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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).

***BUFFALO, CINCINNATI, PHILADELPHIA and SEATTLE are 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.

This article will be posted on Tuesday evenings, followed by two updates later in the week, usually on Thursday and then Sunday morning. Players at the bottom of the rankings at each position are there because they either just had a significant injury, or are coming back from a long-term injury and haven't started practicing yet. I will adjust accordingly after practice news comes out.

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, ***BUFFALO, CINCINNATI, PHILADELPHIA and SEATTLE are on bye this week!!!***

Sunday Update Complete

Quarterback

1.Drew Brees NO at Atl
2.*Peyton Manning DEN at NE
Note: Sat out practice Wednesday, returned to action Thursday.
3.Tom Brady NE vs. Den
4.Cam Newton CAR at Mia
5.Matthew Stafford DET vs. TB
6.Tony Romo DAL at NYG
7.Robert Griffin WAS vs. SF
8.Philip Rivers SD at KC
Note: Tough week - a lot of good fantasy QBs with bad matchups this week.
9.Eli Manning NYG vs. Dal
10.Andrew Luck IND at Ari
11.*Case Keenum HOU vs. Jax
Note: Got pulled in the loss to the Raiders, but will start again this week against Jacksonville.
12.Mike Glennon TB at Det
13.*Scott Tolzien GB vs. Min
Note: Will start at least one more week. *** Aaron Rodgers wasn't able to practice at all this week - it's possible that Tolzien starts next week, too.***
14.Ben Roethlisberger PIT at Cle
Note: Four more touchdowns against the Lions - that the Steelers have a weaker pass defense than usual works in favor of his fantasy value. *** Small downgrade due to the weather. ***
15.Ryan Fitzpatrick TEN at Oak
16.*Carson Palmer ARZ vs. Ind
Note: Dealing with a sore hand, but practiced fully on Wednesday.
17.Matt Ryan ATL vs. NO
Note: Briefly pulled for Dominique Davis, but then went back in after Davis got hurt and added a garbage time touchdown.
18.Alex Smith KC vs. SD
19.Ryan Tannehill MIA vs. Car
20.Josh McCown CHI at StL
Note: Will start again this week, Cutler remains week-to-week.
21.Colin Kaepernick SF at Was
Note: Great matchup, but I dunno, really hard to believe in him right now.
22.*Matt McGloin OAK vs. Ten
Note: Raiders haven't named a starter this week, but McGloin is in the mix with a good start against Houston last week. McGloin gets another start this week.
23.Chad Henne JAC at Hou
24.Jason Campbell CLE vs. Pit
Note: Threw three killer interceptions in the loss to the Bengals. *** Small downgrade due to the weather. ***
25.*Christian Ponder MIN at GB
Note: (Shoulder) Pulled in the fourth quarter in favor of Matt Cassel. Will start again this week.
26.Kellen Clemens STL vs. Chi
27.Joe Flacco BAL vs. NYJ
28.Geno Smith NYJ at Bal
Note: Four more turnovers in an ugly road loss, and was replaced by Matt Simms. He'll be back in the starting lineup this week.
29.*Matt Schaub HOU vs. Jax
Note: Replaced Keenum last week, but then did very little himself in relief and will be back holding the clipboard again this week.
30.*Josh Freeman MIN at GB
31.*Terrelle Pryor OAK vs. Ten
Note: (Knee) Pryor's status for Week 12 is unsettled still.
32.*Aaron Rodgers GB vs. Min
Note: Rodgers' broken collarbone is no longer giving him pain when running or throwing, but there's still no official timetable for his return. Some rumblings about a Week 13, Thanksgiving return, but no team confirmation on that.
33.*Jay Cutler CHI at StL
Note: (Ankle) Remains week-to-week, hoping to return in Week 13.

