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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.

Minnesota, New York Giants, Seattle and Tennessee are on bye this week.

Updated on Sunday.

Quarterback

1.Drew Brees NO at Oak
2.Aaron Rodgers GB at Det
3.Tom Brady NE vs. Ind
4.Peyton Manning DEN vs. SD
5.Matt Ryan ATL vs. Ari
6.Andrew Luck IND at NE
7.Carson Palmer OAK vs. NO
8.Matthew Stafford DET vs. GB
9.Robert Griffin WAS vs. Phi
10.Cam Newton CAR vs. TB
11.Matt Schaub HOU vs. Jac
12.Andy Dalton CIN at KC
13.Josh Freeman TB at Car
14.Philip Rivers SD at Den
15.*Nick Foles PHI at Was
Note: Likely to start in place of an injured Vick this week. Averaged 6.8 yards per attempt in relief of Vick last week, though included in that is one long touchdown on a completely busted coverage.
16.Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. Mia
17.*Tony Romo DAL vs. Cle
Note: ***In case you need another negative indicator, Romo is going to be working with a backup to the backup at center, perhaps the most important OL position.***
18.Ryan Tannehill MIA at Buf
19.Joe Flacco BAL at Pit
20.*Byron Leftwich PIT vs. Bal
Note: Came in and did very little for an injured Roethlisberger beginning in the third quarter.
21.*Alex Smith SF vs. Chi
Note: Reportedly recovering well from a concussion that knocked him out of last week's game against the Rams. Limited in practice Thursday, but is expected to play Monday night. Though he's expected to start, Smith was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable for Monday night.
22.Brandon Weeden CLE at Dal
23.Sam Bradford STL vs. NYJ
24.*Matt Cassel KC vs. Cin
Note: Another awful game Monday night, albeit in lousy conditions. Meanwhile, Brady Quinn (concussion) has been cleared to practice. Will start this week.
25.*Mark Sanchez NYJ at StL
Note: Got another dreaded 'vote of confidence' from coach Rex Ryan following the loss to the Seahawks.
26.*Jason Campbell CHI at SF
27.*John Skelton ARZ at Atl
28.Blaine Gabbert JAC at Hou
29.*Colin Kaepernick SF vs. Chi
30.*Jay Cutler CHI at SF
Note: Suffered a concussion Sunday night against the Texans. Missed his radio show Monday. Did not practice Thursday. ***Officially declared out. ***
31.*Michael Vick PHI at Was
Note: Suffered a significant concussion against the Cowboys. Initial indications are that Nick Foles will start this week. Did not practice Thursday, but hasn't yet been declared out. *** Officially out. ***
32.*Kevin Kolb ARZ at Atl
Note: The report last week on Kolb (ribs) was that he would be returning 'sooner rather than later.' We'll find out more Wednesday what that really entails. Did not practice Wednesday. ***Officially ruled out.***
33.*Brady Quinn KC vs. Cin
Note: (Concussion) Cleared for game action, but will be the backup this week.
34.*Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. Bal
Note: Suffered a shoulder sprain Monday night - his status for Sunday's game against the Ravens is uncertain still. It's the rib injury that could keep Roethlisberger out multiple weeks. He won't play Sunday night.

Running Backs

1.Arian Foster HOU vs. Jac
2.*C.J. Spiller BUF vs. Mia
Note: Should carry a heavy workload with Fred Jackson already declared out with a concussion for Thursday night.
3.*Ray Rice BAL at Pit
Note: (Toe) Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
4.Doug Martin TB at Car
5.*LeSean McCoy PHI at Was
Note: Battled the flu last week, second half carries were limited.
6.*Jamaal Charles KC vs. Cin
Note: Showed no ill effects from his neck injury on Monday night.
7.Matt Forte CHI at SF
8.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Ind
9.Alfred Morris WAS vs. Phi
Note: Slowed down before the bye - we'll see if the Redskins were able to address that over the break.
