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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.Aaron Rodgers GB at KC
2.Drew Brees NO at Min
3.Tom Brady NE at Den
4.Eli Manning NYG vs. Was
Note: Had a whopping 47 passing attempts in the comeback win. He's had 40+ attempts in five of his last seven games.
5.Tony Romo DAL at TB
6.Matt Ryan ATL vs. Jac
Note: Had a huge second half to lead the Falcons to a comeback win.
7.Matthew Stafford DET at Oak
8.Cam Newton CAR at Hou
Note: Faltered in the second half, with a couple of bad interceptions.
9.Philip Rivers SD vs. Bal
Note: One high-profile derp, but three passing touchdowns and had a rushing touchdown called back.
10.Tim Tebow DEN vs. NE
Note: Was forced to throw 40 times last week. Could be similarly high against the Pats this week.
11.Rex Grossman WAS at NYG
Note: Another potentially favorable matchup against the Giants, albeit on the road.
12.*Michael Vick PHI vs. NYJ
Note: Just a so-so performance in his return. The defense won this game, no doubt. (Ribs) Did not practice Wednesday, though he threw on the side.
13.Carson Palmer OAK vs. Det
Note: Four interceptions against the Packers - Bengals fans saw many similar movies the last couple of years and walked out before the ending.
14.T.J. Yates HOU vs. Car
Note: Showed a lot of moxie in the comeback win.
15.Andy Dalton CIN at StL
16.*Ben Roethlisberger PIT at SF
Note: Vows to play through his ankle injury. Did not practice Wednesday, though coach Mike Tomlin said that he wouldn't have to practice this week to end up playing Monday night. Could ultimately be a game-time decision. Downgrading a few slots because he's a game-time decision, and because the game is on Monday night - you'll have no recourse if he sits. *** Officially questionable - didn't practice Thursday, limited Friday. ***
17.*Matt Hasselbeck TEN at Ind
Note: Left with a calf injury. Once again, Jake Locker played better than Hasselbeck did before the injury. Didn't practice Wednesday, but coach Mike Munchak is still confident that Hasselbeck will be able to play. *** Practiced Friday, listed as questionable but expected to start. ***
18.Joe Flacco BAL at SD
19.Alex Smith SF vs. Pit
Note: Rough game against the Cardinals, now gets the Steelers.
20.Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. Mia
Note: Another miserable performance and he faces a Miami team that shut him down four weeks ago, though that was on the road.
21.Mark Sanchez NYJ at Phi
Note: How many people had his two rushing touchdowns on the bench last week? I did. He now has five for the season.
22.Dan Orlovsky IND vs. Ten
Note: The second start is frequently harder than the first, though the contrast in matchups (NE vs. BAL) couldn't have been starker.
23.*Josh Freeman TB vs. Dal
Note: Played (poorly) through a shoulder injury last week. Has one less day to recover this week. Full practice Wednesday. *** Listed as probable. ***
24.*Kyle Orton KC vs. GB
Note: Either Orton (finger) or Ricky Stanzi will get the start this week. It won't be Tyler Palko. *** Officially the starter. ***
25.*John Skelton ARZ vs. Cle
Note: *** Gets the start over Kolb this week. ***
26.Tarvaris Jackson SEA at Chi
27.*Christian Ponder MIN vs. NO
Note: (Hip) Still the starter if healthy this week. Limited in practice Wednesday but 'on track to start' still. *** Full practice Friday, expected to start. ***
28.*Matt Moore MIA at Buf
Note: Knocked out of the loss to Philly with a concussion. Also has to deal with a coaching change. Moore didn't practice Wednesday but so far is still expected to start this week. *** Limited practice Friday, listed as questionable, game-time decision. ***
29.Caleb Hanie CHI vs. Sea
Note: Another miserable fantasy game - the Bears totally went into a shell, letting him throw 19 times.
30.Blaine Gabbert JAC at Atl
31.*Kellen Clemens STL vs. Cin
Note: *** Likely starter this week. ***
32.*Seneca Wallace CLE at Ari
33.*J.P. Losman MIA at Buf
Note: *** Matt Moore is a game-time decision. ***
34.*Jake Locker TEN at Ind
Note: Once again played really well in a relief role while attempting a comeback. If he were to start, he'd have a really nice matchup against the Colts. (Ribs) Limited in Wednesday's practice. Titans coach Mike Munchak still is confident that Hasselbeck will play.
35.*Colt McCoy CLE at Ari
Note: Suffered a concussion in the loss to the Steelers and sat out practice Monday. Sent home Wednesday. Really looking as if he won't play.