Running Backs

1.Matt Forte CHI at StL
2.Frank Gore SF at Was
3.Zac Stacy STL vs. Chi
4.Jamaal Charles KC vs. SD
5.Andre Brown NYG vs. Dal
6.Alfred Morris WAS vs. SF
Note: Hasn't had a pass target in the last five games. Still, he's had a really good season running the ball - averaging more per carry than last year.
7.Chris Johnson TEN at Oak
8.Eddie Lacy GB vs. Min
9.*Pierre Thomas NO at Atl
Note: Bumped up with Sproles inactive.
10.Knowshon Moreno DEN at NE
Note: Ball's two touchdowns were annoying if you own Moreno, but keep in mind he still got 27 carries.
11.*Rashad Jennings OAK vs. Ten
Note: Will see plenty of action even after McFadden returns. ***McFadden officially ruled out. ***
12.*Adrian Peterson MIN at GB
Note: Not at full strength because of his groin issue. Sat out practice both Wednesday and Thursday. *** Limited practice Friday, listed as questionable, though Peterson has vowed to play. ***
13.Ryan Mathews SD at KC
Note: Another good game from Mathews makes us wonder why didn't he get more work in the Redskins' game, against a team so vulnerable against the run?
14.*Ben Tate HOU vs. Jax
Note: Probably doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, but it wasn't such a good idea for Tate to lash out at the fans for booing when they were losing to the Raiders last week. (Ribs/ankle/toe) Limited at practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
15.Reggie Bush DET vs. TB
Note: Benched for a while last week - was it because of the fumble, or because of the knee that forced him to miss Friday's practice? ***Practiced this Friday after missing the past couple of Fridays.***
16.Chris Ivory NYJ at Bal
17.DeMarco Murray DAL at NYG
18.Shane Vereen NE vs. Den
Note: Played 34 snaps and had eight receptions in his return to action.
19.*Bobby Rainey TB at Det
Note: Remaining schedule isn't so friendly to the running game, but it's possible that the Bucs' OL has turned the corner - I've got the Mike James game against Seattle in my mind.
20.Ray Rice BAL vs. NYJ
Note: Did Rice turn a corner last week, or was it just the lousy Bears' run defense? This is a pretty bad matchup this week.
21.Le'Veon Bell PIT at Cle
Note: Failed to convert twice in the red zone and late in the game was not in there in a goal line package. Still, I don't think he's a threat to lose his job, and he still gets targets in the passing game, giving him a bit of a floor.
22.Donald Brown IND at Ari
23.Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at Hou
24.*Stevan Ridley NE vs. Den
Note: Scored a touchdown after his fumble Monday night, but not until sitting out 18 plays in a row as a result of that fumble.
25.Andre Ellington ARZ vs. Ind
Note: One of the bigger busts of Week 11 - the Cardinals used him less than Mendenhall, and the Jaguars sold out to stop the run.
26.Chris Ogbonnaya CLE vs. Pit
Note: Ogbonnaya's lost fumble was costly, but he still got more work than McGahee and did more with his carries.
27.DeAngelo Williams CAR at Mia
28.Steven Jackson ATL vs. NO
29.*Mark Ingram NO at Atl
Note: Bumped up with Sproles inactive.
30.Rashard Mendenhall ARZ vs. Ind
31.Danny Woodhead SD at KC
32.*Toby Gerhart MIN at GB
Note: Heavier workload than usual thanks to Peterson's sore groin. Peterson didn't practice both Wednesday and Thursday.
33.Daniel Thomas MIA vs. Car
Note: Ten carries for 57 yards versus just four carries for Lamar Miller.
34.Lamar Miller MIA vs. Car
Note: Ugh - just four carries this week, with Daniel Thomas getting more work and running effectively.
35.*Joique Bell DET vs. TB
Note: Had been the more effective back over Bush but then was forced out with tendinitis in his lower leg. Limited in practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as questionable, though.***
36.Brian Leonard TB at Det
Note: Actually started last week but was quickly surpassed by Bobby Rainey.
37.Mike Tolbert CAR at Mia
38.Shonn Greene TEN at Oak
39.*Trent Richardson IND at Ari
Note: (Calf) Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Listed as questionable.***
40.Montee Ball DEN at NE
Note: Workload has increased lately, and he scored the two touchdowns even after a first quarter fumble.
41.Antone Smith ATL vs. NO
42.Kendall Hunter SF at Was
43.*Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. Dal
Note: How much did Andre Brown's owners love Jacobs vulturing that touchdown last week? (Knee) Limited practice Thursday. ***Limited again Friday, listed as questionable.***
44.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Mia
45.Dennis Johnson HOU vs. Jax
Note: ***Limited snaps last week because he struggled in pass protection.***
46.Bernard Pierce BAL vs. NYJ
47.Roy Helu WAS vs. SF
48.LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Den
49.Fozzy Whittaker CLE vs. Pit
Note: Got some looks in the passing game, but most of his action came late - he's still the third string.
50.Bilal Powell NYJ at Bal
51.James Starks GB vs. Min
52.Willis McGahee CLE vs. Pit
53.*Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. NO
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Tuesday's practice.
54.Felix Jones PIT at Cle
55.Knile Davis KC vs. SD
56.Benny Cunningham STL vs. Chi
57.Lance Dunbar DAL at NYG
58.Daryl Richardson STL vs. Chi
59.Joseph Randle DAL at NYG
60.Jordan Todman JAC at Hou
61.Marcel Reece OAK vs. Ten
62.Stepfan Taylor ARZ vs. Ind
63.C.J. Anderson DEN at NE
64.Michael Bush CHI at StL
65.Johnathan Franklin GB vs. Min
66.Peyton Hillis NYG vs. Dal
Note: Inactive with both Brown and Jacobs back - you can cut him now.
67.Michael Cox NYG vs. Dal
68.*Brandon Bolden NE vs. Den
Note: Inactive last week with Vereen back.
69.Denard Robinson JAC at Hou
70.Anthony Dixon SF at Was
71.Jackie Battle TEN at Oak
72.*Jason Snelling ATL vs. NO
73.*Darren McFadden OAK vs. Ten
Note: (Hamstring) Status still up in the air, but even when he returns he'll get fewer carries. Did not practice Wednesday.
74.*Ronnie Hillman DEN at NE
75.Phillip Tanner DAL at NYG
76.*Darren Sproles NO at Atl
Note: (Knee/ankle) Did not practice Tuesday. *** INACTIVE for Thursday's game. ***

