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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).

Sunday Update Complete (9:00 a.m. PT)

Bye Week - Dallas, Oakland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

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. ***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.

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.Aaron Rodgers GB vs. SD
2.Tom Brady NE at Ind
3.Matt Ryan ATL at NO
4.Andy Dalton CIN at Buf
Note: Where does Dalton rank for you the rest of the season? After seeing his performance against the Seahawks, he's easily in my top 10. He might scare the top 5.
5.Sam Bradford PHI vs. NYG
Note: After a pair of early and ugly end zone interceptions, Bradford got it together and the Eagles' offense rolled against the Saints. There still might be a small buy-low window open.
6.Carson Palmer ARZ at Pit
7.Drew Brees NO vs. Atl
8.Philip Rivers SD at GB
9.*Andrew Luck IND vs. NE
Note: (Shoulder) Full participant in Monday's practice. Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday, though he was throwing. ***Full practice Friday, should play.***
10.Jay Cutler CHI at Det
11.*Brian Hoyer HOU at Jax
Note: Named the starter ahead of Mallet of replacing him last Thursday.
12.Peyton Manning DEN at Cle
13.Teddy Bridgewater MIN vs. KC
14.Eli Manning NYG at Phi
Note: Eli was able to engineer the game-winning drive without Beckham or Randle. Still uncertainty at who'll be available Monday night - moved down a couple of spots.
15.*Blake Bortles JAC vs. Hou
Note: Bortles suffered a Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder and probably won't practice Wednesday, but is expected to play. Full practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
16.Colin Kaepernick SF vs. Bal
17.Cam Newton CAR at Sea
18.Joe Flacco BAL at SF
19.Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ vs. Was
20.Alex Smith KC at Min
Note: Even before losing Jamaal Charles, Smith and the Chiefs were disappointing in the loss to the Bears.
21.Ryan Tannehill MIA at Ten
22.Russell Wilson SEA vs. Car
23.*EJ Manuel BUF vs. Cin
Note: Apparently in line to start this week if reports of a sprained MCL suffered by Tyrod Taylor are true. Taking first-team snaps in practice so far this week.
24.*Matthew Stafford DET vs. Chi
Note: Pulled from last week's game in the third quarter after his third interception, but at least this week there's no chance that he loses his job to Dan Orlovsky.
25.*Josh McCown CLE vs. Den
Note: (Ankle) McCown may need to get a day off from practice this week. Limited practice Wednesday. ***Limited practice all three days this week, but listed as probable.***
26.Kirk Cousins WAS at NYJ
27.Marcus Mariota TEN vs. Mia
28.Michael Vick PIT vs. Ari
Note: Vick didn't have 100 passing yards until the fourth quarter, but did come up big in the fourth.
29.*Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. Ari
Note: (Knee) Participating in limited practice, including 7-on-7 drills, but a longshot to play this week. ***Officially out this week.***
30.*Tyrod Taylor BUF vs. Cin
Note: Taylor may miss multiple weeks due to a sprained MCL. E.J. Manuel would get the start this week if that's the case. The Bills signed Josh Johnson as a third quarterback this week. Not yet officially out, but limited in practice the last two days. ***Not expected to play, but could return next week against Jacksonville.***
31.*Matt Hasselbeck IND vs. NE
Note: (Bacterial infection) Full practice Monday.

Running Backs

1.Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. Ari
2.*Arian Foster HOU at Jax
Note: (Groin) Limited in Wednesday's practice, but expected to be a full go this week.
3.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. KC
4.*Devonta Freeman ATL at NO
Note: Freeman was limited in practice Tuesday with a sore toe. Listed as probable.
5.Matt Forte CHI at Det
6.Mark Ingram NO vs. Atl
7.Eddie Lacy GB vs. SD
8.Chris Ivory NYJ vs. Was
9.Lamar Miller MIA at Ten
10.Frank Gore IND vs. NE
11.Giovani Bernard CIN at Buf
12.Rashad Jennings NYG at Phi
13.Danny Woodhead SD at GB
14.LeGarrette Blount NE at Ind
15.DeMarco Murray PHI vs. NYG
16.*Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. Car
Note: (Hamstring) Expected to return to practice Thursday. Limited practice Wednesday, expected to play this week. ***Still expected to play.***
17.*Chris Johnson ARZ at Pit
Note: Still listed as the starter ahead of Ellington and David Johnson.
