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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 (6:30 a.m. PT)

Bye Week - Buffalo, Jacksonville, Philadelphia and Washington.

Detroit and Kansas City play at 9:30 ET in London.

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.Tom Brady NE vs. Mia
2.Philip Rivers SD at Bal
Note: Rivers has 123 passing attempts over the last two weeks. His fourth quarter against the Raiders salvaged an otherwise dismal game for him.
3.Carson Palmer ARZ at Cle
4.Matt Ryan ATL vs. TB
Note: Pretty poor against the Titans, and not great against the Saints the week before. But he's facing the Bucs this week, who just got shredded by Kirk Cousins.
5.Andy Dalton CIN at Pit
6.Drew Brees NO vs. NYG
7.*Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. Cin
Note: (Knee) Listed atop the Steelers'depth chart and will not have any limitations in practice this week. Landry Jones will be the backup. Full practice Wednesday. ***Officially listed as probable.***
8.Cam Newton CAR vs. Ind
Note: Coming off his worst game on Sunday night, but facing the Colts should prove to be an easier test.
9.Aaron Rodgers GB at Den
10.Peyton Manning DEN vs. GB
11.Andrew Luck IND at Car
Note: Luck could struggle again the next two weeks, with games at Carolina and at home against Denver before the Colts' bye in Week 9.
12.Joe Flacco BAL vs. SD
Note: Averaging less than 6.5 yards per attempt over the last four games.
13.Ryan Tannehill MIA at NE
Note: Ridiculously efficient in the win over Houston - what can he do against a tougher (but not quite elite) defense Thursday night in New England?
14.Alex Smith KC vs. Det
Note: Alex Smith vs. the Lions' pass defense is the 'resistible force' vs. the 'movable object.'
15.Eli Manning NYG at NO
16.Matthew Stafford DET at KC
Note: Stafford will be operating under a new offensive coordinator in Jim Bob Cooter - can he install a new offense midseason, or will that happen after the London game and subsequent bye week? Meanwhile, x-rays on his injured left (non-throwing) hand turned up negative.
17.Russell Wilson SEA at Dal
Note: The YPA was great against the Niners (9.8 yards), but because the Seahawks were never challenged by the Niners' putrid offense, Wilson's fantasy output (235 yards, 1 TD/2INT) was disappointing.
18.Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ at Oak
19.Jameis Winston TB at Atl
20.Nick Foles STL vs. SF
21.Teddy Bridgewater MIN at Chi
22.Jay Cutler CHI vs. Min
23.*Brian Hoyer HOU vs. Ten
Note: Ryan Mallett was released by the Texans, who will likely sign Tyler Yates to be Hoyer's backup.
24.*Zach Mettenberger TEN at Hou
Note: ***Will get another start this week.***
25.Derek Carr OAK vs. NYJ
Note: Carr has had big games against the Ravens, Browns and Chargers this year, but you should expect this game to be more like his output against the Broncos three weeks ago.
26.*Josh McCown CLE vs. Ari
Note: McCown suffered a shoulder injury late in the loss to the Rams and is day-to-day. If he's physically capable of playing he will still start. ***Game-time decision, but NFL.com's Ian Rapoport suggests that McCown will play.***
27.Matt Cassel DAL vs. Sea
28.Colin Kaepernick SF at StL
29.*Johnny Manziel CLE vs. Ari
Note: Listed in case McCown can't play. Saw first-team reps on Wednesday. He's also awaiting news on whether he violated the league's personal conduct policy.
30.*Marcus Mariota TEN at Hou
Note: The Titans will re-evaluate Mariota's knee Tuesday. They are optimistic about him returning to practice. Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday, though he 'did better' on Thursday. ***Officially ruled out again this week.***

