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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 Oak
2.Aaron Rodgers GB vs. Den
3.Drew Brees NO at Jac
4.*Michael Vick PHI vs. SF
Note: I love how quickly we've gone from 'broken hand, out 3-to-4 weeks,' to 'hand not broken, expected to start.' Nonetheless, here's your gratuitous Kafka Quote for the week: First impressions are always unreliable. Full practice Thursday. *** Very little swelling in his hand, listed as probable.***
5.Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF at Cin
6.Ben Roethlisberger PIT at Hou
Note: Putting up huge numbers - Sunday night should have been a blowout, though, but for his mistakes.
7.Jay Cutler CHI vs. Car
8.*Matthew Stafford DET at Dal
Note: Sore right forearm, but full participant in practices. *** Not on the final injury report.
9.Philip Rivers SD vs. Mia
Note: I didn't adjust enough last week to Rivers being without Antonio Gates, which might be a continuing reality (being without Gates - hopefully not me failing to adjust). Took a helmet to the sternum in Week 2, which he's still feeling.
10.Rex Grossman WAS at StL
Note: Brutal finish to Monday's game (hey Rex, everyone on the field is faster than you - throw the ball), but he gets the Rams next.
11.*Tony Romo DAL vs. Det
Note: Romo was able to play through his rib and lung injuries Monday night, but wasn't able to throw downfield all that often. Limited in practice Wednesday & Thursday - that's going to be the norm at least through the bye week. *** Limited again Friday and listed as questionable, but it looks as if he'll play.
12.Eli Manning NYG at Ari
13.Cam Newton CAR at Chi
Note: Apparently not a mudder.
14.Matt Schaub HOU vs. Pit
15.Jason Campbell OAK vs. NE
Note: The Raiders will need more than a 'manage-the-game' effort from Campbell this week. (Foot) Limited in practice early in the week. *** Listed as probable. ***
16.Kevin Kolb ARZ vs. NYG
17.Matt Ryan ATL at Sea
Note: Late yards in comeback attempt made a bad day look better.
18.Josh Freeman TB vs. Ind
19.*Mark Sanchez NYJ at Bal
Note: Not afraid to stick his broken nose in there.
20.Kyle Orton DEN at GB
21.*Sam Bradford STL vs. Was
Note: Dealing with a sprained toe.
22.Matt Hasselbeck TEN at Cle
23.Joe Flacco BAL vs. NYJ
Note: Proof that you need to start your QBs against the Rams.
24.Tarvaris Jackson SEA vs. Atl
25.Matt Cassel KC vs. Min
Note: Finally started throwing downfield in the second half, with much better results. Started the game 5-of-6 for 14 yards, though.
26.Chad Henne MIA at SD
27.Colt McCoy CLE vs. Ten
28.Andy Dalton CIN vs. Buf
29.Donovan McNabb MIN at KC
Note: The Vikings aren't yet Pondering a switch at quarterback.
30.Blaine Gabbert JAC vs. NO
31.*Curtis Painter IND at TB
Note: Wasn't terrible while replacing Collins, in the damning with faint praise department. *** Officially named the starter for Monday night. ***
32.Alex Smith SF at Phi
Note: Smith was able to salvage a modest day out of a disaster with a late drive to help put the Niners on top against the Bengals, but he's not really fantasy-worthy in most formats.
33.*Kerry Collins IND at TB
Note: Suffered a concussion in the loss to the Steelers. That the Colts signed Dan Orlovsky indicates that he might not play. Hasn't yet practiced - looking more likely that Painter will start. *** Didn't practice Saturday, officially questionable and will make the trip, but I'd be stunned if he plays.

Running Backs

1.*Darren McFadden OAK vs. NE
Note: Suffered a groin injury late, but after the game coach Hue Jackson said that McFadden should be fine. Practiced Wednesday.
2.*Adrian Peterson MIN at KC
Note: Sore calf muscle, officially listed as limited Thursday, but went through most everything without any trouble.
3.Ray Rice BAL vs. NYJ
4.LeSean McCoy PHI vs. SF
5.Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. NO
6.Fred Jackson BUF at Cin
7.Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at Ari
Note: Had twice as many carries as Jacobs last week.
