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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.

Thursday Game: New Orleans at Atlanta.

Updated Sunday

Quarterback

1.*Peyton Manning DEN vs. TB
Note: Underwent a concussion test at halftime against the Chiefs last week but played on.
2.Tom Brady NE at Mia
3.Drew Brees NO at Atl
Note: The Saints' offensive line issues are starting to take their toll - Brees was sacked five times by the Niners.
4.Robert Griffin WAS vs. NYG
5.Matt Ryan ATL vs. NO
6.Tony Romo DAL vs. Phi
7.Matthew Stafford DET vs. Ind
8.Aaron Rodgers GB vs. Min
Note: Had very little time to throw against the Giants.
9.Eli Manning NYG at Was
Note: Threw only 30 passes because the Giants were blowing out the Packers, but he seemed back to normal.
10.*Cam Newton CAR at KC
Note: The Eagles' secondary was quite the slump-buster Monday night. Sore ankle, but full practice Wednesday. *** Listed as probable with a sore wrist. ***
11.*Andrew Luck IND at Det
Note: (Knee) Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
12.*Colin Kaepernick SF at StL
Note: Coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't yet announced a starter for this week, but it's hard to imagine it not being Kaepernick at this point. Confirmed starter for this week.
13.Matt Schaub HOU at Ten
Note: Throwing more often with the defense not as stout.
14.Andy Dalton CIN at SD
15.Jake Locker TEN vs. Hou
Note: All things considered, Locker's performance against the Jaguars was disappointing - too little, too late, all too often forcing the Titans to settle for field goals, though one drop by Nate Washington didn't help much.
16.Philip Rivers SD vs. Cin
17.Ryan Tannehill MIA vs. NE
18.*Carson Palmer OAK vs. Cle
Note: The Raiders are starting to discuss the possibility of using Terrelle Pryor, who previously has been inactive in every game this year. A change in the starting role probably won't happen yet and maybe not at all this season, but still, this bodes ill for Palmer. Limited in practice Thursday with a sore thumb. *** Palmer took all of the first-team reps Friday and is expected to start. Meanwhile, Pryor will be active for the first time all season, though he's at most expected to see 2-3 snaps. ***
19.Jay Cutler CHI vs. Sea
Note: Might get to face the Seahawks with half their starting secondary suspended.
20.Josh Freeman TB at Den
21.Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. Jac
Note: *** Could be windy in Buffalo today. ***
22.Chad Henne JAC at Buf
Note: Averaged 10 yards per attempt against the Titans. Has another reasonable matchup this week against Buffalo. *** Could be windy in Buffalo today. ***
23.Joe Flacco BAL vs. Pit
24.Christian Ponder MIN at GB
25.*Mark Sanchez NYJ vs. Ari
Note: Didn't get benched at all despite the blowout last week because Tim Tebow was unavailable due to a rib injury. Tebow should be available this week.
26.*Brandon Weeden CLE at Oak
Note: Suffered a concussion against the Steelers, but 'he's fine' according to coach Shurmur. Cleared to practice Wednesday, in line to start Sunday. *** Officially listed as probable. ***
27.Sam Bradford STL vs. SF
Note: Threw just 17 passes in the win over Arizona. Had his original offensive line for an entire game for the first time all year.
28.Russell Wilson SEA at Chi
29.*Nick Foles PHI at Dal
Note: Likely to start again this week on Sunday night. Vick still not practicing, so Foles almost certainly will start again. *** Vick is officially out. ***
30.Brady Quinn KC vs. Car
31.*Charlie Batch PIT at Bal
Note: The Steelers are planning as if Batch will start while leaving the window open for Big Ben to return.
32.*Ryan Lindley ARZ at NYJ
Note: Will get another start this week despite throwing four interceptions last week.
33.*Alex Smith SF at StL
Note: Smith believes he should be the starter still, and he may not be wrong, but it's unlikely that he will start.
34.*Ben Roethlisberger PIT at Bal
Note: Has expressed a desire to return this week, but for now the team will plan as if Batch will start. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 'it doesn't look good' for Roethlisberger's return. *** Officially ruled out, as is Leftwich. ***
35.*Michael Vick PHI at Dal
Note: Still hasn't passed the final stage of the league's concussion protocol. It wouldn't be a surprise if he sat out again this week. Still hasn't passed the protocol, still not practicing. *** Officially out again this week. ***

