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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).

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Here are our rankings for the coming week at each position to help you decide your starting lineup. Our rankings are based on the following scoring system: four 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 10:00 pm PT - it used to be 8:00, but life intervenes, and I coach two soccer practices on Tuesdays now. However, for Week 1 they are up extra early, even with one more preseason game to go. ***These are not draft rankings. They are solely for the given week of the season.***

I will update these during the week, usually twice per week to account for injury or other news during practice. The timing of those updates will vary based on the news at hand and my schedule for the given week. But the first of those updates usually won't happen until Thursday. At any rate, I will post a "last updated" note at the top of the article, or an "update in progress" note if it's while I'm doing it.

The first week is always the trickiest. 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?".

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Quarterback

1.Aaron Rodgers GB at Chi
2.Matt Ryan ATL vs. Phi
3.Tony Romo DAL vs. NYG
Note: Sat out practice Wednesday night, but was back out there Thursday. Much like last season.
4.Tom Brady NE vs. Pit
Note: At the risk of overvaluing the preseason, Pittsburgh's defense looks terrible again. I expect Brady and Gronk to have a field day Thursday night. Tiny downgrade due to the weather.
5.Ben Roethlisberger PIT at NE
6.Peyton Manning DEN vs. Bal
7.Andrew Luck IND at Buf
Note: Downgrading ever so slightly because of the matchup - I have visions of Rodgers' visit to Buffalo in December last season in my head.
8.Sam Bradford PHI at Atl
9.Eli Manning NYG at Dal
10.Drew Brees NO at Ari
11.Ryan Tannehill MIA at Was
12.Russell Wilson SEA at StL
13.Jay Cutler CHI vs. GB
14.Carson Palmer ARZ vs. NO
15.Philip Rivers SD vs. Det
16.*Andy Dalton CIN at Oak
Note: Potentially dangerous trap game. Look for Khalil Mack to wreak havoc with the Bengals' offensive line. (Neck) Not on the Week 1 injury report.
17.Cam Newton CAR at Jax
18.Teddy Bridgewater MIN at SF
19.Joe Flacco BAL at Den
20.*Tyrod Taylor BUF vs. Ind
Note: Bills re-signed Matt Cassel and will make him the backup over E.J. Manuel.
21.Matthew Stafford DET at SD
22.Alex Smith KC at Hou
23.Colin Kaepernick SF vs. Min
24.Marcus Mariota TEN at TB
25.Brian Hoyer HOU vs. KC
26.*Jameis Winston TB vs. Ten
Note: Sprained an ankle during the second preseason week, but not on this week's injury list.
27.Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ vs. Cle
28.Nick Foles STL vs. Sea
29.Blake Bortles JAC vs. Car
30.Kirk Cousins WAS vs. Mia
Note: He'll probably get sacked less frequently than RG3 would have, but this could get ugly. Colt McCoy and not RG3 will be the backup this week.
31.Derek Carr OAK vs. Cin
32.Josh McCown CLE at NYJ
Note: Johnny Manziel (elbow) might still be the backup behind McCown, but it could be Austin Davis instead.

Running Backs

1.Eddie Lacy GB at Chi
Note: Love the matchup in Week 1 - I expect the Packers to lean heavily on Lacy given their injuries at WR.
2.Adrian Peterson MIN at SF
3.Marshawn Lynch SEA at StL
4.DeMarco Murray PHI at Atl
5.Jeremy Hill CIN at Oak
6.Justin Forsett BAL at Den
7.Jamaal Charles KC at Hou
8.C.J. Anderson DEN vs. Bal
9.Lamar Miller MIA at Was
10.Doug Martin TB vs. Ten
11.Mark Ingram NO at Ari
12.Matt Forte CHI vs. GB
13.*LeSean McCoy BUF vs. Ind
Note: Buried for now because of the hamstring injury. Full practice Thursday, probably won't be 100 percent, but should play. ***Now expected to have the bulk of the carries, if not quite a full load.***
14.Latavius Murray OAK vs. Cin
15.*Alfred Morris WAS vs. Mia
Note: ***Appears to be in some sort of time-share with Matt Jones: '...Alfredís still the bell cow. We want to keep him fresh for 16 games. If he gets 12 to 20 carries, Matt Jones gets eight to 10, I donít know how thatís going to work or play out....'***
16.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Jax
17.*Tevin Coleman ATL vs. Phi
Note: Officially the starter for this week.
