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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).

***CAROLINA and GREEN BAY on bye this week!!!***

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.

Typically, this article will be posted on Tuesday evenings, roughly around 6:00 pm PT.

I will update these during the week, usually twice per week to account for injury or other news during practice.

I try not to rely too much on matchups early on - personnel changes, both on the field and in the coaching staffs, dictate so much change, as does a critical injury. By all means, if you want to discuss a rank, or want me to add a player, chime in on the comments. I try to be receptive to your feedback and try to respond to most comments, though on occasion the volume can be quite thick. Please refer to the rankings first when asking "should I start Player A vs. Player B?".

I repeat, ***CAROLINA and GREEN BAY on bye this week!!!***

Sunday Update Complete

Quarterback

1.Peyton Manning DEN vs. Phi
2.Drew Brees NO vs. Mia
3.*Michael Vick PHI at Den
Note: (Ankle) Was expected to practice Tuesday. Not listed on the Broncos' initial injury report.
4.Matthew Stafford DET vs. Chi
5.*Tony Romo DAL at SD
Note: (Ribs) Not on the Cowboys' initial injury report.
6.Matt Ryan ATL vs. NE
7.Robert Griffin WAS at Oak
8.Andrew Luck IND at Jax
9.Colin Kaepernick SF at StL
Note: I thought that you could write off Week 2 because of the opponent. That excuse is gone - could it really be that the absence of Vernon Davis means that much?
10.Ben Roethlisberger PIT at Min
Note: Lost in the disaster was Big Ben's 9.9 YPA.
11.Russell Wilson SEA at Hou
12.Philip Rivers SD vs. Dal
13.Alex Smith KC vs. NYG
14.Tom Brady NE at Atl
15.Joe Flacco BAL at Buf
Note: Bumped up - really like the matchup this week.
16.Eli Manning NYG at KC
Note: What a disaster - the OL stunk, but so did Eli.
17.Sam Bradford STL vs. SF
18.*Matt Schaub HOU vs. Sea
Note: Dealing with a sore ankle, and accused of making 'bad decisions' the last two games.
19.Jay Cutler CHI at Det
20.Carson Palmer ARZ at TB
21.Andy Dalton CIN at Cle
22.Ryan Tannehill MIA at NO
Note: Took five more sacks in the win.
23.*Brian Hoyer CLE vs. Cin
Note: The 321 yards and three touchdowns look great, and by all accounts it was better than Weeden. However, he had a 5.9 YPA and threw three picks. I'll be more impressed if he looks good against the Bengals this week.
24.EJ Manuel BUF vs. Bal
25.Geno Smith NYJ at Ten
26.*Matt Flynn OAK vs. Was
Note: Filled in for a concussed Pryor at the end of the game Monday night. Hurt a little by the potential for a late-game game-time decision. *** Pryor cleared to play, but Flynn will start. For what it's worth, this is a good matchup, at least. ***
27.Jake Locker TEN vs. NYJ
28.*Mike Glennon TB vs. Ari
Note: Named the starter ahead of Josh Freeman - gets a week where his top two receivers are banged up.
29.*Matt Cassel MIN vs. Pit
Note: *** Starting against the Steelers with Ponder out with a broken rib. ***
30.*Blaine Gabbert JAC vs. Ind
Note: Named the starter this week ahead of Chad Henne.
31.*Terrelle Pryor OAK vs. Was
Note: Suffered a concussion Monday night against the Broncos. There's no update on his status yet, understandably. Was on the field but was very limited Thursday. Coach Dennis Allen indicated that this would come down to a game-time (4:25 ET) decision. *** Cleared to play, but Flynn will start. ***
32.*Christian Ponder MIN vs. Pit
Note: Had a much better fantasy game than real life game, with two rushing touchdowns but also two turnovers. Dealing with sore ribs, took fewer snaps in practice Wednesday than Matt Cassel. *** Diagnosed with a fractured rib and will not start. ***
33.*Josh Freeman TB vs. Ari
Note: Lost the starting job to Mike Glennon, now on the trade block. Good luck with that, Bucs.

