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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.

Bye Week: Green Bay, Philadelphia

London Game - Early Start: Indianapolis at Jacksonville

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 7:00 pm PT. ***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. If there is no such note, that means it's my first pass at the rankings for this current week.

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?". And then refer to the rankings again before asking a generic starting decision question. If you really desire a response to a starting question that doesn't have added complexity, please use our Ask An Expert service - it comes with your subscription. My response will correspond with the rankings.

Quarterback

1.Cam Newton CAR at Atl
2.Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. KC
3.Philip Rivers SD vs. NO
Note: Yards were there, but failed to connect in the end zone and missed a few big play passes to his running backs - perhaps adjusting to life without Woodhead?
4.Blake Bortles JAC vs. Ind
5.Kirk Cousins WAS vs. Cle
6.Drew Brees NO at SD
7.*Andrew Luck IND at Jax
Note: (Shoulder) Full practice Thursday after a limited practice Wednesday.
8.Matthew Stafford DET at Chi
9.Andy Dalton CIN vs. Mia
10.Carson Palmer ARZ vs. LA
Note: Looked old and off his game in the loss to the Bills. But while he threw four interceptions in that game, those were his first four turnovers of the season.
11.Derek Carr OAK at Bal
12.Ryan Tannehill MIA at Cin
13.Joe Flacco BAL vs. Oak
14.Alex Smith KC at Pit
15.*Russell Wilson SEA at NYJ
Note: Sprained left MCL - expected to practice Wednesday. Full practice Wednesday. ***Full practice all week, will play.***
16.*Brian Hoyer CHI vs. Det
Note: Got there on volume if not efficiency last week, and that could be a continuing theme for he and the Bears this season.
17.*Matt Ryan ATL vs. Car
Note: Tweaked his left thumb at the end of Monday night's game - early expectation is that he'll play this week. Full practice Wednesday.
18.Dak Prescott DAL at SF
19.Sam Bradford MIN vs. NYG
20.Brock Osweiler HOU vs. Ten
21.Eli Manning NYG at Min
22.Tyrod Taylor BUF at NE
23.Trevor Siemian DEN at TB
24.Marcus Mariota TEN at Hou
25.Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ vs. Sea
Note: Coming off a six-interception performance, and now draws the Seahawks.
26.*Cody Kessler CLE at Was
Note: Will start again this week, as Josh McCown (collarbone) won't be ready to return.
27.Jameis Winston TB vs. Den
28.Blaine Gabbert SF vs. Dal
29.*Jacoby Brissett NE vs. Buf
Note: (Thumb) At the start of Tuesday's practice. ***Still might start - Garoppolo will be evaluated Sunday morning. GETTING THE START - but still dealing with thumb issue.***
30.Case Keenum LA at Ari
31.*Jimmy Garoppolo NE vs. Buf
Note: (Shoulder) Present at the start of Tuesday's practice. Both Garoppolo and Brissett were limited Wednesday. ***Still doesn't have enough arm strength, Brissett will start.***
32.*Jay Cutler CHI vs. Det
Note: (Thumb) Being evaluated on a 'day-to-day' basis, but watch the practice reports. Limited practice Wednesday, but didn't practice Thursday. ***Missed practice again Friday, listed as doubtful.***

