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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 vs. NYG
2.Drew Brees NO at SF
3.*Tom Brady NE vs. Den
Note: Sat out some practice during the bye week to rest his left (non-throwing) shoulder.
4.Eli Manning NYG at GB
5.Tim Tebow DEN at NE
Note: Picked a good time to have his best passing game of the year.
6.Alex Smith SF vs. NO
7.Joe Flacco BAL vs. Hou
8.T.J. Yates HOU at Bal
Note: Avoided the big mistake last week against the Bengals. Probably won't be so lucky against the Ravens.

Running Backs

1.Ray Rice BAL vs. Hou
2.Arian Foster HOU at Bal
3.Frank Gore SF vs. NO
4.Darren Sproles NO at SF
5.Willis McGahee DEN at NE
6.*Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at GB
Note: (Foot) Will not practice Wednesday.
7.Ryan Grant GB vs. NYG
8.BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE vs. Den
9.Pierre Thomas NO at SF
10.Brandon Jacobs NYG at GB
11.Chris Ivory NO at SF
12.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Den
13.Kendall Hunter SF vs. NO
14.Danny Woodhead NE vs. Den
15.*James Starks GB vs. NYG
Note: (Ankle) Full practice Wednesday.
16.Ben Tate HOU at Bal
17.Lance Ball DEN at NE
18.Ricky Williams BAL vs. Hou
19.John Kuhn GB vs. NYG
20.Derrick Ward HOU at Bal
21.Jeremiah Johnson DEN at NE
22.Anthony Dixon SF vs. NO
23.Kevin Faulk NE vs. Den
24.Shane Vereen NE vs. Den
25.Brandon Saine GB vs. NYG
26.*D.J. Ware NYG at GB
Note: Suffered a concussion against the Falcons and hasn't yet been cleared to practice.

Wide Receivers

1.Jordy Nelson GB vs. NYG
2.Marques Colston NO at SF
3.*Wes Welker NE vs. Den
Note: (Knee) Practiced Tuesday.
4.Hakeem Nicks NYG at GB
5.Victor Cruz NYG at GB
6.Demaryius Thomas DEN at NE
Note: Huge game, demonstrating his first-round talent. Now he draws the Pats' secondary - that should mean a good game, though the Pats in the past have been good about trying to take away one part from a team.
7.*Greg Jennings GB vs. NYG
Note: (Knee) Full practice Wednesday. Good chance he plays
8.Andre Johnson HOU at Bal
9.Michael Crabtree SF vs. NO
10.*Eddie Royal DEN at NE
Note: Could have a much bigger role this week with Decker out and the Patriots focused on Demaryius Thomas.
11.Torrey Smith BAL vs. Hou
12.James Jones GB vs. NYG
13.*Anquan Boldin BAL vs. Hou
Note: (Knee) Practiced last week - should play against the Texans.
14.Robert Meachem NO at SF
Note: Had four catches and eight targets with Lance Moore out. Of course, what a non-Graham or Colston receiver does in a given week isn't necessarily an indicator of what he'll do the following week. The Saints as much as anyone are good at taking what is given them.
15.Mario Manningham NYG at GB
16.Devery Henderson NO at SF
17.Deion Branch NE vs. Den
18.Donald Driver GB vs. NYG
19.Matt Willis DEN at NE
20.Kevin Walter HOU at Bal
21.Jacoby Jones HOU at Bal
22.Kyle Williams SF vs. NO
23.*Lance Moore NO at SF
Note: (Hamstring) Sat out last week and is questionable for the game against the Niners.
24.Lee Evans BAL vs. Hou
25.Ted Ginn SF vs. NO
26.Randall Cobb GB vs. NYG
27.*Eric Decker DEN at NE
Note: Sprained MCL - not expected to play.

