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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.Drew Brees NO vs. Atl
2.Aaron Rodgers GB vs. Chi
Note: Coming off worst day of the season, but at least he had a rushing touchdown to salvage his fantasy day.
3.*Tom Brady NE vs. Mia
Note: Still feeling the effects of an Elvis Dumervil hit on Monday.
4.Matthew Stafford DET vs. SD
Note: Monstrous four quarter against the Raiders probably put the Lions into the playoffs.
5.Tony Romo DAL vs. Phi
Note: Dominated first-half-only leagues last week - much slower production after the break when the Bucs decided to show up.
6.Philip Rivers SD at Det
7.Cam Newton CAR vs. TB
8.Michael Vick PHI at Dal
Note: Vick finally had his first rushing touchdown of the season last week. (Ribs) Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
9.Tim Tebow DEN at Buf
10.Rex Grossman WAS vs. Min
Note: Has yet another great match-up this week - perhaps the best possible against the Vikings.
11.Matt Ryan ATL at NO
12.Matt Moore MIA at NE
Note: Generally played well despite entering the game questionable from a concussion suffered the week before.
13.Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. Den
14.Eli Manning NYG at NYJ
Note: Laid an egg at the worst possible time, and now draws the Jets' pass defense.
15.*Mark Sanchez NYJ vs. NYG
Note: (Shoulder) Confirmed starter for this week.
16.Kyle Orton KC vs. Oak
Note: Didn't get in the end zone, but had the team moving up-and-down the field - 299 passing yards.
17.Carson Palmer OAK at KC
Note: Three games over 300 yards in six starts, but tough matchup against the Chiefs in KC this week.
18.*Matt Hasselbeck TEN vs. Jac
Note: (Calf) Once again outplayed by Jake Locker, once again Hasselbeck will start over Locker. Practiced Tuesday. Positive reports from coach Mike Munchak from Wednesday's practice.
19.Josh Freeman TB at Car
Note: Freeman had no time to throw all night against the Cowboys. Full practice Wednesday. *** Full practice Friday, probable. ***
20.Tarvaris Jackson SEA vs. SF
Note: (Pectoral muscle) Full practice Wednesday. Lost another receiver - Mike Williams - for the season.
21.T.J. Yates HOU at Ind
Note: Multiple bad decisions, most often forced to dump it off last week.
22.Alex Smith SF at Sea
23.*Charlie Batch PIT vs. StL
Note: Batch will officially start.
24.Joe Flacco BAL vs. Cle
Note: Flacco had yet another bad road performance - overall stats weren't that bad, but both interceptions were avoidable.
25.*Josh McCown CHI at GB
Note: Starting in place of Caleb Hanie.
26.*John Skelton ARZ at Cin
Note: Week 16 starter uncertain - whoever practices most likely will start.
27.Christian Ponder MIN at Was
28.Andy Dalton CIN vs. Ari
29.Dan Orlovsky IND vs. Hou
Note: First career win in 10 starts and 19 games last week.
30.Blaine Gabbert JAC at Ten
31.*Kellen Clemens STL at Pit
Note: *** Likely starter this week. ***
32.*Seneca Wallace CLE at Bal
33.*Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. StL
Note: (Ankle) Limped his way through Monday night's loss to the Niners - threw for 330 yards, but had a hard time evading the rush. Hopes to play Saturday - there appears to be some doubt here. *** Charlie Batch will officially start. ****
34.*Jake Locker TEN vs. Jac
35.*Kevin Kolb ARZ at Cin
Note: (Concussion) Starter not yet named - practice reps will determine starter. Limited participant in Wednesday's practice. *** Officially questionable. ***
36.*Colt McCoy CLE at Bal
Note: (Concussion) Once again sent home Tuesday after attending team meetings.
37.*Sam Bradford STL at Pit
Note: It's possible that the Rams will shut down Bradford (ankle) for the rest of the season. No practice Wednesday. *** Officially doubtful, Clemens will start. ***
38.*Caleb Hanie CHI at GB
Note: Benched in favor of Josh McCown after throwing nine INTs in four games.

Running Backs

1.Arian Foster HOU at Ind
2.Ray Rice BAL vs. Cle
3.LeSean McCoy PHI at Dal
4.Ryan Mathews SD at Det
Note: The big news was that Mathews even received goal line carries (and converted) against the Ravens. If that continues, he's a monster next year.
5.*Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at Ten
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Tuesday. Limited practice Thursday, expected to play.
6.Reggie Bush MIA at NE
Note: Had a whopping 203 rushing yards against the Bills - three consecutive 100-yard games.
7.*Chris Johnson TEN vs. Jac
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Tuesday but expects to play on Saturday still. Limited in Thursday's practice, but looked good in the portion that he did.
