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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 (8:50 a.m. PT).

Thursday game - Tampa Bay at St. Louis.

**Saturday game - New York Jets at Dallas.

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.

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. Ten
Note: ***Came down with an illness towards the end of the week and was listed on the injury report, but still expected to start.***
2.Cam Newton CAR at NYG
3.Carson Palmer ARZ at Phi
4.Drew Brees NO vs. Det
5.Russell Wilson SEA vs. Cle
6.Blake Bortles JAC vs. Atl
7.Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. Den
Note: Roethlisberger is the toughest rating for me among QBs this week - no offense is functioning better than the Steelers right now, but they are playing the best defense in the Broncos.
8.Aaron Rodgers GB at Oak
9.Matthew Stafford DET at NO
10.Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ at Dal
11.Matt Ryan ATL at Jax
Note: Terrible recent form, but is Jacksonville the perfect tonic for a struggling passing game?
12.Tyrod Taylor BUF at Was
13.Eli Manning NYG vs. Car
14.Alex Smith KC at Bal
15.Philip Rivers SD vs. Mia
16.AJ McCarron CIN at SF
17.Derek Carr OAK vs. GB
18.Kirk Cousins WAS vs. Buf
19.Sam Bradford PHI vs. Ari
20.Jay Cutler CHI at Min
21.Marcus Mariota TEN at NE
22.Ryan Tannehill MIA at SD
23.*Brock Osweiler DEN at Pit
Note: Getting the start again this week, even though Manning will be returning to limited practice this week.
24.Teddy Bridgewater MIN vs. Chi
25.*T.J. Yates HOU at Ind
Note: The Texans are prepping Yates to start this week against the Colts.
26.Blaine Gabbert SF vs. Cin
27.Jameis Winston TB at StL
28.Johnny Manziel CLE at Sea
29.*Matt Hasselbeck IND vs. Hou
Note: (Ribs) Not expected to practice Wednesday, though the team is hopeful that he'll practice Thursday. Practiced Thursday, but it's not a sure thing that he'll start - at least according to coach Chuck Pagano. ***Pagano said he had a really good practice towards the end of the week, and that he'll start.***
30.Case Keenum STL vs. TB
31.*Matt Cassel DAL vs. NYJ
Note: Cassel will stay as the starter this week, but the cries for Kellen Moore are getting louder.
32.*Matt Schaub BAL vs. KC
Note: (Chest) Schaub feels as if he'll be ready to start this week, though the coaching staff has been more circumspect about his status. Has practiced in a limited fashion both Wednesday and Thursday, but didn't look comfortable. ***Upgraded to probable.***
33.*Charlie Whitehurst IND vs. Hou
34.*Jimmy Clausen BAL vs. KC
Note: Clausen struggled so badly that the Ravens felt the need to sign Ryan Mallett.
35.*Andrew Luck IND vs. Hou
Note: Luck (kidney) maintains that he'll practice this week, though coach Chuck Pagano said that he hasn't yet heard from team trainers to allow him to practice. Has begun practicing but won't play this week.
36.*Brian Hoyer HOU at Ind
Note: (Concussion) Doubtful to play this week. Officially ruled out.
37.*Peyton Manning DEN at Pit
Note: Manning (foot) will return to limited practice this week, but Osweiler will get another start. Took part in individual drills Wednesday. ***Scratched from Friday's practice after feeling some soreness in his foot.***
38.*Andy Dalton CIN at SF
Note: Dalton's fractured thumb won't require surgery (at least for now), but he's definitely out this week and likely out for more than that.

Running Backs

1.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Chi
2.Doug Martin TB at StL
3.*Todd Gurley STL vs. TB
Note: (Knee) Limited in practice this week, but that's largely a precaution with the Rams playing Thursday. Officially listed as probable.