18.Carlos Hyde SF vs. Min
19.Andre Ellington ARZ vs. NO
20.Chris Ivory NYJ vs. Cle
21.*Frank Gore IND at Buf
Note: Colts coach Chuck Pagano is already talking about monitoring Gore's workload.
22.*Bishop Sankey TEN at TB
Note: My candidate to outperform expectations. Cobb is out, and the running QB should open up some rushing lanes for him.
23.Melvin Gordon SD vs. Det
24.Rashad Jennings NYG at Dal
25.*DeAngelo Williams PIT at NE
Note: Starting in Week 1 with Le'Veon Bell suspended.
26.*Joseph Randle DAL vs. NYG
Note: Conflicting reports on who will start between Randle and McFadden. Reports surfacing Wednesday suggested McFadden, but Randle ran with the first-team offense Thursday. ***The latest from Adam Schefter is that Randle should start and be the lead back, but his report is anonymously sourced.***
27.T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. Car
28.*Ameer Abdullah DET at SD
Note: Going to be used as the team's kick and punt returner - that might actually mean fewer plays from scrimmage early on for Abdullah. ***Bell will start, but Abdullah is expected to play a big role in the offense too, for whatever that's worth. Very hard to gauge what that translates to.***
29.*Joique Bell DET at SD
Note: (Knee/Achilles) Full participant in practice this week.
30.*Benny Cunningham STL vs. Sea
Note: Might start with Mason banged up.
31.*Isaiah Crowell CLE at NYJ
Note: Leading candidate to start, with Duke Johnson recovering from a concussion and Terrance West now gone. Further complicating matters is the suspension of the OL coach.
32.Alfred Blue HOU vs. KC
33.Giovani Bernard CIN at Oak
34.*Brandon Bolden NE vs. Pit
Note: Wild guess that he gets more carries in Week 1 with Blount suspended, but as always with the Pats, estimating who gets the work in any given week is difficult at best.
35.*Darren McFadden DAL vs. NYG
Note: Conflicting reports on who will start between Randle and McFadden. Reports surfacing Wednesday suggested McFadden, but Randle ran with the first-team offense Thursday.
36.Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. Bal
37.David Johnson ARZ vs. NO
38.Ryan Mathews PHI at Atl
39.Shane Vereen NYG at Dal
40.Dion Lewis NE vs. Pit
41.James Starks GB at Chi
42.Charles Sims TB vs. Ten
43.Danny Woodhead SD vs. Det
44.*Duke Johnson CLE at NYJ
Note: Remains in the concussion protocol and didn't practice Monday. Returned to practice Wednesday and has been cleared to play. ***Full practice Thursday and Friday.***
45.Knile Davis KC at Hou
46.Denard Robinson JAC vs. Car
47.*Devonta Freeman ATL vs. Phi
Note: Could leapfrog Coleman as soon as he demonstrates his hamstring has healed. Still limited in Thursday's practice. Coleman named the starter for this week. ***Full practice Friday and Saturday, listed as probable.***
48.Javorius Allen BAL at Den
49.*Matt Jones WAS vs. Mia
Note: ***Could get 8-to-10 carries, depending on game-flow.***
50.Andre Williams NYG at Dal
51.*Damien Williams MIA at Was
Note: Likely the top backup behind Lamar Miller with Jay Ajayi placed on the IR-to-return list.
52.Cameron Artis-Payne CAR at Jax
53.*Christine Michael DAL vs. NYG
Note: Traded to the Cowboys for a conditional 7th round pick. While there's a potential huge upside, I have tempered expectations for Week 1 - he's currently listed as third on the depth chart, plus he's got to learn a new offense, and focus/work-ethic has been an issue for him in the past.
54.*Roy Helu OAK vs. Cin
Note: Officially listed as third on the depth chart, behind Murray and Taiwan Jones.
55.Jeremy Langford CHI vs. GB
56.Fred Jackson SEA at StL
57.*Josh Robinson IND at Buf
Note: Leading candidate to be Frank Gore's backup now that Boom Herron is on the IR list. (Concussion) Not on the Week 1 injury list.
58.Darren Sproles PHI at Atl
59.*Terrance West TEN at TB
Note: Traded to the Titans for a conditional 7th round pick. Could be the backup with Cobb out.