36.*Sam Bradford STL vs. Cin
Note: Played through his ankle injury Monday night but clearly wasn't 100 percent. Bradford said Wednesday that his ankle is 'going backwards' and he couldn't play this week if they had to determine it right now.' *** Officially doubtful.
37.*Kevin Kolb ARZ vs. Cle
Note: Left with a concussion in the first quarter. Though he was on the sidelines later in the game, he's no sure thing to start over Skelton this week. Practiced a little on Wednesday, hopes to do more. Isn't a lock to play this week. *** Skelton will start over Kolb. ***
38.*Joe Webb MIN vs. NO
Note: Ran for 109 yards in relief of an ineffective Christian Ponder last week, but missed a lot of receivers in the passing game.
39.Charlie Batch PIT at SF
40.Ricky Stanzi KC vs. GB

Running Backs

1.Arian Foster HOU vs. Car
2.Ray Rice BAL at SD
3.Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at Atl
4.LeSean McCoy PHI vs. NYJ
Note: Much better fantasy game than real life - two touchdowns, despite carrying 27 times for only 38 yards.
5.Chris Johnson TEN at Ind
6.Michael Bush OAK vs. Det
Note: Has slowed down the last few weeks, but he gets the Lions at home in Week 15.
7.*Adrian Peterson MIN vs. NO
Note: Coach Leslie Frazier said that Peterson (ankle) would be back this week. Limited in Wednesday's practice, still on track to start. *** Full participant in Friday's practice. May not get a full load of carries, but should start - and be a good play at home against the Saints. ***
8.Ryan Mathews SD vs. Bal
Note: Three consecutive 100-yard games. If I were your typical broadcaster, I'd call them 'unanswered' 100-yard games.
9.*Michael Turner ATL vs. Jac
Note: (Groin) Listed as probable for Thursday night's game.
10.Marshawn Lynch SEA at Chi
Note: Now has scores in nine consecutive games.
11.Reggie Bush MIA at Buf
12.*Felix Jones DAL at TB
Note: Full time starter now that DeMarco Murray is out. Sammy Morris is the backup.
13.Roy Helu WAS at NYG
14.*Beanie Wells ARZ vs. Cle
Note: Much better matchup against the Browns this week. (Knee) Limited in Wednesday's practice, as per usual lately. *** Listed as probable. ***
15.Shonn Greene NYJ at Phi
Note: Another terrific game last week.
16.*Cedric Benson CIN at StL
Note: Early production, shut down in the second half after the Texans sold out against the run, and after right guard Bobbie Williams got hurt. (Foot) Did not practice Wednesday - same as last week. *** Limited practice Friday, still listed as probable. ***
17.*Frank Gore SF vs. Pit
Note: Ran well last week, but coach Jim Harbaugh said that Gore was 'not 100 percent' yet.
18.LeGarrette Blount TB vs. Dal
Note: Contributed to his own marginalization by losing a fumble.
19.Darren Sproles NO at Min
20.Donald Brown IND vs. Ten
21.C.J. Spiller BUF vs. Mia
Note: Hard to get 20 carries when you're getting blown out.
22.Steven Jackson STL vs. Cin
23.*Kevin Smith DET at Oak
Note: Didn't test his ankle before Sunday's game after not getting through Friday's practice. Didn't fully participate in Wednesday's practice, but ran and cut on the side and did so much better than he did at the same time as last week. *** Limited practice Thursday and Friday, albeit with the first team. Expected to play and start. ***
24.Ryan Grant GB at KC
Note: Showed a lot more life in his legs than I expected. Not all of that is Raider-attributable.
25.Willis McGahee DEN vs. NE
26.Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. Was
27.Marion Barber CHI vs. Sea
Note: Drew all the blame as the goat last week, but there was plenty to go around. Why call a play that goes to the sideline in the first place, for instance?
28.Ben Tate HOU vs. Car
Note: Really good opportunity for Tate to have a big week, even as the backup.
29.Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. Was
Note: Bradshaw's curfew violation meant that it was lights-out for his fantasy owners, who are probably feeling a little punch-drunk right now, curing their playoffs' hangover. (Foot) Held out of practice Wednesday. *** Practiced more as the week went on. Listed as probable. ***
30.Rashard Mendenhall PIT at SF
Note: Costly goal-line stand for his fantasy owners. Much tougher matchup this week.
31.Pierre Thomas NO at Min
32.BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE at Den
33.*Maurice Morris DET at Oak
Note: Left early with a chest injury and was very limited afterward. Not listed on the initial injury report.
34.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Hou
35.Peyton Hillis CLE at Ari
Note: Split the carries roughly equally with Hardesty, with equally disappointing results.