8.*Ryan Mathews SD vs. Mia
Note: Everything trending upward - more carries, more third down reps, and even goal line carries coming his way. Sat out practice (toe) Thursday, but still probable assuming practice goes well Friday. *** Full practice Friday. ***
9.Michael Turner ATL at Sea
10.Rashard Mendenhall PIT at Hou
Note: Brutal performance against what was expected to be a weak opponent.
11.Chris Johnson TEN at Cle
Note: Very disturbing to see him struggle against the Broncos.
12.LeGarrette Blount TB vs. Ind
13.*Felix Jones DAL vs. Det
Note: Ran awfully well Monday night, but then might have re-injured his shoulder late. Expect a lot of movement late in the week. Two days in a row of full participation in practice. *** Listed as probable. ***
14.*Jahvid Best DET at Dal
Note: Suffered a bruised thigh in the win over the Vikings.
15.Matt Forte CHI vs. Car
16.Tim Hightower WAS at StL
Note: Lost touches late to Helu after running for just 41 yards on 14 carries.
17.*Arian Foster HOU vs. Pit
Note: (Hamstring) 'Chomping at the bit' to return. It now looks as if Foster will start, though it's dubious that he'll take on a full load in this first week back.
18.Cedric Benson CIN vs. Buf
19.Mark Ingram NO at Jac
Note: Got in the end zone on a really nice run, but still had just nine carries.
20.BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE at Oak
Note: Looked like he had a flat tire against Buffalo, and that Ridley was the more effective back.
21.*Chris Wells ARZ vs. NYG
Note: Late scratch due to a hamstring injury - reportedly to prevent a long-term injury. Limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, though reps are increasing.
22.*Peyton Hillis CLE vs. Ten
Note: Attended team meetings Monday after missing Sunday's game due to strep throat. Should play, but worth noting that he lost 10-12 pounds due to the illness. *** Practiced fully all week, listed as probable.
23.*James Starks GB vs. Den
Note: Looks like he'll start, with Ryan Grant very unlikely to go.
24.*Steven Jackson STL vs. Was
Note: (Quad) Active last week, but only had four carries after the Rams fell behind early. Limited participant Wednesday and Thursday, but more activity than last week.
25.Willis McGahee DEN at GB
26.Joseph Addai IND at TB
Note: Addai looked as if he had a lot more in his tank than in the first two games.
27.Shonn Greene NYJ at Bal
28.*Kendall Hunter SF at Phi
Note: Driving Gore's owners crazy - had his moments where he ran better than Gore in Week 3. Might start and could be a decent start if Gore can't go. *** Late change - now will start, though Hunter will be part of a committee with Gore, who will play. ***
29.*Ben Tate HOU vs. Pit
Note: Dealing with a sore ankle. Practiced Wednesday, but it looks as if it's Foster and not Tate that will start.
30.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Chi
31.*Mike Tolbert SD vs. Mia
Note: (Calf) Limited last week in part by his injury and because Ryan Mathews was so effective.
32.Brandon Jacobs NYG at Ari
33.Darren Sproles NO at Jac
Note: The Jags will be without two of their top special teams guys, so Sproles might have a little extra room to run there.
34.*Reggie Bush MIA at SD
Note: *** Viable again because Daniel Thomas is out. ***
35.Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. Atl
Note: Much better at home, though 'much better' still equals 3.8 yards per carry.
36.DeAngelo Williams CAR at Chi
37.Dexter McCluster KC vs. Min
Note: Only nine carries last week, and in fact he only had one carry in the first half. Todd Haley can't help but be Todd Haley.
38.Michael Bush OAK vs. NE
39.Montario Hardesty CLE vs. Ten
40.Thomas Jones KC vs. Min
Note: Jones had a very Thomas Jones-like game against the Chargers - 14 carries, 31 yards. Good job, coach Haley.
41.*Stevan Ridley NE at Oak
Note: Was the Patriots' most effective back.
42.Pierre Thomas NO at Jac
43.Roy Helu Jr. WAS at StL
Note: Less action than in Week 2, but got key touches late after Hightower started to struggle.
44.LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ at Bal
45.*Knowshon Moreno DEN at GB
Note: (Hamstring) Active last week, but got no carries and was only available in an emergency. Full practice Thursday, but now his role is uncertain. *** Officially listed as probable. ***
46.*Frank Gore SF at Phi
Note: Sore ankle, but according to coach Jim Harbaugh, he's 'good-to-go.' Limited participant Thursday, coaching staff has seemingly backed off early optimism. *** Now it's changed - Hunter will start Sunday, though it appears he'll be part of a committee. ***
47.Isaac Redman PIT at Hou
48.Delone Carter IND at TB
49.Javon Ringer TEN at Cle
50.*Cadillac Williams STL vs. Was
Note: (Hamstring) Full participant in Thursday's practice, but Jackson is getting more reps than last week.
