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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).

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?".

Sunday Update Complete

Quarterback

1.*Peyton Manning DEN vs. SD
Note: (Ankle) Full participant Tuesday, team plays Thursday.
2.Drew Brees NO at StL
3.Cam Newton CAR vs. NYJ
4.Nick Foles PHI at Min
5.Matthew Stafford DET vs. Bal
6.*Tom Brady NE at Mia
Note: Will he revert back to early-season form with Gronk out? (Shoulder) Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Full practice Friday.***
7.Ryan Tannehill MIA vs. NE
Note: Dolphins want Tannehill to use a little more caution when scrambling.
8.Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. Cin
9.Philip Rivers SD at Den
Note: Briefly shaken up after a big hit that led to a fumble, but remained in the game.
10.Joe Flacco BAL at Det
11.Matt Ryan ATL vs. Was
12.*Jay Cutler CHI at Cle
Note: Even after McCown's MNF performance, Cutler (ankle) will regain the starting job when he receives medical clearance. Starting this week ahead of McCown.
13.Andrew Luck IND vs. Hou
14.Jason Campbell CLE vs. Chi
Note: The Browns' trio of quarterbacks combined lead the NFL in passing attempts.
15.Tony Romo DAL vs. GB
16.Russell Wilson SEA at NYG
17.*Kirk Cousins WAS at Atl
Note: Replaced RG3 last week, possibly could start this week.
18.Colin Kaepernick SF at TB
19.Ryan Fitzpatrick TEN vs. Ari
20.Alex Smith KC at Oak
21.Andy Dalton CIN at Pit
22.*Matt Flynn GB at Dal
Note: Right now the Packers are planning as if Flynn will start again this week. ***Rodgers is officially out.***
23.*Carson Palmer ARZ at Ten
Note: (Elbow) Didn't throw downfield much against the Rams, but didn't need to. Limited in practice this week again. *** Officially listed as questionable, though Bruce Arians expects that Palmer will play.***
24.Chad Henne JAC vs. Buf
25.*Case Keenum HOU at Ind
Note: Will start the rest of the way after the firing of Gary Kubiak.
26.EJ Manuel BUF at Jax
Note: The Bills are going to scale back Manuel's package after his awful game against the Bucs last week.
27.Eli Manning NYG vs. Sea
Note: *** Cold weather could be an issue this week, though you're probably not starting Eli at this juncture anyhow. ***
28.Mike Glennon TB vs. SF
29.Kellen Clemens STL vs. NO
30.*Matt McGloin OAK vs. KC
Note: Raiders plan to start McGloin the rest of the season, with Pryor getting spot duty as he did against the Jets.
31.*Matt Cassel MIN vs. Phi
Note: Remaining in the starting lineup this week.
32.Geno Smith NYJ at Car
33.Josh McCown CHI at Cle
Note: Won a lot of playoff games with his MNF performance - four TDs and a rushing TD. And then benched in favor of Cutler this week.
34.*Terrelle Pryor OAK vs. KC
Note: Raiders plan to start McGloin the rest of the season, with Pryor getting spot duty as he did against the Jets.
35.*Aaron Rodgers GB at Dal
Note: (Collarbone) Experience pain when working out last week, will try to practice Wednesday. Increased activity in practice Thursday, still hasn't been cleared for game action. Friday's practice activity will be telling. ***Rodgers is officially out.***
36.*Christian Ponder MIN vs. Phi
Note: (Concussion) Received medical clearance Monday. Status for this week uncertain.
37.*Robert Griffin WAS at Atl
Note: Benched in the loss to the Chiefs, perhaps as a way to provoke owner Daniel Snyder to fire Mike Shanahan. Ok then. Shut down for the rest of the season.