8.*Michael Turner ATL at NO
Note: (Groin) Sat out practice Thursday - but because the Falcons play Thursday, this isn't a huge issue yet - in fact, it's been the standard operating procedure for him lately. *** Listed as probable. ***
9.Adrian Peterson MIN at Was
Note: (Ankle) Ran well (10-for-60, though one carry was for 39 yards), but limited once the Vikings fell so far behind. Not on this week's injury report.
10.C.J. Spiller BUF vs. Den
11.*Michael Bush OAK at KC
Note: Sore shoulder, injury downplayed by coach Hue Jackson. *** Now officially listed as questionable, but Coach Jackson still thinks that he'll play.
12.Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. SF
Note: 10 scoring weeks in a row vs. the best run defense. Tough to bench him, though - how high of a replacement level do you need before you'll consider it?
13.Frank Gore SF at Sea
14.Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs. StL
15.Darren Sproles NO vs. Atl
Note: How many leagues were decided on the basis of the Sproles' second touchdown getting overturned and Thomas getting the subsequent carry?
16.Steven Jackson STL at Pit
Note: Pretty big game last week in PPR leagues - nine catches. If Clemens is the QB again, expect more dump-off passes to continue.
17.DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. TB
Note: Nearly an even split between he and Stewart. Great matchup this week. Knowing how things have worked with the Panthers this season, though, we'll probably see a heavy dose of the fullback in the red zone.
18.*Shonn Greene NYJ vs. NYG
Note: Suffered a torn tendon in his finger against the Eagles but is still expected to play against the Giants.
19.Donald Brown IND vs. Hou
20.*Willis McGahee DEN at Buf
Note: (Hamstring) Practiced Tuesday after sitting out the fourth quarter against the Patriots. It's worth noting, though, that Lance Ball was getting carries in the first quarter, too. Great match-up, but barring great practice reports, I can't trust McGahee this week. Full practice Thursday. Starting to trust more.
21.Kahlil Bell CHI at GB
Note: More active than Barber in the loss to the Seahawks.
22.*Cedric Benson CIN vs. Ari
Note: (Foot) Frequently stymied in short-yardage situations against a bad Rams run defense. It won't get easier the next two weeks against the Cardinals and Ravens, though at least both games are at home.
23.*Kevin Smith DET vs. SD
Note: (Ankle) Didn't do much with a plus-matchup, but on the bright side he made it through the game without reinjury and got the vast majority of the carries.
24.LeGarrette Blount TB at Car
25.*Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at NYJ
Note: How many leagues turned on Bradshaw and not Jacobs getting the garbage-time red zone touchdown? (Foot) Did not practice Thursday.
26.*Sammy Morris DAL vs. Phi
Note: *** Likely to get more playing time, even if Jones can play. ***
27.*Beanie Wells ARZ at Cin
Note: Wells' knee injury is limiting his explosiveness, especially when he hits the second level. Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Limited practice all week, listed as questionable. ***
28.Ryan Grant GB vs. Chi
29.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. TB
30.*Evan Royster WAS vs. Min
Note: Royster got 10 carries with the lead late with Helu banged up. *** Should get more work with Helu inactive. ***
31.Peyton Hillis CLE at Bal
Note: Got a touchdown early, was a workhorse late - not great rate stats (26-for-99), but obviously he's as healthy as he's been all season.
32.Brandon Jacobs NYG at NYJ
33.*BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE vs. Mia
Note: *** (Illness) Listed as questionable. ***
34.Pierre Thomas NO vs. Atl
35.Toby Gerhart MIN at Was
36.Lance Ball DEN at Buf
Note: This week's best pick up in most leagues - McGahee is gimpy and the match-up against the Bills is pretty nice. I'm putting the two of them adjacent to each other until we get more clear information from the practice reports.
37.Mike Tolbert SD at Det
38.Jackie Battle KC vs. Oak
39.Daniel Thomas MIA at NE
40.*James Starks GB vs. Chi
Note: (Ankle) Full practice Thursday. *** Listed as probable this week. ***
41.Ben Tate HOU at Ind
42.Dexter McCluster KC vs. Oak
43.Ricky Williams BAL vs. Cle
44.Chris Ivory NO vs. Atl
45.*Felix Jones DAL vs. Phi
Note: Jones missed practice Tuesday with hamstring troubles. Didn't practice Thursday, instead spent time with the trainers on the side. *** Game-time decision - if the Giants win, he won't play a snap. If the Jets win, he's 50-50 to play. ***
46.Thomas Jones KC vs. Oak
47.Danny Woodhead NE vs. Mia
48.Kendall Hunter SF at Sea
49.LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ vs. NYG
50.Chris Ogbonnaya CLE at Bal
51.Isaac Redman PIT vs. StL
52.Bernard Scott CIN vs. Ari
53.Keiland Williams DET vs. SD
54.Kregg Lumpkin TB at Car
55.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL at NO
56.Joseph Addai IND vs. Hou
57.*D.J. Ware NYG at NYJ
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Thursday.