60.Reggie Bush SF vs. Min
61.Jerick McKinnon MIN at SF
62.Theo Riddick DET at SD
63.Lance Dunbar DAL vs. NYG
64.Zach Zenner DET at SD
65.*Khiry Robinson NO at Ari
Note: (Undisclosed injury) Might not be ready for Week 1. The Saints are carrying five RBs for now. Not listed on the Week 1 injury report.
66.Karlos Williams BUF vs. Ind
67.James White NE vs. Pit
68.Dexter McCluster TEN at TB
69.Zac Stacy NYJ vs. Cle
70.Chris Johnson ARZ vs. NO
71.Chase Reynolds STL vs. Sea
72.Stevan Ridley NYJ vs. Cle
73.Chris Polk HOU vs. KC
74.Bobby Rainey TB vs. Ten
75.Juwan Thompson DEN vs. Bal
76.*Travaris Cadet NE vs. Pit
Note: (Hamstring) Full practice Monday, but competing with Dion Lewis and James White for third-down reps (though that could possibly be more if the Pats come out throwing a lot against Pittsburgh). Full practice this week, but listed as questionable for Thursday.
77.*Antonio Andrews TEN at TB
Note: (Hamstring) Limited Thursday.
78.Bryce Brown BUF vs. Ind
79.Terron Ward ATL vs. Phi
80.*Tre Mason STL vs. Sea
Note: (Hamstring) Officially listed as questionable, but the reports over the weekend from Coach Jeff Fisher sounded optimistic. Didn't practice Wednesday, looking less optimistic. ***Didn't practice all week, will try to work out before Sunday's game but it doesn't look optimistic.***
81.*Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL at Den
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Thursday.
82.*C.J. Spiller NO at Ari
Note: (Knee) Might not be ready for Week 1. Didn't practice Wednesday, not expected to play this week.
83.*LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Pit
Note: Suspended for Week 1.
84.*Le'Veon Bell PIT at NE
Note: Suspended for the first two games, down from three games.
85.*Todd Gurley STL vs. Sea
Note: The Rams don't have a specific target date for Gurley (knee) to start playing in games, though they're hopeful it's before their Week 6 bye. Rams now pointing to Week 4.
86.*Arian Foster HOU vs. KC
Note: Foster (groin) is 'ahead of schedule,' though the Texans aren't really putting a timetable on his return. The general consensus from those covering the team is late-September, early-October.

Wide Receivers

1.Antonio Brown PIT at NE
2.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. NYG
Note: ***(Hamstring) Probable for Sunday night.***
3.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Bal
4.Julio Jones ATL vs. Phi
5.Odell Beckham NYG at Dal
6.A.J. Green CIN at Oak
7.Calvin Johnson DET at SD
8.Brandin Cooks NO at Ari
9.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. KC
10.*Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. Bal
Note: Dealt with a hamstring injury in the preseason, but should be good to go for Week 1. So much so, that the Broncos plan on using him as a punt return guy.
11.Jordan Matthews PHI at Atl
12.*Randall Cobb GB at Chi
Note: Was still bothered by his shoulder last week. Wednesday will be an illuminating day. Range of motion limited in practice this week, but Cobb vowed that he would play Sunday. ***Listed as probable despite limited practices this week.***
13.Golden Tate DET at SD
14.Davante Adams GB at Chi
15.*Julian Edelman NE vs. Pit
Note: Limited most of the preseason by a lower leg issue, but expected to be ready for Thursday.
16.*T.Y. Hilton IND at Buf
Note: In the concussion protocol last week, but was able to practice in non-contact drills at least. Not on the Week 1 injury report.
17.Keenan Allen SD vs. Det
18.Jeremy Maclin KC at Hou
19.Jarvis Landry MIA at Was
20.Vincent Jackson TB vs. Ten
21.Sammy Watkins BUF vs. Ind
22.*DeSean Jackson WAS vs. Mia
Note: (Shoulder) Not on the initial injury report.
