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Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

***First posted Thursday, 1/8.***

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.

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?".

Quarterback

1.Tom Brady NE vs. Bal
2.*Aaron Rodgers GB vs. Dal
Note: Sat out practice Wednesday with a calf strain, but expected to return Thursday.
3.Peyton Manning DEN vs. Ind
4.Andrew Luck IND at Den
5.*Tony Romo DAL at GB
Note: (Back) Standard maintenance day off Wednesday.
6.Russell Wilson SEA vs. Car
7.Joe Flacco BAL at NE
8.Cam Newton CAR at Sea

Running Backs

1.DeMarco Murray DAL at GB
2.C.J. Anderson DEN vs. Ind
3.Eddie Lacy GB vs. Dal
4.*Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. Car
Note: (Back) Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
5.Justin Forsett BAL at NE
6.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Sea
7.LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Bal
8.Dan Herron IND at Den
Note: Fumbled twice, but will remain the starter again this week.
9.Shane Vereen NE vs. Bal
10.Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. Ind
11.James Starks GB vs. Dal
12.Joseph Randle DAL at GB
13.Zurlon Tipton IND at Den
14.DeAngelo Williams CAR at Sea
15.Robert Turbin SEA vs. Car
16.Bernard Pierce BAL at NE
17.Christine Michael SEA vs. Car
18.*Juwan Thompson DEN vs. Ind
Note: (Hip/Knee) Full participant for Wednesday's practice, should be available Sunday if needed.
19.Lance Dunbar DAL at GB
20.*Trent Richardson IND at Den
Note: (Illness) Didn't register a carry last week - but it's not certain whether that was due to the illness, or recent performance.
21.Fozzy Whittaker CAR at Sea
22.Brandon Bolden NE vs. Bal
23.*Jonas Gray NE vs. Bal
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Wednesday's practice.
24.Mike Tolbert CAR at Sea

Wide Receivers

1.Dez Bryant DAL at GB
2.*Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Ind
Note: (Ankle/Finger) Full participant Wednesday.
3.Jordy Nelson GB vs. Dal
4.T.Y. Hilton IND at Den
5.Randall Cobb GB vs. Dal
6.Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. Ind
7.*Brandon LaFell NE vs. Bal
Note: (Toe) Limited at Wednesday's practice, but later said that he was 'fine.'
8.*Julian Edelman NE vs. Bal
Note: (Concussion) Limited Wednesday, but fully expects to play this weekend.
9.Steve Smith BAL at NE
10.Doug Baldwin SEA vs. Car
11.Donte Moncrief IND at Den
12.Torrey Smith BAL at NE
13.Terrance Williams DAL at GB
14.Kelvin Benjamin CAR at Sea
15.Hakeem Nicks IND at Den
16.Cole Beasley DAL at GB
17.Davante Adams GB vs. Dal
18.Reggie Wayne IND at Den
19.Wes Welker DEN vs. Ind
20.Jerricho Cotchery CAR at Sea
21.Danny Amendola NE vs. Bal
22.Cody Latimer DEN vs. Ind
23.*Jermaine Kearse SEA vs. Car
Note: (Hamstring) Full practice Wednesday.
24.*Philly Brown CAR at Sea
Note: (Shoulder) Did not practice Wednesday, but participated in Thursday's workout.

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Bal
2.Greg Olsen CAR at Sea
3.Julius Thomas DEN vs. Ind
4.Coby Fleener IND at Den
Note: Had a touchdown called back last week, but should be heavily targeted against the Broncos.
5.Owen Daniels BAL at NE
6.Jason Witten DAL at GB
7.Luke Willson SEA vs. Car
8.Andrew Quarless GB vs. Dal
9.Dwayne Allen IND at Den
10.Tim Wright NE vs. Bal
11.Richard Rodgers GB vs. Dal
12.Cooper Helfet SEA vs. Car
13.Gavin Escobar DAL at GB
14.Jacob Tamme DEN vs. Ind

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Dez Bryant DAL at GB
2.*Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Ind
Note: (Ankle/Finger) Full participant Wednesday.
3.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Bal
4.Jordy Nelson GB vs. Dal
5.DeMarco Murray DAL at GB
6.C.J. Anderson DEN vs. Ind
7.T.Y. Hilton IND at Den
8.Eddie Lacy GB vs. Dal
9.*Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. Car
Note: (Back) Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
10.Randall Cobb GB vs. Dal
11.Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. Ind
12.*Brandon LaFell NE vs. Bal
Note: (Toe) Limited at Wednesday's practice, but later said that he was 'fine.'
13.*Julian Edelman NE vs. Bal
Note: (Concussion) Limited Wednesday, but fully expects to play this weekend.
14.Justin Forsett BAL at NE
15.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Sea
16.LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Bal
17.Dan Herron IND at Den
Note: Fumbled twice, but will remain the starter again this week.
18.Steve Smith BAL at NE
19.Doug Baldwin SEA vs. Car
20.Donte Moncrief IND at Den
21.Torrey Smith BAL at NE
22.Greg Olsen CAR at Sea
23.Julius Thomas DEN vs. Ind
24.Terrance Williams DAL at GB
25.Kelvin Benjamin CAR at Sea
26.Shane Vereen NE vs. Bal
27.Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. Ind
28.James Starks GB vs. Dal
29.Joseph Randle DAL at GB
30.Coby Fleener IND at Den
Note: Had a touchdown called back last week, but should be heavily targeted against the Broncos.
31.Owen Daniels BAL at NE
32.Jason Witten DAL at GB
33.Hakeem Nicks IND at Den
34.Cole Beasley DAL at GB
35.Luke Willson SEA vs. Car
36.Andrew Quarless GB vs. Dal
37.Dwayne Allen IND at Den
38.Zurlon Tipton IND at Den
39.DeAngelo Williams CAR at Sea
40.Robert Turbin SEA vs. Car
41.Davante Adams GB vs. Dal
42.Reggie Wayne IND at Den
43.Wes Welker DEN vs. Ind
44.Jerricho Cotchery CAR at Sea

Kickers

1.Steven Hauschka SEA vs. Car
2.Connor Barth DEN vs. Ind
3.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Bal
4.Adam Vinatieri IND at Den
5.Mason Crosby GB vs. Dal
6.Dan Bailey DAL at GB
7.Justin Tucker BAL at NE
8.Graham Gano CAR at Sea
Note: Missed a 43-yard attempt in the win over the Cardinals.

Defenses

1.Seattle Seahawks vs. Car
2.New England Patriots vs. Bal
3.*Denver Broncos vs. Ind
Note: Brandon Marshall (foot) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
4.Baltimore Ravens at NE
5.Green Bay Packers vs. Dal
6.*Carolina Panthers at Sea
Note: Big loss for the Panthers - DT Star Lotulelei is out with a fractured foot. S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
7.*Dallas Cowboys at GB
Note: Rolando McClain (concussion) won't be able to practice until at least Friday.
8.*Indianapolis Colts at Den
Note: Greg Toler (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.