Weekly Rankings: Week 12 Value Meter

Weekly Rankings: Week 12 Value Meter

This article is part of our Weekly Rankings series.

Sunday Update complete

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.Patrick Mahomes KC vs. LAR
2.*Josh Allen

Sunday Update complete

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.Patrick Mahomes KC vs. LAR
2.*Josh Allen BUF at DET
Note: Allen (elbow) practiced without a brace Tuesday for the first time since suffering the UCL injury, and made more throws during the portion of practice open to the media than he had the previous two weeks. Allen has been cleared from the injury list, though he was limited in Wednesday's practice.
3.Justin Herbert LAC at ARI
4.Tua Tagovailoa MIA vs. HOU
5.Jalen Hurts PHI vs. GB
6.Dak Prescott DAL vs. NYG
7.*Joe Burrow CIN at TEN
Note: It looks like Burrow could be getting Ja'Marr Chase (hip) back this week. ***It's now unlikely that Chase will play this week.***
8.*Kyler Murray ARZ vs. LAC
Note: Murray (hamstring) has missed two games in a row, but has made 'quite a bit of progress' in his recovery. The team wants him at 'full throttle' when he returns, which could mean that he also misses this week, with the Cardinals on their bye in Week 13. Murray was a full participant in Wednesday's walk-through practice. ***Murray is expected to start.***
9.*Lamar Jackson BAL at JAX
Note: How much did Jackson's illness contribute to his modest offensive output? It was also very windy in the game against the Panthers. Jackson missed practice Wednesday with a hip injury. He's still slated to play Sunday, but the Ravens wanted to 'hold him back and let him rest' Wednesday. ***Jackson had full practices Thursday and Friday. He will start, though he'll be playing without starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle).***
10.Tom Brady TB at CLE
11.Jimmy Garoppolo SF vs. NO
12.Geno Smith SEA vs. LV
13.*Daniel Jones NYG at DAL
Note: Jones actually had another productive fantasy day (341 passing yards and a touchdown, plus 50 rushing yards and another TD), but his two interceptions were costly in the loss to the Lions.
14.*Kirk Cousins MIN vs. NE
Note: Cousins was sacked seven times on 30 drop backs against the Cowboys, and lost LT Christian Darrisaw (concussion) for at least this week as well.
15.Trevor Lawrence JAC vs. BAL
16.*Aaron Rodgers GB at PHI
Note: Rodgers has been playing with a broken thumb since the London game against the Giants. ***Rodgers fully practiced to finish the week.***
17.Ryan Tannehill TEN vs. CIN
18.Matt Ryan IND vs. PIT
19.Marcus Mariota ATL at WAS
20.Russell Wilson DEN at CAR
21.Jacoby Brissett CLE vs. TB
22.Derek Carr LV at SEA
23.*Taylor Heinicke WAS vs. ATL
Note: For the second week in a row, Heinicke didn't have any touchdown passes in a winning effort.
24.Jared Goff DET vs. BUF
25.*Mac Jones NE at MIN
Note: Jones was incredibly efficient (23-for-27 for 246 yards) but only could lead the offense to three points, in part because he was sacked six times.
26.*Mike White NYJ vs. CHI
Note: The Jets' starting QB has not yet been determined this week. It could still be Zach Wilson, or it could be Mike White or Joe Flacco. White will start this week, and Flacco will be the backup.
27.*Sam Darnold CAR vs. DEN
Note: Darnold has been named the starter this week for the Panthers.
28.Andy Dalton NO at SF
29.*Kenny Pickett PIT at IND
Note: Pickett actually looked pretty good for a significant portion of last week's loss to the Bengals, and he's establishing a rapport with fellow rookie George Pickens.