4.Matt Forte CHI at Min
5.LeSean McCoy BUF at Was
6.Eddie Lacy GB at Oak
7.David Johnson ARZ at Phi
8.Devonta Freeman ATL at Jax
9.*Lamar Miller MIA at SD
Note: Coach Dan Campbell said that Miller had an ankle issue Monday night, Miller disputed that he was injured. Apparently that ankle was at least a bit of a problem - he has been limited both Wednesday and Thursday. ***Considered probable.***
10.*Denard Robinson JAC vs. Atl
Note: If Yeldon can't go, the Jags are paper thin behind Robinson, with him in a pretty good matchup against the Falcons.
11.Chris Ivory NYJ at Dal
12.*DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. Den
Note: (Illness) Missed practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
13.Jeremy Hill CIN at SF
14.*Brandon Bolden NE vs. Ten
Note: Bolden ran great after Blount's injury and has a big opportunity with Blount out for the season. The Pats signed Montee Ball to their practice squad and have talked with Steven Jackson.
15.Latavius Murray OAK vs. GB
16.Charcandrick West KC at Bal
Note: The matchup isn't great, but West could get all of the carries this week if Ware's rib injury is significant. If Ware is officially out, I'll bump West ahead of Bolden and Murray.
17.Darren McFadden DAL vs. NYJ
18.Ronnie Hillman DEN at Pit
19.Theo Riddick DET at NO
20.Shaun Draughn SF vs. Cin
21.*Tim Hightower NO vs. Det
Note: Taking over the Mark Ingram role, with C.J. Spiller staying in a minimum capacity.
22.Javorius Allen BAL vs. KC
23.*Fozzy Whittaker CAR at NYG
Note: Stewart has been ruled out, but will he get a full role, or will he share with Artis-Payne and/or Tolbert?
24.*Chris Polk HOU at Ind
Note: Took over the starting job Sunday night.
25.Darren Sproles PHI vs. Ari
26.Bilal Powell NYJ at Dal
27.*Bryce Brown SEA vs. Cle
Note: Brown gets a big chance this week - no Lynch, no Rawls, DuJuan Harris released and Fred Jackson staying in the third down role, with the Seahawks facing Cleveland no less. Perhaps less big of a chance now that the Seahawks have added Christine Michael. ***Pete Carroll said that he'd ride the hot hand between Brown, Michael and Derrick Coleman.***
28.James White NE vs. Ten
Note: Bolden and White won't quite be the same as Blount and Lewis, as Bolden can catch a lot better than Blount.
29.Frank Gore IND vs. Hou
30.Melvin Gordon SD vs. Mia
31.Giovani Bernard CIN at SF
32.Rashad Jennings NYG vs. Car
Note: Became the primary back Monday night after Andre Williams' fumble, netting 22 carries.
33.*Christine Michael SEA vs. Cle
Note: ***Pete Carroll said that he'd ride the hot hand between Brown, Michael and Derrick Coleman.***
34.Ameer Abdullah DET at NO
35.Jeremy Langford CHI at Min
36.Matt Jones WAS vs. Buf
37.James Starks GB at Oak
38.*C.J. Anderson DEN at Pit
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Thursday, on track to play this week. ***Expected to play Sunday.***
39.Jay Ajayi MIA at SD
40.C.J. Spiller NO vs. Det
41.Kerwynn Williams ARZ at Phi
42.Duke Johnson CLE at Sea
43.Alfred Morris WAS vs. Buf
44.Mike Tolbert CAR at NYG
45.*Spencer Ware KC at Bal
Note: Ware has bruised and swollen ribs, though x-rays came back negative. Did not practice Wednesday. ***NFL.com's Ian Rapoport speculates that Ware 'has a good chance of suiting up' despite the separated cartilage in his ribs.***
46.Jonathan Grimes HOU at Ind
47.David Cobb TEN at NE
48.Isaiah Crowell CLE at Sea
49.Antonio Andrews TEN at NE
50.Danny Woodhead SD vs. Mia
51.Ryan Mathews PHI vs. Ari
52.Charles Sims TB at StL
53.*Karlos Williams BUF at Was
Note: (Shoulder) Status for this week uncertain. Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Limited practice all week, but now expected to play.***
54.Robert Turbin DAL vs. NYJ
55.Joique Bell DET at NO
56.DeMarco Murray PHI vs. Ari
57.Shane Vereen NYG vs. Car
58.Kenjon Barner PHI vs. Ari
59.Tevin Coleman ATL at Jax
60.Juwan Thompson DEN at Pit
61.Stepfan Taylor ARZ at Phi
62.Dan Herron IND vs. Hou
63.*Cameron Artis-Payne CAR at NYG
Note: Expected to have a role this week now that Jonathan Stewart has been ruled out.