Running Backs

1.Alfred Morris WAS at Oak
2.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Pit
3.*LeSean McCoy PHI at Den
Note: (Ankle) Was expected to practice Tuesday. He ran well after the second quarter injury, but with ankles it almost always seems to be the day after when you have to check on the status. Not on the injury report Wednesday.
4.Jamaal Charles KC vs. NYG
5.Doug Martin TB vs. Ari
6.DeMarco Murray DAL at SD
Note: 'Murray ... present ...' early-and-often last week.
7.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at Hou
Note: Sat out practice Wednesday for undisclosed reasons.
8.Matt Forte CHI at Det
9.Darren McFadden OAK vs. Was
Note: God Bless Garbage Time.
10.Frank Gore SF at StL
11.Trent Richardson IND at Jax
Note: Mixed opinions out there - Bradshaw saw more action and was the better back, but the Colts paid a big price to get him. How will the workload be parsed out in the future? *** Big bump up with Bradshaw out. Donald Brown will get some work, but I think this is a big week for Richardson. ***
12.*Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. Ind
Note: (Ankle) Able to gut it out last week and got some token production for his efforts. Rested Wednesday, but returned to practice Thursday. *** Active and starting this week.***
13.Arian Foster HOU vs. Sea
14.*Reggie Bush DET vs. Chi
Note: (Knee) Not shocking that Bush is more optimistic about his Week 4 status than coach Schwartz is at this point. Able to practice Wednesday and Thursday. *** Active and starting this week. ***
15.Chris Johnson TEN vs. NYJ
16.Bilal Powell NYJ at Ten
Note: Powell had a monster game against the Bills and Ivory probably won't be back this week.
17.*C.J. Spiller BUF vs. Bal
Note: Suffered a quad injury, but the Bills believe he will be fine. However, he was awful before the injury, and Fred Jackson was more effective. Full practice Thursday. *** Listed as probable. ***
18.*Ray Rice BAL at Buf
Note: (Hip) Apparently was close to playing last week. Has practiced both Wednesday and Thursday, though he was limited Thursday. *** Active and starting this week, though he may get fewer carries than normal. ***
19.Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. Phi
20.Giovani Bernard CIN at Cle
Note: Equal number of carries to BJGE last week with more production.
21.David Wilson NYG at KC
Note: At least he was the primary running back last week and looked good at times, including a touchdown run that was called back on a dubious holding penalty.
22.*Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. NE
Note: Both Rodgers and Snelling were productive in Jackson's absence - one could argue that Jackson wasn't missed much at all.
23.Joique Bell DET vs. Chi
24.Bernard Pierce BAL at Buf
25.Ryan Mathews SD vs. Dal
Note: Lost reps to Danny Woodhead and the goal line carries to Ronnie Brown.
26.*Lamar Miller MIA at NO
Note: Had a shoulder harness on Monday. Was at practice Wednesday.
27.*Stevan Ridley NE at Atl
Note: Yikes! On the field for only 26 snaps last week.
28.*Le'Veon Bell PIT at Min
Note: (Foot) Expected to make his debut this week. Full go in practice this week - my Pittsburgh radio peeps suggest he could get 15-20 touches. *** Practiced all week, listed as probable. ***
29.Fred Jackson BUF vs. Bal
30.*BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN at Cle
Note: (Ankle) Limited Wednesday, full practice Thursday. *** Full practice Friday, probable for Sunday. ***
31.*Jason Snelling ATL vs. NE
32.*Rashard Mendenhall ARZ at TB
Note: (Toe) Fewer snaps but more carries than Ellington last week. Full practice Thursday.
33.Darren Sproles NO vs. Mia
34.Ben Tate HOU vs. Sea
35.*Daryl Richardson STL vs. SF
Note: Left in the first quarter after his foot was stepped on. Limited in Monday's practice. Listed as probable.
36.Pierre Thomas NO vs. Mia
37.Andre Ellington ARZ at TB
38.Willis McGahee CLE vs. Cin
Note: Eight carries last week, compared to four for Rainey and two for Ogbonnaya. Likely to get an extended role this week.
39.*Brandon Bolden NE at Atl
Note: Now in the mix - essentially taking on the Shane Vereen role. (Knee) Limited in Wednesday's practice. *** Listed as questionable, same as he was last week. ***
40.Bryce Brown PHI at Den
41.Montee Ball DEN vs. Phi
42.Danny Woodhead SD vs. Dal
43.*Donald Brown IND at Jax
Note: *** Only three carries last week, but should get more this week with Bradshaw out. ***
44.Jordan Todman JAC vs. Ind
45.Jonathan Dwyer PIT at Min
46.Da'Rel Scott NYG at KC
47.Robert Turbin SEA at Hou
48.Michael Bush CHI at Det
Note: The Bears made a concerted effort to increase Bush's workload last week.
49.Daniel Thomas MIA at NO
50.*LeGarrette Blount NE at Atl
51.Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. Phi
Note: Don't read much into the touchdown - Hillman won a three-way rock/scissors/paper contest with Moreno and Ball. Still buried on my lists.
52.*Felix Jones PIT at Min
Note: Was the starter for one week, but buried after he lost a fumble early in the second half.
53.Roy Helu WAS at Oak
54.Rashad Jennings OAK vs. Was
55.Brandon Jacobs NYG at KC
56.Kendall Hunter SF at StL
57.Bobby Rainey CLE vs. Cin
58.Chris Ogbonnaya CLE vs. Cin
59.Jackie Battle TEN vs. NYJ
60.Lance Dunbar DAL at SD
61.Leon Washington NE at Atl
62.Mikel Leshoure DET vs. Chi
63.Knile Davis KC vs. NYG
64.Alfonso Smith ARZ at TB
65.Justin Forsett JAC vs. Ind
66.*Benny Cunningham STL vs. SF
67.*Chris Ivory NYJ at Ten
Note: Early hamstring sidelined Ivory, and the Jets aren't counting on a quick return. Hasn't practiced yet this week. *** Out for this week. ***
68.*Isaac Redman PIT at Min
Note: Appears to be the odd man out with Bell returning - could be inactive this week.
69.Isaiah Pead STL vs. SF
Note: Only six carries after Richardson left, but the Rams were in catch-up mode the whole ga
70.*Mark Ingram NO vs. Mia
Note: (Toe) Did not practice Thursday. *** Didn't practice all week, unlikely to play.***
71.*Shonn Greene TEN vs. NYJ
Note: (Knee) Out a few more weeks.
72.*Ahmad Bradshaw IND at Jax
Note: (Neck) Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***OUT this week. ***
73.*Steven Jackson ATL vs. NE
Note: Already declared out for Sunday night.