30.*Bryce Perkins LA at KC
Note: Perkins came in to replace Matthew Stafford last week, with John Wolford inactive due to a neck injury. Any one of the three might start this week. Perkins began the week taking the first-team snaps, and Matthew Stafford (neck) has been ruled out. ***Perkins received all the first-team reps in practice this week, but coach Sean McVay would not officially name Perkins the starter over John Wolford yet.***
31.*Kyle Allen HOU at MIA
Note: Allen might replace Davis Mills this week, though coach Louie Smith said that he needed to inform players first before there's any given changes - at quarterback or elsewhere. Allen is set to take first-team practice reps, but coach Lovie Smith refused to name a starter yet. ***It's now official, Allen will start ahead of Davis Mills.***
32.*Trevor Siemian CHI at NYJ
Note: ***Siemian is likely to start Sunday's game against the Jets. That the Bears activated Nathan Peterman to their active roster suggests that they don't think Justin Fields should play.***
33.*John Wolford LA at KC
Note: Wolford (neck) is trending in the right direction - there's three possible starters for the Rams at QB this week. Wolford had a limited practice on Wednesday. Matthew Stafford has been ruled out, but Bryce Perkins took the first-team reps. ***Wolford has been cleared from the injury list, but he is unlikely to start, as Bryce Perkins has received all the first-team reps in practice.***
34.*Colt McCoy ARZ vs. LAC
Note: McCoy was a limited participant Wednesday with a right elbow injury. Meanwhile, it looks as if Kyler Murray (hamstring) will be ready to return. ***McCoy had a full practice Friday, but Kyler Murray is expected to return to action this week.***
35.*Davis Mills HOU at MIA
Note: Mills could be replaced by Kyle Allen this week after another disastrous first half. Coach Lovie Smith declined to name a starter on Wednesday, but Kyle Allen is set to take first-team reps. An announcement will likely come on Friday. ***Mills has officially been benched for Kyle Allen.***
36.*Joe Flacco NYJ vs. CHI
Note: The Jets' starting QB has not yet been determined this week. It could still be Zach Wilson, or it could be Mike White or Joe Flacco. White will start and Flacco will be the backup.
37.*Baker Mayfield CAR vs. DEN
Note: Mayfield has been benched in favor of Sam Darnold this week, with PJ Walker still sidelined.
38.*Justin Fields CHI at NYJ
Note: Fields suffered a shoulder dislocation to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He's currently listed as day-to-day, and Trevor Siemian is the backup. There's a good chance he does not play this week. Fields has a separated left shoulder with partially torn ligaments, and he feels pain when following through on throws. He was listed as limited at Wednesday's estimated practice. ***Fields will get a chance to warm up before Sunday's game, but he's unlikely to be available, both Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport were reporting. INACTIVE***
39.*Zach Wilson NYJ vs. CHI
Note: Jets coach Robert Saleh was noncommittal whether Wilson would start this week after the disaster in Foxboro. Mike White was ahead of Joe Flacco on the depth chart last week. Wilson has been benched and will be the third-team quarterback this week.
40.*Matthew Stafford LA at KC
Note: Stafford left last week's game with a possible concussion, though he's not yet in the concussion protocol. Stafford has been ruled out with a strained neck and is in the concussion protocol, though he doesn't necessarily have a concussion.
41.*PJ Walker CAR vs. DEN
Note: Walker is still sidelined with a high-ankle sprain. Walker was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Running Backs

1.Derrick Henry TEN vs. CIN
2.Christian McCaffrey SF vs. NO
3.Austin Ekeler LAC at ARI
4.*Saquon Barkley NYG at DAL
Note: I didn't see Barkley getting stymied by the Lions of all teams last week, but here we are.
5.*Tony Pollard DAL vs. NYG
Note: If you're searching for negatives, Pollard twice had goal line carries and didn't get in, only to see Zeke get the vulture touchdowns.
6.Dalvin Cook MIN vs. NE
7.Nick Chubb CLE vs. TB
8.Kenneth Walker SEA vs. LV
9.*Jonathan Taylor IND vs. PIT
Note: Taylor ran for more than half of his 84 yards on the Colts' opening drive, and was limited to under 20 yards in the second half.
