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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: Baltimore, LA, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

Thursday Game - Jacksonville at Tennessee. Yay!

London Game - Early Start (More Yay!) - Washington vs. Cincinnati

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.*Andrew Luck IND vs. KC
Note: ***As usual, limited Thursday, but back off the injury list by Friday.***
2.Tom Brady NE at Buf
3.Matt Ryan ATL vs. GB
4.Aaron Rodgers GB at Atl
5.Drew Brees NO vs. Sea
Note: Broke the pattern of struggling on the road. Unfortunately he faces the Seahawks with this home start.
6.Cam Newton CAR vs. Ari
Note: How much will the Panthers let Cam run having had the bye week to rest?
7.Andy Dalton CIN vs. Was
8.Jameis Winston TB vs. Oak
9.*Russell Wilson SEA at NO
Note: Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Wilson felt no lingering effects from his two leg injuries, but he also appeared to be limited in the Sunday travesty, er, game. (MCL, Pectoral) Limited in Wednesday's practice. ***No longer on the injury report.***
10.Kirk Cousins WAS at Cin
11.*Carson Palmer ARZ at Car
Note: (Hamstring) Limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Full practice Friday.***
12.Marcus Mariota TEN vs. Jax
13.*Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ at Cle
Note: Had a 'sore winner' press conference straight out of the John Robinson Rose Bowl playbook after the win against the Ravens. Back as the starter with Geno Smith out for the year.
14.Derek Carr OAK at TB
15.Alex Smith KC at Ind
Note: Will the game flow against Indy finally force Smith to throw it more often?
16.*Josh McCown CLE vs. NYJ
Note: (Collarbone) Could return this week. All signs point to McCown starting this week. ***Officially named the starter.***
17.*Dak Prescott DAL vs. Phi
Note: With Romo not yet practicing, Prescott will hold on to the starting job at least one more week, and is the favorite to keep it.
18.Tyrod Taylor BUF vs. NE
19.Philip Rivers SD at Den
Note: Threw for 371 yards against the Falcons, but only one TD. With six teams on bye, this is a bad week for him to face the Broncos again.
20.Matthew Stafford DET at Hou
21.Brock Osweiler HOU vs. Det
Note: Predictably bad in the road loss to the Broncos on Monday night. Coach Bill O'Brien said he wasn't contemplating a QB change, but he's now having to answer the question.
22.Carson Wentz PHI at Dal
23.Blake Bortles JAC at Ten
Note: Almost all of his production against the Raiders came in garbage time, and it was underwhelming even at that.
24.Trevor Siemian DEN vs. SD
25.Sam Bradford MIN at Chi
Note: Really sloppy performance in the loss to the Eagles - one interception and two lost fumbles.
26.*Jay Cutler CHI vs. Min
Note: (Thumb) Has been cleared to play Monday night against the Vikings. And there was much rejoicing ...
27.*Kevin Hogan CLE vs. NYJ
Note: Currently listed at the top of the depth chart, but either Cody Kessler or Josh McCown might be cleared to play. Passed up by McCown.
28.*Cody Kessler CLE vs. NYJ
Note: Trying to recover from a concussion in time to start this week. Remaining in the concussion protocol. ***Officially ruled out.***
29.*Tony Romo DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Back) Didn't participate when the Cowboys returned to practice Monday. Limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Officially ruled out, no surprises here.***
30.*Brian Hoyer CHI vs. Min
Note: Broken arm, placed on IR.
31.*Geno Smith NYJ at Cle
Note: Can't buy a break - torn ACL, out for the season.

Running Backs

1.David Johnson ARZ at Car
2.Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. Phi
3.*Spencer Ware KC at Ind
Note: ***Jamaal Charles remains out.***
4.*DeMarco Murray TEN vs. Jax
Note: Limited practice Tuesday for rest reasons - the Titans play on Thursday night.
5.Christine Michael SEA at NO
6.*Devonta Freeman ATL vs. GB
Note: Could have a huge workload if Coleman is out. (Hip) Full practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, no injury designation.***
7.Jacquizz Rodgers TB vs. Oak
Note: Only downside was that he didn't score, and Peyton Barber got a late touchdown in mop-up duty instead of him.
8.LeGarrette Blount NE at Buf
9.Devontae Booker DEN vs. SD
Note: Scored his first touchdown and had one more carry than Anderson, though Anderson also ran very well Monday night. C.J. Anderson is out multiple weeks with a meniscus tear in his knee.