64.Tre Mason STL vs. TB
65.Stevan Ridley NYJ at Dal
66.*Fred Jackson SEA vs. Cle
Note: Staying in a third down role.
67.Ka'Deem Carey CHI at Min
68.Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. Chi
69.*Terrance West BAL vs. KC
Note: ***Didn't practice Friday due to a calf injury, listed as questionable. Terrence McGee would be Buck Allen's backup if West can't go.***
70.Andre Williams NYG vs. Car
71.*Alfred Blue HOU at Ind
Note: Limited solely to special teams on Sunday night. ***(Back) Expected to return to the RB rotation this week, but likely to a limited extent.***
72.*Chris Thompson WAS vs. Buf
Note: (Shoulder) Day-to-day after missing last week. Limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Limited all week, listed as questionable.***
73.*Andre Ellington ARZ at Phi
Note: (Toe) Not present at Tuesday's practice. Did not practice Wednesday, status is 'up in the air.' ***Limited practice Friday, but not expected to play Sunday night.***
74.*T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. Atl
Note: Yeldon sprained his left knee in the win over the Colts. Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. ***Listed as doubtful.***
75.*Jonathan Stewart CAR at NYG
Note: Stewart suffered a sprained left foot in the win over Atlanta and was in a walking boot on Monday. Already ruled out for this week.
76.*LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Ten
Note: Out for the season with a hip injury.
77.*Thomas Rawls SEA vs. Cle
Note: Out for the season with a fractured ankle.
78.*Dexter McCluster TEN at NE
Note: Out for the season with a wrist injury.

Wide Receivers

1.Brandon Marshall NYJ at Dal
2.Odell Beckham NYG vs. Car
Note: Even with Josh Norman covering Beckham Jr., I can't move him down too far. I expect the Giants to move him to the slot a lot more than Atlanta did with Julio.
3.Allen Robinson JAC vs. Atl
4.Sammy Watkins BUF at Was
5.Julio Jones ATL at Jax
6.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Den
7.Golden Tate DET at NO
8.Doug Baldwin SEA vs. Cle
9.*A.J. Green CIN at SF
Note: ***(Back) Added to the injury report but listed as probable.***
10.DeAndre Hopkins HOU at Ind
11.*Demaryius Thomas DEN at Pit
Note: Sat out practice Thursday officially due to a rest day, after initially being reported as a shoulder. ***Practiced Friday, listed as probable.***
12.Eric Decker NYJ at Dal
13.T.Y. Hilton IND vs. Hou
14.Jeremy Maclin KC at Bal
15.Ted Ginn CAR at NYG
16.*Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Phi
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Full participation Friday, listed as probable.***
17.Michael Floyd ARZ at Phi
18.Mike Evans TB at StL
Note: How does Evans get only four targets against the Saints?