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Den
2.Jimmy Graham NO at SF
3.Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Den
4.Jermichael Finley GB vs. NYG
5.Vernon Davis SF vs. NO
6.Daniel Fells DEN at NE
7.Ed Dickson BAL vs. Hou
8.Joel Dreessen HOU at Bal
9.*Jake Ballard NYG at GB
Note: (Knee) Played in the win over the Falcons, but only had two catches.
10.*Owen Daniels HOU at Bal
Note: Did Daniels break his hand against the Bengals? All the Texans will acknowledge is that he has a 'hand issue' and probably will play. Keep in mind that the Ravens shut down tight ends pretty well.
11.Dennis Pitta BAL vs. Hou
12.Delanie Walker SF vs. NO
13.James Casey HOU at Bal

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Jordy Nelson GB vs. NYG
2.Marques Colston NO at SF
3.*Wes Welker NE vs. Den
Note: (Knee) Practiced Tuesday.
4.Hakeem Nicks NYG at GB
5.Ray Rice BAL vs. Hou
6.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Den
7.Jimmy Graham NO at SF
8.Victor Cruz NYG at GB
9.Demaryius Thomas DEN at NE
Note: Huge game, demonstrating his first-round talent. Now he draws the Pats' secondary - that should mean a good game, though the Pats in the past have been good about trying to take away one part from a team.
10.*Greg Jennings GB vs. NYG
Note: (Knee) Full practice Wednesday. Good chance he plays
11.Andre Johnson HOU at Bal
12.Arian Foster HOU at Bal
13.Darren Sproles NO at SF
14.Frank Gore SF vs. NO
15.Michael Crabtree SF vs. NO
16.*Eddie Royal DEN at NE
Note: Could have a much bigger role this week with Decker out and the Patriots focused on Demaryius Thomas.
17.Willis McGahee DEN at NE
18.Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Den
19.Jermichael Finley GB vs. NYG
20.Vernon Davis SF vs. NO
21.*Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at GB
Note: (Foot) Will not practice Wednesday.
22.Pierre Thomas NO at SF
23.Ryan Grant GB vs. NYG
24.Torrey Smith BAL vs. Hou
25.James Jones GB vs. NYG
26.*Anquan Boldin BAL vs. Hou
Note: (Knee) Practiced last week - should play against the Texans.
27.BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE vs. Den
28.Brandon Jacobs NYG at GB
29.Robert Meachem NO at SF
Note: Had four catches and eight targets with Lance Moore out. Of course, what a non-Graham or Colston receiver does in a given week isn't necessarily an indicator of what he'll do the following week. The Saints as much as anyone are good at taking what is given them.
30.Mario Manningham NYG at GB
31.Devery Henderson NO at SF
32.Donald Driver GB vs. NYG
33.Daniel Fells DEN at NE
34.Ed Dickson BAL vs. Hou
35.Chris Ivory NO at SF
36.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Den
37.Kendall Hunter SF vs. NO
38.Danny Woodhead NE vs. Den
39.*James Starks GB vs. NYG
Note: (Ankle) Full practice Wednesday.
40.Ben Tate HOU at Bal
41.Lance Ball DEN at NE
42.Deion Branch NE vs. Den
43.Matt Willis DEN at NE
44.Joel Dreessen HOU at Bal
45.*Jake Ballard NYG at GB
Note: (Knee) Played in the win over the Falcons, but only had two catches.
46.Kevin Walter HOU at Bal
47.Jacoby Jones HOU at Bal
48.Kyle Williams SF vs. NO
49.*Owen Daniels HOU at Bal
Note: Did Daniels break his hand against the Bengals? All the Texans will acknowledge is that he has a 'hand issue' and probably will play. Keep in mind that the Ravens shut down tight ends pretty well.
50.Dennis Pitta BAL vs. Hou
51.Ricky Williams BAL vs. Hou

Kickers

1.David Akers SF vs. NO
2.John Kasay NO at SF
3.Mason Crosby GB vs. NYG
4.*Billy Cundiff BAL vs. Hou
Note: Kicked in the season finale, so his calf shouldn't be a problem.
5.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Den
6.Lawrence Tynes NYG at GB
7.Matt Prater DEN at NE
8.Neil Rackers HOU at Bal

Defenses

1.Baltimore Ravens vs. Hou
2.New England Patriots vs. Den
3.San Francisco 49ers vs. NO
4.Houston Texans at Bal
5.Green Bay Packers vs. NYG
6.New Orleans Saints at SF
7.*New York Giants at GB
Note: Aaron Ross suffered a concussion against the Falcons, but passed his concussion tests this week.
8.*Denver Broncos at NE
Note: Brian Dawkins (neck) still hasn't played since his latest injury. He stretched before practice Wednesday but didn't do any team drills.

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