18.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Sea
19.*Chris Thompson WAS at NYJ
Note: Could get more work this week with Matt Jones possibly out with a toe sprain. ***Jones is officially out.***
20.*LeSean McCoy BUF vs. Cin
Note: (Hamstring) Could be out until November. Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday - meanwhile Karlos Williams did not practice Thursday. ***Returning this week, doesn't appear to be on a 'pitch-count.'***
21.*Dion Lewis NE at Ind
Note: Added to the injury report on Thursday with an abdomen injury. ***Plans to play Sunday night, but will have to test things out before the game. I'm moving him down just a little because of the uncertainty, and moving Blount up.***
22.*Carlos Hyde SF vs. Bal
Note: Missed practice Wednesday with a foot injury. ***Listed as questionable but expected to play, with Reggie Bush out. Hyde had orthotics inserted in his cleats to help ease the pain in his foot.***
23.C.J. Anderson DEN at Cle
Note: The nightmare continued against the Raiders last week. This week will be the ultimate test to see if the Broncos' running game is salvagable - they face a Browns defense that has just been torched by opposing running backs.
24.*Charcandrick West KC at Min
Note: My best guess is that West will take over the starting RB duties with Charles out, based on his usage the last three weeks. But he's hardly a sure thing to (a) get the same percentage of carries as Charles got, let alone (b) run well. I get that this is an opportunity to get a starting back the rest of the season, but I probably wouldn't spend more than a third of my overall FAAB budget on him, unless I'm absolutely desperate.
25.Duke Johnson CLE vs. Den
26.Jeremy Hill CIN at Buf
27.Melvin Gordon SD at GB
Note: Lost his second fumble of the season on Monday night. He's still getting more carries than Woodhead, and got more passing attempts than usual as well. But that offensive line is not helping him out much.
28.*Andre Ellington ARZ at Pit
Note: Listed as the backup behind Chris Johnson still - only had three carries against Detroit.
29.Ronnie Hillman DEN at Cle
30.*Javorius Allen BAL at SF
Note: With Forsett nursing a sore ankle, there's a chance that Allen could get more work this week. He ran for 58 yards on eight carries, mostly after Forsett got hurt. Taliaferro is now on IR, and Forsett hasn't practiced yet this week.
31.*Alfred Morris WAS at NYJ
Note: ***Should get more carries this week with Matt Jones out.***
32.Thomas Rawls SEA vs. Car
Note: Lynch will be back this week, but one has to imagine that Rawls will at least factor in the game plan.
33.Shane Vereen NYG at Phi
34.*Justin Forsett BAL at SF
Note: Rolled his ankle in the loss to the Browns. All the Ravens are saying right now is that it's not a high-ankle sprain, and that he has a chance to play in Week 6. This game against the Niners is pretty much a must-win game if the Ravens are going to have any chance of making the playoffs, so if there's any chance Forsett can play you can be sure he'll press to do so. Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. I'm less confident now than I was at the beginning of the week that he'll play, and I have moved him down accordingly. ***Only practiced on Friday, and on a limited basis then, still optimistic that he'll play.***
35.*Antonio Andrews TEN vs. Mia
Note: The Titans have a triumvirate in the backfield, though it appears that Andrews is the goal line guy.
36.*Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. Den
Note: (Toe) Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Expected to play even though he's listed as questionable.***
37.*Toby Gerhart JAC vs. Hou
Note: I'm reluctantly adding him thanks to injuries to both Yeldon and Robinson. Practiced with the first team Wednesday and Thursday. ***Yeldon unlikely to play, will split carries with Denard Robinson.***
38.Darren Sproles PHI vs. NYG
39.James Starks GB vs. SD
40.*Knile Davis KC at Min
Note: West is the favorite over Davis, who has not been great on a per carry basis whenever subbing in for Charles. But he's not dead to me yet, either. Worth a secondary pickup if you don't get West.
41.*Ameer Abdullah DET vs. Chi
Note: Rode the bench after one fumble and another one overruled on a kickoff, not playing after the second quarter last week.
42.*Denard Robinson JAC vs. Hou
Note: (Knee) Full participant in Wednesday's practice. ***Yeldon unlikely to play, will split carries with Toby Gerhart.***
43.*Ryan Mathews PHI vs. NYG
Note: ***(Groin) Officially listed as questionable for Monday night.***
44.*Dan Herron BUF vs. Cin
Note: Herron had two more carries than Dixon, but didn't do much (nor did Dixon). It could be the two of them splitting the carries again this week. ***Value diminished with McCoy returning.***
45.Anthony Dixon BUF vs. Cin
46.*C.J. Spiller NO vs. Atl
Note: Spiller played only 19 snaps against the Eagles, despite the Saints falling behind in the second half.