Running Backs

1.LeSean McCoy PHI at Min
Note: What a closing schedule - Vikings, Bears and Cowboys.
2.Jamaal Charles KC at Oak
3.DeMarco Murray DAL vs. GB
4.Matt Forte CHI at Cle
5.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at NYG
Note: *** (Shoulder) Listed as probable. ***
6.Ben Tate HOU at Ind
7.Shane Vereen NE at Mia
8.*Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. SD
Note: (Shoulder) Full participant in Tuesday's practice.
9.Steven Jackson ATL vs. Was
10.Giovani Bernard CIN at Pit
11.Zac Stacy STL vs. NO
12.Alfred Morris WAS at Atl
Note: Getting dragged down by the ineptitude of the rest of the team.
13.*Eddie Lacy GB at Dal
Note: Briefly left with an ankle injury, but later returned. Draws the Cowboys this week. Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Moving him down for now - if he practices Friday, we'll move him back up. ***Upgraded to probable, so upgrade on my rankings here.***
14.Fred Jackson BUF at Jax
15.Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. Cin
16.C.J. Spiller BUF at Jax
17.Ryan Mathews SD at Den
18.*Chris Ogbonnaya CLE vs. Chi
Note: Could he be the latest to win the 'Bears Rush Defense Lottery' if McGahee sits? *** McGahee has officially been ruled out.***
19.Andre Brown NYG vs. Sea
Note: Once the vulture, now the vultured.
20.*Frank Gore SF at TB
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
21.*Reggie Bush DET vs. Bal
Note: Aggravated his calf injury in warmups and didn't play a snap in the snowy conditions. Sat out practice Thursday, but said that he'd return to practice Friday.
22.Pierre Thomas NO at StL
23.Rashard Mendenhall ARZ at Ten
24.Ray Rice BAL at Det
25.Joique Bell DET vs. Bal
26.*Rashad Jennings OAK vs. KC
Note: Passed final concussion test, should be back in action this week. Full practice this week. ***Listed as probable after practicing all week. I'm still concerned about the workload distribution - how much does Reece get after last week's performance? ***
27.Bobby Rainey TB vs. SF
28.*BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN at Pit
Note: (Illness) Did not practice Thursday.
29.Donald Brown IND vs. Hou
30.Chris Johnson TEN vs. Ari
31.Montee Ball DEN vs. SD
32.*DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. NYJ
Note: Bigger workload with Stewart out.
33.Chris Ivory NYJ at Car
34.*Jordan Todman JAC vs. Buf
Note: Could start this week if MJD (hamstring) can't go. (Shoulder) Full practice Thursday. ***Likely starter with MJD doubtful. ***
35.*Daniel Thomas MIA vs. NE
Note: Once out indefinitely with his ankle injury, Thomas surprised even the Dolphins' coaches with his recovery time and subsequent huge game. Bumped up from his initial ranking - leaving him down at 62 was a mistake. But Lamar Miller looks as if he'll play, so it's not full steam ahead with Thomas this week despite the positive matchup.
36.*Matt Asiata MIN vs. Phi
Note: Would be the primary RB if both Peterson (foot) and Gerhart (hamstring) can't go. ***Bumped up with the suggestion that both Peterson and Gerhart are out.***
37.*James Starks GB at Dal
Note: Lacy didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday. Even if he plays, Starks should get more work than usual.
38.Marcel Reece OAK vs. KC
39.*Andre Ellington ARZ at Ten
Note: (Knee) Was limited in Thursday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
40.Danny Woodhead SD at Den
41.Stevan Ridley NE at Mia
Note: Had just eight carries after being a healthy inactive in Week 13.
42.LeGarrette Blount NE at Mia
43.Shonn Greene TEN vs. Ari
44.*Darren Sproles NO at StL
Note: Played only 15 snaps Sunday night - some speculation that he's being preserved for the playoffs.
45.*Lamar Miller MIA vs. NE
Note: (Concussion) On the field for Tuesday's practice, but no word on how active he was. Full practice Wednesday and Thursday - should play. ***Full practice again on Friday.***
46.Trent Richardson IND vs. Hou
47.Mike Tolbert CAR vs. NYJ
48.Peyton Hillis NYG vs. Sea
49.Felix Jones PIT vs. Cin
50.Dennis Johnson HOU at Ind
51.Bilal Powell NYJ at Car
52.Benny Cunningham STL vs. NO
53.Mark Ingram NO at StL
54.Fozzy Whittaker CLE vs. Chi
55.*Denard Robinson JAC vs. Buf
56.Kendall Hunter SF at TB
57.Brian Leonard TB vs. SF
58.Marcus Thigpen MIA vs. NE
59.Bernard Pierce BAL at Det
60.Roy Helu WAS at Atl
61.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. Was
62.Jonathan Dwyer PIT vs. Cin
63.Edwin Baker CLE vs. Chi
64.Joseph Randle DAL vs. GB
65.Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. SD
66.Knile Davis KC at Oak
67.Mike Gillislee MIA vs. NE
68.Michael Bush CHI at Cle
69.Isaiah Pead STL vs. NO
70.Ronnie Brown SD at Den
71.Anthony Dixon SF at TB
72.Jason Snelling ATL vs. Was
73.Phillip Tanner DAL vs. GB
74.Bryce Brown PHI at Min
75.Robert Turbin SEA at NYG
76.*Daryl Richardson STL vs. NO
Note: ***(Thigh) Listed as questionable. ***
77.*Toby Gerhart MIN vs. Phi
Note: Suffered a hamstring injury, though the team seems unconcerned. Broke off a big run late against the Ravens. Missed practice again Thursday, needs to show some burst Friday to be able to play. *** Was 'present' at a non-padded practice, but the Vikes activated a RB off the practice squad, perhaps indicating that Gerhart won't play. Check the latest news on the site before kickoff, but I'm not planning on using him.***
78.*Antone Smith ATL vs. Was
Note: Suffered a knee injury in the loss to Green Bay. ***Out this week.***
79.*Brandon Bolden NE at Mia
80.*C.J. Anderson DEN vs. SD
81.*Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. Buf
Note: Injured his hamstring in the win over the Texans. Won't practice until at least Friday. Coach Gus Bradley referred to MJD as 'very questionable' for this week. ***Will test out his hamstring in pregame warmups but isn't expected to play.***
82.*Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Phi
Note: Foot injury - not a lisfranc injury and probably doesn't need surgery, but unlikely to play this week. Did not practice Thursday. ***Vikings players were informed Saturday night that Peterson isn't expected to play.***
83.*Darren McFadden OAK vs. KC
Note: Did not practice Thursday. ***Declared out again this week.***
84.*Willis McGahee CLE vs. Chi
Note: Suffered a concussion in the loss to the Patriots. Remained out of practice Thursday. ***Officially ruled out. ***
85.*Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. NYJ
Note: Torn MCL in his right knee, out at least the next couple of games.
86.*Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. Sea
Note: Placed on IR.