10.*Matt Forte NYJ at Cle
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Thursday, but coach Todd Bowles indicated that this was more of a rest day than an injury concern. ***No longer on the injured list.***
11.Frank Gore IND vs. KC
12.Melvin Gordon SD at Den
13.Mark Ingram NO vs. Sea
Note: The good news - caught a touchdown pass. The bad news - lost a big fumble on the Chiefs' seven-yard line in the fourth quarter.
14.Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. NYJ
Note: Ran effectively early, but the Browns abandoned the run in the second half after falling two scores behind.
15.Matt Asiata MIN at Chi
Note: Six catches last week ... for 25 yards. McKinnon still in a walking boot on Thursday. ***McKinnon officially ruled out.***
16.Jeremy Hill CIN vs. Was
Note: Light workload because of the big lead while nursing a few bruises.
17.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. Ari
18.Latavius Murray OAK at TB
19.*Rob Kelley WAS at Cin
Note: Moving up with Matt Jones dealing with a knee injury. ***Matt Jones officially out.***
20.Giovani Bernard CIN vs. Was
21.*Lamar Miller HOU vs. Det
Note: Day-to-day with a shoulder injury - rotated with Alfred Blue on Monday night. Limited in Thursday's practice. ***I'm getting a little wary - though Miller is adamant that he'll play, but he's officially a game-time decision. Could be limited even if he does play. What I'm most worried about is if he's limited.***
22.Ryan Mathews PHI at Dal
Note: Had another fourth quarter fumble against the Vikings.
23.Chris Thompson WAS at Cin
Note: Earned extra work after Matt Jones lost a fumble. Jones hasn't practiced yet this week. ***Matt Jones officially out.***
24.*Theo Riddick DET at Hou
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday, full practice Thursday. ***Off of the injury list.***
25.Chris Ivory JAC at Ten
Note: Both Ivory and Yeldon had only five carries apiece in the loss to the Raiders - the penalty-laden game, followed by a big deficit, led to that result.
26.James White NE at Buf
27.*Mike Gillislee BUF vs. NE
Note: Worst possible result for Gillislee last week - McCoy started, a third of Gillislee's yards were loss on one direct snap gone bad, and Reggie Bush vultured the touchdown. (Foot) Limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Limited practice again Friday, plans to play, and McCoy is out.***
28.Duke Johnson CLE vs. NYJ
29.T.J. Yeldon JAC at Ten
30.Darren Sproles PHI at Dal
31.DeAndre Washington OAK at TB
32.*Charcandrick West KC at Ind
Note: ***Jamaal Charles out.***
33.*Alfred Blue HOU vs. Det
Note: Earned extra playing time after Lamar Miller's shoulder injury. ***Miller is a game-time decision.***
34.*Bilal Powell NYJ at Cle
Note: (Turf toe) Missed practice Wednesday, limited practice Thursday. ***No longer on the injured list.***
35.*Dwayne Washington DET at Hou
Note: (Ankle) Full practice Wednesday. ***Off of the injury list.***
36.Ka'Deem Carey CHI vs. Min
37.Zach Zenner DET at Hou
38.Peyton Barber TB vs. Oak
Note: Was the primary back behind Rodgers last week, getting nearly all the mop-up duty.
39.Jordan Howard CHI vs. Min
Note: Was losing carries to Kadeem Carey and now Langford could be back.
40.*Knile Davis GB at Atl
Note: Expected to get more work with the extra practice time following the Thursday game.
41.C.J. Prosise SEA at NO
42.Wendell Smallwood PHI at Dal
43.Fozzy Whittaker CAR vs. Ari
44.Alfred Morris DAL vs. Phi
45.Derrick Henry TEN vs. Jax
46.Jalen Richard OAK at TB
Note: Effectively buried last week with the return of Latavius Murray.
47.*Kapri Bibbs DEN vs. SD
Note: Moves up to the second string running back in Denver with C.J. Anderson out with a meniscus tear.
48.*Jeremy Langford CHI vs. Min
Note: (Ankle) Returned to practice Tuesday. That the Bears released Joique Bell speaks to their confidence that Langford will be part of the picture. Limited practice Thursday. ***Limited all week, listed as questionable.***
49.Cameron Artis-Payne CAR vs. Ari
50.Justin Forsett DET at Hou
51.Josh Ferguson IND vs. KC
52.Travaris Cadet NO vs. Sea
53.*Terron Ward ATL vs. GB
Note: ***Activated from the practice squad, will be Freeman's backup.***
54.*Don Jackson GB at Atl
Note: (Hand) Full practice Wednesday, but I moved him down in acknowledgment that Knile Davis could get more work this week.