Running Backs

1.*Adrian Peterson MIN at GB
Note: Suffered a shoulder strain against the Bears last week. Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
2.Trent Richardson CLE at Oak
Note: I know his YPC weren't good against the Steelers, but if the Raiders' run defense last week was any indication, Richardson should go nuts this week.
3.Arian Foster HOU at Ten
4.Doug Martin TB at Den
5.Chris Johnson TEN vs. Hou
6.*Bryce Brown PHI at Dal
Note: Good bet to start again this week. McCoy is still in Stage One of his recovery from his concussion.
7.C.J. Spiller BUF vs. Jac
Note: Spiller just had 14 carries last week (though Fred Jackson had only six) - he only averaged 7.6 yards per carry, I can see why the Bills would want to keep him under wraps. Wait, what?
8.Ray Rice BAL vs. Pit
Note: Everyone will remember Rice's 4th-and-29 conversion, nobody will remember that for the second time this season, earlier in the game the Ravens didn't have Rice in the game in a critical 4th-and-short yardage situation.
9.Alfred Morris WAS vs. NYG
10.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at Chi
Note: (Back) Limited practice Wednesday. Nothing new here.
11.Frank Gore SF at StL
12.Jamaal Charles KC vs. Car
13.*Mikel Leshoure DET vs. Ind
Note: (Ankle) Practiced Thursday after sitting out Wednesday.
14.*Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at Was
Note: (Foot) Didn't practice Thursday, rode the stationary bike on the side instead. Pretty much the standard operating procedure these days. *** Officially listed as probable. ***
15.Stevan Ridley NE at Mia
16.*Marcel Reece OAK vs. Cle
Note: What happens to Reece when McFadden and/or Goodson return? He had a combined 103 yards against the Bengals. The Raiders said that Reece would work as a tailback in this game even with McFadden probably returning. For now we're still going to keep him above McFadden. *** Moved back up with the speculation from ESPN's Adam Schefter that McFadden won't play. ***
17.*Jonathan Dwyer PIT at Bal
Note: 'You get a fumble.' Dwyer lost a fumble last week, but he's been named the starter for this week against the Ravens and will get the bulk of the carries.
18.*BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN at SD
Note: *** Added to the injury report with an ankle injury but listed as probable. ***
19.*Steven Jackson STL vs. SF
Note: (Foot) Given the day off Wednesday, described as a day of rest. Likely the same as last week.
20.Ryan Mathews SD vs. Cin
21.*DeAngelo Williams CAR at KC
Note: Could get more carries this week with Stewart dealing with a high ankle sprain. *** Stewart officially out. ***
22.Reggie Bush MIA vs. NE
23.*Rashad Jennings JAC at Buf
Note: Likely starting again this week with Parmele out and MJD a long shot to play.
24.Shonn Greene NYJ vs. Ari
25.*Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. TB
Note: Moreno had 55 snaps compared to just seven for Hillman last week.
26.*Matt Forte CHI vs. Sea
Note: Re-injured his right ankle against the Vikings. The Bears say it's not a long-term concern, but his status against the Seahawks is in doubt. Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. Honestly, I have no idea what to expect yet. *** Officially listed as probable. ***
27.*Beanie Wells ARZ at NYJ
Note: Wells had two touchdowns as the primary back for the Cardinals, but also averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. He and Shonn Greene make a nice match for a running into the pile contest this week. Limited Wednesday with a sore knee. *** Officially listed as questionable, but expected to play. ***
28.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. NO
29.Daniel Thomas MIA vs. NE
30.*Michael Turner ATL vs. NO
Note: On the field for fewer snaps than Jacquizz Rodgers last week, and far less effective with his carries.
31.Vick Ballard IND at Det
Note: Ballard had a disappointing game in a good matchup against the Bills last week.
32.*James Starks GB vs. Min
Note: Some job security with Cedric Benson undergoing surgery and out for the year.
33.*DeMarco Murray DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Foot) Still no prognosis on whether he'll be able to play. Able to practice Thursday and looked good - could play Sunday night. *** Active but in a limited role, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. ***
34.Darren Sproles NO at Atl
35.Chris Ivory NO at Atl
36.Shane Vereen NE at Mia
Note: Perhaps the most surreal offensive (as opposed to the resulting two defensive scores for the Pats) touchdown of the week came on Vereen's 83-yard reception, which was a simple pass in the flats that led to him going untouched down the sideline. What sort of blown defense do you have where that can happen?
37.Fred Jackson BUF vs. Jac
