Weekly Rankings: Week 14 Value Meter

Weekly Rankings: Week 14 Value Meter

This article is part of our Weekly Rankings series.

Friday Night Update Complete.

No more byes! Three Saturday games this week, in addition to the Thursday game.

Welcome to the Weekly Value Meter Rankings. This is a guide to help you decide who to start and sit in a given week. It's is not a season-long ranking nor a draft guide, and it's also not really intended as a free agent guide. While I appreciate that you want my opinion on pickups, every league is different, and your decision on whether to add/drop a particular player might also be dictated by other factors than who is rated higher in a given week.

Here are my operating assumptions for the rankings:

- The RB/WR/TE position rankings are for PPR leagues.
- The Flex rankings are for Standard leagues.
- 1 point per 10 rushing/receiving yards.
- 1 point per 20 passing yards.
- 4 points per passing touchdowns.

These are the rankings I use when I make my start/sit decisions. Please consult the rankings first before asking "Should I start Patrick Mahomes or Eli Manning?"

These are my particular rankings. If you want a second opinion elsewhere on the site, you can see our Weekly Projections.

Starting after Week 1, the rankings for the subsequent week will first post on Tuesday nights. I will then do a set of updates before kickoff on Thursday, and again before kickoff on Sunday morning.

When setting your lineups, make sure to refer to the NFL inactives to ensure all of your players

Friday Night Update Complete.

No more byes! Three Saturday games this week, in addition to the Thursday game.

Welcome to the Weekly Value Meter Rankings. This is a guide to help you decide who to start and sit in a given week. It's is not a season-long ranking nor a draft guide, and it's also not really intended as a free agent guide. While I appreciate that you want my opinion on pickups, every league is different, and your decision on whether to add/drop a particular player might also be dictated by other factors than who is rated higher in a given week.

Here are my operating assumptions for the rankings:

- The RB/WR/TE position rankings are for PPR leagues.
- The Flex rankings are for Standard leagues.
- 1 point per 10 rushing/receiving yards.
- 1 point per 20 passing yards.
- 4 points per passing touchdowns.

These are the rankings I use when I make my start/sit decisions. Please consult the rankings first before asking "Should I start Patrick Mahomes or Eli Manning?"

These are my particular rankings. If you want a second opinion elsewhere on the site, you can see our Weekly Projections.

Starting after Week 1, the rankings for the subsequent week will first post on Tuesday nights. I will then do a set of updates before kickoff on Thursday, and again before kickoff on Sunday morning.

When setting your lineups, make sure to refer to the NFL inactives to ensure all of your players are set to receive snaps.