Wide Receivers

1.Calvin Johnson DET vs. Bal
2.Josh Gordon CLE vs. Chi
3.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. SD
4.Alshon Jeffery CHI at Cle
5.Andre Johnson HOU at Ind
6.DeSean Jackson PHI at Min
7.*Eric Decker DEN vs. SD
Note: (Ribs) Full practice Tuesday - could have a bigger role if Welker can't go.
8.A.J. Green CIN at Pit
9.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Cin
10.Brandon Marshall CHI at Cle
11.Dez Bryant DAL vs. GB
12.*Keenan Allen SD at Den
Note: (Shoulder) Full participant in Tuesday's practice.
13.Julian Edelman NE at Mia
14.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Ten
15.Torrey Smith BAL at Det
16.Pierre Garcon WAS at Atl
Note: Late-season value getting crushed by the Shanahanigans.
17.Anquan Boldin SF at TB
18.*Roddy White ATL vs. Was
Note: (Knee) Limited Wednesday and Thursday.
19.Brian Hartline MIA vs. NE
20.Rod Streater OAK vs. KC
21.Marques Colston NO at StL
22.Riley Cooper PHI at Min
23.Jordy Nelson GB at Dal
24.Dwayne Bowe KC at Oak
25.*Vincent Jackson TB vs. SF
Note: Big early touchdown, afterwards very little production. (Hamstring) Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Was listed as probable Friday, is active.***
26.Golden Tate SEA at NYG
27.Victor Cruz NYG vs. Sea
28.Mike Wallace MIA vs. NE
29.Steve Johnson BUF at Jax
30.Cordarrelle Patterson MIN vs. Phi
Note: All three young University of Tennessee players (Patterson, Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter) had big games this week.
31.James Jones GB at Dal
32.Kendall Wright TEN vs. Ari
33.*Doug Baldwin SEA at NYG
Note: (Neck) Did not practice Wednesday.
34.Danny Amendola NE at Mia
35.Harry Douglas ATL vs. Was
36.Jarrett Boykin GB at Dal
37.*T.Y. Hilton IND vs. Hou
Note: Still trying to fight through a shoulder injury.
38.*Justin Hunter TEN vs. Ari
Note: Second-year breakout candidate, almost usable right now.
39.Greg Jennings MIN vs. Phi
40.Ace Sanders JAC vs. Buf
41.*Marvin Jones CIN at Pit
Note: (Shoulder) Limited Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
42.Marlon Brown BAL at Det
43.*Da'Rick Rogers IND vs. Hou
Note: With their weak division, the Colts have the luxury of trying out Rogers as much as possible over the next three weeks to see if that was a legit breakout.
44.*Michael Floyd ARZ at Ten
Note: (Ankle) Sat out practice Wednesday, limited Thursday. ***Limited again Friday, listed as questionable but expected to play.***
45.*Emmanuel Sanders PIT vs. Cin
Note: (Foot) Added to the injury report Thursday after being limited in practice. ***Still limited again Friday, but listed as probable.***
46.Ted Ginn CAR vs. NYJ
47.*Josh Boyce NE at Mia
Note: On the field for 72 of 82 snaps, drew the critical (and criticized) pass interefence penalty at the end of the game. ***More opportunities abound with Dobson, Thompkins and Gronk all out.***
48.Santana Moss WAS at Atl
49.*Michael Crabtree SF at TB
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday.
50.Steve Smith CAR vs. NYJ
51.Brandon LaFell CAR vs. NYJ