47.Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. KC
48.David Johnson ARZ at Pit
49.Dexter McCluster TEN vs. Mia
50.Andre Williams NYG at Phi
51.Khiry Robinson NO vs. Atl
52.*Jonathan Grimes HOU at Jax
Note: (Hamstring) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
53.Fred Jackson SEA vs. Car
54.Fozzy Whittaker CAR at Sea
55.*Tevin Coleman ATL at NO
Note: (Ribs) Carried the ball just twice, with Freeman running so well. Because it's a short week and because Freeman has a sore toe, Coleman might get some more work this week, but it's pretty clear that the job is Freeman's for now.
56.Bishop Sankey TEN vs. Mia
57.DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. Ari
58.*Bilal Powell NYJ vs. Was
Note: (Quad) Did not practice Monday. Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Listed as questionable.***
59.Cameron Artis-Payne CAR at Sea
60.Terron Ward ATL at NO
61.Josh Robinson IND vs. NE
62.Damien Williams MIA at Ten
63.Chris Polk HOU at Jax
64.Jeremy Langford CHI at Det
65.Jonas Gray MIA at Ten
66.Terrance West TEN vs. Mia
67.Brandon Bolden NE at Ind
68.*Ahmad Bradshaw IND vs. NE
Note: Signed by the Colts - how much will he play?
69.*Theo Riddick DET vs. Chi
Note: (Groin) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
70.*Matt Jones WAS at NYJ
Note: Jones has a toe sprain and is day-to-day. Limited Wednesday, classified as day-to-day. ***Unlikely to play.***
71.*T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. Hou
Note: Left with a groin injury late in the game, but not until scoring his first NFL touchdown on a reception. Did not practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Unlikely to play.***
72.*Karlos Williams BUF vs. Cin
Note: (Concussion) As of Sunday there were reports suggesting that Williams could miss Week 6 too. Did not practice Thursday. ***Out again this week.***
73.*Alfred Blue HOU at Jax
Note: (Toe) Did not practice Monday. Still out of practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
74.*Joique Bell DET vs. Chi
Note: Plans to practice this week and play against the Bears. As always, we'll wait to move him up until he actually passes. Full practice Wednesday. ***Inactive after all.***
75.*Reggie Bush SF vs. Bal
Note: Dealing with tightness in his calf. Didn't practice Wednesday. ***Listed as doubtful.***
76.*Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL at SF
Note: Inactive after being listed as probable last week, but with Forsett hurting the Ravens will probably have three backs active this week. Placed on IR by the Ravens.
77.*Jamaal Charles KC at Min
Note: Charles suffered a torn ACL and was placed on IR on Tuesday.

Wide Receivers

1.DeAndre Hopkins HOU at Jax
2.Julian Edelman NE at Ind
3.A.J. Green CIN at Buf
Note: Green might have had a monster game but for a sketchy holding penalty that brought back a huge touchdown catch.
4.*Randall Cobb GB vs. SD
Note: (Shoulder) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
5.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Pit
6.Brandon Marshall NYJ vs. Was
7.*Demaryius Thomas DEN at Cle
Note: (Neck) Did not practice Thursday, but expected to play Sunday. ***Didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday, but still expected to play Sunday.***
8.Calvin Johnson DET vs. Chi
9.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Ari
Note: Only three catches on six targets on Monday night.
10.*Julio Jones ATL at NO
Note: Dealing with a sore hamstring coming into a short week, but said he would play. Reportedly 'not on a pitch-count' for Thursday's game.
11.Allen Robinson JAC vs. Hou
12.Keenan Allen SD at GB
13.*T.Y. Hilton IND vs. NE
Note: (Groin) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
14.Jeremy Maclin KC at Min
15.Jordan Matthews PHI vs. NYG
16.Emmanuel Sanders DEN at Cle
17.*James Jones GB vs. SD
Note: (Hamstring) Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
18.*Allen Hurns JAC vs. Hou
Note: (Thigh) Sat out practice Wednesday, limited Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
19.Brandin Cooks NO vs. Atl
Note: Snead still had more catches and targets, but Cooks finally had a big game, albeit with a lot of his production coming once the game was out of hand.
20.Willie Snead NO vs. Atl
21.Jarvis Landry MIA at Ten
22.Eric Decker NYJ vs. Was
23.Kendall Wright TEN vs. Mia
24.*Odell Beckham NYG at Phi
Note: Beckham missed most of the final drive against the Niners after injuring his hamstring. He expressed optimism after the game, but who doesn't? The practices will tell the story. Did not practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable for Monday night, did not practice Friday. The Giants will have a workout Sunday, though we may not know the results before kickoff on Sunday's games..***
25.Donte Moncrief IND vs. NE
26.Kamar Aiken BAL at SF
27.Anquan Boldin SF vs. Bal
Note: Finally had a big day last week, now faces a Ravens secondary that's been awful this season.