Quarterbacks

1.Jalen Hurts PHI at NYG
2.Josh Allen BUF vs. NYJ
3.*Patrick Mahomes KC at DEN
Note: Mahomes (foot) was a full practice participant Monday.
4.Joe Burrow CIN vs. CLE
5.Justin Herbert LAC vs. MIA
6.Jared Goff DET vs. MIN
7.*Kirk Cousins MIN at DET
Note: Cousins didn't commit any turnovers against the Jets, but it was otherwise a pretty lousy game for him, averaging just 4.9 yards per attempt.
8.Dak Prescott DAL vs. HOU
9.*Tua Tagovailoa MIA at LAC
Note: Tagovailoa (ankle) is expected to be ready to start on Sunday night against the Chargers. Tagovailoa was limited in Wednesday's practice, as was Teddy Bridgewater (knee). Skylar Thompson was Tua's backup last week. ***Tua has been cleared to play.***
10.Kyler Murray ARZ vs. NE
11.*Derek Carr LV at LAR
Note: The matchup against the Rams doesn't look as daunting as it did at the beginning of the season.
12.*Geno Smith SEA vs. CAR
Note: ***Smith (shoulder) has been cleared from the injury report.***
13.Daniel Jones NYG vs. PHI
14.*Tyler Huntley BAL at PIT
Note: Huntley is likely to start this week with Lamar Jackson week-to-week with a PCL sprain. Jackson hasn't practiced yet this week.
15.Tom Brady TB at SF
16.*Deshaun Watson CLE at CIN
Note: Watson's performance against the Texans was ugly. Was one week enough to shake off the rust? The Browns will need more from him this week against the Bengals. ***Watson might have more designed runs this week. He will have David Njoku back this week, though Amari Cooper (hip) will be active but limited.***
17.*Ryan Tannehill TEN vs. JAX
Note: Tannehill (ankle) was limited on Wednesday but returned to a full practice Thursday.
18.*Mike White NYJ at BUF
Note: White needed 57 passes to get to his 369 yards passing, and threw two interceptions against the Vikings. It'll be tougher sledding this week against the Bills.
19.Mac Jones NE at ARI
20.*Trevor Lawrence JAC at TEN
Note: Lawrence took a nasty hit right before halftime last week that had many fearing a knee injury, but he returned to action in the second half. It's also his left foot that's getting an MRI, not his knee. Lawrence didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, due to a toe injury, but he's said that he still plans to play. ***Lawrence had a limited practice Friday and is officially active.***
21.*Sam Darnold CAR at SEA
Note: Darnold will start and PJ Walker (ankle) will be the backup this week.
22.Kenny Pickett PIT vs. BAL
23.*Brock Purdy SF vs. TB
Note: Purdy took over for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo in the first quarter last week, and will presumably start the rest of the way for the Niners. Most of his passes were of the check-down variety last week. Purdy has been confirmed as a starter. Josh Johnson will be the backup.
24.Russell Wilson DEN vs. KC
25.*Davis Mills HOU at DAL
Note: Mills has been reinstalled as the starter ahead of Kyle Allen.
26.*Baker Mayfield LA vs. LV
Note: The Rams claimed Mayfield off waivers and said there's a possibility he could play as early as this week, with John Wolford dealing with a neck injury. However, the Rams play on Thursday night against the Raiders. All three Rams QBs are active, though it seems as if Mayfield was taking most of the pregame snaps. ***Mayfield will start the rest of the season after playing all but the first drive, and leading the Rams to the comeback win.***
27.*John Wolford LA vs. LV
Note: Wolford (neck) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated injury report. It's possible that either Bryce Perkins over Baker Mayfield could start on Thursday night. Wolford was listed as limited in Tuesday's practice estimate. Wolford will test out before the game Thursday night, but it'll either be he or Baker Mayfield that starts. All three Rams QBs are active Thursday night, though Mayfield was taking most of the pregame snaps. Make it easy on yourself and don't start any of them.
28.*Bryce Perkins LA vs. LV
Note: Perkins will be a third-stringer on Thursday night unless Wolford can't play.
29.*Kyle Allen HOU at DAL
Note: The Texans' offense has descended into farce with Allen. Allen has been benched in favor of Davis Mills.
30.*Lamar Jackson BAL at PIT
Note: Jackson has a sprained PCL and is week-to-week. Even though he's week-to-week, the Ravens have still been tracking Lamar's practice status. But he hasn't practiced yet. ***Officially INACTIVE and could be out until Week 16.***
31.Justin Fields CHI at
32.Aaron Rodgers GB at
33.Marcus Mariota ATL at
34.Taylor Heinicke WAS at
35.Andy Dalton NO at
36.*Jimmy Garoppolo SF vs. TB
Note: Garoppolo has a broken left foot and will be out for the rest of the regular season, though at least it looks as if he won't need surgery.