Wide Receivers

1.Demaryius Thomas DEN at NE
2.Vincent Jackson TB at Det
3.Andre Johnson HOU vs. Jax
4.*Calvin Johnson DET vs. TB
Note: (Knee) Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Will draw Revis exclusively today.***
5.Brandon Marshall CHI at StL
Note: Interesting litmus test to see just how much the Rams' pass defense has improved.
6.Dez Bryant DAL at NYG
7.*Pierre Garcon WAS vs. SF
Note: Bothered by an ankle injury in the loss to the Eagles. *** Not listed on the injury report.***
8.Eric Decker DEN at NE
9.T.Y. Hilton IND at Ari
10.Josh Gordon CLE vs. Pit
11.Jordy Nelson GB vs. Min
12.Marques Colston NO at Atl
13.Victor Cruz NYG vs. Dal
14.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ vs. Ind
15.Antonio Brown PIT at Cle
Note: Draws Joe Haden this week - is this a similar scenario to what happened with A.J. Green, or is Brown a different type of receiver and Roethlisberger a different type of QB?
16.Alshon Jeffery CHI at StL
Note: Still had 11 targets despite the nasty weather conditions Sunday.
17.Anquan Boldin SF at Was
18.*Danny Amendola NE vs. Den
Note: (Groin) Limited practice Thursday. *** Limited again Friday, but listed as probable. ***
19.Torrey Smith BAL vs. NYJ
20.Jarrett Boykin GB vs. Min
21.Harry Douglas ATL vs. NO
22.*Keenan Allen SD at KC
Note: Suffered a right knee injury against Miami but will play this week. It was his left knee that he hurt in college. Full practice Thursday. ***Practiced fully all week, listed as probable.***
23.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. SD
24.*Cecil Shorts JAC at Hou
Note: (Groin) Could be a squeaky-wheel-gets-the-grease scenario this week, if he can stay healthy. Limited Thursday, as with almost every week.
25.Terrance Williams DAL at NYG
26.Rueben Randle NYG vs. Dal
27.*Wes Welker DEN at NE
Note: Suffered a concussion Sunday night against the Chiefs. Limited practice Thursday.
28.Kendall Wright TEN at Oak
29.Rod Streater OAK vs. Ten
30.*Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Dal
Note: Did not practice Wednesday, limited Thursday due to abdominal issue.
31.Brandon LaFell CAR at Mia
32.Aaron Dobson NE vs. Den
33.Santonio Holmes NYJ at Bal
34.Roddy White ATL vs. NO
35.Kenny Stills NO at Atl
Note: I have a feeling we'll see at least one big completion to Stills on Thursday night.
36.*Steve Smith CAR at Mia
Note: Briefly left Monday night with a chest injury but later returned.
37.*Michael Floyd ARZ vs. Ind
Note: His monster breakout game occurred on my bench thanks to the shoulder injury that was dogging him all week. Gah. Limited practice Thursday.
38.Brian Hartline MIA vs. Car
39.Jerricho Cotchery PIT at Cle
Note: Another week, another touchdown.
40.Andre Roberts ARZ vs. Ind
41.Julian Edelman NE vs. Den
42.Cordarrelle Patterson MIN at GB
43.*Nate Burleson DET vs. TB
Note: (Forearm) Believes that it would take a major setback for him not to play this week. Full practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
44.Dexter McCluster KC vs. SD
45.Tavon Austin STL vs. Chi
46.*DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. Jax
Note: Benched in the first quarter after making a 'lot of mistakes early in the game.' So that's where we are now in Houston. ***(Illness) Listed as probable.***
47.*Emmanuel Sanders PIT at Cle
Note: Left with a foot injury last week, but the Steelers bypassed an MRI, suggesting it's not serious. ***Full practice all week, listed as probable.***
48.Austin Pettis STL vs. Chi
49.Lance Moore NO at Atl
50.Kris Durham DET vs. TB
51.Nate Washington TEN at Oak
52.*Mario Manningham SF at Was
Note: (Knee) *** Listed as questionable for Monday night.***
53.*James Jones GB vs. Min
Note: Injured knee is still bothering him.
54.*Mike Wallace MIA vs. Car
Note: (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
55.*Aldrick Robinson WAS vs. SF
Note: Could get more snaps if Leonard Hankerson's injury is serious.
56.Ace Sanders JAC at Hou
Note: Stepped up with eight catches after Mike Brown's injury.
57.*Greg Jennings MIN at GB
Note: Surprise inactive thanks to an Achilles' tendon injury that landed him on the injury report Friday. *** Active this week. ***
58.*Miles Austin DAL at NYG
Note: (Hamstring) According to Jerry Jones, he's ready to play. ***Insists that he's 100 percent. ***
59.*Marlon Brown BAL vs. NYJ
Note: (Knee) Inactive last week, but expects to be back this week - we'll see how the practices go this week. ***Will play this week, albeit in sub-optimal conditions.***
60.Donnie Avery KC vs. SD
61.Rishard Matthews MIA vs. Car
62.Greg Little CLE vs. Pit
63.Kenbrell Thompkins NE vs. Den
Note: Had two big catches last week after being a healthy inactive the previous week.
64.*Vincent Brown SD at KC
Note: (Shoulder) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
65.Darrius Heyward-Bey IND at Ari
66.Chris Givens STL vs. Chi
67.*Andre Holmes OAK vs. Ten
Note: ***Moving into the starting lineup with Denarius Moore out this week.***
68.Tiquan Underwood TB at Det
69.*David Nelson NYJ at Bal
Note: Could replace Stephen Hill in the starting lineup.
70.Eddie Royal SD at KC
71.Drew Davis ATL vs. NO
72.Jarius Wright MIN at GB
73.Ted Ginn CAR at Mia
74.Santana Moss WAS vs. SF
75.Davone Bess CLE vs. Pit
76.*Lavon Brazill IND at Ari
Note: Moves up the ladder with the surprising release of Griff Whalen.
77.Markus Wheaton PIT at Cle
78.Robert Meachem NO at Atl
79.*Justin Hunter TEN at Oak
Note: Suffered a concussion in the loss to the Colts. *** Listed as probable.***
80.Jacoby Jones BAL vs. NYJ
81.Kevin Ogletree DET vs. TB
Note: Dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball late in the loss to the Steelers.
82.Cole Beasley DAL at NYG
83.Dwayne Harris DAL at NYG
84.Brian Quick STL vs. Chi
85.*Jerome Simpson MIN at GB
Note: Still might face discipline for DWI arrest.
86.*Denarius Moore OAK vs. Ten
Note: Underwent an MRI for a shoulder injury Monday. Did not practice Wednesday and Thursday. Does not need surgery, though. ***Officially ruled out this week.***
87.*Stephen Hill NYJ at Bal
Note: Could lose starting job after failing to catch any of his seven targets last week, which raises the question - he was starting?
88.*Mike Brown JAC at Hou
Note: Questionable this week with AC Joint (Shoulder) sprain. Did not practice Thursday.
89.Kenny Britt TEN at Oak
90.*Juron Criner OAK vs. Ten
Note: (Shoulder) Placed on IR.
91.*Michael Crabtree SF at Was
Note: Still on the PUP list after not playing last week.
92.*Jeremy Kerley NYJ at Bal
Note: ***(Elbow) Officially ruled out for this week. ***
93.*Leonard Hankerson WAS vs. SF
Note: Suffered an LCL that may require surgery. *** Out for the season.***

