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Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire.com and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

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Quarterback

1.Tom Brady NE at Buf
2.Philip Rivers SD vs. KC
3.Drew Brees NO vs. Hou
4.Aaron Rodgers GB at Chi
5.*Michael Vick PHI vs. NYG
Note: (Concussion) Evaluated and cleared by a neurosurgeon before practicing Thursday - it looks as if he'll play. The Eagles have to be extra sensitive to this issue, given some of their past history.
6.Jay Cutler CHI vs. GB
Note: So far the Packers' pass defense has given up a ton of yards.
7.Matthew Stafford DET at Min
8.Matt Schaub HOU at NO
9.*Cam Newton CAR vs. Jac
Note: OK, I'm sold. If he stays healthy, chances are Newton will be in my top 10 the rest of the season. (Ankle) Full practice Thursday.
10.Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. NE
Note: One consequence of the Patriots' hurry-up offense and them putting so many scores on the board is that opposing QBs are also getting their yards.
11.*Ben Roethlisberger PIT at Ind
Note: Appeared to injure his knee but was ok after the game. Full participant in practice, won't wear a knee brace.
12.Rex Grossman WAS at Dal
13.*Matt Ryan ATL at TB
Note: (Knee) Limited in practice Thursday.
14.*Mark Sanchez NYJ at Oak
Note: Bruised his arm on a big hit late but shouldn't be a threat to not play. (Elbow) Full participant in Thursday's practice.
15.Kevin Kolb ARZ at Sea
16.*Tony Romo DAL vs. Was
Note: Fractured rib, punctured lung, but hey, it was only one fractured rib, right? The fact that he plays on Monday night gives him more time to heal, but gives us less time to react. Did not practice Thursday, and set to have a CT scan to check on the progress of his lung.
17.Colt McCoy CLE vs. Mia
18.Kyle Orton DEN at Ten
Note: The fact that Tim Tebow got reps at wide receiver gives Orton extra job security.
19.Joe Flacco BAL at StL
Note: Disappointing game against the Titans last week; now gets the Rams, who are no cakewalk.
20.Josh Freeman TB vs. Atl
Note: Came on strong over the second half after a miserable first half.
21.Sam Bradford STL vs. Bal
Note: Connected well with Sims-Walker and Alexander on Monday night. Other receivers? Not-so-much.
22.Eli Manning NYG at Phi
Note: Eli was shaky, his offensive line was pretty poor in pass protection, and more receivers keep dropping like flies.
23.Matt Hasselbeck TEN vs. Den
24.Andy Dalton CIN vs. SF
Note: Dalton threw down field more often after falling behind.
25.Chad Henne MIA at Cle
Note: Went back to being Chad Henne last week against the Texans.
26.Tarvaris Jackson SEA vs. Ari
27.*Alex Smith SF at Cin
Note: Sustained a low-grade concussion last week but played through it. He's been cleared to play this week.
28.Donovan McNabb MIN vs. Det
Note: Improved his YPA by a whole 5.0 yards last week! Oh, wait ...
29.*Jason Campbell OAK vs. NYJ
Note: Limited participation in Wednesday's practice with a left foot injury.
30.Kerry Collins IND vs. Pit
Note: No fumbles, but in a way, this was an even worse performance by Collins - only 5.0 yards per attempt, at home. (Shoulder) Limited in Wednesday's practice.
31.*Matt Cassel KC at SD
Note: When do we stop blaming the reliability of Cassel's targets and start blaming Cassel himself? Maybe that finger injury is lingering.
32.*Jon Kitna DAL vs. Was
Note: If we knew for certain that Romo couldn't go, Kitna would rank around 20 or so.
33.*Blaine Gabbert JAC at Car
Note: Named the starter for Week 3's game against the Panthers.
34.*Mike Kafka PHI vs. NYG
Note: With Vick practicing Thursday, Kafka seems unlikely to play. Thus, time to get in a gratuitous Kafka quote: In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world.

Running Backs

1.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Det
2.Ray Rice BAL at StL
3.Chris Johnson TEN vs. Den
Note: This week is the payoff week for those who took a chance on Johnson in their early drafts. Returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday due to general soreness.
4.*LeSean McCoy PHI vs. NYG
Note: Suffered a minor hand injury Sunday night.
5.Rashard Mendenhall PIT at Ind
6.Michael Turner ATL at TB
7.Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at Car
Note: Three catches last week - progress! Too bad they have a grease fire going at quarterback.
8.Darren McFadden OAK vs. NYJ
9.LeGarrette Blount TB vs. Atl
Note: Exploded in the second half. Maybe the Bucs will use him sooner this week?
