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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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Here are our rankings for the coming week at each position to help you decide your starting lineup. Our rankings are based on the following scoring system: three points for a passing touchdown; six points for a rushing/receiving touchdown; one point for every 20 passing yards; and one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards. Flex Rankings are for PPR leagues. All the position rankings will be updated twice per week, once on Wednesday night, once on Friday night.

Detroit, Dallas, Oakland and Tampa Bay are on bye this week.

Updated Thursday, Oct. 7.

Quarterback

1.Aaron Rodgers GB at Ind
2.Drew Brees NO vs. SD
3.Matt Ryan ATL at Was
4.*Tom Brady NE vs. Den
Note: (Shoulder) Once again limited in practice this week. Once again, not worth adjusting in the rankings. *** Not on the final injury report for the week. ***
5.*Eli Manning NYG vs. Cle
Note: Without Hakeem Nicks again this week.
6.Robert Griffin WAS vs. Atl
7.Peyton Manning DEN at NE
8.Cam Newton CAR vs. Sea
9.Philip Rivers SD at NO
10.*Michael Vick PHI at Pit
Note: Vick suffered a knee contusion Sunday night - not serious enough to miss time during the game.
11.Andy Dalton CIN vs. Mia
Note: The Bengals are a different style of team, asking Dalton to do more to win than relying on the running game and defense like they did last year.
12.Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. Phi
13.Andrew Luck IND vs. GB
14.Joe Flacco BAL at KC
15.*Christian Ponder MIN vs. Ten
Note: Limited in practice Wednesday with a knee injury. *** Full participant in Friday's practice, listed as probable. ***
16.Jay Cutler CHI at Jac
17.Alex Smith SF vs. Buf
Note: The frequent use of Colin Kaepernick last week by the Niners is a troublesome fantasy development for Smith.
18.Matt Schaub HOU at NYJ
19.*Matt Cassel KC vs. Bal
Note: After another bad game for Cassel last week, coach Romeo Crennel suggested that Brady Quinn could play a series or two if Cassel gets off to a bad start against this week.
20.Brandon Weeden CLE at NYG
21.Ryan Tannehill MIA at Cin
Note: Tannehill's 431 passing yards were as unlikely of a result as any we've seen so far in the NFL. Of course, he also had three turnovers in the game. *** Added to the injury report with a thumb injury, though he's probable. ***
22.Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF at SF
Note: The classic better-in-fantasy-than-in-real-life quarterback.
23.Kevin Kolb ARZ at StL
Note: Kolb led the team to a late rally, but he also threw a terrible interception in the end zone to force the need for that rally. With the short week, there's no risk of losing the job back to John Skelton this week.
24.*Matt Hasselbeck TEN at Min
Note: Probably will start this week, with Locker recovering from another left shoulder separation. Officially the starter this week, and Rusty Smith is the #2.
25.Sam Bradford STL vs. Ari
26.*Russell Wilson SEA at Car
Note: Wilson still hasn't topped 200 passing yards in a game. He's not going to lose his job to Matt Flynn this week, but the question is at least getting asked.
27.*Mark Sanchez NYJ vs. Hou
Note: Another awful home matchup this week against the Texans - the cries for Tim Tebow could get louder with another stinker on Monday night.
28.Blaine Gabbert JAC vs. Chi
29.*Jake Locker TEN at Min
Note: Separated his left shoulder again - a specialist believes that Locker will eventually need surgery. He'll likely miss Week 5 against the Vikings. Officially the third string QB this week.

Running Backs

1.Marshawn Lynch SEA at Car
2.Arian Foster HOU at NYJ
3.Ray Rice BAL at KC
4.Frank Gore SF vs. Buf
5.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Ten
6.*LeSean McCoy PHI at Pit
Note: Tweaked his knee Sunday night, which might explain why Bryce Brown and not he was in the game for the Eagles' final possession after reaching first-and-goal. Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
7.Jamaal Charles KC vs. Bal
Note: Two costly early fumbles, but also two touchdowns as the Chiefs stuck with him.