Note: More snaps than Spiller last week, but far fewer carries. Chan Gailey suggested that arrangement would remain this week.
38.*Michael Bush CHI vs. Sea
Note: Had two scores even before Forte got hurt last week. Now he'll probably be the starter against the Seahawks. *** Forte now officially listed as probable, sinking Bush's value. ***
39.Donald Brown IND at Det
40.Bilal Powell NYJ vs. Ari
41.*Felix Jones DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Knee) Jones had just six carries, although Lance Dunbar had just one. Once the Cowboys fell behind they completely abandoned the running game. Outlook murky with Murray possibly returning this week. *** Officially listed as questionable. ***
42.*Cedric Peerman CIN at SD
Note: (Neck) Full practice Thursday. *** Officially listed as probable. ***
43.Bernard Pierce BAL vs. Pit
44.Robert Turbin SEA at Chi
45.*Anthony Dixon SF at StL
Note: Gore's backup with Kendall Hunter out for the year.
46.Ronnie Brown SD vs. Cin
47.Mark Ingram NO at Atl
48.*Isaac Redman PIT at Bal
Note: '... and you get a fumble....' Redman played just five snaps last week, but is listed as second on the depth chart behind Dwyer.
49.Joique Bell DET vs. Ind
50.Daryl Richardson STL vs. SF
51.*Ben Tate HOU at Ten
Note: Declared that his hamstring is '100 percent' now and can't see a reason why he wouldn't play. Fully participated in practice Wednesday.
52.*Darren McFadden OAK vs. Cle
Note: (Ankle) Several Raiders believe McFadden is ready to return this week. We'll wait until he practices before bumping him up. Practiced Wednesday and Thursday, though he was limited Thursday. But it sounds as if he'll play. *** According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, McFadden is unlikely to play. This obviously isn't directly from the Raiders, but it's enough for me to downgrade him and put Reece back up. You'd better have some game-time flexibility to replace him if you want to try to play him. ***
53.Justin Forsett HOU at Ten
54.*Alex Green GB vs. Min
Note: Some job security with Cedric Benson undergoing surgery and out for the year.
55.Peyton Hillis KC vs. Car
56.*David Wilson NYG at Was
Note: Could have a bigger role with Andre Brown, but might not necessarily take over his goal line duties.
57.Montario Hardesty CLE at Oak
58.*William Powell ARZ at NYJ
Note: Took over the third down duties last week with LSH's rib injury limiting him. (Shoulder) Limited Wednesday.
59.Jackie Battle SD vs. Cin
60.Lance Dunbar DAL vs. Phi
61.*Rashard Mendenhall PIT at Bal
Note: '... and you get a fumble.' Two fumbles while playing just eight snaps against the Browns last week equals a trip to the doghouse.
62.*Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. TB
Note: Really surprising that he didn't start or factor much in the carries against the Chiefs. Have to bury him barring an injury to Moreno after that.
63.Danny Woodhead NE at Mia
64.Pierre Thomas NO at Atl
Note: Buried on the depth chart with Sproles back. Somehow the Saints can't get over their insistence on playing Mark Ingram so much.
65.Lance Ball DEN vs. TB
Note: Nary a touch in the win over the Chiefs.
66.LeGarrette Blount TB at Den
67.Jeremy Stewart OAK vs. Cle
Note: Passed Taiwan Jones on the Raiders' depth chart.
68.Toby Gerhart MIN at GB
69.Evan Royster WAS vs. NYG
70.Delone Carter IND at Det
71.*Chris Rainey PIT at Bal
Note: '... and you get a fumble.' Rainey was the fourth Steelers running back to lose a fumble, and fumbled out of bounds earlier. He also had a rushing touchdown, but Jonathan Dwyer will start and get the bulk of the carries this week.
72.Phillip Tanner DAL vs. Phi
73.Shaun Draughn KC vs. Car
74.Mike Tolbert CAR at KC
75.*Mike Goodson OAK vs. Cle
Note: (Ankle) Limited participant in Thursday's practice. Could be third string now, though, with the emergence of Reece and the news that the Raiders still plan to use him at tailback. *** Officially listed as questionable. ***
76.Brian Leonard CIN at SD
77.*Jonathan Stewart CAR at KC
Note: Suffered a high ankle sprain Monday night. Did not practice Thursday. *** Officially out, did not make the trip. ***
78.*Joe McKnight NYJ vs. Ari
79.*LaRod Stephens-Howling ARZ at NYJ
Note: (Sore ribs) Only one carry against the Rams last week. Not on the initial injury report.
80.*Jamie Harper TEN vs. Hou
Note: *** Officially listed as questionable, but unlikely to play. ***
81.*LeSean McCoy PHI at Dal
Note: (Concussion) Improving but unlikely to play again this week. Still in stage one of his recovery from his concussion.
82.*Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at Buf
Note: (Foot) A long shot to play again this week.
83.*Andre Brown NYG at Was
Note: Broken fibula, out until the playoffs at least.
84.*Kendall Hunter SF at StL
Note: Torn Achilles' tendon, out for the year.
85.*Jalen Parmele JAC at Buf
Note: (Groin) Placed on IR by the Jaguars.