23.Allen Robinson JAC vs. Car
24.Andre Johnson IND at Buf
25.Brandon Marshall NYJ vs. Cle
26.*Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. GB
Note: (Calf) Not present at the media portion of Monday's practice. I'm starting to get nervous, but won't move into panic mode until Thursday or Friday, if he's still sitting out then. Limited both Wednesday and Thursday. ***Limited practice Friday, listed as questionable, but still expected to play.***
27.Torrey Smith SF vs. Min
28.Amari Cooper OAK vs. Cin
29.Markus Wheaton PIT at NE
30.*Roddy White ATL vs. Phi
Note: (Elbow) Full practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable for Monday night.***
31.Eric Decker NYJ vs. Cle
32.Mike Wallace MIN at SF
33.*Danny Amendola NE vs. Pit
Note: Much bigger role thanks to the Legend of LaFell.
34.John Brown ARZ vs. NO
35.Kendall Wright TEN at TB
36.Steve Smith BAL at Den
37.Charles Johnson MIN at SF
38.*Rueben Randle NYG at Dal
Note: Would start in Week 1 if Victor Cruz can't go.
39.Marques Colston NO at Ari
40.Anquan Boldin SF vs. Min
41.Terrance Williams DAL vs. NYG
42.Marvin Jones CIN at Oak
43.Brian Quick STL vs. Sea
44.Nelson Agholor PHI at Atl
45.Kenny Stills MIA at Was
46.Steve Johnson SD vs. Det
47.*Eddie Royal CHI vs. GB
Note: Starting with Kevin White out, and might be the primary target with Alshon Jeffery nursing a calf injury. (Hip) Also limited - in fact, all three Bears wideouts were limited Thursday. ***Listed as questionable but expected to play.***
48.*Philly Brown CAR at Jax
Note: Named one of the two starting wideouts for Week 1, along with Ted Ginn.
49.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ vs. NO
50.*Kamar Aiken BAL at Den
Note: Starting until Breshad Perriman can play.
51.*Allen Hurns JAC vs. Car
Note: (Hip) Not listed on the Week 1 injury report.
52.*Michael Floyd ARZ vs. NO
Note: Slipped in drafts because of his broken fingers, but he might be ready for Week 1. Limited practice Thursday. ***Appears likely to play on Sunday, though it's a late-afternoon start.***
53.*DeVante Parker MIA at Was
Note: (Foot) Played in the preseason finale, and his foot responded well. I wouldn't start him this first week, but he's a guy you want to stash. Good week of practice. ***Listed as probable.***
54.*Devin Funchess CAR at Jax
Note: Not officially starting for the Panthers, but pushing Philly Brown and Ted Ginn for playing time.
55.*Mike Evans TB vs. Ten
Note: (Hamstring) Held out of practice Monday after missing the last two preseason games. Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, will be a game-time decision. ***Limited practice Friday, still a game-time decision. Making matters worse, Evans has a late-game, giving you fewer pivot options.***
56.*Phillip Dorsett IND at Buf
Note: Beat out Donte Moncrief for the third receiver's slot on the Colts. We'll see how meaningful that distinction is by the number of targets he gets.
57.Pierre Garcon WAS vs. Mia
58.*Percy Harvin BUF vs. Ind
Note: (Hip) Didn't practice Wednesday, but returned Thursday and is expected to be 'full-go' Sunday.
59.Brandon Coleman NO at Ari
60.Cody Latimer DEN vs. Bal
61.Josh Huff PHI at Atl
62.*James Jones GB at Chi
Note: Signed with the Packers on Monday - how quickly will he ramp up into the third or even second receiver role?
63.Leonard Hankerson ATL vs. Phi
64.Donte Moncrief IND at Buf
Note: Formerly trendy wideout is now the Colts' fourth receiver. If you have him, don't let him go just yet - there's too much talent and he's on too good of a team to surrender just yet.
65.*Aaron Dobson NE vs. Pit
Note: Dobson's previous owners may swear off him forever, but suddenly he's the Pats' No. 3 receiver to start the season.
66.*Andrew Hawkins CLE at NYJ
Note: Added by popular (?) demand.
67.Kenny Britt STL vs. Sea
68.Michael Crabtree OAK vs. Cin
69.Doug Baldwin SEA at StL
70.Stedman Bailey STL vs. Sea
71.Cecil Shorts HOU vs. KC
72.Dorial Green-Beckham TEN at TB
73.Ty Montgomery GB at Chi
74.*Sammie Coates PIT at NE
Note: Should get more reps with Martavis Bryant out.
75.Malcom Floyd SD vs. Det
76.Rishard Matthews MIA at Was
77.Jeff Janis GB at Chi
78.Tyler Lockett SEA at StL
79.Marlon Brown BAL at Den
80.*Ted Ginn CAR at Jax
Note: Named the other starting wide receiver opposite Philly Brown for Week 1.
