. ***SUNDAY UPDATE - PRACTICED FRIDAY, STILL LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE. ***
41. Willis McGahee BAL vs. TB
43. Darren Sproles SD at IND
44. Ricky Williams MIA at OAK
45. Chester Taylor CHI vs. PHI
46. Michael Bush OAK vs. MIA
47. Cadillac Williams TB at BAL
48. *Jason Snelling ATL vs. GB
49. Jerome Harrison PHI at CHI
50. Maurice Morris DET vs. NE
Note: There's a potential for Morris to get a lot of work this week with Best banged up and Kevin Smith out for the year.
51. Mewelde Moore PIT at BUF
52. Julius Jones NO at DAL
53. Javon Ringer TEN at HOU
54. Toby Gerhart MIN at WAS
55. Deji Karim JAC at NYG
56. Bernard Scott CIN at NYJ
57. Correll Buckhalter DEN vs. STL
58. John Kuhn GB at ATL
59. Dmitri Nance GB at ATL
60. *Tashard Choice DAL vs. NO
61. Derrick Ward HOU vs. TEN
62. *Anthony Dixon SF at AZ
63. Kenneth Darby STL at DEN
64. Mike Bell CLE vs. CAR
65. Eldra Buckley PHI at CHI
66. Justin Vaughan CAR at CLE
67. Leon Washington SEA vs. KC
68. Steve Slaton HOU vs. TEN
69. Isaac Redman PIT at BUF
70. *Reggie Bush NO at DAL
Note: Bush was just a limited participant in Tuesday's practice after getting scratched last week.
Update: Listed as questionable - game-time decision again. *** THURSDAY UPDATE - "LOOKS LIKE HE'LL GIVE IT A GO" ***
71. *Ladell Betts NO at DAL
Note: (Head) Has not practiced this week.
Update: Ruled out for this week.
72. *Joseph Addai IND vs. SD
Note: (Shoulder) Addai doesn't have a specific timetable for his return. He's available for non-contact drills only.
Update: Limited Wednesday as promised. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - DOUBTFUL AGAIN THIS WEEK. ***
73. *C.J. Spiller BUF vs. PIT
Update: Did not practice Wednesday.
74. *Ryan Torain WAS vs. MIN
Note: Torain (hamstring) is a long shot to return this week.
Update: Did not practice Wednesday.
75. *Ryan Mathews SD at IND
Note: (Ankle) Sat out Monday night and doesn't look great for this week.
Update: Did not practice Wednesday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - DID NOT PRACTICE ALL WEEK, LISTED AS DOUBTFUL. ***
76. *Earnest Graham TB at BAL
77. *Mike Hart IND vs. SD
(Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - DID NOT PRACTICE FRIDAY, LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE. ***
78. *Tyrell Sutton CAR at CLE
79. *Pierre Thomas NO at DAL
Note: (Ankle) Almost certainly out again this week.
Update: Officially ruled out.
80. *Clinton Portis WAS vs. MIN
Note: Aggravated his groin injury after initially looking good against the Titans.
Update: MRI revealed a new tear - he's out for the season.

Wide Receiver

1. Roddy White ATL vs. GB
Update: (Knee) Missed practice Wednesday.
2. Andre Johnson HOU vs. TEN
3. Greg Jennings GB at ATL
4. Larry Fitzgerald AZ vs. SF
5. Calvin Johnson DET vs. NE
6. Brandon Lloyd DEN vs. STL
8. DeSean Jackson PHI at CHI
9. Dwayne Bowe KC at SEA
10. Marques Colston NO at DAL
11. Miles Austin DAL vs. NO
12. Mike Williams TB at BAL
Note: A urinalysis taken after Williams' DUI arrest turned up negative.
13. *Percy Harvin MIN at WAS
14. Mike Wallace PIT at BUF
15. Santonio Holmes NYJ vs. CIN
7. Reggie Wayne IND vs. SD
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - (KNEE) LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE, BUT FULL PRACTICE FRIDAY. ***
16. Mario Manningham NYG vs. JAC
Note: Manningham is now Eli's top remaining target.