Running Backs

1.*Christian McCaffrey SF vs. TB
Note: McCaffrey (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice, similar to last week. ***Cleared from the injury list.***
2.*Josh Jacobs LV at LAR
Note: Jacobs (quad) was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's estimated practice. Jacobs is listed as questionable, but he's expected to play.
3.Austin Ekeler LAC vs. MIA
4.Nick Chubb CLE at CIN
5.Dalvin Cook MIN at DET
6.*Derrick Henry TEN vs. JAX
Note: Coming off of a fourth consecutive inefficient running game.
7.*Saquon Barkley NYG vs. PHI
Note: Barkley (neck) was limited at practice Thursday. ***Officially active, after being at risk of not playing.***
8.Tony Pollard DAL vs. HOU
9.Rhamondre Stevenson NE at ARI
10.*Joe Mixon CIN vs. CLE
Note: Mixon (concussion) has been cleared to return and will start ahead of Samaje Perine, though Perine will get more work than he did
11.Jamaal Williams DET vs. MIN
12.*D'Onta Foreman CAR at SEA
Note: Foreman (foot, rib) sat out practice Wednesday and upgraded to a limited practice Thursday. ***Foreman was a full participant Friday and cleared from the injury list.***
13.James Conner ARZ vs. NE
14.*D'Andre Swift DET vs. MIN
Note: Swift finally led the Lions in carries and snaps, his first time since Week 1. Swift (ankle) fully practiced Thursday.
15.*Isiah Pacheco KC at DEN
Note: Pacheco had two catches on two targets in the loss to the Bengals - not huge, but it helps the Chiefs go against tendencies with him on the field.
16.Dameon Pierce HOU at DAL
17.*Najee Harris PIT vs. BAL
Note: Harris (oblique) sat out practice Wednesday and returned to a limited practice Thursday. ***Fully cleared from the injury list after a full practice Friday.***
18.Miles Sanders PHI at NYG
19.*Jeff Wilson MIA at LAC
Note: Wilson had just one carry and two targets in the loss the Niners. The matchup is a lot different this week against the Chargers, so I'd expect much better results this week.
20.Travis Etienne JAC at TEN
21.Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. HOU
22.Rachaad White TB at SF
23.*Cam Akers LA vs. LV
Note: Akers was the clear lead back Sunday, getting 17 carries, scoring twice.
24.Latavius Murray DEN vs. KC
25.Devin Singletary BUF vs. NYJ
26.*Leonard Fournette TB at SF
Note: Fournette was limited in practice on Thursday by a foot injury. ***Fournette is listed as questionable, but he's expected to play.***
27.*J.K. Dobbins BAL at PIT
Note: Dobbins (knee) is 'looking good' in practice. ***Dobbins has been activated from IR.***
28.*Zonovan Knight NYJ at BUF
Note: Knight will remain part of the Jets' rotation even with Michael Carter returning, and I'm expecting him to retain a larger role than Carter. ***Carter is officially active.***
29.*Samaje Perine CIN vs. CLE
Note: I'm going to rank Perine as if Joe Mixon isn't playing until Mixon officially gets cleared. Mixon has been cleared, and the Bengals have said that he'll start ahead of Perine.
30.James Cook BUF vs. NYJ
31.*Travis Homer SEA vs. CAR
Note: Homer sat out last week with a knee sprain and an illness. Homer (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Homer had full practices Thursday and Friday.***
32.Kareem Hunt CLE at CIN
33.Chuba Hubbard CAR at SEA
34.Raheem Mostert MIA at LAC
35.*Michael Carter NYJ at BUF
Note: ***Carter (ankle) is back, but Bam Knight will take some of his snaps. James Robinson is a healthy scratch.***
36.Gus Edwards BAL at PIT
37.*Jordan Mason SF vs. TB
Note: The Niners definitively declared that Mason was CMC's backup - Mason had eight carries for 51 yards, while TDP didn't see the field.
38.Jerick McKinnon KC at DEN
39.Kenneth Gainwell PHI at NYG
40.*Kenyan Drake BAL at PIT
Note: After all but disappearing in Week 12, Drake outsnapped Gus Edwards in Week 13.
41.*Tony Jones SEA vs. CAR
Note: Jones briefly subbed in against the Rams after Kenneth Walker (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) left with injuries, but then left with his own injury after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit. ***Jones will be active this week, and could be the No. 2 back behind Travis Homer.***
42.*Jaylen Warren PIT vs. BAL
Note: Warren was only minimally involved during the Steelers' win over Atlanta.
43.Alexander Mattison MIN at DET
44.Mike Boone DEN vs. KC
45.Dontrell Hilliard TEN vs. JAX
46.*Kyren Williams LA vs. LV
Note: Williams had just three carries and one target last week.
47.Justice Hill BAL at PIT
48.Zamir White LV at LAR
49.*JaMycal Hasty JAC at TEN
Note: Not only did Travis Etienne (foot) play, but he played 88 percent of the snaps, relegating Hasty to just three snaps.
50.Marlon Mack DEN vs. KC
51.Boston Scott PHI at NYG
52.Benny Snell PIT vs. BAL
53.Matt Breida NYG vs. PHI
54.Malik Davis DAL vs. HOU
55.Nyheim Hines BUF vs. NYJ
56.Anthony McFarland PIT vs. BAL
57.*Kenneth Walker SEA vs. CAR
Note: Walker is dealing with an unusual 'jammed' right ankle injury - he hasn't yet been ruled out for Week 14. Walker did not practice Wednesday. ***Walker is listed as questionable, but he's not expected to play.***
58.*DeeJay Dallas SEA vs. CAR
Note: Dallas has 'somewhat of a high-ankle issue' - an issue he played through on Sunday after Tony Jones left following a helmet-to-helmet hit. Dallas was unable to practice Wednesday. ***Dallas is listed as questionable, but isn't expected to play.***
59.*Wayne Gallman at
Note: Gallman was signed to the Seahawks practice squad Tuesday - with their RB attrition, it's a good bet he'll be active this week.
60.*Ameer Abdullah LV at LAR
Note: Abdullah (hamstring) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated practice report. Abdullah has been cleared from the injury report.
61.Melvin Gordon at
62.*Rex Burkhead HOU at DAL
Note: Burkhead has been cleared from the concussion protocol.
63.*Damien Harris NE at ARI
Note: Harris (thigh) did not practice Thursday. ***Listed as doubtful.***
64.*James Robinson NYJ at BUF
Note: ***Healthy INACTIVE.***
65.Aaron Jones GB at
66.David Montgomery CHI at
67.Alvin Kamara NO at
68.Brian Robinson WAS at
69.Cordarrelle Patterson ATL at
70.Antonio Gibson WAS at
71.AJ Dillon GB at
72.Tyler Allgeier ATL at
73.*Mark Ingram NO at
Note: Ingram suffered an MCL tear on Monday night and will be out 4-to-6 weeks.