19.*Calvin Johnson DET at NO
Note: Is his ankle a lot worse than the Lions are letting on? It's so difficult to leave him out of your lineup, especially against New Orleans, but it might end up being the prudent play. Did not practice Thursday. ***Returned to practice Friday, but absent again for maintenance-related reasons. Listed as questionable but is expected to play - I'm going to give him a small bump up.***
20.Randall Cobb GB at Oak
21.*Danny Amendola NE vs. Ten
Note: (Knee) Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
22.*Alshon Jeffery CHI at Min
Note: Limited Wednesday with a calf injury, then sat out practice Thursday with an illness. ***Limited practice Friday, now expected to play.***
23.Tyler Lockett SEA vs. Cle
24.John Brown ARZ at Phi
25.*Amari Cooper OAK vs. GB
Note: (Foot) Sat out practice Wednesday, returned to practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
26.Willie Snead NO vs. Det
27.Martavis Bryant PIT vs. Den
28.Brandon LaFell NE vs. Ten
29.*Allen Hurns JAC vs. Atl
Note: (Thigh) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
30.Dez Bryant DAL vs. NYJ
31.*Brandin Cooks NO vs. Det
Note: ***Small bump up.***
32.*DeSean Jackson WAS vs. Buf
Note: Suffered a patella contusion in the win over the Bears. Did not practice Wednesday, limited Thursday but looked good in those drills. ***Listed as probable.***
33.*Jarvis Landry MIA at SD
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday, did not practice Thursday. ***Considered probable.***
34.Nate Washington HOU at Ind
35.Anquan Boldin SF vs. Cin
36.Michael Crabtree OAK vs. GB
37.*Jordan Matthews PHI vs. Ari
Note: Matthews injured his back in the win over the Bills. Full practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
38.Marvin Jones CIN at SF
39.Emmanuel Sanders DEN at Pit
40.Jermaine Kearse SEA vs. Cle
41.Markus Wheaton PIT vs. Den
42.Pierre Garcon WAS vs. Buf
43.Dorial Green-Beckham TEN at NE
44.J.J. Nelson ARZ at Phi
45.DeVante Parker MIA at SD
46.Kamar Aiken BAL vs. KC
47.*Davante Adams GB at Oak
Note: Limited in Thursday's practice with a foot injury. ***Upgraded to probable.***
48.Rueben Randle NYG vs. Car
49.Tavon Austin STL vs. TB
50.Brandon Coleman NO vs. Det
51.Terrance Williams DAL vs. NYJ
52.Seth Roberts OAK vs. GB
53.*Donte Moncrief IND vs. Hou
Note: (Toe) Sidelined Wednesday and Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
54.*Donteea Dye TB at StL
Note: Starting in place of Vincent Jackson.
55.Albert Wilson KC at Bal
56.Philly Brown CAR at NYG
57.*Dwayne Harris NYG vs. Car
Note: Sat out Thursday with a sore shoulder.
58.Cecil Shorts HOU at Ind
59.*Robert Woods BUF at Was
Note: (Hip) Limited practice Thursday. ***Limited again Friday, but listed as probable.***
60.Travis Benjamin CLE at Sea
61.Stefon Diggs MIN vs. Chi
62.Devin Funchess CAR at NYG
63.Marqise Lee JAC vs. Atl
64.Malcom Floyd SD vs. Mia
65.Marques Colston NO vs. Det
66.*Lance Moore DET at NO
Note: (Ankle) Full practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable for Monday night.***
67.James Jones GB at Oak
68.Keshawn Martin NE vs. Ten
69.*Dontrelle Inman SD vs. Mia
Note: (Neck) Full practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
70.Wes Welker STL vs. TB
71.Cole Beasley DAL vs. NYJ
72.Roddy White ATL at Jax
73.Jamison Crowder WAS vs. Buf
74.Lucky Whitehead DAL vs. NYJ
75.Andre Johnson IND vs. Hou
76.Harry Douglas TEN at NE
77.Kenny Stills MIA at SD
78.Nick Williams ATL at Jax
79.Nelson Agholor PHI vs. Ari
80.Adam Humphries TB at StL
81.*Javontee Herndon SD vs. Mia
Note: (Shoulder) Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
82.Josh Huff PHI vs. Ari
83.Phillip Dorsett IND vs. Hou
84.Mike Wallace MIN vs. Chi
85.Mohamed Sanu CIN at SF
86.*Eddie Royal CHI at Min
87.*Bryan Walters JAC vs. Atl
Note: ***(Back) Listed as questionable.***
88.*Torrey Smith SF vs. Cin
Note: (Back) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Limited practice Friday, listed as questionable.***
89.*Steve Johnson SD vs. Mia