52.Nate Burleson DET vs. Bal
53.*Denarius Moore OAK vs. KC
Note: (Shoulder) Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Officially listed as questionable, but signs 'look positive' that he'll play.***
54.Rueben Randle NYG vs. Sea
55.Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Sea
56.Donnie Avery KC at Oak
57.Jacoby Jones BAL at Det
58.Terrance Williams DAL vs. GB
59.Andre Roberts ARZ at Ten
60.Tiquan Underwood TB vs. SF
61.Davone Bess CLE vs. Chi
62.Mohamed Sanu CIN at Pit
63.Jason Avant PHI at Min
64.Kenny Stills NO at StL
65.*Jerricho Cotchery PIT vs. Cin
Note: Dealing with a shoulder bruise, will likely be limited early.
66.Jeremy Kerley NYJ at Car
67.*DeAndre Hopkins HOU at Ind
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Listed as questionable.***
68.Austin Pettis STL vs. NO
69.Lance Moore NO at StL
70.Kris Durham DET vs. Bal
71.Nate Washington TEN vs. Ari
72.*Santonio Holmes NYJ at Car
Note: (Foot/hamstring) Limited again Thursday.
73.Andre Holmes OAK vs. KC
74.Aldrick Robinson WAS at Atl
75.Robert Woods BUF at Jax
76.Miles Austin DAL vs. GB
77.Rishard Matthews MIA vs. NE
78.Greg Little CLE vs. Chi
79.Vincent Brown SD at Den
80.*Darrius Heyward-Bey IND vs. Hou
Note: On the field less than Rogers and Brazill.
81.Chris Givens STL vs. NO
82.David Nelson NYJ at Car
83.Jarius Wright MIN vs. Phi
84.Robert Meachem NO at StL
85.Cole Beasley DAL vs. GB
86.Brian Quick STL vs. NO
87.Jerome Simpson MIN vs. Phi
88.Jermaine Kearse SEA at NYG
89.Marquise Goodwin BUF at Jax
Note: Shut out the last two weeks, but they hope to get him on the field more the last three weeks.
90.T.J. Graham BUF at Jax
91.Andrew Hawkins CIN at Pit
92.Mike Brown JAC vs. Buf
93.Kenny Britt TEN vs. Ari
94.*Eddie Royal SD at Den
Note: (Toe) Limited participant Tuesday.
95.*Lavon Brazill IND vs. Hou
Note: (Foot) Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday - foot was in a walking boot Thursday. ***Did not practice again Friday, listed as questionable.***
96.*Dexter McCluster KC at Oak
Note: (Ankle) Missed practice Thursday. ***Out with an ankle infection - fortunately tested negative for MRSA. ***
97.*Tavon Austin STL vs. NO
Note: Day-to-day with an ankle injury. Did not practice Wednesday. ***Isn't expected to be able to play this week. ***
98.*Cecil Shorts JAC vs. Buf
Note: (Groin) Missed practice Thursday, considered 'very questionable' for this week. ***Not expected to play this week.***
99.*Kenbrell Thompkins NE at Mia
Note: (Hip) Limited Wednesday and Thursday. ***Officially ruled out this week.***
100.*Mario Manningham SF at TB
Note: (Knee) Listed as questionable.
101.*Percy Harvin SEA at NYG
Note: Remains day-to-day with hip soreness. Did not practice Wednesday. ***Out again, could 'be awhile' before his hip is right.
102.*Aaron Dobson NE at Mia
Note: (Foot) Did not practice Thursday. ***Officially ruled out.***
103.*Wes Welker DEN vs. SD
Note: Suffered a second concussion in three weeks. Not officially ruled out yet, but didn't practice Tuesday. Officially ruled out.