Running Backs

1.David Johnson ARZ vs. LA
2.Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. KC
Note: Suspension over, 'well-conditioned' and ready to go. Last year when he returned he took over nearly all the snaps.
3.Ezekiel Elliott DAL at SF
Note: Third most carries in the league so far and now draws the Niners. I'm not the least bit concerned about the goal line results from Sunday night.
4.*Lamar Miller HOU vs. Ten
Note: Appeared to hurt his leg in the Thursday night stinker, but then later returned. Second in the NFL in carries after three weeks, rare air given his workload in Miami.
5.Melvin Gordon SD vs. NO
Note: After Monday night, there's almost a threat of the Chargers overusing Gordon this week against the Saints' woeful run defense.
6.DeMarco Murray TEN at Hou
7.LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Buf
Note: Leads the NFL in attempts, but that will likely last one more week with Brady returning in Week 5. ***Should get a ton of carries again with Brissett starting at QB.***
8.Mark Ingram NO at SD
9.C.J. Anderson DEN at TB
10.Todd Gurley LA at Ari
Note: The compiled stats look ok, but he still averaged just 3.1 yards per carry. More frustration probably looms.
11.LeSean McCoy BUF at NE
12.*Devonta Freeman ATL vs. Car
Note: Missed practice Thursday with an illness. ***Full practice Friday.***
13.Carlos Hyde SF vs. Dal
14.Christine Michael SEA at NYJ
Note: Clean shot at starting for the next few weeks with Rawls out.
15.Matt Jones WAS vs. Cle
16.*Jordan Howard CHI vs. Det
Note: Will step in as the starter with Langford out four-to-six weeks.
17.*Matt Forte NYJ vs. Sea
Note: (Knee) Limited practice on Wednesday again.
18.*Jamaal Charles KC at Pit
Note: (Knee) Might return this week for the Sunday night game. Limited practice Wednesday. Previously the Chiefs have said that he'll need a full week of practice before playing him. We'll see if that position holds this week. ***Officially listed as questionable, but expected to play Sunday night.***
19.Jeremy Hill CIN vs. Mia
20.*Isaiah Crowell CLE at Was
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday, full practice Thursday.
21.Theo Riddick DET at Chi
22.Frank Gore IND at Jax
23.Charles Sims TB vs. Den
Note: Had 68 snaps against 21 for Jacquizz Rodgers against the Rams. Should get two more starts while Doug Martin is out.
24.*Spencer Ware KC at Pit
Note: Overturned touchdown on the pylon fumble really hurt. Watch the reports on Jamaal Charles closely - could be moved down 10-15 slots if Charles is slated to play.
25.T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. Ind
Note: The running game was pretty useless against the Ravens, no matter whether it was Yeldon or Ivory running.
26.*Cameron Artis-Payne CAR at Atl
Note: Likely to start again. Stewart hasn't practiced yet since the injury.
27.Latavius Murray OAK at Bal
Note: Only 31 snaps last week despite the Raiders playing with a lead the whole game.
28.Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. NYG
29.Dwayne Washington DET at Chi
Note: Only 25 snaps last week against the Packers, but a lot of that was dictated by game-flow, with the Lions falling behind big early on.
30.*Orleans Darkwa NYG at Min
Note: Had 10 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown last week, should get a decent amount of work with Vereen hurt. Bumped up with the expectation that Jennings won't play much if at all.
31.*Tevin Coleman ATL vs. Car
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, not on the injury report.***
32.*Terrance West BAL vs. Oak
Note: ***West will start ahead of Forsett.***
33.*Damien Williams MIA at Cin
Note: Listed as the starter for Thursday night.
34.Giovani Bernard CIN vs. Mia
35.Duke Johnson CLE at Was
Note: Saw a season-high 41 snaps in the overtime loss. 10 carries and seven targets.
36.James White NE vs. Buf
37.DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. KC
Note: Back to a reserve role this week. When Bell came back last season, Williams had just one carry.
38.Alfred Morris DAL at SF
39.DeAndre Washington OAK at Bal
Note: Only 18 snaps last week, but ran much better than Murray, who is starting to get fewer snaps. Jalen Richard complicates this picture, however.
40.Jay Ajayi MIA at Cin
41.Bilal Powell NYJ vs. Sea
42.*Chris Ivory JAC vs. Ind
Note: Sprained both his ankle and knee in his first game back in Week 3. Limited practice Wednesday. Full practice Thursday. ***Full session Friday, pleased with conditioning.***
43.Fozzy Whittaker CAR at Atl
Note: Just five carries against 12 for Artis-Payne, but he had five catches to one for Artis-Payne.
44.Derrick Henry TEN at Hou
45.Chris Thompson WAS vs. Cle
46.Matt Asiata MIN vs. NYG
Note: Just six carries compared to 16 for McKinnon.
47.*Kenyan Drake MIA at Cin
Note: Led the ugly four-headed monster at RB last week with 27 snaps, an arrangement that is likely to continue Thursday night. All four of Drake, Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and even Isaiah Pead had double-digit snaps.
48.Jacquizz Rodgers TB vs. Den
49.Shaun Draughn SF vs. Dal
50.Travaris Cadet NO at SD
Note: Six targets on Monday night, but all except one were of the dump-off variety.
51.Devontae Booker DEN at TB
52.Robert Turbin IND at Jax
53.Chris Johnson ARZ vs. LA
54.Dexter McCluster SD vs. NO
55.Tim Hightower NO at SD
56.Mike Gillislee BUF at NE
57.Jalen Richard OAK at Bal
58.Isaiah Pead MIA at Cin
59.Benny Cunningham LA at Ari
60.Andre Ellington ARZ vs. LA
61.Josh Ferguson IND at Jax
62.*Alfred Blue HOU vs. Ten
Note: Jonathan Grimes is out for at least a month, bumping up Blue's chances of getting a handful of snaps.
63.Bobby Rainey NYG at Min
64.Lance Dunbar DAL at SF
65.*C.J. Spiller SEA at NYJ
Note: Signed by the Seahawks, will be their third down back at times.
66.Kenneth Farrow SD vs. NO
67.Zach Zenner DET at Chi
68.*C.J. Prosise SEA at NYJ
Note: (Hand) Has a good chance to return in Week 4. Full practice Wednesday. ***Listed as questionable.***
69.*Paul Perkins NYG at Min
Note: Might finally get a carry thanks to Vereen's injury.
70.*Rob Kelley WAS vs. Cle
Note: Finally saw the field after threatening to start in Week 1.
71.*Joique Bell CHI vs. Det
Note: Signed by the Bears.
72.*Rashad Jennings NYG at Min
Note: (Thumb) Getting an extra day to rest, but that just makes the decision for us more difficult. Limited practice Thursday, not expected to play. ***Practiced less on Friday, listed as questionable.***
73.Justin Forsett BAL vs. Oak
Note: Once again, Terrance West was more efficient in similar work. Kenneth Dixon is coming, though, and when that happens both could get hurt. ***West will start ahead of Forsett.***
74.*Ka'Deem Carey CHI vs. Det
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Listed as doubtful.***
75.*Kenneth Dixon BAL vs. Oak
Note: (Knee) Spotted at Wednesday's practice, but more likely to return in Week 5. ***Listed as doubtful.***
76.*Charcandrick West KC at Pit
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Thursday. ***Will not play Sunday night.***
77.*Arian Foster MIA at Cin
Note: (Groin) Likely to sit out Thursday as well. Will not play Thursday night.
78.*Thomas Rawls SEA at NYJ
Note: Sidelined for a few weeks with a fibula injury. When he returns, will there be a starting job waiting for him? Not if Michael runs like he did last week.
79.*Doug Martin TB vs. Den
Note: (Hamstring) Slated to miss two more weeks. ***Hasn't returned to practice, officially out.***
80.*Jonathan Stewart CAR at Atl
Note: (Hamstring) Expected to miss another week. Hasn't yet practiced since the injury.
81.*Jeremy Langford CHI vs. Det
Note: Ankle injury - out four-to-six weeks.
82.*Shane Vereen NYG at Min
Note: (Triceps) Placed on IR, out for at least eight weeks.