Wide Receivers

1.Dez Bryant DAL at SD
2.Calvin Johnson DET vs. Chi
3.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Phi
4.*Julio Jones ATL vs. NE
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday - look for that to be a constant through the Falcons' Week 6 bye week. *** Listed as questionable again. ***
5.DeSean Jackson PHI at Den
6.Brandon Marshall CHI at Det
7.Pierre Garcon WAS at Oak
8.Wes Welker DEN vs. Phi
9.A.J. Green CIN at Cle
10.Victor Cruz NYG at KC
11.Eric Decker DEN vs. Phi
12.Reggie Wayne IND at Jax
13.Antonio Brown PIT at Min
14.*Marques Colston NO vs. Mia
Note: (Foot) Listed as probable.
15.*Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at TB
Note: (Hamstring) Full practice Wednesday. *** Active this week. ***
16.Josh Gordon CLE vs. Cin
17.Torrey Smith BAL at Buf
18.*Steve Johnson BUF vs. Bal
Note: Suffered a minor hamstring injury last week. Limited practice Thursday. *** Listed as active. ***
19.Hakeem Nicks NYG at KC
Note: One measly target - the Giants had just 45 offensive snaps, including a ton of sacks and a number of other garbage time plays with the first-team offense out.
20.*Andre Johnson HOU vs. Sea
Note: Left early with a shin injury last week but came out ok - should play this week. (Shin) Did individual drills Thursday, but didn't participate in the team practice. *** Active this week. ***
21.Julian Edelman NE at Atl
22.Anquan Boldin SF at StL
23.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. NYG
24.Mike Wallace MIA at NO
25.Eddie Royal SD vs. Dal
26.Denarius Moore OAK vs. Was
27.Mohamed Sanu CIN at Cle
Note: If A.J. Green draws Joe Haden exclusively, Sanu could get a lot of targets this week.
28.Cecil Shorts JAC vs. Ind
Note: Shorts' owners strenuously object to the decision to name Gabbert the starter this week.
29.Brian Hartline MIA at NO
30.Emmanuel Sanders PIT at Min
31.Golden Tate SEA at Hou
32.Kenbrell Thompkins NE at Atl
33.Nate Washington TEN vs. NYJ
34.Rod Streater OAK vs. Was
35.Stephen Hill NYJ at Ten
36.Tavon Austin STL vs. SF
37.Aaron Dobson NE at Atl
38.Santonio Holmes NYJ at Ten
39.*Vincent Jackson TB vs. Ari
Note: Day-to-day with a rib injury that's been reported as an abdominal injury in other outlets. (Ribs) Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. *** Both Jackson and Williams are active, but will either be limited in the number of snaps they can take? ***
40.*T.Y. Hilton IND at Jax
Note: Played through a groin injury but wasn't frequently targeted, though the Colts didn't throw often. *** Missed practice Friday and his foot was in a walking boot, but he's active Sunday. Still, that has to be worth a downgrade. ***
41.Donnie Avery KC vs. NYG
42.Greg Jennings MIN vs. Pit
43.*Marlon Brown BAL at Buf
Note: (Neck) Full practice Thursday. Jacoby Jones is out partying in the limo for another week.
44.Sidney Rice SEA at Hou
45.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. Sea
46.*Mike Williams TB vs. Ari
