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Jeff Erickson

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Week 13 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 December 5. * = check status (not necessarily injury status)

Thursday Game: Houston at Philadelphia

Quarterback

1. Michael Vick PHI vs. HOU
2. Aaron Rodgers GB vs. SF
3. Drew Brees NO at CIN
4. Philip Rivers SD vs. OAK
Note: Being asked to do less now that the special teams play isn't spotting the other team 14 points a game.
5. Peyton Manning IND vs. DAL
Note: Manning's stats pretty much correlate directly to before and after the Washington game, where Addai, Clark and Collie all got hurt.
6. Kyle Orton DEN at KC
Note: Once again, the Garbage Time King.
7. Matt Cassel KC vs. DEN
Note: This is the Matt Cassel that the Chiefs' braintrust thought that they were getting when they signed him to that big deal before last season. Cassel now has a 22:4 TD:INT ratio.
8. Jay Cutler CHI at DET
Note: Had a big game despite getting sacked four times last week.
9. *Matt Schaub HOU at PHI
Note: Schaub caught one break when Andre Johnson avoided a suspension. Will he catch another if Asante Samuel can't go?
Update: Asante Samuel is indeed inactive.
10. Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF at MIN
11. Joe Flacco BAL vs. PIT
12. Eli Manning NYG vs. WAS
Note: Very efficient despite missing his top two receivers.
13. *Matt Hasselbeck SEA vs. CAR
14. Mark Sanchez NYJ at NE
15. (prev. 18.) *Tom Brady NE vs. NYJ
Update: (Foot/Shoulder) Limited at Thursday's practice. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LISTED AS PROBABLE FOR MONDAY NIGHT. ***
16. *Ben Roethlisberger PIT at BAL
Note: Foot in a walking boot Monday, but the Steelers expect him to play in this critical division game.
Update: Limited in Thursday's practice, officially diagnosed with a break in his foot. Of course he'll play - nothing like a little extra drama for a key division game. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LIMITED IN FRIDAY'S PRACTICE, OFFICIALLY LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE. ***
17. (prev. 13.) *David Garrard JAC at TEN
Note: Sore left wrist, but MRI and X-ray revealed no damage.
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - FULL PRACTICE FRIDAY, LISTED AS PROBABLE. ***
18. *Carson Palmer CIN vs. NO
Note: Will we have an old or new injury forcing him to miss Wednesday's practice?
19. Jon Kitna DAL at IND
20. *Chad Henne MIA vs. CLE
Note: Looked pretty good for a guy that was supposed to be out for the season initially after that kneecap injury.
21. Matt Ryan ATL at TB
22. Sam Bradford STL at AZ
23. Donovan McNabb WAS at NYG
24. Josh Freeman TB vs. ATL
25. (prev. 32.) *Rusty Smith TEN vs. JAC
Note: Kerry Collins (calf) is day-to-day, though you have to imagine that the Titans will push him as hard as possible to come back after they got shut out by the Texans with Smith at the helm.
Update: Greater optimism from the Titans' camp that Collins will be able to go. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - PRACTICED AGAIN FRIDAY AND WILL START BARRING A PRE-GAME SETBACK. ***
26. *Brett Favre MIN vs. BUF
27. *Troy Smith SF at GB
Note: Big blowout early led to the Niners not asking Smith to do much. That won't be the case this week.
28. Derek Anderson AZ vs. STL
Note: Which performance was worse Monday night - on the field, or in the press conference? He'll remain the starter for Week 13.
29. (prev. 23.) *Shaun Hill DET vs. CHI
Note: Had a splint on his index finger at Tuesday's workouts. Might we see Drew Stanton?
Update: Hill has a broken index finger and is definitely out this week, maybe for the rest of the season. Stanton will indeed start.
30. *Jason Campbell OAK at SD
Note: Bruce Gradkowski has a third degree shoulder separation, so we're back on Campbell this week.
31. *Colt McCoy CLE at MIA
Note: McCoy is still dealing with a high ankle sprain, so we might get a chance to see Jake Delhomme throw another pick-six if we're lucky.
Update: McCoy didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday - he hasn't officially been ruled out, but there's a pretty good chance we'll be seeing Delhomme. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - McCOY OFFICIALLY DOUBTFUL, DELHOMME WILL START. ***
32. *Jimmy Clausen CAR at SEA