Wide Receivers

1.Antonio Brown PIT vs. KC
2.A.J. Green CIN vs. Mia
3.Allen Robinson JAC vs. Ind
4.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. Ten
5.*Julio Jones ATL vs. Car
Note: I'm not worried about the low targets as much as colleague Chris Liss - I think that this was a game flow issue. The Falcons were running the ball so well, and Jones was nursing a sore calf, so why push it? Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he stated that he isn't concerned about his health. ***Full practice Friday, not on the injury report.***
6.Odell Beckham NYG at Min
7.*T.Y. Hilton IND at Jax
Note: (Knee) Limited Wednesday, full practice Thursday - seems like a similar scenario to last week. ***Full practice again Friday.***
8.Demaryius Thomas DEN at TB
9.*Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. Det
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Limited practice all week, but still expected to play.***
10.Mike Evans TB vs. Den
11.*Marvin Jones DET at Chi
Note: (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
12.Brandin Cooks NO at SD
13.Travis Benjamin SD vs. NO
14.Doug Baldwin SEA at NYJ
15.Kelvin Benjamin CAR at Atl
Note: Shockingly invisible last week - just one target despite being on the field for 61 snaps.
16.*DeSean Jackson WAS vs. Cle
Note: Briefly left with a sore knee, but later returned. (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday, but Jay Gruden later said that Jackson would be ready to go, 'barring a setback.' ***Full practice Friday, no longer on the injury report.***
17.*Jarvis Landry MIA at Cin
Note: (Shoulder) Partial practice Tuesday. Listed as 'questionable' but would be closer to 'probable' in the old injury reporting regime.
18.Emmanuel Sanders DEN at TB
19.Amari Cooper OAK at Bal
20.Jeremy Maclin KC at Pit
Note: Twice beat Darrelle Revis deep, only for Alex Smith to miss him.
21.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ vs. LA
22.Terrelle Pryor CLE at Was
Note: Super active Sunday - 14 targets, four carries, five passing attempts.
23.Michael Crabtree OAK at Bal
24.Brandon Marshall NYJ vs. Sea
25.*Stefon Diggs MIN vs. NYG
Note: ***(Groin) Not on the final injury report.***
26.Tyrell Williams SD vs. NO
27.*Michael Floyd ARZ vs. LA
Note: Entered the concussion protocol this week - had been cleared to return during the game last week, but he's not clear yet for Week 4. Limited at Wednesday's practice, not yet cleared. ***Full practices Thursday and Friday, no longer on the injury list.***
28.Sterling Shepard NYG at Min
29.*Phillip Dorsett IND at Jax
Note: Only four targets in his first start with Moncrief out. ***Limited Friday with a sore ankle, but expected to play.***
30.*Julian Edelman NE vs. Buf
Note: ***Downgraded because of the Patriots' QB news.***
31.DeVante Parker MIA at Cin
Note: Early touchdown was great, but very quiet after that. Kenny Stills is the fly in the ointment here, getting more targets than Parker. Listed as 'questionable' but would be closer to 'probable' in the old injury reporting regime.
32.Mike Wallace BAL vs. Oak
33.*Terrance Williams DAL at SF
Note: Definitely should play a bigger role due to Bryant's injury.
34.Will Fuller HOU vs. Ten
35.Kevin White CHI vs. Det
Note: Had a team-high 14 targets in the loss Sunday night, but ended up with just six catches for 62 yards, with one of those coming for 32 yards late. Opportunity is there, but just not connecting yet.
36.Quincy Enunwa NYJ vs. Sea
Note: Led the Jets with 11 targets, but because Fitzpatrick was so awful, did very little with them. ***Elevated to #2 receiver for the Jets with Decker out.***
37.*Jamison Crowder WAS vs. Cle
Note: ***Bumped up after reviewing tape, game logs.***
38.Allen Hurns JAC vs. Ind
39.Golden Tate DET at Chi
40.Kenny Stills MIA at Cin
41.Cole Beasley DAL at SF
42.*Willie Snead NO at SD
Note: (Toe) Has to be questionable this week after sitting out Monday night. Limited practice Wednesday. ***Expected to play, according to an unnamed source relayed by Ian Rapoport.***
43.*Tajae Sharpe TEN at Hou
Note: (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
44.*John Brown ARZ vs. LA
Note: Possibly more targets if Floyd can't go. ***Floyd cleared to play, moved back down.***
45.Michael Thomas NO at SD
46.Marquise Goodwin BUF at NE
47.Victor Cruz NYG at Min
48.Eddie Royal CHI vs. Det
49.*Tyler Lockett SEA at NYJ
Note: (Knee) Not even targeted once in the win over the Niners - with the big lead, there was no reason for the Seahawks to roll him out there. Limited at Wednesday's practice. Really hard to start him this week. ***Full practice Friday, not on the final injury report.***
50.Steve Smith BAL vs. Oak
Note: Had a team-leading 11 targets, netting eight catches for 87 yards.
51.Ted Ginn CAR at Atl
52.Rishard Matthews TEN at Hou
53.*Mohamed Sanu ATL vs. Car
Note: Left Monday night's game with a shoulder injury. The initial expectation is that he'll play. Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
54.Robert Woods BUF at NE
55.Vincent Jackson TB vs. Den
56.Sammie Coates PIT vs. KC
57.*Kenny Britt LA at Ari
Note: ***Limited practice Friday with a thigh injury.***
58.*Chris Hogan NE vs. Buf
Note: ***Downgraded because of the Patriots' QB news.***
59.Brandon LaFell CIN vs. Mia
60.*Tavon Austin LA at Ari
Note: (Shoulder) Limited for Wednesday's practice. ***Practiced Friday, expected to play.***
61.*Brandon Coleman NO at SD
Note: Had eight targets with Willie Snead out.
62.Marqise Lee JAC vs. Ind
63.*Adam Humphries TB vs. Den
Note: Taking on a bigger role in the bus' offense.
64.Anquan Boldin DET at Chi
65.Tyler Boyd CIN vs. Mia
Note: Had only 24 snaps compared to 60 for LaFell.
66.Breshad Perriman BAL vs. Oak
67.Torrey Smith SF vs. Dal
68.*Kendall Wright TEN at Hou
Note: (Hamstring) Expected to return to practice Wednesday. Full practice Wednesday.
69.*Markus Wheaton PIT vs. KC
Note: Had three drops in his season debut. Steelers' #2 spot wide-open. ***Will line up in the slot Sunday night with Rogers out.***
70.Pierre Garcon WAS vs. Cle
71.Dontrelle Inman SD vs. NO
72.Tommylee Lewis NO at SD
73.Devin Funchess CAR at Atl
Note: Targeted just twice.
74.*Justin Hardy ATL vs. Car
Note: (Shoulder) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
75.Jeremy Kerley SF vs. Dal
76.Chris Conley KC at Pit
77.Andrew Hawkins CLE at Was
78.Danny Amendola NE vs. Buf
79.Charles Johnson MIN vs. NYG
80.*Brice Butler DAL at SF
Note: Could play a bigger role with Dez out - if he's out, Cowboys haven't declared him out yet.
81.Malcolm Mitchell NE vs. Buf
82.Jermaine Kearse SEA at NYJ
83.Jaelen Strong HOU vs. Ten
84.Ricardo Louis CLE at Was
85.Rashard Higgins CLE at Was
86.Andre Johnson TEN at Hou
87.Quinton Patton SF vs. Dal
88.Seth Roberts OAK at Bal
89.*Kamar Aiken BAL vs. Oak
Note: (Thigh) Limited Wednesday.
90.J.J. Nelson ARZ vs. LA
91.Paul Richardson SEA at NYJ
92.*Greg Salas BUF at NE
Note: (Groin) Did not practice Thursday.
93.*Dez Bryant DAL at SF
Note: (Knee) Was expected to have an MRI on Tuesday, but now it appears they've bypassed that. Even if the health angle checks out, I'm worried about the targets. Hairline fracture in his kneecap, unlikely to play this week. Initially skipped out on the MRI because he was afraid of the diagnosis. ***Not expected to play.***
94.*Eric Decker NYJ vs. Sea
Note: (Shoulder) Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. ***Out on a week-to-week basis with a partially torn rotator cuff.***
95.*Sammy Watkins BUF at NE
Note: (Foot) 'Hopeful' that he can play this week, but has to be cleared by the medical staff. Hasn't practiced yet this week, not expected to practice Friday. ***Placed on IR, now it's a question of whether he'll need surgery.***
96.*Braxton Miller HOU vs. Ten
Note: (Hamstring) Out again this week.
97.*Eli Rogers PIT vs. KC
Note: (Toe) 'Very questionable' for Sunday night - spotted with a walking boot Tuesday.
98.*Josh Doctson WAS vs. Cle
Note: Late scratch last week after Achilles' tendon tightened up in pregame warmups. Could sit out multiple weeks.
99.*Josh Gordon CLE at Was
Note: Checked into a treatment facility, indefinitely postponed attempt to return.