36.Daniel Thomas MIA at Buf
37.Toby Gerhart MIN vs. NO
38.DeAngelo Williams CAR at Hou
39.Mike Tolbert SD vs. Bal
40.Dexter McCluster KC vs. GB
Note: Coming off of his best game, McCluster got just four carries and two targets against the Jets. For that alone Todd Haley deserved his firing.
41.Ricky Williams BAL at SD
42.Kahlil Bell CHI vs. Sea
Note: Ran well as the backup - will he get more carries as a result of Barber's gaffes?
43.Chris Ivory NO at Min
44.Kendall Hunter SF vs. Pit
45.*Joseph Addai IND vs. Ten
Note: (Hamstring) Took a back seat to Donald Brown, couched under resting his hamstring. The honest approach would be to tell him that Brown is better, but Jim Caldwell is not capable of doing that.
46.Jackie Battle KC vs. GB
47.Chris Ogbonnaya CLE at Ari
48.Isaac Redman PIT at SF
49.Lance Ball DEN vs. NE
50.LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ at Phi
51.Thomas Jones KC vs. GB
52.Keiland Williams DET at Oak
53.Bernard Scott CIN at StL
54.Kregg Lumpkin TB vs. Dal
55.D.J. Ware NYG vs. Was
56.*Danny Woodhead NE at Den
Note: Played through his abdomen injury.
57.Sammy Morris DAL at TB
58.Justin Forsett SEA at Chi
59.Tashard Choice BUF vs. Mia
60.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. Jac
61.Cadillac Williams STL vs. Cin
62.Delone Carter IND vs. Ten
63.Derrick Ward HOU vs. Car
64.Jason Snelling ATL vs. Jac
65.*Brian Leonard CIN at StL
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Wednesday.
66.John Kuhn GB at KC
Note: Ran well in garbage time with Brandon Saine hurt.
67.*Ronnie Brown PHI vs. NYJ
Note: Suffered a slight hamstring strain late in the game.
68.LaRod Stephens-Howling ARZ vs. Cle
69.*Jamie Harper TEN at Ind
Note: Replaces Javon Ringer as the backup to Chris Johnson.
70.Mewelde Moore PIT at SF
71.Evan Royster WAS at NYG
Note: Past Torain on the depth chart now.
72.DuJuan Harris JAC at Atl
73.Bilal Powell NYJ at Phi
74.Leon Washington SEA at Chi
75.*Montario Hardesty CLE at Ari
Note: *** (Calf) Listed as questionable. ***
76.Anthony Dixon SF vs. Pit
77.Dion Lewis PHI vs. NYJ
78.Johnny White BUF vs. Mia
79.Montell Owens JAC at Atl
80.Curtis Brinkley SD vs. Bal
81.Stevan Ridley NE at Den
Note: No carries last week. Behind Woodhead on the depth chart.
82.*Joe McKnight NYJ at Phi
Note: Sat out with an elbow injury last week. Returned to practice Wednesday.
83.Ryan Torain WAS at NYG
84.Kevin Faulk NE at Den
85.*Mark Ingram NO at Min
Note: (Toe) Did not practice Wednesday. *** Out again this week. ***
86.*Shane Vereen NE at Den
Note: (Hamstring) Out again this week.
87.*Taiwan Jones OAK vs. Det
88.*James Starks GB at KC
Note: (Ankle) Could return to practice this week. Did not practice Wednesday. *** Limited work Friday. Game-time decision. ***
89.*Brandon Saine GB at KC
Note: Left last week's game with a concussion - missed opportunity, with so much garbage time against the Raiders. Did not practice Wednesday. *** Game-time decision. ***
90.*Darren McFadden OAK vs. Det
Note: Is this a Lisfranc injury? At any rate, no signs yet that McFadden is ready to return. Did not practice Wednesday.
91.*Matt Forte CHI vs. Sea
92.*DeMarco Murray DAL at TB
Note: Out for the season with a broken ankle.
93.*Javon Ringer TEN at Ind
Note: Broken hand, probably out for the season.

Wide Receivers

1.Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Was
2.Calvin Johnson DET at Oak
Note: Just four targets against a weak Vikings pass defense? Aargh.
3.Victor Cruz NYG vs. Was
4.Jordy Nelson GB at KC
5.Roddy White ATL vs. Jac
6.*Wes Welker NE at Den
Note: (Knee) Limited Wednesday. *** Officially listed as questionable, though generally expected to play. ***
7.A.J. Green CIN at StL
8.Marques Colston NO at Min
9.Steve Smith CAR at Hou
10.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ vs. Cle
11.Vincent Jackson SD vs. Bal
12.Brandon Marshall MIA at Buf
13.Percy Harvin MIN vs. NO
14.Brandon Lloyd STL vs. Cin
Note: Caught five passes for 82 yards Monday night despite drawing double-teams virtually every down.