Tight Ends

1.Jimmy Graham NO at StL
2.*Greg Olsen CAR vs. NYJ
Note: (Foot) Limited practice Thursday.
3.Heath Miller PIT vs. Cin
4.Vernon Davis SF at TB
5.Jason Witten DAL vs. GB
Note: Somehow targeted just three times, even with the Cowboys dinking and dunking.
6.*Julius Thomas DEN vs. SD
Note: (Knee) Full practice Tuesday.
7.*Jordan Cameron CLE vs. Chi
Note: ***(Ribs) Listed as probable.***
8.Coby Fleener IND vs. Hou
9.Dennis Pitta BAL at Det
Note: Eleven targets in his first game back.
10.Charles Clay MIA vs. NE
11.*Delanie Walker TEN vs. Ari
Note: (Concussion) Full practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
12.Martellus Bennett CHI at Cle
13.Antonio Gates SD at Den
14.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. Was
15.Ladarius Green SD at Den
Note: Just one target against the G-Men.
16.Jared Cook STL vs. NO
Note: Disappointing output in an otherwise positive matchup.
17.Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. Bal
18.Jacob Tamme DEN vs. SD
19.Timothy Wright TB vs. SF
20.Jermaine Gresham CIN at Pit
21.Andrew Quarless GB at Dal
22.*Zach Miller SEA at NYG
Note: (Ribs) Did not practice Wednesday.
23.Brent Celek PHI at Min
24.Brandon Myers NYG vs. Sea
25.Scott Chandler BUF at Jax
26.Jeff Cumberland NYJ at Car
27.Logan Paulsen WAS at Atl
28.Zach Ertz PHI at Min
29.Tyler Eifert CIN at Pit
30.Kellen Winslow NYJ at Car
31.Ben Watson NO at StL
32.Marcedes Lewis JAC vs. Buf
33.Mychal Rivera OAK vs. KC
34.Joel Dreessen DEN vs. SD
35.Ed Dickson BAL at Det
36.Brandon Bostick GB at Dal
37.*Rob Housler ARZ at Ten
Note: (Groin) Did not practice Thursday. ***Listed as doubtful.***
38.*Garrett Graham HOU at Ind
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday. Meanwhile, Owen Daniels will not return. ***INACTIVE THIS WEEK***.
39.*Jordan Reed WAS at Atl
Note: (Concussion) Once again unable to play after first showing positive signs during the week. Still experiencing headaches. ***Out again this week.***
40.*John Carlson MIN vs. Phi
Note: Suffered a concussion in the loss to the Ravens. Did not practice Thursday. ***Out this week.***
41.*Anthony Fasano KC at Oak
Note: (Concussion/knee) Limited in Thursday's practice.
42.*Rob Gronkowski NE at Mia
Note: Aargh, torn ACL and MCL, out for the season, and the start of next year has to be considered in doubt too.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.LeSean McCoy PHI at Min
Note: What a closing schedule - Vikings, Bears and Cowboys.
2.Jamaal Charles KC at Oak
3.Calvin Johnson DET vs. Bal
4.Josh Gordon CLE vs. Chi
5.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. SD
6.Alshon Jeffery CHI at Cle
7.Andre Johnson HOU at Ind
8.DeSean Jackson PHI at Min
9.Jimmy Graham NO at StL
10.DeMarco Murray DAL vs. GB
11.Matt Forte CHI at Cle
12.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at NYG
Note: *** (Shoulder) Listed as probable. ***
13.*Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. SD
Note: (Shoulder) Full participant in Tuesday's practice.
14.Shane Vereen NE at Mia
15.*Eric Decker DEN vs. SD
Note: (Ribs) Full practice Tuesday - could have a bigger role if Welker can't go.
16.A.J. Green CIN at Pit
17.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Cin
18.Brandon Marshall CHI at Cle
19.Dez Bryant DAL vs. GB
20.*Keenan Allen SD at Den
Note: (Shoulder) Full participant in Tuesday's practice.
21.Julian Edelman NE at Mia
22.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Ten
23.*Eddie Lacy GB at Dal
Note: Briefly left with an ankle injury, but later returned. Draws the Cowboys this week. Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Moving him down for now - if he practices Friday, we'll move him back up. ***Upgraded to probable, so upgrade on my rankings here.***
24.Giovani Bernard CIN at Pit