8.Trent Richardson CLE at NYG
9.Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. Chi
10.*Reggie Bush MIA at Cin
Note: (Knee) Wasn't targeted in the passing game much, but otherwise looked good considering the injury the previous week. (Hip) Limited Wednesday, full practice Thursday. *** Full practice Friday. ***
11.Alfred Morris WAS vs. Atl
Note: Another strong game last week, even with a semi-tough matchup (the Bucs had allowed just 2.3 yards per carry prior to Week 4).
12.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Den
Note: In Week 3 it was Woodhead staling carries, this week it was Bolden. Ridley still had a huge game, but the timeshare is frustrating.
13.*Willis McGahee DEN at NE
Note: Able to play through his rib injury last week just fine.
14.Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. Cle
15.*Matt Forte CHI at Jac
Note: (Ankle) Early scare Monday night, but recovered quickly after getting re-taped and made it through the game decently. *** Listed as probable this week. ***
16.Chris Johnson TEN at Min
Note: Went for 141 yards in a losing effort. Praised his offensive line for their Week 4 performance after throwing them under the bus the previous week.
17.*Darren Sproles NO vs. SD
Note: Could get more targets in the passing game if Lance Moore (hamstring) can't go.
18.*Ryan Mathews SD at NO
Note: Norv Turner's sly benching of Mathews caused a lot of fantasy anguish, but it appears he's back out of the doghouse now. But there's always going to be that concern in the background now with him. Still listed as the backup behind Battle in this week's depth chart.
19.Cedric Benson GB at Ind
20.*C.J. Spiller BUF at SF
Note: At one point it appeared that Spiller aggravated his shoulder injury, but afterward he said he emerged ok. So we're now back to the old timeshare that we had at the beginning of the season. Full practice Wednesday and Thursday, not on the injury list this week.
21.Michael Turner ATL at Was
Note: Took advantage of a great matchup last week - this week won't be so easy.
22.BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN vs. Mia
Note: Two more fumbles - one lost at the goal line, the other he was able to recover himself. It's in his head now.
23.*Jackie Battle SD at NO
Note: Battle got the surprise start in Week 4, but he might return to a backup role this week against the Saints. Still listed as the starter on the depth chart. ***Norv Turner wouldn't confirm or deny that Battle is still the starter for this week. ***
24.*Steven Jackson STL vs. Ari
Note: (Groin) Listed as questionable again, but expected to play Thursday night.
25.Donald Brown IND vs. GB
26.*Fred Jackson BUF at SF
Note: Jackson's knee was sore after playing against the Pats, but not enough to stop him from playing this week. So we're back to the same timeshare that we had at the beginning of the season. Not on the injury list this week.
27.DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. Sea
28.Ryan Williams ARZ at StL
Note: Very disappointing first game as the starter - 13 carries for 26 yards.
29.*Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs. Phi
Note: (Knee) Expected to make his 2012 debut this week. Full practice Thursday.
30.*Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. Sea
Note: (Toe) Split carries nearly evenly with DeAngelo Williams against the Falcons.
31.Kendall Hunter SF vs. Buf
32.Daniel Thomas MIA at Cin
33.Shonn Greene NYJ vs. Hou
34.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL at Was
35.Andre Brown NYG vs. Cle
Note: Bradshaw got the bulk of the work Sunday night. *** Was limited last week because the Giants don't trust him in pass protection. ***
36.Michael Bush CHI at Jac
Note: Limited use with Matt Forte back.
37.*Brandon Bolden NE vs. Den
Note: Big effort sharing the carries with Ridley last week. (Knee) Limited in practice Thursday. It'll be a great joke when the Pats let Shane Vereen get 20 carries this week. *** One of 12 Patriots listed as questionable. ***
38.*Ben Tate HOU at NYJ
Note: Sore toe, missed Monday's walk-through. This also explains his very limited use against Tennessee on Sunday. (Toe) Didn't practice Thursday, won't practice until Saturday (the Texans play Monday night). *** Practiced Saturday, listed as questionable. ***
39.Daryl Richardson STL vs. Ari
Note: Definitely the Rams' change-of-pace back, but little more than that.
40.*Bilal Powell NYJ vs. Hou
Note: Powell was on the field more than Greene last week, though that was a function of the Jets trailing the whole game.
