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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).

Quarterback

1.Tom Brady NE vs. Was
2.Philip Rivers SD vs. Chi
Note: Rivers has done well after losing top wideouts in the past, so I don't plan to downgrade him much after the injury to Keenan Allen.
3.Drew Brees NO vs. Ten
4.Eli Manning NYG at TB
5.*Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. Oak
Note: Roethlisberger seemed to be moving gingerly after getting hit late in the first quarter, and his performance suffered.
6.Andy Dalton CIN vs. Cle
7.Matt Ryan ATL at SF
Note: If the Falcons are up by 25 or more by halftime - and it's quite possible - don't expect a lot of passing volume in the second half.
8.Cam Newton CAR vs. GB
9.Peyton Manning DEN at Ind
Note: Was able to hit the deep ball with Demaryius Thomas on Sunday night, and had more time to throw than expected. Did the Broncos fix matters over the bye week?
10.Jameis Winston TB vs. NYG
Note: The Giants and Bucs have two of the league's worst secondaries. Winston has been pick-free in his last three matchups and could be in store for a big game this weekend.
11.Aaron Rodgers GB at Car
Note: Dual takeaway from Sunday night's debacle - the Broncos' defense is that legit, and the Packers miss Jordy Nelson way more than anyone thought they would. It's not that Rodgers hasn't had bad games before - anyone who had him last year remembers the fantasy playoffs stinker against Buffalo. But this is a different level of struggle.
12.Derek Carr OAK at Pit
Note: For my money, the most surprising and impressive performance so far this season considering the matchup and circumstances last week against the Jets.
13.Jay Cutler CHI at SD
14.Andrew Luck IND vs. Den
Note: Luck was truly abysmal until the fourth quarter Monday night. It doesn't help that he faces the Broncos this week. It looks like he's gotten OC Pep Hamilton fired. Officially probable after practicing Thursday and Friday but probably won't have T.Y. Hilton.
15.*Tyrod Taylor BUF vs. Mia
Note: (Knee) Declared himself '100% ready to go' following Wednesday's practice.
16.Ryan Tannehill MIA at Buf
17.Sam Bradford PHI at Dal
18.Kirk Cousins WAS at NE
Note: The Redskins may be playing from behind early in this one. I'll take the 'over' on two Cousins interceptions by halftime.
19.*Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ vs. Jax
Note: (Thumb) Fitzpatrick practiced Wednesday and coach Todd Bowles indicated he would start this Sunday.
20.*Marcus Mariota TEN at NO
Note: (Knee) Fully practiced on Wednesday and looks good to go. Officially will start.
21.Blake Bortles JAC at NYJ
22.Nick Foles STL at Min
23.*Matt Cassel DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Knee) Practiced in full and will be ready to go this weekend.
24.Teddy Bridgewater MIN vs. StL
25.*Johnny Manziel CLE at Cin
Note: Josh McCown (Shoulder/Ribs) has been ruled out. Fire up Johnny Football. If you're in a 3-QB league, that is. The Bengals defense is no joke.
26.*Blaine Gabbert SF vs. Atl
Note: Starting this week in place of Colin Kaepernick.
27.*Zach Mettenberger TEN at NO
28.*Geno Smith NYJ vs. Jax
Note: (Left Shoulder) Wasn't terrible against the Raiders (27-for-42, 265 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT), but injured his abdomen and left shoulder in the process. He did practice on Wednesday.
29.Bryce Petty NYJ vs. Jax
30.*Josh McCown CLE at Cin
Note: (Shoulder/Ribs) - Ruled Out.
31.*Colin Kaepernick SF vs. Atl
Note: Benched for Blaine Gabbert. It doesn't get much lower than that.

Running Backs

1.Todd Gurley STL at Min
2.Devonta Freeman ATL at SF
3.Mark Ingram NO vs. Ten
4.LeSean McCoy BUF vs. Mia
5.Doug Martin TB vs. NYG
6.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. StL
7.Jeremy Hill CIN vs. Cle
8.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. GB
9.*DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. Oak
Note: Back as the starter with Le'Veon Bell out for the season.
