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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: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle

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.Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. NYJ
2.Aaron Rodgers GB vs. NYG
3.*Tom Brady NE at Cle
Note: Back from suspension this week, not a moment too soon.
4.Philip Rivers SD at Oak
5.*Andrew Luck IND vs. Chi
Note: (Shoulder) Limited practice Thursday. ***Full participant in Friday's practice, no longer listed on the injury report.***
6.Derek Carr OAK vs. SD
7.Jameis Winston TB at Car
Note: His turn to be humbled by the Broncos went about as expected. He should bounce back nicely against the Panthers.
8.Andy Dalton CIN at Dal
9.*Brian Hoyer CHI at Ind
Note: Could keep the job even if Cutler is healthy enough to play.
10.Joe Flacco BAL vs. Was
Note: Got there on volume, but it wasn't an effective outing, and the Ravens' offensive line had all sorts of trouble with the Raiders pass rush.
11.Carson Wentz PHI at Det
12.Eli Manning NYG at GB
Note: Mostly limited to dink-and-dunk passes Monday night.
13.*Derek Anderson CAR vs. TB
Note: Two touchdowns in garbage time, then two bad interceptions to kill off any hint of a comeback. Preparing as if to start, with Cam not practicing Thursday. ***Will start in place of Newton on Monday night.***
14.Kirk Cousins WAS at Bal
15.Matt Ryan ATL at Den
Note: Ok, so I was wrong about Ryan against the Panthers. But I'm still bearish against the Broncos.
16.Dak Prescott DAL vs. Cin
Note: Tony Romo could return in time for Week 8.
17.*Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ at Pit
Note: Small bump up - game flow could work in his favor.
18.Ryan Tannehill MIA vs. Ten
19.Matthew Stafford DET vs. Phi
Note: Top disappointment of the week - came up small against a weakened Bears defense.
20.*Paxton Lynch DEN vs. Atl
Note: ***Starting in place of Trevor Siemian on Sunday.***
21.*Drew Stanton ARZ at SF
Note: Probable starter for Thursday night, though Carson Palmer showed signs of improvement Tuesday. Palmer ruled out - Stanton will start.
22.Sam Bradford MIN vs. Hou
23.Marcus Mariota TEN at Mia
24.Tyrod Taylor BUF at LA
25.Blaine Gabbert SF vs. Ari
26.Case Keenum LA vs. Buf
27.*Cody Kessler CLE vs. NE
Note: Josh McCown (collarbone) still out this week.
28.Brock Osweiler HOU at Min
Note: Unable to connect with Hopkins for the second week in a row.
29.*Trevor Siemian DEN vs. Atl
Note: Injured his non-throwing shoulder in the win over the Bucs. Will get the job back if healthy enough to play, and a decision on that won't come until the end of the week. Able to complete light throws and handoffs in Thursday's practice. ***Not expected to play Sunday, but should play Thursday at San Diego.***
30.*Cam Newton CAR vs. TB
Note: Sustained a concussion scoring on a two-point conversion. His status is complicated by the fact that his game is on Monday night. Did not practice Thursday - still in the concussion protocol. ***Remains in the concussion protocol, hasn't practiced all week, ruled out for Monday night.***
31.*Carson Palmer ARZ at SF
Note: Suffered a concussion late in the loss to the Rams - was averaging 8.0 yards per target but only put 10 points up before the injury. Looked good in practice - some chance he can play. Would be top 15 if he plays. Officially ruled out for Thursday night's game.
32.*Jay Cutler CHI at Ind
Note: Might sit even if his thumb is healed. Did not practice Wednesday. ***Listed as doubtful.***

Running Backs

1.David Johnson ARZ at SF
2.Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. NYJ
Note: Ahead of Johnson in PPR leagues because of the added targets.
3.DeMarco Murray TEN at Mia
4.Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. Cin
5.Lamar Miller HOU at Min
6.C.J. Anderson DEN vs. Atl
7.Todd Gurley LA vs. Buf
Note: Had a career-high five receptions last week after Cunningham got hurt, could remain in the passing game going forward.
8.Jordan Howard CHI at Ind
9.*LeSean McCoy BUF at LA
Note: ***Suffered a 'minor' hand injury in practice and will play Sunday.***
10.Eddie Lacy GB vs. NYG
11.Devonta Freeman ATL at Den
12.Melvin Gordon SD at Oak
Note: Scored twice, but averaged less than two yards per carry and lost a critical fumble in the late-game collapse by the Chargers.