Running Backs

1.Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. Cin
Note: DeAngelo Williams took over some of the short-yardage duties against the Chiefs, but that might not remain a permanent condition.
2.Devonta Freeman ATL vs. TB
3.Todd Gurley STL vs. SF
4.Lamar Miller MIA at NE
5.Mark Ingram NO vs. NYG
6.Doug Martin TB at Atl
7.*Adrian Peterson MIN at Chi
Note: Sat out practice Thursday to tend to hip, ankle and finger injuries. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
8.Chris Johnson ARZ at Cle
9.Justin Forsett BAL vs. SD
10.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at Dal
Note: ***(Hamstring) Listed as probable.***
11.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. Ind
Note: Stewart's 125-yard effort was overshadowed by vulture-back Mike Tolbert's two touchdowns and Cam's rushing touchdown.
12.Matt Forte CHI vs. Min
13.*Chris Ivory NYJ at Oak
Note: Dealing with a tight hamstring. ***Full practice all week, listed as probable.***
14.Jeremy Hill CIN at Pit
15.Danny Woodhead SD at Bal
16.Latavius Murray OAK vs. NYJ
17.Giovani Bernard CIN at Pit
18.*Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. GB
Note: Hillman will get first-team reps in practice this week.
19.*Darren McFadden DAL vs. Sea
Note: McFadden looked explosive against the Giants after Joseph Randle got hurt. Randle had two good runs before that as the starter. Christine Michael didn't get much action. Coach Jason Garrett wouldn't commit to McFadden starting, but owner Jerry Jones said that he would start. Officially named the starter.
20.*Eddie Lacy GB at Den
Note: My guess is that the bye week will do a lot of good for Lacy, and I like him better than Starks this week.
21.*Dion Lewis NE vs. Mia
Note: (Abdomen) Limited participant Monday and Tuesday after sitting out the win over the Jets. Expected to play Thursday night.
22.Alfred Blue HOU vs. Ten
23.Frank Gore IND at Car
24.*Charcandrick West KC vs. Det
Note: ***(Pectoral) Listed as active.***
25.LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Mia
Note: Despite Dion Lewis being inactive, Blount was on the field for only eight snaps, as the Pats decided to eschew the running game almost entirely.
26.Rashad Jennings NYG at NO
27.Duke Johnson CLE vs. Ari
28.*Reggie Bush SF at StL
Note: ***Big chance to get a lot of work with Hyde out - can he stay on the field himself, however? Probably will share carries with Mike Davis.***
29.*Andre Ellington ARZ at Cle
Note: ***Purportedly will have his role increased this week - I'm somewhat skeptical.***
30.*C.J. Anderson DEN vs. GB
Note: Appears to be behind Hillman in the pecking order, if practice reps are any indication.
31.Ameer Abdullah DET at KC
Note: On one hand, Abdullah ran well (8 carries, 43 yards), but on the other he wasn't targeted once in the passing game. Maybe the change in offensive coordinators will give him a chance to be used more frequently.
32.*Antonio Andrews TEN at Hou
Note: Had 10 carries for 57 yards, but doesn't play on passing downs. Could lose time when David Cobb ultimately returns.
33.Charles Sims TB at Atl
34.Theo Riddick DET at KC
35.Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. Ari
36.Javorius Allen BAL vs. SD
37.Shane Vereen NYG at NO
Note: Every Giants running back, including Orleans Darkwa, had at least four carries against the Cowboys, with none getting more than eight. This could be the worst committee of them all. Even worse, Vereen was barely used in the passing game for the second week in a row.
38.*Melvin Gordon SD at Bal
Note: ***(Ankle) Listed as probable, probably will get more work than last week, but less work than earlier in the season.***
39.Khiry Robinson NO vs. NYG
40.James White NE vs. Mia
Note: White was on the field for 44 snaps against the Jets with Lewis out.
41.Knile Davis KC vs. Det
42.C.J. Spiller NO vs. NYG
43.*Thomas Rawls SEA at Dal
Note: Dealing with a calf contusion. ***Listed as probable.***
44.*Christine Michael DAL vs. Sea
Note: Only had five carries despite Joseph Randle leaving with an oblique injury in the first quarter.
45.*Joique Bell DET at KC
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Thursday. ***Active for Sunday morning's game.***
46.Dexter McCluster TEN at Hou
47.Jeremy Langford CHI vs. Min
48.*James Starks GB at Den
Note: Sat out practice Wednesday, had a limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
49.Zac Stacy NYJ at Oak
50.*Chris Polk HOU vs. Ten
Note: ***(Knee) Listed as probable.***
51.*Mike Davis SF at StL
Note: ***Part of a time-share with Reggie Bush with Carlos Hyde out.***
52.Branden Oliver SD at Bal
Note: Oliver had an eye-opening seven targets in the loss to the Raiders. I'm curious to see how they handle he and Melvin Gordon again this week. ***With Gordon listed as probable, my guess is that he's relegated to third back status again.***
53.Tevin Coleman ATL vs. TB
54.Jonas Gray MIA at NE
55.Jerick McKinnon MIN at Chi
56.David Johnson ARZ at Cle
57.Marcel Reece OAK vs. NYJ
58.Robert Turbin CLE vs. Ari
59.Orleans Darkwa NYG at NO
60.Ahmad Bradshaw IND at Car
Note: Bradshaw played 29 snaps in the loss to the Saints, but had just one carry and two targets.
61.Roy Helu OAK vs. NYJ
62.Mike Tolbert CAR vs. Ind
63.*Stevan Ridley NYJ at Oak
Note: There's a chance that he could come off the PUP list in time for this week's game. ***Activated from the PUP list.***
64.Andre Williams NYG at NO
65.Benny Cunningham STL vs. SF
66.Jonathan Grimes HOU vs. Ten
67.Fred Jackson SEA at Dal
68.DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. Cin
69.Damien Williams MIA at NE
70.*Tre Mason STL vs. SF
Note: ***(Ankle) Expected to be available to play this week.***
71.*Bilal Powell NYJ at Oak
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Thursday. ***Ruled out for Sunday.***
72.*David Cobb TEN at Hou
73.*Carlos Hyde SF at StL
Note: Hyde has been playing through a stress fracture in his foot. The Niners might expect to play in Week 8, but this can't bode well for him for the rest of the season, let alone this week. Did not practice Thursday. ***Officially out.***
74.*Joseph Randle DAL vs. Sea
Note: Left with an oblique injury that was similar to the one that sidelined him in the preseason. He could miss extended time with this iteration of the injury. Expected to sit out this week due to the injury, but also facing a possible suspension due to a violation of the league's personal conduct policy. ***Excused from the team, will be inactive Sunday.***
75.*Arian Foster HOU vs. Ten
Note: Torn Achilles' tendon - out for the season, already placed on IR.

