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Weekly Rankings: Wild Card Week Rankings

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. Det
2.Matthew Stafford DET at NO
3.Eli Manning NYG vs. Atl
4.Matt Ryan ATL at NYG
5.*Ben Roethlisberger PIT at Den
Note: Aggravated his ankle earlier in the week, but he had a full practice Friday and is listed as probable.
6.*T.J. Yates HOU vs. Cin
Note: Separated his left (non-throwing) shoulder last week. He practiced fully Tuesday, however, and is expected to play Saturday. Active Saturday as expected.
7.*Andy Dalton CIN at Hou
Note: Missed some time with an illness earlier in the week, but he's active Saturday.
8.Tim Tebow DEN vs. Pit
9.*Jake Delhomme HOU vs. Cin
Note: Relieved an injured Yates last week.

Running Backs

1.Arian Foster HOU vs. Cin
2.Darren Sproles NO vs. Det
3.*Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. Atl
Note: (Foot) Listed as probable.
4.*Kevin Smith DET at NO
Note: Ankle held up against Green Bay last week, but got jarred pretty good on his touchdown reception. Got banged up in practice, but listed as probable.
5.*Michael Turner ATL at NYG
Note: (Groin) Listed as probable.
6.*Isaac Redman PIT at Den
Note: Big bump in playing time with Mendenhall out. Will we see John Clay, too?
7.*Chris Ivory NO vs. Det
Note: Coming off of a huge game - 19 carries for 127 yards. The Saints will always rotate their backs, so don't expect him to fall into a traditional workhorse role.
8.Cedric Benson CIN at Hou
Note: Benson tore up the Texans in the first half of their earlier meeting, only to get completely shut down in the second half.
9.Willis McGahee DEN vs. Pit
10.Ben Tate HOU vs. Cin
11.Pierre Thomas NO vs. Det
12.Jason Snelling ATL at NYG
13.Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. Atl
14.Bernard Scott CIN at Hou
Note: Starting to get worked into the rotation a little bit more - touchdowns in each of the last two weeks.
15.*John Clay PIT at Den
Note: The new backup behind Redman, with Mendenhall out? Or will Mewelde Moore return?
16.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL at NYG
17.Maurice Morris DET at NO
18.Lance Ball DEN vs. Pit
19.Derrick Ward HOU vs. Cin
20.D.J. Ware NYG vs. Atl
21.Keiland Williams DET at NO
22.Jeremiah Johnson DEN vs. Pit
23.Brian Leonard CIN at Hou
24.*Mewelde Moore PIT at Den
Note: Sat out with foot and knee injuries last week. With Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer both out, will he be ready to step back in? (Knee) Listed as out this week.
25.*Rashard Mendenhall PIT at Den
Note: Torn ACL, obviously out for the playoffs, probably the beginning of next season.
26.*Mark Ingram NO vs. Det
Note: Placed on IR after his toe surgery.

Wide Receivers

1.*Calvin Johnson DET at NO
Note: (Achilles) Did not practice Tuesday.
2.Victor Cruz NYG vs. Atl
3.Julio Jones ATL at NYG
4.Marques Colston NO vs. Det
5.Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Atl
6.Roddy White ATL at NYG
7.Antonio Brown PIT at Den
8.*Andre Johnson HOU vs. Cin
Note: Played about 18-20 snaps in his first game back from his latest hamstring injury. Might have played more if the game were more meaningful for the Texans and should be close to full capacity for this game.
9.*A.J. Green CIN at Hou
Note: (Shoulder) Two catches each of the last two games, though at least he was targeted nine times last week against the Ravens.
10.Mike Wallace PIT at Den
11.*Robert Meachem NO vs. Det
Note: (Knee) Listed as probable.
12.Titus Young DET at NO
13.Jerome Simpson CIN at Hou
14.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Pit
15.Nate Burleson DET at NO
16.Mario Manningham NYG vs. Atl
17.Kevin Walter HOU vs. Cin
18.Emmanuel Sanders PIT at Den
19.Eric Decker DEN vs. Pit
20.Devery Henderson NO vs. Det
21.Jacoby Jones HOU vs. Cin
22.Hines Ward PIT at Den
23.Harry Douglas ATL at NYG
24.Andrew Hawkins CIN at Hou
25.Jerricho Cotchery PIT at Den
26.Matt Willis DEN vs. Pit
27.*Eddie Royal DEN vs. Pit
Note: (Toe) Listed as probable.
28.*Lance Moore NO vs. Det
Note: (Hamstring) Sat out last week after aggravating his injury in Week 16. Ruled out this week.