55.Antone Smith TB vs. Oak
56.Andre Ellington ARZ at Car
57.Dexter McCluster SD at Den
Note: Two targets, and one of those was a drop that led to an interception - though in fairness the ball was thrown a little behind him.
58.Robert Turbin IND vs. KC
59.Alex Collins SEA at NO
60.*Lance Dunbar DAL vs. Phi
Note: ***(Knee) Listed as questionable.***
61.Reggie Bush BUF vs. NE
62.*Stevan Ridley ATL vs. GB
Note: Signed by the Falcons in the wake of Tevin Coleman's hamstring injury.
63.*Jonathan Williams BUF vs. NE
Note: Was inactive once McCoy was given the green light.
64.*Jerick McKinnon MIN at Chi
Note: Left in the third quarter with an ankle injury, but coach Mike Zimmer said afterward that McKinnon 'should be fine.' Sporting a walking boot at Thursday's practice - the Vikings play Monday night, so he has an extra day to recover. ***Officially ruled out.***
65.*Jamaal Charles KC at Ind
Note: (Knee) Had just two snaps Sunday and afterward Andy Reid preached caution and patience with him. (Knee) Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Ruled out this week.***
66.*Matt Jones WAS at Cin
Note: Lost another fumble to the Lions, and lost playing time to Chris Thompson as a result. (Knee) Sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Officially ruled out.***
67.*LeSean McCoy BUF vs. NE
Note: Aggravated his hamstring injury in the loss to the Dolphins and will be questionable for this week. Sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Expected to miss this week, return next week.***
68.*Tevin Coleman ATL vs. GB
Note: (Hamstring) Unlikely to play against the Packers. Did not practice Wednesday. ***Officially ruled out.***
69.*Doug Martin TB vs. Oak
Note: (Hamstring) Did not practice Wednesday. ***Officially ruled out.***
70.*Dion Lewis NE at Buf
Note: (Knee) Began practice Thursday - the Pats now have three weeks to activate him. ***Practiced again Friday, but not yet activated from the PUP list.***
71.*C.J. Anderson DEN vs. SD
Note: (Knee) Torn meniscus that will require surgery, out multiple weeks.
72.*Thomas Rawls SEA at NO
Note: (Leg) Will begin running this week with the hope that he can play in Week 9. ***Able to run this week, but still weeks away from playing.***

Wide Receivers

1.Julio Jones ATL vs. GB
2.Mike Evans TB vs. Oak
3.*T.Y. Hilton IND vs. KC
Note: (Hip) Did not practice Thursday - that's become standard for him as of late.
4.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. Det
Note: I think this will be a good bounce back week for Hopkins.
5.*Brandon Marshall NYJ at Cle
Note: (Foot) Missed practice Wednesday, returned Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
6.*A.J. Green CIN vs. Was
Note: ***Will be covered by Josh Norman at least part of the time.***
7.Doug Baldwin SEA at NO
8.Brandin Cooks NO vs. Sea
9.Michael Crabtree OAK at TB
10.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Car
11.Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. SD
12.*Terrelle Pryor CLE vs. NYJ
Note: Pryor's hamstring made him a non-factor against the Bengals. Watch the practice reports carefully. Limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Full practice Friday, no longer on the injury list.***
13.Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs. Ari
14.Amari Cooper OAK at TB
15.Jordy Nelson GB at Atl
16.Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. Min
17.Allen Robinson JAC at Ten
Note: Another huge letdown - Bortles has been terrible, but Robinson is also at fault.
18.*Jamison Crowder WAS at Cin
Note: (Groin) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Cleared to play.***
19.Michael Thomas NO vs. Sea
20.*Davante Adams GB at Atl
Note: ***Bumped up with Cobb out.***
21.Golden Tate DET at Hou
22.*Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. SD
Note: (Hip) Limited at practice Wednesday. ***No longer on the injury report.***
23.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Knee) Expected to play Sunday night against the Eagles. Limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Still expected to play.***
24.*Marvin Jones DET at Hou
Note: Rested from practice Wednesday, but was a full-go Thursday.
25.Julian Edelman NE at Buf
Note: Still looking for his first touchdown, let alone his first 100-yard game. (Foot) Limited at Wednesday's practice.
26.*Ty Montgomery GB at Atl
Note: Most sites still list him as a WR, so I'll keep doing so here. (Illness) Limited Wednesday. ***Expected to play.***
27.Will Fuller HOU vs. Det
28.*Tyrell Williams SD at Den
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
29.*Stefon Diggs MIN at Chi
Note: Appears to be over his groin injury.