58.Justin Forsett SEA vs. SF
59.Tashard Choice BUF vs. Den
60.Cadillac Williams STL at Pit
61.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Mia
Note: Out of the wilderness again - led the Pats with 65 rushing yards, though both Woodhead and BGE scored.
62.*Delone Carter IND vs. Hou
Note: (Forearm) Did not practice Monday.
63.Derrick Ward HOU at Ind
64.Jason Snelling ATL at NO
65.Brian Leonard CIN vs. Ari
66.*John Kuhn GB vs. Chi
67.Ronnie Brown PHI at Dal
68.LaRod Stephens-Howling ARZ at Cin
69.Jamie Harper TEN vs. Jac
70.*Marion Barber CHI at GB
Note: *** (Calf) Downgraded to doubtful. ***
71.DuJuan Harris JAC at Ten
72.Leon Washington SEA vs. SF
73.Maurice Morris DET vs. SD
74.*Montario Hardesty CLE at Bal
Note: (Calf) Active last week but didn't receive a single touch.
75.Anthony Dixon SF at Sea
76.Ryan Torain WAS vs. Min
77.Kevin Faulk NE vs. Mia
78.*Mark Ingram NO vs. Atl
Note: (Turf toe) No practice Thursday. ***Didn't practice Friday. ***
79.Shane Vereen NE vs. Mia
80.*Taiwan Jones OAK at KC
Note: (Hamstring) Listed as questionable this week.
81.*Brandon Saine GB vs. Chi
Note: (Head) Full practice Thursday.
82.*Roy Helu WAS vs. Min
Note: (Toe/knee) Limited in Tuesday's practice. Injuries spoiled a good opportunity against the Giants, with the Redskins playing with the lead. Limited practice Thursday, but he said he felt much better than earlier in the week. *** Officially INACTIVE. ***
83.Mewelde Moore PIT vs. StL
84.*Darren McFadden OAK at KC
Note: (Foot) *Still* day-to-day.
85.*Joe McKnight NYJ vs. NYG
Note: McKnight did not practice Tuesday with shoulder problems.
86.Matt Forte CHI at GB

Wide Receivers

1.Calvin Johnson DET vs. SD
Note: Baffling coverage late in the game against him.
2.Roddy White ATL at NO
3.Jordy Nelson GB vs. Chi
4.Marques Colston NO vs. Atl
Note: Didn't score, but eight catches for 91 yards.
5.*Brandon Marshall MIA at NE
Note: Should have had a huge day, bt dropped two potential touchdown passes. (Knee) Sat out practice Wednesday, returned in limited fashion Thursday.
6.Victor Cruz NYG at NYJ
7.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Cin
8.Wes Welker NE vs. Mia
9.Steve Smith CAR vs. TB
10.Percy Harvin MIN at Was
Note: Completely stymied by the Saints last week.
11.Julio Jones ATL at NO
12.Demaryius Thomas DEN at Buf
Note: Thomas was targeted a whopping 13 times against the Pats.
13.*A.J. Green CIN vs. Ari
Note: AC shoulder separation. Played through the injury in the second half, but was limited then. Vows that he'll play - we'll see how practice goes first. Limited participant Thursday, still expected to play Saturday. *** Officially active. ***
14.Santana Moss WAS vs. Min
15.Miles Austin DAL vs. Phi
16.Hakeem Nicks NYG at NYJ
Note: Two deadly drops - one in the end zone, and the other that likely would have been a touchdown. I'm operating under the assumption that Nick will draw Darrelle Revis - hence the significant downgrade, and why he's below Cruz this week.
17.*Nate Washington TEN vs. Jac
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Tuesday.
18.Torrey Smith BAL vs. Cle
19.Jabar Gaffney WAS vs. Min
Note: Didn't get in the end zone, but hauled in six catches for 85 yards on nine targets against the Giants. Another sweet match-up this week.
20.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. Oak
21.*Antonio Brown PIT vs. StL
Note: Hurt by the likelihood that Big Ben won't play.
22.Mike Wallace PIT vs. StL
23.*Santonio Holmes NYJ vs. NYG
Note: Much better fantasy game than real life game - fumble, bobble-that-became an interception, and a dumb taunting penalty. (Hip) Limited in Thursday's practice.
24.*Jeremy Maclin PHI at Dal
Note: (Hamstring) Made it through the win over the Jets without aggravating the injury.