41.Pierre Thomas NO vs. SD
Note: Nine carries for Thomas compared to five carries for Ingram.
42.Lance Ball DEN at NE
43.Danny Woodhead NE vs. Den
44.Bernard Pierce BAL at KC
45.Toby Gerhart MIN vs. Ten
46.Lamar Miller MIA at Cin
47.Shaun Draughn KC vs. Bal
48.Robert Turbin SEA at Car
Note: Turbin ran well in a bigger role than he's had in his previous games, but he's no threat to Lynch, who is also running well.
49.Mark Ingram NO vs. SD
50.Jason Snelling ATL at Was
51.*Isaac Redman PIT vs. Phi
Note: Likely to revert back to Mendenhall's backup this week.
52.Ronnie Hillman DEN at NE
53.Vick Ballard IND vs. GB
54.David Wilson NYG vs. Cle
55.Rashad Jennings JAC vs. Chi
56.Mike Tolbert CAR vs. Sea
57.Bryce Brown PHI at Pit
58.William Powell ARZ at StL
59.*Bernard Scott CIN vs. Mia
Note: (Ankle) Full practice Thursday. ***Probable after a full practice Friday. ***
60.*Shane Vereen NE vs. Den
Note: (Foot) Limited in Wednesday's practice. *** Listed as questionable. ***
61.Ronnie Brown SD at NO
62.Tashard Choice BUF at SF
63.*Jonathan Dwyer PIT vs. Phi
Note: Could get buried this week with Mendenhall returning, and with his critical fumble against the Raiders.
64.Montario Hardesty CLE at NYG
65.James Starks GB at Ind
66.Kahlil Bell CHI at Jac
67.*Ryan Grant WAS vs. Atl
Note: Still learning the playbook, could be inactive again this week.
68.Knowshon Moreno DEN at NE
69.Brandon Jackson CLE at NYG
70.Isaiah Pead STL vs. Ari
71.Alex Green GB at Ind
72.*Brandon Jacobs SF vs. Buf
Note: (Knee) Present at practice Wednesday. That's progress, at least. ***Listed as questionable this week. ***
73.*Mewelde Moore IND vs. GB
Note: Ankle injury, did not practice Wednesday. ***Limited in Friday's practice.***
74.Dion Lewis PHI at Pit
75.*Evan Royster WAS vs. Atl
Note: (Knee) Limited practice participant Thursday. ***Questionable for Sunday's game. ***
76.*Peyton Hillis KC vs. Bal
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. *** Inactive again this week. ***
77.*LaRod Stephens-Howling ARZ at StL
Note: (Groin) Still not practicing. William Powell once again will be Ryan Williams' backup.

Wide Receivers

1.A.J. Green CIN vs. Mia
2.Victor Cruz NYG vs. Cle
3.Roddy White ATL at Was
4.Wes Welker NE vs. Den
5.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. Bal
6.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at StL
7.*Julio Jones ATL at Was
Note: Lacerated hand has fully healed.
8.Brandon Marshall CHI at Jac
9.Percy Harvin MIN vs. Ten
10.Mike Wallace PIT vs. Phi
11.Demaryius Thomas DEN at NE
12.Reggie Wayne IND vs. GB
13.Steve Smith CAR vs. Sea
14.Brandon Lloyd NE vs. Den
15.*Torrey Smith BAL at KC
Note: *** Chiefs' top corner Brandon Flowers will play but is less than 100 percent with a heel injury. ***
16.Marques Colston NO vs. SD
17.*Andre Johnson HOU at NYJ
Note: 50+ yards on the first drive, ended up with just 56 yards for the game. (Groin) Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Full participant Saturday. ***
18.DeSean Jackson PHI at Pit
19.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Phi
20.Eric Decker DEN at NE
21.Jordy Nelson GB at Ind
22.Brian Hartline MIA at Cin
23.Steve Johnson BUF at SF
24.James Jones GB at Ind
25.Nate Washington TEN at Min
26.*Danny Amendola STL vs. Ari
Note: (Ankle) Probable for Thursday night's game.