28.Doug Baldwin SEA vs. Car
29.Golden Tate DET vs. Chi
Note: Tate had 18 targets against the Cardinals, but did little with them considering the volume. (Hip) Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
30.Pierre Garcon WAS at NYJ
31.*Alshon Jeffery CHI at Det
Note: (Hamstring) Two more limited practices. ***Another limited practice Friday, but he's finally expected to play.***
32.Travis Benjamin CLE vs. Den
33.Marquess Wilson CHI at Det
34.*Steve Smith BAL at SF
Note: Though Smith is dealing with microfractures in his back, he has a chance to return Sunday against the Niners. Practiced Wednesday and Thursday, though 'without burst,' according to the Baltimore Sun. ***Expected to play.***
35.*John Brown ARZ at Pit
Note: (Hamstring) Didn't practice Wednesday, limited Thursday. ***Listed as active.***
36.*Sammy Watkins BUF vs. Cin
Note: (Calf) The Bills are encouraged by Watkins' progress, he could play against the Bengals. Limited practice Thursday. ***Testing his calf out before the game, but he's active.***
37.*Martavis Bryant PIT vs. Ari
Note: Activated to the 53-man roster on Tuesday after missing Monday night's game with a knee injury. No longer on the injury report.
38.*Leonard Hankerson ATL at NO
Note: Suffered a rib injury in Week 5, limited at practice Tuesday. Listed as probable.
39.*Rueben Randle NYG at Phi
Note: Randle left the Sunday night game after tweaking his hamstring. Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
40.Marlon Brown BAL at SF
41.Jamison Crowder WAS at NYJ
Note: Eight more targets with Kirk Cousins last week. He'll lose volume once DeSean Jackson returns, but he won't be completely buried.
42.*Marvin Jones CIN at Buf
Note: (Foot) Limited practice Wednesday, but full practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
43.*Mike Wallace MIN vs. KC
Note: Missed practice Monday with a knee injury. Didn't practice Wednesday, full practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
44.Ty Montgomery GB vs. SD
45.Malcom Floyd SD at GB
46.Dwayne Harris NYG at Phi
Note: Benefitting from Victor Cruz's absence.
47.Andre Johnson IND vs. NE
48.*Cecil Shorts HOU at Jax
Note: (Shoulder) Practiced Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
49.Rishard Matthews MIA at Ten
50.Torrey Smith SF vs. Bal
51.Danny Amendola NE at Ind
52.Darrius Heyward-Bey PIT vs. Ari
53.Ted Ginn CAR at Sea
54.*DeVante Parker MIA at Ten
Note: Expected to get more reps with the new coaching regime.
55.Jermaine Kearse SEA vs. Car
56.*Dorial Green-Beckham TEN vs. Mia
Note: Wasn't targeted at all in the loss to the Bills - a big disappointment for those hoping he'd get more work coming out of the bye.
57.Roddy White ATL at NO
58.Phillip Dorsett IND vs. NE
59.Kenny Stills MIA at Ten
60.Keith Mumphery HOU at Jax
61.Michael Floyd ARZ at Pit
62.Markus Wheaton PIT vs. Ari
63.Brandon Coleman NO vs. Atl
64.Mohamed Sanu CIN at Buf
65.Tyler Lockett SEA vs. Car
66.Josh Huff PHI vs. NYG
67.*Stefon Diggs MIN vs. KC
Note: Promising rookie out of Maryland had a good number of targets in Week 4 against the Broncos before the Vikings' bye. We'll see what happens once Charles Johnson returns, but it might be hard for the Vikes to keep him off the field.
68.Robert Woods BUF vs. Cin
69.*Charles Johnson MIN vs. KC
Note: (Ribs) Did not practice Monday. Limited practice Thursday. ***Limited all week, listed as questionable.***
70.Andrew Hawkins CLE vs. Den
71.Justin Hunter TEN vs. Mia
72.Dontrelle Inman SD at GB
73.Miles Austin PHI vs. NYG
74.Riley Cooper PHI vs. NYG
75.Marqise Lee JAC vs. Hou
76.Chris Conley KC at Min
77.Philly Brown CAR at Sea
78.Keshawn Martin NE at Ind
79.Devin Funchess CAR at Sea
80.Greg Jennings MIA at Ten
81.De'Anthony Thomas KC at Min
82.*Jaelen Strong HOU at Jax
Note: Strong missed Monday's practice due to illness. Though Mumphrey got more targets than Strong on Thursday night, Strong got the end zone love. ***Still didn't practice on Friday, listed as questionable.***
83.*Jerricho Cotchery CAR at Sea
Note: (Ankle) Full practice Wednesday.