10.*Frank Gore SF vs. Chi
Note: Underwent x-rays for unspecified reasons after Sunday's game. (Ribs, hand) Practiced Wednesday. *** Listed as probable. ***
11.Trent Richardson CLE at Dal
12.*Reggie Bush MIA at Buf
Note: Benched after a first-half fumble last week, plus his workload had already been declining. On the other hand, he draws Buffalo this week.
13.Steven Jackson STL vs. NYJ
14.Mikel Leshoure DET vs. GB
15.BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN at KC
16.LaRod Stephens-Howling ARZ at Atl
17.Shonn Greene NYJ at StL
18.*Willis McGahee DEN vs. SD
Note: Two more fumbles, losing one. It's possible that Ronnie Hillman will keep cutting into his carries.
19.*Felix Jones DAL vs. Cle
Note: Seems likely to get another start this week. *** Cowboys have significant OL issues at center. However, Murray is out for another week and probably Thanksgiving. ***
20.*Ryan Mathews SD at Den
Note: Stiff neck, missed practices Wednesday and Thursday. *** Limited practice on Friday and listed as questionable, but the Chargers were encouraged how good Mathews looked. ***
21.Marcel Reece OAK vs. NO
22.Vick Ballard IND at NE
23.*Michael Turner ATL vs. Ari
Note: Healthy bust of the week last week - just 15 yards on 13 carries against the Saints of all teams. Groin injury, limited in practice Thursday. ***Limited in practice all week, but will play Sunday.***
24.*Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs. Bal
Note: (Achilles' tendon) Questionable for Sunday night. One report says that Mendenhall will start. What a mess. *** Officially the starter, but coach Mike Tomlin said that all three backs will be involved. As a result, I can't slot Mendenhall much higher than this, despite what appears to be a pretty good matchup.***
25.Rashad Jennings JAC at Hou
26.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. TB
27.*James Starks GB at Det
Note: *** Now starting ahead of Alex Green at running back. ***
28.*Donald Brown IND at NE
Note: (Knee) Listed as day-to-day after splitting carries relatively evenly last Thursday. Did not practice this Thursday. *** Listed as probable. ***
29.*Chris Ivory NO at Oak
Note: Only seven carries against 16 for Ingram, yet I'm still starting him over Ingram this week, perhaps against all reason. Sproles' potential return clouds all Saints RB projections.
30.Daniel Thomas MIA at Buf
31.*Darren Sproles NO at Oak
Note: (Hand) Full practice Thursday, looks like to play this week. Very tough call this week - great matchup, but how much will he play?
32.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. Ari
33.Joique Bell DET vs. GB
34.Kendall Hunter SF vs. Chi
35.*Isaac Redman PIT vs. Bal
Note: Was buried after a first-half fumble. Dwyer received twice as many touches. All bets are off with news that Mendenhall could start. *** Mendenhall the confirmed starter. ***
36.*Jonathan Dwyer PIT vs. Bal
Note: (Quad) Got twice as many touches than Redman on Monday night, thanks to Redman's fumble. All bets are off with news that Mendenhall could start. *** Mendenhall the confirmed starter. ***
37.DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. TB
38.*Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. SD
Note: I wouldn't be surprised to see Hillman get more work this week, after two more fumbles from McGahee.
39.Daryl Richardson STL vs. NYJ
40.*Justin Forsett HOU vs. Jac
Note: *** Ben Tate is out for another week, so Forsett gets the backup duty again this week. ***
41.*Alex Green GB at Det
Note: *** Lost the starting job to Starks, missed practice Friday to rest his knee. ***
42.Shane Vereen NE vs. Ind
43.Danny Woodhead NE vs. Ind
44.Peyton Hillis KC vs. Cin
45.*Mark Ingram NO at Oak
Note: Sproles' potential return clouds all Saints RB projections.