Running Back

1. Arian Foster HOU at PHI
2. Peyton Hillis CLE at MIA
3. Jamaal Charles KC vs. DEN
Note: After last week, how can Charles *not* get 25 touches? This is an optimistic ranking, I know, but remember what he did against the Broncos last year.
4. Michael Turner ATL at TB
5. Steven Jackson STL at AZ
6. *LeSean McCoy PHI vs. HOU
Note: McCoy (shoulder) was a full participant in Monday's workout.
7. Chris Johnson TEN vs. JAC
Note: Just seven carries last week? I don't care how much the offense is struggling, that's just indefensible, *especially* when you've got a rookie quarterback in there.
8. Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at TEN
9. *Adrian Peterson MIN vs. BUF
Note: Monday's MRI on his ankle revealed "just" a sprain, which really doesn't tell us anything without revealing the degree of sprain or where it is on the ankle. I'm inferring that it's not a high-ankle sprain, given the lack of mention thereof. He'd be #1 on the list if not for the injury.
Update: Hasn't practice yet - Friday's practice will be a big indicator. He might be a game-time decision. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - DID BETTER IN FRIDAY'S PRACTICE, BUT AVAILABILITY WON'T BE KNOWN UNTIL PREGAME WARMUPS. WATCH OUR BREAKING NEWS SUNDAY MORNING FOR FINAL CONFIRMATION. ***
10. Rashard Mendenhall PIT at BAL
11. Cedric Benson CIN vs. NO
12. Knowshon Moreno DEN at KC
13. Ray Rice BAL vs. PIT
Note: Not only did Anquan Boldin hurt his owners last week, he hurt Rice's owners with a holding penalty on a long touchdown.
14. Darren McFadden OAK at SD
Note: Indefensible, Part 2 - How does McFadden get just eight carries, and Michael Bush just one?
15. Fred Jackson BUF at MIN
16. Matt Forte CHI at DET
17. *Chris Ivory NO at CIN
18. LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ at NE
19. Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. WAS
20. (prev. 30.) *Jonathan Stewart CAR at SEA
21. LeGarrette Blount TB vs. ATL
22. *Felix Jones DAL at IND
23. *Brian Westbrook SF at GB
Note: Even with Gore officially out, I really doubt that he (a) gets 23 carries against the Packers or (b) averages 5.9 yards per carry against them. While there's a buying opportunity on the waiver for obvious reasons, there's a big potential for false expectations created by Monday night's game.
Update: (Ankle) Didn't practice Thursday, but this is standard for him. If he doesn't practice Friday, then you have a story. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - PRACTICED FRIDAY, LISTED AS PROBABLE. ***
24. BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE vs. NYJ
25. Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. WAS
Note: Bradshaw got 13 touches (nine carries, four catches) as the backup.
26. (prev. 21.) Mike Tolbert SD vs. OAK
Update: Handful fewer carries if Mathews returns?
27. Ricky Williams MIA vs. CLE
28. Thomas Jones KC vs. DEN
29. (prev. 24.) *Mike Goodson CAR at SEA
Update: (Personal) Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - WILL PLAY IN THE AFTERNOON GAME, THOUGH RATIO OF CARRIES MIGHT NOT WORK IN HIS FAVOR. ***
30. *Chris Wells AZ vs. STL
31. Brandon Jackson GB vs. SF
32. Ronnie Brown MIA vs. CLE
33. Shonn Greene NYJ at NE
34. Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. CAR
35. *Donald Brown IND vs. DAL
Note: Diminishing Jordan Todman's draft stock on a weekly basis.
36. *Keiland Williams WAS at NYG
Note: Shanahan once again proves that he's the Master when it comes to screwing over fantasy owners. How on earth does Williams get just three carries, unless there's an undisclosed injury?
37. Maurice Morris DET vs. CHI
38. *Toby Gerhart MIN vs. BUF
Note: Gerhart ran for 76 yards and a touchdown after Peterson's injury last week, but suffered a shoulder stinger (that he played through) in the process. He played on in part because the Vikings didn't dress three tailbacks last week. Look for Albert Young to be active this week against the Bills to guard against any further setbacks from Peterson and/or Gerhart.
Update: Gerhart wasn't on Wednesday's injury list.
42. (prev. 64.) *Ryan Mathews SD vs. OAK
Note: (Ankle) Coach Norv Turner said that there's a chance that Mathews could play this week. That's a lot better than in previous weeks.