10.Ben Tate HOU at NO
Note: In line for more action this week thanks to Foster's hamstring tightness. Working on the assumption that Foster does not play.
11.Frank Gore SF at Cin
12.Fred Jackson BUF vs. NE
13.Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at Phi
Note: Pretty even distribution of carries with Brandon Jacobs - Bradshaw was effect, but we were hoping for a lot more Monday night.
14.*Chris Wells ARZ at Sea
Note: Aargh, limited in practice Thursday with a hamstring injury.
15.Matt Forte CHI vs. GB
16.Jahvid Best DET at Min
17.Tim Hightower WAS at Dal
18.*Cedric Benson CIN vs. SF
Note: Three game suspension, but apparently will be allowed to play this week while he appeals.
19.Mark Ingram NO vs. Hou
20.Ryan Mathews SD vs. KC
21.BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE at Buf
Note: Got 17 carries to Woodhead's four last week.
22.*DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. Jac
Note: Just five carries in a close game? Ugh... They spent all that money, they have to use him at some point, right?
23.*Daniel Thomas MIA at Cle
Note: Welcome back from fantasy purgatory. That the Dolphins released Larry Johnson (again) indicates their confidence in Thomas' health.
24.*Montario Hardesty CLE vs. Mia
Note: STARTING WITH Peyton Hillis OUT.
25.James Starks GB at Chi
Note: Clearly the better Packer running back, though Grant is still getting some carries too.
26.Shonn Greene NYJ at Oak
Note: One short touchdown salvaged an otherwise awful day, despite getting more carries.
27.*Steven Jackson STL vs. Bal
Note: Sat out last week with a quad injury, day-to-day for this week.LImited participant Thursday, game-time decision.
28.*Willis McGahee DEN at Ten
Note: Obviously a significant downgrade if Moreno can play.
29.*Mike Tolbert SD vs. KC
Note: Stuffed at the goalline and had an incomphrensible fumble against the Pats, but also had eight catches.Missed practice Thursday with a calf injury.
30.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. Jac
31.Joseph Addai IND vs. Pit
32.Brandon Jacobs NYG at Phi
33.Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. Ari
34.Michael Bush OAK vs. NYJ
35.*Thomas Jones KC at SD
Note: As badly as I want to ignore Thomas Jones, the universe keeps pulling me back in.
36.*Knowshon Moreno DEN at Ten
Note: Inactive last week due to his hamstring injury. Practiced Wednesday and Thursday.
37.*DeMarco Murray DAL vs. Was
Note: Even if Felix Jones plays, Murray should get more action this week.
38.Ryan Grant GB at Chi
39.Pierre Thomas NO vs. Hou
40.Darren Sproles NO vs. Hou
Note: Eight catches and a disputed touchdown reception last week against the Bears.
41.Roy Helu Jr. WAS at Dal
Note: Looked great nearly every time he touched the ball.
42.*C.J. Spiller BUF vs. NE
Note: Might get used more in the passing game.
43.*Dexter McCluster KC at SD
Note: The upside play in Charles' absence, but we can't always trust Todd Haley to conclude the same.
44.Delone Carter IND vs. Pit
Note: Inching closer to Addai, but not in the game on passing downs.
45.*Reggie Bush MIA at Cle
Note: Only six carries to 17 for Daniel Thomas last week. Listed with a groin problem, but practiced Wednesday.
46.*Felix Jones DAL vs. Was
Note: Separated/Dislocated shoulder, depending upon your source. The Cowboys are hopeful that he can play Monday night. Did not practice Thursday.
47.Javon Ringer TEN vs. Den
Note: The clear handcuff now for Chris Johnson - coach Munchak indicated he wanted to get more carries for Ringer.
48.LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ at Oak
49.Danny Woodhead NE at Buf
50.Jason Snelling ATL at TB
51.Earnest Graham TB vs. Atl
52.Deji Karim JAC at Car
53.Isaac Redman PIT at Ind
Note: More than just a token backup, Redman receives real reps from the Steelers.
54.Ricky Williams BAL at StL
55.*Tashard Choice DAL vs. Was
Note: Saw some action last week, and now Felix Jones is hurt.
56.Justin Forsett SEA vs. Ari
57.Ronnie Brown PHI vs. NYG
58.*Armond Smith CLE vs. Mia
Note: Could get more action this week backing up Hardesty, with Hillis out.
59.Jerious Norwood STL vs. Bal
60.Stevan Ridley NE at Buf
61.*Cadillac Williams STL vs. Bal
Note: Ran more like an Oldsmobile Monday night, especially on his blown lateral. Now dealing with a hamstring injury. Didn't practice Thursday.