81.*Marquess Wilson CHI vs. GB
Note: (Hamstring) Practiced Monday, could start if Jeffery can't go. Limited practice Thursday.
82.Jaelen Strong HOU vs. KC
83.Robert Woods BUF vs. Ind
84.Chris Conley KC at Hou
85.Greg Jennings MIA at Was
86.Mohamed Sanu CIN at Oak
87.Cole Beasley DAL vs. NYG
88.Justin Hardy ATL vs. Phi
89.*Marqise Lee JAC vs. Car
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday. ***Doubtful for Week 1.***
90.*Dwayne Bowe CLE at NYJ
Note: (Hamstring) Limited in practice, listed on the third string on the depth chart. ***Inactive this week.***
91.*Breshad Perriman BAL at Den
Note: (Knee) 'Has a chance' to return to practice this week. Doesn't exactly sound like an optimistic pronouncement. Did not practice Thursday.
92.*Victor Cruz NYG at Dal
Note: (Calf, Knee) Not at practice Monday, didn't even work on the side. Did not practice Thursday, but not officially out yet.
93.*Martavis Bryant PIT at NE
Note: Suspended the first four games of the season.

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Pit
2.Jimmy Graham SEA at StL
3.*Travis Kelce KC at Hou
Note: (Ankle) Practiced Sunday and is 'good-to-go' for Week 1.
4.Greg Olsen CAR at Jax
5.Martellus Bennett CHI vs. GB
6.Jordan Cameron MIA at Was
7.Jason Witten DAL vs. NYG
8.Owen Daniels DEN vs. Bal
9.Richard Rodgers GB at Chi
10.Tyler Eifert CIN at Oak
11.Vernon Davis SF vs. Min
12.Heath Miller PIT at NE
13.Mychal Rivera OAK vs. Cin
14.Josh Hill NO at Ari
15.Delanie Walker TEN at TB
16.*Jordan Reed WAS vs. Mia
Note: (Hamstring) Not on the injury list.
17.*Eric Ebron DET at SD
Note: (Ankle) Full practice Thursday. ***Officially probable.***
18.*Charles Clay BUF vs. Ind
Note: (Knee) Full practice this week.
19.Kyle Rudolph MIN at SF
20.Coby Fleener IND at Buf
21.Dwayne Allen IND at Buf
22.Brent Celek PHI at Atl
23.*Scott Chandler NE vs. Pit
Note: Added to the rankings.
24.Larry Donnell NYG at Dal
25.Virgil Green DEN vs. Bal
26.*Marcedes Lewis JAC vs. Car
Note: ***Added to the rankings, starting in place of the injured Julius Thomas.***
27.Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB vs. Ten
28.*Ladarius Green SD vs. Det
Note: Potential concussion, did not practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, but listed as questionable and not officially cleared from the concussion protocol.***
29.Crockett Gillmore BAL at Den
Note: Starting ahead of rookie Maxx Williams, at least for now.
30.*Ben Watson NO at Ari
Note: Added to the rankings.
31.Jared Cook STL vs. Sea
32.*Jeff Cumberland NYJ vs. Cle
Note: The starter with Jace Amaro out for the season.
33.Garrett Graham HOU vs. KC
34.Gavin Escobar DAL vs. NYG
35.Lance Kendricks STL vs. Sea
36.Maxx Williams BAL at Den
37.*Jermaine Gresham ARZ vs. NO
Note: (Hamstring) Expected to return to practice this week. Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Officially questionable.***
38.*Zach Ertz PHI at Atl
Note: Had surgery mid-August to repair a core muscle injury and missed all the preseason. Status for Week 1 is still up in the air. Limited practice Thursday, going to be a game-time decision. ***Officially listed as questionable.***
39.*Julius Thomas JAC vs. Car
Note: Needed surgery for his injured finger and will be out the first month.
40.*Antonio Gates SD vs. Det
Note: Suspended for the first four games of the season.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Antonio Brown PIT at NE
2.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. NYG
Note: ***(Hamstring) Probable for Sunday night.***
3.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Bal
4.Julio Jones ATL vs. Phi
5.Eddie Lacy GB at Chi
Note: Love the matchup in Week 1 - I expect the Packers to lean heavily on Lacy given their injuries at WR.