Note: (Groin) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Did not practice Friday, listed as doubtful.***
90.*Rishard Matthews MIA at SD
Note: (Ribs) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
91.*Julian Edelman NE vs. Ten
Note: (Foot) Limited practice all week. ***Will not play this week.***
92.*Kendall Wright TEN at NE
Note: (Ribs) Did not practice Thursday. ***Ruled out again this week.***
93.*Ty Montgomery GB at Oak
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Thursday. ***Ruled out again this week.***
94.*De'Anthony Thomas KC at Bal
Note: Remains in the concussion protocol. ***Ruled out again this week.***
95.*Vincent Jackson TB at StL
Note: Jackson sprained his knee in the loss to the Saints and might miss the final three games. Officially ruled out for this week.
96.*Brian Hartline CLE at Sea
Note: Out for the season with a broken collarbone.

Tight Ends

1.*Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Ten
Note: ***Missed the last two practices due to the death of a close friend.***
2.Delanie Walker TEN at NE
3.Jordan Reed WAS vs. Buf
4.Julius Thomas JAC vs. Atl
5.*Greg Olsen CAR at NYG
Note: Olsen is optimistic that his knee injury will not keep him out of Sunday's game against the Giants. Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
6.Gary Barnidge CLE at Sea
7.Ben Watson NO vs. Det
8.Antonio Gates SD vs. Mia
9.Travis Kelce KC at Bal
10.Zach Ertz PHI vs. Ari
11.Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB at StL
Note: Played just 25 snaps last week - will he play more Thursday with VJax out?
12.*Eric Ebron DET at NO
Note: Ebron might get more targets this week with Brandon Pettigrew out for the season. ***Questionable with an illness.***
13.Richard Rodgers GB at Oak
14.Will Tye NYG vs. Car
15.Darren Fells ARZ at Phi
16.*Vance McDonald SF vs. Cin
Note: Fully cleared from the concussion protocol. ***Listed as probable.***
17.*Heath Miller PIT vs. Den
Note: (Ribs) Full practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
18.Jason Witten DAL vs. NYJ
19.Ryan Griffin HOU at Ind
20.*Zach Miller CHI at Min
Note: (Illness) Limited practice Thursday.
21.Clive Walford OAK vs. GB
22.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. Chi
23.*Luke Willson SEA vs. Cle
Note: (Ribs) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
24.Jordan Cameron MIA at SD
25.Vernon Davis DEN at Pit
Note: Statistically had his best game, but then came up small with a terrible drop late.
26.*Jacob Tamme ATL at Jax
Note: (Back) Full practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
27.Maxx Williams BAL vs. KC
Note: Williams had zero targets and played only 20 snaps against the Seahawks, despite the absence of Crockett Gillmore.
28.Coby Fleener IND vs. Hou
29.Brent Celek PHI vs. Ari
30.Garrett Graham HOU at Ind
31.*Owen Daniels DEN at Pit
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Listed as probable.***
32.Ryan Hewitt CIN at SF
33.Cameron Brate TB at StL
34.Mychal Rivera OAK vs. GB
35.*Ladarius Green SD vs. Mia
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
36.*Scott Chandler NE vs. Ten
Note: (Knee) Played just one snap Sunday night. ***Listed as questionable.***
37.*Jermaine Gresham ARZ at Phi
Note: (Knee) Should return this week. Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
38.*Charles Clay BUF at Was
Note: Left with a back injury last week. Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Ruled out for this week.***
39.*Tyler Eifert CIN at SF
Note: Left with a concussion in the first quarter - actually suffered the injury one play before getting another large gain on a reception. Has not practiced yet this week. ***Officially ruled out.***
40.*Crockett Gillmore BAL vs. KC
Note: (Back, Shoulder) Could land on the IR.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Brandon Marshall NYJ at Dal
2.Odell Beckham NYG vs. Car
Note: Even with Josh Norman covering Beckham Jr., I can't move him down too far. I expect the Giants to move him to the slot a lot more than Atlanta did with Julio.