62.Keiland Williams DET at Min
Note: Got more carries than Harrison did, albeit in garbage time.
63.Jerome Harrison DET at Min
64.Chester Taylor ARZ at Sea
65.Maurice Morris DET at Min
66.*Bernard Scott CIN vs. SF
Note: Scott just wants a bit part in your life. Might have a three-game stretch to start if the NFL upholds Benson's suspension.
67.*Le'Ron McClain KC at SD
Note: Potential goal line option for the Chiefs, assuming they ever get there.
68.Kendall Hunter SF at Cin
Note: Not getting any carries as Gore's backup.
69.Leon Washington SEA vs. Ari
70.Jamie Harper TEN vs. Den
71.Mike Goodson CAR vs. Jac
72.Anthony Allen BAL at StL
73.Toby Gerhart MIN vs. Det
74.Kahlil Bell CHI vs. GB
75.Lance Ball DEN at Ten
76.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL at TB
77.Bilal Powell NYJ at Oak
78.Ryan Torain WAS at Dal
Note: Once again didn't see the field - clear third string right now.
79.Donald Brown IND vs. Pit
80.*Arian Foster HOU at NO
Note: Aggravated his hamstring injury and didn't run with the team Monday. Even if he plays, he's in a clear timeshare situation with Ben Tate. Limited participant Thursday, doesn't seem likely to play.
81.*Peyton Hillis CLE vs. Mia
Note: OUT WITH STREP THROAT
82.*Alex Green GB at Chi
83.*Shane Vereen NE at Buf
84.*Marion Barber CHI vs. GB
85.*Derrick Ward HOU at NO
Note: (Ankle) Doubtful to play.
86.*Jamaal Charles KC at SD
Note: Out for the season with a quad injury, thanks to a first-down marker.

Wide Receivers

1.Andre Johnson HOU at NO
2.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Sea
3.*Kenny Britt TEN vs. Den
Note: (Quad) Full practice Thursday after feeling some soreness at the end of Wednesday's practice.
4.Brandon Marshall MIA at Cle
5.Greg Jennings GB at Chi
6.Mike Wallace PIT at Ind
7.Wes Welker NE at Buf
8.Vincent Jackson SD vs. KC
Note: Don't make snap judgments after one bad game, part eleventy thousand. Did not practice Thursday, apparently for rest reasons.
9.Calvin Johnson DET at Min
Note: So far the Vikes have shut down two #1 receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams - might be harder against Calvin, but maybe ratchet down your expectations one notch. (Ankle) Returned to practice Thursday.
10.Mike Williams TB vs. Atl
Note: Don't panic - the Vikes rolled their coverage toward Williams, but not every team can pull that off.
11.*Roddy White ATL at TB
Note: Won't have to face Asomugha this week. (knee) Limited in practice Thursday, as was Matt Ryan.
12.Steve Smith CAR vs. Jac
13.*Dwayne Bowe KC at SD
Note: With Charles out, Bowe could get a sick number of targets each week.
14.Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. NYG
15.Santana Moss WAS at Dal
16.*Steve Johnson BUF vs. NE
Note: Playing through a nagging groin injury. Practiced Thursday - running routes.
17.Mike Sims-Walker STL vs. Bal
Note: Established himself as Bradford's go-to guy.
18.*DeSean Jackson PHI vs. NYG
Note: Injured wrist and buttocks on Sunday night.
19.*Hakeem Nicks NYG at Phi
Note: (Knee) Early touchdown catch saved an otherwise poor day.
20.*Brandon Lloyd DEN at Ten
Note: (Groin) Full practice Thursday, looks like he'll play.
21.Reggie Wayne IND vs. Pit
22.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. Was
Note: (Quad) Likely to return and be the #1 target with Austin out. Did not practice Thursday - remember, with a Monday night game, this is the equivalent of missing a Wednesday practice. Still, this isn't promising, and Friday's practice now becomes hugely important.
23.Deion Branch NE at Buf
24.Robert Meachem NO vs. Hou
25.*Percy Harvin MIN vs. Det
Note: Missed practice Thursday with an illness, not migraine-related.
26.Mike Thomas JAC at Car
27.Anquan Boldin BAL at StL
28.*Santonio Holmes NYJ at Oak
Note: Avoided aggravating his knee/quad injuries. (Quad) Limited Thursday.
29.Julio Jones ATL at TB
30.Davone Bess MIA at Cle
31.*Mario Manningham NYG at Phi
Note: Left Monday night's game with a concussion. Didn't practice Thursday - seems unlikely to play.