25.*Brandon Lloyd STL at Pit
Note: (Illness) Missed practice Tuesday.
26.Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK at KC
Note: Huge game - it makes you wonder what might have been had he not been buried immediately after the bye for a few weeks.
27.*Vincent Jackson SD at Det
Note: (Groin) Did not practice Thursday - expected to play, but watch the pregame shows just in case. *** GAME-TIME DECISION - LATE GAME. ***
28.*Laurent Robinson DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Shoulder) Limited Thursday.
29.*Steve Johnson BUF vs. Den
Note: (Groin) Did not practice Tuesday. Practiced Thursday, albeit in limited fashion.
30.Dez Bryant DAL vs. Phi
Note: Just six targets in the two games since Miles Austin returned.
31.Damian Williams TEN vs. Jac
32.Malcom Floyd SD at Det
33.*Lance Moore NO vs. Atl
Note: Moore and Floyd are fittingly paired together - could go off in any given week, could disappear in any given week. *** (Hamstring) Limited practice Friday. ***
34.Donald Driver GB vs. Chi
35.Plaxico Burress NYJ vs. NYG
36.Michael Crabtree SF at Sea
37.*DeSean Jackson PHI at Dal
Note: Suffered an elbow contusion in the win over the Jets. Not on this week's injury report.
38.Greg Little CLE at Bal
39.Golden Tate SEA vs. SF
Note: Led the team in targets and catches against the Bears. With Mike Williams now out, Tate will be on the field frequently for the Seahawks.
40.Reggie Wayne IND vs. Hou
41.James Jones GB vs. Chi
Note: Just four targets against the Chiefs.
42.Titus Young DET vs. SD
43.Nate Burleson DET vs. SD
44.Mike Williams TB at Car
Note: Dead to me. Again. Targeted just once despite the Bucs falling behind early against the Cowboys.
45.Eric Decker DEN at Buf
46.*Doug Baldwin SEA vs. SF
Note: Just two targets against the Bears - perhaps his ankle was bothering him more than was let on? (Ankle) Did not practice Thursday, still expected to play Saturday. *** Officially listed as questionable. ***
47.Pierre Garcon IND vs. Hou
48.Randall Cobb GB vs. Chi
49.Jerome Simpson CIN vs. Ari
Note: If Green can't go, Simpson would get a lot of targets.
50.Denarius Moore OAK at KC
Note: Five targets in his first game back, plus one carry.
51.Andre Roberts ARZ at Cin
52.*Lee Evans BAL vs. Cle
Note: Expanded role with Anquan Boldin out.
53.Lavelle Hawkins TEN vs. Jac
54.Steve Breaston KC vs. Oak
55.David Nelson BUF vs. Den
56.Harry Douglas ATL at NO
57.Early Doucet ARZ at Cin
58.Devin Aromashodu MIN at Was
59.Jacoby Jones HOU at Ind
60.Jerricho Cotchery PIT vs. StL
61.Brad Smith BUF vs. Den
62.Robert Meachem NO vs. Atl
63.Devery Henderson NO vs. Atl
64.Kevin Walter HOU at Ind
65.Chad Ochocinco NE vs. Mia
66.Dezmon Briscoe TB at Car
67.Kyle Williams SF at Sea
68.Jason Avant PHI at Dal
69.Ben Obomanu SEA vs. SF
70.*Louis Murphy OAK at KC
Note: (Groin) Sat out Wednesday - downplayed by coach Hue Jackson.
71.Austin Collie IND vs. Hou
72.Preston Parker TB at Car
73.Vincent Brown SD at Det
74.Hines Ward PIT vs. StL
75.Andrew Hawkins CIN vs. Ari
76.Chastin West JAC at Ten
77.Danario Alexander STL at Pit
78.Brian Hartline MIA at NE
79.Matt Willis DEN at Buf
80.Roy Williams CHI at GB
81.Riley Cooper PHI at Dal
82.Davone Bess MIA at NE
83.Brandon LaFell CAR vs. TB
84.Jarett Dillard JAC at Ten
85.Jon Baldwin KC vs. Oak
86.Mohamed Massaquoi CLE at Bal
87.*Austin Pettis STL at Pit
Note: Suspended for violating the league's performance-enhancing gear policy.
88.Ted Ginn SF at Sea
89.Earl Bennett CHI at GB
90.Josh Cribbs CLE at Bal
91.Brian Robiskie JAC at Ten
92.Brandon Gibson STL at Pit
93.T.J. Houshmandzadeh OAK at KC
94.Donte Stallworth WAS vs. Min
95.*Devin Hester CHI at GB
Note: Hester was rarely on the field due to his ankle injury last week.