17. Dez Bryant DAL vs. NO
18. Steve Johnson BUF vs. PIT
19. Braylon Edwards NYJ vs. CIN
20. Jeremy Maclin PHI at CHI
21. Vincent Jackson SD at IND
22. Nate Washington TEN at HOU
23. Terrell Owens CIN at NYJ
Note: Will Owens or Ochocinco get covered by Revis?
24. Anquan Boldin BAL vs. TB
25. Chad Ochocinco CIN at NYJ
26. *Santana Moss WAS vs. MIN
Note: Briefly left with a hamstring injury but later returned.
Update: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - ACTIVE, DESPITE BEING LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE. ***
27. *Sidney Rice MIN at WAS
Note: Rice had three catches for 56 yards and was targeted 10 times in his debut.
Update: (Hip) Full practice Wednesday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE, BUT PRACTICED FRIDAY.
28. Robert Meachem NO at DAL
29. Mike Thomas JAC at NYG
30. Johnny Knox CHI vs. PHI
31. Wes Welker NE at DET
32. Pierre Garcon IND vs. SD
42. Davone Bess MIA at OAK
33. Lee Evans BUF vs. PIT
35. Nate Burleson DET vs. NE
36. Jabar Gaffney DEN vs. STL
Note: More targets this week with Thomas out?
37. Hines Ward PIT at BUF
48. Randy Moss TEN at HOU
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - MODEST UPGRADE DUE TO MATCHUP. ***
38. Michael Crabtree SF at AZ
39. Lance Moore NO at DAL
40. *James Jones GB at ATL
41. Brian Hartline MIA at OAK
43. Jordan Shipley CIN at NYJ
Note: Might get a lot of targets Thursday night if the Jets focus Revis and Cromartie on T.O. and Ochocinco respectively.
44. Danny Amendola STL at DEN
45. *Mike Williams SEA vs. KC
Note: Suffered an injury to the bottom of his left foot that could be significant. I'll move him back up if the practice reports are more optimistic.
Update: Responding well to treatment, but status remains day-to-day. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - GAME-TIME DECISION, BUT DIDN'T PRACTICE ALL WEEK. WAS WEARING A PROTECTIVE BOOT FRIDAY. ***
49. *Blair White IND vs. SD
50. Brandon Gibson STL at DEN
51. Derek Hagan NYG vs. JAC
52. *Jacoby Ford OAK vs. MIA
53. *Donald Driver GB at ATL
Update: (Quadriceps) Limited Wednesday after returning last week.
34. Steve Breaston AZ vs. SF
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - (KNEE) LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE. ***
54. Mohamed Massaquoi CLE vs. CAR
55. Anthony Armstrong WAS vs. MIN
56. Steve Smith CAR at CLE
57. Ben Obomanu SEA vs. KC
Note: Obomanu has displaced Deon Butler as the starter opposite Mike Williams.
58. T.J. Houshmandzadeh BAL vs. TB
59. Earl Bennett CHI vs. PHI
60. Jason Avant PHI at CHI
61. *Kevin Walter HOU vs. TEN
62. Devery Henderson NO at DAL
63. *Deion Branch NE at DET
46. *Malcom Floyd SD at IND
Note: Tweaked his hamstring injury on Monday night.
Update: Unable to practice Wednesday night. Friday's practice will be the key. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LIMITED PRACTICE FRIDAY, LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE. ***
64. *Eddie Royal DEN vs. STL
65. Roy Williams DAL vs. NO
66. David Gettis CAR at CLE
67. Brandon Tate NE at DET
68. Josh Morgan SF at AZ
69. Michael Jenkins ATL vs. GB
70. Jordy Nelson GB at ATL
71. Brian Finneran ATL vs. GB
80. (prev. 102.) *Legedu Naanee SD at IND
Note: Inactive again Monday night.