51.*Steve Slaton MIA at SD
Note: Claimed off waivers by the Dolphins and might be relevant if Thomas' hamstring injury remains an issue. *** Daniel Thomas is out. ***
52.C.J. Spiller BUF at Cin
53.Danny Woodhead NE at Oak
54.DeMarco Murray DAL vs. Det
55.*Alfonso Smith ARZ vs. NYG
Note: Surpassed Chester Taylor as the next back in line if Wells can't go this week.
56.Earnest Graham TB vs. Ind
57.Deji Karim JAC vs. NO
58.Ricky Williams BAL vs. NYJ
59.*John Kuhn GB vs. Den
Note: *** Should get more carries with Ryan Grant out, and will likely get any goal line carries. ***
60.Tashard Choice DAL vs. Det
61.*Marion Barber CHI vs. Car
Note: (Calf) Full participant Thursday - might actually be relevant, given how poorly the Bears have rushed the ball.
62.Justin Forsett SEA vs. Atl
63.Toby Gerhart MIN at KC
64.Ronnie Brown PHI vs. SF
65.*Alex Green GB vs. Den
Note: Could see action if Ryan Grant can't go.
66.Maurice Morris DET at Dal
67.Armond Smith CLE vs. Ten
68.Jerious Norwood STL vs. Was
69.Keiland Williams DET at Dal
70.Jerome Harrison DET at Dal
71.Bernard Scott CIN vs. Buf
72.Chester Taylor ARZ vs. NYG
Note: Surpassed by Alfonso Smith last week even with Beanie Wells out.
73.Mike Goodson CAR at Chi
74.Lance Ball DEN at GB
75.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL at Sea
76.*LaRod Stephens-Howling ARZ vs. NYG
77.Le'Ron McClain KC vs. Min
78.*Daniel Thomas MIA at SD
Note: Even had a receiving touchdown last week. Clearly the #1 back to own in Miami. Limited in practice Thursday with a sore hamstring. ***OUT WITH A HAMSTRING INJURY. ***
79.*Ryan Grant GB vs. Den
Note: Suffered a bruised kidney in the win over the Bears, and was by far the better back for the Pack. Really looks as if he won't be able to go this week. *** Officially out for this week. ***
80.*Jason Snelling ATL at Sea
Note: Going through the NFL's concussion-protocol this week. Did not practice Thursday.
81.*Shane Vereen NE at Oak
82.*Derrick Ward HOU vs. Pit
Note: (Ankle) Pretty close to getting back on the field - that the Texans released Steve Slaton suggests that he will be available. Still not practicing. *** Officially ruled out. ***

Wide Receivers

1.*Andre Johnson HOU vs. Pit
Note: (Knee/toe) *** Limited in practice this week, but listed as probable. ***
2.*Calvin Johnson DET at Dal
Note: Normal day off Wednesday.
3.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ vs. NYG
4.Wes Welker NE at Oak
5.*Mike Wallace PIT at Hou
Note: (Ribs) Full participation in Thursday's practice. *** Full practice Friday, probable. ***
6.*Hakeem Nicks NYG at Ari
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Thursday, though he said that '... he's in no danger of missing Sunday's game ...'
7.Brandon Marshall MIA at SD
8.*Steve Johnson BUF at Cin
Note: Groin injury wasn't a problem against the Pats; had a huge game against the Bengals last year. *** Full practice Thursday and Friday. ***
9.Greg Jennings GB vs. Den
10.*Roddy White ATL at Sea
Note: (Thigh) Did not practice Thursday. *** Limited participation in Friday's practice. ***
11.*Vincent Jackson SD vs. Mia
Note: (Abdomen) Did not practice Thursday, questionable for this week's game. ***Full practice Friday.
12.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. Min
13.Steve Smith CAR at Chi
14.DeSean Jackson PHI vs. SF
15.Santana Moss WAS at StL
16.Mike Williams TB vs. Ind
17.Reggie Wayne IND at TB
18.Brandon Lloyd DEN at GB
19.Denarius Moore OAK vs. NE
20.Julio Jones ATL at Sea
Note: Had his first 100-yard game, almost all late in the game.