3.Allen Robinson JAC vs. Atl
4.*Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Ten
Note: ***Missed the last two practices due to the death of a close friend.***
5.Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Chi
6.Doug Martin TB at StL
7.*Todd Gurley STL vs. TB
Note: (Knee) Limited in practice this week, but that's largely a precaution with the Rams playing Thursday. Officially listed as probable.
8.Matt Forte CHI at Min
9.*Lamar Miller MIA at SD
Note: Coach Dan Campbell said that Miller had an ankle issue Monday night, Miller disputed that he was injured. Apparently that ankle was at least a bit of a problem - he has been limited both Wednesday and Thursday. ***Considered probable.***
10.Sammy Watkins BUF at Was
11.Julio Jones ATL at Jax
12.Antonio Brown PIT vs. Den
13.Golden Tate DET at NO
14.Doug Baldwin SEA vs. Cle
15.*A.J. Green CIN at SF
Note: ***(Back) Added to the injury report but listed as probable.***
16.*Demaryius Thomas DEN at Pit
Note: Sat out practice Thursday officially due to a rest day, after initially being reported as a shoulder. ***Practiced Friday, listed as probable.***
17.LeSean McCoy BUF at Was
18.Eddie Lacy GB at Oak
19.David Johnson ARZ at Phi
20.Devonta Freeman ATL at Jax
21.DeAndre Hopkins HOU at Ind
22.Eric Decker NYJ at Dal
23.*Calvin Johnson DET at NO
Note: Is his ankle a lot worse than the Lions are letting on? It's so difficult to leave him out of your lineup, especially against New Orleans, but it might end up being the prudent play. Did not practice Thursday. ***Returned to practice Friday, but absent again for maintenance-related reasons. Listed as questionable but is expected to play - I'm going to give him a small bump up.***
24.T.Y. Hilton IND vs. Hou
25.Jeremy Maclin KC at Bal
26.Michael Floyd ARZ at Phi
27.Mike Evans TB at StL
Note: How does Evans get only four targets against the Saints?
28.*Danny Amendola NE vs. Ten
Note: (Knee) Limited in Thursday's practice. ***Listed as probable.***
29.*Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Phi
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Full participation Friday, listed as probable.***
30.Delanie Walker TEN at NE
31.Jordan Reed WAS vs. Buf
32.*Denard Robinson JAC vs. Atl
Note: If Yeldon can't go, the Jags are paper thin behind Robinson, with him in a pretty good matchup against the Falcons.
33.Chris Ivory NYJ at Dal
34.Randall Cobb GB at Oak
35.Julius Thomas JAC vs. Atl
36.Theo Riddick DET at NO
37.Ted Ginn CAR at NYG
38.*DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. Den
Note: (Illness) Missed practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
39.*Brandon Bolden NE vs. Ten
Note: Bolden ran great after Blount's injury and has a big opportunity with Blount out for the season. The Pats signed Montee Ball to their practice squad and have talked with Steven Jackson.