Wide Receivers

1.Justin Jefferson MIN at DET
2.Davante Adams LV at LAR
3.Stefon Diggs BUF vs. NYJ
4.*Tyreek Hill MIA at LAC
Note: Hill sat out practice Thursday with an illness. ***Cleared from the injury list on Friday.***
5.*DeAndre Hopkins ARZ vs. NE
Note: ***Hopkins (illness) was a full participant Friday and is off the injury list.***
6.Ja'Marr Chase CIN vs. CLE
7.A.J. Brown PHI at NYG
8.Amon-Ra St. Brown DET vs. MIN
9.CeeDee Lamb DAL vs. HOU
10.Keenan Allen LAC vs. MIA
11.*Tee Higgins CIN vs. CLE
Note: ***Higgins (hamstring) was limited Thursday and Friday, but he's been cleared from the injury list.***
12.Chris Godwin TB at SF
13.Christian Kirk JAC at TEN
14.*Deebo Samuel SF vs. TB
Note: ***Samuel (quadriceps) had limited practices earlier in the week, but he's been cleared from the injury list.***
15.*DK Metcalf SEA vs. CAR
Note: ***Metcalf (hip) sat out Friday after being limited Thursday, yet is expected to play this week.***
16.*Garrett Wilson NYJ at BUF
Note: Wilson had a whopping 15 targets in the loss to the Vikings.
17.*Jaylen Waddle MIA at LAC
Note: Waddle left Sunday's loss to the Niners to get checked out with a leg injury, but later returned, but had just one catch on five targets. ***Waddle (fibula) has been cleared from the injury list after full practices Thursday and Friday.***
18.Tyler Lockett SEA vs. CAR
19.Marquise Brown ARZ vs. NE
20.Mike Evans TB at SF
21.DeVonta Smith PHI at NYG
22.*Mike Williams LAC vs. MIA
Note: Williams (ankle) should be able to take part in practice this week. ***Williams had full practices Thursday and Friday and has been cleared from the injury list.***
23.*Michael Gallup DAL vs. HOU
Note: Gallup scored twice on red zone targets in the romp over the Colts.
24.DJ Moore CAR at SEA
25.*Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE at CIN
Note: ***Teammate Amari Cooper is a game-time decision with a hip injury. Even if Cooper plays, he may get fewer targets than normal.***
26.Darius Slayton NYG vs. PHI
27.*Jerry Jeudy DEN vs. KC
Note: Jeudy (ankle) was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday. ***Jeudy has been cleared from the injury list, and Courtland Sutton is out.***
28.*Brandon Aiyuk SF vs. TB
Note: Of the Niners' key offensive players, I think Aiyuk gets hurt the most by Jimmy G's injury.
29.*George Pickens PIT vs. BAL
Note: Pickens was angry about his lack of targets against the Falcons, as was I.
30.Gabe Davis BUF vs. NYJ
31.*Amari Cooper CLE at CIN
Note: ***Cooper (hip) did not practice Friday and will be a true game-time decision.***
32.*DeVante Parker NE at ARI
Note: ***Teammate Jakobi Meyers (concussion) has been ruled out.***
33.*Joshua Palmer LAC vs. MIA
Note: ***Teammate Mike Williams will be back this week.***
34.*Zay Jones JAC at TEN
Note: ***Jones (chest) was limited on Friday and is listed as questionable.***
35.*Diontae Johnson PIT vs. BAL
Note: ***Johnson (hip) has been cleared from the injury list.***
36.Tyler Boyd CIN vs. CLE
37.JuJu Smith-Schuster KC at DEN
38.Terrace Marshall CAR at SEA
39.*Corey Davis NYJ at BUF
Note: ***Davis (illness) had a full practice Friday.***
40.DJ Chark DET vs. MIN
41.*Van Jefferson LA vs. LV