21.*Percy Harvin MIN at KC
Note: Throwing up on the sidelines late in the game, which is why he was off the field.
22.Mike Thomas JAC vs. NO
23.Nate Washington TEN at Cle
24.Davone Bess MIA at SD
25.*Mario Manningham NYG at Ari
Note: (Concussion) Practiced Wednesday and Thursday
26.Johnny Knox CHI vs. Car
Note: 84 receiving yards, but one hideous drop late in the loss to the Packers. *** Officially starting ahead of Roy Williams. ***
27.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. Det
Note: (Quad) Good production late in the game after little impact early Monday night. Didn't practice Thursday after getting some practice in on Wednesday. *** Listed as questionable, limited Friday, going to be a game-time decision. Watch our player news for the final decision on whether he starts or sits. ***
28.*Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. SF
Note: Hamstring injury, day-to-day, though not as bad as initially feared. Limited participant Thursday. *** Listed as probable. ***
29.*A.J. Green CIN vs. Buf
Note: Played through a toe injury last week.
30.Mike Sims-Walker STL vs. Was
31.Lance Moore NO at Jac
32.Anquan Boldin BAL vs. NYJ
33.David Nelson BUF at Cin
Note: Eight targets, six catches for 84 yards against the Pats. Should tear up the Bengals this week.
34.Sidney Rice SEA vs. Atl
Note: Targeted 10 times in his return to action.
35.*Marques Colston NO at Jac
Note: (Collarbone) Coming back ahead of schedule. Coach Sean Payton suggested that Colston won't get 50 snaps, though.
36.Eric Decker DEN at GB
Note: Still had 12 targets even with Lloyd on the field.
37.Nate Burleson DET at Dal
38.Deion Branch NE at Oak
39.Jordy Nelson GB vs. Den
40.Jabar Gaffney WAS at StL
41.Brandon Gibson STL vs. Was
42.*Robert Meachem NO at Jac
Note: Most hurt by the return of Colston.
43.*Torrey Smith BAL vs. NYJ
Note: Left with a hamstring injury at the end of his huge breakout game.
44.*Santonio Holmes NYJ at Bal
Note: (Quad) Only two targets against the Raiders. Watch to make sure he's fully recovered from the injury. *** Practiced all week, listed as probable.***
45.Devery Henderson NO at Jac
46.Donald Jones BUF at Cin
47.Chad Ochocinco NE at Oak
Note: Dropped a potential touchdown pass against the Bills.
48.*Plaxico Burress NYJ at Bal
Note: (Hamstring) Limited in Thursday's practice.
49.*Malcom Floyd SD vs. Mia
Note: Surprisingly was able to play last week despite his groin injury. Didn't practice Thursday. *** Full practice Friday. ***
50.*Michael Crabtree SF at Phi
Note: (Foot) Limited in practice Thursday.
51.Danario Alexander STL vs. Was
52.Antonio Brown PIT at Hou
53.Austin Collie IND at TB
54.Brian Hartline MIA at SD
55.Pierre Garcon IND at TB
56.*Roy Williams CHI vs. Car
Note: Groin injury got tight as the game went on against the Packers. No longer on the injury report this week.
57.Preston Parker TB vs. Ind
58.*Laurent Robinson DAL vs. Det
Note: New signee might end up being the Cowboys' #2 receiver while Miles Austin is out.
59.Andre Caldwell CIN vs. Buf
60.Devin Hester CHI vs. Car
61.*Victor Cruz NYG at Ari
Note: Viable #3 for the Giants once Manningham comes back. Won't always face DBs that can't tackle.
62.Mike Williams SEA vs. Atl
63.Hines Ward PIT at Hou
64.*Dane Sanzenbacher CHI vs. Car
Note: Frequent red zone target for Cutler. With Earl Bennett out several week, his profile gets a boost.
65.*Kevin Walter HOU vs. Pit
Note: (Collarbone) scored on a freak deflection last week. *** Limited in practice, but limited as probable. ***
66.*Kevin Ogletree DAL vs. Det
Note: Caught only three of his seven targets, appears to be surpassed by Laurent Robinson.