32.Nate Burleson DET at Min
33.Devery Henderson NO vs. Hou
34.*A.J. Green CIN vs. SF
Note: (Toe) Limited in practice Thursday.
35.*Chad Ochocinco NE at Buf
Note: Could have an expanded role this week with Hernandez out. Nice buy-low target.
36.*Plaxico Burress NYJ at Oak
Note: Hardly used last week - the game was a blowout and he had a sore ankle.
37.Jordy Nelson GB at Chi
38.Eric Decker DEN at Ten
Note: Monster game against the Bengals and will be here to stay with Royal out.
39.Brandon Gibson STL vs. Bal
Note: Four catches for 52 yards on Monday night. Behind Sims-Walker in the pecking order, maybe not Alexander though, as he had eight targets.
40.Austin Collie IND vs. Pit
Note: Ten targets last week, but only three catches for 24 yards.
41.*Kevin Ogletree DAL vs. Was
Note: Could be the #2 receiver with Austin out.
42.Johnny Knox CHI vs. GB
43.Jabar Gaffney WAS at Dal
44.Early Doucet ARZ at Sea
45.Hines Ward PIT at Ind
46.*Mohamed Massaquoi CLE vs. Mia
Note: (Ankle) Practiced Thursday.
47.*David Nelson BUF vs. NE
Note: Likely the slot receiver for the Bills the rest of the season with Roscoe Parrish out for the season.
48.Denarius Moore OAK vs. NYJ
Note: Sometimes the preseason matters. Might have to face Revis this week, though.
49.Mike Williams SEA vs. Ari
50.Pierre Garcon IND vs. Pit
51.*Roy Williams CHI vs. GB
Note: (Groin) Full practice Thursday.
52.Derrick Mason NYJ at Oak
53.Arrelious Benn TB vs. Atl
Note: Only one catch, but it was good for a touchdown.
54.Nate Washington TEN vs. Den
55.Emmanuel Sanders PIT at Ind
56.*Sidney Rice SEA vs. Ari
Note: Has a torn labrum in his shoulder, hoping to avoid surgery. Full practice Wednesday and Thursday. Good news for once.
57.Preston Parker TB vs. Atl
Note: Six catches for 98 yards against the Vikes. Could start to free up room for Williams to roam.
58.Devin Hester CHI vs. GB
59.Antonio Brown PIT at Ind
60.Titus Young DET at Min
Note: Seven targets against the Chiefs.
61.*Patrick Crayton SD vs. KC
Note: Taking first-team reps in practice with Malcom Floyd out.
62.Greg Little CLE vs. Mia
63.*Jesse Holley DAL vs. Was
Note: Emerged late in the game, with three catches, including the game-changer in overtime.
64.Brian Hartline MIA at Cle
65.Brandon LaFell CAR vs. Jac
66.James Jones GB at Chi
67.*Michael Crabtree SF at Cin
Note: Expected to return this week after sitting out with a foot injury. We'll move him up once he practices fully. Likely active this week.
68.*Andre Caldwell CIN vs. SF
Note: Should get a lot more targets this week. Shipley is out for the year, and now Jerome Simpson's status is up in smoke.
69.Andre Roberts ARZ at Sea
70.Donald Driver GB at Chi
71.*Lance Moore NO vs. Hou
Note: (Groin) Full participant in practice this week.
72.Donald Jones BUF vs. NE
73.Danario Alexander STL vs. Bal
74.Anthony Armstrong WAS at Dal
75.Chaz Schilens OAK vs. NYJ
76.Steve Breaston KC at SD
Note: Only four targets so far this season. So much for adding a viable #2 receiver.
77.Adrian Arrington NO vs. Hou
78.Josh Morgan SF at Cin
79.Ben Obomanu SEA vs. Ari
80.*Victor Cruz NYG at Phi
Note: Could get some play if Manningham and Hixon can't go.
81.Jason Avant PHI vs. NYG
82.Josh Cribbs CLE vs. Mia
83.Doug Baldwin SEA vs. Ari
84.Harry Douglas ATL at TB
85.*Greg Salas STL vs. Bal
Note: Not such a great week - dropped passes and a muffed punt. Sore ribs, but full practice Thursday.
86.Steven Smith PHI vs. NYG
87.Derek Hagan OAK vs. NYJ
88.Matt Willis DEN at Ten
89.Legedu Naanee CAR vs. Jac
90.Austin Pettis STL vs. Bal
91.Cecil Shorts JAC at Car
92.*Jerome Simpson CIN vs. SF
Note: When you absolutely need to ship 2.5 pounds of weed overnight, pro-tip: don't use Nate Newton Express. Status for Sunday uncertain, but he had to miss Thursday's practice.