Tight Ends

1.Greg Olsen CAR at Atl
2.Jordan Reed WAS vs. Cle
3.Travis Kelce KC at Pit
4.Zach Miller CHI vs. Det
5.Dennis Pitta BAL vs. Oak
6.*Hunter Henry SD vs. NO
Note: Caught all five targets for 76 yards, but lost a critical fumble late in the game on one of those receptions.
7.Coby Fleener NO at SD
Note: First big game, but still had a few alligator-arm moments.
8.Jacob Tamme ATL vs. Car
9.Gary Barnidge CLE at Was
10.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. NYG
11.Cameron Brate TB vs. Den
Note: Caught two touchdowns among 10 targets - with the lack of a reliable second WR and Sefarian-Jenkins gone, Brate's profile really has risen.
12.*Eric Ebron DET at Chi
Note: (Ankle) No practice Wednesday, limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, active Sunday.***
13.Jason Witten DAL at SF
14.*Delanie Walker TEN at Hou
Note: (Hamstring) Expected to return to practice Tuesday after getting scratched last week. 'Improving' and had a limited practice Thursday, but not yet certain to play. ***Limited practice again Friday, active Sunday.***
15.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Buf
Note: This is a cautious ranking given his usage last week, and the uncertainty at QB. I'm less concerned about what opposing TE's have done against the Bills - two of the three teams really don't have a TE worth speaking about. ***Moving down with the QB news.***
16.Jack Doyle IND at Jax
17.*Jimmy Graham SEA at NYJ
Note: Finally had a 100-yard game with Seattle. Does this mean he's back, or that the Niners are just awful at covering TE's? (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Sat out Thursday with back spasms, full practice Friday.***
18.Jesse James PIT vs. KC
19.Clive Walford OAK at Bal
20.Martellus Bennett NE vs. Buf
21.Dwayne Allen IND at Jax
Note: Once again got fewer targets than Doyle. The Colts' OL is a dumpster fire, so Allen is called upon to block more often.
22.Will Tye NYG at Min
Note: Created an interception for Eli after not completing his route.
23.Ryan Griffin HOU vs. Ten
24.Larry Donnell NYG at Min
25.C.J. Uzomah CIN vs. Mia
26.Luke Willson SEA at NYJ
27.Lance Kendricks LA at Ari
28.Tyler Higbee LA at Ari
29.Jermaine Gresham ARZ vs. LA
30.*Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs. Sea
Note: Claimed off waivers by the Jets. ***Inactive this week.***
31.*Garrett Celek SF vs. Dal
Note: (Back) Limited Wednesday.
32.Dion Sims MIA at Cin
33.MarQueis Gray MIA at Cin
34.*Charles Clay BUF at NE
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Thursday.
35.*Vance McDonald SF vs. Dal
Note: Left the loss to Seattle with an injured hip. Did not practice Wednesday.
36.*Antonio Gates SD vs. NO
Note: (Hamstring) 'Wasn't even close' to playing against the Colts. No practice Thursday. ***Listed as doubtful.***
37.*Virgil Green DEN at TB
Note: (Calf) Considered day-to-day after being scratched last week. Did not practice Thursday. ***Ruled out again.***
38.*Julius Thomas JAC vs. Ind
Note: (Elbow) Game-time decision Sunday - remember it's the *early* game. 3:30 a.m. Hawaii time. ***DECLARED INACTIVE***
39.*Tyler Eifert CIN vs. Mia
Note: (Ankle) Partial participant in Tuesday's practice, could be a game-time decision - ESPN's Bob Holtzman says he's unlikely to play. Listed as doubtful.
40.*Jordan Cameron MIA at Cin
Note: Ruled out for Thursday's game with a concussion. It's his third concussion in the last two years.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Antonio Brown PIT vs. KC
2.A.J. Green CIN vs. Mia
3.David Johnson ARZ vs. LA
4.Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. KC
Note: Suspension over, 'well-conditioned' and ready to go. Last year when he returned he took over nearly all the snaps.
5.Allen Robinson JAC vs. Ind
6.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. Ten
7.*Julio Jones ATL vs. Car
Note: I'm not worried about the low targets as much as colleague Chris Liss - I think that this was a game flow issue. The Falcons were running the ball so well, and Jones was nursing a sore calf, so why push it? Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he stated that he isn't concerned about his health. ***Full practice Friday, not on the injury report.***
8.Odell Beckham NYG at Min
9.Ezekiel Elliott DAL at SF
Note: Third most carries in the league so far and now draws the Niners. I'm not the least bit concerned about the goal line results from Sunday night.
10.*Lamar Miller HOU vs. Ten