Note: Jefferson is nominally the Rams' No. 1 receiver, but the Rams are down to Vince Ferragamo and Pat Haden throwing him the ball, so that distinction doesn't carry much value.
42.*Chris Moore HOU at DAL
Note: ***Both Nico Collins and Brandin Cooks have been ruled out.***
43.Adam Thielen MIN at DET
44.*Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC at DEN
Note: I wanted to make a snarky remark about MVS but decided to drop it.
45.Julio Jones TB at SF
46.Mack Hollins LV at LAR
47.*Nelson Agholor NE at ARI
Note: ***Teammate Jakobi Meyers (concussion) has been ruled out.***
48.Demarcus Robinson BAL at PIT
49.Marvin Jones JAC at TEN
50.Isaiah McKenzie BUF vs. NYJ
51.*DeAndre Carter LAC vs. MIA
Note: ***Teammate Mike Williams will be back this week.***
52.Devin Duvernay BAL at PIT
53.*Robert Woods TEN vs. JAX
Note: ***Might get an extra target or two this week.***
54.Elijah Moore NYJ at BUF
55.*Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN vs. JAX
Note: ***Could get a few more targets in a pretty good matchup this week with Treylon Burks out.***
56.*Kendall Hinton DEN vs. KC
Note: ***Teammate Courtland Sutton (hamstring) has been ruled out.***
57.*Greg Dortch ARZ vs. NE
Note: ***Dortch (thumb) had full practices this week and has been cleared to play.***
58.*Quez Watkins PHI at NYG
Note: Watkins will undergo an MRI for an AC joint sprain suffered in the win over the Titans. ***Watkins has been cleared from the injury list.***
59.Skyy Moore KC at DEN
60.Justin Watson KC at DEN
61.Richie James NYG vs. PHI
62.*Ben Skowronek LA vs. LV
Note: Skowronek (shoulder) was listed as limited on Tuesday.
63.*Jameson Williams DET vs. MIN
Note: Williams had only one target in his debut, but is expected to incrementally increase his role.
64.Phillip Dorsett HOU at DAL
65.Noah Brown DAL vs. HOU
66.David Bell CLE at CIN
67.*Courtland Sutton DEN vs. KC
Note: Sutton left Sunday's loss to the Ravens with a hamstring injury and is day-to-day. Sutton is unlikely to play - he has missed practices Wednesday and Thursday. ***Officially ruled out.***
68.*Kadarius Toney KC at DEN
Note: Toney (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Ruled out again this week.***
69.*Nico Collins HOU at DAL
Note: Collins once again led the Texans in targets (10), but with Kyle Allen at the helm, that translated into three catches for 35 yards - at least he scored to salvage his day. ***Collins (foot) has been ruled out, as has teammate Brandin Cooks (calf).***
70.*Brandin Cooks HOU at DAL
Note: ***Cooks (calf) has been ruled out again this week.***
71.*Treylon Burks TEN vs. JAX
Note: Burks is in the concussion protocol after suffering a nasty hit against the Eagles last week. ***Burks has been ruled out this week.***
72.*Rondale Moore ARZ vs. NE
Note: There's some hope that Moore (groin) will be able to return after the bye this week. ***Ruled out again this week.***
73.*Jakobi Meyers NE at ARI
Note: ***Meyers (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday night's game.***
74.Terry McLaurin WAS at
75.Chris Olave NO at
76.Christian Watson GB at
77.Allen Lazard GB at
78.Drake London ATL at
79.Curtis Samuel WAS at
80.Randall Cobb GB at
81.Jarvis Landry NO at
82.Jahan Dotson WAS at
83.Chase Claypool CHI at
84.Rashid Shaheed NO at