30.Rishard Matthews TEN vs. Jax
31.Jeremy Maclin KC at Ind
32.Quincy Enunwa NYJ at Cle
33.*Donte Moncrief IND vs. KC
Note: (Shoulder) Could return to practice Wednesday. Practiced Wednesday, expects to play.
34.Brandon LaFell CIN vs. Was
35.Cole Beasley DAL vs. Phi
36.Marqise Lee JAC at Ten
Note: Hasn't found the end zone yet, but had seven catches on eight targets for 107 yards against the Raiders.
37.Willie Snead NO vs. Sea
38.*Jordan Matthews PHI at Dal
Note: (Knee) Limited Wednesday, full practice Thursday. ***Off the injury report.***
39.*DeSean Jackson WAS at Cin
Note: (Shoulder) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Cleared to play.***
40.Kendall Wright TEN vs. Jax
41.*Mohamed Sanu ATL vs. GB
Note: ***(Groin) Full practice Friday, not on the injury report.***
42.Pierre Garcon WAS at Cin
43.*Cameron Meredith CHI vs. Min
Note: I wonder if he'll have the same sort of chemistry with Cutler as he had with Hoyer, who had a lot more practice reps with him? ***Limited all week with a shoulder injury, listed as questionable.***
44.*Travis Benjamin SD at Den
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Listed as questionable.***
45.*J.J. Nelson ARZ at Car
Note: Could get more targets regularly with Jaron Brown out for the season.
46.Jermaine Kearse SEA at NO
47.*Allen Hurns JAC at Ten
Note: (Neck/Shoulder) Limited Monday, full participant Tuesday.
48.*Tyler Lockett SEA at NO
Note: (Thigh) Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Expected to play - good matchup, but no strong performances yet.***
49.*John Brown ARZ at Car
Note: (Hamstring) Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Expected to play.***
50.Adam Thielen MIN at Chi
51.Anquan Boldin DET at Hou
52.Dontrelle Inman SD at Den
Note: Still getting heavy snaps (88 percent Sunday), middling targets.
53.Terrance Williams DAL vs. Phi
54.Adam Humphries TB vs. Oak
55.Justin Hunter BUF vs. NE
Note: On the field for all but four snaps last week, but only four targets.
56.Chris Hogan NE at Buf
Note: Lost a fumble early, subsequently wasn't on the field much in two-receiver sets.
57.*Russell Shepard TB vs. Oak
Note: Appears to be the Bucs' #2 option at WR, at least he was last week. ***Will be limited to 30 offensive snaps due to his special teams importance.***
58.*Robert Woods BUF vs. NE
Note: (Foot) Making good progress, and the Bills' need for him is more acute with Marquise Goodwin in the concussion protocol. Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Expected to play.***
59.Nelson Agholor PHI at Dal
60.Ted Ginn CAR vs. Ari
61.Josh Huff PHI at Dal
62.Jaelen Strong HOU vs. Det
63.*Michael Floyd ARZ at Car
Note: Played through a hamstring injury Sunday night. Did not practice Wednesday. ***Active after earlier being classified as an 'Uphill battle to play.'***
64.Dorial Green-Beckham PHI at Dal
65.Seth Roberts OAK at TB
66.*Cordarrelle Patterson MIN at Chi
Note: Seven targets in the loss to the Eagles. ***Concussion, listed as questionable.***
67.Brandon Coleman NO vs. Sea
68.*Phillip Dorsett IND vs. KC
Note: (Hamstring) Could return to practice Wednesday. Full practice Thursday. ***Not on the final injury report.***
69.Andrew Hawkins CLE vs. NYJ
70.Chris Conley KC at Ind
71.Aldrick Robinson ATL vs. GB
72.*Tajae Sharpe TEN vs. Jax
Note: (Knee) Limited participant in Tuesday's practice. 'Trending in the right direction' to play Thursday night. How much remains to be seen.
73.Ricardo Louis CLE vs. NYJ
Note: Only three targets last week, after nine the previous week.
74.Andre Johnson TEN vs. Jax
75.Tyler Boyd CIN vs. Was
76.Brice Butler DAL vs. Phi
77.Walter Powell BUF vs. NE
78.Braxton Miller HOU vs. Det
79.Charles Johnson MIN at Chi
80.Justin Hardy ATL vs. GB
81.Danny Amendola NE at Buf
82.Charone Peake NYJ at Cle
83.Tyreek Hill KC at Ind
84.Robby Anderson NYJ at Cle
85.Paul Richardson SEA at NO
86.*Devin Funchess CAR vs. Ari
Note: Missed practice Monday for personal reasons. Returned to practice Wednesday.