Update: Has returned to practice this week. We might be looking at a reversion to the timeshare, but this time with Tolbert as the lead. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - FULLY PRACTICED ALL WEEK, AND IS LISTED AS PROBABLE. MEANWHILE, TOLBERT IS QUESTIONABLE. HOW MUCH WILL THE CHARGERS RIDE MATHEWS AS A RESULT? MY INCLINATION IS STILL TO BE CONSERVATIVE ABOUT PLAYING HIM. ***
39. Justin Forsett SEA vs. CAR
Note: Forsett's weird playing time trend continued against the Chiefs, getting just four touches last week.
40. *Tashard Choice DAL at IND
Note: Choice finally should get more carries now that Marion Barber is out this week.
41. *Tim Hightower AZ vs. STL
Note: Only five carries on Monday night - so long as Wells is healthy, Hightower isn't playable.
43. Aaron Brown DET vs. CHI
Note: Actually was on the field more than Morris last week, significantly so.
44. Danny Woodhead NE vs. NYJ
45. Willis McGahee BAL vs. PIT
46. *Mike Hart IND vs. DAL
Note: Hart (ankle) might be able to play this week finally. He was active last week, but didn't get any carries.
Update: Full practice on Thursday for the second consecutive day. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - TOUGH READ; HE MISSED PRACTICE FRIDAY AFTER FULL PRACTICES WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY AND IS LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE. ***
47. *Anthony Dixon SF at GB
48. Cadillac Williams TB vs. ATL
49. Mewelde Moore PIT at BAL
50. Chester Taylor CHI at DET
51. Michael Bush OAK at SD
52. Rashad Jennings JAC at TEN
Note: Reclaimed the backup duties behind MJD.
53. Bernard Scott CIN vs. NO
Note: Could get more playing time down the stretch.
54. (prev. 44.) Darren Sproles SD vs. OAK
55. *Jahvid Best DET vs. CHI
Update: Limited Thursday after missing practice earlier in the week. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LIMITED ALL WEEK, BUT LISTED AS PROBABLE. ***
56. *Reggie Bush NO at CIN
57. *C.J. Spiller BUF at MIN
Note: Spiller (hamstring) will play this week, but could get eased into the rotation against the Vikings.
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - FULL PRACTICE ON FRIDAY AFTER LIMITED ONES WED. AND THURS. ***
58. Jerome Harrison PHI vs. HOU
59. Julius Jones NO at CIN
60. Javon Ringer TEN vs. JAC
61. Deji Karim JAC at TEN
62. Isaac Redman PIT at BAL
63. (prev. 79.) *Pierre Thomas NO at CIN
Update: (Ankle) Practiced Thursday, albeit on a limited basis. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - OFFICIALLY QUESTIONABLE, THOUGH HE DID MORE IN PRACTICE FRIDAY THAN YOUR TYPICAL LIMITED PRACTICE PLAYER. HE'S STILL NOT A START THIS WEEK, BUT HE'S INTRIGUING FOR WEEK 14 AND BEYOND. ***
64. Correll Buckhalter DEN at KC
65. James Starks GB vs. SF
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - MIGHT GET HIS FIRST ACTION OF THE YEAR IN PLACE OF NANCE OR KUHN. ***
66. Derrick Ward HOU at PHI
67. Kenneth Darby STL at AZ
68. Mike Bell CLE at MIA
69. Eldra Buckley PHI vs. HOU
70. Leon Washington SEA vs. CAR
71. Steve Slaton HOU at PHI
77. *Dmitri Nance GB vs. SF
Note: Nance suffered a concussion against the Falcons.
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - LISTED AS PROBABLE. ***
72. (prev. 55.) *Jason Snelling ATL at TB
Note: Hamstring injury.
Update: Missed practice again on Thursday - unlikely to play this week. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - OFFICIALLY QUESTIONABLE. GATRELL JOHNSON WILL LIKELY BE MICHAEL TURNER'S BACKUP. ***
73. *Ladell Betts NO at CIN
Update: (Neck) Did not practice Thursday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - OFFICIALLY OUT THIS WEEK. ***
74. *Javarris James IND vs. DAL
Note: James hurt his ankle in the loss to the Chargers.
75. *Earnest Graham TB vs. ATL
76. *Joseph Addai IND vs. DAL
Note: Addai (shoulder) will probably need more time before he's ready to return. Don't count on him this week.
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - LISTED AS DOUBTFUL AGAIN THIS WEEK. ***
78. *Ryan Torain WAS at NYG
Note: (Hamstring) Torain is still not at full speed.
Update: Running, but still hasn't practiced. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LIMITED PRACTICE FRIDAY, TRAVELED WITH THE TEAM TO NEW YORK, BUT IS STILL LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE. ***
79. *Tyrell Sutton CAR at SEA
80. *Marion Barber DAL at IND
Note: Barber is out for two weeks because of a strained calf.
81. Frank Gore SF at GB
Note: Fractured hip, out for the year.