93.*Jacoby Jones HOU at NO
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Thursday.
94.*Malcom Floyd SD vs. KC
Note: Left with a groin strain in the second quarter. If he has to sit, Patrick Crayton might become viable. Did not practice Thursday.
95.*Earl Bennett CHI vs. GB
Note: Suffered a chest bruise early in the loss to the Saints. Did not practice Wednesday.
96.*Lee Evans BAL at StL
Note: The Ravens are contemplating sitting Evans because of his nagging ankle injury. Perhaps him being able to play last week isn't good inspiration for Cam Newton.
97.*Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. NYJ
Note: Game-day scratch last week. (Knee) Taking it slow in practice Thursday.
98.*Jason Hill JAC at Car
Note: (Hip) Limited in Thursday's practice.
99.*Kevin Walter HOU at NO
Note: Sat out last week with a collarbone injury, might be able to return this week.
100.*Jon Baldwin KC at SD
101.*Louis Murphy OAK vs. NYJ
Note: (Groin) Out again this week.
102.*Jacoby Ford OAK vs. NYJ
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday.
103.*Jerricho Cotchery PIT at Ind
104.*Braylon Edwards SF at Cin
Note: Right knee sprain. Out several weeks after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
105.*Eddie Royal DEN at Ten
Note: Out two-to-four weeks with a groin injury.
106.*Marques Colston NO vs. Hou
Note: (Collarbone) Reminder that he's still out.
107.*Miles Austin DAL vs. Was
Note: (Hamstring) Out until Oct. 16. At least he went out on his shield, like a gladiator.
108.*Danny Amendola STL vs. Bal
Note: (Elbow) Won't practice again this week, though he seems to be healing quickly.
109.*Domenik Hixon NYG at Phi
Note: Highlight reel touchdown catch, but aggravated his knee injury. Another torn ACL - sigh...
110.*Jordan Shipley CIN vs. SF
Note: Torn ACL, out for the season.

Tight Ends

1.*Jason Witten DAL vs. Was
Note: Practiced Thursday but has sore ribs and is wearing a protective vest.
2.*Rob Gronkowski NE at Buf
Note: Top five tight end with Hernandez out.
3.Jermichael Finley GB at Chi
4.Jimmy Graham NO vs. Hou
5.Vernon Davis SF at Cin
6.Fred Davis WAS at Dal
7.Dustin Keller NYJ at Oak
8.*Antonio Gates SD vs. KC
Note: Shut out by the Patriots. Don't look for the Chiefs to be able to repeat that feat. (Foot) Aargh - didn't practice Thursday. Maybe it wasn't just the Patriots taking Gates away from the Bolts.
9.Owen Daniels HOU at NO
Note: Didn't have the huge game we expected.
10.*Dallas Clark IND vs. Pit
Note: Four of his eight targets and his TD came in garbage time last week. (Foot) Returned to practice Thursday.
11.*Marcedes Lewis JAC at Car
Note: Sat out last week with a calf injury. Full participant in Thursday's practice.
12.Ben Watson CLE vs. Mia
13.Tony Gonzalez ATL at TB
14.Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. SF
15.Kellen Winslow TB vs. Atl
16.Greg Olsen CAR vs. Jac
17.*Tony Scheffler DET at Min
Note: Scored again for the second week in a row. Could get a lot of targets this week if Pettigrew can't go.
18.Evan Moore CLE vs. Mia
19.Lance Kendricks STL vs. Bal
Note: Just two catches on nine targets so far this season.
20.Ed Dickson BAL at StL
21.Jeremy Shockey CAR vs. Jac
22.Scott Chandler BUF vs. NE
Note: Scored again, but only four targets for the game.
23.Jeff King ARZ at Sea
Note: Touchdowns in consecutive weeks.
24.Jared Cook TEN vs. Den
25.Visanthe Shiancoe MIN vs. Det
26.*Brent Celek PHI vs. NYG
Note: Dealing with a back strain. Full participant in practice.
27.*Travis Beckum NYG at Phi
Note: (Hamstring) Full practice Thursday - with all of the Giants' receiver injuries, Beckum's status takes on more urgency.
28.*Kevin Boss OAK vs. NYJ
Note: (Knee) Full practice Wednesday, should make his Raiders debut.
29.Zach Miller JAC at Car
30.Todd Heap ARZ at Sea
31.*Daniel Fells DEN at Ten
Note: Job security, for whatever it's worth, with Julius Thomas out.
32.*Chris Cooley WAS at Dal
Note: (Knee) Shut out, while Fred Davis went off. The changing of the guard is on.