6.Adrian Peterson MIN at SF
7.Justin Forsett BAL at Den
8.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Pit
9.Marshawn Lynch SEA at StL
10.DeMarco Murray PHI at Atl
11.Jamaal Charles KC at Hou
12.Odell Beckham NYG at Dal
13.A.J. Green CIN at Oak
14.Calvin Johnson DET at SD
15.Brandin Cooks NO at Ari
16.Jeremy Hill CIN at Oak
17.C.J. Anderson DEN vs. Bal
18.Lamar Miller MIA at Was
19.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. KC
20.*Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. Bal
Note: Dealt with a hamstring injury in the preseason, but should be good to go for Week 1. So much so, that the Broncos plan on using him as a punt return guy.
21.Jordan Matthews PHI at Atl
22.*Randall Cobb GB at Chi
Note: Was still bothered by his shoulder last week. Wednesday will be an illuminating day. Range of motion limited in practice this week, but Cobb vowed that he would play Sunday. ***Listed as probable despite limited practices this week.***
23.Matt Forte CHI vs. GB
24.Golden Tate DET at SD
25.Davante Adams GB at Chi
26.*Julian Edelman NE vs. Pit
Note: Limited most of the preseason by a lower leg issue, but expected to be ready for Thursday.
27.*T.Y. Hilton IND at Buf
Note: In the concussion protocol last week, but was able to practice in non-contact drills at least. Not on the Week 1 injury report.
28.*Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. GB
Note: (Calf) Not present at the media portion of Monday's practice. I'm starting to get nervous, but won't move into panic mode until Thursday or Friday, if he's still sitting out then. Limited both Wednesday and Thursday. ***Limited practice Friday, listed as questionable, but still expected to play.***
29.Keenan Allen SD vs. Det
30.Jeremy Maclin KC at Hou
31.Jarvis Landry MIA at Was
32.Jimmy Graham SEA at StL
33.Doug Martin TB vs. Ten
34.Mark Ingram NO at Ari
35.Latavius Murray OAK vs. Cin
36.Andre Ellington ARZ vs. NO
37.Vincent Jackson TB vs. Ten
38.Sammy Watkins BUF vs. Ind
39.Brandon Marshall NYJ vs. Cle
40.*Frank Gore IND at Buf
Note: Colts coach Chuck Pagano is already talking about monitoring Gore's workload.
41.*Alfred Morris WAS vs. Mia
Note: ***Appears to be in some sort of time-share with Matt Jones: '...Alfredís still the bell cow. We want to keep him fresh for 16 games. If he gets 12 to 20 carries, Matt Jones gets eight to 10, I donít know how thatís going to work or play out....'***
42.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Jax
43.*Travis Kelce KC at Hou
Note: (Ankle) Practiced Sunday and is 'good-to-go' for Week 1.
44.Greg Olsen CAR at Jax
45.*DeSean Jackson WAS vs. Mia
Note: (Shoulder) Not on the initial injury report.
46.Allen Robinson JAC vs. Car
47.Torrey Smith SF vs. Min
48.Amari Cooper OAK vs. Cin
49.Martellus Bennett CHI vs. GB
50.Carlos Hyde SF vs. Min
51.Chris Ivory NYJ vs. Cle
52.*Bishop Sankey TEN at TB
Note: My candidate to outperform expectations. Cobb is out, and the running QB should open up some rushing lanes for him.
53.Andre Johnson IND at Buf
54.Markus Wheaton PIT at NE
55.*Mike Evans TB vs. Ten
Note: (Hamstring) Held out of practice Monday after missing the last two preseason games. Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, will be a game-time decision. ***Limited practice Friday, still a game-time decision. Making matters worse, Evans has a late-game, giving you fewer pivot options.***
56.*Roddy White ATL vs. Phi
Note: (Elbow) Full practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable for Monday night.***
57.Eric Decker NYJ vs. Cle
58.Mike Wallace MIN at SF
59.*Danny Amendola NE vs. Pit
Note: Much bigger role thanks to the Legend of LaFell.
60.Jordan Cameron MIA at Was
61.Melvin Gordon SD vs. Det
62.*Joseph Randle DAL vs. NYG
Note: Conflicting reports on who will start between Randle and McFadden. Reports surfacing Wednesday suggested McFadden, but Randle ran with the first-team offense Thursday. ***The latest from Adam Schefter is that Randle should start and be the lead back, but his report is anonymously sourced.***
63.*DeAngelo Williams PIT at NE
Note: Starting in Week 1 with Le'Veon Bell suspended.