10.*Aaron Jones GB at PHI
Note: Jones (shin/glute) was limited Wednesday. ***Jones has been cleared from the injury list.***
11.*Jeff Wilson MIA vs. HOU
Note: ***Wilson should carry a heavy workload against the Texans with Raheem Mostert listed as doubtful. Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin will be the backups.***
12.Travis Etienne JAC vs. BAL
13.*Josh Jacobs LV at SEA
Note: ***Jacobs was added to the injury report on Friday after a limited practice.***
14.Najee Harris PIT at IND
15.*Rachaad White TB at CLE
Note: If Leonard Fournette (hip) can't go, White becomes a priority start against a Browns run defense that's pretty vulnerable. Fournette had a limited practice Wednesday and his hip has been described as 'very sore'. ***Fournette has been ruled out.***
16.*Alvin Kamara NO at SF
Note: Teammate Mark Ingram (knee) could return this week, which would possibly cut down on Kamara's carries in short-yardage situations. ***Kamara (illness) sat out practice Thursday but practiced fully Friday.***
17.Rhamondre Stevenson NE at MIN
18.Dameon Pierce HOU at MIA
19.Jamaal Williams DET vs. BUF
20.David Montgomery CHI at NYJ
21.*Isiah Pacheco KC vs. LAR
Note: Clyde Edwards-Helaire was already falling out of favor, but now he's out with a high-ankle sprain. CEH was placed on IR. Ronald Jones might be active this week - he would be more of a threat to Pacheco than to Jerick McKinnon.
22.James Conner ARZ vs. LAC
23.Devin Singletary BUF at DET
24.*Samaje Perine CIN at TEN
Note: Perine could be in line for lead back duties this week, pending Joe Mixon's recovery from a concussion. Mixon sat out practice Wednesday. ***Mixon has been ruled out, so Perine will get the start. His backups will be Trayveon Williams and Chris Evans.***
25.Cordarrelle Patterson ATL at WAS
26.*Latavius Murray DEN at CAR
Note: Murray could be in line for a heavy workload this week, with Melvin Gordon gone and Chase Edmonds hurt. Murray was limited at practice Wednesday with a wrist injury. ***Murray was cleared from the injury report.***
27.D'Onta Foreman CAR vs. DEN
28.Brian Robinson WAS vs. ATL
29.*D'Andre Swift DET vs. BUF
Note: Swift scored, but saw less work than both Jamaal Williams and Justin Jackson once again.
30.Miles Sanders PHI vs. GB
31.*Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. NYG
Note: Elliott (knee) was limited in practice both Monday and Tuesday. He played 30 percent of the snaps against the Vikings, albeit in a blowout, and had the two goal line touchdowns. Elliott has been cleared from the injury report.
32.*Kenyan Drake BAL at JAX
Note: ***It appears that teammate Gus Edwards will play this week, though Edwards is listed as questionable.***
33.Antonio Gibson WAS vs. ATL
34.*Elijah Mitchell SF vs. NO
Note: The Niners' offense was too efficient on Monday night - Jordan Mason was getting fourth quarter carries with all the key players resting.
35.*Cam Akers LA at KC
Note: Some clarity with the Rams following their release of Darrell Henderson. Akers will probably carry the ball more, and Kyren Williams will be the pass-catching back.
36.*Michael Carter NYJ vs. CHI
Note: Carter might start catching more passes with Mike White at QB.
37.*Gus Edwards BAL at JAX
Note: Edwards (hamstring) remained limited on Wednesday. ***Edwards is listed as questionable, but he was upgraded to full practice activity on Thursday and Friday.***
38.*Kyren Williams LA at KC
Note: Williams could be in line for extended use against the Chiefs, who are 15.5 point favorites over the Rams, as he'll be the pass-catching back between he and Cam Akers.
39.AJ Dillon GB at PHI
40.Damien Harris NE at MIN
41.Kareem Hunt CLE vs. TB
42.Tyler Allgeier ATL at WAS
43.*James Cook BUF at DET
Note: Cook had 11 carries for 86 yards in the win over the Browns, most of them while the game was still contested.