87.Cecil Shorts TB vs. Oak
Note: Zero targets on 31 snaps.
88.*Chester Rogers IND vs. KC
Note: (Hamstring/foot) Missed practice Wednesday. ***Ruled out for Sunday.***
89.*Randall Cobb GB at Atl
Note: (Hamstring) Limited at Thursday's practice. ***Not expected to play.***
90.*Marquise Goodwin BUF vs. NE
Note: In the concussion protocol after a collision on the Bills' penultimate drive of Sunday's loss. Unlikely to play this week.
91.*Eddie Royal CHI vs. Min
Note: (Toe) Not present at Tuesday's practice. ***Listed as doubtful.***
92.*Corey Coleman CLE vs. NYJ
Note: (Hand) Limited in practice - running routes, not catching passes yet.
93.*Jaron Brown ARZ at Car
Note: Torn ACL, placed on IR.

Tight Ends

1.Rob Gronkowski NE at Buf
2.Greg Olsen CAR vs. Ari
3.*Jimmy Graham SEA at NO
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Wednesday.
4.*Jordan Reed WAS at Cin
Note: (Concussion) Has been cleared to practice Wednesday, but hasn't yet cleared the final go-ahead from an independent neurologist to play. Cleared to travel, not necessarily cleared to play - will practice Friday, and also meet again with an independent neurologist. ***Cleared to play.***
5.Coby Fleener NO vs. Sea
6.Jack Doyle IND vs. KC
7.*Delanie Walker TEN vs. Jax
Note: (Chest) Didn't practice Monday, full practice Tuesday.
8.Gary Barnidge CLE vs. NYJ
9.Tyler Eifert CIN vs. Was
Note: Played only 15 snaps, limited to third down and red zone - but the Bengals were comfortably ahead most of the game. Should get more work this week.
10.C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU vs. Det
11.Travis Kelce KC at Ind
Note: I'm guilty of overrating Kelce, or at least of overrating his set-up. The Chiefs just don't throw the ball enough.
12.*Jason Witten DAL vs. Phi
Note: ***(Chest) Listed as questionable despite fully practicing all week.***
13.Kyle Rudolph MIN at Chi
Note: Had a whopping 11 targets in the loss to the Eagles.
14.Antonio Gates SD at Den
Note: Fewer snaps (38) than Henry (47), but more routes and targets, and now Henry is in the concussion protocol.
15.Cameron Brate TB vs. Oak
16.*Eric Ebron DET at Hou
Note: (Ankle/Knee) Full practice Thursday. ***Officially active.***
17.*Martellus Bennett NE at Buf
Note: (Ankle) Targeted just twice last week, but he was the only Patriot to have a good game last time they faced the Bills. (Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Missed practice Friday but still active.***
18.Zach Miller CHI vs. Min
19.Jacob Tamme ATL vs. GB
20.Zach Ertz PHI at Dal
21.*Julius Thomas JAC at Ten
Note: (Ankle) Limited Monday, did not practice Tuesday. Listed as questionable.
22.*Vernon Davis WAS at Cin
Note: 6/6 for 79 yards last week, but value may evaporate upon the return of Reed this week. (Groin) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Active, but so is Jordan Reed.***
23.*Charles Clay BUF vs. NE
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Thursday. ***Officially active.***
24.*Richard Rodgers GB at Atl
Note: Jared Cook (ankle) still isn't ready to practice, but that hasn't translated into a lot of work for Rodgers.
25.Virgil Green DEN vs. SD
26.Clive Walford OAK at TB
27.Jermaine Gresham ARZ at Car
28.Ryan Griffin HOU vs. Det
29.*Hunter Henry SD at Den
Note: Has entered the NFL's concussion protocol. Full practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, but still not officially out of the concussion protocol.***
30.Brent Celek PHI at Dal
31.Jace Amaro TEN vs. Jax
32.*C.J. Uzomah CIN vs. Was
Note: ***Inactive.***
33.*Dwayne Allen IND vs. KC
Note: (Ankle) Did not practice Thursday.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Julio Jones ATL vs. GB
2.David Johnson ARZ at Car
3.Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. Phi
4.*Spencer Ware KC at Ind
Note: ***Jamaal Charles remains out.***
5.Mike Evans TB vs. Oak
6.*T.Y. Hilton IND vs. KC
Note: (Hip) Did not practice Thursday - that's become standard for him as of late.
7.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. Det
Note: I think this will be a good bounce back week for Hopkins.