Note: Appeared to hurt his leg in the Thursday night stinker, but then later returned. Second in the NFL in carries after three weeks, rare air given his workload in Miami.
11.*T.Y. Hilton IND at Jax
Note: (Knee) Limited Wednesday, full practice Thursday - seems like a similar scenario to last week. ***Full practice again Friday.***
12.Mike Evans TB vs. Den
13.*Marvin Jones DET at Chi
Note: (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
14.*Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. Det
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Limited practice all week, but still expected to play.***
15.Melvin Gordon SD vs. NO
Note: After Monday night, there's almost a threat of the Chargers overusing Gordon this week against the Saints' woeful run defense.
16.DeMarco Murray TEN at Hou
17.Brandin Cooks NO at SD
18.Travis Benjamin SD vs. NO
19.Doug Baldwin SEA at NYJ
20.Kelvin Benjamin CAR at Atl
Note: Shockingly invisible last week - just one target despite being on the field for 61 snaps.
21.Demaryius Thomas DEN at TB
22.Mark Ingram NO at SD
23.C.J. Anderson DEN at TB
24.LeGarrette Blount NE vs. Buf
Note: Leads the NFL in attempts, but that will likely last one more week with Brady returning in Week 5. ***Should get a ton of carries again with Brissett starting at QB.***
25.*DeSean Jackson WAS vs. Cle
Note: Briefly left with a sore knee, but later returned. (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday, but Jay Gruden later said that Jackson would be ready to go, 'barring a setback.' ***Full practice Friday, no longer on the injury report.***
26.*Jarvis Landry MIA at Cin
Note: (Shoulder) Partial practice Tuesday. Listed as 'questionable' but would be closer to 'probable' in the old injury reporting regime.
27.LeSean McCoy BUF at NE
28.Greg Olsen CAR at Atl
29.Jordan Reed WAS vs. Cle
30.Todd Gurley LA at Ari
Note: The compiled stats look ok, but he still averaged just 3.1 yards per carry. More frustration probably looms.
31.Emmanuel Sanders DEN at TB
32.Amari Cooper OAK at Bal
33.Jeremy Maclin KC at Pit
Note: Twice beat Darrelle Revis deep, only for Alex Smith to miss him.
34.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ vs. LA
35.*Devonta Freeman ATL vs. Car
Note: Missed practice Thursday with an illness. ***Full practice Friday.***
36.*Matt Forte NYJ vs. Sea
Note: (Knee) Limited practice on Wednesday again.
37.Carlos Hyde SF vs. Dal
38.Brandon Marshall NYJ vs. Sea
39.*Stefon Diggs MIN vs. NYG
Note: ***(Groin) Not on the final injury report.***
40.Tyrell Williams SD vs. NO
41.*Michael Floyd ARZ vs. LA
Note: Entered the concussion protocol this week - had been cleared to return during the game last week, but he's not clear yet for Week 4. Limited at Wednesday's practice, not yet cleared. ***Full practices Thursday and Friday, no longer on the injury list.***
42.Christine Michael SEA at NYJ
Note: Clean shot at starting for the next few weeks with Rawls out.
43.*Jordan Howard CHI vs. Det
Note: Will step in as the starter with Langford out four-to-six weeks.
44.*Spencer Ware KC at Pit
Note: Overturned touchdown on the pylon fumble really hurt. Watch the reports on Jamaal Charles closely - could be moved down 10-15 slots if Charles is slated to play.
45.Theo Riddick DET at Chi
46.Charles Sims TB vs. Den
Note: Had 68 snaps against 21 for Jacquizz Rodgers against the Rams. Should get two more starts while Doug Martin is out.
47.Frank Gore IND at Jax
48.Travis Kelce KC at Pit
49.Sterling Shepard NYG at Min
50.Terrelle Pryor CLE at Was
Note: Super active Sunday - 14 targets, four carries, five passing attempts.
51.*Julian Edelman NE vs. Buf
Note: ***Downgraded because of the Patriots' QB news.***
52.Will Fuller HOU vs. Ten
53.Michael Crabtree OAK at Bal
54.DeVante Parker MIA at Cin
Note: Early touchdown was great, but very quiet after that. Kenny Stills is the fly in the ointment here, getting more targets than Parker. Listed as 'questionable' but would be closer to 'probable' in the old injury reporting regime.
55.Mike Wallace BAL vs. Oak
56.Matt Jones WAS vs. Cle
57.Jeremy Hill CIN vs. Mia
58.*Isaiah Crowell CLE at Was
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday, full practice Thursday.
59.*Tajae Sharpe TEN at Hou
Note: (Hamstring) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
60.Quincy Enunwa NYJ vs. Sea
Note: Led the Jets with 11 targets, but because Fitzpatrick was so awful, did very little with them. ***Elevated to #2 receiver for the Jets with Decker out.***