15.Antonio Brown PIT at SF
16.Santana Moss WAS at NYG
17.*Steve Johnson BUF vs. Mia
Note: Injured his hand in the loss to San Diego - not certain yet how serious the injury is. Did not appear on Wednesday's injury report.
18.Miles Austin DAL at TB
Note: Not bad for his first game back, but didn't have the burst to catch up to a ball late that would have salted the game away.
19.Mike Wallace PIT at SF
20.*James Jones GB at KC
Note: Bumping up with injury to Jennings.
21.*Julio Jones ATL vs. Jac
Note: Concerns about his hamstring are abated, though his touchdown was in large part due to busted coverage. (Back) Listed as probable.
22.*Laurent Robinson DAL at TB
Note: Was on the field half the time that Austin and Bryant were, yet outproduced both. (Shoulder) Limited in Wednesday's practice. *** Officially questionable, as he was last week. ***
23.Damian Williams TEN at Ind
24.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. NE
25.*Dez Bryant DAL at TB
Note: Only two targets Sunday night. Lucky that one was a long touchdown due to blown coverage.
26.*Dwayne Bowe KC vs. GB
Note: Orton, if he starts, could improve Bowe's outlook.
27.*Nate Washington TEN at Ind
Note: Had a huge game despite a high ankle sprain that kept him out of most of last week's practices. Also dealing with back spasms. Seems to click well with Jake Locker. (Ankle) Did not practice Wednesday. *** Able to practice Friday. ***
28.Torrey Smith BAL at SD
29.Mike Williams TB vs. Dal
30.Anquan Boldin BAL at SD
31.Michael Crabtree SF vs. Pit
32.Eric Decker DEN vs. NE
33.*DeSean Jackson PHI vs. NYJ
Note: Could catch a lot of Darrelle Revis if Maclin can't go.
34.Santonio Holmes NYJ at Phi
35.Malcom Floyd SD vs. Bal
36.*Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. NYJ
Note: Sat out the second half last week after his hamstring tightened up. Limited in Wednesday's practice. *** Practiced Thursday and 'present for practice' Friday, yet still questionable. ***
37.Jabar Gaffney WAS at NYG
38.*Donald Driver GB at KC
Note: Bumping up with injury to Jennings.
39.*Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. Det
Note: Downgraded a few notches with the likely return of Denarius Moore.
40.*Doug Baldwin SEA at Chi
Note: Emerged as the clear top target for the Seahawks in the absence of Sidney Rice. Sat out Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. *** Officially probable. ***
41.Lance Moore NO at Min
42.Plaxico Burress NYJ at Phi
43.Devin Aromashodu MIN vs. NO
44.Jacoby Jones HOU vs. Car
45.Titus Young DET at Oak
46.Reggie Wayne IND vs. Ten
47.Pierre Garcon IND vs. Ten
48.Johnny Knox CHI vs. Sea
49.Greg Little CLE at Ari
50.Nate Burleson DET at Oak
51.Jerome Simpson CIN at StL
52.*Denarius Moore OAK vs. Det
Note: (Foot) Returned to practice Wednesday, should play this week. *** Listed as questionable even though he's expected to play. ***
53.Andre Roberts ARZ vs. Cle
54.Mario Manningham NYG vs. Was
Note: (Knee) One touchdown, should have been two but for a drop.
55.*Riley Cooper PHI vs. NYJ
Note: (Groin) Full practice Wednesday.
56.Robert Meachem NO at Min
57.Brad Smith BUF vs. Mia
58.Randall Cobb GB at KC
59.Devery Henderson NO at Min
60.Andre Caldwell CIN at StL
61.Steve Breaston KC vs. GB
62.*Harry Douglas ATL vs. Jac
Note: (Groin) Limited Wednesday, listed as probable for Thursday's game.
63.Early Doucet ARZ vs. Cle
64.Jerricho Cotchery PIT at SF
65.David Nelson BUF vs. Mia
66.*Chad Ochocinco NE at Den
Note: Some relevance with Deion Branch out? Eh ... maybe.
67.Jason Avant PHI vs. NYJ
68.Ben Obomanu SEA at Chi
69.*Kevin Walter HOU vs. Car
Note: (Knee) Limited in Wednesday's practice.
70.Preston Parker TB vs. Dal
Note: Two brutal fumbles on punt returns turned the game around.
71.Vincent Brown SD vs. Bal
72.Hines Ward PIT at SF
73.Austin Collie IND vs. Ten
74.Louis Murphy OAK vs. Det
Note: Emerged as a bigger part of the passing game thanks to all the other Raiders WR injuries.