67.Brandon LaFell CAR at Chi
68.Steve Breaston KC vs. Min
69.Derrick Mason NYJ at Bal
70.*Mohamed Massaquoi CLE vs. Ten
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Limited all week, listed as questionable. ***
71.Arrelious Benn TB vs. Ind
72.Emmanuel Sanders PIT at Hou
73.Michael Jenkins MIN at KC
74.Titus Young DET at Dal
75.*Jacoby Ford OAK vs. NE
Note: (Hamstring) Hopes to return to action this week. Practiced Wednesday and Thursday. *** Listed as questionable, wasn't yet 100 percent despite practicing. ***
76.Early Doucet ARZ vs. NYG
77.Patrick Crayton SD vs. Mia
78.Greg Little CLE vs. Ten
79.James Jones GB vs. Den
80.Andre Roberts ARZ vs. NYG
81.Donald Driver GB vs. Den
82.*Anthony Armstrong WAS at StL
Note: Left Monday night's game with a hamstring injury. Limited in Thursday's practice.
83.Chaz Schilens OAK vs. NE
84.Josh Morgan SF at Phi
85.Ben Obomanu SEA vs. Atl
86.Jason Avant PHI vs. SF
87.*Damian Williams TEN at Cle
Note: Starting opposite Nate Washington in place of Britt.
88.*Josh Cribbs CLE vs. Ten
Note: Able to play through a groin injury last week.
89.Doug Baldwin SEA vs. Atl
90.Steven Smith PHI vs. SF
91.Matt Willis DEN at GB
92.Legedu Naanee CAR at Chi
93.Austin Pettis STL vs. Was
94.Cecil Shorts JAC vs. NO
95.*Jesse Holley DAL vs. Det
Note: Not targeted at all on Monday night.
96.*Jerome Simpson CIN vs. Buf
Note: Will play with the Bengals unless and until charges are actually filed against him.
97.*Jacoby Jones HOU vs. Pit
98.*Lee Evans BAL vs. NYJ
Note: (Ankle) Week 4 status uncertain at this point. Did not practice Thursday.
99.*Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. NE
100.*Jason Hill JAC vs. NO
Note: (Hip) Returned to action, but minimal activity in the monsoon.
101.*Jon Baldwin KC vs. Min
Note: *** (Thumb) Out again. ***
102.*Louis Murphy OAK vs. NE
103.*Braylon Edwards SF at Phi
104.*Eddie Royal DEN at GB
Note: (Groin) Out another week.
105.*Miles Austin DAL vs. Det
106.*Danny Amendola STL vs. Was
Note: Going to get a new elbow brace this week, probably won't play though, with the Rams on bye in Week 5. Limited participant Thursday.
107.*Earl Bennett CHI vs. Car
Note: (Chest) Out several games.
108.*Kenny Britt TEN at Cle
Note: Aargh - torn ACL and MCL, out for the season.

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE at Oak
2.Jason Witten DAL vs. Det
3.*Jermichael Finley GB vs. Den
Note: (Ankle) Limited participant Wednesday - standard operating procedure now.
4.Jimmy Graham NO at Jac
5.Vernon Davis SF at Phi
Note: Finally unleashed last week. This week is a tough draw, against the Eagles, though it's worth noting Tony Gonzalez had a big game against them.
6.Dustin Keller NYJ at Bal
7.Owen Daniels HOU vs. Pit
8.Ben Watson CLE vs. Ten
9.Fred Davis WAS at StL
Note: More ugh - Cooley got more looks Monday night.
10.Greg Olsen CAR at Chi
Note: Facing his old team, who gave up three touchdowns to Jermichael Finley last week (and thus might be more vulnerable against other tight ends).
11.Marcedes Lewis JAC vs. NO
12.Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. Buf
13.*Brandon Pettigrew DET at Dal
Note: I had him benched last week, too. Ugh. (Shoulder) Limited Wednesday. *** Probable for this week. ***
14.Tony Gonzalez ATL at Sea
15.*Dallas Clark IND at TB
Note: (Foot) Just two receptions last week. Having to pass block more, and also losing time in pass block situations.
16.*Kellen Winslow TB vs. Ind
Note: (Knee) Only two catches against the Falcons, but was targeted in the end zone on a Freeman pick. *** Probable
17.James Casey HOU vs. Pit
Note: Getting extra looks with all the Texans' receiver injuries.