61.Cole Beasley DAL at SF
62.*Jamison Crowder WAS vs. Cle
Note: ***Bumped up after reviewing tape, game logs.***
63.*Phillip Dorsett IND at Jax
Note: Only four targets in his first start with Moncrief out. ***Limited Friday with a sore ankle, but expected to play.***
64.Kevin White CHI vs. Det
Note: Had a team-high 14 targets in the loss Sunday night, but ended up with just six catches for 62 yards, with one of those coming for 32 yards late. Opportunity is there, but just not connecting yet.
65.Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. NYG
66.*Tevin Coleman ATL vs. Car
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, not on the injury report.***
67.Duke Johnson CLE at Was
Note: Saw a season-high 41 snaps in the overtime loss. 10 carries and seven targets.
68.Bilal Powell NYJ vs. Sea
69.Fozzy Whittaker CAR at Atl
Note: Just five carries against 12 for Artis-Payne, but he had five catches to one for Artis-Payne.
70.Zach Miller CHI vs. Det
71.Dennis Pitta BAL vs. Oak
72.*John Brown ARZ vs. LA
Note: Possibly more targets if Floyd can't go. ***Floyd cleared to play, moved back down.***
73.Michael Thomas NO at SD
74.*Terrance West BAL vs. Oak
Note: ***West will start ahead of Forsett.***
75.Giovani Bernard CIN vs. Mia
76.Allen Hurns JAC vs. Ind
77.Golden Tate DET at Chi
78.Victor Cruz NYG at Min
79.T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. Ind
Note: The running game was pretty useless against the Ravens, no matter whether it was Yeldon or Ivory running.
80.*Cameron Artis-Payne CAR at Atl
Note: Likely to start again. Stewart hasn't practiced yet since the injury.
81.Latavius Murray OAK at Bal
Note: Only 31 snaps last week despite the Raiders playing with a lead the whole game.
82.Dwayne Washington DET at Chi
Note: Only 25 snaps last week against the Packers, but a lot of that was dictated by game-flow, with the Lions falling behind big early on.
83.*Kenyan Drake MIA at Cin
Note: Led the ugly four-headed monster at RB last week with 27 snaps, an arrangement that is likely to continue Thursday night. All four of Drake, Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and even Isaiah Pead had double-digit snaps.
84.Eddie Royal CHI vs. Det
85.Marquise Goodwin BUF at NE
86.Ted Ginn CAR at Atl
87.*Hunter Henry SD vs. NO
Note: Caught all five targets for 76 yards, but lost a critical fumble late in the game on one of those receptions.
88.Coby Fleener NO at SD
Note: First big game, but still had a few alligator-arm moments.
89.Jacob Tamme ATL vs. Car
90.Rishard Matthews TEN at Hou
91.*Mohamed Sanu ATL vs. Car
Note: Left Monday night's game with a shoulder injury. The initial expectation is that he'll play. Limited practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
92.Robert Woods BUF at NE
93.Vincent Jackson TB vs. Den
94.Sammie Coates PIT vs. KC
95.Steve Smith BAL vs. Oak
Note: Had a team-leading 11 targets, netting eight catches for 87 yards.
96.Kenny Stills MIA at Cin
97.DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. KC
Note: Back to a reserve role this week. When Bell came back last season, Williams had just one carry.
98.Gary Barnidge CLE at Was
99.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. NYG
100.Cameron Brate TB vs. Den
Note: Caught two touchdowns among 10 targets - with the lack of a reliable second WR and Sefarian-Jenkins gone, Brate's profile really has risen.
101.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Buf
Note: This is a cautious ranking given his usage last week, and the uncertainty at QB. I'm less concerned about what opposing TE's have done against the Bills - two of the three teams really don't have a TE worth speaking about. ***Moving down with the QB news.***
102.*Delanie Walker TEN at Hou
Note: (Hamstring) Expected to return to practice Tuesday after getting scratched last week. 'Improving' and had a limited practice Thursday, but not yet certain to play. ***Limited practice again Friday, active Sunday.***
103.DeAndre Washington OAK at Bal
Note: Only 18 snaps last week, but ran much better than Murray, who is starting to get fewer snaps. Jalen Richard complicates this picture, however.
104.James White NE vs. Buf
105.Derrick Henry TEN at Hou
106.Chris Thompson WAS vs. Cle
107.*Kenny Britt LA at Ari
Note: ***Limited practice Friday with a thigh injury.***
108.*Chris Hogan NE vs. Buf
Note: ***Downgraded because of the Patriots' QB news.***