75.Jarett Dillard JAC at Atl
76.Matt Willis DEN vs. NE
77.Roy Williams CHI vs. Sea
78.Lavelle Hawkins TEN at Ind
79.Davone Bess MIA at Buf
80.Brandon LaFell CAR at Hou
81.Jon Baldwin KC vs. GB
82.Mohamed Massaquoi CLE at Ari
83.Jordan Norwood CLE at Ari
84.Kyle Williams SF vs. Pit
85.Andrew Hawkins CIN at StL
86.Ted Ginn SF vs. Pit
87.Earl Bennett CHI vs. Sea
Note: Only one target - really killed by Cutler's injury.
88.Brian Hartline MIA at Buf
89.*Josh Cribbs CLE at Ari
Note: Left Thursday's game with a groin injury. Practiced Monday but sat out Wednesday. *** Officially questionable - got some work in drills this week. ***
90.Danario Alexander STL vs. Cin
Note: Dropped an end zone target Monday night.
91.Lee Evans BAL at SD
92.Dezmon Briscoe TB vs. Dal
93.*Brian Robiskie JAC at Atl
94.Brandon Gibson STL vs. Cin
95.T.J. Houshmandzadeh OAK vs. Det
96.Donte Stallworth WAS at NYG
97.Mike Williams SEA at Chi
98.*Devin Hester CHI vs. Sea
Note: *** Turned an ankle Thursday, missed practice Friday. ***
99.Legedu Naanee CAR at Hou
100.Anthony Armstrong WAS at NYG
101.Austin Pettis STL vs. Cin
102.*Braylon Edwards SF vs. Pit
Note: (Knee) Limited in Friday's practice.
103.*Chaz Schilens OAK vs. Det
Note: Injured his foot in the loss to the Packers. Practiced Wednesday.
104.*Eddie Royal DEN vs. NE
Note: (Concussion) Practiced Wednesday.
105.*Deion Branch NE at Den
Note: Left last week's win over the Redskins with a groin injury. Limited Wednesday. *** Officially out. ***
106.*Arrelious Benn TB vs. Dal
Note: Suffered a concussion in the loss to the Jags. Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. *** Officially out. ***
107.*Emmanuel Sanders PIT at SF
Note: Now developing inflammation in his surgically repaired foot. *** Officially out this week. ***
108.*Naaman Roosevelt BUF vs. Mia
109.*Andre Johnson HOU vs. Car
Note: (Hamstring) Held out Sunday - no update to his condition Monday. Didn't practice Wednesday - still has a long ways to go. *** Out again this week. ***
110.*Jacoby Ford OAK vs. Det
111.*Mike Thomas JAC at Atl
Note: Left with a concussion against the Bucs. Won't play this week.
112.*Cecil Shorts JAC at Atl
Note: Day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Out for this week.
113.*Greg Jennings GB at KC
Note: Out 2-to-3 weeks with an MCL sprain.

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE at Den
2.*Jimmy Graham NO at Min
Note: Intense flare-up of back spasms before last week's game. Played through it, but getting an MRI this week. Full practice Wednesday. *** Officially probable. ***
3.Jason Witten DAL at TB
4.*Jake Ballard NYG vs. Was
Note: Dealing with a wrist injury. Meanwhile, Travis Beckum has a chest injury.
5.Jermichael Finley GB at KC
Note: Very costly no-show against the Raiders.
6.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. Jac
Note: Probable after getting a little rest during practice this week.
7.Antonio Gates SD vs. Bal
Note: Is Gates matchup proof? The Ravens have been extremely stingy against tight ends.
8.Kellen Winslow TB vs. Dal
9.Brent Celek PHI vs. NYJ
10.Brandon Pettigrew DET at Oak
11.Owen Daniels HOU vs. Car
Note: Played a huge role in the Texans' catch-up against the Bengals.
12.Aaron Hernandez NE at Den
13.Jermaine Gresham CIN at StL
Note: The Rams have allowed the least amount of fantasy points by tight ends this year.
14.Vernon Davis SF vs. Pit
15.*Joel Dreessen HOU vs. Car
Note: (Knee) Limited in Wednesday's practice. *** Listed as questionable. ***
16.Logan Paulsen WAS at NYG
17.Ed Dickson BAL at SD
18.Heath Miller PIT at SF
19.Jared Cook TEN at Ind
20.Dustin Keller NYJ at Phi
21.*Anthony Fasano MIA at Buf
Note: (Ribs) Limited in Wednesday's practice. *** Limited in practice all week, listed as questionable. Plus, Matt Moore might not play. Significant downgrade. ***
22.*Greg Olsen CAR at Hou
Note: (Back) Did not practice Wednesday. *** Listed as probable. ***
23.Tony Scheffler DET at Oak
24.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. NO
25.Evan Moore CLE at Ari
26.Kevin Boss OAK vs. Det
27.Visanthe Shiancoe MIN vs. NO
28.Lance Kendricks STL vs. Cin
Note: Disappointing season so far, but faces the Bengals this week, who got torn up by the Texans' tight ends.