96.Legedu Naanee CAR vs. TB
97.Anthony Armstrong WAS vs. Min
98.*Jordan Norwood CLE at Bal
Note: (Head injury) Ruled out for this week.
99.Andre Caldwell CIN vs. Ari
100.*Braylon Edwards SF at Sea
Note: (Knee) Inactive Monday night.
101.Chaz Schilens OAK at KC
102.Eddie Royal DEN at Buf
103.*Deion Branch NE vs. Mia
104.*Arrelious Benn TB at Car
Note: (Concussion) Returned to practice Tuesday.
105.*Emmanuel Sanders PIT vs. StL
106.*Naaman Roosevelt BUF vs. Den
107.*Jacoby Ford OAK at KC
Note: (Foot) Did not practice Tuesday. Sat out practice all week.
108.*Mike Thomas JAC at Ten
Note: Non-contact participant in Tuesday's practice. 'Has a shot' to play Saturday.
109.*Cecil Shorts JAC at Ten
Note: Did not practice Thursday.
110.*Mario Manningham NYG at NYJ
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Thursday. If he plays, he might get more targets than usual, as the third receiver is highly unlikely to draw much of Revis' attention. *** OFFICIALLY INACTIVE ***.
111.*Andre Johnson HOU at Ind
Note: (Hamstring) Already declared out for Thursday's game.
112.*Greg Jennings GB vs. Chi
113.*Anquan Boldin BAL vs. Cle
Note: Meniscus tear in his knee - out the last two weeks of the regular season.
114.*Johnny Knox CHI at GB
Note: Scary looking injury - officially a cracked facet joint. Obviously out for the season.
115.*Mike Williams SEA vs. SF
Note: (Ankle) Out for the season.

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Mia
2.Jimmy Graham NO vs. Atl
3.Jason Witten DAL vs. Phi
Note: Perhaps he'll take advantage of the Eagles' coverage down the seam like the Jets did last week.
4.Antonio Gates SD at Det
Note: Don't sweat last week's low output - the Ravens are as good as anyone against TE's.
5.Jermichael Finley GB vs. Chi
Note: The good news: a team-high 10 targets. The bad news: more drops.
6.Tony Gonzalez ATL at NO
7.Brent Celek PHI at Dal
8.Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Mia
9.Vernon Davis SF at Sea
10.Kellen Winslow TB at Car
11.Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. Ari
12.Joel Dreessen HOU at Ind
Note: Could get a ton of targets if Daniels can't go - especially after Jared Cook went over 100 yards against the Colts.
13.*Owen Daniels HOU at Ind
Note: Daniels sat out practice Tuesday with a knee injury. Quick week - Texans play Tuesday. Listed as questionable but will play.
14.Kevin Boss OAK at KC
Note: Eight catches for 90 yards over the last two weeks.
15.Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. SD
16.Ed Dickson BAL vs. Cle
17.Jared Cook TEN vs. Jac
Note: First 100-yard game of the year comes after two goose eggs in a row.
18.Heath Miller PIT vs. StL
19.Dustin Keller NYJ vs. NYG
20.Greg Olsen CAR vs. TB
21.Jacob Tamme IND vs. Hou
22.Todd Heap ARZ at Cin
Note: Seven catches for 69 yards last week - best effort of the season.
23.Tony Scheffler DET vs. SD
24.Jeremy Shockey CAR vs. TB
25.Kyle Rudolph MIN at Was
26.Evan Moore CLE at Bal
27.Lance Kendricks STL at Pit
28.*Marcedes Lewis JAC at Ten
Note: (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday.
29.Logan Paulsen WAS vs. Min
30.Visanthe Shiancoe MIN at Was
31.Charles Clay MIA at NE
32.Delanie Walker SF at Sea
33.Dennis Pitta BAL vs. Cle
34.Leonard Pope KC vs. Oak
35.Kellen Davis CHI at GB
36.Zach Miller SEA vs. SF
37.Jeff King ARZ at Cin
38.Randy McMichael SD at Det
39.Daniel Fells DEN at Buf
40.*Dallas Clark IND vs. Hou
Note: (Neck) Sat out practice Tuesday. Listed as doubtful.
41.*Scott Chandler BUF vs. Den
Note: (Ankle) Returned to practice Tuesday. Moving around gingerly, but has practiced the last couple of days.
42.*Anthony Fasano MIA at NE
Note: (Ribs) Just four targets, but one of them resulted in a touchdown. Mild concussion, listed as questionable. *** RULED OUT THIS WEEK ***.