10.*Lamar Miller MIA at Buf
Note: Didn't practice Monday, but no injury was reported and is not on the injury report this week.
11.DeMarco Murray PHI at Dal
12.Latavius Murray OAK at Pit
13.Giovani Bernard CIN vs. Cle
14.LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Was
15.Dion Lewis NE vs. Was
16.Darren McFadden DAL vs. Phi
17.Chris Ivory NYJ vs. Jax
18.*Eddie Lacy GB at Car
Note: Looked marginally better against the Broncos, but he's still splitting the playing time witih James Starks nearly evenly, despite Starks being listed as questionable to begin the game.
19.*Ronnie Hillman DEN at Ind
Note: Got the start and scored twice early against the Packers, but also briefly left with a thigh injury, opening the door for C.J. Anderson to look so good. Is the takeaway that the Broncos' offensive line was fixed over the bye, or that the Packers are just so bad at stopping the run? Hillman named the starter for Sunday.
20.Danny Woodhead SD vs. Chi
21.*Jeremy Langford CHI at SD
Note: Big opportunity for the near future with Forte hurt. The Bears are considering adding Montee Ball.
22.Melvin Gordon SD vs. Chi
Note: The Chargers made a concerted effort to re-establish Gordon, and now Oliver is out for the season.
23.Duke Johnson CLE at Cin
Note: Only had two catches for 68 yards in the first half last week - I can see why the Browns would ignore him the rest of the way. Nonetheless, I think that this is a decent spot for him, and you want to trade for him now before he takes over. He's the only CLE back with upside.
24.*C.J. Anderson DEN at Ind
Note: Anderson looked fantastic, but he also was the closer.
25.T.J. Yeldon JAC at NYJ
26.Frank Gore IND vs. Den
27.*Antonio Andrews TEN at NO
Note: Had become the clear lead back for the Titans, but will the coaching change or the return of David Cobb alter the rotation?
28.Charles Sims TB vs. NYG
29.Rashad Jennings NYG at TB
30.Tevin Coleman ATL at SF
31.Shane Vereen NYG at TB
32.C.J. Spiller NO vs. Ten
Note: Somewhat relevant again after the Saints loss Khiry Robinson for the season.
33.Matt Jones WAS at NE
Note: Coach Jay Gruden said that both Jones and Alfred Morris will play a lot this week - that doesn't help us define the role at all. I prefer Jones to Morris, but if Chris Thompson is healthy I might prefer him to both this week.
34.Isaiah Crowell CLE at Cin
35.*Kendall Gaskins SF vs. Atl
36.James Starks GB at Car
37.Dexter McCluster TEN at NO
38.*Pierre Thomas SF vs. Atl
Note: Signed by the Niners - he will compete for carries with Kendall Gaskins and Shaun Draughn, unless Carlos Hyde is deemed ready to play this week.
39.Christine Michael DAL vs. Phi
40.Zac Stacy NYJ vs. Jax
41.*Ahmad Bradshaw IND vs. Den
Note: Seven carries on Monday night, but only one target as he was frequently kept back in pass protection.
42.Alfred Morris WAS at NE
43.Jonas Gray MIA at Buf
44.*Ryan Mathews PHI at Dal
Note: (Groin) Limited in practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, but missed practice Thursday. (Groin) Listed as questionable.
45.*Chris Thompson WAS at NE
Note: (Back) Was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. Officially active.
46.Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. StL
47.Marcel Reece OAK at Pit
48.Darren Sproles PHI at Dal
49.*Orleans Darkwa NYG at TB
Note: Suffered a badly bruised tailbone in the loss to the Cowboys. Limited in Wednesday's practice.
50.*Jordan Todman PIT vs. Oak
Note: Will be DeAngelo Williams' backup now that Le'Veon Bell is out for the season.