29.Charles Clay MIA at Buf
30.Marcedes Lewis JAC at Atl
Note: Still looking for his first touchdown this year, though he had a big reception last week where he nearly scored.
31.Delanie Walker SF vs. Pit
32.Dennis Pitta BAL at SD
33.Leonard Pope KC vs. GB
34.Jeremy Shockey CAR at Hou
35.Kellen Davis CHI vs. Sea
36.Zach Miller SEA at Chi
37.Jeff King ARZ vs. Cle
38.Randy McMichael SD vs. Bal
39.Todd Heap ARZ vs. Cle
40.Daniel Fells DEN vs. NE
41.Jacob Tamme IND vs. Ten
Note: Only one target with Dallas Clark back.
42.Donald Lee CIN at StL
43.*Dallas Clark IND vs. Ten
Note: Targeted six times, only one catch. Missed Wednesday's practice with a 'burner.' *** Doubtful for Sunday. ***
44.*Scott Chandler BUF vs. Mia
Note: (Ankle) Sat out Sunday, seen limping in the locker room Monday. Did not practice Wednesday. *** Out again this week. ***
45.*Ben Watson CLE at Ari
Note: Left with another concussion, sat out practice Monday. Given that this isn't his first concussion, I'm worried. Went to see a concussion specialist Wednesday. Seems pretty unlikely to play.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Arian Foster HOU vs. Car
2.Ray Rice BAL at SD
3.Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at Atl
4.LeSean McCoy PHI vs. NYJ
Note: Much better fantasy game than real life - two touchdowns, despite carrying 27 times for only 38 yards.
5.Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Was
6.Calvin Johnson DET at Oak
Note: Just four targets against a weak Vikings pass defense? Aargh.
7.Victor Cruz NYG vs. Was
8.Steve Smith CAR at Hou
9.*Wes Welker NE at Den
Note: (Knee) Limited Wednesday. *** Officially listed as questionable, though generally expected to play. ***
10.Jordy Nelson GB at KC
11.Roddy White ATL vs. Jac
12.Rob Gronkowski NE at Den
13.Chris Johnson TEN at Ind
14.Michael Bush OAK vs. Det
Note: Has slowed down the last few weeks, but he gets the Lions at home in Week 15.
15.*Adrian Peterson MIN vs. NO
Note: Coach Leslie Frazier said that Peterson (ankle) would be back this week. Limited in Wednesday's practice, still on track to start. *** Full participant in Friday's practice. May not get a full load of carries, but should start - and be a good play at home against the Saints. ***
16.Ryan Mathews SD vs. Bal
Note: Three consecutive 100-yard games. If I were your typical broadcaster, I'd call them 'unanswered' 100-yard games.
17.Vincent Jackson SD vs. Bal
18.Marques Colston NO at Min
19.A.J. Green CIN at StL
20.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ vs. Cle
21.Antonio Brown PIT at SF
22.*Jimmy Graham NO at Min
Note: Intense flare-up of back spasms before last week's game. Played through it, but getting an MRI this week. Full practice Wednesday. *** Officially probable. ***
23.Marshawn Lynch SEA at Chi
Note: Now has scores in nine consecutive games.
24.Reggie Bush MIA at Buf
25.*Felix Jones DAL at TB
Note: Full time starter now that DeMarco Murray is out. Sammy Morris is the backup.
26.Roy Helu WAS at NYG
27.Brandon Marshall MIA at Buf
28.Percy Harvin MIN vs. NO
29.Mike Wallace PIT at SF
30.Brandon Lloyd STL vs. Cin
Note: Caught five passes for 82 yards Monday night despite drawing double-teams virtually every down.
31.*Michael Turner ATL vs. Jac
Note: (Groin) Listed as probable for Thursday night's game.
32.Jason Witten DAL at TB
33.*Jake Ballard NYG vs. Was
Note: Dealing with a wrist injury. Meanwhile, Travis Beckum has a chest injury.
34.Jermichael Finley GB at KC
Note: Very costly no-show against the Raiders.
35.*Frank Gore SF vs. Pit
Note: Ran well last week, but coach Jim Harbaugh said that Gore was 'not 100 percent' yet.
36.Darren Sproles NO at Min
37.Santana Moss WAS at NYG
38.*Steve Johnson BUF vs. Mia
Note: Injured his hand in the loss to San Diego - not certain yet how serious the injury is. Did not appear on Wednesday's injury report.