46.*Pierre Thomas NO at Oak
Note: Just five carries, compared to 16 for Mark Ingram. The Saints didn't lose the ability to troll us regarding their running backs with Sean Payton's suspension. Sproles' potential return clouds all Saints RB projections.
47.Ronnie Brown SD at Den
48.Bernard Pierce BAL at Pit
49.Michael Bush CHI at SF
50.LeGarrette Blount TB at Car
51.Montario Hardesty CLE at Dal
52.*Tashard Choice BUF vs. Mia
Note: Taking over the backup duties with Fred Jackson out this week.
53.Jackie Battle SD at Den
54.*Taiwan Jones OAK vs. NO
Note: What a bust - just two carries. Even Jeremy Stewart (!) got more carries. 'Has to prove some things in practice' before getting extended game action. Ok then.
55.Bryce Brown PHI at Was
56.Evan Royster WAS vs. Phi
57.Lance Dunbar DAL vs. Cle
58.Cedric Peerman CIN at KC
59.Delone Carter IND at NE
60.Baron Batch PIT vs. Bal
61.Phillip Tanner DAL vs. Cle
62.Shaun Draughn KC vs. Cin
63.Jeremy Stewart OAK vs. NO
64.Mike Tolbert CAR vs. TB
65.Chris Rainey PIT vs. Bal
66.Brian Leonard CIN at KC
67.William Powell ARZ at Atl
68.Lamar Miller MIA at Buf
69.Montell Owens JAC at Hou
70.*Ben Tate HOU vs. Jac
Note: (Hamstring) Has a chance to play this week against Jacksonville. Sore after Wednesday's practice, did not practice Thursday. *** Out for the third week in a row. ***
71.*Darren McFadden OAK vs. NO
Note: (Ankle) Already unlikely to play again this week. Did not practice Thursday.
72.*Mike Goodson OAK vs. NO
Note: (Ankle) Still in a walking boot Monday. Did not practice Thursday.
73.*Bilal Powell NYJ at StL
Note: Suffered a concussion in the loss to Seattle. Limited in practice Thursday.
74.*Joe McKnight NYJ at StL
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Thursday's practice.
75.*DeMarco Murray DAL vs. Cle
Note: (Foot) Still needs to pass an array of tests before getting cleared to play. Non-participant in practice Thursday. Unlikely to play this week or on Thanksgiving.
76.*Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at Hou
Note: (Foot) Already ruled out again this week.
77.*Beanie Wells ARZ at Atl
Note: One more week.
78.*Fred Jackson BUF vs. Mia
Note: (Concuussion) Already declared out for this week.

Wide Receivers

1.*Calvin Johnson DET vs. GB
Note: (Knee) Practiced Thursday after resting Wednesday. Look for this to be the new norm for the foreseeable future. *** Will play Sunday after being limited all week. ***
2.A.J. Green CIN at KC
3.Reggie Wayne IND at NE
Note: Colts will probably have to throw even more than usual against the Pats this week.
4.Roddy White ATL vs. Ari
5.Marques Colston NO at Oak
6.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. SD
7.Randall Cobb GB at Det
8.Denarius Moore OAK vs. NO
9.Andre Johnson HOU vs. Jac
10.*Jordy Nelson GB at Det
Note: (Hamstring) Able to practice Monday. Expected to play, but limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. *** Listed as probable. ***
11.*Steve Johnson BUF vs. Mia
Note: (Thigh) Not listed on the Tuesday injury report.
12.*Wes Welker NE vs. Ind
Note: (Ankle) Didn't practice Thursday. *** Expects to play, but still has to test out his ankle before the game. ***
13.Brandon Marshall CHI at SF
14.Vincent Jackson TB at Car
15.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Atl
16.Miles Austin DAL vs. Cle
17.James Jones GB at Det
18.*Brandon Lloyd NE vs. Ind
Note: (Knee) Limited in Thursday's practice.
19.*Dwayne Bowe KC vs. Cin
Note: (Thigh) Limited Wednesday, full practice Thursday.