Tight Ends

1.*Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Den
Note: Limited in Thursday's practice.
2.*Jimmy Graham NO at Atl
Note: (Foot) Limited participant Tuesday - short turnaround this week.
3.Jason Witten DAL at NYG
4.Antonio Gates SD at KC
5.Vernon Davis SF at Was
Note: Able to play through his concussion.
6.Coby Fleener IND at Ari
7.Delanie Walker TEN at Oak
Note: Big game against the Colts, now gets the Raiders who were lit up by Garrett Graham.
8.John Carlson MIN at GB
9.Greg Olsen CAR at Mia
10.Jordan Cameron CLE vs. Pit
Note: Not quite yet on milk cartons, but the QB upheaval has really hurt Cameron.
11.Heath Miller PIT at Cle
Note: Eight catches on 10 targets last week.
12.Rob Housler ARZ vs. Ind
Note: Up to nine targets last week. Could be more of the same this week against the Colts, who were burned repeatedly by Delanie Walker on Thursday.
13.Garrett Graham HOU vs. Jax
14.*Martellus Bennett CHI at StL
Note: (Ankle) Was questionable heading into the game, but muddled through with two catches for 48 yards and barely missed on an end zone target.
15.Anthony Fasano KC vs. SD
16.Charles Clay MIA vs. Car
17.*Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. NO
Note: (Toe) Did not practice Tuesday. Active Thursday.
18.Jared Cook STL vs. Chi
19.Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. TB
20.Timothy Wright TB at Det
Note: Once again an afterthought against the Falcons. Should get more use this week against the Lions.
21.Jeff Cumberland NYJ at Bal
22.*Logan Paulsen WAS vs. SF
Note: Should start Monday night with Reed out.
23.Dallas Clark BAL vs. NYJ
24.Andrew Quarless GB vs. Min
25.Kellen Winslow NYJ at Bal
26.*Ben Watson NO at Atl
Note: (Concussion) Limited practice Tuesday.
27.*Fred Davis WAS vs. SF
Note: Active this week with Reed out.
28.Brandon Myers NYG vs. Dal
29.Marcedes Lewis JAC at Hou
30.*Julius Thomas DEN at NE
Note: Day-to-day with a knee strain. Sat out practice Wednesday, was present if not fully active Thursday. *** 'Not looking good' for Sunday night. Officially questionable.***
31.Ed Dickson BAL vs. NYJ
32.Mychal Rivera OAK vs. Ten
33.Sean McGrath KC vs. SD
34.Lance Kendricks STL vs. Chi
35.*Jordan Reed WAS vs. SF
Note: Left with a concussion last week. Hasn't yet received medical clearance to practice. ***Officially ruled out this week.***