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Buf
2.Justin Tucker BAL vs. Oak
Note: It must be so reassuring to know you have Tucker with the game on the line. Nailed the 54-yard game-winner like it was an extra point.
3.Dan Bailey DAL at SF
4.Graham Gano CAR at Atl
5.Steven Hauschka SEA at NYJ
6.Adam Vinatieri IND at Jax
7.Chandler Catanzaro ARZ vs. LA
Note: Nailed a 60-yarder as a token bright spot in the loss.
8.Dustin Hopkins WAS vs. Cle
Note: Has made a whopping 11 field goals already, including five against the Giants in Week 3.
9.Josh Lambo SD vs. NO
10.Chris Boswell PIT vs. KC
11.Mike Nugent CIN vs. Mia
12.Wil Lutz NO at SD
13.Matt Prater DET at Chi
14.Cairo Santos KC at Pit
15.Nick Novak HOU vs. Ten
16.Brandon McManus DEN at TB
17.Jason Myers JAC vs. Ind
18.Andrew Franks MIA at Cin
19.Sebastian Janikowski OAK at Bal
20.Blair Walsh MIN vs. NYG
Note: Trouble still looming - missed an extra point attempt, leading the Vikes later to go for a two-point conversion.
21.Matt Bryant ATL vs. Car
22.Josh Brown NYG at Min
23.Nick Folk NYJ vs. Sea
24.Roberto Aguayo TB vs. Den
Note: Missed a 41-yard attempt in the loss to the Rams, one that loomed later as the Bucs' late rally fell short, at the Rams' five-yard line.
25.Connor Barth CHI vs. Det
26.Ryan Succop TEN at Hou
27.Dan Carpenter BUF at NE
Note: More job security after the Bills released kickoff specialist Jordan Gay.
28.Greg Zuerlein LA at Ari
29.Phil Dawson SF vs. Dal
30.*Cody Parkey CLE at Was
Note: Not losing his job this week despite missing three attempts against Miami, including the potential game-winner.