13.Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. NE
14.*Terrance West BAL vs. Was
Note: ***Starting at RB, though Kenneth Dixon will play.***
15.Carlos Hyde SF vs. Ari
16.*LeGarrette Blount NE at Cle
Note: (Hip) Limited at Wednesday and Thursday's practice. ***Officially questionable, should play.***
17.*Frank Gore IND vs. Chi
Note: (Chest) Did not practice Wednesday, full practice Thursday.
18.*Jeremy Hill CIN at Dal
Note: (Chest) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Full practice Friday, off the injury list.***
19.*Matt Forte NYJ at Pit
Note: Was riding a cart to the x-ray room after the game, but coach Todd Bowles said that he didn't have an x-ray, and isn't yet on the injury report. Dealing with knee and rib issues, but had a full practice Thursday.
20.Matt Jones WAS at Bal
21.*Jacquizz Rodgers TB at Car
Note: Could get more work this week even if Sims starts. Sims has not practiced Wednesday or Thursday. ***Sims and Martin are both doubtful. It'll probably be a combo of Rodgers and Peyton Barber on Monday night.***
22.*Ryan Mathews PHI at Det
Note: (Ankle) Had just two carries in the win over the Steelers in Week, prior to the Eagles' bye. Ankle still a little sore, but full practice Wednesday.
23.Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. Hou
24.Theo Riddick DET vs. Phi
25.Orleans Darkwa NYG at GB
26.DeAndre Washington OAK vs. SD
Note: Ran better than Murray again, but lost a fumble and lost third down snaps to Jalen Richard. Could be in line for more work, though there's the risk that neither he nor Richard would get goal line carries with Murray out, instead it could be fullback Jamize Olawale. ***Murray officially out.***
27.Cameron Artis-Payne CAR vs. TB
Note: Was marginalized after the Panthers fell way behind early.
28.*Tevin Coleman ATL at Den
Note: Carries the sickle-cell trait, so it's possible that his workload could be severely curtailed in the altitude of Denver.
29.Giovani Bernard CIN at Dal
30.Duke Johnson CLE vs. NE
Note: Fumble was declared 'lost' to the Redskins despite a lack of discernible evidence that they recovered it.
31.James White NE at Cle
32.Fozzy Whittaker CAR vs. TB
33.Bilal Powell NYJ at Pit
34.Chris Thompson WAS at Bal
35.Darren Sproles PHI at Det
36.*Wendell Smallwood PHI at Det
Note: Treating him as the primary back for now until we see more practice results from Mathews. Mathews had a full practice Wednesday.
37.*Jay Ajayi MIA vs. Ten
Note: ***Coach Adam Gase planning to 'trim the RB rotation' - could benefit Ajayi and Drake.***
38.*Bobby Rainey NYG at GB
Note: Seven receptions on nine targets - more than OBJ, of course.
39.Josh Ferguson IND vs. Chi
Note: Somehow targeted 10 times, but had a key third down drop and did very little with those that he caught.
40.Matt Asiata MIN vs. Hou
41.DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. NYJ
Note: Just 17 snaps, scored in garbage time.
42.Mike Gillislee BUF at LA
43.Alfred Morris DAL vs. Cin
44.Derrick Henry TEN at Mia
Note: Only three carries in the loss to the Texans.
45.*Jalen Richard OAK vs. SD
Note: ***Should have a bigger role with Murray ruled out.***
46.*Kenneth Dixon BAL vs. Was
Note: ***(Knee) Expected to play but not start.***
47.Zach Zenner DET vs. Phi
48.*Paul Perkins NYG at GB
Note: Finally active on Monday night, and of course he breaks off a big play. Did struggle in pass protections, which illuminates why he didn't play earlier.
49.*Andre Ellington ARZ at SF
Note: Only six snaps last week, but that might change with Chris Johnson out. Kerwynn Williams and/or Stepfan Taylor might also share the backup duties.