Wide Receivers

1.Julio Jones ATL vs. TB
2.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. Ten
3.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Cin
4.A.J. Green CIN at Pit
5.Mike Evans TB at Atl
6.Calvin Johnson DET at KC
7.Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. Min
8.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Cle
9.*Odell Beckham NYG at NO
Note: (Hamstring) Faced a double-team with the safety rolled over most of the game against the Cowboys. Full practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
10.Keenan Allen SD at Bal
11.Brandon Marshall NYJ at Oak
12.*Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. GB
Note: (Shoulder) Was able to practice Monday - the bye week came at a perfect time following his sprained AC Joint. Limited practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
13.Randall Cobb GB at Den
Note: (Shoulder) No longer on the injury report.
14.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. GB
15.*Jeremy Maclin KC vs. Det
Note: Had been cleared from the concussion protocol, but the Chiefs determined that he didn't quite look right before the game and exercised caution. Maclin is expected back this week. Full practice Wednesday. ***Listed as active.***
16.Amari Cooper OAK vs. NYJ
17.T.Y. Hilton IND at Car
18.Julian Edelman NE vs. Mia
19.*Steve Smith BAL vs. SD
Note: Tweaked his knee in practice, limited on Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
20.Martavis Bryant PIT vs. Cin
21.James Jones GB at Den
22.Stefon Diggs MIN at Chi
23.Jarvis Landry MIA at NE
24.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. Sea
Note: (Foot) Limited practice Wednesday, could come back this week. He'll probably face Richard Sherman if he does play, however. ***Expected to play, might be on a snap count.***
25.Golden Tate DET at KC
26.*Eric Decker NYJ at Oak
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Thursday. ***Limited again Friday, listed as questionable, but plans to play.***
27.*John Brown ARZ at Cle
Note: (Hamstring) Looked just fine on Monday night. Unable to practice Thursday, just like last week. ***Returned to practice Friday, will test his hamstring in warmups, but currently expected to play.***
28.Rueben Randle NYG at NO
29.Danny Amendola NE vs. Mia
30.Ted Ginn CAR vs. Ind
31.Marvin Jones CIN at Pit
32.Eddie Royal CHI vs. Min
33.Nate Washington HOU vs. Ten
Note: Had a huge game with Cecil Shorts out and the Texans falling way behind early - the second half was entriely garbage time.
34.Donte Moncrief IND at Car
35.Michael Floyd ARZ at Cle
36.Willie Snead NO vs. NYG
37.Steve Johnson SD at Bal
38.Travis Benjamin CLE vs. Ari
39.Kendall Wright TEN at Hou
40.Rishard Matthews MIA at NE
41.Brandin Cooks NO vs. NYG
42.Kamar Aiken BAL vs. SD
43.*Donteea Dye TB at Atl
Note: Dye was the fourth WR against the Redskins but was pressed into action after injuries to Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy. Could be very busy this week. ***Could be the second receiver for the Bucs.***
44.Mohamed Sanu CIN at Pit
45.Doug Baldwin SEA at Dal
46.Malcom Floyd SD at Bal
47.Andre Johnson IND at Car
48.*Anquan Boldin SF at StL
Note: ***Tweaked his hamstring injury in practice Thursday, listed as questionable.***