44.*Jerick McKinnon KC vs. LAR
Note: McKinnon might get a few extra snaps this week with CEH recovering from a high-ankle sprain. McKinnon was a full practice participant Wednesday.
45.Justice Hill BAL at JAX
46.Chuba Hubbard CAR vs. DEN
47.Boston Scott PHI vs. GB
48.Dontrell Hilliard TEN vs. CIN
49.*Marlon Mack DEN at CAR
Note: Mack and Devine Ozigbo will be the backups behind Latavius Murray with both Melvin Gordon and Chase Edmonds out of the picture. ***Mack 'will have a role' in the Broncos' game plan.***
50.Deon Jackson IND vs. PIT
51.Alexander Mattison MIN vs. NE
52.Keaontay Ingram ARZ vs. LAC
53.JaMycal Hasty JAC vs. BAL
54.Kenneth Gainwell PHI vs. GB
55.*Isaiah Spiller LAC at ARI
Note: ***Teammate Joshua Kelley has returned from the IR.***
56.Trestan Ebner CHI at NYJ
57.*Ronald Jones KC vs. LAR
Note: Jones might make his debut for the Chiefs this week with CEH on IR.
58.*Trayveon Williams CIN at TEN
Note: ***Teammate Joe Mixon has been ruled out.***
59.Caleb Huntley ATL at WAS
60.Malik Davis DAL vs. NYG
61.Rex Burkhead HOU at MIA
62.Nyheim Hines BUF at DET
63.Devine Ozigbo DEN at CAR
64.Salvon Ahmed MIA vs. HOU
65.*Zamir White LV at SEA
Note: ***Teammate Josh Jacobs was a lade addition to the injury report Friday with a calf injury.***
66.*Giovani Bernard TB at CLE
Note: ***Bernard has been activated from IR, and Leonard Fournette is out this week.***
67.Eno Benjamin HOU at MIA
68.Zack Moss IND vs. PIT
69.Ameer Abdullah LV at SEA
70.*Raheem Mostert MIA vs. HOU
Note: Mostert (knee) missed the Dolphins' first full practice coming out of the bye week on Wednesday. ***Mostert is listed as doubtful.***
71.*Joe Mixon CIN at TEN
Note: Mixon left Sunday's win over the Steelers with a concussion. Mixon sat out practice Wednesday and remains in the concussion protocol. ***Mixon will not play on Sunday.***
72.*Leonard Fournette TB at CLE
Note: Fournette left his most recent game before the bye with a hip injury, but initial reports suggested that the injury wasn't too serious. Fournette was only limited on Wednesday and his hip was described as 'very sore' still, despite the bye week. ***Fournette has been ruled out and did not travel with the team.***
73.*James Robinson NYJ vs. CHI
Note: ***INACTIVE***
74.*Jaylen Warren PIT at IND
Note: Warren left Sunday's loss to the Bengals early with a hamstring injury. It's not considered 'significant,' but his status for Monday night is up in the air. ***Warren didn't practice all week and has been ruled out this week.***
75.*Darrell Henderson JAC vs. BAL
Note: Henderson 'felt a tweak in his knee' before the Week 11 loss, which is why he had only two carries. But the Rams released him on Tuesday. Claimed off waivers by the Jaguars. ***Henderson is unlikely to play this week, as he's still learning the Jaguars' offense.***
76.*Melvin Gordon at
Note: Gordon was waived by the Broncos and cleared waivers on Tuesday.
77.*Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs. LAR
Note: Edwards-Helaire suffered a high-ankle sprain in the win over the Chargers. Edwards-Helaire has been placed on IR by the Chiefs.
78.*Chase Edmonds DEN at CAR
Note: Edmonds (ankle) went on injured reserve on Tuesday, so he'll be out until at least Week 16.