Tight Ends

1.Travis Kelce KC at DEN
2.Mark Andrews BAL at PIT
3.T.J. Hockenson MIN at DET
4.Pat Freiermuth PIT vs. BAL
5.Dalton Schultz DAL vs. HOU
6.Foster Moreau LV at LAR
7.Gerald Everett LAC vs. MIA
8.*David Njoku CLE at CIN
Note: Njoku missed last week with a knee injury, but he's slated to return this week. As always, I'll move him up after he starts practicing. ***Njoku (knee) has been cleared to play this week.***
9.George Kittle SF vs. TB
10.*Greg Dulcich DEN vs. KC
Note: ***Dulcich lined up out wide frequently last week with the Broncos losing wide receivers due to injury.***
11.Evan Engram JAC at TEN
12.Chigoziem Okonkwo TEN vs. JAX
13.Hunter Henry NE at ARI
14.Noah Fant SEA vs. CAR
15.Dawson Knox BUF vs. NYJ
16.*Tyler Higbee LA vs. LV
Note: Higbee (shin) had more snaps this past week, but only five targets and two catches.
17.*Cade Otton TB at SF
Note: Otton only had 28 receiving yards, but did have 10 targets and scored a touchdown.
18.Trey McBride ARZ vs. NE
19.Austin Hooper TEN vs. JAX
20.Tyler Conklin NYJ at BUF
21.Jordan Akins HOU at DAL
22.Isaiah Likely BAL at PIT
23.Harrison Bryant CLE at CIN
24.Jonnu Smith NE at ARI
25.Mike Gesicki MIA at LAC
26.*Will Dissly SEA vs. CAR
Note: ***Dissly (calf) is listed as questionable, but is expected to play.***
27.Daniel Bellinger NYG vs. PHI
28.Tommy Tremble CAR at SEA
29.Brock Wright DET vs. MIN
30.*Mitchell Wilcox CIN vs. CLE
Note: ***Getting the start with Hayden Hurst (calf) ruled out.***
31.*Cameron Brate TB at SF
Note: Brate sat out his fourth game in the last six, this time with an illness.
32.*Hayden Hurst CIN vs. CLE
Note: Hurst hurt his calf early in the Bengals' win over the Chiefs and is unlikely to play this week. Mitchell Wilcox will be his replacement. ***Hurst is officially out.***
33.Juwan Johnson NO at
34.Cole Kmet CHI at
35.Taysom Hill NO at
36.Robert Tonyan GB at
37.Logan Thomas WAS at
38.MyCole Pruitt ATL at