Wide Receiver

1. Andre Johnson HOU at PHI
Note: While I'm sympathetic to a point that Finnegan is the Sean Avery of football, I'm stunned that Johnson avoided a suspension.
2. Dwayne Bowe KC vs. DEN
3. DeSean Jackson PHI vs. HOU
Note: Look for Jackson to redeem himself in a big way this week.
4. Roddy White ATL at TB
5. Brandon Lloyd DEN at KC
6. Terrell Owens CIN vs. NO
7. *Greg Jennings GB vs. SF
Note: Suffered a foot strain in the loss to the Falcons.
Update: Practiced Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LISTED AS PROBABLE. ***
8. Marques Colston NO at CIN
9. Calvin Johnson DET vs. CHI
10. Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. HOU
11. Santonio Holmes NYJ at NE
12. Larry Fitzgerald AZ vs. STL
13. *Reggie Wayne IND vs. DAL
Note: Bad knee and a couple of bad drops last week.
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - DIDN'T PRACTICE FRIDAY, LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE, BUT HAD FULL PRACTICE WED. AND THURS. - THIS IS HIS STANDARD. THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT COMFORTING, HOWEVER, JUST THAT HIS STATUS FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS REALLY HASN'T CHANGED. ***
14. Mario Manningham NYG vs. WAS
15. Johnny Knox CHI at DET
16. *Miles Austin DAL at IND
Note: Swollen right forearm.
17. Steve Johnson BUF at MIN
Note: How will he recover from such a high-profile drop?
18. Mike Williams TB vs. ATL
Note: Williams is coming off his first bad week - I expect a good bounceback.
19. Braylon Edwards NYJ at NE
20. Mike Wallace PIT at BAL
Note: "Where's Wallace? Where's Wallace, String?" (Caution: Some cursing if you click through the link)
21. Davone Bess MIA vs. CLE
22. Pierre Garcon IND vs. DAL
23. Anquan Boldin BAL vs. PIT
Note: Don't jump ship just yet.
24. Chad Ochocinco CIN vs. NO
25. (prev. 47.) *Brandon Marshall MIA vs. CLE
Note: (Hamstring) "Making good progress" and "day-to-day."
Update: Practiced both Wednesday and Thursday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - OFFICIALLY QUESTIONABLE, THOUGH HE EXPECTS TO PLAY. ***
26. Mike Thomas JAC at TEN
27. Nate Washington TEN vs. JAC
28. Earl Bennett CHI at DET
29. Derrick Mason BAL vs. PIT
Note: Had a team-high 13 targets last week.
30. Hines Ward PIT at BAL
31. *Legedu Naanee SD vs. OAK
32. Brian Hartline MIA vs. CLE
33. (prev. 21.) *Percy Harvin MIN vs. BUF
Update: (Migraines) Missed Thursday's practice. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - MIGRAINES STILL PRESENT, MISSED FRIDAY'S PRACTICE AS WELL. ***
34. *Santana Moss WAS at NYG
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - (KNEE) QUESTIONABLE. ***
35. *Sidney Rice MIN vs. BUF
Update: Sat out practice Thursday for precautionary reasons. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - FULL PRACTICE FRIDAY, LISTED AS PROBABLE. ***
36. Ben Obomanu SEA vs. CAR
37. *Blair White IND vs. DAL
38. *Jacoby Ford OAK at SD
Note: Would be higher, but for the matchup.
39. Michael Crabtree SF at GB
40. (prev. 23.) Dez Bryant DAL at IND
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - TURNED AN ANKLE IN FRIDAY'S PRACTICE AND IS LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE. ***
41. Wes Welker NE vs. NYJ
Note: Who gets the Revis treatment - Branch or Welker?
42. (prev. 57.) *Danario Alexander STL at AZ
Update: No recurring sorenes in knee. Moving up in the rankings - just more optimistic than I was previously.
43. Danny Amendola STL at AZ
44. (prev. 104.) *Mike Williams SEA vs. CAR
Note: (Foot) Sat out last week, didn't appear at Monday's workout.
Update: Didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - PARTICIPATED IN FRIDAY'S PRACTICE AND NOW EXPECTS TO PLAY THIS WEEK. ***
45. Lee Evans BUF at MIN
46. (prev. 30.) Nate Burleson DET vs. CHI
Update: (Hamstring) Limited participation Wednesday and Thursday. Plus it'll be Stanton and not Hill at QB this week.