25.Joique Bell DET vs. Bal
26.Fred Jackson BUF at Jax
27.Danny Woodhead SD at Den
28.Torrey Smith BAL at Det
29.Anquan Boldin SF at TB
30.Brian Hartline MIA vs. NE
31.*Roddy White ATL vs. Was
Note: (Knee) Limited Wednesday and Thursday.
32.Rod Streater OAK vs. KC
33.Marques Colston NO at StL
34.*Greg Olsen CAR vs. NYJ
Note: (Foot) Limited practice Thursday.
35.Zac Stacy STL vs. NO
36.Steven Jackson ATL vs. Was
37.Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. Cin
38.C.J. Spiller BUF at Jax
39.Ryan Mathews SD at Den
40.*Chris Ogbonnaya CLE vs. Chi
Note: Could he be the latest to win the 'Bears Rush Defense Lottery' if McGahee sits? *** McGahee has officially been ruled out.***
41.Riley Cooper PHI at Min
42.*Michael Floyd ARZ at Ten
Note: (Ankle) Sat out practice Wednesday, limited Thursday. ***Limited again Friday, listed as questionable but expected to play.***
43.Jordy Nelson GB at Dal
44.Dwayne Bowe KC at Oak
45.*Vincent Jackson TB vs. SF
Note: Big early touchdown, afterwards very little production. (Hamstring) Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Was listed as probable Friday, is active.***
46.Golden Tate SEA at NYG
47.Victor Cruz NYG vs. Sea
48.Mike Wallace MIA vs. NE
49.Steve Johnson BUF at Jax
50.Cordarrelle Patterson MIN vs. Phi
Note: All three young University of Tennessee players (Patterson, Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter) had big games this week.
51.James Jones GB at Dal
52.Kendall Wright TEN vs. Ari
53.Pierre Thomas NO at StL
54.Marcel Reece OAK vs. KC
55.Ray Rice BAL at Det
56.Bobby Rainey TB vs. SF
57.*Cecil Shorts JAC vs. Buf
Note: (Groin) Missed practice Thursday, considered 'very questionable' for this week. ***Not expected to play this week.***
58.*Doug Baldwin SEA at NYG
Note: (Neck) Did not practice Wednesday.
59.Pierre Garcon WAS at Atl
Note: Late-season value getting crushed by the Shanahanigans.
60.*Emmanuel Sanders PIT vs. Cin
Note: (Foot) Added to the injury report Thursday after being limited in practice. ***Still limited again Friday, but listed as probable.***
61.Danny Amendola NE at Mia
62.Heath Miller PIT vs. Cin
63.Vernon Davis SF at TB
64.Jason Witten DAL vs. GB
Note: Somehow targeted just three times, even with the Cowboys dinking and dunking.
65.*Julius Thomas DEN vs. SD
Note: (Knee) Full practice Tuesday.
66.*Jordan Cameron CLE vs. Chi
Note: ***(Ribs) Listed as probable.***
67.Coby Fleener IND vs. Hou
68.Dennis Pitta BAL at Det
Note: Eleven targets in his first game back.
69.Alfred Morris WAS at Atl
Note: Getting dragged down by the ineptitude of the rest of the team.
70.Harry Douglas ATL vs. Was
71.Jarrett Boykin GB at Dal
72.*T.Y. Hilton IND vs. Hou
Note: Still trying to fight through a shoulder injury.
73.*Justin Hunter TEN vs. Ari
Note: Second-year breakout candidate, almost usable right now.
74.*Toby Gerhart MIN vs. Phi
Note: Suffered a hamstring injury, though the team seems unconcerned. Broke off a big run late against the Ravens. Missed practice again Thursday, needs to show some burst Friday to be able to play. *** Was 'present' at a non-padded practice, but the Vikes activated a RB off the practice squad, perhaps indicating that Gerhart won't play. Check the latest news on the site before kickoff, but I'm not planning on using him.***
75.*Frank Gore SF at TB
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
76.Andre Brown NYG vs. Sea
Note: Once the vulture, now the vultured.
77.*Rashad Jennings OAK vs. KC
Note: Passed final concussion test, should be back in action this week. Full practice this week. ***Listed as probable after practicing all week. I'm still concerned about the workload distribution - how much does Reece get after last week's performance? ***
78.Chris Johnson TEN vs. Ari