51.Robert Turbin CLE at Cin
52.Roy Helu OAK at Pit
53.Donald Brown SD vs. Chi
54.Denard Robinson JAC at NYJ
55.*Karlos Williams BUF vs. Mia
Note: (Concussion) Returned to practice this week. Active this week.
56.Mike Tolbert CAR vs. GB
57.Damien Williams MIA at Buf
58.Tre Mason STL at Min
Note: (Hand) Ran well in mop-up duty, but there's no way he's stealing significant carries from Gurley. Was limited in practice yesterday.
59.Andre Williams NYG at TB
60.*Benny Cunningham STL at Min
Note: No carries, no targets despite a comfortable win for the Rams. Please disperse, there no longer is anything to see here.
61.James White NE vs. Was
62.Toby Gerhart JAC at NYJ
63.*Jay Ajayi MIA at Buf
Note: (Ribs) Eligible to be removed from IR/To Return list this week and could debut, but what sort of role is he stepping into?
64.Dan Herron BUF vs. Mia
65.*Stevan Ridley NYJ vs. Jax
Note: (Knee) Ridley was active but didn't play last week.
66.*Shaun Draughn SF vs. Atl
67.*Bilal Powell NYJ vs. Jax
Note: Out this week.
68.*Carlos Hyde SF vs. Atl
Note: Sat out last week to rest his injured foot.
69.*Matt Forte CHI at SD
Note: (Knee) Missed practice again on Thursday and appears doubtful for Sunday. Expect rookie Jeremy Langford to get the lion's share of carries.
70.*Mike Davis SF vs. Atl
Note: Suffered a broken hand in the loss to the Rams and was slated for surgery on Tuesday.
71.*David Cobb TEN at NO
Note: (Calf) Removed from IR, but may not make his career debut until Week 10.
72.*Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. Oak
Note: Suffered MCL and PCL injuries, out for the season. The only good news is that his ACL remains intact.
73.*Khiry Robinson NO vs. Ten
Note: Broken tibia, out for the season.
74.*Branden Oliver SD vs. Chi
Note: (Toe) Placed on season-ending IR.
75.*Reggie Bush SF vs. Atl
Note: Out for the season after losing a battle with the Rams' concrete wall.

Wide Receivers

1.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Oak
2.Julio Jones ATL at SF
3.Odell Beckham NYG at TB
Note: Hamstring injury appears to be behind him. Scored 3 TD on 130 yards last week.
4.A.J. Green CIN vs. Cle
Note: Targeted a whopping 17 times last week.
5.Mike Evans TB vs. NYG
6.Alshon Jeffery CHI at SD
7.Demaryius Thomas DEN at Ind
8.*Julian Edelman NE vs. Was
Note: (Knee) Listed as active.
9.Amari Cooper OAK at Pit
10.*Emmanuel Sanders DEN at Ind
Note: (Shoulder) Targeted less in his first game back from the bye. Did clutch at his shoulder once.
11.Martavis Bryant PIT vs. Oak
12.Jarvis Landry MIA at Buf
13.*Brandon Marshall NYJ vs. Jax
Note: Suffered ankle and toe injuries in the loss to the Raiders. Should be ready to go for Sunday.
14.*Malcom Floyd SD vs. Chi
Note: Should play a huge role now that Keenan Allen is out.
15.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Foot) Played 48 of 59 snaps in first game back, came out 'ok.'
16.Michael Crabtree OAK at Pit
17.Jordan Matthews PHI at Dal
Note: Caught his lone touchdown pass on the season in Week 2 against these Cowboys.
18.*Willie Snead NO vs. Ten
Note: (Knee) Listed as active.
19.*Eric Decker NYJ vs. Jax
Note: (Knee) Missed practice on Thursday. Let's see if he practices Friday. Practiced Friday, officially active.