18.Evan Moore CLE vs. Ten
19.*Randy McMichael SD vs. Mia
Note: Added to the list. Obviously this presumes that Gates doesn't play. I'll probably go a little higher if we get confirmation on that.
20.Scott Chandler BUF at Cin
Note: Getting the red zone looks but not much between the 20's.
21.Ed Dickson BAL vs. NYJ
22.*Chris Cooley WAS at StL
Note: *** Listed as probable with a shoulder injury. ***
23.Jared Cook TEN at Cle
Note: Should get more targets with Britt out, but he's been a huge disappointment so far.
24.Lance Kendricks STL vs. Was
25.Tony Scheffler DET at Dal
26.Visanthe Shiancoe MIN at KC
27.Jeremy Shockey CAR at Chi
28.Jeff King ARZ vs. NYG
29.Brent Celek PHI vs. SF
30.*Travis Beckum NYG at Ari
Note: Only one catch, a fourth down play where he fell down short of the marker after losing his balance.
31.Leonard Pope KC vs. Min
32.*Kevin Boss OAK vs. NE
Note: (Knee) Had two catches last week.
33.Zach Miller JAC vs. NO
34.*Todd Heap ARZ vs. NYG
Note: (Ribs) Full participant in Thursday's practice.
35.Daniel Fells DEN at GB
36.Dennis Pitta BAL vs. NYJ
37.Heath Miller PIT at Hou
38.Anthony Fasano MIA at SD
39.Zach Miller SEA vs. Atl
40.Jake Ballard NYG at Ari
41.Kellen Davis CHI vs. Car
42.*Jacob Tamme IND at TB
43.*Antonio Gates SD vs. Mia
Note: Seeing a foot specialist Tuesday. This looks really bad. Did not practice Thursday, and while he hasn't been ruled out yet, it's not looking positive. *** Officially listed as doubtful. ***
44.*Aaron Hernandez NE at Oak
Note: (Knee) Not practicing Wednesday. *** Officially out. ***

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.*Darren McFadden OAK vs. NE
Note: Suffered a groin injury late, but after the game coach Hue Jackson said that McFadden should be fine. Practiced Wednesday.
2.*Adrian Peterson MIN at KC
Note: Sore calf muscle, officially listed as limited Thursday, but went through most everything without any trouble.
3.*Andre Johnson HOU vs. Pit
Note: (Knee/toe) *** Limited in practice this week, but listed as probable. ***
4.Wes Welker NE at Oak
5.*Calvin Johnson DET at Dal
Note: Normal day off Wednesday.
6.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ vs. NYG
7.Ray Rice BAL vs. NYJ
8.LeSean McCoy PHI vs. SF
9.Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. NO
10.*Ryan Mathews SD vs. Mia
Note: Everything trending upward - more carries, more third down reps, and even goal line carries coming his way. Sat out practice (toe) Thursday, but still probable assuming practice goes well Friday. *** Full practice Friday. ***
11.*Mike Wallace PIT at Hou
Note: (Ribs) Full participation in Thursday's practice. *** Full practice Friday, probable. ***
12.*Roddy White ATL at Sea
Note: (Thigh) Did not practice Thursday. *** Limited participation in Friday's practice. ***
13.Fred Jackson BUF at Cin
14.Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at Ari
Note: Had twice as many carries as Jacobs last week.
15.*Hakeem Nicks NYG at Ari
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Thursday, though he said that '... he's in no danger of missing Sunday's game ...'
16.Chris Johnson TEN at Cle
Note: Very disturbing to see him struggle against the Broncos.
17.Brandon Marshall MIA at SD
18.*Steve Johnson BUF at Cin
Note: Groin injury wasn't a problem against the Pats; had a huge game against the Bengals last year. *** Full practice Thursday and Friday. ***
19.*Vincent Jackson SD vs. Mia
Note: (Abdomen) Did not practice Thursday, questionable for this week's game. ***Full practice Friday.
20.Greg Jennings GB vs. Den
21.Matt Forte CHI vs. Car
22.*Jahvid Best DET at Dal
Note: Suffered a bruised thigh in the win over the Vikings.
23.Michael Turner ATL at Sea
24.*Daniel Thomas MIA at SD
Note: Even had a receiving touchdown last week. Clearly the #1 back to own in Miami. Limited in practice Thursday with a sore hamstring. ***OUT WITH A HAMSTRING INJURY. ***
25.*Ben Tate HOU vs. Pit
Note: Dealing with a sore ankle. Practiced Wednesday, but it looks as if it's Foster and not Tate that will start.