Wide Receivers

1.*Calvin Johnson DET vs. Ind
Note: (Thumb) Limited in practice Thursday.
2.A.J. Green CIN at SD
3.Reggie Wayne IND at Det
4.Roddy White ATL vs. NO
5.*Andre Johnson HOU at Ten
Note: (Groin) Limited in practice Thursday. *** Full practice Friday. ***
6.Dez Bryant DAL vs. Phi
7.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. TB
8.Victor Cruz NYG at Was
9.Brandon Marshall CHI vs. Sea
10.*Marques Colston NO at Atl
Note: (Neck) Briefly left last week after a big hit, passed a concussion test in the locker room.
11.Hakeem Nicks NYG at Was
12.Vincent Jackson TB at Den
13.Julio Jones ATL vs. NO
Note: Ankle concerns were blown out of proportion by me, apparently - benched him in three leagues, much to my chagrin.
14.Jordy Nelson GB vs. Min
15.Steve Johnson BUF vs. Jac
16.*Wes Welker NE at Mia
Note: (Ankle) Limited as usual in Thursday's practice.
17.*Pierre Garcon WAS vs. NYG
Note: (Foot) Full participant in practice this week.
18.Randall Cobb GB vs. Min
19.*Cecil Shorts JAC at Buf
Note: (Hamstring) New addition to the injury report - did not practice Thursday. *** Returned to practice Friday and is active. ***
20.Steve Smith CAR at KC
21.Lance Moore NO at Atl
22.Denarius Moore OAK vs. Cle
23.Michael Crabtree SF at StL
24.*Torrey Smith BAL vs. Pit
Note: (Thigh) Full practice Thursday.
25.*Danario Alexander SD vs. Cin
Note: Led the Chargers in receiving yards last week, but suffered a thigh injury in the game. Able to practice Wednesday.
26.Ryan Broyles DET vs. Ind
27.Golden Tate SEA at Chi
28.Malcom Floyd SD vs. Cin
29.*Justin Blackmon JAC at Buf
Note: (Groin) New addition to the injury report - did not practice Thursday. *** Returned to practice Friday and is active. ***
30.Eric Decker DEN vs. TB
31.*T.Y. Hilton IND at Det
Note: Came back from a nasty hit on a punt return to later catch a touchdown pass.
32.*Greg Jennings GB vs. Min
Note: (Groin) The Packers expect that Jennings will practice fully this week and return to action against the Vikes. Full practice Thursday, will play this week.
33.*Jeremy Maclin PHI at Dal
Note: Will be the primary target for Foles this week with DeSean Jackson out for the season.
34.Davone Bess MIA vs. NE
35.Sidney Rice SEA at Chi
36.Brandon Lloyd NE at Mia
37.*Nate Washington TEN vs. Hou
Note: *** Texans won't have Jonathan Joseph to defend him. ***
38.Chris Givens STL vs. SF
Note: Huge game, likely on the bench for most of his owners. ***More targets again this week with Amendola out?***
39.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. Car
Note: Had just four receptions against the Broncos despite 12 targets from Brady Quinn.
40.*Mike Wallace PIT at Bal
Note: Listed as a co-starter alongside Emmanuel Sanders, with Antonio Brown expected to start at the other spot upon his return.
41.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at NYJ
42.Santana Moss WAS vs. NYG
43.Brandon LaFell CAR at KC
44.Anquan Boldin BAL vs. Pit
45.*Andrew Hawkins CIN at SD
Note: (Knee) Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Practiced Friday, listed as probable, back to a big role with Mohamed Sanu out. ***
46.Antonio Brown PIT at Bal
47.Jarius Wright MIN at GB
Note: No big plays against the Bears, but seven catches on 10 targets last week.
48.*Emmanuel Sanders PIT at Bal
Note: Listed as a co-starter alongside Mike Wallace, with Antonio Brown expected to start at the other spot upon his return.
49.Brandon Gibson STL vs. SF
50.Kendall Wright TEN vs. Hou
51.Brian Hartline MIA vs. NE
52.*Miles Austin DAL vs. Phi
Note: Sat out most of the Thanksgiving loss to the Redskins with a hip flexor injury. Limited in practice Thursday - looks like he might able to play. *** Listed as questionable, but expected to play despite being limited at practice all week. ***
53.*Mario Manningham SF at StL
Note: Frequent target for Kaepernick, and could get more looks with Kyle Williams out for the year.
54.*Kenny Britt TEN vs. Hou