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Matt Forte CHI at StL
2.*Calvin Johnson DET vs. TB
Note: (Knee) Limited in Thursday's practice. *** Will draw Revis exclusively today.***
3.Demaryius Thomas DEN at NE
4.Frank Gore SF at Was
5.Zac Stacy STL vs. Chi
6.Jamaal Charles KC vs. SD
7.Vincent Jackson TB at Det
8.Andre Johnson HOU vs. Jax
9.Andre Brown NYG vs. Dal
10.*Adrian Peterson MIN at GB
Note: Not at full strength because of his groin issue. Sat out practice both Wednesday and Thursday. *** Limited practice Friday, listed as questionable, though Peterson has vowed to play. ***
11.Chris Johnson TEN at Oak
12.Knowshon Moreno DEN at NE
Note: Ball's two touchdowns were annoying if you own Moreno, but keep in mind he still got 27 carries.
13.*Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Den
Note: Limited in Thursday's practice.
14.*Jimmy Graham NO at Atl
Note: (Foot) Limited participant Tuesday - short turnaround this week.
15.Dez Bryant DAL at NYG
16.*Pierre Garcon WAS vs. SF
Note: Bothered by an ankle injury in the loss to the Eagles. *** Not listed on the injury report.***
17.Eric Decker DEN at NE
18.Josh Gordon CLE vs. Pit
19.Brandon Marshall CHI at StL
Note: Interesting litmus test to see just how much the Rams' pass defense has improved.
20.T.Y. Hilton IND at Ari
21.Jordy Nelson GB vs. Min
22.*Rashad Jennings OAK vs. Ten
Note: Will see plenty of action even after McFadden returns. ***McFadden officially ruled out. ***
23.Ryan Mathews SD at KC
Note: Another good game from Mathews makes us wonder why didn't he get more work in the Redskins' game, against a team so vulnerable against the run?
24.*Pierre Thomas NO at Atl
Note: Bumped up with Sproles inactive.
25.Reggie Bush DET vs. TB
Note: Benched for a while last week - was it because of the fumble, or because of the knee that forced him to miss Friday's practice? ***Practiced this Friday after missing the past couple of Fridays.***
26.Marques Colston NO at Atl
27.Victor Cruz NYG vs. Dal
28.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ vs. Ind
29.Antonio Brown PIT at Cle
Note: Draws Joe Haden this week - is this a similar scenario to what happened with A.J. Green, or is Brown a different type of receiver and Roethlisberger a different type of QB?
30.Alshon Jeffery CHI at StL
Note: Still had 11 targets despite the nasty weather conditions Sunday.
31.Jason Witten DAL at NYG
32.Antonio Gates SD at KC
33.Eddie Lacy GB vs. Min
34.DeMarco Murray DAL at NYG
35.Shane Vereen NE vs. Den
Note: Played 34 snaps and had eight receptions in his return to action.
36.Ray Rice BAL vs. NYJ
Note: Did Rice turn a corner last week, or was it just the lousy Bears' run defense? This is a pretty bad matchup this week.
37.Le'Veon Bell PIT at Cle
Note: Failed to convert twice in the red zone and late in the game was not in there in a goal line package. Still, I don't think he's a threat to lose his job, and he still gets targets in the passing game, giving him a bit of a floor.
38.Donald Brown IND at Ari
39.Alfred Morris WAS vs. SF
Note: Hasn't had a pass target in the last five games. Still, he's had a really good season running the ball - averaging more per carry than last year.
40.*Ben Tate HOU vs. Jax
Note: Probably doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, but it wasn't such a good idea for Tate to lash out at the fans for booing when they were losing to the Raiders last week. (Ribs/ankle/toe) Limited at practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
41.Anquan Boldin SF at Was
42.*Danny Amendola NE vs. Den
Note: (Groin) Limited practice Thursday. *** Limited again Friday, but listed as probable. ***
43.Torrey Smith BAL vs. NYJ
44.Jarrett Boykin GB vs. Min
45.*Bobby Rainey TB at Det
Note: Remaining schedule isn't so friendly to the running game, but it's possible that the Bucs' OL has turned the corner - I've got the Mike James game against Seattle in my mind.
46.Chris Ivory NYJ at Bal
47.Danny Woodhead SD at KC
48.Harry Douglas ATL vs. NO
49.Vernon Davis SF at Was
Note: Able to play through his concussion.
50.Coby Fleener IND at Ari
51.Dwayne Bowe KC vs. SD
52.*Cecil Shorts JAC at Hou
Note: (Groin) Could be a squeaky-wheel-gets-the-grease scenario this week, if he can stay healthy. Limited Thursday, as with almost every week.
53.Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at Hou
54.*Stevan Ridley NE vs. Den
Note: Scored a touchdown after his fumble Monday night, but not until sitting out 18 plays in a row as a result of that fumble.