Note: Dealing with an upper leg issue. (Hamstring) Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday (with a new starting quarterback), but vows to play Sunday. *** Both Jackson and Williams are active, but will either be limited in the number of snaps they can take? ***
47.*Leonard Hankerson WAS at Oak
Note: (Hamstring) Full practice Wednesday. *** Listed as probable. ***
48.*Rueben Randle NYG at KC
Note: Injured a rib in the loss but later returned.
49.*Ryan Broyles DET vs. Chi
Note: With Burleson out indefinitely, opportunity knocks for Broyles.
50.*Roddy White ATL vs. NE
Note: Still a decoy. (Ankle) Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Officially questionable. I wouldn't start him unless you're absolutely desperate - would rather wait until he plays well in a game, or until after the bye week. ***
51.Michael Floyd ARZ at TB
52.Kenny Stills NO vs. Mia
53.*Chris Givens STL vs. SF
Note: (Knee) Got the day off Monday, but was a full participant Tuesday.
54.Jerome Simpson MIN vs. Pit
55.Darrius Heyward-Bey IND at Jax
56.Andre Roberts ARZ at TB
57.Vincent Brown SD vs. Dal
58.Harry Douglas ATL vs. NE
59.Alshon Jeffery CHI at Det
60.*Kenny Britt TEN vs. NYJ
Note: (Ribs) Availability for this week up in the air - limited in Thursday's practice.
61.Riley Cooper PHI at Den
62.Santana Moss WAS at Oak
63.Doug Baldwin SEA at Hou
64.*Terrance Williams DAL at SD
Note: *** Starting with Miles Austin out this week. ***
65.Jerricho Cotchery PIT at Min
66.Cordarrelle Patterson MIN vs. Pit
Note: Getting more looks translated into 21 snaps from just six - progress, but not enough.
67.*Kevin Ogletree TB vs. Ari
Note: Could get a chance to play frequently if both Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are limited.
68.Jeremy Kerley NYJ at Ten
69.Brandon Gibson MIA at NO
70.Austin Pettis STL vs. SF
71.Ace Sanders JAC vs. Ind
72.Jason Avant PHI at Den
73.*Kyle Williams SF at StL
Note: Questionable with rib and knee injuries.
74.Justin Hunter TEN vs. NYJ
75.Greg Little CLE vs. Cin
76.Davone Bess CLE vs. Cin
77.Kendall Wright TEN vs. NYJ
Note: Played despite going through the concussion protocol last week.
78.Robert Woods BUF vs. Bal
79.Dexter McCluster KC vs. NYG
80.Keenan Allen SD vs. Dal
81.*Jon Baldwin SF at StL
Note: Could make his Niners debut Thursday night.
82.*Miles Austin DAL at SD
Note: Yet another hamstring injury, though it's not considered serious. Maybe it's a little more serious than initially let on - did not practice Thursday. *** Officially out this week. ***
83.*Danny Amendola NE at Atl
Note: (Groin) Progessing well, for whatever that means. Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Did not travel with the team. ***
84.*Lance Moore NO vs. Mia
Note: Dealing with a wrist injury. Did not practice Thursday. *** Officially listed as questionable, but unlikely to play. ***
85.*Malcom Floyd SD vs. Dal
Note: (Neck) Did not practice Wednesday. *** Out this week. ***
86.Justin Blackmon JAC vs. Ind
Note: One more week.
87.*Nate Burleson DET vs. Chi
Note: One-car crash, two broken bones in his left arm.