20.*Steve Smith CAR vs. TB
Note: Benched last week after the game got out of hand, so coach Ron Rivera could see how the other receivers looked in game action. Doesn't bode well. #Understatement
21.Eric Decker DEN vs. SD
22.*Julio Jones ATL vs. Ari
Note: (Shin) Sat out practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision Sunday. *** Adamant that he wants to play, for what that's worth. ***
23.Titus Young DET vs. GB
24.*Santana Moss WAS vs. Phi
Note: (Concussion) Practiced on Monday. Full practice Wednesday.
25.Dez Bryant DAL vs. Cle
26.*Mike Wallace PIT vs. Bal
Note: Wallace's status could really drop if Big Ben can't play.
27.*Torrey Smith BAL at Pit
Note: (Chest) Limited in practice Wednesday. *** Listed as probable. ***
28.Malcom Floyd SD at Den
29.Cecil Shorts JAC at Hou
30.DeSean Jackson PHI at Was
31.Michael Crabtree SF vs. Chi
32.*Danny Amendola STL vs. NYJ
Note: At one point appeared to reinjure his shoulder on a punt return, but instead it was just a case of pain management.
33.Lance Moore NO at Oak
34.*Jeremy Maclin PHI at Was
Note: Suffered a lower back injury in the first quarter of the loss to Dallas. Full practice Wednesday. *** Listed as probable. ***
35.Mike Williams TB at Car
36.*Brian Hartline MIA at Buf
Note: (Knee) Fully practiced Tuesday.
37.Emmanuel Sanders PIT vs. Bal
38.Ryan Broyles DET vs. GB
39.Anquan Boldin BAL at Pit
40.Danario Alexander SD at Den
41.T.Y. Hilton IND at NE
42.Davone Bess MIA at Buf
43.Andrew Hawkins CIN at KC
44.Brandon Gibson STL vs. NYJ
45.Donald Jones BUF vs. Mia
46.Andre Roberts ARZ at Atl
47.Laurent Robinson JAC at Hou
48.Donnie Avery IND at NE
49.Greg Little CLE at Dal
50.Leonard Hankerson WAS vs. Phi
51.*Josh Gordon CLE at Dal
Note: *** (Illness) Listed as probable. ***
52.*Jeremy Kerley NYJ at StL
Note: *** Heel and hamstring problems - Jets might not play Kerley this week. ***
53.Derek Hagan OAK vs. NO
54.*Riley Cooper PHI at Was
Note: Very nice touchdown catch last week, could have a bigger role this week with Avant and Maclin hurting.
55.Stephen Hill NYJ at StL
56.Joseph Morgan NO at Oak
57.Justin Blackmon JAC at Hou
58.Randy Moss SF vs. Chi
59.*Kevin Walter HOU vs. Jac
Note: (Groin) Full practice Thursday.
60.Louis Murphy CAR vs. TB
61.Dexter McCluster KC vs. Cin
62.*Chris Givens STL vs. NYJ
Note: A late scratch after missing curfew. Would have been nice to know before the early games started Sunday, though.
63.Devery Henderson NO at Oak
64.*Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. NO
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday. *** Listed as questionable after missing practice Friday. Game-time decision. ***
65.Mario Manningham SF vs. Chi
66.Chaz Schilens NYJ at StL
67.Jerricho Cotchery PIT vs. Bal
68.Tiquan Underwood TB at Car
69.Earl Bennett CHI at SF
70.Josh Morgan WAS vs. Phi
71.Michael Floyd ARZ at Atl
72.*Pierre Garcon WAS vs. Phi
Note: (Foot) Most sources consider Garcon doubtful, though one suggested that he 'has a shot.' Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Expected to play, though to what extent is unknown. ***
73.Kevin Ogletree DAL vs. Cle
Note: Not targeted against the Eagles after getting a touchdown the week before.