Update: (Hamstring) Able to practice fully Wednesday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - FULL PRACTICE FRIDAY, LISTED AS PROBABLE. ***
72. Derrick Mason BAL vs. TB
73. Deon Butler SEA vs. KC
Note: Targeted just four times despite Seattle playing from behind all game.
74. Andre Roberts AZ vs. SF
75. *Seyi Ajirotutu SD at IND
Note: A non-factor Monday night, but might be part of the mix this week with Crayton already out and Floyd iffy, even with Vincent Jackson coming back.
76. Greg Camarillo MIN at WAS
77. Bryant Johnson DET vs. NE
78. *Emmanuel Sanders PIT at BUF
102. *Early Doucet AZ vs. SF
Note: Doucet suffered a concussion against the Chiefs.
*** SUNDAY UPDATE: LISTED AS PROBABLE ***
79. Arrelious Benn TB at BAL
81. Greg Lewis MIN at WAS
82. Chansi Stuckey CLE vs. CAR
83. *Devin Hester CHI vs. PHI
84. *Louis Murphy OAK vs. MIA
85. (prev. 101.) *Dexter McCluster KC at SEA
Update: (Ankle) Full practice Wednesday for the first time in a month.
86. Jacoby Jones HOU vs. TEN
87. Brandon James IND vs. SD
88. *Andre Caldwell CIN at NYJ
89. *Donte Stallworth BAL vs. TB
90. Justin Gage TEN at HOU
91. Chris Chambers KC at SEA
92. David Nelson BUF vs. PIT
93. *Julian Edelman NE at DET
94. Donald Jones BUF vs. PIT
Note: Jones had two catches in his career prior to last week against the Bengals, when he went 5-for-70 and a touchdown.
95. *Laurent Robinson STL at DEN
Update: (Toe) Full practice Wednesday. Robinson was finally quasi-relevant last week with five catches for 55 yards.
96. Michael Clayton NYG vs. JAC
Note: Signed by the Giants in the wake of their WR injuries.
104. *Mike Sims-Walker JAC at NYG
Note: High ankle sprain, unlikely to go this week.
Update: Did not practice Wednesday, might practice later in the week. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - WILL START, BUT MIGHT BE LIMITED. ***
97. *Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. MIA
Update: (Hamstring) Limited practice Wednesday.
98. *Brandon LaFell CAR at CLE
Update: (Concussion) Returned to practice Wednesday.
99. *Josh Cribbs CLE vs. CAR
Note: (Dislocated toes) Sat out last week.
Update: Did not practice Wednesday.
101. *Golden Tate SEA vs. KC
Update: (Ankle) Full practice Wednesday.
103. *Danario Alexander STL at DEN
Update: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday.
47. *Brandon Marshall MIA at OAK
Note: Marshall (hamstring) wasn't able to practice Monday.
Update: Was not at Wednesday's practice. *** SUNDAY INACTIVE ***
100. *Bernard Berrian MIN at WAS
Note: Tweaked his groin in the first quarter last week.
Update: Limited Wednesday. *** SUNDAY INACTIVE ***
105. *Jerricho Cotchery NYJ vs. CIN
Note: Held out with a groin tear last week, unlikely to go this week.
Update: Officially ruled out.
106. *Kenny Britt TEN at HOU
Note: (Hamstring) Probably out again this week.
107. *Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. STL
Note: Thomas has already been ruled out with an ankle injury.
108. *Austin Collie IND vs. SD
Note: Concussion setback, already ruled out for this week.
109. *Steven Smith NYG vs. JAC
Note: (Pectoral) Out until December.
110. *Patrick Crayton SD at IND
Note: Crayton dislocated his wrist Monday night and will miss at least a couple of weeks.
Update: Had surgery on his left wrist, hoping to be back in three weeks.
111. *Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. JAC
Note: Nicks is out for at least the next three weeks with Compartment Syndrome.