49.Torrey Smith SF at StL
50.Marquess Wilson CHI vs. Min
51.*Davante Adams GB at Den
Note: (Ankle) Expected to return this week after missing the last three games. Limited practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
52.*Chris Conley KC vs. Det
Note: Conley had six catches on seven targets and a touchdown in the win over the Steelers. Now he gets to face the Lions secondary.
53.*Brandon LaFell NE vs. Mia
Note: Plagued by multiple drops in his first game back.
54.Justin Hunter TEN at Hou
55.Jermaine Kearse SEA at Dal
56.Dorial Green-Beckham TEN at Hou
Note: Zero targets in the loss to Atlanta. Fart noise.
57.Roddy White ATL vs. TB
58.Tyler Lockett SEA at Dal
59.Lance Moore DET at KC
Note: Not targeted at all - hurt by the return of Eric Ebron.
60.Charles Johnson MIN at Chi
61.Michael Crabtree OAK vs. NYJ
62.Terrance Williams DAL vs. Sea
63.Cole Beasley DAL vs. Sea
64.Dwayne Harris NYG at NO
65.Stedman Bailey STL vs. SF
66.Albert Wilson KC vs. Det
67.Mike Wallace MIN at Chi
68.Marlon Brown BAL vs. SD
69.Marques Colston NO vs. NYG
70.Jeff Janis GB at Den
71.Kenny Stills MIA at NE
72.*Russell Shepard TB at Atl
Note: Inactive with a hamstring injury last week, but could be very busy if active this week, thanks to injuries to Louis Murphy and Vincent Jackson. Full participant in Wednesday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
73.Devin Funchess CAR vs. Ind
74.Brian Quick STL vs. SF
75.Keith Mumphery HOU vs. Ten
76.Markus Wheaton PIT vs. Cin
77.Brandon Coleman NO vs. NYG
78.Jeremy Ross BAL vs. SD
79.Dontrelle Inman SD at Bal
80.Philly Brown CAR vs. Ind
81.Jeremy Kerley NYJ at Oak
82.Greg Jennings MIA at NE
83.Justin Hardy ATL vs. TB
84.De'Anthony Thomas KC vs. Det
85.*DeVante Parker MIA at NE
Note: ***Suffered a 'soft-tissue' aggravation of his foot injury in Thursday's loss to New England.***
86.Jaelen Strong HOU vs. Ten
87.Jerricho Cotchery CAR vs. Ind
88.Tavon Austin STL vs. SF
89.Taylor Gabriel CLE vs. Ari
90.*Keshawn Martin NE vs. Mia
Note: (Hamstring) Listed as questionable.
91.*Leonard Hankerson ATL vs. TB
Note: (Hamstring) Expected to miss practice Wednesday. Also missed practice Thursday. ***Officially ruled out.***
92.*Ty Montgomery GB at Den
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Monday despite coming off the bye. Did not practice Wednesday. ***Downgraded to doubtful.***
93.*Vincent Jackson TB at Atl
Note: Left with a knee injury in the third quarter last week. Finished with only two targets. Unable to practice Thursday, potentially could miss multiple weeks. ***Officially listed as doubtful.***
94.*Paul Richardson SEA at Dal
Note: (Knee) Coming off PUP list, could be active this week.
95.*Kenny Britt STL vs. SF
96.*Cecil Shorts HOU vs. Ten
Note: (Hamstring) Will not play in Week 8.
97.*Andrew Hawkins CLE vs. Ari
Note: Suffered a concussion in the loss to the Rams. Did not practice Thursday. ***Officially out.***
98.*Victor Cruz NYG at NO
Note: (Calf) Still without a timetable to return, due for another MRI on Thursday. Still not expected to play this week.
99.*Phillip Dorsett IND at Car
Note: Dorsett suffered a broken ankle and will be out four-to-six weeks.
100.*Louis Murphy TB at Atl
Note: Torn ACL, out for the season.