50.James Starks GB vs. NYG
51.Kenjon Barner PHI at Det
52.Shaun Draughn SF vs. Ari
53.Devontae Booker DEN vs. Atl
54.*Rashad Jennings NYG at GB
Note: (Thumb) Sat out the Monday night loss. Limited practice Wednesday. ***Listed as questionable, had some practice this week.***
55.*Ka'Deem Carey CHI at Ind
Note: (Hamstring) Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Expected to play against the Colts.***
56.*Robert Turbin IND vs. Chi
Note: ***(Shoulder/wrist) Did not practice Friday.***
57.Dexter McCluster SD at Oak
58.Kenyan Drake MIA vs. Ten
59.Isaiah Pead MIA vs. Ten
60.Damien Williams MIA vs. Ten
61.Alfred Blue HOU at Min
62.*Lance Dunbar DAL vs. Cin
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Did not practice all week.***
63.Kenneth Farrow SD at Oak
64.Rob Kelley WAS at Bal
65.Joique Bell CHI at Ind
66.Stepfan Taylor ARZ at SF
67.*Benny Cunningham LA vs. Buf
Note: (Hamstring) Sat out the second half against the Cardinals. Limited practice Thursday. ***Limited again Friday, listed as questionable.***
68.*Dwayne Washington DET vs. Phi
Note: Sprained his foot and ankle in the loss to the Bears. He hasn't yet been ruled out for this week's game. Didn't practice Thursday. ***Listed as doubtful.***
69.*Latavius Murray OAK vs. SD
Note: (Turf toe) Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, outlook for Sunday not looking good. ***Officially ruled out.***
70.*Arian Foster MIA vs. Ten
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Tuesday. Limited practice Wednesday. ***Ruled out again this week.***
71.*Doug Martin TB at Car
Note: (Hamstring) Not at Tuesday's practice, expected to sit out again this week. Did not practice Thursday. ***Didn't practice all week, listed as doubtful.***
72.*Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. TB
Note: (Hamstring) Status for Monday night still uncertain. Did not suit up for Thursday's practice. ***Ruled out again this week.***
73.*Charles Sims TB at Car
Note: (Knee) Injured early in the loss to the Broncos, though he returned to the game. Missed practice Tuesday. Sat out practice Thursday. ***Didn't practice all week, listed as doubtful.***
74.*Jeremy Langford CHI at Ind
75.*Chris Johnson ARZ at SF
Note: Having surgery to repair a sports hernia, placed on IR by the Cardinals.

Wide Receivers

1.Antonio Brown PIT vs. NYJ
2.A.J. Green CIN at Dal
3.Mike Evans TB at Car
4.Odell Beckham NYG at GB
5.T.Y. Hilton IND vs. Chi
6.Julio Jones ATL at Den
7.Jordy Nelson GB vs. NYG
8.Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. Atl
9.Brandon Marshall NYJ at Pit
10.Michael Crabtree OAK vs. SD
11.*Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Atl
Note: (Hip) Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Full practice Friday, no longer with an injury designation.***
12.Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs. TB
13.Jordan Matthews PHI at Det
14.DeAndre Hopkins HOU at Min
Note: Just one catch and six targets last week, with two of those targets going for interceptions. It doesn't get any easier this week against the Vikings. But this represents a perfect buy low opportunity for the rest of the season - you're not going to get a good price when he's scheduled to face someone like the Colts. And you have to figure that the Texans are going to do what they can to free him up better this week. Drawing Xavier Rhodes this week.
15.*Marvin Jones DET vs. Phi
Note: (Foot) Missed practice Wednesday, limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable, but expected to play.***
16.Travis Benjamin SD at Oak
Note: Could get removed from punt returns, which is actually a good thing as it signals that he's more important to the offense.
17.Jarvis Landry MIA vs. Ten
18.*Alshon Jeffery CHI at Ind
Note: (Knee/Hamstring) Just five targets, appeared limited against the Lions. Limited practice Wednesday. ***Limited in practice all week.***
19.*Julian Edelman NE at Cle
Note: (Foot) Limited practice Thursday. ***Officially active.***
20.DeSean Jackson WAS at Bal
21.Terrelle Pryor CLE vs. NE
22.Steve Smith BAL vs. Was
23.Randall Cobb GB vs. NYG
24.*Sammie Coates PIT vs. NYJ
Note: Getting more looks on different patterns. Emerging ahead of Wheaton now.
25.Amari Cooper OAK vs. SD
26.*Quincy Enunwa NYJ at Pit
Note: ***Listed as questionable with a knee injury, but not considered serious.***
27.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at SF
28.Phillip Dorsett IND vs. Chi
Note: One big catch salvaged an otherwise disappointing day.
29.*Tyrell Williams SD at Oak
Note: Once again, production, such as it was, came late. Briefly left with an injury, only to return the next series.
30.Michael Floyd ARZ at SF
Note: Had a bad drop early, was benched for a while, then later came back to score.
31.*Will Fuller HOU at Min
Note: Small bump up - with the notion that Fuller could get more targets thanks to Hopkins' matchup with Rhodes.
32.Robert Woods BUF at LA
Note: Definitely the primary target for Taylor with Watkins out.