64.Kendall Wright TEN at TB
65.Steve Smith BAL at Den
66.John Brown ARZ vs. NO
67.Charles Johnson MIN at SF
68.*Isaiah Crowell CLE at NYJ
Note: Leading candidate to start, with Duke Johnson recovering from a concussion and Terrance West now gone. Further complicating matters is the suspension of the OL coach.
69.Alfred Blue HOU vs. KC
70.*Tevin Coleman ATL vs. Phi
Note: Officially the starter for this week.
71.*Ameer Abdullah DET at SD
Note: Going to be used as the team's kick and punt returner - that might actually mean fewer plays from scrimmage early on for Abdullah. ***Bell will start, but Abdullah is expected to play a big role in the offense too, for whatever that's worth. Very hard to gauge what that translates to.***
72.T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. Car
73.Giovani Bernard CIN at Oak
74.Marques Colston NO at Ari
75.Shane Vereen NYG at Dal
76.Anquan Boldin SF vs. Min
77.*Eddie Royal CHI vs. GB
Note: Starting with Kevin White out, and might be the primary target with Alshon Jeffery nursing a calf injury. (Hip) Also limited - in fact, all three Bears wideouts were limited Thursday. ***Listed as questionable but expected to play.***
78.Rashad Jennings NYG at Dal
79.*Tre Mason STL vs. Sea
Note: (Hamstring) Officially listed as questionable, but the reports over the weekend from Coach Jeff Fisher sounded optimistic. Didn't practice Wednesday, looking less optimistic. ***Didn't practice all week, will try to work out before Sunday's game but it doesn't look optimistic.***
80.Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. Bal
81.*LeSean McCoy BUF vs. Ind
Note: Buried for now because of the hamstring injury. Full practice Thursday, probably won't be 100 percent, but should play. ***Now expected to have the bulk of the carries, if not quite a full load.***
82.Charles Sims TB vs. Ten
83.Danny Woodhead SD vs. Det
84.*Joique Bell DET at SD
Note: (Knee/Achilles) Full participant in practice this week.
85.*Brandon Bolden NE vs. Pit
Note: Wild guess that he gets more carries in Week 1 with Blount suspended, but as always with the Pats, estimating who gets the work in any given week is difficult at best.
86.Jason Witten DAL vs. NYG
87.Owen Daniels DEN vs. Bal
88.Richard Rodgers GB at Chi
89.Marvin Jones CIN at Oak
90.*Rueben Randle NYG at Dal
Note: Would start in Week 1 if Victor Cruz can't go.
91.Brian Quick STL vs. Sea
92.Nelson Agholor PHI at Atl
93.Terrance Williams DAL vs. NYG
94.Kenny Stills MIA at Was
95.David Johnson ARZ vs. NO
96.*Philly Brown CAR at Jax
Note: Named one of the two starting wideouts for Week 1, along with Ted Ginn.
97.Steve Johnson SD vs. Det
98.*Kamar Aiken BAL at Den
Note: Starting until Breshad Perriman can play.
99.*Michael Floyd ARZ vs. NO
Note: Slipped in drafts because of his broken fingers, but he might be ready for Week 1. Limited practice Thursday. ***Appears likely to play on Sunday, though it's a late-afternoon start.***
100.*Devin Funchess CAR at Jax
Note: Not officially starting for the Panthers, but pushing Philly Brown and Ted Ginn for playing time.
101.Ryan Mathews PHI at Atl
102.James Starks GB at Chi
103.*Devonta Freeman ATL vs. Phi
Note: Could leapfrog Coleman as soon as he demonstrates his hamstring has healed. Still limited in Thursday's practice. Coleman named the starter for this week. ***Full practice Friday and Saturday, listed as probable.***
104.Knile Davis KC at Hou
105.Denard Robinson JAC vs. Car
106.Dion Lewis NE vs. Pit
107.*Christine Michael DAL vs. NYG
Note: Traded to the Cowboys for a conditional 7th round pick. While there's a potential huge upside, I have tempered expectations for Week 1 - he's currently listed as third on the depth chart, plus he's got to learn a new offense, and focus/work-ethic has been an issue for him in the past.