27.Andre Roberts ARZ at StL
Note: Huge game in the comeback effort against the Dolphins.
28.Michael Crabtree SF vs. Buf
29.Malcom Floyd SD at NO
30.*Jeremy Maclin PHI at Pit
Note: Disastrous game - one catch, three targets. Not on the injury list this week.
31.Donnie Avery IND vs. GB
32.Greg Little CLE at NYG
Note: If a ball drops in a forest, can anyone see it?
33.*Domenik Hixon NYG vs. Cle
Note: Hixon and not Barden started with Nicks out against the Eagles.
34.*Devery Henderson NO vs. SD
Note: *** Bumping up with Lance Moore out. ***
35.Sidney Rice SEA at Car
Note: Seahawks' conservative offense really limiting his upside.
36.Andrew Hawkins CIN vs. Mia
37.Anquan Boldin BAL at KC
38.*Jeremy Kerley NYJ vs. Hou
Note: With Santonio Holmes out, Kerley should get more targets. Whether there's a quarterback that can deliver is a matter of debate.
39.Brandon LaFell CAR vs. Sea
Note: Costly goose egg last week - seemed to be hurt by Greg Olsen's targets.
40.Jerome Simpson MIN vs. Ten
Note: Four catches for 50 yards and drew two pass interference penalties.
41.*Pierre Garcon WAS vs. Atl
Note: (Foot) Didn't suffer a setback last week, but was kept off the field on the Redskins' final game-winning drive. Believes that it will take a long time for his foot to fully heal.
42.T.Y. Hilton IND vs. GB
43.Randall Cobb GB at Ind
44.Davone Bess MIA at Cin
45.Robert Meachem SD at NO
Note: Blanked once again.
46.*Jon Baldwin KC vs. Bal
Note: Four catches for 50 yards last week - slowly working his way into the offense. (Hamstring) Full practice Thursday.
47.*Donald Jones BUF at SF
Note: Suffered a head injury has been classified as minor by head coach Chan Gailey. Full practice Thursday.
48.Jason Avant PHI at Pit
49.Golden Tate SEA at Car
50.Armon Binns CIN vs. Mia
51.*Rueben Randle NYG vs. Cle
Note: Could be his turn for a bigger role with both Nicks and Barden out.
52.Randy Moss SF vs. Buf
Note: Targeted just once - part of a product of the game being a blowout.
53.Kendall Wright TEN at Min
54.Alshon Jeffery CHI at Jac
55.Leonard Hankerson WAS vs. Atl
56.Justin Blackmon JAC vs. Chi
Note: Ten targets against the Bengals last week.
57.Santana Moss WAS vs. Atl
58.Chaz Schilens NYJ vs. Hou
59.Josh Morgan WAS vs. Atl
60.Brandon Stokley DEN at NE
61.*Aldrick Robinson WAS vs. Atl
Note: Pregame collision knocked Robinson out for a minute and forced him out of last week's game. Status for this week uncertain. Full practice Thursday. *** Probable for this week. ***
62.Cecil Shorts JAC vs. Chi
63.Mario Manningham SF vs. Buf
64.Eddie Royal SD at NO
65.Brandon Gibson STL vs. Ari
66.Jacoby Jones BAL at KC
67.Michael Floyd ARZ at StL
68.*Joseph Morgan NO vs. SD
Note: Hooked up with Drew Brees on a big play. Could get more snaps with Lance Moore's hamstring bothering him.
69.Damaris Johnson PHI at Pit
70.Emmanuel Sanders PIT vs. Phi
71.Kevin Walter HOU at NYJ
72.Doug Baldwin SEA at Car
73.Dexter McCluster KC vs. Bal
74.Steven Smith STL vs. Ari
75.Chris Givens STL vs. Ari
Note: Hit on a big play with Bradford last week.
76.Braylon Edwards SEA at Car
77.Josh Gordon CLE at NYG
78.Steve Breaston KC vs. Bal
79.Devin Aromashodu MIN vs. Ten
80.*Stephen Hill NYJ vs. Hou
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday. *** Did not practice Saturday, doubtful. ***
81.*Earl Bennett CHI at Jac
Note: Inactive Monday night with a hand injury. Limited in Thursday's practice.