Defenses

1.Denver Broncos at TB
2.Seattle Seahawks at NYJ
3.Arizona Cardinals vs. LA
4.New England Patriots vs. Buf
5.Minnesota Vikings vs. NYG
6.*Houston Texans vs. Ten
Note: J.J. Watt possibly out for the year with a back injury?
7.Carolina Panthers at Atl
8.Washington Redskins vs. Cle
9.*Cincinnati Bengals vs. Mia
Note: Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) is questionable. Meanwhile, Vontaze Burfict's suspension is over, but Marvin Lewis hasn't committed to playing him. Kirkpatrick is inactive.
10.Los Angeles Rams at Ari
11.Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Ind
12.Baltimore Ravens vs. Oak
13.Kansas City Chiefs at Pit
14.New York Jets vs. Sea
15.Oakland Raiders at Bal
Note: Khalil Mack has been a huge disappointment so far in IDP leagues - but this reminds me of the Rams' top DL last year. I have faith that the numbers will still come.
16.*Miami Dolphins at Cin
Note: LB Jelani Jenkins (groin) is questionable.
17.Dallas Cowboys at SF
18.New York Giants at Min
19.*Pittsburgh Steelers vs. KC
Note: Ryan Shazier (knee) played only 33 snaps in the loss to the Eagles. His status for Sunday is uncertain.
20.Tennessee Titans at Hou
21.Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Den
22.Detroit Lions at Chi
23.*San Francisco 49ers vs. Dal
Note: CB Jimmie Ward out with a quadriceps injury.
24.San Diego Chargers vs. NO
25.Buffalo Bills at NE
26.*Indianapolis Colts at Jax
Note: ***CB Darius Butler (ankle) still out.***
27.*Cleveland Browns at Was
Note: Joe Haden (groin) should play this week against the Redskins.
28.Atlanta Falcons vs. Car
29.New Orleans Saints at SD
30.Chicago Bears vs. Det