8.*DeMarco Murray TEN vs. Jax
Note: Limited practice Tuesday for rest reasons - the Titans play on Thursday night.
9.Rob Gronkowski NE at Buf
10.Christine Michael SEA at NO
11.*Devonta Freeman ATL vs. GB
Note: Could have a huge workload if Coleman is out. (Hip) Full practice Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, no injury designation.***
12.Greg Olsen CAR vs. Ari
13.Jacquizz Rodgers TB vs. Oak
Note: Only downside was that he didn't score, and Peyton Barber got a late touchdown in mop-up duty instead of him.
14.Devontae Booker DEN vs. SD
Note: Scored his first touchdown and had one more carry than Anderson, though Anderson also ran very well Monday night. C.J. Anderson is out multiple weeks with a meniscus tear in his knee.
15.LeGarrette Blount NE at Buf
16.*Brandon Marshall NYJ at Cle
Note: (Foot) Missed practice Wednesday, returned Thursday. ***Full practice Friday.***
17.*A.J. Green CIN vs. Was
Note: ***Will be covered by Josh Norman at least part of the time.***
18.Doug Baldwin SEA at NO
19.Michael Crabtree OAK at TB
20.Brandin Cooks NO vs. Sea
21.Larry Fitzgerald ARZ at Car
22.Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. SD
23.*Matt Forte NYJ at Cle
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Thursday, but coach Todd Bowles indicated that this was more of a rest day than an injury concern. ***No longer on the injured list.***
24.Frank Gore IND vs. KC
25.Melvin Gordon SD at Den
26.Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. Min
27.*Dez Bryant DAL vs. Phi
Note: (Knee) Expected to play Sunday night against the Eagles. Limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Still expected to play.***
28.Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs. Ari
29.Amari Cooper OAK at TB
30.*Lamar Miller HOU vs. Det
Note: Day-to-day with a shoulder injury - rotated with Alfred Blue on Monday night. Limited in Thursday's practice. ***I'm getting a little wary - though Miller is adamant that he'll play, but he's officially a game-time decision. Could be limited even if he does play. What I'm most worried about is if he's limited.***
31.Allen Robinson JAC at Ten
Note: Another huge letdown - Bortles has been terrible, but Robinson is also at fault.
32.*Tyrell Williams SD at Den
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Thursday. ***Listed as questionable.***
33.*Jamison Crowder WAS at Cin
Note: (Groin) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Cleared to play.***
34.Jordy Nelson GB at Atl
35.Michael Thomas NO vs. Sea
36.*Ty Montgomery GB at Atl
Note: Most sites still list him as a WR, so I'll keep doing so here. (Illness) Limited Wednesday. ***Expected to play.***
37.Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. NYJ
Note: Ran effectively early, but the Browns abandoned the run in the second half after falling two scores behind.
38.Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. Ari
39.*Jimmy Graham SEA at NO
Note: (Knee) Did not practice Wednesday.
40.*Terrelle Pryor CLE vs. NYJ
Note: Pryor's hamstring made him a non-factor against the Bengals. Watch the practice reports carefully. Limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Full practice Friday, no longer on the injury list.***
41.Golden Tate DET at Hou
42.*Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. SD
Note: (Hip) Limited at practice Wednesday. ***No longer on the injury report.***
43.*Marvin Jones DET at Hou
Note: Rested from practice Wednesday, but was a full-go Thursday.
44.*Davante Adams GB at Atl
Note: ***Bumped up with Cobb out.***
45.Chris Thompson WAS at Cin
Note: Earned extra work after Matt Jones lost a fumble. Jones hasn't practiced yet this week. ***Matt Jones officially out.***
46.Jeremy Hill CIN vs. Was
Note: Light workload because of the big lead while nursing a few bruises.
47.Mark Ingram NO vs. Sea
Note: The good news - caught a touchdown pass. The bad news - lost a big fumble on the Chiefs' seven-yard line in the fourth quarter.
48.Giovani Bernard CIN vs. Was
49.James White NE at Buf
50.Julian Edelman NE at Buf
Note: Still looking for his first touchdown, let alone his first 100-yard game. (Foot) Limited at Wednesday's practice.
51.Will Fuller HOU vs. Det
52.Latavius Murray OAK at TB
53.Ryan Mathews PHI at Dal
Note: Had another fourth quarter fumble against the Vikings.