33.Sterling Shepard NYG at GB
34.*Eddie Royal CHI at Ind
Note: (Calf) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Was listed as a game-time decision, but is officially active.***
35.Rishard Matthews TEN at Mia
Note: Had two catches on two targets, one of them going for 60 yards. Maybe they should throw to him more often?
36.DeVante Parker MIA vs. Ten
37.Mike Wallace BAL vs. Was
38.*Anquan Boldin DET vs. Phi
Note: Should get more targets with other Lions receivers either hurting or slumping.
39.Terrance Williams DAL vs. Cin
40.Dorial Green-Beckham PHI at Det
41.Ted Ginn CAR vs. TB
42.Jamison Crowder WAS at Bal
43.Kenny Stills MIA vs. Ten
44.Cole Beasley DAL vs. Cin
45.Tajae Sharpe TEN at Mia
46.Victor Cruz NYG at GB
47.*Golden Tate DET vs. Phi
Note: Only 36 snaps, benched in the second half after a bad drop ended one drive and a bad route led to an interception on another.
48.John Brown ARZ at SF
Note: Had a whopping 16 targets in the loss to the Rams.
49.Davante Adams GB vs. NYG
50.Nelson Agholor PHI at Det
51.*Kenny Britt LA vs. Buf
Note: (Thigh) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Full participant in Friday's practice.***
52.Dontrelle Inman SD at Oak
Note: His turn to be the primary target, but that could be a function of drawing the worst cover corner and not a sign of things to come.
53.*Charles Johnson MIN vs. Hou
Note: ***Perhaps more targets with Diggs out.***
54.Chris Hogan NE at Cle
55.Aldrick Robinson ATL at Den
56.Brice Butler DAL vs. Cin
Note: Nine targets and a score in the win over the Niners.
57.Vincent Jackson TB at Car
58.Markus Wheaton PIT vs. NYJ
59.Torrey Smith SF vs. Ari
60.Brandon LaFell CIN at Dal
61.Tavon Austin LA vs. Buf
62.Seth Roberts OAK vs. SD
63.Jaron Brown ARZ at SF
Note: Was in for 45 snaps last week.
64.Brian Quick LA vs. Buf
65.*Mohamed Sanu ATL at Den
Note: (Shoulder) Limited at Wednesday's practice. Aldrick Robinson could get more reps with both Sanu and Hardy hurting.
66.Adam Humphries TB at Car
67.*Cameron Meredith CHI at Ind
Note: Taking over Kevin White's spot.
68.*Jeremy Kerley SF vs. Ari
Note: (Ankle) Non-participant in Monday's walk-through, limited practice Tuesday. Has been the main target in the Niners' passing game. Limited practice Wednesday, listed as questionable.
69.Tyler Boyd CIN at Dal
70.Breshad Perriman BAL vs. Was
71.Kendall Wright TEN at Mia
72.Pierre Garcon WAS at Bal
73.Adam Thielen MIN vs. Hou
74.*Justin Hardy ATL at Den
Note: (Shoulder) Limited practice Wednesday.
75.Andrew Hawkins CLE vs. NE
76.Danny Amendola NE at Cle
77.*Devin Funchess CAR vs. TB
Note: Left last week with a toe injury. ***Full participant in Friday's practice.
78.*Braxton Miller HOU at Min
Note: (Hamstring) Returned to practice Wednesday.
79.Marquise Goodwin BUF at LA
80.Malcolm Mitchell NE at Cle
81.Jaelen Strong HOU at Min
82.Ricardo Louis CLE vs. NE
83.*Darrius Heyward-Bey PIT vs. NYJ
Note: (Shoulder) Had just one target, but it was a 31-yard touchdown. Expected to play this week, and Rogers will be out. Full practice Wednesday.
84.Robby Anderson NYJ at Pit
85.Andre Johnson TEN at Mia
86.Kamar Aiken BAL vs. Was
87.J.J. Nelson ARZ at SF
88.*Greg Salas BUF at LA
Note: (Groin) Did not practice Thursday. ***Placed on IR.***
89.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. Cin
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Thursday, hoping to 'ramp up activity.' ***Didn't practice all week, somehow still listed as questionable. Not expected to play.***
90.*Eric Decker NYJ at Pit
Note: (Shoulder) Did not practice Thursday. ***Ruled out again this week.***
91.*Eli Rogers PIT vs. NYJ
Note: (Toe) Expected to miss another game. ***Officially ruled out.***
92.*Josh Doctson WAS at Bal
Note: (Achilles) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Could end up on IR.***
93.*Stefon Diggs MIN vs. Hou
Note: (Groin) Had seven targets in the win over the Giants. Missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday. ***INACTIVE this week.***
94.*Kevin White CHI at Ind
Note: Left with an ankle injury in the win over the Lions, had an MRI scheduled Monday with the results not out yet. Placed on IR by the Bears.