Tight Ends

1.Jimmy Graham NO vs. Mia
Note: How early would you take Graham now if you were drafting today?
2.Jason Witten DAL at SD
3.Julius Thomas DEN vs. Phi
4.Jordan Cameron CLE vs. Cin
Note: Frequent target of Hoyer. This week will be tougher, but the targets will be there, and the Bengals have had trouble with tight ends in the past.
5.Antonio Gates SD vs. Dal
6.Martellus Bennett CHI at Det
7.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. NE
8.Jared Cook STL vs. SF
9.Owen Daniels HOU vs. Sea
10.Charles Clay MIA at NO
11.Brandon Myers NYG at KC
12.*Vernon Davis SF at StL
Note: (Hamstring) Sat out Sunday, but then practiced Monday and Tuesday. Practices were limited however, and he's listed as questionable.
13.*Heath Miller PIT at Min
Note: (Knee) Could still be on a snap count this week. Limited Thursday, but the general outlook is more optimistic.
14.Dallas Clark BAL at Buf
15.Coby Fleener IND at Jax
16.Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. Chi
17.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. Pit
18.Zach Miller SEA at Hou
19.Zach Ertz PHI at Den
20.Jermaine Gresham CIN at Cle
21.Scott Chandler BUF vs. Bal
22.*Mychal Rivera OAK vs. Was
Note: Has emerged as Brandon Myers' replacement. David Ausberry is out for the season with a shoulder injury.
23.Tyler Eifert CIN at Cle
24.*Marcedes Lewis JAC vs. Ind
Note: (Calf) Jaguars expect him back this week. *** Active this week. ***
25.Ed Dickson BAL at Buf
Note: No targets against the Texans.
26.*Kellen Winslow NYJ at Ten
Note: (Knee) No targets against the Bills.
27.Logan Paulsen WAS at Oak
28.Brent Celek PHI at Den
29.Tony Scheffler DET vs. Chi
30.Ben Watson NO vs. Mia
31.Rob Housler ARZ at TB
32.Zach Sudfeld NE at Atl
33.*Garrett Graham HOU vs. Sea
Note: Limited by a hip injury.
34.David Paulson PIT at Min
35.Jeff Cumberland NYJ at Ten
36.*Delanie Walker TEN vs. NYJ
Note: Dealing with a sore foot. Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. *** Game-time decision for a 4:05 ET game. ***
37.*Fred Davis WAS at Oak
Note: (Ankle) Limited again Thursday. *** Listed as questionable, but practiced more than Reed this week. ***
38.*Joel Dreessen DEN vs. Phi
39.*Anthony Fasano KC vs. NYG
Note: (Ankle/knee) Still not practicing. *** Inactive again this week. ***
40.*Rob Gronkowski NE at Atl
Note: Awaiting official word, but Gronk could be back this week. Limited practice this week, appears to be listed as questionable. With the Pats playing Sunday night, there's a lot of risk starting him without the ability to adjust late. The replacement options aren't very good if he can't go Sunday or Monday night - Graham & Gonzalez are obviously owned, and probably so is Charles Clay. So you're left hoping to grab Ben Watson to avoid having a dead spot if he doesn't play. *** Out again this week, due to concerns about his back. ***
41.*Jordan Reed WAS at Oak
Note: Suffered a quad contusion in the loss to the Lions. Did not practice Thursday. *** Limited practice Friday, listed as questionable. ***