Note: *** (Knee) Maybe gets a few more targets with a new offensive coordinator? I don't think the changes have an immediate impact. More likely to kick in next year. ***
55.*Riley Cooper PHI at Dal
Note: Could get more looks with DeSean Jackson out.
56.James Jones GB vs. Min
Note: Went without a target last week against the Giants last week.
57.*Dwayne Harris DAL vs. Phi
Note: Could get a lot of targets against a shaky Eagles secondary if Austin can't go.
58.Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. Cle
Note: Blanked by the Bengals last week.
59.*Jeremy Kerley NYJ vs. Ari
Note: (Hamstring/Heel/Illness) Full practice Thursday. *** Officially active. ***
60.Mike Williams TB at Den
61.*Donnie Avery IND at Det
Note: (Concussion) Was able to go last week and had eight targets.
62.Greg Little CLE at Oak
63.Josh Gordon CLE at Oak
64.Rueben Randle NYG at Was
Note: Only two targets last week, but one of them was in the end zone.
65.*Dexter McCluster KC vs. Car
Note: Suffered a head injury in the loss to the Broncos. Limited Thursday. *** Listed as probable. ***
66.Joseph Morgan NO at Atl
67.*Julian Edelman NE at Mia
Note: Left with a head injury Thanksgiving night. Limited practice Thursday. *** Officially active. ***
68.Randy Moss SF at StL
69.Kevin Walter HOU at Ten
70.Mike Thomas DET vs. Ind
71.Devery Henderson NO at Atl
72.*Chaz Schilens NYJ vs. Ari
Note: (Concussion) Limited practice Thursday.
73.*Jason Avant PHI at Dal
Note: (Hamstring) Full practice Thursday. *** Probable for Sunday night. ***
74.*Brandon Stokley DEN vs. TB
Note: (Wrist/hip) Limited Thursday. *** Officially listed as questionable. ***
75.Tiquan Underwood TB at Den
76.Stephen Hill NYJ vs. Ari
77.*Jacoby Jones BAL vs. Pit
Note: (Ankle) Even though he caught a season-high five passes against the Chargers, he's starting to lose snaps to Tandon Doss. Did not practice Thursday.
78.Jon Baldwin KC vs. Car
79.*Jerome Simpson MIN at GB
Note: Targeted five times but had three drops, and was on the sidelines late when the Vikes were running their two-minute drill.
80.Michael Floyd ARZ at NYJ
81.Leonard Hankerson WAS vs. NYG
82.Harry Douglas ATL vs. NO
83.Earl Bennett CHI vs. Sea
Note: The Bears are down to just three healthy wide receivers.
84.Lavon Brazill IND at Det
85.Josh Morgan WAS vs. NYG
86.Doug Baldwin SEA at Chi
87.*Eddie Royal SD vs. Cin
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday.
88.*Plaxico Burress PIT at Bal
89.*Donald Jones BUF vs. Jac
Note: *** (Calf) Did not practice Friday, might not be active this week. ***
90.*Devin Hester CHI vs. Sea
Note: Knocked out of last week's game with a concussion. Officially ruled out this week.
91.*Domenik Hixon NYG at Was
Note: (Ankle) Limited in practice Thursday. ***Officially listed as questionable. ***
92.*Danny Amendola STL vs. SF
Note: (Foot) Sat out the second half with recurring soreness, played just seven snaps. Sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday. *** Inactive this week. ***
93.*Kevin Ogletree DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Concussion) Hopes to resume practicing Wednesday.
94.*Jerricho Cotchery PIT at Bal
95.*Titus Young DET vs. Ind
Note: Still not with the team for their practice Tuesday after being suspended on Thanksgiving.
96.*Mohamed Sanu CIN at SD
Note: Two touchdowns, nine targets last week. Even when Hawkins returns, he's going to be a big part of the offense. Injured his foot in Thursday's practice and was limited. *** Might undergo surgery Monday and be out for the season. Huge bad break. ***
97.*Percy Harvin MIN at GB
Note: (Ankle) Still not timetable to return. Did not practice Thursday, was barely able to jog. *** Did not travel with the team. ***
98.*Andre Roberts ARZ at NYJ
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Wednesday. *** Inactive this week. ***
99.*Kyle Williams SF at StL
Note: (Knee) Placed on IR on Tuesday.
100.*DeSean Jackson PHI at Dal
Note: (Ribs) Out for the season, placed on the IR.