74.Brandon LaFell CAR vs. TB
75.Donald Driver GB at Det
76.Brandon Stokley DEN vs. SD
77.Devin Hester CHI at SF
78.Kyle Williams SF vs. Chi
79.Armon Binns CIN at KC
80.Robert Meachem SD at Den
81.Rod Streater OAK vs. NO
82.Harry Douglas ATL vs. Ari
83.*Alshon Jeffery CHI at SF
Note: *** (Hand) Returning to action this week, albeit with Jason Campbell at the helm. ***
84.Damaris Johnson PHI at Was
85.Jabar Gaffney MIA at Buf
86.Travis Benjamin CLE at Dal
87.Mohamed Massaquoi CLE at Dal
88.Julian Edelman NE vs. Ind
Note: On the field for just 17 plays last week.
89.Jacoby Jones BAL at Pit
90.Eddie Royal SD at Den
91.Kealoha Pilares CAR vs. TB
92.*Antonio Brown PIT vs. Bal
Note: (Ankle) Questionable again this week. Did not practice Thursday.
93.*Jason Avant PHI at Was
Note: (Hamstring) Questionable at best this week. Officially ruled out.
94.*Jon Baldwin KC vs. Cin
Note: Suffered a head/neck injury in the loss Monday night. Did not practice Thursday. *** Ruled out this week. ***
95.*Greg Jennings GB at Det
Note: Out at least one more week.

Tight Ends

1.*Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Ind
Note: (Hip) Limited in Thursday's practice.
2.Jimmy Graham NO at Oak
3.Jason Witten DAL vs. Cle
Note: Only 47 yards against the Eagles, but it came on 10 targets.
4.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. Ari
5.Antonio Gates SD at Den
Note: Touchdown catches in three of the last four games.
6.Heath Miller PIT vs. Bal
Note: Four catches Monday night, but none with Forrest Whitaker, er, Byron Leftwich at QB.
7.Jermaine Gresham CIN at KC
8.Dwayne Allen IND at NE
9.*Brandon Myers OAK vs. NO
Note: Suffered another concussion against the Ravens, his second of the season. Full practice Thursday. *** Another full practice Friday. ***
10.*Owen Daniels HOU vs. Jac
Note: (Hip) Inactive Sunday night, but likely to return this week. Limited practice Thursday. *** Expected to play. ***
11.Vernon Davis SF vs. Chi
Note: Another mediocre at best game. I really thought that he, and the Niners offense generally, had turned a corner after the playoffs last year. Maybe not-so-much - and the injury to Alex Smith certainly doesn't help.
12.Greg Olsen CAR vs. TB
13.Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. GB
14.Dustin Keller NYJ at StL
15.Brent Celek PHI at Was
16.Scott Chandler BUF vs. Mia
17.Dennis Pitta BAL at Pit
Note: Welcome back to fantasy-relevance.
18.Logan Paulsen WAS vs. Phi
19.Joel Dreessen DEN vs. SD
20.Tony Moeaki KC vs. Cin
21.Lance Kendricks STL vs. NYJ
22.Dallas Clark TB at Car
23.Marcedes Lewis JAC at Hou
24.Jacob Tamme DEN vs. SD
25.Rob Housler ARZ at Atl
26.Anthony Fasano MIA at Buf
27.Garrett Graham HOU vs. Jac
28.Ed Dickson BAL at Pit
29.Delanie Walker SF vs. Chi
30.Tony Scheffler DET vs. GB
31.Jermichael Finley GB at Det
32.Tom Crabtree GB at Det
33.*Kellen Davis CHI at SF
Note: Rough game - coughed up a fumble, having the Bears scramble the waiver wire looking for alternatives.
34.Ben Watson CLE at Dal
35.Chris Cooley WAS vs. Phi
36.*Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Ind
Note: (Ankle) I'm not sure what to do with Hernandez any longer - for now, keeping him at the bottom until he practices and is given the all-clear by the Pats. Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Likely out this week. ***
37.*Coby Fleener IND at NE
Note: (Shoulder) That the Colts promoted a tight end from the practice squad bodes ill for Fleener's chances of playing this week.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Arian Foster HOU vs. Jac
2.*C.J. Spiller BUF vs. Mia
Note: Should carry a heavy workload with Fred Jackson already declared out with a concussion for Thursday night.