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.*Christian McCaffrey SF vs. TB
Note: McCaffrey (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice, similar to last week. ***Cleared from the injury list.***
2.Justin Jefferson MIN at DET
3.Davante Adams LV at LAR
4.Stefon Diggs BUF vs. NYJ
5.Travis Kelce KC at DEN
6.*Josh Jacobs LV at LAR
Note: Jacobs (quad) was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's estimated practice. Jacobs is listed as questionable, but he's expected to play.
7.Austin Ekeler LAC vs. MIA
8.Nick Chubb CLE at CIN
9.*Saquon Barkley NYG vs. PHI
Note: Barkley (neck) was limited at practice Thursday. ***Officially active, after being at risk of not playing.***
10.Dalvin Cook MIN at DET
11.*Tyreek Hill MIA at LAC
Note: Hill sat out practice Thursday with an illness. ***Cleared from the injury list on Friday.***
12.*DeAndre Hopkins ARZ vs. NE
Note: ***Hopkins (illness) was a full participant Friday and is off the injury list.***
13.Ja'Marr Chase CIN vs. CLE
14.A.J. Brown PHI at NYG
15.Amon-Ra St. Brown DET vs. MIN
16.CeeDee Lamb DAL vs. HOU
17.*Derrick Henry TEN vs. JAX
Note: Coming off of a fourth consecutive inefficient running game.
18.Tony Pollard DAL vs. HOU
19.Keenan Allen LAC vs. MIA
20.*Tee Higgins CIN vs. CLE
Note: ***Higgins (hamstring) was limited Thursday and Friday, but he's been cleared from the injury list.***
21.Rhamondre Stevenson NE at ARI
22.*Samaje Perine CIN vs. CLE
Note: I'm going to rank Perine as if Joe Mixon isn't playing until Mixon officially gets cleared. Mixon has been cleared, and the Bengals have said that he'll start ahead of Perine.
23.Jamaal Williams DET vs. MIN
24.*D'Onta Foreman CAR at SEA
Note: Foreman (foot, rib) sat out practice Wednesday and upgraded to a limited practice Thursday. ***Foreman was a full participant Friday and cleared from the injury list.***
25.James Conner ARZ vs. NE
26.Chris Godwin TB at SF
27.Christian Kirk JAC at TEN
28.*DK Metcalf SEA vs. CAR
Note: ***Metcalf (hip) sat out Friday after being limited Thursday, yet is expected to play this week.***
29.*Deebo Samuel SF vs. TB
Note: ***Samuel (quadriceps) had limited practices earlier in the week, but he's been cleared from the injury list.***
30.*Garrett Wilson NYJ at BUF
Note: Wilson had a whopping 15 targets in the loss to the Vikings.
31.Mark Andrews BAL at PIT
32.*D'Andre Swift DET vs. MIN
Note: Swift finally led the Lions in carries and snaps, his first time since Week 1. Swift (ankle) fully practiced Thursday.
33.*Isiah Pacheco KC at DEN
Note: Pacheco had two catches on two targets in the loss to the Bengals - not huge, but it helps the Chiefs go against tendencies with him on the field.
34.Dameon Pierce HOU at DAL
35.*Najee Harris PIT vs. BAL
Note: Harris (oblique) sat out practice Wednesday and returned to a limited practice Thursday. ***Fully cleared from the injury list after a full practice Friday.***
36.Miles Sanders PHI at NYG
37.*Zonovan Knight NYJ at BUF
Note: Knight will remain part of the Jets' rotation even with Michael Carter returning, and I'm expecting him to retain a larger role than Carter. ***Carter is officially active.***
38.*Jaylen Waddle MIA at LAC
Note: Waddle left Sunday's loss to the Niners to get checked out with a leg injury, but later returned, but had just one catch on five targets. ***Waddle (fibula) has been cleared from the injury list after full practices Thursday and Friday.***
39.Tyler Lockett SEA vs. CAR
40.Marquise Brown ARZ vs. NE
41.*Amari Cooper CLE at CIN
Note: ***Cooper (hip) did not practice Friday and will be a true game-time decision.***
42.Mike Evans TB at SF
43.DeVonta Smith PHI at NYG
44.*Michael Gallup DAL vs. HOU
Note: Gallup scored twice on red zone targets in the romp over the Colts.
45.DJ Moore CAR at SEA
46.T.J. Hockenson MIN at DET
47.*Jeff Wilson MIA at LAC
Note: Wilson had just one carry and two targets in the loss the Niners. The matchup is a lot different this week against the Chargers, so I'd expect much better results this week.
48.Rachaad White TB at SF
49.*Leonard Fournette TB at SF
Note: Fournette was limited in practice on Thursday by a foot injury. ***Fournette is listed as questionable, but he's expected to play.***
50.Travis Etienne JAC at TEN
51.*Joshua Palmer LAC vs. MIA
Note: ***Teammate Mike Williams will be back this week.***
52.Darius Slayton NYG vs. PHI
53.*Brandon Aiyuk SF vs. TB
Note: Of the Niners' key offensive players, I think Aiyuk gets hurt the most by Jimmy G's injury.
54.*George Pickens PIT vs. BAL
Note: Pickens was angry about his lack of targets against the Falcons, as was I.
55.Gabe Davis BUF vs. NYJ
56.*Nico Collins HOU at DAL
Note: Collins once again led the Texans in targets (10), but with Kyle Allen at the helm, that translated into three catches for 35 yards - at least he scored to salvage his day. ***Collins (foot) has been ruled out, as has teammate Brandin Cooks (calf).***
57.*Zay Jones JAC at TEN
Note: ***Jones (chest) was limited on Friday and is listed as questionable.***
58.*Cam Akers LA vs. LV
Note: Akers was the clear lead back Sunday, getting 17 carries, scoring twice.
59.Latavius Murray DEN vs. KC
60.Devin Singletary BUF vs. NYJ
61.Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. HOU
62.*Diontae Johnson PIT vs. BAL
Note: ***Johnson (hip) has been cleared from the injury list.***
63.Tyler Boyd CIN vs. CLE
64.JuJu Smith-Schuster KC at DEN
65.*Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE at CIN
Note: ***Teammate Amari Cooper is a game-time decision with a hip injury. Even if Cooper plays, he may get fewer targets than normal.***
66.Terrace Marshall CAR at SEA
67.*Corey Davis NYJ at BUF
Note: ***Davis (illness) had a full practice Friday.***
68.James Cook BUF vs. NYJ
69.Kareem Hunt CLE at CIN
70.Chuba Hubbard CAR at SEA
71.Raheem Mostert MIA at LAC
72.*Jerry Jeudy DEN vs. KC
Note: Jeudy (ankle) was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday. ***Jeudy has been cleared from the injury list, and Courtland Sutton is out.***
73.DJ Chark DET vs. MIN
74.*Van Jefferson LA vs. LV
Note: Jefferson is nominally the Rams' No. 1 receiver, but the Rams are down to Vince Ferragamo and Pat Haden throwing him the ball, so that distinction doesn't carry much value.