Tight Ends

1.Jordan Reed WAS at Bal
2.Greg Olsen CAR vs. TB
3.*Rob Gronkowski NE at Cle
Note: Targeted just twice and was often kept in to block. Played 39 snaps after playing just 14 the week before. Still limited in practice, both Wednesday and Thursday. ***Had his best week of practice, officially active.***
4.*Zach Ertz PHI at Det
Note: (Rib) Cleared by doctors for Week 5. Full practice Wednesday, has a great matchup.
5.Delanie Walker TEN at Mia
6.*Zach Miller CHI at Ind
Note: (Ribs) Sat out practice Wednesday. Limited practice Thursday. ***Expected to play.***
7.Dennis Pitta BAL vs. Was
8.*Jacob Tamme ATL at Den
Note: Just two targets, but one was for a touchdown. And why would you throw it to him more when Julio was going for 300+? (Hip) Limited in Wednesday's practice.
9.Gary Barnidge CLE vs. NE
10.Cameron Brate TB at Car
11.*Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. Hou
Note: Missed practice Wednesday due to the birth of his twins; was limited Thursday due to rib and clavicle injuries.
12.Jason Witten DAL vs. Cin
13.Martellus Bennett NE at Cle
14.*Richard Rodgers GB vs. NYG
Note: Could have a bigger role with Jared Cook out.
15.*Charles Clay BUF at LA
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Thursday.
16.Will Tye NYG at GB
17.Jesse James PIT vs. NYJ
18.*Hunter Henry SD at Oak
Note: ***Gates is due back this week, though he could be on a snap count.***
19.Jack Doyle IND vs. Chi
Note: Just one target last week, but had another long play called back after Andrew Luck was first ruled down.
20.Dwayne Allen IND vs. Chi
21.Ryan Griffin HOU at Min
22.Lance Kendricks LA vs. Buf
23.*Antonio Gates SD at Oak
Note: (Hamstring) Limited Wednesday and Thursday - last week he didn't practice at all. ***Full practice Friday, expected to play, but could be on a snap count.***
24.*C.J. Uzomah CIN at Dal
Note: ***Eifert out again this week.***
25.*Clive Walford OAK vs. SD
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Returned to practice Thursday, listed as questionable.***
26.*Virgil Green DEN vs. Atl
Note: (Calf) Limited practice Wednesday - his first practice since the Week 2 injury. ***'In position to play,' but final decision won't be made until before kickoff.***
27.Jermaine Gresham ARZ at SF
28.Garrett Celek SF vs. Ari
29.Dion Sims MIA vs. Ten
30.Cole Wick DET vs. Phi
31.MarQueis Gray MIA vs. Ten
32.C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU at Min
Note: Had five targets and his first touchdown of the season. But he sprained his MCL in the process.
33.Brent Celek PHI at Det
34.Trey Burton PHI at Det
35.Tyler Higbee LA vs. Buf
36.*Vance McDonald SF vs. Ari
Note: (Hip) Limited in Tuesday's practice. Listed as questionable.
37.*Eric Ebron DET vs. Phi
Note: Briefly left after injuring his knee but later returned. (Ankle/Knee) Not expected to play this week. ***Ruled out this week.***
38.*Tyler Eifert CIN at Dal
Note: Not practicing now because of a back injury. One report has already ruled out Eifert for Sunday, though coach Marvin Lewis refuted that he's already been ruled out. ***Ok, now he's officially ruled out.***
39.*Jared Cook GB vs. NYG
Note: High ankle sprain, won't play Sunday night. Out 4-to-6 weeks.
40.*Larry Donnell NYG at GB
Note: Has entered the concussion protocol. Did not practice Thursday.
41.*Jordan Cameron MIA vs. Ten
Note: Encouraged to go visit a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Antonio Brown PIT vs. NYJ
2.A.J. Green CIN at Dal
3.Mike Evans TB at Car
4.Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. NYJ
Note: Ahead of Johnson in PPR leagues because of the added targets.
5.Odell Beckham NYG at GB
6.David Johnson ARZ at SF
7.T.Y. Hilton IND vs. Chi
8.Julio Jones ATL at Den
9.Jordy Nelson GB vs. NYG
10.DeMarco Murray TEN at Mia
11.Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. Cin
12.Jordan Reed WAS at Bal
13.Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. Atl
14.Lamar Miller HOU at Min
15.C.J. Anderson DEN vs. Atl
16.*LeSean McCoy BUF at LA
Note: ***Suffered a 'minor' hand injury in practice and will play Sunday.***
17.Todd Gurley LA vs. Buf
Note: Had a career-high five receptions last week after Cunningham got hurt, could remain in the passing game going forward.