84.*Eddie Royal CHI at Det
Note: (Ankle) Was inactive last week - we'll watch the injury and practice reports carefully. Held out Wednesday, limited Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
85.*Percy Harvin BUF vs. Cin
Note: Quietly one of the bigger busts of Week 5 - expected to do more with Sammy Watkins out, instead did less. ***Out with a hip injury.***
86.*Davante Adams GB vs. SD
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Still limited all week, not expected to play.***
87.*Nelson Agholor PHI vs. NYG
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Thursday. ***Ruled out this week.***
88.*DeSean Jackson WAS at NYJ
Note: (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday. ***Officially out again this week.***
89.*Marques Colston NO vs. Atl
Note: Separated his shoulder in the loss to the Eagles, didn't practice Thursday. Listed as doubtful
90.*Nate Washington HOU at Jax
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday.
91.*Steve Johnson SD at GB
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Thursday. ***Listed as doubtful.***
92.*Victor Cruz NYG at Phi
Note: (Calf) Still not practicing on Thursday.

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE at Ind
2.Greg Olsen CAR at Sea
3.Travis Kelce KC at Min
4.Tyler Eifert CIN at Buf
5.Antonio Gates SD at GB
Note: Monster game in his return on Monday night.
6.*Martellus Bennett CHI at Det
Note: ***Added to the injury report Thursday with a quad injury, but expected to play.***
7.*Jacob Tamme ATL at NO
Note: Had a big day against the Redskins and now draws another team that can't stop tight ends.
8.Zach Ertz PHI vs. NYG
Note: Has a great matchup and had five catches for 60 yards last week, but is still splitting targets with Celek.
9.Richard Rodgers GB vs. SD
10.Jimmy Graham SEA vs. Car
11.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. KC
12.Heath Miller PIT vs. Ari
13.Gary Barnidge CLE vs. Den
Note: So he's more than just a Raiders-beater, though the matchup this week doesn't look promising.
14.*Charles Clay BUF vs. Cin
Note: (Calf) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
15.Larry Donnell NYG at Phi
16.Delanie Walker TEN vs. Mia
17.*Julius Thomas JAC vs. Hou
Note: (Hand) Full practice Wednesday.
18.Brent Celek PHI vs. NYG
19.Tim Wright DET vs. Chi
20.Jordan Cameron MIA at Ten
21.Coby Fleener IND vs. NE
22.Ben Watson NO vs. Atl
23.Derek Carrier WAS at NYJ
24.Maxx Williams BAL at SF
25.Dwayne Allen IND vs. NE
26.Garrett Celek SF vs. Bal
27.Jermaine Gresham ARZ at Pit
28.*Crockett Gillmore BAL at SF
Note: (Calf) Has practiced both Wednesday and Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
29.Ladarius Green SD at GB
Note: Still had five catches for 50 yards despite Monday night being the Antonio Gates show.
30.Garrett Graham HOU at Jax
31.Owen Daniels DEN at Cle
Note: Dead to me - put up a goose egg in a great matchup.
32.Scott Chandler NE at Ind
33.Josh Hill NO vs. Atl
34.*Jeff Cumberland NYJ vs. Was
Note: (Concussion) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Officially active.***
35.*Darren Fells ARZ at Pit
Note: (Hip) Limited at Thursday's practice. ***Officially active.***
36.*Vernon Davis SF vs. Bal
Note: (Knee) Has made significant promise, but has missed the last two weeks. Limited practice, not yet at top speed. ***Listed as questionable.***
37.*Eric Ebron DET vs. Chi
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Thursday. ***Officially ruled out again.***
38.*Jordan Reed WAS at NYJ
Note: Reed will probably miss at least another game due to his concussion. Hasn't yet practiced. ***Ruled out again this week.***

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. Ari
2.DeAndre Hopkins HOU at Jax
3.*Demaryius Thomas DEN at Cle
Note: (Neck) Did not practice Thursday, but expected to play Sunday. ***Didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday, but still expected to play Sunday.***
4.Julian Edelman NE at Ind
5.A.J. Green CIN at Buf
Note: Green might have had a monster game but for a sketchy holding penalty that brought back a huge touchdown catch.