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Dez Bryant DAL at SD
2.Calvin Johnson DET vs. Chi
3.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Phi
4.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Pit
5.*LeSean McCoy PHI at Den
Note: (Ankle) Was expected to practice Tuesday. He ran well after the second quarter injury, but with ankles it almost always seems to be the day after when you have to check on the status. Not on the injury report Wednesday.
6.Jamaal Charles KC vs. NYG
7.Jimmy Graham NO vs. Mia
Note: How early would you take Graham now if you were drafting today?
8.*Julio Jones ATL vs. NE
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday - look for that to be a constant through the Falcons' Week 6 bye week. *** Listed as questionable again. ***
9.DeSean Jackson PHI at Den
10.Brandon Marshall CHI at Det
11.Alfred Morris WAS at Oak
12.Doug Martin TB vs. Ari
13.DeMarco Murray DAL at SD
Note: 'Murray ... present ...' early-and-often last week.
14.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at Hou
Note: Sat out practice Wednesday for undisclosed reasons.
15.Matt Forte CHI at Det
16.Arian Foster HOU vs. Sea
17.Wes Welker DEN vs. Phi
18.Pierre Garcon WAS at Oak
19.A.J. Green CIN at Cle
20.Darren McFadden OAK vs. Was
Note: God Bless Garbage Time.
21.Joique Bell DET vs. Chi
22.*Reggie Bush DET vs. Chi
Note: (Knee) Not shocking that Bush is more optimistic about his Week 4 status than coach Schwartz is at this point. Able to practice Wednesday and Thursday. *** Active and starting this week. ***
23.*Ray Rice BAL at Buf
Note: (Hip) Apparently was close to playing last week. Has practiced both Wednesday and Thursday, though he was limited Thursday. *** Active and starting this week, though he may get fewer carries than normal. ***
24.Jason Witten DAL at SD
25.Julius Thomas DEN vs. Phi
26.Jordan Cameron CLE vs. Cin
Note: Frequent target of Hoyer. This week will be tougher, but the targets will be there, and the Bengals have had trouble with tight ends in the past.
27.Frank Gore SF at StL
28.Chris Johnson TEN vs. NYJ
29.Victor Cruz NYG at KC
30.Eric Decker DEN vs. Phi
31.Reggie Wayne IND at Jax
32.Antonio Brown PIT at Min
33.*Marques Colston NO vs. Mia
Note: (Foot) Listed as probable.
34.*Andre Johnson HOU vs. Sea
Note: Left early with a shin injury last week but came out ok - should play this week. (Shin) Did individual drills Thursday, but didn't participate in the team practice. *** Active this week. ***
35.*Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at TB
Note: (Hamstring) Full practice Wednesday. *** Active this week. ***
36.Josh Gordon CLE vs. Cin
37.Darren Sproles NO vs. Mia
38.Bilal Powell NYJ at Ten
Note: Powell had a monster game against the Bills and Ivory probably won't be back this week.
39.Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. Phi
40.*Ahmad Bradshaw IND at Jax
Note: (Neck) Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***OUT this week. ***
41.*Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. Ind
Note: (Ankle) Able to gut it out last week and got some token production for his efforts. Rested Wednesday, but returned to practice Thursday. *** Active and starting this week.***
42.Giovani Bernard CIN at Cle
Note: Equal number of carries to BJGE last week with more production.
43.*C.J. Spiller BUF vs. Bal
Note: Suffered a quad injury, but the Bills believe he will be fine. However, he was awful before the injury, and Fred Jackson was more effective. Full practice Thursday. *** Listed as probable. ***
44.*Vernon Davis SF at StL
Note: (Hamstring) Sat out Sunday, but then practiced Monday and Tuesday. Practices were limited however, and he's listed as questionable.
45.Antonio Gates SD vs. Dal
46.Martellus Bennett CHI at Det
47.*Steve Johnson BUF vs. Bal
Note: Suffered a minor hamstring injury last week. Limited practice Thursday. *** Listed as active. ***
48.Torrey Smith BAL at Buf
49.Julian Edelman NE at Atl
50.*Vincent Jackson TB vs. Ari
Note: Day-to-day with a rib injury that's been reported as an abdominal injury in other outlets. (Ribs) Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. *** Both Jackson and Williams are active, but will either be limited in the number of snaps they can take? ***
51.Hakeem Nicks NYG at KC
Note: One measly target - the Giants had just 45 offensive snaps, including a ton of sacks and a number of other garbage time plays with the first-team offense out.
52.Anquan Boldin SF at StL
53.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. NE
54.Jared Cook STL vs. SF
55.David Wilson NYG at KC
Note: At least he was the primary running back last week and looked good at times, including a touchdown run that was called back on a dubious holding penalty.
56.*Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. NE
Note: Both Rodgers and Snelling were productive in Jackson's absence - one could argue that Jackson wasn't missed much at all.
57.Bernard Pierce BAL at Buf
58.Ryan Mathews SD vs. Dal
Note: Lost reps to Danny Woodhead and the goal line carries to Ronnie Brown.
59.*Lamar Miller MIA at NO
Note: Had a shoulder harness on Monday. Was at practice Wednesday.
60.Trent Richardson IND at Jax
Note: Mixed opinions out there - Bradshaw saw more action and was the better back, but the Colts paid a big price to get him. How will the workload be parsed out in the future? *** Big bump up with Bradshaw out. Donald Brown will get some work, but I think this is a big week for Richardson. ***