82.*Kenny Britt TEN at Min
Note: (Ankle) Held out in Week 4, with the hope that the extra week off would make him available this week. Did not practice Thursday. *** Will not play this week. ***
83.*Travis Benjamin CLE at NYG
Note: Held out of practice Monday with an undisclosed injury. (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday.
84.*Ramses Barden NYG vs. Cle
Note: Unlikely to play due to a concussion.
85.*Greg Jennings GB at Ind
Note: Jennings' groin injury flared up against the Saints, and he's back to where he was a couple of weeks ago. Officially ruled out this week.
86.*Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Cle
Note: As of Monday, Nicks' knee isn't any better. Officially ruled out this week.
87.*Mohamed Massaquoi CLE at NYG
Note: (Hamstring) Inactive last week, still not practicing. Did not practice. *** Out this week.***
88.*Julian Edelman NE vs. Den
Note: (Hand) Still not practicing.
89.*Lance Moore NO vs. SD
Note: Hamstring injury, did not practice Thursday. *** Out this week. ***
90.*Laurent Robinson JAC vs. Chi
Note: Suffered another concussion against the Bengals - chances are really against him playing this week. Not practicing Thursday.
91.*Santonio Holmes NYJ vs. Hou
Note: Foot injury - out at least this week, talking in terms of weeks, not days. Out for the season with a lisfranc foot injury.

Tight Ends

1.Jimmy Graham NO vs. SD
2.*Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Den
Note: (Hip) Practiced Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. *** Hip is a lot more painful than initially let on - listed as questionable, but still expected to play. ***
3.Vernon Davis SF vs. Buf
4.Tony Gonzalez ATL at Was
5.Fred Davis WAS vs. Atl
Note: Hasn't found the end zone yet, but he's getting good targets now and faces a Falcons defense that allowed Greg Olsen to score last week.
6.*Antonio Gates SD at NO
Note: (Ribs) Had a season-high 59 receiving yards last week.
7.Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. Mia
8.*Jermichael Finley GB at Ind
Note: Should get a lot of targets with Jennings out - and he was probably too low on the initial rankings anyhow.
9.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. Ten
Note: One of many disappointing tight ends last week.
10.*Owen Daniels HOU at NYJ
Note: Limited in Thursday's practice with a thigh injury.
11.Greg Olsen CAR vs. Sea
12.Heath Miller PIT vs. Phi
13.Brent Celek PHI at Pit
14.Martellus Bennett NYG vs. Cle
Note: Just one catch, three official targets last week - had one big play wiped out by a penalty.
15.Dennis Pitta BAL at KC
16.*Scott Chandler BUF at SF
Note: Suffered a head injury against the Pats. Full practice Thursday, much like teammate Donald Jones, and isn't on the injury report this week.
17.Jacob Tamme DEN at NE
18.*Jared Cook TEN at Min
Note: (Shoulder) Played just 24 snaps last week. Limited in Wednesday's practice. *** Full practice Friday, listed as probable. ***
19.Anthony Fasano MIA at Cin
20.Joel Dreessen DEN at NE
21.Marcedes Lewis JAC vs. Chi
22.Craig Stevens TEN at Min
23.Lance Kendricks STL vs. Ari
24.*Coby Fleener IND vs. GB
Note: (Head) Full participant in Thursday's practice. *** Active for Sunday's game. ***
25.Ed Dickson BAL at KC
26.Jordan Cameron CLE at NYG
27.Tony Moeaki KC vs. Bal
28.Kellen Davis CHI at Jac
29.Ben Watson CLE at NYG
30.Dwayne Allen IND vs. GB
31.Dante Rosario SD at NO
32.Zach Miller SEA at Car
33.*Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Den
Note: (Ankle) Returned to practice Thursday, but had a clear hitch in his step and appeared to be limited. Very risky play for this week. *** Listed as questionable, did practice some Friday. Late game makes him even more difficult to start. ***
34.*Dustin Keller NYJ vs. Hou
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday.
35.*Todd Heap ARZ at StL
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Monday. Questionable for Thursday night's game.