20.Allen Hurns JAC at NYJ
21.Randall Cobb GB at Car
22.Donte Moncrief IND vs. Den
23.Brandin Cooks NO vs. Ten
24.Allen Robinson JAC at NYJ
25.Travis Benjamin CLE at Cin
26.Brandon LaFell NE vs. Was
27.*Steve Johnson SD vs. Chi
Note: Could get more targets with Allen out for the year.
28.Ted Ginn CAR vs. GB
Note: Targeted 10 times on Monday night, caught just two however and had a couple of bad drops.
29.*Stefon Diggs MIN vs. StL
Note: (Hamstring) Limited in Thursday's practice. Even if he's a go, it's a tough matchup against the Rams' secondary.
30.Marvin Jones CIN vs. Cle
31.James Jones GB at Car
32.*Dorial Green-Beckham TEN at NO
Note: With Kendall Wright doubtful and Whisenhunt out of the picture, could this be the week for DGB?
33.*Marquess Wilson CHI at SD
Note: Could have a bigger role if Eddie Royal is out.
34.Davante Adams GB at Car
35.Rishard Matthews MIA at Buf
36.Torrey Smith SF vs. Atl
37.*DeSean Jackson WAS at NE
Note: (Hamstring) Limited in Thursday practice - will he finally return this week?
38.*Sammy Watkins BUF vs. Mia
Note: (Ankle) Was limited in practice both on Wednesday and Thursday. It appears that Watkins may give it a go this weekend. Officially active.
39.*Rueben Randle NYG at TB
Note: (Hamstring) Limited in Thursday's practice and will likely give it a go. Has yet to miss a game this season.
40.Dontrelle Inman SD vs. Chi
41.Andre Johnson IND vs. Den
42.Terrance Williams DAL vs. Phi
43.*Dwayne Harris NYG at TB
Note: Played through a sprained ankle and knee in the loss to the Saints, making the most of Victor Cruz's absence.
44.*Pierre Garcon WAS at NE
Note: Thought about not listing him at all - don't want to risk catching his greedy eyes.
45.Danny Amendola NE vs. Was
46.Mike Wallace MIN vs. StL
Note: Had zero receptions despite four targets against the Bears last Sunday.
47.*Nelson Agholor PHI at Dal
Note: (Ankle) Practicing in full this week.
48.Donteea Dye TB vs. NYG
49.Justin Hunter TEN at NO
50.Mohamed Sanu CIN vs. Cle
51.Marques Colston NO vs. Ten
52.Roddy White ATL at SF
53.Charles Johnson MIN vs. StL
54.Cole Beasley DAL vs. Phi
55.Stedman Bailey STL at Min
56.*T.Y. Hilton IND vs. Den
Note: ***(Foot) Didn't practice all week, unlikely to play.
57.Kenny Stills MIA at Buf
58.Jamison Crowder WAS at NE
59.Robert Woods BUF vs. Mia
60.Philly Brown CAR vs. GB
61.Russell Shepard TB vs. NYG
62.Devin Funchess CAR vs. GB
63.*Jeff Janis GB at Car
Note: Didn't see a single snap on offense, even with Ty Montgomery out and the Packers trailing the entire time.
64.Brian Quick STL at Min
65.*Markus Wheaton PIT vs. Oak
Note: (Ankle) Wheaton returned to limited practice on Thursday.
66.Tavon Austin STL at Min
Note: Scored his seventh touchdown Sunday, was targeted seven times for 98 yards as well.
67.Brandon Coleman NO vs. Ten
68.Jeremy Kerley NYJ vs. Jax
69.Greg Jennings MIA at Buf
70.Justin Hardy ATL at SF
71.Miles Austin PHI at Dal
72.Riley Cooper PHI at Dal
73.Josh Huff PHI at Dal
74.*Dwayne Bowe CLE at Cin
Note: Still looking for his first catch as a member of the Browns - could come this week with both Hawkins and Hartline out.
75.Taylor Gabriel CLE at Cin
76.*Anquan Boldin SF vs. Atl
Note: Listed as doubtful.