108.*Darren McFadden DAL vs. NYG
Note: Conflicting reports on who will start between Randle and McFadden. Reports surfacing Wednesday suggested McFadden, but Randle ran with the first-team offense Thursday.
109.*Damien Williams MIA at Was
Note: Likely the top backup behind Lamar Miller with Jay Ajayi placed on the IR-to-return list.
110.*Roy Helu OAK vs. Cin
Note: Officially listed as third on the depth chart, behind Murray and Taiwan Jones.
111.Fred Jackson SEA at StL
112.Tyler Eifert CIN at Oak
113.Vernon Davis SF vs. Min
114.Josh Hill NO at Ari

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Pit
2.Justin Tucker BAL at Den
3.Steven Hauschka SEA at StL
4.Dan Bailey DAL vs. NYG
5.Mason Crosby GB at Chi
6.Brandon McManus DEN vs. Bal
7.Cody Parkey PHI at Atl
8.Matt Bryant ATL vs. Phi
9.*Josh Lambo SD vs. Det
Note: Surprise winner of the Chargers job over Nick Novak.
10.Adam Vinatieri IND at Buf
11.Phil Dawson SF vs. Min
12.Josh Brown NYG at Dal
13.*Zach Hocker NO at Ari
Note: Won the Saints job in training camp, beating out Dustin Hopkins.
14.Randy Bullock HOU vs. KC
15.*Josh Scobee PIT at NE
Note: Kicker number three already for the Steelers, but perhaps the best of the bunch.
16.Mike Nugent CIN at Oak
17.Cairo Santos KC at Hou
18.Chandler Catanzaro ARZ vs. NO
Note: Missed two extra points from the new distance in the preseason.
19.Matt Prater DET at SD
20.Nick Folk NYJ vs. Cle
21.*Dan Carpenter BUF vs. Ind
Note: Didn't have a good preseason, resulting in the Bills working out Billy Cundiff and Alex Henery.
22.Blair Walsh MIN at SF
Note: Had a horrible preseason, going 5-for-11 on field goals.
23.Robbie Gould CHI vs. GB
24.*Andrew Franks MIA at Was
Note: Beat out Caleb Sturgis for the starting job.
25.Graham Gano CAR at Jax
26.Kai Forbath WAS vs. Mia
27.Greg Zuerlein STL vs. Sea
28.*Kyle Brindza TB vs. Ten
Note: Beat out Patrick Murray for the job after Murray suffered a knee injury.
29.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. Cin
30.*Jason Myers JAC vs. Car
Note: The new kicker for the Jaguars.
31.Ryan Succop TEN at TB
32.*Travis Coons CLE at NYJ
Note: Won the Browns job in camp.

Defenses

1.*Houston Texans vs. KC
Note: Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will play in the season opener.
2.New York Jets vs. Cle
3.Miami Dolphins at Was
4.Seattle Seahawks at StL
5.Indianapolis Colts at Buf
6.*Cincinnati Bengals at Oak
Note: DE Michael Johnson sprained his MCL early in camp and is starting to practice this week. Vontaze Burfict (knee) beginning the year on the PUP list.
7.Denver Broncos vs. Bal
8.Buffalo Bills vs. Ind
9.*Carolina Panthers at Jax
Note: DT Star Lotulelei (foot) unlikely to be ready for Week 1.
10.Minnesota Vikings at SF
11.Kansas City Chiefs at Hou
12.New England Patriots vs. Pit
13.San Diego Chargers vs. Det
14.St. Louis Rams vs. Sea
15.Arizona Cardinals vs. NO
16.Detroit Lions at SD
17.Cleveland Browns at NYJ
18.Philadelphia Eagles at Atl
19.Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Car
20.Baltimore Ravens at Den
21.Green Bay Packers at Chi
22.Oakland Raiders vs. Cin
23.Dallas Cowboys vs. NYG
24.San Francisco 49ers vs. Min
25.Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Ten
26.Washington Redskins vs. Mia
27.Tennessee Titans at TB
28.*New York Giants at Dal
Note: Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) might be ready to play by Week 2.
29.Chicago Bears vs. GB
Note: Jared Allen is transitioning to an OLB position in a 3-4.
30.Atlanta Falcons vs. Phi
31.*Pittsburgh Steelers at NE
Note: Lawrence Timmons (turf toe) should be ready for the season opener.
32.New Orleans Saints at Ari