43.*Jake Ballard NYG at NYJ
Note: PCL injury - probably out this week, maybe also Week 17.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Arian Foster HOU at Ind
2.Ray Rice BAL vs. Cle
3.LeSean McCoy PHI at Dal
4.Ryan Mathews SD at Det
Note: The big news was that Mathews even received goal line carries (and converted) against the Ravens. If that continues, he's a monster next year.
5.Calvin Johnson DET vs. SD
Note: Baffling coverage late in the game against him.
6.Roddy White ATL at NO
7.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Mia
8.Jimmy Graham NO vs. Atl
9.*Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at Ten
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Tuesday. Limited practice Thursday, expected to play.
10.*Chris Johnson TEN vs. Jac
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Tuesday but expects to play on Saturday still. Limited in Thursday's practice, but looked good in the portion that he did.
11.Adrian Peterson MIN at Was
Note: (Ankle) Ran well (10-for-60, though one carry was for 39 yards), but limited once the Vikings fell so far behind. Not on this week's injury report.
12.*Michael Bush OAK at KC
Note: Sore shoulder, injury downplayed by coach Hue Jackson. *** Now officially listed as questionable, but Coach Jackson still thinks that he'll play.
13.Reggie Bush MIA at NE
Note: Had a whopping 203 rushing yards against the Bills - three consecutive 100-yard games.
14.Jordy Nelson GB vs. Chi
15.Marques Colston NO vs. Atl
Note: Didn't score, but eight catches for 91 yards.
16.*Brandon Marshall MIA at NE
Note: Should have had a huge day, bt dropped two potential touchdown passes. (Knee) Sat out practice Wednesday, returned in limited fashion Thursday.
17.Victor Cruz NYG at NYJ
18.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Cin
19.*Vincent Jackson SD at Det
Note: (Groin) Did not practice Thursday - expected to play, but watch the pregame shows just in case. *** GAME-TIME DECISION - LATE GAME. ***
20.Wes Welker NE vs. Mia
21.Steve Smith CAR vs. TB
22.*Michael Turner ATL at NO
Note: (Groin) Sat out practice Thursday - but because the Falcons play Thursday, this isn't a huge issue yet - in fact, it's been the standard operating procedure for him lately. *** Listed as probable. ***
23.C.J. Spiller BUF vs. Den
24.Jason Witten DAL vs. Phi
Note: Perhaps he'll take advantage of the Eagles' coverage down the seam like the Jets did last week.
25.Antonio Gates SD at Det
Note: Don't sweat last week's low output - the Ravens are as good as anyone against TE's.
26.Jermichael Finley GB vs. Chi
Note: The good news: a team-high 10 targets. The bad news: more drops.
27.*Antonio Brown PIT vs. StL
Note: Hurt by the likelihood that Big Ben won't play.
28.Percy Harvin MIN at Was
Note: Completely stymied by the Saints last week.
29.Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. SF
Note: 10 scoring weeks in a row vs. the best run defense. Tough to bench him, though - how high of a replacement level do you need before you'll consider it?
30.*Felix Jones DAL vs. Phi
Note: Jones missed practice Tuesday with hamstring troubles. Didn't practice Thursday, instead spent time with the trainers on the side. *** Game-time decision - if the Giants win, he won't play a snap. If the Jets win, he's 50-50 to play. ***
31.Frank Gore SF at Sea
32.Darren Sproles NO vs. Atl
Note: How many leagues were decided on the basis of the Sproles' second touchdown getting overturned and Thomas getting the subsequent carry?
33.Steven Jackson STL at Pit
Note: Pretty big game last week in PPR leagues - nine catches. If Clemens is the QB again, expect more dump-off passes to continue.
34.Mike Wallace PIT vs. StL
35.Julio Jones ATL at NO
36.Demaryius Thomas DEN at Buf
Note: Thomas was targeted a whopping 13 times against the Pats.
37.Santana Moss WAS vs. Min
38.Miles Austin DAL vs. Phi
39.DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. TB
Note: Nearly an even split between he and Stewart. Great matchup this week. Knowing how things have worked with the Panthers this season, though, we'll probably see a heavy dose of the fullback in the red zone.
40.*Roy Helu WAS vs. Min
Note: (Toe/knee) Limited in Tuesday's practice. Injuries spoiled a good opportunity against the Giants, with the Redskins playing with the lead. Limited practice Thursday, but he said he felt much better than earlier in the week. *** Officially INACTIVE. ***
41.Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs. StL
42.Hakeem Nicks NYG at NYJ
Note: Two deadly drops - one in the end zone, and the other that likely would have been a touchdown. I'm operating under the assumption that Nick will draw Darrelle Revis - hence the significant downgrade, and why he's below Cruz this week.
43.*Nate Washington TEN vs. Jac
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Tuesday.