6.*Arian Foster HOU at Jax
Note: (Groin) Limited in Wednesday's practice, but expected to be a full go this week.
7.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. KC
8.Rob Gronkowski NE at Ind
9.*Randall Cobb GB vs. SD
Note: (Shoulder) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
10.*Odell Beckham NYG at Phi
Note: Beckham missed most of the final drive against the Niners after injuring his hamstring. He expressed optimism after the game, but who doesn't? The practices will tell the story. Did not practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable for Monday night, did not practice Friday. The Giants will have a workout Sunday, though we may not know the results before kickoff on Sunday's games..***
11.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Pit
12.*Devonta Freeman ATL at NO
Note: Freeman was limited in practice Tuesday with a sore toe. Listed as probable.
13.Matt Forte CHI at Det
14.*T.Y. Hilton IND vs. NE
Note: (Groin) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
15.Brandon Marshall NYJ vs. Was
16.Calvin Johnson DET vs. Chi
17.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Ari
Note: Only three catches on six targets on Monday night.
18.*Julio Jones ATL at NO
Note: Dealing with a sore hamstring coming into a short week, but said he would play. Reportedly 'not on a pitch-count' for Thursday's game.
19.Mark Ingram NO vs. Atl
20.Eddie Lacy GB vs. SD
21.*Dion Lewis NE at Ind
Note: Added to the injury report on Thursday with an abdomen injury. ***Plans to play Sunday night, but will have to test things out before the game. I'm moving him down just a little because of the uncertainty, and moving Blount up.***
22.Greg Olsen CAR at Sea
23.Allen Robinson JAC vs. Hou
24.Keenan Allen SD at GB
25.Jeremy Maclin KC at Min
26.Jordan Matthews PHI vs. NYG
27.Emmanuel Sanders DEN at Cle
28.Chris Ivory NYJ vs. Was
29.Lamar Miller MIA at Ten
30.Frank Gore IND vs. NE
31.Giovani Bernard CIN at Buf
32.Travis Kelce KC at Min
33.Golden Tate DET vs. Chi
Note: Tate had 18 targets against the Cardinals, but did little with them considering the volume. (Hip) Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
34.*James Jones GB vs. SD
Note: (Hamstring) Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
35.*Allen Hurns JAC vs. Hou
Note: (Thigh) Sat out practice Wednesday, limited Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
36.Brandin Cooks NO vs. Atl
Note: Snead still had more catches and targets, but Cooks finally had a big game, albeit with a lot of his production coming once the game was out of hand.
37.Willie Snead NO vs. Atl
38.Rashad Jennings NYG at Phi
39.Danny Woodhead SD at GB
40.*Chris Johnson ARZ at Pit
Note: Still listed as the starter ahead of Ellington and David Johnson.
41.Jarvis Landry MIA at Ten
42.Eric Decker NYJ vs. Was
43.Kendall Wright TEN vs. Mia
44.*Martellus Bennett CHI at Det
Note: ***Added to the injury report Thursday with a quad injury, but expected to play.***
45.Tyler Eifert CIN at Buf
46.Jonathan Stewart CAR at Sea
47.DeMarco Murray PHI vs. NYG
48.*Justin Forsett BAL at SF
Note: Rolled his ankle in the loss to the Browns. All the Ravens are saying right now is that it's not a high-ankle sprain, and that he has a chance to play in Week 6. This game against the Niners is pretty much a must-win game if the Ravens are going to have any chance of making the playoffs, so if there's any chance Forsett can play you can be sure he'll press to do so. Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. I'm less confident now than I was at the beginning of the week that he'll play, and I have moved him down accordingly. ***Only practiced on Friday, and on a limited basis then, still optimistic that he'll play.***
49.Antonio Gates SD at GB
Note: Monster game in his return on Monday night.
50.Donte Moncrief IND vs. NE
51.Kamar Aiken BAL at SF
52.Anquan Boldin SF vs. Bal
Note: Finally had a big day last week, now faces a Ravens secondary that's been awful this season.
53.Doug Baldwin SEA vs. Car
54.*John Brown ARZ at Pit
Note: (Hamstring) Didn't practice Wednesday, limited Thursday. ***Listed as active.***
55.*Carlos Hyde SF vs. Bal
Note: Missed practice Wednesday with a foot injury. ***Listed as questionable but expected to play, with Reggie Bush out. Hyde had orthotics inserted in his cleats to help ease the pain in his foot.***
56.LeGarrette Blount NE at Ind
57.C.J. Anderson DEN at Cle
Note: The nightmare continued against the Raiders last week. This week will be the ultimate test to see if the Broncos' running game is salvagable - they face a Browns defense that has just been torched by opposing running backs.