Tight Ends

1.Jimmy Graham NO vs. Det
2.Brandon Pettigrew DET at NO
3.Heath Miller PIT at Den
4.Tony Gonzalez ATL at NYG
5.*Owen Daniels HOU vs. Cin
Note: (Knee) Inactive last week, but should play Saturday. Listed as active, bumping him up based on his game against the Bengals last time.
6.Jermaine Gresham CIN at Hou
7.Joel Dreessen HOU vs. Cin
8.Tony Scheffler DET at NO
9.Daniel Fells DEN vs. Pit
10.*Jake Ballard NYG vs. Atl
Note: Missed the last two weeks with a knee injury, but thinks there's a good chance he could practice and play this week. Went full speed in Friday's practice.
11.*James Casey HOU vs. Cin
Note: Moved from fullback to tight end (his natural position) last week with Daniels out, and responded with seven catches for 91 yards.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.*Calvin Johnson DET at NO
Note: (Achilles) Did not practice Tuesday.
2.Arian Foster HOU vs. Cin
3.Victor Cruz NYG vs. Atl
4.Jimmy Graham NO vs. Det
5.Julio Jones ATL at NYG
6.Marques Colston NO vs. Det
7.Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Atl
8.Roddy White ATL at NYG
9.Antonio Brown PIT at Den
10.Darren Sproles NO vs. Det
11.*Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. Atl
Note: (Foot) Listed as probable.
12.*Kevin Smith DET at NO
Note: Ankle held up against Green Bay last week, but got jarred pretty good on his touchdown reception. Got banged up in practice, but listed as probable.
13.*Michael Turner ATL at NYG
Note: (Groin) Listed as probable.
14.*Andre Johnson HOU vs. Cin
Note: Played about 18-20 snaps in his first game back from his latest hamstring injury. Might have played more if the game were more meaningful for the Texans and should be close to full capacity for this game.
15.*A.J. Green CIN at Hou
Note: (Shoulder) Two catches each of the last two games, though at least he was targeted nine times last week against the Ravens.
16.Mike Wallace PIT at Den
17.*Isaac Redman PIT at Den
Note: Big bump in playing time with Mendenhall out. Will we see John Clay, too?
18.*Chris Ivory NO vs. Det
Note: Coming off of a huge game - 19 carries for 127 yards. The Saints will always rotate their backs, so don't expect him to fall into a traditional workhorse role.
19.Willis McGahee DEN vs. Pit
20.Cedric Benson CIN at Hou
Note: Benson tore up the Texans in the first half of their earlier meeting, only to get completely shut down in the second half.
21.Pierre Thomas NO vs. Det
22.Brandon Pettigrew DET at NO
23.Heath Miller PIT at Den
24.Tony Gonzalez ATL at NYG
25.*Robert Meachem NO vs. Det
Note: (Knee) Listed as probable.
26.Titus Young DET at NO
27.Jerome Simpson CIN at Hou
28.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Pit
29.Jason Snelling ATL at NYG
30.Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. Atl
31.Bernard Scott CIN at Hou
Note: Starting to get worked into the rotation a little bit more - touchdowns in each of the last two weeks.
32.Jermaine Gresham CIN at Hou
33.Joel Dreessen HOU vs. Cin
34.Nate Burleson DET at NO
35.Mario Manningham NYG vs. Atl
36.Kevin Walter HOU vs. Cin
37.Emmanuel Sanders PIT at Den
38.Eric Decker DEN vs. Pit
39.Devery Henderson NO vs. Det
40.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL at NYG
41.Maurice Morris DET at NO
42.Lance Ball DEN vs. Pit
43.*John Clay PIT at Den
Note: The new backup behind Redman, with Mendenhall out? Or will Mewelde Moore return?
44.*Owen Daniels HOU vs. Cin
Note: (Knee) Inactive last week, but should play Saturday. Listed as active, bumping him up based on his game against the Bengals last time.
45.Daniel Fells DEN vs. Pit
46.Jacoby Jones HOU vs. Cin
47.Hines Ward PIT at Den
48.Derrick Ward HOU vs. Cin
49.D.J. Ware NYG vs. Atl
50.Harry Douglas ATL at NYG
51.Andrew Hawkins CIN at Hou
52.Jerricho Cotchery PIT at Den

Kickers

Defenses

1.*Pittsburgh Steelers at Den
Note: Ryan Clark (blood cell condition) won't play, LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) probably will play.
2.*Houston Texans vs. Cin
Note: Johnathan Joseph (ankle) was limited in Tuesday's practice.
3.Cincinnati Bengals at Hou
4.New York Giants vs. Atl
Note: Huge effort from the defensive line last week, including contributions from Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, something they weren't getting earlier in the season.
5.*New Orleans Saints vs. Det
Note: Malcolm Jenkins was inactive last week with a neck injury, as was Jonathan Vilma with a knee injury.
6.*Denver Broncos vs. Pit
Note: Brian Dawkins (neck) was inactive last week. His return is a pretty big key for the Broncos.
7.Atlanta Falcons at NYG
8.*Detroit Lions at NO
Note: Can the Lions get Louis Delmas (knee) back this week?

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