39.Miles Austin DAL at TB
Note: Not bad for his first game back, but didn't have the burst to catch up to a ball late that would have salted the game away.
40.*James Jones GB at KC
Note: Bumping up with injury to Jennings.
41.*Beanie Wells ARZ vs. Cle
Note: Much better matchup against the Browns this week. (Knee) Limited in Wednesday's practice, as per usual lately. *** Listed as probable. ***
42.Shonn Greene NYJ at Phi
Note: Another terrific game last week.
43.*Cedric Benson CIN at StL
Note: Early production, shut down in the second half after the Texans sold out against the run, and after right guard Bobbie Williams got hurt. (Foot) Did not practice Wednesday - same as last week. *** Limited practice Friday, still listed as probable. ***
44.LeGarrette Blount TB vs. Dal
Note: Contributed to his own marginalization by losing a fumble.
45.*Nate Washington TEN at Ind
Note: Had a huge game despite a high ankle sprain that kept him out of most of last week's practices. Also dealing with back spasms. Seems to click well with Jake Locker. (Ankle) Did not practice Wednesday. *** Able to practice Friday. ***
46.*Julio Jones ATL vs. Jac
Note: Concerns about his hamstring are abated, though his touchdown was in large part due to busted coverage. (Back) Listed as probable.
47.*Laurent Robinson DAL at TB
Note: Was on the field half the time that Austin and Bryant were, yet outproduced both. (Shoulder) Limited in Wednesday's practice. *** Officially questionable, as he was last week. ***
48.*Dwayne Bowe KC vs. GB
Note: Orton, if he starts, could improve Bowe's outlook.
49.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. Jac
Note: Probable after getting a little rest during practice this week.
50.Antonio Gates SD vs. Bal
Note: Is Gates matchup proof? The Ravens have been extremely stingy against tight ends.
51.Donald Brown IND vs. Ten
52.C.J. Spiller BUF vs. Mia
Note: Hard to get 20 carries when you're getting blown out.
53.Steven Jackson STL vs. Cin
54.Willis McGahee DEN vs. NE
55.*Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. Det
Note: Downgraded a few notches with the likely return of Denarius Moore.
56.Torrey Smith BAL at SD
57.*Dez Bryant DAL at TB
Note: Only two targets Sunday night. Lucky that one was a long touchdown due to blown coverage.
58.Mike Williams TB vs. Dal
59.Anquan Boldin BAL at SD
60.Michael Crabtree SF vs. Pit
61.Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. Was
62.Marion Barber CHI vs. Sea
Note: Drew all the blame as the goat last week, but there was plenty to go around. Why call a play that goes to the sideline in the first place, for instance?
63.Ryan Grant GB at KC
Note: Showed a lot more life in his legs than I expected. Not all of that is Raider-attributable.
64.*Maurice Morris DET at Oak
Note: Left early with a chest injury and was very limited afterward. Not listed on the initial injury report.
65.Ben Tate HOU vs. Car
Note: Really good opportunity for Tate to have a big week, even as the backup.
66.Pierre Thomas NO at Min
67.Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. Was
Note: Bradshaw's curfew violation meant that it was lights-out for his fantasy owners, who are probably feeling a little punch-drunk right now, curing their playoffs' hangover. (Foot) Held out of practice Wednesday. *** Practiced more as the week went on. Listed as probable. ***
68.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Hou
69.Kellen Winslow TB vs. Dal
70.Brent Celek PHI vs. NYJ
71.Eric Decker DEN vs. NE
72.Damian Williams TEN at Ind
73.Santonio Holmes NYJ at Phi
74.*DeSean Jackson PHI vs. NYJ
Note: Could catch a lot of Darrelle Revis if Maclin can't go.
75.Malcom Floyd SD vs. Bal
76.Jabar Gaffney WAS at NYG
77.*Donald Driver GB at KC
Note: Bumping up with injury to Jennings.
78.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. NE
79.Rashard Mendenhall PIT at SF
Note: Costly goal-line stand for his fantasy owners. Much tougher matchup this week.
80.BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE at Den
81.*Doug Baldwin SEA at Chi
Note: Emerged as the clear top target for the Seahawks in the absence of Sidney Rice. Sat out Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. *** Officially probable. ***
82.Daniel Thomas MIA at Buf
83.Toby Gerhart MIN vs. NO
84.DeAngelo Williams CAR at Hou
85.Peyton Hillis CLE at Ari
Note: Split the carries roughly equally with Hardesty, with equally disappointing results.
86.Mike Tolbert SD vs. Bal
87.Dexter McCluster KC vs. GB
Note: Coming off of his best game, McCluster got just four carries and two targets against the Jets. For that alone Todd Haley deserved his firing.