54.*Cameron Meredith CHI vs. Min
Note: I wonder if he'll have the same sort of chemistry with Cutler as he had with Hoyer, who had a lot more practice reps with him? ***Limited all week with a shoulder injury, listed as questionable.***
55.*Jordan Matthews PHI at Dal
Note: (Knee) Limited Wednesday, full practice Thursday. ***Off the injury report.***
56.*Theo Riddick DET at Hou
Note: (Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday, full practice Thursday. ***Off of the injury list.***
57.*Stefon Diggs MIN at Chi
Note: Appears to be over his groin injury.
58.Rishard Matthews TEN vs. Jax
59.Jeremy Maclin KC at Ind
60.Quincy Enunwa NYJ at Cle
61.Brandon LaFell CIN vs. Was
62.Coby Fleener NO vs. Sea
63.Jack Doyle IND vs. KC
64.*Delanie Walker TEN vs. Jax
Note: (Chest) Didn't practice Monday, full practice Tuesday.
65.Gary Barnidge CLE vs. NYJ
66.Cole Beasley DAL vs. Phi
67.*Jerick McKinnon MIN at Chi
Note: Left in the third quarter with an ankle injury, but coach Mike Zimmer said afterward that McKinnon 'should be fine.' Sporting a walking boot at Thursday's practice - the Vikings play Monday night, so he has an extra day to recover. ***Officially ruled out.***
68.Duke Johnson CLE vs. NYJ
69.Marqise Lee JAC at Ten
Note: Hasn't found the end zone yet, but had seven catches on eight targets for 107 yards against the Raiders.
70.Willie Snead NO vs. Sea
71.*DeSean Jackson WAS at Cin
Note: (Shoulder) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Cleared to play.***
72.*Michael Floyd ARZ at Car
Note: Played through a hamstring injury Sunday night. Did not practice Wednesday. ***Active after earlier being classified as an 'Uphill battle to play.'***
73.*Jordan Reed WAS at Cin
Note: (Concussion) Has been cleared to practice Wednesday, but hasn't yet cleared the final go-ahead from an independent neurologist to play. Cleared to travel, not necessarily cleared to play - will practice Friday, and also meet again with an independent neurologist. ***Cleared to play.***
74.Travis Kelce KC at Ind
Note: I'm guilty of overrating Kelce, or at least of overrating his set-up. The Chiefs just don't throw the ball enough.
75.*Jason Witten DAL vs. Phi
Note: ***(Chest) Listed as questionable despite fully practicing all week.***
76.Kyle Rudolph MIN at Chi
Note: Had a whopping 11 targets in the loss to the Eagles.
77.T.J. Yeldon JAC at Ten
78.Darren Sproles PHI at Dal
79.Chris Ivory JAC at Ten
Note: Both Ivory and Yeldon had only five carries apiece in the loss to the Raiders - the penalty-laden game, followed by a big deficit, led to that result.
80.Matt Asiata MIN at Chi
Note: Six catches last week ... for 25 yards. McKinnon still in a walking boot on Thursday. ***McKinnon officially ruled out.***
81.*Russell Shepard TB vs. Oak
Note: Appears to be the Bucs' #2 option at WR, at least he was last week. ***Will be limited to 30 offensive snaps due to his special teams importance.***
82.Kendall Wright TEN vs. Jax
83.*Mohamed Sanu ATL vs. GB
Note: ***(Groin) Full practice Friday, not on the injury report.***
84.Pierre Garcon WAS at Cin
85.*Travis Benjamin SD at Den
Note: (Knee) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Listed as questionable.***
86.*Allen Hurns JAC at Ten
Note: (Neck/Shoulder) Limited Monday, full participant Tuesday.
87.*Tyler Lockett SEA at NO
Note: (Thigh) Limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Expected to play - good matchup, but no strong performances yet.***
88.*Mike Gillislee BUF vs. NE
Note: Worst possible result for Gillislee last week - McCoy started, a third of Gillislee's yards were loss on one direct snap gone bad, and Reggie Bush vultured the touchdown. (Foot) Limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Limited practice again Friday, plans to play, and McCoy is out.***
89.Zach Zenner DET at Hou
90.*Rob Kelley WAS at Cin
Note: Moving up with Matt Jones dealing with a knee injury. ***Matt Jones officially out.***
91.*Bilal Powell NYJ at Cle
Note: (Turf toe) Missed practice Wednesday, limited practice Thursday. ***No longer on the injured list.***
92.*Martellus Bennett NE at Buf
Note: (Ankle) Targeted just twice last week, but he was the only Patriot to have a good game last time they faced the Bills. (Ankle) Limited practice Wednesday. ***Missed practice Friday but still active.***
93.C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU vs. Det
94.Jermaine Kearse SEA at NO
95.Dontrelle Inman SD at Den
Note: Still getting heavy snaps (88 percent Sunday), middling targets.