36.*Kevin Boss KC vs. Bal
Note: (Head injury) Placed on IR for the season.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Marshawn Lynch SEA at Car
2.Arian Foster HOU at NYJ
3.Ray Rice BAL at KC
4.A.J. Green CIN vs. Mia
5.Victor Cruz NYG vs. Cle
6.Roddy White ATL at Was
7.Wes Welker NE vs. Den
8.Frank Gore SF vs. Buf
9.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Ten
10.*LeSean McCoy PHI at Pit
Note: Tweaked his knee Sunday night, which might explain why Bryce Brown and not he was in the game for the Eagles' final possession after reaching first-and-goal. Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
11.Jamaal Charles KC vs. Bal
Note: Two costly early fumbles, but also two touchdowns as the Chiefs stuck with him.
12.Trent Richardson CLE at NYG
13.Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. Chi
14.Jimmy Graham NO vs. SD
15.*Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Den
Note: (Hip) Practiced Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. *** Hip is a lot more painful than initially let on - listed as questionable, but still expected to play. ***
16.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. Bal
17.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at StL
18.*Julio Jones ATL at Was
Note: Lacerated hand has fully healed.
19.Brandon Marshall CHI at Jac
20.Percy Harvin MIN vs. Ten
21.*Reggie Bush MIA at Cin
Note: (Knee) Wasn't targeted in the passing game much, but otherwise looked good considering the injury the previous week. (Hip) Limited Wednesday, full practice Thursday. *** Full practice Friday. ***
22.*Darren Sproles NO vs. SD
Note: Could get more targets in the passing game if Lance Moore (hamstring) can't go.
23.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Den
Note: In Week 3 it was Woodhead staling carries, this week it was Bolden. Ridley still had a huge game, but the timeshare is frustrating.
24.*Willis McGahee DEN at NE
Note: Able to play through his rib injury last week just fine.
25.*Ryan Mathews SD at NO
Note: Norv Turner's sly benching of Mathews caused a lot of fantasy anguish, but it appears he's back out of the doghouse now. But there's always going to be that concern in the background now with him. Still listed as the backup behind Battle in this week's depth chart.
26.*Matt Forte CHI at Jac
Note: (Ankle) Early scare Monday night, but recovered quickly after getting re-taped and made it through the game decently. *** Listed as probable this week. ***
27.Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. Cle
28.Mike Wallace PIT vs. Phi
29.Demaryius Thomas DEN at NE
30.Reggie Wayne IND vs. GB
31.Steve Smith CAR vs. Sea
32.Brandon Lloyd NE vs. Den
33.*Torrey Smith BAL at KC
Note: *** Chiefs' top corner Brandon Flowers will play but is less than 100 percent with a heel injury. ***
34.Marques Colston NO vs. SD
35.*Andre Johnson HOU at NYJ
Note: 50+ yards on the first drive, ended up with just 56 yards for the game. (Groin) Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Full participant Saturday. ***
36.Alfred Morris WAS vs. Atl
Note: Another strong game last week, even with a semi-tough matchup (the Bucs had allowed just 2.3 yards per carry prior to Week 4).
37.Chris Johnson TEN at Min
Note: Went for 141 yards in a losing effort. Praised his offensive line for their Week 4 performance after throwing them under the bus the previous week.
38.*C.J. Spiller BUF at SF
Note: At one point it appeared that Spiller aggravated his shoulder injury, but afterward he said he emerged ok. So we're now back to the old timeshare that we had at the beginning of the season. Full practice Wednesday and Thursday, not on the injury list this week.
39.*Fred Jackson BUF at SF
Note: Jackson's knee was sore after playing against the Pats, but not enough to stop him from playing this week. So we're back to the same timeshare that we had at the beginning of the season. Not on the injury list this week.
40.Brian Hartline MIA at Cin
41.Vernon Davis SF vs. Buf
42.Tony Gonzalez ATL at Was
43.DeSean Jackson PHI at Pit
44.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Phi
45.Eric Decker DEN at NE
46.Jordy Nelson GB at Ind
47.Steve Johnson BUF at SF
48.BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN vs. Mia
Note: Two more fumbles - one lost at the goal line, the other he was able to recover himself. It's in his head now.