33.Dennis Pitta BAL at StL
34.Heath Miller PIT at Ind
35.Anthony Fasano MIA at Cle
36.Zach Miller SEA vs. Ari
37.Jake Ballard NYG at Phi
38.Leonard Pope KC at SD
39.Kellen Davis CHI vs. GB
40.*Brandon Pettigrew DET at Min
Note: Minor shoulder injury last week. More concerning is the targets that Scheffler is getting. Didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday.
41.Jacob Tamme IND vs. Pit
42.*Aaron Hernandez NE at Buf
Note: Out 1-2 weeks with an MCL strain.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Det
2.Ray Rice BAL at StL
3.Chris Johnson TEN vs. Den
Note: This week is the payoff week for those who took a chance on Johnson in their early drafts. Returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday due to general soreness.
4.Andre Johnson HOU at NO
5.*LeSean McCoy PHI vs. NYG
Note: Suffered a minor hand injury Sunday night.
6.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Sea
7.*Kenny Britt TEN vs. Den
Note: (Quad) Full practice Thursday after feeling some soreness at the end of Wednesday's practice.
8.*Roddy White ATL at TB
Note: Won't have to face Asomugha this week. (knee) Limited in practice Thursday, as was Matt Ryan.
9.Brandon Marshall MIA at Cle
10.Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at Car
Note: Three catches last week - progress! Too bad they have a grease fire going at quarterback.
11.Darren McFadden OAK vs. NYJ
12.Frank Gore SF at Cin
13.Wes Welker NE at Buf
14.Steve Smith CAR vs. Jac
15.Greg Jennings GB at Chi
16.Mike Wallace PIT at Ind
17.Vincent Jackson SD vs. KC
Note: Don't make snap judgments after one bad game, part eleventy thousand. Did not practice Thursday, apparently for rest reasons.
18.Ben Tate HOU at NO
Note: In line for more action this week thanks to Foster's hamstring tightness. Working on the assumption that Foster does not play.
19.Calvin Johnson DET at Min
Note: So far the Vikes have shut down two #1 receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams - might be harder against Calvin, but maybe ratchet down your expectations one notch. (Ankle) Returned to practice Thursday.
20.Rashard Mendenhall PIT at Ind
21.Michael Turner ATL at TB
22.Fred Jackson BUF vs. NE
23.Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at Phi
Note: Pretty even distribution of carries with Brandon Jacobs - Bradshaw was effect, but we were hoping for a lot more Monday night.
24.Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. NYG
25.*Peyton Hillis CLE vs. Mia
Note: OUT WITH STREP THROAT
26.Matt Forte CHI vs. GB
27.Mike Williams TB vs. Atl
Note: Don't panic - the Vikes rolled their coverage toward Williams, but not every team can pull that off.
28.*Dwayne Bowe KC at SD
Note: With Charles out, Bowe could get a sick number of targets each week.
29.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. Was
Note: (Quad) Likely to return and be the #1 target with Austin out. Did not practice Thursday - remember, with a Monday night game, this is the equivalent of missing a Wednesday practice. Still, this isn't promising, and Friday's practice now becomes hugely important.
30.Jahvid Best DET at Min
31.*Chris Wells ARZ at Sea
Note: Aargh, limited in practice Thursday with a hamstring injury.
32.LeGarrette Blount TB vs. Atl
Note: Exploded in the second half. Maybe the Bucs will use him sooner this week?
33.Santana Moss WAS at Dal
34.*Steve Johnson BUF vs. NE
Note: Playing through a nagging groin injury. Practiced Thursday - running routes.
35.Tim Hightower WAS at Dal
36.Ryan Mathews SD vs. KC
37.*DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. Jac
Note: Just five carries in a close game? Ugh... They spent all that money, they have to use him at some point, right?
38.*Antonio Gates SD vs. KC
Note: Shut out by the Patriots. Don't look for the Chiefs to be able to repeat that feat. (Foot) Aargh - didn't practice Thursday. Maybe it wasn't just the Patriots taking Gates away from the Bolts.
39.*Jason Witten DAL vs. Was
Note: Practiced Thursday but has sore ribs and is wearing a protective vest.
40.Reggie Wayne IND vs. Pit
41.*Mike Tolbert SD vs. KC
Note: Stuffed at the goalline and had an incomphrensible fumble against the Pats, but also had eight catches.Missed practice Thursday with a calf injury.
42.Mike Sims-Walker STL vs. Bal
Note: Established himself as Bradford's go-to guy.
43.*DeSean Jackson PHI vs. NYG
Note: Injured wrist and buttocks on Sunday night.