Tight End

1. *Jacob Tamme IND vs. SD
2. Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. NE
4. Chris Cooley WAS vs. MIN
5. Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. GB
6. Jason Witten DAL vs. NO
7. Joel Dreessen HOU vs. TEN
24. *Vernon Davis SF at AZ
Note: For the second time in three games for Davis, an ankle sprain destroyed his fantasy owners.
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - PRACTICED ALL WEEK, LISTED AS PROBABLE FOR MONDAY NIGHT. ***
3. Marcedes Lewis JAC at NYG
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - BOTH JAGS STARTING TACKLES OUT THIS WEEK, LEWIS MIGHT HAVE TO BLOCK MORE. ***
8. Jimmy Graham NO at DAL
Note: Graham had five catches for 72 yards with Shockey out last week.
9. *Heath Miller PIT at BUF
10. Aaron Hernandez NE at DET
11. Greg Olsen CHI vs. PHI
12. Dustin Keller NYJ vs. CIN
Note: Keller had just two catches for seven yards in a great matchup last week. Is it really so simple as to say that Santonio Holmes' emergence hurts Keller that much?
13. Bo Scaife TEN at HOU
14. *Kevin Boss NYG vs. JAC
15. Rob Gronkowski NE at DET
16. *Kellen Winslow Jr. TB at BAL
Update: (Knee) Missed Wednesday's practice, as usual.
17. Anthony Fasano MIA at OAK
18. *Visanthe Shiancoe MIN at WAS
25. *Zach Miller OAK vs. MIA
Note: Miller's injured foot bothered him last week in the second half.
Update: Limited at Wednesday's practice. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LIMITED PRACTICE FRIDAY, LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE, THOUGH HE SAID HE EXPECTS TO PLAY. ***
19. Jermaine Gresham CIN at NYJ
20. Ben Watson CLE vs. CAR
Update: (Ankle) Did not practice Wednesday.
21. *Todd Heap BAL vs. TB
22. Michael Hoomanawanui STL at DEN
23. *Antonio Gates SD at IND
Note: (Plantar fascia tear) Sat out Monday night, which makes us wonder if this is going to be a problem for the rest of the season.
Update: Did not practice Wednesday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - DID NOT PRACTICE FRIDAY, LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY NIGHT KICKOFF. ***
27. Travis Beckum NYG vs. JAC
Note: Lining up at receiver thanks to all of the Giants' injuries there.
32. Andrew Quarless GB at ATL
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - STARTING, WITH LEE INACTIVE. ***
29. John Carlson SEA vs. KC
30. Daniel Fells STL at DEN
31. Brent Celek PHI at CHI
Note: What a bust.
33. David Thomas NO at DAL
34. Evan Moore CLE vs. CAR
28. Donald Lee GB at ATL
*** SUNDAY INACTIVE. QUARLESS WILL START. ***
35. *Jeremy Shockey NO at DAL
Note: (Ribs) Shockey was limited in practice Monday after sitting out last week.
*** THURSDAY UPDATE - LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE ***
36. *Owen Daniels HOU vs. TEN
Update: (Hamstring) Did not practice Wednesday. *** SUNDAY INACTIVE ***
37. *Randy McMichael SD at IND
Note: Injured his hamstring in the win Monday night.
Update: Did not practice Wednesday.
38. *Tony Moeaki KC at SEA
Note: Sat out last week with a concussion.
Update: Limited Wednesday.
26. *Tony Scheffler DET vs. NE
Note: Scheffler sat out practice Tuesday with sore ribs.
*** THURSDAY INACTIVE ***

Kicker

1. Rob Bironas TEN at HOU
Update: (Groin) Did not practice Wednesday.
2. *Nate Kaeding SD at IND
Note: Made it through Monday's game without re-injuring his groin. The Chargers cut Kris Brown as a result Tuesday.