77.*Keshawn Martin NE vs. Was
78.*Marqise Lee JAC at NYJ
Note: (Hamstring) Has yet to practice this week.
79.*DeVante Parker MIA at Buf
Note: (Foot) Has yet to practice this week and will likely be ruled out on Friday's injury report.
80.*Kendall Wright TEN at NO
Note: (Knee) Did not practice on Thursday. He does not appear likely to play this weekend.
81.*Leonard Hankerson ATL at SF
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Wednesday and Thursday, but worked with the training staff on the side. Looking highly questionable for this weekend.
82.*Ty Montgomery GB at Car
Note: (Ankle) Limited in practice Thursday. Either way, he's further down the depth chart now with Davante Adams back in the picture. Inactive this week.
83.*Vincent Jackson TB vs. NYG
Note: (Knee) Missed Thursday practice and will likely be doubtful for another week or two.
84.*Eddie Royal CHI at SD
Note: Suffered a knee injury in the loss to the Vikings, return date uncertain.
85.*Percy Harvin BUF vs. Mia
Note: (Hip) Meeting with team doctors this week. Appears unlikely to play this weekend.
86.*Andrew Hawkins CLE at Cin
Note: (Concussion) Declared out.
87.*Brian Hartline CLE at Cin
Note: (Concussion) Declared out.
88.*Keenan Allen SD vs. Chi
Note: Lacerated kidney, out for the season, but expected to make a full recovery.
89.*Victor Cruz NYG at TB

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Was
2.Greg Olsen CAR vs. GB
3.Jordan Reed WAS at NE
Note: Caught a career-high 11 receptions in Sunday's comeback win against the Bucs.
4.Heath Miller PIT vs. Oak
5.*Antonio Gates SD vs. Chi
Note: (Knee) Limited practice on Thursday. Will be ready to go for MNF. Officially probable.
6.Tyler Eifert CIN vs. Cle
7.Gary Barnidge CLE at Cin
Note: Tied for the league lead in receptions among tight ends (40) with Gronk and Baby Gronk (Travis Kelce). Will Johnny Football mess with his mojo?
8.Martellus Bennett CHI at SD
9.Charles Clay BUF vs. Mia
10.Ben Watson NO vs. Ten
11.Delanie Walker TEN at NO
12.Coby Fleener IND vs. Den
Note: Fleener might really benefit from the OC change, maybe more than anyone else on the team.
13.Jacob Tamme ATL at SF
14.Jason Witten DAL vs. Phi
15.Zach Ertz PHI at Dal
16.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. StL
17.*Vernon Davis DEN at Ind
Note: Traded to the Broncos in the rare deadline deal that actually happens. The thing is, we won't really have a good test to see if Davis has anything left in the tank, at least not right away. It takes awhile for a player to adapt to a new set of plays, quarterback, etc...
18.Richard Rodgers GB at Car
19.*Jordan Cameron MIA at Buf
Note: (Hamstring) Limited participant in Thursday's practice. Active but less than 100 percent.
20.Dwayne Allen IND vs. Den
21.*Virgil Green DEN at Ind
Note: Just when Green starts to get interesting, the Broncos trade for Vernon Davis. However, Davis might not have an immediate impact, so it's possible that Green is useful as a bye-week pickup.
22.Mychal Rivera OAK at Pit
23.Jared Cook STL at Min
24.Owen Daniels DEN at Ind
25.Scott Chandler NE vs. Was
26.Josh Hill NO vs. Ten
27.*Julius Thomas JAC at NYJ
Note: (Groin / Abdomen) Full participant in Wednesday's practice.
28.Brent Celek PHI at Dal
29.Jeff Cumberland NYJ vs. Jax
30.Derek Carrier WAS at NE
31.*Larry Donnell NYG at TB
Note: (Neck) Was carted off the field last week. Missed Thursday's practice.