40.Latavius Murray OAK vs. GB
41.*Alshon Jeffery CHI at Min
Note: Limited Wednesday with a calf injury, then sat out practice Thursday with an illness. ***Limited practice Friday, now expected to play.***
42.John Brown ARZ at Phi
43.*Amari Cooper OAK vs. GB
Note: (Foot) Sat out practice Wednesday, returned to practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
44.*DeSean Jackson WAS vs. Buf
Note: Suffered a patella contusion in the win over the Bears. Did not practice Wednesday, limited Thursday but looked good in those drills. ***Listed as probable.***
45.*Greg Olsen CAR at NYG
Note: Olsen is optimistic that his knee injury will not keep him out of Sunday's game against the Giants. Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, listed as probable.***
46.Willie Snead NO vs. Det
47.Gary Barnidge CLE at Sea
48.Darren Sproles PHI vs. Ari
49.Jeremy Hill CIN at SF
50.Charcandrick West KC at Bal
Note: The matchup isn't great, but West could get all of the carries this week if Ware's rib injury is significant. If Ware is officially out, I'll bump West ahead of Bolden and Murray.
51.*Brandin Cooks NO vs. Det
Note: ***Small bump up.***
52.*Jarvis Landry MIA at SD
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday, did not practice Thursday. ***Considered probable.***
53.Darren McFadden DAL vs. NYJ
54.Ronnie Hillman DEN at Pit
55.Shaun Draughn SF vs. Cin
56.*Tim Hightower NO vs. Det
Note: Taking over the Mark Ingram role, with C.J. Spiller staying in a minimum capacity.
57.Javorius Allen BAL vs. KC
58.Martavis Bryant PIT vs. Den
59.Tyler Lockett SEA vs. Cle
60.Ben Watson NO vs. Det
61.*Chris Polk HOU at Ind
Note: Took over the starting job Sunday night.
62.*Bryce Brown SEA vs. Cle
Note: Brown gets a big chance this week - no Lynch, no Rawls, DuJuan Harris released and Fred Jackson staying in the third down role, with the Seahawks facing Cleveland no less. Perhaps less big of a chance now that the Seahawks have added Christine Michael. ***Pete Carroll said that he'd ride the hot hand between Brown, Michael and Derrick Coleman.***
63.Bilal Powell NYJ at Dal
64.Brandon LaFell NE vs. Ten
65.*Allen Hurns JAC vs. Atl
Note: (Thigh) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as probable.***
66.Dez Bryant DAL vs. NYJ
67.Nate Washington HOU at Ind
68.Anquan Boldin SF vs. Cin
69.Michael Crabtree OAK vs. GB
70.Marvin Jones CIN at SF
71.*Eric Ebron DET at NO
Note: Ebron might get more targets this week with Brandon Pettigrew out for the season. ***Questionable with an illness.***
72.Antonio Gates SD vs. Mia
73.Travis Kelce KC at Bal
74.James White NE vs. Ten
Note: Bolden and White won't quite be the same as Blount and Lewis, as Bolden can catch a lot better than Blount.
75.Frank Gore IND vs. Hou
76.Giovani Bernard CIN at SF
77.Rashad Jennings NYG vs. Car
Note: Became the primary back Monday night after Andre Williams' fumble, netting 22 carries.
78.Ameer Abdullah DET at NO
79.*Fozzy Whittaker CAR at NYG
Note: Stewart has been ruled out, but will he get a full role, or will he share with Artis-Payne and/or Tolbert?
80.Emmanuel Sanders DEN at Pit
81.*Donte Moncrief IND vs. Hou
Note: (Toe) Sidelined Wednesday and Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
82.Jermaine Kearse SEA vs. Cle
83.Markus Wheaton PIT vs. Den
84.Zach Ertz PHI vs. Ari
85.Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB at StL
Note: Played just 25 snaps last week - will he play more Thursday with VJax out?