Wide Receivers

1.Justin Jefferson MIN vs. NE
2.Stefon Diggs BUF at DET
3.Tyreek Hill MIA vs. HOU
4.Davante Adams LV at SEA
5.DeAndre Hopkins ARZ vs. LAC
6.CeeDee Lamb DAL vs. NYG
7.Terry McLaurin WAS vs. ATL
8.Mike Evans TB at CLE
9.*Tee Higgins CIN at TEN
Note: Teammate Ja'Marr Chase could return this week, which might mean fewer targets for Higgins. ***It looks like Chase will not return this week after all.***
10.Jaylen Waddle MIA vs. HOU
11.Amon-Ra St. Brown DET vs. BUF
12.DK Metcalf SEA vs. LV
13.*Deebo Samuel SF vs. NO
Note: Samuel looked shaken up after one catch but later returned to the game. He doesn't have the volume that he had prior to the acquisition of Christian McCaffrey. Samuel was listed on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.
14.*Keenan Allen LAC at ARI
Note: Allen (hamstring) made it through Sunday night's game unscathed, catching five of eight targets for 94 yards, albeit with a costly lost fumble.
15.*A.J. Brown PHI vs. GB
Note: ***Brown (illness) sat out Thursday's practice but was a full participant on Friday, though he later admitted still feeling somewhat sick.***
16.Chris Godwin TB at CLE
17.Michael Pittman IND vs. PIT
18.Amari Cooper CLE vs. TB
19.Tyler Lockett SEA vs. LV
20.Chris Olave NO at SF
21.Brandon Aiyuk SF vs. NO
22.Gabe Davis BUF at DET
23.Courtland Sutton DEN at CAR
24.Christian Watson GB at PHI
25.Christian Kirk JAC vs. BAL
26.*George Pickens PIT at IND
Note: A good day (4-83-1) could have been a lot better but for a bad drop in the fourth quarter.
27.*Joshua Palmer LAC at ARI
Note: Palmer remained a big factor in the Chargers offense and could do so again this week if Mike Williams (ankle) can't play. ***Williams once again is out, so Palmer is line for a good-sized role in a good matchup against Arizona.***
28.*Tyler Boyd CIN at TEN
Note: ***It appears that Ja'Marr Chase will not return this week.***
29.*JuJu Smith-Schuster KC vs. LAR
Note: Smith-Schuster (concussion) was a full practice participant Wednesday. I've moved him up under the assumption that he'll play this week. ***Smith-Schuster has been cleared from the injury list this week.***
30.*Allen Lazard GB at PHI
Note: Lazard (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Lazard was cleared from the injury list again on Friday.***
31.*Parris Campbell IND vs. PIT
Note: ***Campbell (illness) was limited on Thursday, but was back to a full practice Friday.***
32.*DeVonta Smith PHI vs. GB
Note: ***Smith (knee) was cleared from the injury list Friday after having a limited practice Thursday.***
33.*Garrett Wilson NYJ vs. CHI
Note: Wilson will have Mike White starting at QB for him this week, which should be an improvement, but Corey Davis also looks as if he's returning this week, so I'm leaving him essentially in the same spot.
34.Darnell Mooney CHI at NYJ
35.Diontae Johnson PIT at IND
36.Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE vs. TB
37.Darius Slayton NYG at DAL
38.*Marquise Brown ARZ vs. LAC
Note: Brown (foot) wasn't activated before Monday night's game, and it's uncertain if he will be this week either, with the Cardinals on bye in Week 13. If Brown is activated for Sunday's game, he'll be on a limited snap count. ***Brown was activated from IR on Saturday.***
39.*Demarcus Robinson BAL at JAX
Note: ***Robinson (hip) is listed as questionable but is expected to play after a full practice Friday.***
40.Adam Thielen MIN vs. NE
41.Zay Jones JAC vs. BAL
42.Julio Jones TB at CLE
43.*Van Jefferson LA at KC
Note: ***Teammates Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson are both expected to miss this week.***
44.DJ Moore CAR vs. DEN
45.*Terrace Marshall CAR vs. DEN
Note: Marshall (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Marshall is listed as questionable, but had a full practice Friday.***
46.*Treylon Burks TEN vs. CIN
Note: Burks topped 100 yards with a 51-yard reception at the end of the game on Thursday night that iced the win for the Titans.