44.Jabar Gaffney WAS vs. Min
Note: Didn't get in the end zone, but hauled in six catches for 85 yards on nine targets against the Giants. Another sweet match-up this week.
45.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. Oak
46.*Santonio Holmes NYJ vs. NYG
Note: Much better fantasy game than real life game - fumble, bobble-that-became an interception, and a dumb taunting penalty. (Hip) Limited in Thursday's practice.
47.Tony Gonzalez ATL at NO
48.Brent Celek PHI at Dal
49.Donald Brown IND vs. Hou
50.*Kevin Smith DET vs. SD
Note: (Ankle) Didn't do much with a plus-matchup, but on the bright side he made it through the game without reinjury and got the vast majority of the carries.
51.Ryan Grant GB vs. Chi
52.*Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at NYJ
Note: How many leagues turned on Bradshaw and not Jacobs getting the garbage-time red zone touchdown? (Foot) Did not practice Thursday.
53.*Jeremy Maclin PHI at Dal
Note: (Hamstring) Made it through the win over the Jets without aggravating the injury.
54.*Brandon Lloyd STL at Pit
Note: (Illness) Missed practice Tuesday.
55.Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK at KC
Note: Huge game - it makes you wonder what might have been had he not been buried immediately after the bye for a few weeks.
56.*Laurent Robinson DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Shoulder) Limited Thursday.
57.*A.J. Green CIN vs. Ari
Note: AC shoulder separation. Played through the injury in the second half, but was limited then. Vows that he'll play - we'll see how practice goes first. Limited participant Thursday, still expected to play Saturday. *** Officially active. ***
58.*Steve Johnson BUF vs. Den
Note: (Groin) Did not practice Tuesday. Practiced Thursday, albeit in limited fashion.
59.Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Mia
60.*Shonn Greene NYJ vs. NYG
Note: Suffered a torn tendon in his finger against the Eagles but is still expected to play against the Giants.
61.LeGarrette Blount TB at Car
62.*Cedric Benson CIN vs. Ari
Note: (Foot) Frequently stymied in short-yardage situations against a bad Rams run defense. It won't get easier the next two weeks against the Cardinals and Ravens, though at least both games are at home.
63.*Beanie Wells ARZ at Cin
Note: Wells' knee injury is limiting his explosiveness, especially when he hits the second level. Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Limited practice all week, listed as questionable. ***
64.Dez Bryant DAL vs. Phi
Note: Just six targets in the two games since Miles Austin returned.
65.Damian Williams TEN vs. Jac
66.Malcom Floyd SD at Det
67.*Lance Moore NO vs. Atl
Note: Moore and Floyd are fittingly paired together - could go off in any given week, could disappear in any given week. *** (Hamstring) Limited practice Friday. ***
68.*Anquan Boldin BAL vs. Cle
Note: Meniscus tear in his knee - out the last two weeks of the regular season.
69.Donald Driver GB vs. Chi
70.Vernon Davis SF at Sea
71.Kellen Winslow TB at Car
72.Kahlil Bell CHI at GB
Note: More active than Barber in the loss to the Seahawks.
73.*Willis McGahee DEN at Buf
Note: (Hamstring) Practiced Tuesday after sitting out the fourth quarter against the Patriots. It's worth noting, though, that Lance Ball was getting carries in the first quarter, too. Great match-up, but barring great practice reports, I can't trust McGahee this week. Full practice Thursday. Starting to trust more.
74.Lance Ball DEN at Buf
Note: This week's best pick up in most leagues - McGahee is gimpy and the match-up against the Bills is pretty nice. I'm putting the two of them adjacent to each other until we get more clear information from the practice reports.
75.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. TB
76.Peyton Hillis CLE at Bal
Note: Got a touchdown early, was a workhorse late - not great rate stats (26-for-99), but obviously he's as healthy as he's been all season.
77.Plaxico Burress NYJ vs. NYG
78.Michael Crabtree SF at Sea
79.*DeSean Jackson PHI at Dal
Note: Suffered an elbow contusion in the win over the Jets. Not on this week's injury report.
80.Greg Little CLE at Bal
81.Golden Tate SEA vs. SF
Note: Led the team in targets and catches against the Bears. With Mike Williams now out, Tate will be on the field frequently for the Seahawks.
82.Reggie Wayne IND vs. Hou
83.James Jones GB vs. Chi
Note: Just four targets against the Chiefs.
84.Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. Ari
85.Joel Dreessen HOU at Ind
Note: Could get a ton of targets if Daniels can't go - especially after Jared Cook went over 100 yards against the Colts.
86.*Anthony Fasano MIA at NE
Note: (Ribs) Just four targets, but one of them resulted in a touchdown. Mild concussion, listed as questionable. *** RULED OUT THIS WEEK ***.