32.*Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB vs. NYG
Note: (Shoulder) Limited in practice this week as he was last week. Getting closer, and may perhaps return this weekend. Will test out his shoulder in pregame warmup but unlikely to play.
33.*Ladarius Green SD vs. Chi
Note: (Ankle) Has yet to practice this week. Officially doubtful.
34.*Garrett Celek SF vs. Atl
Note: Going through the league's concussion protocol.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Todd Gurley STL at Min
2.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Oak
3.Odell Beckham NYG at TB
Note: Hamstring injury appears to be behind him. Scored 3 TD on 130 yards last week.
4.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Was
5.Julio Jones ATL at SF
6.A.J. Green CIN vs. Cle
Note: Targeted a whopping 17 times last week.
7.Mike Evans TB vs. NYG
8.Alshon Jeffery CHI at SD
9.Demaryius Thomas DEN at Ind
10.*Julian Edelman NE vs. Was
Note: (Knee) Listed as active.
11.Devonta Freeman ATL at SF
12.Mark Ingram NO vs. Ten
13.LeSean McCoy BUF vs. Mia
14.*Emmanuel Sanders DEN at Ind
Note: (Shoulder) Targeted less in his first game back from the bye. Did clutch at his shoulder once.
15.Greg Olsen CAR vs. GB
16.Jeremy Hill CIN vs. Cle
17.Amari Cooper OAK at Pit
18.Dion Lewis NE vs. Was
19.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. StL
20.Martavis Bryant PIT vs. Oak
21.Jordan Reed WAS at NE
Note: Caught a career-high 11 receptions in Sunday's comeback win against the Bucs.
22.*Brandon Marshall NYJ vs. Jax
Note: Suffered ankle and toe injuries in the loss to the Raiders. Should be ready to go for Sunday.
23.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. GB
24.Doug Martin TB vs. NYG
25.LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Was
26.Jarvis Landry MIA at Buf
27.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Foot) Played 48 of 59 snaps in first game back, came out 'ok.'
28.*Lamar Miller MIA at Buf
Note: Didn't practice Monday, but no injury was reported and is not on the injury report this week.
29.*Malcom Floyd SD vs. Chi
Note: Should play a huge role now that Keenan Allen is out.
30.*Willie Snead NO vs. Ten
Note: (Knee) Listed as active.
31.DeMarco Murray PHI at Dal
32.*DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. Oak
Note: Back as the starter with Le'Veon Bell out for the season.
33.Randall Cobb GB at Car
34.Giovani Bernard CIN vs. Cle
35.*Antonio Gates SD vs. Chi
Note: (Knee) Limited practice on Thursday. Will be ready to go for MNF. Officially probable.
36.Allen Hurns JAC at NYJ
37.Latavius Murray OAK at Pit
38.Jordan Matthews PHI at Dal
Note: Caught his lone touchdown pass on the season in Week 2 against these Cowboys.
39.Heath Miller PIT vs. Oak
40.Brandin Cooks NO vs. Ten
41.Tyler Eifert CIN vs. Cle
42.T.J. Yeldon JAC at NYJ
43.Allen Robinson JAC at NYJ
44.*Ronnie Hillman DEN at Ind
Note: Got the start and scored twice early against the Packers, but also briefly left with a thigh injury, opening the door for C.J. Anderson to look so good. Is the takeaway that the Broncos' offensive line was fixed over the bye, or that the Packers are just so bad at stopping the run? Hillman named the starter for Sunday.
45.Chris Ivory NYJ vs. Jax
46.Gary Barnidge CLE at Cin
Note: Tied for the league lead in receptions among tight ends (40) with Gronk and Baby Gronk (Travis Kelce). Will Johnny Football mess with his mojo?
47.Duke Johnson CLE at Cin
Note: Only had two catches for 68 yards in the first half last week - I can see why the Browns would ignore him the rest of the way. Nonetheless, I think that this is a decent spot for him, and you want to trade for him now before he takes over. He's the only CLE back with upside.