47.Brandin Cooks HOU at MIA
48.*Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC vs. LAR
Note: It looks as if Juju Smith-Schuster will return this week.
49.Nico Collins HOU at MIA
50.*Randall Cobb GB at PHI
Note: Cobb was limited Wednesday with an illness. ***Cobb was limited all week, but he's not on the injury list.***
51.Jakobi Meyers NE at MIN
52.Drake London ATL at WAS
53.Marvin Jones JAC vs. BAL
54.Mack Hollins LV at SEA
55.*Curtis Samuel WAS vs. ATL
Note: With the Commanders running the ball so often, there wasn't much in the passing game for Samuel, but he salvaged his day with a rushing touchdown.
56.*Ben Skowronek LA at KC
Note: ***Teammates Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson are both expected to miss Sunday's game.***
57.*Jarvis Landry NO at SF
Note: Landry (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Landry was cleared from the injury list.***
58.*Corey Davis NYJ vs. CHI
Note: Davis (knee) is day-to-day - coach Robert Saleh expressed hope that he could return. Davis had a full practice Wednesday. ***Davis has been cleared from the injury list and will play on Sunday.***
59.DeAndre Carter LAC at ARI
60.*Skyy Moore KC vs. LAR
Note: Moore caught five of six targets Sunday night, taking advantage of injuries to Mecole Hardman, Juju Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney.
61.Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN vs. CIN
62.Quez Watkins PHI vs. GB
63.*Justin Watson KC vs. LAR
Note: With Hardman, Smith-Schuster and then Kadarius Toney all out, Watson played 57 snaps against the Chargers last week.
64.*Devin Duvernay BAL at JAX
Note: ***Duvernay is listed as questionable for Sunday's game after a limited practice on Friday.***
65.Isaiah McKenzie BUF at DET
66.Marquise Goodwin SEA vs. LV
67.*Chase Claypool CHI at NYJ
Note: In Claypool's three games with the Bears, he's had 25, 17 and 28 offensive snaps respectively. The Bears parted with an early second-round pick for that?
68.Denzel Mims NYJ vs. CHI
69.Jahan Dotson WAS vs. ATL
70.Noah Brown DAL vs. NYG
71.*DeVante Parker NE at MIN
Note: Parker (knee) had just a limited practice Tuesday - he returned to action last week and had two targets. Parker is listed as questionable for Thursday night.
72.Robert Woods TEN vs. CIN
73.Kalif Raymond DET vs. BUF
74.Michael Gallup DAL vs. NYG
75.*Kendall Hinton DEN at CAR
Note: ***Hinton is starting again this week with both KJ Hamler and Jerry Jeudy ruled out.***
76.*DJ Chark DET vs. BUF
Note: Chark (ankle) had just one target in his return last week, and was limited in Tuesday's practice. Chark has been cleared from the injury report.
77.Nelson Agholor NE at MIN
78.Trenton Irwin CIN at TEN
79.*Richie James NYG at DAL
Note: James (knee) is listed as questionable. But he and Kenny Golladay should both play a lot of snaps with Wan'Dale Robinson out.
80.Alec Pierce IND vs. PIT
81.*Josh Reynolds DET vs. BUF
Note: Reynolds (back) was limited at Tuesday's walk-through practice after missing last week's game. Reynolds was limited all week but is expected to play Thursday.
