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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 vs. Bal
Note: (Left shoulder) Didn't practice Wednesday, but practiced Thursday.
2.*Eli Manning NYG at SF
Note: (Stomach illness) Left practice early Wednesday, but then practiced Thursday.
3.Joe Flacco BAL at NE
Note: Ultimately decided to go with Flacco over Smith on the basis that the Ravens will probably play from behind (at least, that's my theory of the game), and thus Flacco will need to throw more often.
4.Alex Smith SF vs. NYG

Running Backs

1.Ray Rice BAL at NE
2.*Frank Gore SF vs. NYG
Note: Appeared to injure his right leg on the Niners' final drive last week, but afterward he said he was fine.
3.*Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at SF
Note: (Foot) Didn't practice Thursday - same as last week.
4.BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE vs. Bal
5.Brandon Jacobs NYG at SF
6.Kendall Hunter SF vs. NYG
7.Ricky Williams BAL at NE
8.Danny Woodhead NE vs. Bal
9.D.J. Ware NYG at SF
10.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Bal
11.Anthony Dixon SF vs. NYG
12.Kevin Faulk NE vs. Bal
13.Shane Vereen NE vs. Bal

Wide Receivers

1.Hakeem Nicks NYG at SF
2.*Wes Welker NE vs. Bal
Note: (Knee) Limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
3.Anquan Boldin BAL at NE
Note: Four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from his knee injury last week.
4.Victor Cruz NYG at SF
5.Michael Crabtree SF vs. NYG
6.Torrey Smith BAL at NE
7.Mario Manningham NYG at SF
8.Deion Branch NE vs. Bal
9.Chad Ochocinco NE vs. Bal
10.Kyle Williams SF vs. NYG
11.Lee Evans BAL at NE
12.*Ted Ginn SF vs. NYG
Note: Questionable with a right knee injury.

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Bal
2.Vernon Davis SF vs. NYG
3.*Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Bal
Note: (Concussion) Limited practice Wednesday.
4.Ed Dickson BAL at NE
5.Jake Ballard NYG at SF
6.Dennis Pitta BAL at NE
7.*Delanie Walker SF vs. NYG
Note: (Broken jaw) Didn't play last week, but had a limited practice Wednesday.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Hakeem Nicks NYG at SF
2.Ray Rice BAL at NE
3.*Wes Welker NE vs. Bal
Note: (Knee) Limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
4.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Bal
5.Anquan Boldin BAL at NE
Note: Four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from his knee injury last week.
6.Victor Cruz NYG at SF
7.Vernon Davis SF vs. NYG
8.*Frank Gore SF vs. NYG
Note: Appeared to injure his right leg on the Niners' final drive last week, but afterward he said he was fine.
9.*Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at SF
Note: (Foot) Didn't practice Thursday - same as last week.
10.Michael Crabtree SF vs. NYG
11.Torrey Smith BAL at NE
12.Mario Manningham NYG at SF
13.BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE vs. Bal
14.*Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Bal
Note: (Concussion) Limited practice Wednesday.
15.Deion Branch NE vs. Bal
16.Brandon Jacobs NYG at SF
17.Danny Woodhead NE vs. Bal
18.Kendall Hunter SF vs. NYG
19.Ricky Williams BAL at NE
20.Ed Dickson BAL at NE
21.Jake Ballard NYG at SF
22.Dennis Pitta BAL at NE
23.D.J. Ware NYG at SF
24.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Bal
25.Anthony Dixon SF vs. NYG

Kickers

1.David Akers SF vs. NYG
2.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Bal
3.Lawrence Tynes NYG at SF
Note: Had his third blocked field goal Sunday, but made three other long-distance attempts.
4.Billy Cundiff BAL at NE

Defenses

1.*New York Giants at SF
Note: Osi Umenyiora had two more sacks against the Pack - that's five sacks in the last three games.
2.San Francisco 49ers vs. NYG
3.*New England Patriots vs. Bal
Note: A healthy Patrick Chung makes a big difference.
4.Baltimore Ravens at NE

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