Tight Ends

1.Jimmy Graham NO at Atl
2.Jason Witten DAL vs. Phi
3.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. NO
4.*Aaron Hernandez NE at Mia
Note: (Ankle) Disappointing results, but Hernandez was on the field for 57-of-68 of the Pats' offensive snaps. Limited at practice Thursday.
5.Brandon Myers OAK vs. Cle
6.Jermaine Gresham CIN at SD
7.Dustin Keller NYJ vs. Ari
8.Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. Ind
9.*Owen Daniels HOU at Ten
Note: (Back) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
10.Vernon Davis SF at StL
Note: No official catches last week - had one overturned by penalty. Guess it wasn't Alex Smith's fault after all.
11.Dennis Pitta BAL vs. Pit
Note: Nine targets and a touchdown against the Chargers. Could be huge if Dickson can't go this week.
12.Greg Olsen CAR at KC
13.*Kyle Rudolph MIN at GB
Note: Suffered a concussion in the loss to the Bears. Passed all of his concussion tests but still has to deal with a shoulder injury. Limited Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, will play Sunday.***
14.Joel Dreessen DEN vs. TB
15.Heath Miller PIT at Bal
16.Dallas Clark TB at Den
17.Jermichael Finley GB vs. Min
18.Antonio Gates SD vs. Cin
19.*Dwayne Allen IND at Det
Note: Coby Fleener could return this week.
20.Marcedes Lewis JAC at Buf
21.*Scott Chandler BUF vs. Jac
Note: *** (Groin) Active this week. ***
22.Brent Celek PHI at Dal
23.Jared Cook TEN vs. Hou
24.Martellus Bennett NYG at Was
25.Tony Moeaki KC vs. Car
26.Logan Paulsen WAS vs. NYG
27.Lance Kendricks STL vs. SF
28.Visanthe Shiancoe NE at Mia
29.Jacob Tamme DEN vs. TB
30.Rob Housler ARZ at NYJ
31.*Coby Fleener IND at Det
Note: (Shoulder) Might return this week. Full participant Wednesday. ***Will return this weke after missing four games.***
32.Zach Miller SEA at Chi
33.Tony Scheffler DET vs. Ind
34.Ben Watson CLE at Oak
35.*Anthony Fasano MIA vs. NE
Note: (Hip) Just one target last week. Limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Listed as probable. ***
36.*Garrett Graham HOU at Ten
Note: Suffered a shoulder injury on Thanksgiving.
37.*Delanie Walker SF at StL
Note: Suffered a hip injury in the win over the Saints. Returned to practice Thursday.
38.*Ed Dickson BAL vs. Pit
Note: Bruised/sprained knee. ***Listed as doubtful.***
39.*David Thomas NO at Atl
Note: No targets for four weeks, then four catches and a touchdown last week. Dealing with a knee injury this week. Inactive Thursday.
40.*Rob Gronkowski NE at Mia