Kickers

1.Matt Prater DEN vs. SD
2.Stephen Gostkowski NE at Mia
3.Mason Crosby GB at Dal
4.Justin Tucker BAL at Det
5.Robbie Gould CHI at Cle
6.Nick Novak SD at Den
7.Steven Hauschka SEA at NYG
8.Alex Henery PHI at Min
9.Mike Nugent CIN at Pit
10.Blair Walsh MIN vs. Phi
11.Adam Vinatieri IND vs. Hou
12.David Akers DET vs. Bal
13.Garrett Hartley NO at StL
14.Phil Dawson SF at TB
Note: Hasn't missed since Week 4.
15.Nick Folk NYJ at Car
16.Jay Feely ARZ at Ten
17.Randy Bullock HOU at Ind
18.Rob Bironas TEN vs. Ari
19.Ryan Succop KC at Oak
20.Dan Bailey DAL vs. GB
21.Graham Gano CAR vs. NYJ
22.Dan Carpenter BUF at Jax
23.Matt Bryant ATL vs. Was
24.Caleb Sturgis MIA vs. NE
25.Billy Cundiff CLE vs. Chi
26.Josh Scobee JAC vs. Buf
27.Shaun Suisham PIT vs. Cin
28.Josh Brown NYG vs. Sea
29.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. KC
30.Kai Forbath WAS at Atl
31.Rian Lindell TB vs. SF
32.Greg Zuerlein STL vs. NO

Defenses

1.*Seattle Seahawks at NYG
Note: LB K.J. Wright (foot) out approximately six weeks.
2.Carolina Panthers vs. NYJ
3.San Francisco 49ers at TB
4.Kansas City Chiefs at Oak
5.*Cincinnati Bengals at Pit
Note: Terence Newman out 1-3 weeks with an MCL sprain.
6.*Arizona Cardinals at Ten
Note: Tyrann Mathieu (knee) out for the year, ugh.
7.Denver Broncos vs. SD
8.Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cin
9.New Orleans Saints at StL
10.Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. SF
11.Tennessee Titans vs. Ari
12.Buffalo Bills at Jax
13.Philadelphia Eagles at Min
14.Detroit Lions vs. Bal
15.Atlanta Falcons vs. Was
16.*Chicago Bears at Cle
Note: Lance Briggs (shoulder) hopes to practice this week.
17.Cleveland Browns vs. Chi
18.Green Bay Packers at Dal
19.*Indianapolis Colts vs. Hou
Note: DT Cory Redding injured his quad early in loss to the Bengals, who ran all over the Colts.
20.New York Giants vs. Sea
21.Miami Dolphins vs. NE
22.Houston Texans at Ind
23.Baltimore Ravens at Det
24.New England Patriots at Mia
25.New York Jets at Car
26.Oakland Raiders vs. KC
27.San Diego Chargers at Den
28.Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buf
29.St. Louis Rams vs. NO
30.Washington Redskins at Atl
31.*Dallas Cowboys vs. GB
Note: Sean Lee is day-to-day with a neck strain.
32.*Minnesota Vikings vs. Phi
Note: Xavier Rhodes out several weeks with an ankle injury.