55.Andre Ellington ARZ vs. Ind
Note: One of the bigger busts of Week 11 - the Cardinals used him less than Mendenhall, and the Jaguars sold out to stop the run.
56.Chris Ogbonnaya CLE vs. Pit
Note: Ogbonnaya's lost fumble was costly, but he still got more work than McGahee and did more with his carries.
57.DeAngelo Williams CAR at Mia
58.Terrance Williams DAL at NYG
59.Rueben Randle NYG vs. Dal
60.Kendall Wright TEN at Oak
61.Delanie Walker TEN at Oak
Note: Big game against the Colts, now gets the Raiders who were lit up by Garrett Graham.
62.John Carlson MIN at GB
63.Jordan Cameron CLE vs. Pit
Note: Not quite yet on milk cartons, but the QB upheaval has really hurt Cameron.
64.Heath Miller PIT at Cle
Note: Eight catches on 10 targets last week.
65.Rob Housler ARZ vs. Ind
Note: Up to nine targets last week. Could be more of the same this week against the Colts, who were burned repeatedly by Delanie Walker on Thursday.
66.Garrett Graham HOU vs. Jax
67.Rod Streater OAK vs. Ten
68.*Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Dal
Note: Did not practice Wednesday, limited Thursday due to abdominal issue.
69.*Darren Sproles NO at Atl
Note: (Knee/ankle) Did not practice Tuesday. *** INACTIVE for Thursday's game. ***
70.Brandon LaFell CAR at Mia
71.*Keenan Allen SD at KC
Note: Suffered a right knee injury against Miami but will play this week. It was his left knee that he hurt in college. Full practice Thursday. ***Practiced fully all week, listed as probable.***
72.Aaron Dobson NE vs. Den
73.Santonio Holmes NYJ at Bal
74.Roddy White ATL vs. NO
75.Kenny Stills NO at Atl
Note: I have a feeling we'll see at least one big completion to Stills on Thursday night.
76.*Steve Smith CAR at Mia
Note: Briefly left Monday night with a chest injury but later returned.
77.*Michael Floyd ARZ vs. Ind
Note: His monster breakout game occurred on my bench thanks to the shoulder injury that was dogging him all week. Gah. Limited practice Thursday.
78.Brian Hartline MIA vs. Car
79.Jerricho Cotchery PIT at Cle
Note: Another week, another touchdown.
80.Andre Roberts ARZ vs. Ind
81.Julian Edelman NE vs. Den
82.Dexter McCluster KC vs. SD
83.Cordarrelle Patterson MIN at GB
84.Tavon Austin STL vs. Chi
85.Austin Pettis STL vs. Chi
86.*Martellus Bennett CHI at StL
Note: (Ankle) Was questionable heading into the game, but muddled through with two catches for 48 yards and barely missed on an end zone target.
87.Anthony Fasano KC vs. SD
88.Charles Clay MIA vs. Car
89.*Julius Thomas DEN at NE
Note: Day-to-day with a knee strain. Sat out practice Wednesday, was present if not fully active Thursday. *** 'Not looking good' for Sunday night. Officially questionable.***
90.*Joique Bell DET vs. TB
Note: Had been the more effective back over Bush but then was forced out with tendinitis in his lower leg. Limited in practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as questionable, though.***
91.Steven Jackson ATL vs. NO
92.Rashard Mendenhall ARZ vs. Ind
93.Daniel Thomas MIA vs. Car
Note: Ten carries for 57 yards versus just four carries for Lamar Miller.
94.*Toby Gerhart MIN at GB
Note: Heavier workload than usual thanks to Peterson's sore groin. Peterson didn't practice both Wednesday and Thursday.
95.Lamar Miller MIA vs. Car
Note: Ugh - just four carries this week, with Daniel Thomas getting more work and running effectively.
96.Brian Leonard TB at Det
Note: Actually started last week but was quickly surpassed by Bobby Rainey.
97.Mike Tolbert CAR at Mia
98.Lance Moore NO at Atl
99.Kris Durham DET vs. TB
100.*Mario Manningham SF at Was
Note: (Knee) *** Listed as questionable for Monday night.***
101.*James Jones GB vs. Min
Note: Injured knee is still bothering him.
102.*Mike Wallace MIA vs. Car
Note: (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
103.*Aldrick Robinson WAS vs. SF
Note: Could get more snaps if Leonard Hankerson's injury is serious.
104.Ace Sanders JAC at Hou
Note: Stepped up with eight catches after Mike Brown's injury.
105.*Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. NO
Note: (Toe) Did not practice Tuesday. Active Thursday.
106.Jared Cook STL vs. Chi
107.Shonn Greene TEN at Oak
108.*Trent Richardson IND at Ari
Note: (Calf) Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Listed as questionable.***
109.Montee Ball DEN at NE
Note: Workload has increased lately, and he scored the two touchdowns even after a first quarter fumble.
110.Kendall Hunter SF at Was