58.*Charcandrick West KC at Min
Note: My best guess is that West will take over the starting RB duties with Charles out, based on his usage the last three weeks. But he's hardly a sure thing to (a) get the same percentage of carries as Charles got, let alone (b) run well. I get that this is an opportunity to get a starting back the rest of the season, but I probably wouldn't spend more than a third of my overall FAAB budget on him, unless I'm absolutely desperate.
59.Melvin Gordon SD at GB
Note: Lost his second fumble of the season on Monday night. He's still getting more carries than Woodhead, and got more passing attempts than usual as well. But that offensive line is not helping him out much.
60.Duke Johnson CLE vs. Den
61.*Jacob Tamme ATL at NO
Note: Had a big day against the Redskins and now draws another team that can't stop tight ends.
62.Pierre Garcon WAS at NYJ
63.Travis Benjamin CLE vs. Den
64.Marquess Wilson CHI at Det
65.*Leonard Hankerson ATL at NO
Note: Suffered a rib injury in Week 5, limited at practice Tuesday. Listed as probable.
66.*Percy Harvin BUF vs. Cin
Note: Quietly one of the bigger busts of Week 5 - expected to do more with Sammy Watkins out, instead did less. ***Out with a hip injury.***
67.Torrey Smith SF vs. Bal
68.*Rueben Randle NYG at Phi
Note: Randle left the Sunday night game after tweaking his hamstring. Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
69.Jeremy Hill CIN at Buf
70.*Chris Thompson WAS at NYJ
Note: Could get more work this week with Matt Jones possibly out with a toe sprain. ***Jones is officially out.***
71.*Andre Ellington ARZ at Pit
Note: Listed as the backup behind Chris Johnson still - only had three carries against Detroit.
72.Ronnie Hillman DEN at Cle
73.Thomas Rawls SEA vs. Car
Note: Lynch will be back this week, but one has to imagine that Rawls will at least factor in the game plan.
74.Zach Ertz PHI vs. NYG
Note: Has a great matchup and had five catches for 60 yards last week, but is still splitting targets with Celek.
75.Richard Rodgers GB vs. SD
76.Shane Vereen NYG at Phi
77.*Ryan Mathews PHI vs. NYG
Note: ***(Groin) Officially listed as questionable for Monday night.***
78.*Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. Den
Note: (Toe) Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Expected to play even though he's listed as questionable.***
79.Marlon Brown BAL at SF
80.Jamison Crowder WAS at NYJ
Note: Eight more targets with Kirk Cousins last week. He'll lose volume once DeSean Jackson returns, but he won't be completely buried.
81.*Marvin Jones CIN at Buf
Note: (Foot) Limited practice Wednesday, but full practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
82.Ty Montgomery GB vs. SD
83.Malcom Floyd SD at GB
84.Andre Johnson IND vs. NE
85.Jimmy Graham SEA vs. Car
86.*Dan Herron BUF vs. Cin
Note: Herron had two more carries than Dixon, but didn't do much (nor did Dixon). It could be the two of them splitting the carries again this week. ***Value diminished with McCoy returning.***
87.*Alfred Morris WAS at NYJ
Note: ***Should get more carries this week with Matt Jones out.***
88.*Antonio Andrews TEN vs. Mia
Note: The Titans have a triumvirate in the backfield, though it appears that Andrews is the goal line guy.
89.*Theo Riddick DET vs. Chi
Note: (Groin) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
90.Anthony Dixon BUF vs. Cin
91.*C.J. Spiller NO vs. Atl
Note: Spiller played only 19 snaps against the Eagles, despite the Saints falling behind in the second half.
92.Keith Mumphery HOU at Jax
93.Danny Amendola NE at Ind
94.Darrius Heyward-Bey PIT vs. Ari
95.*Jaelen Strong HOU at Jax
Note: Strong missed Monday's practice due to illness. Though Mumphrey got more targets than Strong on Thursday night, Strong got the end zone love. ***Still didn't practice on Friday, listed as questionable.***
96.*Nelson Agholor PHI vs. NYG
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Thursday. ***Ruled out this week.***
97.Ted Ginn CAR at Sea
98.*Javorius Allen BAL at SF
Note: With Forsett nursing a sore ankle, there's a chance that Allen could get more work this week. He ran for 58 yards on eight carries, mostly after Forsett got hurt. Taliaferro is now on IR, and Forsett hasn't practiced yet this week.