Kickers

1.Justin Tucker BAL at PIT
2.Brett Maher DAL vs. HOU
3.Tyler Bass BUF vs. NYJ
4.Evan McPherson CIN vs. CLE
5.Jason Myers SEA vs. CAR
6.Harrison Butker KC at DEN
7.*Daniel Carlson LV at LAR
Note: Carlson had his first home miss since the Raiders moved to Las Vegas, albeit from 52 yards out.
8.*Nick Folk NE at ARI
Note: The Pats are back indoors this week, so Folk's recent distance issues should not be present.
9.Greg Joseph MIN at DET
10.Graham Gano NYG vs. PHI
11.Michael Badgley DET vs. MIN
12.Cameron Dicker LAC vs. MIA
13.Ryan Succop TB at SF
14.*Greg Zuerlein NYJ at BUF
Note: Zuerlein was back to 'Greg the Leg' status this past week, nailing five field goals, including one from 60 yards just before halftime.
15.Robbie Gould SF vs. TB
16.Jason Sanders MIA at LAC
17.Riley Patterson JAC at TEN
18.*Chris Boswell PIT vs. BAL
Note: ***Boswell (groin) was reinstated from IR by the Steelers.***
19.Jake Elliott PHI at NYG
20.Randy Bullock TEN vs. JAX
21.Cade York CLE at CIN
22.Matt Gay LA vs. LV
23.*Brandon McManus DEN vs. KC
Note: Find someone who loves you as much as coach Nathaniel Hackett loves 60+ FG attempts at sea level. ***McManus (quad) has been cleared from the injury list.***
24.Matt Prater ARZ vs. NE
25.Eddy Pineiro CAR at SEA
26.*Ka'imi Fairbairn HOU at DAL
Note: ***Fairbairn (groin) has been cleared from the injury list.***
27.Cairo Santos CHI at
28.Joey Slye WAS at
29.Mason Crosby GB at
30.Younghoe Koo ATL at
31.Wil Lutz NO at
32.*Matthew Wright at
Note: ***Waived by the Steelers.***

Defenses

1.Dallas Cowboys vs. HOU
2.San Francisco 49ers vs. TB
3.Buffalo Bills vs. NYJ
4.*Kansas City Chiefs at DEN
Note: It's the Chiefs' turn to ride.
5.*Las Vegas Raiders at LAR
Note: I would normally never consider using the Raiders defense, but the pass rush looked good last week and of course the Rams are a mess right now.
6.Cincinnati Bengals vs. CLE
7.Seattle Seahawks vs. CAR
8.Baltimore Ravens at PIT
9.Philadelphia Eagles at NYG
10.Pittsburgh Steelers vs. BAL
11.Tennessee Titans vs. JAX
12.Tampa Bay Buccaneers at SF
13.New York Jets at BUF
14.Arizona Cardinals vs. NE
15.Miami Dolphins at LAC
16.New England Patriots at ARI
17.Los Angeles Rams vs. LV
18.Denver Broncos vs. KC
19.Detroit Lions vs. MIN
20.Houston Texans at DAL
21.Cleveland Browns at CIN
22.New York Giants vs. PHI
23.Jacksonville Jaguars at TEN
24.Carolina Panthers at SEA
25.Minnesota Vikings at DET
26.Los Angeles Chargers vs. MIA
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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).
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