61.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. NYG
62.Mike Wallace MIA at NO
63.Eddie Royal SD vs. Dal
64.Denarius Moore OAK vs. Was
65.Mohamed Sanu CIN at Cle
Note: If A.J. Green draws Joe Haden exclusively, Sanu could get a lot of targets this week.
66.Tavon Austin STL vs. SF
67.*Mike Williams TB vs. Ari
Note: Dealing with an upper leg issue. (Hamstring) Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday (with a new starting quarterback), but vows to play Sunday. *** Both Jackson and Williams are active, but will either be limited in the number of snaps they can take? ***
68.Owen Daniels HOU vs. Sea
69.Charles Clay MIA at NO
70.*Rob Gronkowski NE at Atl
Note: Awaiting official word, but Gronk could be back this week. Limited practice this week, appears to be listed as questionable. With the Pats playing Sunday night, there's a lot of risk starting him without the ability to adjust late. The replacement options aren't very good if he can't go Sunday or Monday night - Graham & Gonzalez are obviously owned, and probably so is Charles Clay. So you're left hoping to grab Ben Watson to avoid having a dead spot if he doesn't play. *** Out again this week, due to concerns about his back. ***
71.*Stevan Ridley NE at Atl
Note: Yikes! On the field for only 26 snaps last week.
72.Fred Jackson BUF vs. Bal
73.*BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN at Cle
Note: (Ankle) Limited Wednesday, full practice Thursday. *** Full practice Friday, probable for Sunday. ***
74.*Jason Snelling ATL vs. NE
75.*Rashard Mendenhall ARZ at TB
Note: (Toe) Fewer snaps but more carries than Ellington last week. Full practice Thursday.
76.Jonathan Dwyer PIT at Min
77.Aaron Dobson NE at Atl
78.Brian Hartline MIA at NO
79.Emmanuel Sanders PIT at Min
80.Golden Tate SEA at Hou
81.Kenbrell Thompkins NE at Atl
82.Nate Washington TEN vs. NYJ
83.Rod Streater OAK vs. Was
84.Stephen Hill NYJ at Ten
85.Santonio Holmes NYJ at Ten
86.Donnie Avery KC vs. NYG
87.Greg Jennings MIN vs. Pit
88.*T.Y. Hilton IND at Jax
Note: Played through a groin injury but wasn't frequently targeted, though the Colts didn't throw often. *** Missed practice Friday and his foot was in a walking boot, but he's active Sunday. Still, that has to be worth a downgrade. ***
89.*Marlon Brown BAL at Buf
Note: (Neck) Full practice Thursday. Jacoby Jones is out partying in the limo for another week.
90.Cecil Shorts JAC vs. Ind
Note: Shorts' owners strenuously object to the decision to name Gabbert the starter this week.
91.Sidney Rice SEA at Hou
92.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. Sea
93.Brandon Myers NYG at KC
94.Dallas Clark BAL at Buf
95.Coby Fleener IND at Jax
96.Ben Tate HOU vs. Sea
97.*Daryl Richardson STL vs. SF
Note: Left in the first quarter after his foot was stepped on. Limited in Monday's practice. Listed as probable.
98.Pierre Thomas NO vs. Mia
99.Andre Ellington ARZ at TB
100.Willis McGahee CLE vs. Cin
Note: Eight carries last week, compared to four for Rainey and two for Ogbonnaya. Likely to get an extended role this week.
101.*Le'Veon Bell PIT at Min
Note: (Foot) Expected to make his debut this week. Full go in practice this week - my Pittsburgh radio peeps suggest he could get 15-20 touches. *** Practiced all week, listed as probable. ***
102.*Brandon Bolden NE at Atl
Note: Now in the mix - essentially taking on the Shane Vereen role. (Knee) Limited in Wednesday's practice. *** Listed as questionable, same as he was last week. ***
103.*Leonard Hankerson WAS at Oak
Note: (Hamstring) Full practice Wednesday. *** Listed as probable. ***
104.*Miles Austin DAL at SD
Note: Yet another hamstring injury, though it's not considered serious. Maybe it's a little more serious than initially let on - did not practice Thursday. *** Officially out this week. ***
105.*Lance Moore NO vs. Mia
Note: Dealing with a wrist injury. Did not practice Thursday. *** Officially listed as questionable, but unlikely to play. ***
106.*Rueben Randle NYG at KC
Note: Injured a rib in the loss but later returned.
107.*Ryan Broyles DET vs. Chi
Note: With Burleson out indefinitely, opportunity knocks for Broyles.
108.*Roddy White ATL vs. NE
Note: Still a decoy. (Ankle) Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Officially questionable. I wouldn't start him unless you're absolutely desperate - would rather wait until he plays well in a game, or until after the bye week. ***
109.Michael Floyd ARZ at TB
110.Kenny Stills NO vs. Mia
111.*Chris Givens STL vs. SF
Note: (Knee) Got the day off Monday, but was a full participant Tuesday.
112.Bryce Brown PHI at Den
113.Danny Woodhead SD vs. Dal
114.Montee Ball DEN vs. Phi
115.Jordan Todman JAC vs. Ind
116.Da'Rel Scott NYG at KC
117.Robert Turbin SEA at Hou
118.Michael Bush CHI at Det
Note: The Bears made a concerted effort to increase Bush's workload last week.
119.*LeGarrette Blount NE at Atl
120.*Felix Jones PIT at Min
Note: Was the starter for one week, but buried after he lost a fumble early in the second half.
121.Kendall Hunter SF at StL
122.Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. Chi
123.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. Pit
124.Zach Miller SEA at Hou