99.*Toby Gerhart JAC vs. Hou
Note: I'm reluctantly adding him thanks to injuries to both Yeldon and Robinson. Practiced with the first team Wednesday and Thursday. ***Yeldon unlikely to play, will split carries with Denard Robinson.***
100.Darren Sproles PHI vs. NYG
101.James Starks GB vs. SD
102.*Knile Davis KC at Min
Note: West is the favorite over Davis, who has not been great on a per carry basis whenever subbing in for Charles. But he's not dead to me yet, either. Worth a secondary pickup if you don't get West.
103.*Ameer Abdullah DET vs. Chi
Note: Rode the bench after one fumble and another one overruled on a kickoff, not playing after the second quarter last week.
104.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. KC
105.Heath Miller PIT vs. Ari
106.Gary Barnidge CLE vs. Den
Note: So he's more than just a Raiders-beater, though the matchup this week doesn't look promising.
107.Jermaine Kearse SEA vs. Car

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE at Ind
2.Mason Crosby GB vs. SD
3.Matt Bryant ATL at NO
Note: Surprisingly missed two attempts last week, but job security is not an issue here.
4.Justin Tucker BAL at SF
5.Josh Brown NYG at Phi
6.Brandon McManus DEN at Cle
7.Adam Vinatieri IND vs. NE
8.Josh Lambo SD at GB
9.Steven Hauschka SEA vs. Car
10.Zach Hocker NO vs. Atl
11.Caleb Sturgis PHI vs. NYG
12.Travis Coons CLE vs. Den
Note: Hasn't missed a field goal all season.
13.Cairo Santos KC at Min
14.Chandler Catanzaro ARZ at Pit
15.Phil Dawson SF vs. Bal
16.Robbie Gould CHI at Det
17.Nick Folk NYJ vs. Was
18.Mike Nugent CIN at Buf
19.Nick Novak HOU at Jax
20.Chris Boswell PIT vs. Ari
21.Jason Myers JAC vs. Hou
22.Dustin Hopkins WAS at NYJ
23.Graham Gano CAR at Sea
24.*Dan Carpenter BUF vs. Cin
Note: The Bills cut Billy Cundiff, so Carpenter (knee) has temporary job security.
25.Ryan Succop TEN vs. Mia
26.Matt Prater DET vs. Chi
27.Blair Walsh MIN vs. KC
28.Andrew Franks MIA at Ten

Defenses

1.Seattle Seahawks vs. Car
Note: Kam Chancellor surprisingly was frequently burned against the Bengals in coverage, especially by Tyler Eifert.
2.*Denver Broncos at Cle
Note: DeMarcus Ware is out at least two weeks with a back strain.
3.Cincinnati Bengals at Buf
Note: Gets to face E.J. Manuel, perhaps without many of his top skill-position players.
4.*New York Jets vs. Was
Note: Sheldon Richardson will be back from his four-game suspension.
5.*Green Bay Packers vs. SD
Note: LB Nick Perry is out with a sprained AC joint.
6.*Carolina Panthers at Sea
Note: LB Luke Kuechly has been cleared from the concussion protocol but still might be on a 'pitch-count' in his first game back this week.
7.Minnesota Vikings vs. KC
8.New England Patriots at Ind
9.*Arizona Cardinals at Pit
Note: LB Alex Okafor will be out for a month with a calf strain.
10.Buffalo Bills vs. Cin
11.*Miami Dolphins at Ten
Note: Brent Grimes (knee) still wasn't practicing Monday after the Dolphins' bye.
12.Philadelphia Eagles vs. NYG
Note: Fletcher Cox had a huge game in the win over the Saints - three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
13.Kansas City Chiefs at Min
14.*Houston Texans at Jax
Note: Jadeveon Clowney (ankle) did not practice Monday.
15.New York Giants at Phi
16.Atlanta Falcons at NO
17.Tennessee Titans vs. Mia
18.San Francisco 49ers vs. Bal
19.*Cleveland Browns vs. Den
Note: Joe Haden will probably miss this week with a concussion.
20.*Baltimore Ravens at SF
Note: CB Lardarius Webb injured his thigh in the loss to the Browns.
21.Detroit Lions vs. Chi
22.Washington Redskins at NYJ
23.*Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Ari
Note: S Will Allen left Monday night's game with an ankle sprain.
24.Chicago Bears at Det
25.Indianapolis Colts vs. NE
26.Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Hou
27.San Diego Chargers at GB
28.New Orleans Saints vs. Atl