49.*Steven Jackson STL vs. Ari
Note: (Groin) Listed as questionable again, but expected to play Thursday night.
50.Ryan Williams ARZ at StL
Note: Very disappointing first game as the starter - 13 carries for 26 yards.
51.Michael Turner ATL at Was
Note: Took advantage of a great matchup last week - this week won't be so easy.
52.Donald Brown IND vs. GB
53.DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. Sea
54.*Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs. Phi
Note: (Knee) Expected to make his 2012 debut this week. Full practice Thursday.
55.James Jones GB at Ind
56.Nate Washington TEN at Min
57.*Danny Amendola STL vs. Ari
Note: (Ankle) Probable for Thursday night's game.
58.Andre Roberts ARZ at StL
Note: Huge game in the comeback effort against the Dolphins.
59.*Lance Moore NO vs. SD
Note: Hamstring injury, did not practice Thursday. *** Out this week. ***
60.Michael Crabtree SF vs. Buf
61.Malcom Floyd SD at NO
62.Fred Davis WAS vs. Atl
Note: Hasn't found the end zone yet, but he's getting good targets now and faces a Falcons defense that allowed Greg Olsen to score last week.
63.*Antonio Gates SD at NO
Note: (Ribs) Had a season-high 59 receiving yards last week.
64.Cedric Benson GB at Ind
65.Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. Mia
66.*Jeremy Maclin PHI at Pit
Note: Disastrous game - one catch, three targets. Not on the injury list this week.
67.Donnie Avery IND vs. GB
68.Greg Little CLE at NYG
Note: If a ball drops in a forest, can anyone see it?
69.*Domenik Hixon NYG vs. Cle
Note: Hixon and not Barden started with Nicks out against the Eagles.
70.*Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. Sea
Note: (Toe) Split carries nearly evenly with DeAngelo Williams against the Falcons.
71.*Ben Tate HOU at NYJ
Note: Sore toe, missed Monday's walk-through. This also explains his very limited use against Tennessee on Sunday. (Toe) Didn't practice Thursday, won't practice until Saturday (the Texans play Monday night). *** Practiced Saturday, listed as questionable. ***
72.*Brandon Bolden NE vs. Den
Note: Big effort sharing the carries with Ridley last week. (Knee) Limited in practice Thursday. It'll be a great joke when the Pats let Shane Vereen get 20 carries this week. *** One of 12 Patriots listed as questionable. ***
73.Shonn Greene NYJ vs. Hou
74.Sidney Rice SEA at Car
Note: Seahawks' conservative offense really limiting his upside.
75.Andrew Hawkins CIN vs. Mia
76.Anquan Boldin BAL at KC
77.*Jeremy Kerley NYJ vs. Hou
Note: With Santonio Holmes out, Kerley should get more targets. Whether there's a quarterback that can deliver is a matter of debate.
78.Brandon LaFell CAR vs. Sea
Note: Costly goose egg last week - seemed to be hurt by Greg Olsen's targets.
79.*Donald Jones BUF at SF
Note: Suffered a head injury has been classified as minor by head coach Chan Gailey. Full practice Thursday.
80.Jerome Simpson MIN vs. Ten
Note: Four catches for 50 yards and drew two pass interference penalties.
81.*Pierre Garcon WAS vs. Atl
Note: (Foot) Didn't suffer a setback last week, but was kept off the field on the Redskins' final game-winning drive. Believes that it will take a long time for his foot to fully heal.
82.T.Y. Hilton IND vs. GB
83.Randall Cobb GB at Ind
84.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL at Was
85.Andre Brown NYG vs. Cle
Note: Bradshaw got the bulk of the work Sunday night. *** Was limited last week because the Giants don't trust him in pass protection. ***
86.Daniel Thomas MIA at Cin
87.Michael Bush CHI at Jac
Note: Limited use with Matt Forte back.