Kickers

1.Matt Prater DEN vs. Phi
2.Alex Henery PHI at Den
3.Matt Bryant ATL vs. NE
Note: Rare miss turned out to be costly last week.
4.Justin Tucker BAL at Buf
5.Stephen Gostkowski NE at Atl
6.Steven Hauschka SEA at Hou
7.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. Was
8.Robbie Gould CHI at Det
9.Mike Nugent CIN at Cle
10.Adam Vinatieri IND at Jax
11.Garrett Hartley NO vs. Mia
12.Nick Novak SD vs. Dal
13.Randy Bullock HOU vs. Sea
Note: Bounced back with a 3-for-3 effort last week.
14.Dan Bailey DAL at SD
15.David Akers DET vs. Chi
16.Rob Bironas TEN vs. NYJ
17.Caleb Sturgis MIA at NO
18.Greg Zuerlein STL vs. SF
19.Phil Dawson SF at StL
Note: Just four attempts through three games.
20.Dan Carpenter BUF vs. Bal
21.Ryan Succop KC vs. NYG
22.Blair Walsh MIN vs. Pit
23.Jay Feely ARZ at TB
24.Josh Brown NYG at KC
25.Shaun Suisham PIT at Min
26.Nick Folk NYJ at Ten
27.Josh Scobee JAC vs. Ind
28.John Potter WAS at Oak
29.*Billy Cundiff CLE vs. Cin
Note: Strained quad. Did not practice Thursday.
30.Rian Lindell TB vs. Ari
31.Dustin Hopkins BUF vs. Bal
32.*Kai Forbath WAS at Oak
Note: (Groin) Not 100 percent yet. Will attempt kicks Friday or Saturday.

Defenses

1.Seattle Seahawks at Hou
2.Cincinnati Bengals at Cle
3.Kansas City Chiefs vs. NYG
Note: Are they truly elite level? They sure looked like it against the Eagles, and now draw another team that has trouble protecting the passer.
4.New York Jets at Ten
5.*Chicago Bears at Det
Note: Henry Melton (knee) is out for the season.
6.*St. Louis Rams vs. SF
Note: James Laurinaitis (foot) was a full practice participant Tuesday. Short turnaround here after getting torched on the ground last week.
7.Denver Broncos vs. Phi
8.Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Ari
9.Baltimore Ravens at Buf
10.New Orleans Saints vs. Mia
Note: The Saints have turned in three good defensive performances, plus the Dolphins gave up five more sacks last week.
11.Indianapolis Colts at Jax
12.New England Patriots at Atl
13.Cleveland Browns vs. Cin
14.*San Francisco 49ers at StL
Note: Aldon Smith is out indefinitely and Patrick Willis is dealing with a groin injury. This is the most vulnerable we've seen the Niners' defense in awhile.
15.Houston Texans vs. Sea
16.Tennessee Titans vs. NYJ
17.Arizona Cardinals at TB
18.*Dallas Cowboys at SD
Note: Anthony Spencer (knee) is out for the year.
19.Pittsburgh Steelers at Min
20.*Miami Dolphins at NO
Note: Cameron Wake is out 2-to-3 weeks with a knee injury.
21.Washington Redskins at Oak
22.Minnesota Vikings vs. Pit
23.Detroit Lions vs. Chi
24.New York Giants at KC
25.*Buffalo Bills vs. Bal
Note: CB Leodis McKelvin suffered a hamstring injury against the Jets, who burned the Bills on multiple deep balls.
26.Atlanta Falcons vs. NE
27.San Diego Chargers vs. Dal
28.Philadelphia Eagles at Den
29.*Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Ind
Note: CB Dwight Lowery has a concussion.
30.*Oakland Raiders vs. Was
Note: Tracy Porter could be out with a concussion.