26.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. Min
27.Reggie Wayne IND at TB
28.Steve Smith CAR at Chi
29.Santana Moss WAS at StL
30.Rashard Mendenhall PIT at Hou
Note: Brutal performance against what was expected to be a weak opponent.
31.LeGarrette Blount TB vs. Ind
32.Tim Hightower WAS at StL
Note: Lost touches late to Helu after running for just 41 yards on 14 carries.
33.*Peyton Hillis CLE vs. Ten
Note: Attended team meetings Monday after missing Sunday's game due to strep throat. Should play, but worth noting that he lost 10-12 pounds due to the illness. *** Practiced fully all week, listed as probable.
34.*Felix Jones DAL vs. Det
Note: Ran awfully well Monday night, but then might have re-injured his shoulder late. Expect a lot of movement late in the week. Two days in a row of full participation in practice. *** Listed as probable. ***
35.DeSean Jackson PHI vs. SF
36.Rob Gronkowski NE at Oak
37.Jason Witten DAL vs. Det
38.Julio Jones ATL at Sea
Note: Had his first 100-yard game, almost all late in the game.
39.Mike Williams TB vs. Ind
40.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. Det
Note: (Quad) Good production late in the game after little impact early Monday night. Didn't practice Thursday after getting some practice in on Wednesday. *** Listed as questionable, limited Friday, going to be a game-time decision. Watch our player news for the final decision on whether he starts or sits. ***
41.Brandon Lloyd DEN at GB
42.*Jermichael Finley GB vs. Den
Note: (Ankle) Limited participant Wednesday - standard operating procedure now.
43.*Frank Gore SF at Phi
Note: Sore ankle, but according to coach Jim Harbaugh, he's 'good-to-go.' Limited participant Thursday, coaching staff has seemingly backed off early optimism. *** Now it's changed - Hunter will start Sunday, though it appears he'll be part of a committee. ***
44.Cedric Benson CIN vs. Buf
45.Mark Ingram NO at Jac
Note: Got in the end zone on a really nice run, but still had just nine carries.
46.Mike Thomas JAC vs. NO
47.Davone Bess MIA at SD
48.*Percy Harvin MIN at KC
Note: Throwing up on the sidelines late in the game, which is why he was off the field.
49.Jimmy Graham NO at Jac
50.*Robert Meachem NO at Jac
Note: Most hurt by the return of Colston.
51.Joseph Addai IND at TB
Note: Addai looked as if he had a lot more in his tank than in the first two games.
52.*Ryan Grant GB vs. Den
Note: Suffered a bruised kidney in the win over the Bears, and was by far the better back for the Pack. Really looks as if he won't be able to go this week. *** Officially out for this week. ***
53.BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE at Oak
Note: Looked like he had a flat tire against Buffalo, and that Ridley was the more effective back.
54.*Chris Wells ARZ vs. NYG
Note: Late scratch due to a hamstring injury - reportedly to prevent a long-term injury. Limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, though reps are increasing.
55.Johnny Knox CHI vs. Car
Note: 84 receiving yards, but one hideous drop late in the loss to the Packers. *** Officially starting ahead of Roy Williams. ***
56.Mike Sims-Walker STL vs. Was
57.Nate Washington TEN at Cle
58.Anquan Boldin BAL vs. NYJ
59.Willis McGahee DEN at GB
60.Vernon Davis SF at Phi
Note: Finally unleashed last week. This week is a tough draw, against the Eagles, though it's worth noting Tony Gonzalez had a big game against them.
61.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Chi
62.David Nelson BUF at Cin
Note: Eight targets, six catches for 84 yards against the Pats. Should tear up the Bengals this week.
63.Sidney Rice SEA vs. Atl
Note: Targeted 10 times in his return to action.
64.Eric Decker DEN at GB
Note: Still had 12 targets even with Lloyd on the field.
65.Dustin Keller NYJ at Bal
66.Denarius Moore OAK vs. NE
67.Jordy Nelson GB vs. Den
68.Nate Burleson DET at Dal
69.*A.J. Green CIN vs. Buf
Note: Played through a toe injury last week.