47. *Steve Breaston AZ vs. STL
Note: Just five targets on Monday night, perhaps because he was questionable coming into the game.
Update: Limited participant in Thursday's practice.
48. (prev. 29.) Robert Meachem NO at CIN
49. Jordan Shipley CIN vs. NO
50. Jabar Gaffney DEN at KC
51. Lance Moore NO at CIN
52. *James Jones GB vs. SF
53. Laurent Robinson STL at AZ
Note: Seemingly has surpassed Brandon Gibson in the pecking order.
54. *Malcom Floyd SD vs. OAK
Note: (Hamstring) Targeted just one time last week.
Update: Returned to practice Thursday.
55. *Early Doucet AZ vs. STL
Note: Caught five passes for 60 yards - obviously the concussion is a non-issue.
56. Mohamed Massaquoi CLE at MIA
57. *Eddie Royal DEN at KC
58. Anthony Armstrong WAS at NYG
59. Roy Williams DAL at IND
60. *Deion Branch NE vs. NYJ
61. Randy Moss TEN vs. JAC
62. Devery Henderson NO at CIN
63. Derek Hagan NYG vs. WAS
64. Jordy Nelson GB vs. SF
65. *Donald Driver GB vs. SF
66. Steve Smith CAR at SEA
67. T.J. Houshmandzadeh BAL vs. PIT
68. Jason Avant PHI vs. HOU
69. *Kevin Walter HOU at PHI
Note: Minor calf injury.
70. Deon Butler SEA vs. CAR
71. David Gettis CAR at SEA
72. Brandon Tate NE vs. NYJ
73. Josh Morgan SF at GB
74. Michael Jenkins ATL at TB
75. *Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK at SD
76. *Louis Murphy OAK at SD
77. Brian Finneran ATL at TB
78. (prev. 103.) *Jerricho Cotchery NYJ at NE
Note: (Groin) Ran some routes over the weekend, expects to play on Monday night.
Update: Practiced Thursday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - PROBABLE FOR MONDAY NIGHT'S GAME. ***
79. Andre Roberts AZ vs. STL
80. *Seyi Ajirotutu SD vs. OAK
81. Greg Camarillo MIN vs. BUF
82. Bryant Johnson DET vs. CHI
83. *Emmanuel Sanders PIT at BAL
84. Arrelious Benn TB vs. ATL
85. Chansi Stuckey CLE at MIA
86. *Devin Hester CHI at DET
87. *Andre Caldwell CIN vs. NO
88. Jacoby Jones HOU at PHI
89. Brandon Gibson STL at AZ
90. (prev. 100.) *Bernard Berrian MIN vs. BUF
Update: (Groin) Full participant the last two days. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LISTED AS PROBABLE. ***
91. (prev. 101.) *Golden Tate SEA vs. CAR
92. Brandon James IND vs. DAL
93. *Donte Stallworth BAL vs. PIT
94. Justin Gage TEN vs. JAC
95. Chris Chambers KC vs. DEN
96. David Nelson BUF at MIN
97. *Julian Edelman NE vs. NYJ
98. Donald Jones BUF at MIN
99. Michael Clayton NYG vs. WAS
100. *Brandon LaFell CAR at SEA
101. *Dexter McCluster KC vs. DEN
102. *Austin Collie IND vs. DAL
Note: Collie is "improving" though the Colts won't know about his practice status until later in the week.
Update: Limited participant in Thursday's practice. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - OFFICIALLY QUESTIONABLE AFTER NOT PRACTICING FRIDAY. THE COLTS PLAY AT 4:15 ET, WHICH MIGHT LIMIT YOUR REPLACEMENT OPTIONS IF HE CAN'T GO. ***
103. (prev. 84.) Greg Lewis MIN vs. BUF
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - QUESTIONABLE WITH A CONCUSSION. ***
104. *Steven Smith NYG vs. WAS
Update: Small chance that he plays this week. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - OFFICIALLY DOUBTFUL. ***
105. (prev. 45.) *Mike Sims-Walker JAC at TEN
Note: Able to play through his ankle injury.
Update: Limited practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - OFFICIALLY RULED OUT AFTER PLAYING THROUGH THE INJURY LAST WEEK. ***
106. *Vincent Jackson SD vs. OAK
Note: On the field for just two plays before getting felled by a calf strain that will probably have him out this week.
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - OFFICIALLY DOUBTFUL. ***
107. *Kenny Britt TEN vs. JAC
Update: (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday, with the scout team though.
108. *Demaryius Thomas DEN at KC
Note: (Ankle) Ruled out again this week.