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.*Calvin Johnson DET vs. Ind
Note: (Thumb) Limited in practice Thursday.
2.A.J. Green CIN at SD
3.*Adrian Peterson MIN at GB
Note: Suffered a shoulder strain against the Bears last week. Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
4.Trent Richardson CLE at Oak
Note: I know his YPC weren't good against the Steelers, but if the Raiders' run defense last week was any indication, Richardson should go nuts this week.
5.Arian Foster HOU at Ten
6.Doug Martin TB at Den
7.Reggie Wayne IND at Det
8.Roddy White ATL vs. NO
9.*Andre Johnson HOU at Ten
Note: (Groin) Limited in practice Thursday. *** Full practice Friday. ***
10.Dez Bryant DAL vs. Phi
11.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. TB
12.Victor Cruz NYG at Was
13.Chris Johnson TEN vs. Hou
14.*Bryce Brown PHI at Dal
Note: Good bet to start again this week. McCoy is still in Stage One of his recovery from his concussion.
15.C.J. Spiller BUF vs. Jac
Note: Spiller just had 14 carries last week (though Fred Jackson had only six) - he only averaged 7.6 yards per carry, I can see why the Bills would want to keep him under wraps. Wait, what?
16.Ray Rice BAL vs. Pit
Note: Everyone will remember Rice's 4th-and-29 conversion, nobody will remember that for the second time this season, earlier in the game the Ravens didn't have Rice in the game in a critical 4th-and-short yardage situation.
17.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at Chi
Note: (Back) Limited practice Wednesday. Nothing new here.
18.Frank Gore SF at StL
19.Jimmy Graham NO at Atl
20.Brandon Marshall CHI vs. Sea
21.*Marques Colston NO at Atl
Note: (Neck) Briefly left last week after a big hit, passed a concussion test in the locker room.
22.Hakeem Nicks NYG at Was
23.Vincent Jackson TB at Den
24.Julio Jones ATL vs. NO
Note: Ankle concerns were blown out of proportion by me, apparently - benched him in three leagues, much to my chagrin.
25.Jamaal Charles KC vs. Car
26.*Mikel Leshoure DET vs. Ind
Note: (Ankle) Practiced Thursday after sitting out Wednesday.
27.*Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at Was
Note: (Foot) Didn't practice Thursday, rode the stationary bike on the side instead. Pretty much the standard operating procedure these days. *** Officially listed as probable. ***
28.Jason Witten DAL vs. Phi
29.Jordy Nelson GB vs. Min
30.*Wes Welker NE at Mia
Note: (Ankle) Limited as usual in Thursday's practice.
31.Steve Johnson BUF vs. Jac
32.Randall Cobb GB vs. Min
33.Alfred Morris WAS vs. NYG
34.Darren Sproles NO at Atl
35.*Steven Jackson STL vs. SF
Note: (Foot) Given the day off Wednesday, described as a day of rest. Likely the same as last week.
36.Ryan Mathews SD vs. Cin
37.*Michael Bush CHI vs. Sea
Note: Had two scores even before Forte got hurt last week. Now he'll probably be the starter against the Seahawks. *** Forte now officially listed as probable, sinking Bush's value. ***
38.Reggie Bush MIA vs. NE
39.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. NO
40.*Aaron Hernandez NE at Mia
Note: (Ankle) Disappointing results, but Hernandez was on the field for 57-of-68 of the Pats' offensive snaps. Limited at practice Thursday.
41.*Cecil Shorts JAC at Buf
Note: (Hamstring) New addition to the injury report - did not practice Thursday. *** Returned to practice Friday and is active. ***
42.Steve Smith CAR at KC
43.Lance Moore NO at Atl
44.Denarius Moore OAK vs. Cle
45.Michael Crabtree SF at StL
46.*Torrey Smith BAL vs. Pit
Note: (Thigh) Full practice Thursday.
47.*Marcel Reece OAK vs. Cle
Note: What happens to Reece when McFadden and/or Goodson return? He had a combined 103 yards against the Bengals. The Raiders said that Reece would work as a tailback in this game even with McFadden probably returning. For now we're still going to keep him above McFadden. *** Moved back up with the speculation from ESPN's Adam Schefter that McFadden won't play. ***
48.*BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN at SD
Note: *** Added to the injury report with an ankle injury but listed as probable. ***
49.Stevan Ridley NE at Mia
50.*Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. TB
Note: Moreno had 55 snaps compared to just seven for Hillman last week.
51.*Felix Jones DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Knee) Jones had just six carries, although Lance Dunbar had just one. Once the Cowboys fell behind they completely abandoned the running game. Outlook murky with Murray possibly returning this week. *** Officially listed as questionable. ***
52.Brandon Myers OAK vs. Cle
53.Jermaine Gresham CIN at SD
54.*Danario Alexander SD vs. Cin
Note: Led the Chargers in receiving yards last week, but suffered a thigh injury in the game. Able to practice Wednesday.
55.Ryan Broyles DET vs. Ind
56.Golden Tate SEA at Chi
57.Malcom Floyd SD vs. Cin
58.*Justin Blackmon JAC at Buf
Note: (Groin) New addition to the injury report - did not practice Thursday. *** Returned to practice Friday and is active. ***
59.Eric Decker DEN vs. TB
60.*T.Y. Hilton IND at Det
Note: Came back from a nasty hit on a punt return to later catch a touchdown pass.
61.*Pierre Garcon WAS vs. NYG
Note: (Foot) Full participant in practice this week.
62.*Jeremy Maclin PHI at Dal
Note: Will be the primary target for Foles this week with DeSean Jackson out for the season.
63.Davone Bess MIA vs. NE
64.*Rashad Jennings JAC at Buf
Note: Likely starting again this week with Parmele out and MJD a long shot to play.
65.*DeAngelo Williams CAR at KC
Note: Could get more carries this week with Stewart dealing with a high ankle sprain. *** Stewart officially out. ***
66.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. NO
67.*Jonathan Dwyer PIT at Bal
Note: 'You get a fumble.' Dwyer lost a fumble last week, but he's been named the starter for this week against the Ravens and will get the bulk of the carries.
68.Shonn Greene NYJ vs. Ari
69.*Beanie Wells ARZ at NYJ
Note: Wells had two touchdowns as the primary back for the Cardinals, but also averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. He and Shonn Greene make a nice match for a running into the pile contest this week. Limited Wednesday with a sore knee. *** Officially listed as questionable, but expected to play. ***
70.Sidney Rice SEA at Chi
71.Brandon Lloyd NE at Mia
72.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. Car
Note: Had just four receptions against the Broncos despite 12 targets from Brady Quinn.
73.*Mike Wallace PIT at Bal
Note: Listed as a co-starter alongside Emmanuel Sanders, with Antonio Brown expected to start at the other spot upon his return.
74.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at NYJ
75.*Donald Jones BUF vs. Jac
Note: *** (Calf) Did not practice Friday, might not be active this week. ***
76.Santana Moss WAS vs. NYG
77.Brandon LaFell CAR at KC
78.Anquan Boldin BAL vs. Pit
79.Antonio Brown PIT at Bal
80.*Emmanuel Sanders PIT at Bal
Note: Listed as a co-starter alongside Mike Wallace, with Antonio Brown expected to start at the other spot upon his return.
81.Dustin Keller NYJ vs. Ari
82.Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. Ind
83.*Owen Daniels HOU at Ten
Note: (Back) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
84.Vernon Davis SF at StL
Note: No official catches last week - had one overturned by penalty. Guess it wasn't Alex Smith's fault after all.
85.Dennis Pitta BAL vs. Pit
Note: Nine targets and a touchdown against the Chargers. Could be huge if Dickson can't go this week.
86.Greg Olsen CAR at KC
87.Daniel Thomas MIA vs. NE
88.Vick Ballard IND at Det
Note: Ballard had a disappointing game in a good matchup against the Bills last week.
89.*James Starks GB vs. Min
Note: Some job security with Cedric Benson undergoing surgery and out for the year.
90.Shane Vereen NE at Mia
Note: Perhaps the most surreal offensive (as opposed to the resulting two defensive scores for the Pats) touchdown of the week came on Vereen's 83-yard reception, which was a simple pass in the flats that led to him going untouched down the sideline. What sort of blown defense do you have where that can happen?
91.Fred Jackson BUF vs. Jac
Note: More snaps than Spiller last week, but far fewer carries. Chan Gailey suggested that arrangement would remain this week.
92.*Michael Turner ATL vs. NO
Note: On the field for fewer snaps than Jacquizz Rodgers last week, and far less effective with his carries.
93.Chris Ivory NO at Atl