18.Brandon Marshall NYJ at Pit
19.Michael Crabtree OAK vs. SD
20.Greg Olsen CAR vs. TB
21.Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs. TB
22.Jordan Matthews PHI at Det
23.*Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Atl
Note: (Hip) Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Full practice Friday, no longer with an injury designation.***
24.DeAndre Hopkins HOU at Min
Note: Just one catch and six targets last week, with two of those targets going for interceptions. It doesn't get any easier this week against the Vikings. But this represents a perfect buy low opportunity for the rest of the season - you're not going to get a good price when he's scheduled to face someone like the Colts. And you have to figure that the Texans are going to do what they can to free him up better this week. Drawing Xavier Rhodes this week.
25.Jordan Howard CHI at Ind
26.*Marvin Jones DET vs. Phi
Note: (Foot) Missed practice Wednesday, limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable, but expected to play.***
27.Travis Benjamin SD at Oak
Note: Could get removed from punt returns, which is actually a good thing as it signals that he's more important to the offense.
28.Eddie Lacy GB vs. NYG
29.Devonta Freeman ATL at Den
30.Melvin Gordon SD at Oak
Note: Scored twice, but averaged less than two yards per carry and lost a critical fumble in the late-game collapse by the Chargers.
31.Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. NE
32.Jarvis Landry MIA vs. Ten
33.*Alshon Jeffery CHI at Ind
Note: (Knee/Hamstring) Just five targets, appeared limited against the Lions. Limited practice Wednesday. ***Limited in practice all week.***
34.Randall Cobb GB vs. NYG
35.*Julian Edelman NE at Cle
Note: (Foot) Limited practice Thursday. ***Officially active.***
36.DeSean Jackson WAS at Bal
37.Terrelle Pryor CLE vs. NE
38.Steve Smith BAL vs. Was
39.*Rob Gronkowski NE at Cle
Note: Targeted just twice and was often kept in to block. Played 39 snaps after playing just 14 the week before. Still limited in practice, both Wednesday and Thursday. ***Had his best week of practice, officially active.***
40.*Sammie Coates PIT vs. NYJ
Note: Getting more looks on different patterns. Emerging ahead of Wheaton now.
41.Amari Cooper OAK vs. SD
42.*Frank Gore IND vs. Chi
Note: (Chest) Did not practice Wednesday, full practice Thursday.
43.Carlos Hyde SF vs. Ari
44.Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. Hou
45.*Matt Forte NYJ at Pit
Note: Was riding a cart to the x-ray room after the game, but coach Todd Bowles said that he didn't have an x-ray, and isn't yet on the injury report. Dealing with knee and rib issues, but had a full practice Thursday.
46.*Quincy Enunwa NYJ at Pit
Note: ***Listed as questionable with a knee injury, but not considered serious.***
47.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at SF
48.Phillip Dorsett IND vs. Chi
Note: One big catch salvaged an otherwise disappointing day.
49.*LeGarrette Blount NE at Cle
Note: (Hip) Limited at Wednesday and Thursday's practice. ***Officially questionable, should play.***
50.*Zach Ertz PHI at Det
Note: (Rib) Cleared by doctors for Week 5. Full practice Wednesday, has a great matchup.
51.*Zach Miller CHI at Ind
Note: (Ribs) Sat out practice Wednesday. Limited practice Thursday. ***Expected to play.***
52.*Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. Hou
Note: Missed practice Wednesday due to the birth of his twins; was limited Thursday due to rib and clavicle injuries.
53.*Tyrell Williams SD at Oak
Note: Once again, production, such as it was, came late. Briefly left with an injury, only to return the next series.
54.Michael Floyd ARZ at SF
Note: Had a bad drop early, was benched for a while, then later came back to score.
55.*Terrance West BAL vs. Was
Note: ***Starting at RB, though Kenneth Dixon will play.***
56.*Jeremy Hill CIN at Dal
Note: (Chest) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Full practice Friday, off the injury list.***
57.Matt Jones WAS at Bal
58.*Will Fuller HOU at Min
Note: Small bump up - with the notion that Fuller could get more targets thanks to Hopkins' matchup with Rhodes.
59.*Ryan Mathews PHI at Det
Note: (Ankle) Had just two carries in the win over the Steelers in Week, prior to the Eagles' bye. Ankle still a little sore, but full practice Wednesday.