3. Matt Bryant ATL vs. GB
4. Matt Prater DEN vs. STL
5. David Akers PHI at CHI
6. Mason Crosby GB at ATL
7. Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. MIA
8. Josh Scobee JAC at NYG
9. Billy Cundiff BAL vs. TB
10. Olindo Mare SEA vs. KC
Note: Nine field goals the last two weeks thanks to the Seahawks' inability to finish their drives.
11. Lawrence Tynes NYG vs. JAC
12. Adam Vinatieri IND vs. SD
13. Dan Carpenter MIA at OAK
14. Garrett Hartley NO at DAL
Note: Example number eleventy billion why it's silly to draft a kicker early.
15. *Shayne Graham NE at DET
16. *Shaun Suisham PIT at BUF
17. Nick Folk NYJ vs. CIN
18. Ryan Longwell MIN at WAS
19. Robbie Gould CHI vs. PHI
20. Josh Brown STL at DEN
21. Rian Lindell BUF vs. PIT
22. Neil Rackers HOU vs. TEN
23. *Dave Rayner DET vs. NE
Note: Jason Hanson probably won't be ready again this week.
24. Graham Gano WAS vs. MIN
25. David Buehler DAL vs. NO
26. Jay Feely AZ vs. SF
27. Phil Dawson CLE vs. CAR
28. Connor Barth TB at BAL
29. John Kasay CAR at CLE
30. Ryan Succop KC at SEA
31. *Aaron Pettrey CIN at NYJ
32. *Shane Andrus SF at AZ

Defense

1. Cleveland vs. Carolina
2. Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay
3. Pittsburgh at Buffalo
4. New York Jets vs. Cincinnati
5. Tennessee at Houston
6. Oakland vs. Miami
7. Green Bay at Atlanta
8. Chicago vs. Philadelphia
9. New York Giants vs. Jacksonville
10. Seattle vs. Kansas City
11. San Francisco at Arizona
12. Philadelphia at Chicago
13. Washington vs. Minnesota
14. Carolina at Cleveland
15. Minnesota at Washington
16. Miami at Oakland
17. Kansas City at Seattle
18. New Orleans at Dallas
19. Tampa Bay at Baltimore
20. San Diego at Indianapolis
21. New England at Detroit
22. Dallas vs. New Orleans
23. Arizona vs. San Francisco
24. St. Louis at Denver
25. Jacksonville at New York Giants
26. Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh
27. Atlanta vs. Green Bay
28. Denver vs. St. Louis
29. Indianapolis vs. San Diego
30. Detroit vs. New England
31. Houston vs. Tennessee
Note: Are the Texans just so bad defending against the pass that Rusty Smith can exploit them?
32. Cincinnati at New York Jets

Flex Position (RB/WR/TE)

1. Chris Johnson TEN at HOU
Note: Is it coincidence or causation that Johnson's YPC have gone up significantly the last two weeks with Randy Moss on the team?
2. Arian Foster HOU vs. TEN
3. Adrian Peterson MIN at WAS
4. Roddy White ATL vs. GB
5. Andre Johnson HOU vs. TEN
6. Greg Jennings GB at ATL
7. Larry Fitzgerald AZ vs. SF
8. Calvin Johnson DET vs. NE
9. Brandon Lloyd DEN vs. STL
10. Peyton Hillis CLE vs. CAR
11. Frank Gore SF at AZ
12. Michael Turner ATL vs. GB
13. Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at NYG
14. Ray Rice BAL vs. TB
15. Rashard Mendenhall PIT at BUF
16. Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. STL
17. Reggie Wayne IND vs. SD
18. DeSean Jackson PHI at CHI
19. Dwayne Bowe KC at SEA
20. Marques Colston NO at DAL
21. Darren McFadden OAK vs. MIA
22. Steven Jackson STL at DEN
23. LeSean McCoy PHI at CHI
24. BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE at DET
25. Jamaal Charles KC at SEA
26. Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. JAC
Note: Bradshaw's fumbles are becoming a bigger problem, cutting down on his playing time late.
27. Miles Austin DAL vs. NO
28. Mike Williams TB at BAL
Note: A urinalysis taken after Williams' DUI arrest turned up negative.