Tight End

1. *Jacob Tamme IND vs. DAL
2. Tony Gonzalez ATL at TB
3. *Kevin Boss NYG vs. WAS
4. Joel Dreessen HOU at PHI
5. Marcedes Lewis JAC at TEN
Note: Having to block more because of OL injuries.
6. Chris Cooley WAS at NYG
7. Jason Witten DAL at IND
8. (prev. 11.) *Antonio Gates SD vs. OAK
Note: Really gutted it out on Sunday night.
Update: Hasn't yet practiced this week - could be a game-time decision again. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LIMITED PRACTICE FRIDAY - WHILE STILL A GAME-TIME DECISION, THIS LOOKS REASONABLY OPTIMISTIC. ***
9. (prev. 14.) Brent Celek PHI vs. HOU
Update: Bumping up because of the matchup.
10. Todd Heap BAL vs. PIT
11. (prev. 3.) Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. CHI
Update: Modest downgrade due to the QB situation.
12. *Vernon Davis SF at GB
13. Visanthe Shiancoe MIN vs. BUF
14. *Kellen Winslow Jr. TB vs. ATL
Note: Found the end zone twice in the last three weeks.
15. Dustin Keller NYJ at NE
16. *Tony Moeaki KC vs. DEN
17. Greg Olsen CHI at DET
Note: Scored, but that was his only target.
18. Ben Watson CLE at MIA
19. Anthony Fasano MIA vs. CLE
20. *Heath Miller PIT at BAL
21. Aaron Hernandez NE vs. NYJ
22. Bo Scaife TEN vs. JAC
23. (prev. 17.) Jimmy Graham NO at CIN
24. Rob Gronkowski NE vs. NYJ
25. Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. NO
26. Billy Bajema STL at AZ
27. *Zach Miller OAK at SD
Note: Like Gates, dealing with a torn plantar fascia.
Update: Was on the practice field Thursday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - OFFICIALLY QUESTIONABLE. ***
28. Evan Moore CLE at MIA
29. (prev. 34.) *Jeremy Shockey NO at CIN
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - NOT ON THE FRIDAY INJURY REPORT. ***
30. Andrew Quarless GB vs. SF
31. John Carlson SEA vs. CAR
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - (HIP) QUESTIONABLE. ***
32. Daniel Fells STL at AZ
33. David Thomas NO at CIN
34. *Randy McMichael SD vs. OAK
35. *Tony Scheffler DET vs. CHI
Update: (Ribs) Limited practice Thursday.
36. *Owen Daniels HOU at PHI
Note: Didn't practice Tuesday.
37. *Michael Hoomanawanui STL at AZ
Note: Out four-to-six weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Kicker

1. Matt Bryant ATL at TB
2. *David Akers PHI vs. HOU
3. *Nate Kaeding SD vs. OAK
4. Matt Prater DEN at KC
5. Mason Crosby GB vs. SF
6. Sebastian Janikowski OAK at SD
7. Dan Carpenter MIA vs. CLE
Note: Carpeneter's big fantasy day could have been bigger but for a couple of missed long-distance attempts.
8. Lawrence Tynes NYG vs. WAS
9. Josh Scobee JAC at TEN
10. Billy Cundiff BAL vs. PIT
11. Ryan Longwell MIN vs. BUF
12. Robbie Gould CHI at DET
13. Olindo Mare SEA vs. CAR
14. Adam Vinatieri IND vs. DAL
15. Garrett Hartley NO at CIN
16. *Dave Rayner DET vs. CHI
17. Shayne Graham NE vs. NYJ
18. Shaun Suisham PIT at BAL
19. *Nick Folk NYJ at NE
Note: The Jets worked out Kris Brown, which is as good a warning signal as anything that Folk's job hangs in the balance.
20. Rob Bironas TEN vs. JAC
Note: Buried under the Titans' tidal wave of FAIL.
21. Josh Brown STL at AZ
22. Rian Lindell BUF at MIN
23. Neil Rackers HOU at PHI
24. Graham Gano WAS at NYG
25. David Buehler DAL at IND
26. Jay Feely AZ vs. STL
27. Phil Dawson CLE at MIA
28. Ryan Succop KC vs. DEN
29. Connor Barth TB vs. ATL
30. John Kasay CAR at SEA
Note: A couple of gut-wrenching misses for Kasay.
31. *Clint Stitser CIN vs. NO
Note: Replacing Aaron Pettrey, who was waived Tuesday.
32. *Joe Nedney SF at GB
Note: The Niners waived Shane Andrus after his rough night.