3.*Ray Rice BAL at Pit
Note: (Toe) Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
4.Doug Martin TB at Car
5.*Calvin Johnson DET vs. GB
Note: (Knee) Practiced Thursday after resting Wednesday. Look for this to be the new norm for the foreseeable future. *** Will play Sunday after being limited all week. ***
6.A.J. Green CIN at KC
7.Reggie Wayne IND at NE
Note: Colts will probably have to throw even more than usual against the Pats this week.
8.Roddy White ATL vs. Ari
9.*Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Ind
Note: (Hip) Limited in Thursday's practice.
10.Jimmy Graham NO at Oak
11.*LeSean McCoy PHI at Was
Note: Battled the flu last week, second half carries were limited.
12.*Jamaal Charles KC vs. Cin
Note: Showed no ill effects from his neck injury on Monday night.
13.Matt Forte CHI at SF
14.*Frank Gore SF vs. Chi
Note: Underwent x-rays for unspecified reasons after Sunday's game. (Ribs, hand) Practiced Wednesday. *** Listed as probable. ***
15.Trent Richardson CLE at Dal
16.Marques Colston NO at Oak
17.*Jordy Nelson GB at Det
Note: (Hamstring) Able to practice Monday. Expected to play, but limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. *** Listed as probable. ***
18.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. SD
19.Randall Cobb GB at Det
20.*Reggie Bush MIA at Buf
Note: Benched after a first-half fumble last week, plus his workload had already been declining. On the other hand, he draws Buffalo this week.
21.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Ind
22.Alfred Morris WAS vs. Phi
Note: Slowed down before the bye - we'll see if the Redskins were able to address that over the break.
23.Jason Witten DAL vs. Cle
Note: Only 47 yards against the Eagles, but it came on 10 targets.
24.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. Ari
25.Denarius Moore OAK vs. NO
26.*Wes Welker NE vs. Ind
Note: (Ankle) Didn't practice Thursday. *** Expects to play, but still has to test out his ankle before the game. ***
27.Brandon Marshall CHI at SF
28.*Julio Jones ATL vs. Ari
Note: (Shin) Sat out practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision Sunday. *** Adamant that he wants to play, for what that's worth. ***
29.Andre Johnson HOU vs. Jac
30.*Steve Johnson BUF vs. Mia
Note: (Thigh) Not listed on the Tuesday injury report.
31.Vincent Jackson TB at Car
32.Steven Jackson STL vs. NYJ
33.*Ryan Mathews SD at Den
Note: Stiff neck, missed practices Wednesday and Thursday. *** Limited practice on Friday and listed as questionable, but the Chargers were encouraged how good Mathews looked. ***
34.Mikel Leshoure DET vs. GB
35.*Willis McGahee DEN vs. SD
Note: Two more fumbles, losing one. It's possible that Ronnie Hillman will keep cutting into his carries.
36.*Felix Jones DAL vs. Cle
Note: Seems likely to get another start this week. *** Cowboys have significant OL issues at center. However, Murray is out for another week and probably Thanksgiving. ***
37.James Jones GB at Det
38.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Atl
39.*Brandon Lloyd NE vs. Ind
Note: (Knee) Limited in Thursday's practice.
40.*Dwayne Bowe KC vs. Cin
Note: (Thigh) Limited Wednesday, full practice Thursday.
41.*Steve Smith CAR vs. TB
Note: Benched last week after the game got out of hand, so coach Ron Rivera could see how the other receivers looked in game action. Doesn't bode well. #Understatement
42.Eric Decker DEN vs. SD
43.Miles Austin DAL vs. Cle
44.Marcel Reece OAK vs. NO
45.BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN at KC
46.Shonn Greene NYJ at StL
47.*Danny Amendola STL vs. NYJ
Note: At one point appeared to reinjure his shoulder on a punt return, but instead it was just a case of pain management.