60.Dennis Pitta BAL vs. Was
61.*Hunter Henry SD at Oak
Note: ***Gates is due back this week, though he could be on a snap count.***
62.Robert Woods BUF at LA
Note: Definitely the primary target for Taylor with Watkins out.
63.Sterling Shepard NYG at GB
64.John Brown ARZ at SF
Note: Had a whopping 16 targets in the loss to the Rams.
65.Rishard Matthews TEN at Mia
Note: Had two catches on two targets, one of them going for 60 yards. Maybe they should throw to him more often?
66.DeVante Parker MIA vs. Ten
67.Theo Riddick DET vs. Phi
68.*Jacquizz Rodgers TB at Car
Note: Could get more work this week even if Sims starts. Sims has not practiced Wednesday or Thursday. ***Sims and Martin are both doubtful. It'll probably be a combo of Rodgers and Peyton Barber on Monday night.***
69.*Eddie Royal CHI at Ind
Note: (Calf) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Was listed as a game-time decision, but is officially active.***
70.*Stefon Diggs MIN vs. Hou
Note: (Groin) Had seven targets in the win over the Giants. Missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday. ***INACTIVE this week.***
71.*Tevin Coleman ATL at Den
Note: Carries the sickle-cell trait, so it's possible that his workload could be severely curtailed in the altitude of Denver.
72.Giovani Bernard CIN at Dal
73.Duke Johnson CLE vs. NE
Note: Fumble was declared 'lost' to the Redskins despite a lack of discernible evidence that they recovered it.
74.Fozzy Whittaker CAR vs. TB
75.Orleans Darkwa NYG at GB
76.Mike Wallace BAL vs. Was
77.Terrance Williams DAL vs. Cin
78.Dorial Green-Beckham PHI at Det
79.Bilal Powell NYJ at Pit
80.DeAndre Washington OAK vs. SD
Note: Ran better than Murray again, but lost a fumble and lost third down snaps to Jalen Richard. Could be in line for more work, though there's the risk that neither he nor Richard would get goal line carries with Murray out, instead it could be fullback Jamize Olawale. ***Murray officially out.***
81.Chris Thompson WAS at Bal
82.James White NE at Cle
83.Darren Sproles PHI at Det
84.*Bobby Rainey NYG at GB
Note: Seven receptions on nine targets - more than OBJ, of course.
85.*Charles Sims TB at Car
Note: (Knee) Injured early in the loss to the Broncos, though he returned to the game. Missed practice Tuesday. Sat out practice Thursday. ***Didn't practice all week, listed as doubtful.***
86.*Jacob Tamme ATL at Den
Note: Just two targets, but one was for a touchdown. And why would you throw it to him more when Julio was going for 300+? (Hip) Limited in Wednesday's practice.
87.Gary Barnidge CLE vs. NE
88.Cameron Brate TB at Car
89.Ted Ginn CAR vs. TB
90.Jamison Crowder WAS at Bal
91.Kenny Stills MIA vs. Ten
92.Cole Beasley DAL vs. Cin
93.Tajae Sharpe TEN at Mia
94.Victor Cruz NYG at GB
95.Cameron Artis-Payne CAR vs. TB
Note: Was marginalized after the Panthers fell way behind early.
96.Delanie Walker TEN at Mia
97.*Golden Tate DET vs. Phi
Note: Only 36 snaps, benched in the second half after a bad drop ended one drive and a bad route led to an interception on another.
98.Davante Adams GB vs. NYG
99.Nelson Agholor PHI at Det
100.*Kenny Britt LA vs. Buf
Note: (Thigh) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Full participant in Friday's practice.***
101.Dontrelle Inman SD at Oak
Note: His turn to be the primary target, but that could be a function of drawing the worst cover corner and not a sign of things to come.
102.*Wendell Smallwood PHI at Det
Note: Treating him as the primary back for now until we see more practice results from Mathews. Mathews had a full practice Wednesday.
103.Chris Hogan NE at Cle
104.Brice Butler DAL vs. Cin
Note: Nine targets and a score in the win over the Niners.
105.Josh Ferguson IND vs. Chi
Note: Somehow targeted 10 times, but had a key third down drop and did very little with those that he caught.
106.*Jay Ajayi MIA vs. Ten
Note: ***Coach Adam Gase planning to 'trim the RB rotation' - could benefit Ajayi and Drake.***
107.Jason Witten DAL vs. Cin
108.Martellus Bennett NE at Cle
109.*Richard Rodgers GB vs. NYG
Note: Could have a bigger role with Jared Cook out.