Kickers

1.Lawrence Tynes NYG at Was
2.Stephen Gostkowski NE at Mia
3.Matt Bryant ATL vs. NO
Note: Had perhaps the worst shank of the day, which is saying something, as there were misses all over the place Sunday.
4.Connor Barth TB at Den
5.Justin Tucker BAL vs. Pit
6.Blair Walsh MIN at GB
7.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. Cle
8.Alex Henery PHI at Dal
Note: Only one miss all season.
9.Jason Hanson DET vs. Ind
Note: Missed a potential game-winning 47-yarder ... on third down. Note to self - try to get in a poker game with Jim Schwartz. Put him on tilt. Profit.
10.Matt Prater DEN vs. TB
Note: Two bad misses against the Chiefs, on a Bad Kicker Day in the NFL.
11.Shayne Graham HOU at Ten
12.Nick Novak SD vs. Cin
13.Rob Bironas TEN vs. Hou
Note: This week's beneficiary of a team stalling out in the red zone. Still, he got the Kickers Union memo and added his token miss.
14.Mason Crosby GB vs. Min
Note: Mike McCarthy chose to have Crosby try a 55-yarder instead of going for it on 4th-and-5, because ... ha ha ha, there's no good reason for that in the first half of a game, ever.
15.Greg Zuerlein STL vs. SF
16.Rian Lindell BUF vs. Jac
17.Robbie Gould CHI vs. Sea
18.Steven Hauschka SEA at Chi
19.Adam Vinatieri IND at Det
20.David Akers SF at StL
Note: Two more misses Sunday (one of which was a block). Limited Wednesday with a pelvis injury. ***Active Sunday.***
21.Dan Carpenter MIA vs. NE
22.Shaun Suisham PIT at Bal
23.Josh Scobee JAC at Buf
24.Jay Feely ARZ at NYJ
25.Phil Dawson CLE at Oak
26.Garrett Hartley NO at Atl
27.Dan Bailey DAL vs. Phi
28.Ryan Succop KC vs. Car
29.Mike Nugent CIN at SD
30.Kai Forbath WAS vs. NYG
31.Nick Folk NYJ vs. Ari
32.Graham Gano CAR at KC
Note: Missed an extra point Monday night. Don't ever change.

Defenses

1.*Chicago Bears vs. Sea
Note: Charles Tillman suffered a chipped bone in his foot, but still may play this week.
2.Baltimore Ravens vs. Pit
3.Dallas Cowboys vs. Phi
4.San Francisco 49ers at StL
5.Denver Broncos vs. TB
6.*Pittsburgh Steelers at Bal
Note: Troy Polamalu (calf) will practice this week. Meanwhile, LaMarr Woodley is doubtful with an ankle injury.
7.Carolina Panthers at KC
8.New York Jets vs. Ari
9.New England Patriots at Mia
10.Cincinnati Bengals at SD
11.*Seattle Seahawks at Chi
Note: Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are appealing their four-game suspensions and will play against the Bears this week.
12.St. Louis Rams vs. SF
13.*New York Giants at Was
Note: Kenny Phillips tweaked his knee Sunday night - his potential absence could be damaging against RGIII.
14.*San Diego Chargers vs. Cin
Note: Atari Bigby is out for the season with a hamstring injury. Donald Butler (groin) is doubtful this week.
15.Green Bay Packers vs. Min
16.Cleveland Browns at Oak
17.Arizona Cardinals at NYJ
18.*Houston Texans at Ten
Note: Jonathan Joseph (hamstring) expects to play this week after missing the Thanksgiving game against the Lions. ***Joseph out after all.***
19.Oakland Raiders vs. Cle
20.Buffalo Bills vs. Jac
21.Minnesota Vikings at GB
22.Jacksonville Jaguars at Buf
23.*Washington Redskins vs. NYG
Note: London Fletcher (ankle) missed practice Monday. Missed practice last week and still played, though.
24.Kansas City Chiefs vs. Car
25.Miami Dolphins vs. NE
26.*Atlanta Falcons vs. NO
Note: Asante Samuel (shoulder) did not practice Tuesday.
27.*Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Den
Note: Eric Wright suspended for the next four games.
28.Detroit Lions vs. Ind
29.Indianapolis Colts at Det
30.New Orleans Saints at Atl
31.*Philadelphia Eagles at Dal
Note: The Eagles flat out cut Jason Babin after Monday night's loss.
32.Tennessee Titans vs. Hou