88.*Anthony Fasano MIA at Buf
Note: (Ribs) Limited in Wednesday's practice. *** Limited in practice all week, listed as questionable. Plus, Matt Moore might not play. Significant downgrade. ***
89.Brandon Pettigrew DET at Oak
90.Owen Daniels HOU vs. Car
Note: Played a huge role in the Texans' catch-up against the Bengals.
91.Aaron Hernandez NE at Den
92.Lance Moore NO at Min
93.Plaxico Burress NYJ at Phi
94.Devin Aromashodu MIN vs. NO
95.Titus Young DET at Oak
96.Reggie Wayne IND vs. Ten

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE at Den
2.John Kasay NO at Min
3.David Akers SF vs. Pit
4.Rob Bironas TEN at Ind
5.Dan Bailey DAL at TB
6.Jason Hanson DET at Oak
7.Mason Crosby GB at KC
8.Matt Prater DEN vs. NE
9.Neil Rackers HOU vs. Car
10.Mike Nugent CIN at StL
11.Nick Novak SD vs. Bal
12.Shaun Suisham PIT at SF
13.Matt Bryant ATL vs. Jac
14.Robbie Gould CHI vs. Sea
Note: Made a 57-yarder, but the offense was so impotent that it was his only attempt.
15.Connor Barth TB vs. Dal
16.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. Det
Note: No field goal attempts the last two weeks.
17.*Olindo Mare CAR at Hou
Note: Missed another critical, short field goal. The Panthers brought in Adi Kunalic, though that might just be for kickoffs.
18.Steven Hauschka SEA at Chi
19.Nick Folk NYJ at Phi
20.Dan Carpenter MIA at Buf
21.Lawrence Tynes NYG vs. Was
22.*Josh Scobee JAC at Atl
Note: Leg injury - status for Thursday uncertain. The Jags brought in Brandon Coutu as a backup.
23.Alex Henery PHI vs. NYJ
24.Phil Dawson CLE at Ari
25.*Billy Cundiff BAL at SD
Note: (Calf) Played through injury, though he passed over kickoff duties to the punter in the second half. *** Game-time decision Sunday night with toe and calf injuries. ***
26.*Dave Rayner BUF vs. Mia
Note: *** (Groin) Full practice Friday, listed as probable. ***
27.Graham Gano WAS at NYG
28.Josh Brown STL vs. Cin
29.Adam Vinatieri IND vs. Ten
30.Ryan Longwell MIN vs. NO
31.Jay Feely ARZ vs. Cle
32.Ryan Succop KC vs. GB
Note: Worst onside kick ever? Yeah, worst onside kick ever: http://www.cbssports.com/video/player/play/nfl/eMeWYAuPgqJfigqvsW_ON1lVI_wBm5pn?ttag=gen10_on_all_fb_na_txt_0001
33.Adi Kunalic CAR at Hou

Defenses

1.Chicago Bears vs. Sea
2.*Pittsburgh Steelers at SF
Note: James Harrison suspended this week.
3.San Francisco 49ers vs. Pit
4.Baltimore Ravens at SD
5.Seattle Seahawks at Chi
6.Cincinnati Bengals at StL
7.Green Bay Packers at KC
8.*New England Patriots at Den
Note: Patrick Chung's foot was in a walking boot Friday.
9.Atlanta Falcons vs. Jac
10.Arizona Cardinals vs. Cle
11.*New York Giants vs. Was
Note: Just Tuck left Sunday night's game with a toe injury.
12.Houston Texans vs. Car
13.*Tennessee Titans at Ind
Note: Barrett Ruud is out for the season, but he had already lost his starting job to Colin McCarthy. Meanwhile, Jason McCourty (concussion) has been cleared to play this week.
14.San Diego Chargers vs. Bal
15.New Orleans Saints at Min
16.Philadelphia Eagles vs. NYJ
Note: Coming alive? Carried the day against Miami.
17.Dallas Cowboys at TB
18.Miami Dolphins at Buf
19.Detroit Lions at Oak
Note: Ndamukong Suh is back from his suspension this week.
20.New York Jets at Phi
21.Buffalo Bills vs. Mia
Note: George Wilson (neck) returned to action last week.
22.Cleveland Browns at Ari
23.Jacksonville Jaguars at Atl
24.Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dal
25.St. Louis Rams vs. Cin
26.Carolina Panthers at Hou
27.Washington Redskins at NYG
28.*Denver Broncos vs. NE
Note: Brian Dawkins suffered a neck injury in the win over the Bears.
29.Minnesota Vikings vs. NO
30.Oakland Raiders vs. Det
31.Indianapolis Colts vs. Ten
32.Kansas City Chiefs vs. GB

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