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Mia
2.Greg Olsen CAR vs. Ind
3.Travis Kelce KC vs. Det
4.Gary Barnidge CLE vs. Ari
Note: Had another 100-yard game despite playing through an ankle injury.
5.Tyler Eifert CIN at Pit
6.Delanie Walker TEN at Hou
7.Martellus Bennett CHI vs. Min
8.Jimmy Graham SEA at Dal
9.*Ladarius Green SD at Bal
Note: Could have another big week if Gates once again can't go.
10.*Eric Ebron DET at KC
Note: Looked really good in his return from a knee injury. Might lose a target or two if Brandon Pettigrew returns this week.
11.Jason Witten DAL vs. Sea
12.Ben Watson NO vs. NYG
13.Jordan Cameron MIA at NE
14.Crockett Gillmore BAL vs. SD
Note: Trending in the right direction - had seven targets on Monday night.
15.Larry Donnell NYG at NO
16.Jacob Tamme ATL vs. TB
17.Coby Fleener IND at Car
18.Richard Rodgers GB at Den
19.Vernon Davis SF at StL
20.Kyle Rudolph MIN at Chi
21.Heath Miller PIT vs. Cin
22.Dwayne Allen IND at Car
23.Mychal Rivera OAK vs. NYJ
24.Jermaine Gresham ARZ at Cle
25.Jared Cook STL vs. SF
26.Owen Daniels DEN vs. GB
27.Garrett Celek SF at StL
28.Garrett Graham HOU vs. Ten
29.Scott Chandler NE vs. Mia
30.*Antonio Gates SD at Bal
Note: MCL sprain - could miss another week. Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. ***Did not practice all week, will test his knee in warmups.***
31.Josh Hill NO vs. NYG
32.Jeff Cumberland NYJ at Oak
33.*Maxx Williams BAL vs. SD
Note: (Ankle/knee) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
34.*Darren Fells ARZ at Cle
Note: ***(Shoulder) Ruled out again this week.***
35.*Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB at Atl
Note: (Shoulder) Limited practice Thursday - with all of the receiver injuries for the Bucs, he could get a lot of targets if he plays. ***Not expected to play this week.***
36.*Dennis Pitta BAL vs. SD