70.Deion Branch NE at Oak
71.Owen Daniels HOU vs. Pit
72.*Steven Jackson STL vs. Was
Note: (Quad) Active last week, but only had four carries after the Rams fell behind early. Limited participant Wednesday and Thursday, but more activity than last week.
73.*Mike Tolbert SD vs. Mia
Note: (Calf) Limited last week in part by his injury and because Ryan Mathews was so effective.
74.Darren Sproles NO at Jac
Note: The Jags will be without two of their top special teams guys, so Sproles might have a little extra room to run there.
75.LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ at Bal
76.Jabar Gaffney WAS at StL
77.Brandon Gibson STL vs. Was
78.*Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. SF
Note: Hamstring injury, day-to-day, though not as bad as initially feared. Limited participant Thursday. *** Listed as probable. ***
79.*Torrey Smith BAL vs. NYJ
Note: Left with a hamstring injury at the end of his huge breakout game.
80.Shonn Greene NYJ at Bal
81.*Mario Manningham NYG at Ari
Note: (Concussion) Practiced Wednesday and Thursday
82.*Santonio Holmes NYJ at Bal
Note: (Quad) Only two targets against the Raiders. Watch to make sure he's fully recovered from the injury. *** Practiced all week, listed as probable.***
83.Ben Watson CLE vs. Ten
84.Fred Davis WAS at StL
Note: More ugh - Cooley got more looks Monday night.
85.Greg Olsen CAR at Chi
Note: Facing his old team, who gave up three touchdowns to Jermichael Finley last week (and thus might be more vulnerable against other tight ends).
86.Brandon Jacobs NYG at Ari
87.Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. Atl
Note: Much better at home, though 'much better' still equals 3.8 yards per carry.
88.DeAngelo Williams CAR at Chi
89.Dexter McCluster KC vs. Min
Note: Only nine carries last week, and in fact he only had one carry in the first half. Todd Haley can't help but be Todd Haley.
90.Michael Bush OAK vs. NE
91.*Arian Foster HOU vs. Pit
Note: (Hamstring) 'Chomping at the bit' to return. It now looks as if Foster will start, though it's dubious that he'll take on a full load in this first week back.
92.Montario Hardesty CLE vs. Ten
93.*James Starks GB vs. Den
Note: Looks like he'll start, with Ryan Grant very unlikely to go.
94.Devery Henderson NO at Jac
95.Donald Jones BUF at Cin
96.Marcedes Lewis JAC vs. NO
97.*Dallas Clark IND at TB
Note: (Foot) Just two receptions last week. Having to pass block more, and also losing time in pass block situations.
98.Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. Buf
99.*Brandon Pettigrew DET at Dal
Note: I had him benched last week, too. Ugh. (Shoulder) Limited Wednesday. *** Probable for this week. ***

Kickers

1.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. NE
2.Stephen Gostkowski NE at Oak
3.*John Kasay NO at Jac
Note: Kasay will be the kicker for the rest of the year, with Hartley on the IR.
4.Dan Bailey DAL vs. Det
Note: And this illustrates the folly of ranking kickers.
5.David Akers SF at Phi
6.Alex Henery PHI vs. SF
7.Mason Crosby GB vs. Den
8.Rian Lindell BUF at Cin
9.Jason Hanson DET at Dal
10.Neil Rackers HOU vs. Pit
11.Graham Gano WAS at StL
12.Matt Bryant ATL at Sea
13.Lawrence Tynes NYG at Ari
14.Nick Novak SD vs. Mia
15.Mike Nugent CIN vs. Buf
16.Nick Folk NYJ at Bal
17.Dan Carpenter MIA at SD
18.Adam Vinatieri IND at TB
19.Robbie Gould CHI vs. Car
20.Jay Feely ARZ vs. NYG
21.Phil Dawson CLE vs. Ten
22.Rob Bironas TEN at Cle
23.Olindo Mare CAR at Chi
24.Shaun Suisham PIT at Hou
25.Matt Prater DEN at GB
26.Josh Brown STL vs. Was
27.Ryan Longwell MIN at KC
28.Josh Scobee JAC vs. NO
29.Connor Barth TB vs. Ind
30.Billy Cundiff BAL vs. NYJ
31.Steven Hauschka SEA vs. Atl
32.*Ryan Succop KC vs. Min
Note: Job in jeopardy - because that will fix all of the Chiefs' problems.

Defenses

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

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