86.Jeremy Langford CHI at Min
87.Matt Jones WAS vs. Buf
88.James Starks GB at Oak
89.Melvin Gordon SD vs. Mia
90.C.J. Spiller NO vs. Det
91.Kerwynn Williams ARZ at Phi
92.Dorial Green-Beckham TEN at NE
93.J.J. Nelson ARZ at Phi
94.DeVante Parker MIA at SD
95.Kamar Aiken BAL vs. KC
96.*Davante Adams GB at Oak
Note: Limited in Thursday's practice with a foot injury. ***Upgraded to probable.***
97.Richard Rodgers GB at Oak
98.Will Tye NYG vs. Car
99.Duke Johnson CLE at Sea

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Ten
2.Chandler Catanzaro ARZ at Phi
3.Chris Boswell PIT vs. Den
Note: Has averaged 10 points per game since taking over for the Steelers.
4.Steven Hauschka SEA vs. Cle
5.Cairo Santos KC at Bal
6.Graham Gano CAR at NYG
7.Brandon McManus DEN at Pit
8.Matt Prater DET at NO
9.Mason Crosby GB at Oak
10.Adam Vinatieri IND vs. Hou
11.Dan Bailey DAL vs. NYJ
12.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. GB
13.Dustin Hopkins WAS vs. Buf
14.Caleb Sturgis PHI vs. Ari
15.Mike Nugent CIN at SF
16.Randy Bullock NYJ at Dal
17.Kai Forbath NO vs. Det
18.Josh Brown NYG vs. Car
19.Justin Tucker BAL vs. KC
20.Blair Walsh MIN vs. Chi
21.Phil Dawson SF vs. Cin
22.Connor Barth TB at StL
23.Dan Carpenter BUF at Was
24.Andrew Franks MIA at SD
25.Ryan Succop TEN at NE
26.Robbie Gould CHI at Min
27.Jason Myers JAC vs. Atl
28.Nick Novak HOU at Ind
29.*Shayne Graham ATL at Jax
Note: Will be the Falcons' kicker for the rest of the season with Matt Bryant on IR.
30.*Travis Coons CLE at Sea
Note: (Groin) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable but traveled with the team.***
31.Josh Lambo SD vs. Mia
32.Greg Zuerlein STL vs. TB

Defenses

1.Seattle Seahawks vs. Cle
2.Kansas City Chiefs at Bal
3.St. Louis Rams vs. TB
4.New York Jets at Dal
5.*New England Patriots vs. Ten
Note: Lost DT Dominique Easley for the season. S Devin McCourty also likely missing time with a high ankle sprain.
6.*Tampa Bay Buccaneers at StL
Note: Bruce Carter, Kwon Alexander's replacement, has a foot injury of his own and was wearing a boot at Thursday's practice.
7.Houston Texans at Ind
8.Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Den
9.*Carolina Panthers at NYG
Note: CB Bene Benwikere out for the season with a lower leg fracture.
10.Arizona Cardinals at Phi
11.*Cincinnati Bengals at SF
Note: S George Iloka left with a groin injury.
12.Denver Broncos at Pit
13.*Green Bay Packers at Oak
Note: CB Sam Shields left last week with a concussion.
14.Miami Dolphins at SD
15.*Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atl
Note: Paul Posluzny (hand) hopes to be cleared for practice this week.
16.Washington Redskins vs. Buf
17.Minnesota Vikings vs. Chi
18.Buffalo Bills at Was
19.Dallas Cowboys vs. NYJ
20.Philadelphia Eagles vs. Ari
21.Indianapolis Colts vs. Hou
22.San Diego Chargers vs. Mia
23.Chicago Bears at Min
24.Detroit Lions at NO
25.Baltimore Ravens vs. KC
26.San Francisco 49ers vs. Cin
27.Oakland Raiders vs. GB
Note: Khalil Mack single-handedly destroyed the Broncos.
28.New York Giants vs. Car
29.Tennessee Titans at NE
30.*Atlanta Falcons at Jax
Note: William Moore (ankle) out for the season.
31.New Orleans Saints vs. Det
32.Cleveland Browns at Sea
Note: Joe Haden (concussion) on IR, having been out since Week 8.