Defense

1. San Diego vs. Oakland
2. Green Bay vs. San Francisco
3. Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh
4. Chicago at Detroit
Note: Might get to face Drew Stanton this week.
5. New York Giants vs. Washington
6. Tennessee vs. Jacksonville
7. Pittsburgh at Baltimore
8. Seattle vs. Carolina
9. Miami vs. Cleveland
10. St. Louis at Arizona
11. Minnesota vs. Buffalo
12. New Orleans at Cincinnati
13. Philadelphia vs. Houston
Note: Good sacks potential.
14. New York Jets at New England
15. Atlanta at Tampa Bay
16. Kansas City vs. Denver
17. Jacksonville at Tennessee
Note: Move 10 slots down if it's Kerry Collins and not Rusty Smith at QB.
18. Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta
19. New England vs. New York Jets
20. Cleveland at Miami
21. Indianapolis vs. Dallas
22. Buffalo at Minnesota
23. Washington at New York Giants
24. Carolina at Seattle
25. Dallas at Indianapolis
26. Arizona vs. St. Louis
27. San Francisco at Green Bay
28. Detroit vs. Chicago
29. Oakland at San Diego
30. Denver at Kansas City
31. Houston at Philadelphia
32. Cincinnati vs. New Orleans

Flex Position (RB/WR/TE)