96.Adam Thielen MIN at Chi
97.*Charcandrick West KC at Ind
Note: ***Jamaal Charles out.***
98.*Alfred Blue HOU vs. Det
Note: Earned extra playing time after Lamar Miller's shoulder injury. ***Miller is a game-time decision.***
99.Ka'Deem Carey CHI vs. Min
100.DeAndre Washington OAK at TB
101.*Randall Cobb GB at Atl
Note: (Hamstring) Limited at Thursday's practice. ***Not expected to play.***
102.*Matt Jones WAS at Cin
Note: Lost another fumble to the Lions, and lost playing time to Chris Thompson as a result. (Knee) Sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Officially ruled out.***
103.*C.J. Anderson DEN vs. SD
Note: (Knee) Torn meniscus that will require surgery, out multiple weeks.

Kickers

1.Adam Vinatieri IND vs. KC
2.Stephen Gostkowski NE at Buf
Note: Actually missed another extra point - it's a weird slumping year for him.
3.Brandon McManus DEN vs. SD
4.Matt Bryant ATL vs. GB
5.Josh Lambo SD at Den
Note: 17-for-18 on the season, and leads the NFL in touchbacks.
6.Sebastian Janikowski OAK at TB
7.Mason Crosby GB at Atl
8.Mike Nugent CIN vs. Was
Note: Missed two field goal attempts from 40 and 45 yards.
9.Graham Gano CAR vs. Ari
10.Steven Hauschka SEA at NO
11.Nick Novak HOU vs. Det
Note: About the only who has benefited from the Texans' inability to finish off drives - sixth among kickers in scoring.
12.Dan Bailey DAL vs. Phi
13.Nick Folk NYJ at Cle
14.Cairo Santos KC at Ind
15.Wil Lutz NO vs. Sea
16.Chandler Catanzaro ARZ at Car
Note: Catanzaro and Hauschka played a game of 'anything you can do, I can do worse.' Appreciate the commitment to artwork, folks.
17.Caleb Sturgis PHI at Dal
18.Ryan Succop TEN vs. Jax
19.Blair Walsh MIN at Chi
20.Dan Carpenter BUF vs. NE
21.Dustin Hopkins WAS at Cin
22.Roberto Aguayo TB vs. Oak
Note: Another bad miss against the Niners - in terms of degree of miss, albeit from 50 yards.
23.Matt Prater DET at Hou
24.Jason Myers JAC at Ten
25.Cody Parkey CLE vs. NYJ
26.Connor Barth CHI vs. Min

Defenses

1.*Minnesota Vikings at Chi
Note: Andrew Sendejo left with an ankle injury after a first-quarter interception.
2.*Denver Broncos vs. SD
Note: DeMarcus Ware (forearm) might return to practice this week.
3.New England Patriots at Buf
4.*Houston Texans vs. Det
Note: A.J. Bouye was heavily targeted against thanks to injuries in the Texans' secondary and he rose to the task with 11 tackles. Might be a sneaky IDP play for another week against the Lions.
5.Dallas Cowboys vs. Phi
6.Cincinnati Bengals vs. Was
7.Philadelphia Eagles at Dal
8.Arizona Cardinals at Car
9.*Seattle Seahawks at NO
Note: The Seahawks are optimistic that Kam Chancellor (groin) could return this week.
10.*San Diego Chargers at Den
Note: Joey Bosa is already a pass-rushing force. Now the question is can they keep him on the field for more snaps?
11.*Tennessee Titans vs. Jax
Note: CB Perrish Cox (Concussion) did not practice Tuesday, has a short week.
12.New York Jets at Cle
13.Atlanta Falcons vs. GB
14.*Washington Redskins at Cin
Note: Josh Norman in the concussion protocol. ***Norman cleared to play.***
15.*Jacksonville Jaguars at Ten
Note: DT Roy Miller out for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon.
16.Detroit Lions at Hou
17.*Kansas City Chiefs at Ind
Note: Justin Houston (knee) unlikely to play.
18.Oakland Raiders at TB
19.Chicago Bears vs. Min
20.*Buffalo Bills vs. NE
Note: The announcers couldn't stop raving about Lorenzo Alexander in the loss to the Dolphins. Meanwhile, Marcell Darius (hamstring) is questionable, which could make the Bills vulnerable to the running game.
21.Carolina Panthers vs. Ari
22.Green Bay Packers at Atl
23.Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oak
24.New Orleans Saints vs. Sea
25.Cleveland Browns vs. NYJ
26.Indianapolis Colts vs. KC