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Den
Note: Has made 19 consecutive field goal attempts.
2.Mason Crosby GB vs. Min
3.Matt Prater DEN at NE
4.Josh Brown NYG vs. Dal
5.Robbie Gould CHI at StL
Note: Huge game - made all three FG attempts despite the wind and the torn up field.
6.Jay Feely ARZ vs. Ind
7.Garrett Hartley NO at Atl
Note: Made all three kicks this week.
8.Nick Folk NYJ at Bal
9.Adam Vinatieri IND at Ari
10.Ryan Succop KC vs. SD
11.Phil Dawson SF at Was
12.Justin Tucker BAL vs. NYJ
13.Dan Bailey DAL at NYG
14.Graham Gano CAR at Mia
15.David Akers DET vs. TB
16.Nick Novak SD at KC
17.Randy Bullock HOU vs. Jax
Note: Made all three field goal attempts, including his first 50+ make of the year.
18.Matt Bryant ATL vs. NO
19.Blair Walsh MIN at GB
20.Rob Bironas TEN at Oak
21.Caleb Sturgis MIA vs. Car
22.Rian Lindell TB at Det
23.Billy Cundiff CLE vs. Pit
24.Shaun Suisham PIT at Cle
Note: Would be perfect this year on FG's if not for the Oakland game.
25.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. Ten
26.Kai Forbath WAS vs. SF
27.Josh Scobee JAC at Hou
28.Greg Zuerlein STL vs. Chi