48.*Santana Moss WAS vs. Phi
Note: (Concussion) Practiced on Monday. Full practice Wednesday.
49.Titus Young DET vs. GB
50.*Mike Wallace PIT vs. Bal
Note: Wallace's status could really drop if Big Ben can't play.
51.*Torrey Smith BAL at Pit
Note: (Chest) Limited in practice Wednesday. *** Listed as probable. ***
52.Malcom Floyd SD at Den
53.Cecil Shorts JAC at Hou
54.DeSean Jackson PHI at Was
55.Dez Bryant DAL vs. Cle
56.*Michael Turner ATL vs. Ari
Note: Healthy bust of the week last week - just 15 yards on 13 carries against the Saints of all teams. Groin injury, limited in practice Thursday. ***Limited in practice all week, but will play Sunday.***
57.Antonio Gates SD at Den
Note: Touchdown catches in three of the last four games.
58.Heath Miller PIT vs. Bal
Note: Four catches Monday night, but none with Forrest Whitaker, er, Byron Leftwich at QB.
59.Michael Crabtree SF vs. Chi
60.Vick Ballard IND at NE
61.*Chris Ivory NO at Oak
Note: Only seven carries against 16 for Ingram, yet I'm still starting him over Ingram this week, perhaps against all reason. Sproles' potential return clouds all Saints RB projections.
62.Rashad Jennings JAC at Hou
63.LaRod Stephens-Howling ARZ at Atl
64.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. TB
65.*Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs. Bal
Note: (Achilles' tendon) Questionable for Sunday night. One report says that Mendenhall will start. What a mess. *** Officially the starter, but coach Mike Tomlin said that all three backs will be involved. As a result, I can't slot Mendenhall much higher than this, despite what appears to be a pretty good matchup.***
66.*James Starks GB at Det
Note: *** Now starting ahead of Alex Green at running back. ***
67.*Isaac Redman PIT vs. Bal
Note: Was buried after a first-half fumble. Dwyer received twice as many touches. All bets are off with news that Mendenhall could start. *** Mendenhall the confirmed starter. ***
68.Daniel Thomas MIA at Buf
69.Jermaine Gresham CIN at KC
70.Dwayne Allen IND at NE
71.*Owen Daniels HOU vs. Jac
Note: (Hip) Inactive Sunday night, but likely to return this week. Limited practice Thursday. *** Expected to play. ***
72.Lance Moore NO at Oak
73.Mike Williams TB at Car
74.*Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. NO
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday. *** Listed as questionable after missing practice Friday. Game-time decision. ***
75.Emmanuel Sanders PIT vs. Bal
76.*Brian Hartline MIA at Buf
Note: (Knee) Fully practiced Tuesday.
77.*Jeremy Maclin PHI at Was
Note: Suffered a lower back injury in the first quarter of the loss to Dallas. Full practice Wednesday. *** Listed as probable. ***
78.Ryan Broyles DET vs. GB
79.Anquan Boldin BAL at Pit
80.Danario Alexander SD at Den
81.T.Y. Hilton IND at NE
82.Davone Bess MIA at Buf
83.Andrew Hawkins CIN at KC
84.Vernon Davis SF vs. Chi
Note: Another mediocre at best game. I really thought that he, and the Niners offense generally, had turned a corner after the playoffs last year. Maybe not-so-much - and the injury to Alex Smith certainly doesn't help.
85.Greg Olsen CAR vs. TB
86.Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. GB
87.*Donald Brown IND at NE
Note: (Knee) Listed as day-to-day after splitting carries relatively evenly last Thursday. Did not practice this Thursday. *** Listed as probable. ***
88.*Jonathan Dwyer PIT vs. Bal
Note: (Quad) Got twice as many touches than Redman on Monday night, thanks to Redman's fumble. All bets are off with news that Mendenhall could start. *** Mendenhall the confirmed starter. ***
89.*Mark Ingram NO at Oak
Note: Sproles' potential return clouds all Saints RB projections.