48.*Eric Decker NYJ vs. Jax
Note: (Knee) Missed practice on Thursday. Let's see if he practices Friday. Practiced Friday, officially active.
49.Danny Woodhead SD vs. Chi
50.*Eddie Lacy GB at Car
Note: Looked marginally better against the Broncos, but he's still splitting the playing time witih James Starks nearly evenly, despite Starks being listed as questionable to begin the game.
51.Darren McFadden DAL vs. Phi
52.Brandon LaFell NE vs. Was
53.*Stefon Diggs MIN vs. StL
Note: (Hamstring) Limited in Thursday's practice. Even if he's a go, it's a tough matchup against the Rams' secondary.
54.Michael Crabtree OAK at Pit
55.Ted Ginn CAR vs. GB
Note: Targeted 10 times on Monday night, caught just two however and had a couple of bad drops.
56.Donte Moncrief IND vs. Den
57.Marvin Jones CIN vs. Cle
58.*Jeremy Langford CHI at SD
Note: Big opportunity for the near future with Forte hurt. The Bears are considering adding Montee Ball.
59.Melvin Gordon SD vs. Chi
Note: The Chargers made a concerted effort to re-establish Gordon, and now Oliver is out for the season.
60.Delanie Walker TEN at NO
61.*Steve Johnson SD vs. Chi
Note: Could get more targets with Allen out for the year.
62.Travis Benjamin CLE at Cin
63.Ben Watson NO vs. Ten
64.Martellus Bennett CHI at SD
65.*C.J. Anderson DEN at Ind
Note: Anderson looked fantastic, but he also was the closer.
66.James Jones GB at Car
67.*Marquess Wilson CHI at SD
Note: Could have a bigger role if Eddie Royal is out.
68.*Rueben Randle NYG at TB
Note: (Hamstring) Limited in Thursday's practice and will likely give it a go. Has yet to miss a game this season.
69.Charles Clay BUF vs. Mia
70.Frank Gore IND vs. Den
71.Andre Johnson IND vs. Den
72.*Antonio Andrews TEN at NO
Note: Had become the clear lead back for the Titans, but will the coaching change or the return of David Cobb alter the rotation?
73.Charles Sims TB vs. NYG
74.Shane Vereen NYG at TB
75.C.J. Spiller NO vs. Ten
Note: Somewhat relevant again after the Saints loss Khiry Robinson for the season.
76.Davante Adams GB at Car
77.*DeSean Jackson WAS at NE
Note: (Hamstring) Limited in Thursday practice - will he finally return this week?
78.Rishard Matthews MIA at Buf
79.Coby Fleener IND vs. Den
Note: Fleener might really benefit from the OC change, maybe more than anyone else on the team.
80.*Dwayne Harris NYG at TB
Note: Played through a sprained ankle and knee in the loss to the Saints, making the most of Victor Cruz's absence.
81.Rashad Jennings NYG at TB
82.James Starks GB at Car
83.*Dorial Green-Beckham TEN at NO
Note: With Kendall Wright doubtful and Whisenhunt out of the picture, could this be the week for DGB?
84.Jason Witten DAL vs. Phi
85.Zach Ertz PHI at Dal
86.Matt Jones WAS at NE
Note: Coach Jay Gruden said that both Jones and Alfred Morris will play a lot this week - that doesn't help us define the role at all. I prefer Jones to Morris, but if Chris Thompson is healthy I might prefer him to both this week.
87.Danny Amendola NE vs. Was
88.*Sammy Watkins BUF vs. Mia
Note: (Ankle) Was limited in practice both on Wednesday and Thursday. It appears that Watkins may give it a go this weekend. Officially active.
89.Donteea Dye TB vs. NYG
90.Justin Hunter TEN at NO
91.*T.Y. Hilton IND vs. Den
Note: ***(Foot) Didn't practice all week, unlikely to play.