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. Cin
Note: DeAngelo Williams took over some of the short-yardage duties against the Chiefs, but that might not remain a permanent condition.
2.Devonta Freeman ATL vs. TB
3.Todd Gurley STL vs. SF
4.Julio Jones ATL vs. TB
5.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. Ten
6.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Cin
7.A.J. Green CIN at Pit
8.Mike Evans TB at Atl
9.Calvin Johnson DET at KC
10.Lamar Miller MIA at NE
11.Mark Ingram NO vs. NYG
12.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Mia
13.Doug Martin TB at Atl
14.*Adrian Peterson MIN at Chi
Note: Sat out practice Thursday to tend to hip, ankle and finger injuries. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
15.Chris Johnson ARZ at Cle
16.Justin Forsett BAL vs. SD
17.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Cle
18.Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. Min
19.*Odell Beckham NYG at NO
Note: (Hamstring) Faced a double-team with the safety rolled over most of the game against the Cowboys. Full practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
20.Keenan Allen SD at Bal
21.Brandon Marshall NYJ at Oak
22.Greg Olsen CAR vs. Ind
23.Travis Kelce KC vs. Det
24.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at Dal
Note: ***(Hamstring) Listed as probable.***
25.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. Ind
Note: Stewart's 125-yard effort was overshadowed by vulture-back Mike Tolbert's two touchdowns and Cam's rushing touchdown.
26.Matt Forte CHI vs. Min
27.Danny Woodhead SD at Bal
28.*Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. GB
Note: (Shoulder) Was able to practice Monday - the bye week came at a perfect time following his sprained AC Joint. Limited practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
29.Randall Cobb GB at Den
Note: (Shoulder) No longer on the injury report.
30.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. GB
31.Amari Cooper OAK vs. NYJ
32.T.Y. Hilton IND at Car
33.Julian Edelman NE vs. Mia
34.*Jeremy Maclin KC vs. Det
Note: Had been cleared from the concussion protocol, but the Chiefs determined that he didn't quite look right before the game and exercised caution. Maclin is expected back this week. Full practice Wednesday. ***Listed as active.***
35.*Chris Ivory NYJ at Oak
Note: Dealing with a tight hamstring. ***Full practice all week, listed as probable.***
36.Jeremy Hill CIN at Pit
37.Gary Barnidge CLE vs. Ari
Note: Had another 100-yard game despite playing through an ankle injury.
38.*Steve Smith BAL vs. SD
Note: Tweaked his knee in practice, limited on Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
39.*Eric Decker NYJ at Oak
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Thursday. ***Limited again Friday, listed as questionable, but plans to play.***
40.Martavis Bryant PIT vs. Cin
41.James Jones GB at Den
42.Stefon Diggs MIN at Chi
43.Latavius Murray OAK vs. NYJ
44.Giovani Bernard CIN at Pit
45.*Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. GB
Note: Hillman will get first-team reps in practice this week.
46.*Darren McFadden DAL vs. Sea
Note: McFadden looked explosive against the Giants after Joseph Randle got hurt. Randle had two good runs before that as the starter. Christine Michael didn't get much action. Coach Jason Garrett wouldn't commit to McFadden starting, but owner Jerry Jones said that he would start. Officially named the starter.
47.*Dion Lewis NE vs. Mia
Note: (Abdomen) Limited participant Monday and Tuesday after sitting out the win over the Jets. Expected to play Thursday night.
48.*Eddie Lacy GB at Den
Note: My guess is that the bye week will do a lot of good for Lacy, and I like him better than Starks this week.
49.Jarvis Landry MIA at NE
50.Golden Tate DET at KC
51.*John Brown ARZ at Cle
Note: (Hamstring) Looked just fine on Monday night. Unable to practice Thursday, just like last week. ***Returned to practice Friday, will test his hamstring in warmups, but currently expected to play.***
52.Rueben Randle NYG at NO
53.Danny Amendola NE vs. Mia
54.Tyler Eifert CIN at Pit
55.Delanie Walker TEN at Hou
56.Frank Gore IND at Car
57.*Charcandrick West KC vs. Det
Note: ***(Pectoral) Listed as active.***
58.LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Mia
Note: Despite Dion Lewis being inactive, Blount was on the field for only eight snaps, as the Pats decided to eschew the running game almost entirely.
59.Alfred Blue HOU vs. Ten
60.Ted Ginn CAR vs. Ind
61.Marvin Jones CIN at Pit
62.Eddie Royal CHI vs. Min
63.Nate Washington HOU vs. Ten
Note: Had a huge game with Cecil Shorts out and the Texans falling way behind early - the second half was entriely garbage time.
64.Donte Moncrief IND at Car
65.Michael Floyd ARZ at Cle
66.Willie Snead NO vs. NYG
67.Rashad Jennings NYG at NO
68.*Carlos Hyde SF at StL
Note: Hyde has been playing through a stress fracture in his foot. The Niners might expect to play in Week 8, but this can't bode well for him for the rest of the season, let alone this week. Did not practice Thursday. ***Officially out.***
69.Duke Johnson CLE vs. Ari
70.*C.J. Anderson DEN vs. GB
Note: Appears to be behind Hillman in the pecking order, if practice reps are any indication.
71.Steve Johnson SD at Bal
72.Kendall Wright TEN at Hou
73.Rishard Matthews MIA at NE
74.Brandin Cooks NO vs. NYG
75.Travis Benjamin CLE vs. Ari
76.*Anquan Boldin SF at StL
Note: ***Tweaked his hamstring injury in practice Thursday, listed as questionable.***
77.Kamar Aiken BAL vs. SD
78.Ameer Abdullah DET at KC
Note: On one hand, Abdullah ran well (8 carries, 43 yards), but on the other he wasn't targeted once in the passing game. Maybe the change in offensive coordinators will give him a chance to be used more frequently.
79.*James Starks GB at Den
Note: Sat out practice Wednesday, had a limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
80.*Antonio Andrews TEN at Hou
Note: Had 10 carries for 57 yards, but doesn't play on passing downs. Could lose time when David Cobb ultimately returns.
81.Dexter McCluster TEN at Hou
82.Charles Sims TB at Atl
83.*Andre Ellington ARZ at Cle
Note: ***Purportedly will have his role increased this week - I'm somewhat skeptical.***
84.Theo Riddick DET at KC
85.Martellus Bennett CHI vs. Min
86.Jimmy Graham SEA at Dal
87.*Ladarius Green SD at Bal
Note: Could have another big week if Gates once again can't go.
88.*Eric Ebron DET at KC
Note: Looked really good in his return from a knee injury. Might lose a target or two if Brandon Pettigrew returns this week.
89.Mohamed Sanu CIN at Pit
90.Doug Baldwin SEA at Dal
91.Malcom Floyd SD at Bal
92.James White NE vs. Mia
Note: White was on the field for 44 snaps against the Jets with Lewis out.