29. *Percy Harvin MIN at WAS
30. Mike Wallace PIT at BUF
31. Santonio Holmes NYJ vs. CIN
32. Mario Manningham NYG vs. JAC
Note: Manningham is now Eli's top remaining target.
33. Dez Bryant DAL vs. NO
34. Steve Johnson BUF vs. PIT
35. Braylon Edwards NYJ vs. CIN
36. Jeremy Maclin PHI at CHI
37. Vincent Jackson SD at IND
38. Nate Washington TEN at HOU
39. Cedric Benson CIN at NYJ
40. LeGarrette Blount TB at BAL
41. LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ vs. CIN
42. Matt Forte CHI vs. PHI
43. Thomas Jones KC at SEA
44. Mike Tolbert SD at IND
45. *Mike Goodson CAR at CLE
46. Terrell Owens CIN at NYJ
Note: Will Owens or Ochocinco get covered by Revis?
47. Anquan Boldin BAL vs. TB
48. Chad Ochocinco CIN at NYJ
49. *Santana Moss WAS vs. MIN
Note: Briefly left with a hamstring injury but later returned.
50. *Sidney Rice MIN at WAS
Note: Rice had three catches for 56 yards and was targeted 10 times in his debut.
51. Robert Meachem NO at DAL
52. Fred Jackson BUF vs. PIT
53. Brandon Jackson GB at ATL
54. Ronnie Brown MIA at OAK
55. Mike Thomas JAC at NYG
56. Johnny Knox CHI vs. PHI
57. Wes Welker NE at DET
58. Pierre Garcon IND vs. SD
59. Lee Evans BUF vs. PIT
60. Steve Breaston AZ vs. SF
61. Nate Burleson DET vs. NE
62. Jabar Gaffney DEN vs. STL
Note: More targets this week with Thomas out?
63. *Donald Brown IND vs. SD
64. *Keiland Williams WAS vs. MIN
65. *Chris Ivory NO at DAL
Note: Limited in practice Tuesday with shoulder and knee ailments.
66. Shonn Greene NYJ vs. CIN
Note: Greene's bad fumble late against the Texans may hurt his playing time this week.
67. *Felix Jones DAL vs. NO
Note: Jones was limited in practice Tuesday by a hip injury.
68. *Jahvid Best DET vs. NE
Note: Had to leave last week's game against the Cowboys after aggravating his turf toe injury. Returned to practice on Tuesday, but I'm wary.
69. Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. JAC
70. *Chris Wells AZ vs. SF
71. Justin Forsett SEA vs. KC
72. *Tim Hightower AZ vs. SF
73. Hines Ward PIT at BUF
74. Michael Crabtree SF at AZ
75. Lance Moore NO at DAL
76. *James Jones GB at ATL
77. Brian Hartline MIA at OAK
78. Davone Bess MIA at OAK
79. Jordan Shipley CIN at NYJ
Note: Might get a lot of targets Thursday night if the Jets focus Revis and Cromartie on T.O. and Ochocinco respectively.
80. *Jacob Tamme IND vs. SD
81. Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. KC
Note: Buried after two fumbles against the Saints.
82. *Marion Barber DAL vs. NO
83. Danny Woodhead NE at DET
84. Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. NE
85. Marcedes Lewis JAC at NYG
86. Javarris James IND vs. SD
87. Willis McGahee BAL vs. TB
88. Chris Cooley WAS vs. MIN
89. Darren Sproles SD at IND
90. Danny Amendola STL at DEN
91. *Mike Williams SEA vs. KC
Note: Suffered an injury to the bottom of his left foot that could be significant. I'll move him back up if the practice reports are more optimistic.
92. Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. GB
93. Jason Witten DAL vs. NO
94. Joel Dreessen HOU vs. TEN
95. Jimmy Graham NO at DAL
Note: Graham had five catches for 72 yards with Shockey out last week.
96. *Heath Miller PIT at BUF