92.Dontrelle Inman SD vs. Chi
93.Mohamed Sanu CIN vs. Cle
94.Torrey Smith SF vs. Atl
95.Jacob Tamme ATL at SF
96.Dexter McCluster TEN at NO
97.Isaiah Crowell CLE at Cin
98.Christine Michael DAL vs. Phi
99.Zac Stacy NYJ vs. Jax
100.Tavon Austin STL at Min
Note: Scored his seventh touchdown Sunday, was targeted seven times for 98 yards as well.
101.*Vernon Davis DEN at Ind
Note: Traded to the Broncos in the rare deadline deal that actually happens. The thing is, we won't really have a good test to see if Davis has anything left in the tank, at least not right away. It takes awhile for a player to adapt to a new set of plays, quarterback, etc...
102.*Ryan Mathews PHI at Dal
Note: (Groin) Limited in practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, but missed practice Thursday. (Groin) Listed as questionable.
103.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. StL
104.Roddy White ATL at SF

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Was
2.Brandon McManus DEN at Ind
3.Matt Bryant ATL at SF
4.Josh Brown NYG at TB
5.Nick Folk NYJ vs. Jax
6.Mike Nugent CIN vs. Cle
7.Robbie Gould CHI at SD
8.Chris Boswell PIT vs. Oak
9.Mason Crosby GB at Car
10.Josh Lambo SD vs. Chi
11.Sebastian Janikowski OAK at Pit
12.Kai Forbath NO vs. Ten
13.Connor Barth TB vs. NYG
Note: Had another perfect performance in the win over Atlanta.
14.Graham Gano CAR vs. GB
15.Caleb Sturgis PHI at Dal
16.Dan Bailey DAL vs. Phi
17.Travis Coons CLE at Cin
Note: Missed an extra point in the loss to the Cardinals, his first miss from anywhere this season.
18.Blair Walsh MIN vs. StL
19.Andrew Franks MIA at Buf
20.Adam Vinatieri IND vs. Den
21.Dan Carpenter BUF vs. Mia
22.Jason Myers JAC at NYJ
Note: So far still has his job, though the Jags threatened to try out other kickers over the bye week.
23.Dustin Hopkins WAS at NE
24.Ryan Succop TEN at NO
Note: Quietly hasn't missed a field goal this season, but has just seven attempts in seven games.
25.Greg Zuerlein STL at Min
26.Phil Dawson SF vs. Atl

Defenses

1.Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cle
2.Denver Broncos at Ind
Note: Lead the league with 29 sacks.
3.St. Louis Rams at Min
4.New York Jets vs. Jax
5.New England Patriots vs. Was
Note: No pick-sixes yet this season. Is this the week?
6.Minnesota Vikings vs. StL
7.Philadelphia Eagles at Dal
8.Atlanta Falcons at SF
Note: Gets to face Blaine Gabbert - is that alone worth a big jump?
9.Carolina Panthers vs. GB
10.Buffalo Bills vs. Mia
11.Miami Dolphins at Buf
12.*Green Bay Packers at Car
Note: Sam Shields was forced out with a shoulder injury, and his absence was felt greatly in the loss to the Broncos. There's a chance he could return this week.
13.Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oak
14.*New York Giants at TB
Note: The Giants got encouraging reports from Prince Amukamara's MRI on his pectoral injury. Both he and Jason Pierre-Paul could return this week.
15.*Dallas Cowboys vs. Phi
Note: LB Barry Church (ankle) has yet to practice this week.
16.New Orleans Saints vs. Ten
17.Oakland Raiders at Pit
18.Chicago Bears at SD
19.Jacksonville Jaguars at NYJ
20.Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NYG
Note: Lead the league in fumble recoveries with nine.
21.*Cleveland Browns at Cin
Note: Joe Haden (concussion) likely out again on Thursday night. Donte Whitner (concussion) could also miss the game.
22.Indianapolis Colts vs. Den
23.San Francisco 49ers vs. Atl
24.Tennessee Titans at NO
25.San Diego Chargers vs. Chi
26.Washington Redskins at NE