Kickers

1.Brandon McManus DEN vs. GB
2.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Mia
3.Mason Crosby GB at Den
4.Matt Bryant ATL vs. TB
5.Josh Brown NYG at NO
6.Nick Folk NYJ at Oak
Note: Came up huge with a 55-yard field goal late, and a great onside kick afterward.
7.Justin Tucker BAL vs. SD
8.Steven Hauschka SEA at Dal
9.Mike Nugent CIN at Pit
10.Chandler Catanzaro ARZ at Cle
11.Chris Boswell PIT vs. Cin
12.Cairo Santos KC vs. Det
13.Robbie Gould CHI vs. Min
14.Josh Lambo SD at Bal
15.Graham Gano CAR vs. Ind
16.Connor Barth TB at Atl
Note: Made all three field goal attempts in the loss to the Redskins.
17.Travis Coons CLE vs. Ari
Note: Remains perfect on the season with two more FGs made.
18.Matt Prater DET at KC
19.Blair Walsh MIN at Chi
20.Adam Vinatieri IND at Car
21.Dan Bailey DAL vs. Sea
22.Kai Forbath NO vs. NYG
23.Andrew Franks MIA at NE
24.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. NYJ
25.Greg Zuerlein STL vs. SF
Note: Missed a 35-yard attempt and has five misses in his last two games.
26.Nick Novak HOU vs. Ten
27.Phil Dawson SF at StL
28.Ryan Succop TEN at Hou

Defenses

1.*St. Louis Rams vs. SF
Note: Alec Ogletree placed on IR/designated to return. They could also be without James Laurinaitis after he hyperextended his elbow against the Browns.
2.Seattle Seahawks at Dal
3.New York Jets at Oak
4.*Arizona Cardinals at Cle
Note: CB Jerraud Powers suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain and will be out multiple weeks.
5.Carolina Panthers vs. Ind
6.Denver Broncos vs. GB
7.*Minnesota Vikings at Chi
Note: DT Sharrif Floyd had a piece of cartilage removed from his ankle and will likely miss more time.
8.*Atlanta Falcons vs. TB
Note: Lost S William Moore to a groin injury.
9.New England Patriots vs. Mia
10.*New York Giants at NO
Note: Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) is on the verge of signing and could be ready by Week 10.
11.Dallas Cowboys vs. Sea
12.Green Bay Packers at Den
13.Houston Texans vs. Ten
14.*Cincinnati Bengals at Pit
Note: ***Vontaze Burfict (knee) has been activated from the PUP list.***
15.San Francisco 49ers at StL
16.Miami Dolphins at NE
Note: Ndamukong Suh got his first two sacks of the season in the win over Houston.
17.Baltimore Ravens vs. SD
18.Kansas City Chiefs vs. Det
19.Oakland Raiders vs. NYJ
20.Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cin
21.New Orleans Saints vs. NYG
22.Chicago Bears vs. Min
23.Cleveland Browns vs. Ari
24.Indianapolis Colts at Car
25.Detroit Lions at KC
26.*Tennessee Titans at Hou
Note: Jason McCourty injured his hamstring in the loss to Atlanta.
27.Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atl
28.San Diego Chargers at Bal