110.*Mohamed Sanu ATL at Den
Note: (Shoulder) Limited at Wednesday's practice. Aldrick Robinson could get more reps with both Sanu and Hardy hurting.
111.*Jalen Richard OAK vs. SD
Note: ***Should have a bigger role with Murray ruled out.***
112.*Latavius Murray OAK vs. SD
Note: (Turf toe) Did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, outlook for Sunday not looking good. ***Officially ruled out.***

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE at Cle
Note: Even Goskowski had a bad day - missing a 48-yard attempt.
2.Justin Tucker BAL vs. Was
3.Graham Gano CAR vs. TB
4.Mason Crosby GB vs. NYG
5.Adam Vinatieri IND vs. Chi
6.Brandon McManus DEN vs. Atl
7.Chandler Catanzaro ARZ at SF
8.Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. SD
9.Chris Boswell PIT vs. NYJ
10.Josh Lambo SD at Oak
11.Caleb Sturgis PHI at Det
12.Dustin Hopkins WAS at Bal
13.*Matt Bryant ATL at Den
Note: (Hamstring) Limited practice Wednesday.
14.Mike Nugent CIN at Dal
15.Matt Prater DET vs. Phi
16.Andrew Franks MIA vs. Ten
17.Blair Walsh MIN vs. Hou
Note: Had another miss - this time from 46 yards. The Vikes have high expectations, as exhibited by their quick trade for Bradford after Bridgewater's injury. If Walsh continues to struggle, they will consider being aggressive at this position too.
18.Josh Brown NYG at GB
19.Connor Barth CHI at Ind
20.*Dan Bailey DAL vs. Cin
Note: Playing through a back injury, which might explain misses the last two weeks. (Back) The Cowboys have worked out Robbie Gould and Kai Forbath just in case Bailey can't kick Sunday. ***Limited practice Friday, expected to play.***
21.Nick Folk NYJ at Pit
22.Greg Zuerlein LA vs. Buf
23.Roberto Aguayo TB at Car
24.Nick Novak HOU at Min
25.Phil Dawson SF vs. Ari
26.Ryan Succop TEN at Mia
27.Cody Parkey CLE vs. NE
28.Dan Carpenter BUF at LA

Defenses

1.Minnesota Vikings vs. Hou
Note: Xavier Rhodes has been a true lockdown corner so far this year - bad news for DeAndre Hopkins.
2.*Los Angeles Rams vs. Buf
Note: Robert Quinn was held out of Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury.
3.*Arizona Cardinals at SF
Note: Tyrann Mathieu will cover the slot Thursday, with Tyvon Branch going on IR with a sports hernia.
4.Denver Broncos vs. Atl
5.Buffalo Bills at LA
Note: Zach Brown was a monster in the win over the Pats - 18 tackles and a sack.
6.*New England Patriots at Cle
Note: Rob Ninkovich returning from suspension.
7.*Pittsburgh Steelers vs. NYJ
Note: Ryan Shazier (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
8.*Cincinnati Bengals at Dal
Note: Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) was a full participant Wednesday after sitting out Week 4.
9.Philadelphia Eagles at Det
10.Chicago Bears at Ind
Note: Getting the
11.Houston Texans at Min
12.Baltimore Ravens vs. Was
13.*Green Bay Packers vs. NYG
Note: Clay Matthews (ankle) still limited after sitting out Week 3 and then having the bye last week. Also, Sam Shields is still out with a concussion, Damarious Randall is dealing with a groin injury, but Morgan Burnett could be coming back from his groin injury.
14.Carolina Panthers vs. TB
15.Washington Redskins at Bal
16.Miami Dolphins vs. Ten
17.Oakland Raiders vs. SD
18.Tennessee Titans at Mia
19.New York Giants at GB
20.Dallas Cowboys vs. Cin
21.*San Francisco 49ers vs. Ari
Note: NaVorro Bowman (Achilles) placed on IR. Huge loss.
22.*Detroit Lions vs. Phi
Note: Still likely without Ezekiel Ansah or DeAndre Levy this week.
23.Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Car
24.*New York Jets at Pit
Note: Darrelle Revis (hamstring) will be a game-time decision.
25.*San Diego Chargers at Oak
Note: Jason Verrett, the Chargers' top cover corner, is out for the season with a torn ACL.
26.Atlanta Falcons at Den
27.*Indianapolis Colts vs. Chi
Note: Antonio Cromartie waived by the Colts after getting exposed by the Jaguars.
28.Cleveland Browns vs. NE