90.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. Ari
91.Joique Bell DET vs. GB
92.Kendall Hunter SF vs. Chi
93.*Alex Green GB at Det
Note: *** Lost the starting job to Starks, missed practice Friday to rest his knee. ***
94.*Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. SD
Note: I wouldn't be surprised to see Hillman get more work this week, after two more fumbles from McGahee.

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Ind
2.Matt Bryant ATL vs. Ari
3.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. NO
4.Greg Zuerlein STL vs. NYJ
5.Nick Novak SD at Den
6.Mason Crosby GB at Det
7.Justin Tucker BAL at Pit
8.Jason Hanson DET vs. GB
9.Connor Barth TB at Car
10.Matt Prater DEN vs. SD
Note: Had his first miss of the season. Back at altitude this week.
11.David Akers SF vs. Chi
Note: Akers' uneven season continues - missed a potential game-winning 41-yarder in overtime.
12.Shaun Suisham PIT vs. Bal
13.Robbie Gould CHI at SF
14.Mike Nugent CIN at KC
15.Adam Vinatieri IND at NE
16.Dan Carpenter MIA at Buf
17.Shayne Graham HOU vs. Jac
18.Jay Feely ARZ at Atl
19.Alex Henery PHI at Was
Note: Biffed an extra point that could have put the Eagles within seven late, but then another defensive TD by Dallas made it a moot point.
20.Garrett Hartley NO at Oak
21.Dan Bailey DAL vs. Cle
22.Ryan Succop KC vs. Cin
Note: Without Succop's miss, I think the Chiefs win the Monday night game.
23.Kai Forbath WAS vs. Phi
24.Phil Dawson CLE at Dal
25.Rian Lindell BUF vs. Mia
26.Nick Folk NYJ at StL
27.Justin Medlock CAR vs. TB
Note: Has missed his last two kicks.
28.Josh Scobee JAC at Hou

Defenses

1.*Houston Texans vs. Jac
Note: Tim Dobbins injured his shoulder Sunday night.
2.San Francisco 49ers vs. Chi
3.Chicago Bears at SF
4.Dallas Cowboys vs. Cle
5.*Denver Broncos vs. SD
Note: Elvis Dumervil is dealing with a shoulder injury.
6.*Atlanta Falcons vs. Ari
Note: Released Ray Edwards this week.
7.St. Louis Rams vs. NYJ
8.*Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Bal
Note: Ryan Clark suffered a concussion on Monday night. Troy Polamalu (calf) is doubtful - which is actually an improvement.
9.*Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Car
Note: Quincy Black is out for the season with a neck injury.
10.Cincinnati Bengals at KC
11.New York Jets at StL
12.Baltimore Ravens at Pit
13.Washington Redskins vs. Phi
14.New England Patriots vs. Ind
15.Carolina Panthers vs. TB
16.Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cin
17.Green Bay Packers at Det
18.San Diego Chargers at Den
19.Cleveland Browns at Dal
20.Miami Dolphins at Buf
21.Philadelphia Eagles at Was
22.*Buffalo Bills vs. Mia
Note: Bills are dealing with a banged up DL (Marcell Dareus and Chad Kelsay limited in practice) in advance of the Thursday game.
23.Arizona Cardinals at Atl
24.New Orleans Saints at Oak
25.*Detroit Lions vs. GB
Note: Cliff Avril has a concussion - Lions are optimistic.
26.Jacksonville Jaguars at Hou
27.*Indianapolis Colts at NE
Note: Colts should have Robert Mathis (back) return, but lost CB Jerraud Powers (toe) for the season.
28.*Oakland Raiders vs. NO
Note: Tyvon Branch (neck) is questionable.