Defenses

1.*Carolina Panthers at Mia
Note: Charles Johnson is week-to-week with a sprained MCL - he got hurt on what looked like a pretty dirty leg-whip by a Pats OL.
2.Kansas City Chiefs vs. SD
3.Arizona Cardinals vs. Ind
4.Baltimore Ravens vs. NYJ
5.Houston Texans vs. Jax
6.Green Bay Packers vs. Min
7.*New Orleans Saints at Atl
Note: Cameron Jordan (ankle) was limited Tuesday. Kenny Vaccaro limited and Jabari Greer (leg) went on IR.
8.Cleveland Browns vs. Pit
9.San Francisco 49ers at Was
10.New York Jets at Bal
11.Indianapolis Colts at Ari
12.Pittsburgh Steelers at Cle
13.*Chicago Bears at StL
Note: Lance Briggs (shoulder) is at least a couple of weeks away.
14.Tennessee Titans at Oak
15.Detroit Lions vs. TB
16.San Diego Chargers at KC
17.St. Louis Rams vs. Chi
18.Miami Dolphins vs. Car
19.*Denver Broncos at NE
Note: Rahim Moore is expected to be out several weeks with a lower leg injury.
20.New York Giants vs. Dal
21.Oakland Raiders vs. Ten
22.*Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Det
Note: Dashon Goldson's one-game suspension was upheld - he'll miss this game.
23.*Dallas Cowboys at NYG
Note: Sean Lee (hamstring) will likely miss the game, but could be back before the initial 3-to-4 week estimate.
24.Jacksonville Jaguars at Hou
25.Washington Redskins vs. SF
26.*New England Patriots vs. Den
Note: The Pats' secondary is banged up, with Alfonzo Dennard expected to miss Sunday against the Broncos. Meanwhile, Aqib Talib re-injured his hip late Monday.
27.Atlanta Falcons vs. NO
28.*Minnesota Vikings at GB
Note: Josh Robinson is out 4-to-6 weeks with a fractured sternum.