44.*Hakeem Nicks NYG at Phi
Note: (Knee) Early touchdown catch saved an otherwise poor day.
45.Deion Branch NE at Buf
46.Mike Thomas JAC at Car
47.*Rob Gronkowski NE at Buf
Note: Top five tight end with Hernandez out.
48.Jermichael Finley GB at Chi
49.*Cedric Benson CIN vs. SF
Note: Three game suspension, but apparently will be allowed to play this week while he appeals.
50.Mark Ingram NO vs. Hou
51.*Jerome Simpson CIN vs. SF
Note: When you absolutely need to ship 2.5 pounds of weed overnight, pro-tip: don't use Nate Newton Express. Status for Sunday uncertain, but he had to miss Thursday's practice.
52.Robert Meachem NO vs. Hou
53.*Brandon Lloyd DEN at Ten
Note: (Groin) Full practice Thursday, looks like he'll play.
54.*Percy Harvin MIN vs. Det
Note: Missed practice Thursday with an illness, not migraine-related.
55.BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE at Buf
Note: Got 17 carries to Woodhead's four last week.
56.*Reggie Bush MIA at Cle
Note: Only six carries to 17 for Daniel Thomas last week. Listed with a groin problem, but practiced Wednesday.
57.Shonn Greene NYJ at Oak
Note: One short touchdown salvaged an otherwise awful day, despite getting more carries.
58.*Daniel Thomas MIA at Cle
Note: Welcome back from fantasy purgatory. That the Dolphins released Larry Johnson (again) indicates their confidence in Thomas' health.
59.Jimmy Graham NO vs. Hou
60.Vernon Davis SF at Cin
61.Fred Davis WAS at Dal
62.Dustin Keller NYJ at Oak
63.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. Jac
64.Anquan Boldin BAL at StL
65.*Santonio Holmes NYJ at Oak
Note: Avoided aggravating his knee/quad injuries. (Quad) Limited Thursday.
66.Joseph Addai IND vs. Pit
67.Darren Sproles NO vs. Hou
Note: Eight catches and a disputed touchdown reception last week against the Bears.
68.Nate Burleson DET at Min
69.*A.J. Green CIN vs. SF
Note: (Toe) Limited in practice Thursday.
70.Julio Jones ATL at TB
71.Davone Bess MIA at Cle
72.*Mario Manningham NYG at Phi
Note: Left Monday night's game with a concussion. Didn't practice Thursday - seems unlikely to play.
73.Devery Henderson NO vs. Hou
74.*Felix Jones DAL vs. Was
Note: Separated/Dislocated shoulder, depending upon your source. The Cowboys are hopeful that he can play Monday night. Did not practice Thursday.
75.James Starks GB at Chi
Note: Clearly the better Packer running back, though Grant is still getting some carries too.
76.Eric Decker DEN at Ten
Note: Monster game against the Bengals and will be here to stay with Royal out.
77.Brandon Gibson STL vs. Bal
Note: Four catches for 52 yards on Monday night. Behind Sims-Walker in the pecking order, maybe not Alexander though, as he had eight targets.
78.*Plaxico Burress NYJ at Oak
Note: Hardly used last week - the game was a blowout and he had a sore ankle.
79.Jordy Nelson GB at Chi
80.Austin Collie IND vs. Pit
Note: Ten targets last week, but only three catches for 24 yards.
81.Johnny Knox CHI vs. GB
82.*Willis McGahee DEN at Ten
Note: Obviously a significant downgrade if Moreno can play.
83.Brandon Jacobs NYG at Phi
84.*Chad Ochocinco NE at Buf
Note: Could have an expanded role this week with Hernandez out. Nice buy-low target.
85.Jabar Gaffney WAS at Dal
86.Owen Daniels HOU at NO
Note: Didn't have the huge game we expected.
87.*Dallas Clark IND vs. Pit
Note: Four of his eight targets and his TD came in garbage time last week. (Foot) Returned to practice Thursday.
88.Ben Watson CLE vs. Mia
89.Tony Gonzalez ATL at TB
90.*Arian Foster HOU at NO
Note: Aggravated his hamstring injury and didn't run with the team Monday. Even if he plays, he's in a clear timeshare situation with Ben Tate. Limited participant Thursday, doesn't seem likely to play.
91.Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. Ari
92.Michael Bush OAK vs. NYJ
93.*Dexter McCluster KC at SD
Note: The upside play in Charles' absence, but we can't always trust Todd Haley to conclude the same.
94.Roy Helu Jr. WAS at Dal
Note: Looked great nearly every time he touched the ball.