87.Pierre Thomas NO vs. Atl
88.Toby Gerhart MIN at Was
89.Mike Tolbert SD at Det
90.Jackie Battle KC vs. Oak
91.Ben Tate HOU at Ind
92.Dexter McCluster KC vs. Oak
93.Brandon Jacobs NYG at NYJ
94.*Marion Barber CHI at GB
Note: *** (Calf) Downgraded to doubtful. ***
95.*BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE vs. Mia
Note: *** (Illness) Listed as questionable. ***
96.Daniel Thomas MIA at NE
97.Titus Young DET vs. SD
98.*Mario Manningham NYG at NYJ
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Thursday. If he plays, he might get more targets than usual, as the third receiver is highly unlikely to draw much of Revis' attention. *** OFFICIALLY INACTIVE ***.
99.Nate Burleson DET vs. SD

Kickers

1.David Akers SF at Sea
2.Dan Bailey DAL vs. Phi
3.John Kasay NO vs. Atl
4.Rob Bironas TEN vs. Jac
5.Jason Hanson DET vs. SD
6.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Mia
7.Matt Bryant ATL at NO
8.Nick Novak SD at Det
9.Mason Crosby GB vs. Chi
10.Mike Nugent CIN vs. Ari
11.Neil Rackers HOU at Ind
Note: Rackers has missed a kick in each of the last three weeks and four of the last five weeks.
12.Sebastian Janikowski OAK at KC
Note: I would have liked to see if his 65-yard attempt would have made it.
13.Shaun Suisham PIT vs. StL
14.Dan Carpenter MIA at NE
15.Matt Prater DEN at Buf
16.Olindo Mare CAR vs. TB
Note: Kicked for his job in practice last week. No FG attempts last week against the Texans, though.
17.Steven Hauschka SEA vs. SF
18.*Shayne Graham BAL vs. Cle
Note: Replaces Billy Cundiff.
19.Nick Folk NYJ vs. NYG
20.Lawrence Tynes NYG at NYJ
21.Josh Scobee JAC at Ten
22.Ryan Succop KC vs. Oak
23.Robbie Gould CHI at GB
24.Connor Barth TB at Car
25.Alex Henery PHI at Dal
26.Phil Dawson CLE at Bal
27.Graham Gano WAS vs. Min
28.Ryan Longwell MIN at Was
29.Jay Feely ARZ at Cin
30.*Dave Rayner BUF vs. Den
Note: Dealt with a groin injury last week then had a really bad miss at the end of the first half.
31.Josh Brown STL at Pit
32.Adam Vinatieri IND vs. Hou
33.*Billy Cundiff BAL vs. Cle
Note: (Calf) Didn't practice Tuesday. Had a bad miss against San Diego Sunday night. The Ravens might bring in another kicker. Out this week.

Defenses

1.*Baltimore Ravens vs. Cle
Note: Rookie CB Jimmy Smith was repeatedly burned Sunday night with Lardarius Webb mostly sitting out with a toe injury.
2.Pittsburgh Steelers vs. StL
3.Green Bay Packers vs. Chi
4.Seattle Seahawks vs. SF
Note: The Seahawks' defense has been among the fantasy playoffs MVPs, though their run-up began sooner than that.
5.Tennessee Titans vs. Jac
6.Cincinnati Bengals vs. Ari
7.Houston Texans at Ind
8.*San Francisco 49ers at Sea
Note: Still playing without Patrick Willis. Meanwhile, Aldon Smith is a sick human - that I mean in a good way.
9.Arizona Cardinals at Cin
10.Washington Redskins vs. Min
11.Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oak
Note: Tamba Hali was dominant in the upset win over the Packers.
12.*New England Patriots vs. Mia
Note: Andre Carter is now out for the season with a quad injury. Big blow to the Pats' pass rush.
13.Dallas Cowboys vs. Phi
14.New York Jets vs. NYG
15.*Carolina Panthers vs. TB
Note: Charles Johnson sat out practice Tuesday with a back injury.
16.New York Giants at NYJ
17.New Orleans Saints vs. Atl
18.Jacksonville Jaguars at Ten
19.San Diego Chargers at Det
20.Philadelphia Eagles at Dal
21.Oakland Raiders at KC
22.Denver Broncos at Buf
23.Detroit Lions vs. SD
24.Buffalo Bills vs. Den
25.Cleveland Browns at Bal
26.*St. Louis Rams at Pit
Note: Chris Long held out of practice Tuesday with an ankle injury.
27.Chicago Bears at GB
28.Indianapolis Colts vs. Hou
29.Minnesota Vikings at Was
30.Miami Dolphins at NE
31.Atlanta Falcons at NO
32.Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Car

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