88.*Jackie Battle SD at NO
Note: Battle got the surprise start in Week 4, but he might return to a backup role this week against the Saints. Still listed as the starter on the depth chart. ***Norv Turner wouldn't confirm or deny that Battle is still the starter for this week. ***
89.Kendall Hunter SF vs. Buf
90.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. Ten
Note: One of many disappointing tight ends last week.
91.*Owen Daniels HOU at NYJ
Note: Limited in Thursday's practice with a thigh injury.
92.Greg Olsen CAR vs. Sea
93.Heath Miller PIT vs. Phi
94.Brent Celek PHI at Pit

Kickers

1.Greg Zuerlein STL vs. Ari
Note: Massive day included kicks from 58 and 60 yards last week.
2.David Akers SF vs. Buf
3.Mason Crosby GB at Ind
4.Nick Novak SD at NO
Note: Perfect day in relief of Kaeding - looks like he'll kick again this week, too.
5.Justin Tucker BAL at KC
6.Matt Bryant ATL at Was
7.Blair Walsh MIN vs. Ten
8.Shayne Graham HOU at NYJ
9.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Den
Note: Two more field goals missed, forgotten when the Pats went on their massive second-half run.
10.Alex Henery PHI at Pit
Note: Henery had 17 points going into Week 4, but then had 13 points in Week 4. The moral of the story? Handicapping kickers really sucks.
11.Robbie Gould CHI at Jac
12.Matt Prater DEN at NE
13.Rob Bironas TEN at Min
14.Mike Nugent CIN vs. Mia
15.Garrett Hartley NO vs. SD
16.Lawrence Tynes NYG vs. Cle
17.Justin Medlock CAR vs. Sea
18.Dan Carpenter MIA at Cin
19.Josh Scobee JAC vs. Chi
20.Adam Vinatieri IND vs. GB
21.Shaun Suisham PIT vs. Phi
22.*Billy Cundiff WAS vs. Atl
Note: Had he missed that last field goal attempt, would Cundiff have a job this week?
23.Jay Feely ARZ at StL
24.Nick Folk NYJ vs. Hou
25.Phil Dawson CLE at NYG
26.Rian Lindell BUF at SF
27.Steven Hauschka SEA at Car
28.Ryan Succop KC vs. Bal
29.*Nate Kaeding SD at NO
Note: Seeing a specialist about his groin injury - it could be season-ending.

Defenses

1.San Francisco 49ers vs. Buf
2.Houston Texans at NYJ
3.Chicago Bears at Jac
4.Baltimore Ravens at KC
5.Arizona Cardinals at StL
6.*New York Giants vs. Cle
Note: Kenny Phillips is dealing with a sprained right MCL.
7.St. Louis Rams vs. Ari
8.*Minnesota Vikings vs. Ten
Note: Jared Allen (groin) didn't practice Thursday, but coach Leslie Frazier thinks that he'll still be ok for Sunday.
9.Cincinnati Bengals vs. Mia
10.New England Patriots vs. Den
11.Seattle Seahawks at Car
12.Philadelphia Eagles at Pit
13.New York Jets vs. Hou
14.Green Bay Packers at Ind
15.Denver Broncos at NE
16.San Diego Chargers at NO
17.Atlanta Falcons at Was
18.*Cleveland Browns at NYG
Note: T.J. Ward underwent thumb surgery a couple of days ago.
19.Tennessee Titans at Min
20.*Kansas City Chiefs vs. Bal
Note: Derrick Johnson (groin) did not practice Thursday. Meanwhile, Brandon Flowers (heel) did practice, but moved around gingerly.
21.*Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Phi
Note: James Harrison and Troy Polamalu should be back this week - could be a huge difference.
22.Carolina Panthers vs. Sea
23.*Washington Redskins vs. Atl
Note: Lost Brandon Meriweather in a pregame warmup collision last week.
24.Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chi
25.New Orleans Saints vs. SD
26.Miami Dolphins at Cin
27.*Buffalo Bills at SF
Note: Jairus Byrd suffered a hip injury in the loss to the Patriots. Mario Williams is dealing with a lingering wrist injury.
28.*Indianapolis Colts vs. GB
Note: Dwight Freeney is questionable with an ankle injury, plus both Robert Mathis and Pat Angerer missed Thursday's practice.