1. Arian Foster HOU at PHI
2. Peyton Hillis CLE at MIA
3. Jamaal Charles KC vs. DEN
Note: After last week, how can Charles *not* get 25 touches? This is an optimistic ranking, I know, but remember what he did against the Broncos last year.
4. Michael Turner ATL at TB
5. Steven Jackson STL at AZ
6. *LeSean McCoy PHI vs. HOU
Note: McCoy (shoulder) was a full participant in Monday's workout.
7. Chris Johnson TEN vs. JAC
Note: Just seven carries last week? I don't care how much the offense is struggling, that's just indefensible, *especially* when you've got a rookie quarterback in there.
8. Andre Johnson HOU at PHI
Note: While I'm sympathetic to a point that Finnegan is the Sean Avery of football, I'm stunned that Johnson avoided a suspension.
9. Dwayne Bowe KC vs. DEN
10. DeSean Jackson PHI vs. HOU
Note: Look for Jackson to redeem himself in a big way this week.
11. Roddy White ATL at TB
12. Brandon Lloyd DEN at KC
13. Terrell Owens CIN vs. NO
14. *Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at TEN
15. *Adrian Peterson MIN vs. BUF
Note: Monday's MRI on his ankle revealed "just" a sprain, which really doesn't tell us anything without revealing the degree of sprain or where it is on the ankle. I'm inferring that it's not a high-ankle sprain, given the lack of mention thereof. He'd be #1 on the list if not for the injury.
16. *Greg Jennings GB vs. SF
Note: Suffered a foot strain in the loss to the Falcons.
17. Marques Colston NO at CIN
18. Calvin Johnson DET vs. CHI
19. Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. HOU
20. Santonio Holmes NYJ at NE
21. Larry Fitzgerald AZ vs. STL
22. *Reggie Wayne IND vs. DAL
Note: Bad knee and a couple of bad drops last week.
23. Rashard Mendenhall PIT at BAL
24. Cedric Benson CIN vs. NO
25. Knowshon Moreno DEN at KC
26. Ray Rice BAL vs. PIT
Note: Not only did Anquan Boldin hurt his owners last week, he hurt Rice's owners with a holding penalty on a long touchdown.
27. Darren McFadden OAK at SD
Note: Indefensible, Part 2 - How does McFadden get just eight carries, and Michael Bush just one?
28. Fred Jackson BUF at MIN
29. Matt Forte CHI at DET
30. Mario Manningham NYG vs. WAS
31. Johnny Knox CHI at DET
32. *Miles Austin DAL at IND
Note: Swollen right forearm.
33. Steve Johnson BUF at MIN
Note: How will he recover from such a high-profile drop?
34. Mike Williams TB vs. ATL
Note: Williams is coming off his first bad week - I expect a good bounceback.
35. Braylon Edwards NYJ at NE
36. Mike Wallace PIT at BAL
Note: "Where's Wallace? Where's Wallace, String?"
37. *Percy Harvin MIN vs. BUF
38. *Chris Ivory NO at CIN
39. LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ at NE
40. Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. WAS
41. LeGarrette Blount TB vs. ATL
42. Mike Tolbert SD vs. OAK
43. *Felix Jones DAL at IND
44. *Brian Westbrook SF at GB
Note: Even with Gore officially out, I really doubt that he (a) gets 23 carries against the Packers or (b) averages 5.9 yards per carry against them. While there's a buying opportunity on the waiver for obvious reasons, there's a big potential for false expectations created by Monday night's game.
45. Davone Bess MIA vs. CLE
46. Dez Bryant DAL at IND
47. Pierre Garcon IND vs. DAL
48. Anquan Boldin BAL vs. PIT
Note: Don't jump ship just yet.
49. Chad Ochocinco CIN vs. NO
50. Mike Thomas JAC at TEN
51. Nate Washington TEN vs. JAC
52. Robert Meachem NO at CIN
53. Nate Burleson DET vs. CHI
54. Earl Bennett CHI at DET
55. Derrick Mason BAL vs. PIT
Note: Had a team-high 13 targets last week.
56. Hines Ward PIT at BAL
57. *Legedu Naanee SD vs. OAK
58. Brian Hartline MIA vs. CLE
59. *Mike Goodson CAR at SEA
60. BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE vs. NYJ
61. Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. WAS
Note: Bradshaw got 13 touches (nine carries, four catches) as the backup.
62. Ricky Williams MIA vs. CLE
63. Thomas Jones KC vs. DEN
64. *Chris Wells AZ vs. STL
65. *Jonathan Stewart CAR at SEA
66. *Jacob Tamme IND vs. DAL
67. *Santana Moss WAS at NYG
68. *Sidney Rice MIN vs. BUF
69. Ben Obomanu SEA vs. CAR
70. *Blair White IND vs. DAL
71. *Jacoby Ford OAK at SD
Note: Would be higher, but for the matchup.
72. Michael Crabtree SF at GB
73. Wes Welker NE vs. NYJ
Note: Who gets the Revis treatment - Branch or Welker?
74. Danny Amendola STL at AZ
75. Brandon Jackson GB vs. SF
76. Ronnie Brown MIA vs. CLE
77. Shonn Greene NYJ at NE
78. Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. CAR
79. Tony Gonzalez ATL at TB
80. Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. CHI
81. *Kevin Boss NYG vs. WAS
82. Joel Dreessen HOU at PHI
83. *Donald Brown IND vs. DAL
Note: Diminishing Jordan Todman's draft stock on a weekly basis.
84. *Keiland Williams WAS at NYG
Note: Shanahan once again proves that he's the Master when it comes to screwing over fantasy owners. How on earth does Williams get just three carries, unless there's an undisclosed injury?
85. Maurice Morris DET vs. CHI
86. *Toby Gerhart MIN vs. BUF
Note: Gerhart ran for 76 yards and a touchdown after Peterson's injury last week, but suffered a shoulder stinger (that he played through) in the process. He played on in part because the Vikings didn't dress three tailbacks last week. Look for Albert Young to be active this week against the Bills to guard against any further setbacks from Peterson and/or Gerhart.
87. Marcedes Lewis JAC at TEN
Note: Having to block more because of OL injuries.
88. Chris Cooley WAS at NYG
89. Jason Witten DAL at IND
90. Todd Heap BAL vs. PIT
91. *Vernon Davis SF at GB
92. *Antonio Gates SD vs. OAK
Note: Really gutted it out on Sunday night.
93. Visanthe Shiancoe MIN vs. BUF
94. Justin Forsett SEA vs. CAR
Note: Forsett's weird playing time trend continued against the Chiefs, getting just four touches last week.
95. *Tashard Choice DAL at IND
Note: Choice finally should get more carries now that Marion Barber is out this week.
96. Lee Evans BUF at MIN
97. *Mike Sims-Walker JAC at TEN
Note: Able to play through his ankle injury.
98. *Steve Breaston AZ vs. STL
Note: Just five targets on Monday night, perhaps because he was questionable coming into the game.
99. *Brandon Marshall MIA vs. CLE
Note: (Hamstring) "Making good progress" and "day-to-day."
100. Jordan Shipley CIN vs. NO
101. *Tim Hightower AZ vs. STL
Note: Only five carries on Monday night - so long as Wells is healthy, Hightower isn't playable.
102. Aaron Brown DET vs. CHI
Note: Actually was on the field more than Morris last week, significantly so.
103. Danny Woodhead NE vs. NYJ
104. *Kellen Winslow Jr. TB vs. ATL
Note: Found the end zone twice in the last three weeks.