95.Pierre Thomas NO vs. Hou
96.*C.J. Spiller BUF vs. NE
Note: Might get used more in the passing game.
97.*Cadillac Williams STL vs. Bal
Note: Ran more like an Oldsmobile Monday night, especially on his blown lateral. Now dealing with a hamstring injury. Didn't practice Thursday.
98.*DeMarco Murray DAL vs. Was
Note: Even if Felix Jones plays, Murray should get more action this week.
99.LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ at Oak
100.Early Doucet ARZ at Sea
101.Hines Ward PIT at Ind
102.*Mohamed Massaquoi CLE vs. Mia
Note: (Ankle) Practiced Thursday.
103.*David Nelson BUF vs. NE
Note: Likely the slot receiver for the Bills the rest of the season with Roscoe Parrish out for the season.
104.Denarius Moore OAK vs. NYJ
Note: Sometimes the preseason matters. Might have to face Revis this week, though.
105.*Brandon Pettigrew DET at Min
Note: Minor shoulder injury last week. More concerning is the targets that Scheffler is getting. Didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday.
106.Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. SF
107.Kellen Winslow TB vs. Atl
108.*Kevin Ogletree DAL vs. Was
Note: Could be the #2 receiver with Austin out.
109.Preston Parker TB vs. Atl
Note: Six catches for 98 yards against the Vikes. Could start to free up room for Williams to roam.
110.Antonio Brown PIT at Ind
111.*Domenik Hixon NYG at Phi
Note: Highlight reel touchdown catch, but aggravated his knee injury. Another torn ACL - sigh...

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE at Buf
2.John Kasay NO vs. Hou
Note: Leads all kickers in scoring for the first two weeks.
3.David Akers SF at Cin
4.Mason Crosby GB at Chi
5.Josh Brown STL vs. Bal
Note: Rams' struggles in the red zone have benefited Brown.
6.Matt Bryant ATL at TB
7.*Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. NYJ
Note: Legal issue looms. Limited in practice Wednesday, didn't kick Thursday, due to a sore foot.
8.Dan Carpenter MIA at Cle
9.Lawrence Tynes NYG at Phi
10.Jason Hanson DET at Min
11.Nick Novak SD vs. KC
12.Dan Bailey DAL vs. Was
13.Alex Henery PHI vs. NYG
Note: Only three field goal attempts so far.
14.Graham Gano WAS at Dal
Note: I rag on him anytime he misses a kick because I can, but he hasn't been that bad yet.
15.Matt Prater DEN at Ten
16.Neil Rackers HOU at NO
17.Mike Nugent CIN vs. SF
18.Nick Folk NYJ at Oak
19.Adam Vinatieri IND vs. Pit
20.Robbie Gould CHI vs. GB
21.Jay Feely ARZ at Sea
22.Rob Bironas TEN vs. Den
23.Olindo Mare CAR vs. Jac
24.Shaun Suisham PIT at Ind
25.Rian Lindell BUF vs. NE
26.Ryan Longwell MIN vs. Det
27.Josh Scobee JAC at Car
28.Connor Barth TB vs. Atl
29.Billy Cundiff BAL at StL
30.Phil Dawson CLE vs. Mia
31.Steven Hauschka SEA vs. Ari
32.Ryan Succop KC at SD

Defenses

1.San Diego Chargers vs. KC
2.Pittsburgh Steelers at Ind
3.New York Jets at Oak
4.Baltimore Ravens at StL
5.Philadelphia Eagles vs. NYG
6.Dallas Cowboys vs. Was
7.Detroit Lions at Min
8.Cleveland Browns vs. Mia
9.Green Bay Packers at Chi
10.Oakland Raiders vs. NYJ
11.Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atl
12.Cincinnati Bengals vs. SF
13.St. Louis Rams vs. Bal
14.Atlanta Falcons at TB
15.San Francisco 49ers at Cin
16.Carolina Panthers vs. Jac
17.Minnesota Vikings vs. Det
18.New Orleans Saints vs. Hou
19.New York Giants at Phi
20.Tennessee Titans vs. Den
21.*Arizona Cardinals at Sea
Note: Modest bump because of the mess that is the SEA OL.
22.Washington Redskins at Dal
23.Seattle Seahawks vs. Ari
24.Miami Dolphins at Cle
25.Chicago Bears vs. GB
26.Jacksonville Jaguars at Car
27.New England Patriots at Buf
28.Denver Broncos at Ten
29.Houston Texans at NO
30.Indianapolis Colts vs. Pit
31.Buffalo Bills vs. NE
32.Kansas City Chiefs at SD

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