82.K.J. Osborn MIN vs. NE
83.*Ja'Marr Chase CIN at TEN
Note: Chase (hip) will resume practicing this week, but his availability for the game against the Titans remains uncertain. Teammate Joe Burrow declared that Chase will play this week - coach Zac Taylor was a little more circumspect. Chase officially was listed as limited Wednesday. I'm still going to operate under the assumption that he plays this week. ***Despite three encouraging limited practices, it does not appear that Chase will play after all. INACTIVE***
84.Sammy Watkins GB at PHI
85.*Allen Robinson LA at KC
Note: Robinson (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice. He'll have a backup quarterback throwing to him on Sunday with Stafford declared out this week. ***Robinson is listed as questionable, but is not expected to play.***
86.*Rondale Moore ARZ vs. LAC
Note: Moore suffered a groin injury on the first play from scrimmage on Monday night and didn't return. Moore looks like he'll miss this week's game and didn't practice Wednesday. ***Officially ruled out.***
87.*KJ Hamler DEN at CAR
Note: Hamler (hamstring) is day-to-day, with the Broncos hopeful that he can return this week. Sat out practice Wednesday. ***Ruled out again this week.***
88.*Greg Dortch ARZ vs. LAC
Note: Dortch had a big game Monday night in relief of Rondale Moore, but then needed an MRI for his thumb on Tuesday. Dortch sat out practice Wednesday. ***Dortch is listed as questionable, and he's not expected to play.***
89.*Mike Williams LAC at ARI
Note: Williams aggravated his ankle injury, but coach Brandon Staley said it was not a 'significant re-injury,' for whatever that means. Williams did not practice Wednesday, after earlier being slated for a limited practice. ***Williams has been ruled out for this week.***
90.*Kadarius Toney KC vs. LAR
Note: Toney left in the first half with a hamstring injury and did not return. Did not practice Wednesday. ***Toney has officially been ruled out.***
91.*Jerry Jeudy DEN at CAR
Note: Jeudy (ankle) remains day-to-day after missing Week 11 against the Raiders. Jeudy (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. ***Ruled out again this week.***
92.*Jameson Williams DET vs. BUF
Note: Williams (knee) has been designated for return from the IR, in order to begin practicing this week. Won't play this week, but might return in Week 13.
93.*Wan'Dale Robinson NYG at DAL
Note: Robinson suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and is out for the season.

Tight Ends

1.Travis Kelce KC vs. LAR
2.Mark Andrews BAL at JAX
3.T.J. Hockenson MIN vs. NE
4.George Kittle SF vs. NO
5.Pat Freiermuth PIT at IND
6.Dalton Schultz DAL vs. NYG
7.*Juwan Johnson NO at SF
Note: Is Johnson this year's TE touchdown lottery winner? He has five touchdowns over the last five weeks.
8.*David Njoku CLE vs. TB
Note: Njoku (ankle/knee) did not practice Wednesday. ***Njoku has been cleared from the injury list despite not having a full practice at all this week.***
9.Dawson Knox BUF at DET
10.Evan Engram JAC vs. BAL
11.*Cole Kmet CHI at NYJ
Note: Kmet is a downgrade as long as Justin Fields is out or compromised.
12.*Gerald Everett LAC at ARI
Note: Everett (groin) was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Everett was limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Everett practiced fully on Thursday and could be a good start against an Arizona team that struggles against TE's.***
13.Foster Moreau LV at SEA
14.Noah Fant SEA vs. LV
15.*Tyler Higbee LA at KC
Note: Higbee was limited in practice with a knee issue. ***Higbee has been limited all week and is listed as questionable.***
16.Greg Dulcich DEN at CAR
17.Hayden Hurst CIN at TEN
18.Taysom Hill NO at SF
19.Austin Hooper TEN vs. CIN
20.*Jonnu Smith NE at MIN
Note: Smith had fewer snaps than Hunter Henry last week, but four targets compared to just one for Henry.
21.*Trey McBride ARZ vs. LAC
Note: McBride had four targets and a 76 percent snap share in Monday's loss to the Niners.
22.Tyler Conklin NYJ vs. CHI
23.Cade Otton TB at CLE
24.*Robert Tonyan GB at PHI
Note: ***Tonyan has been cleared from the injury list after missing Thursday's practice with an illness.***
25.*Logan Thomas WAS vs. ATL
Note: Thomas (rib) was limited in Wednesday's practice. ***Thomas is questionable, but in line to play this week.***
26.Hunter Henry NE at MIN
27.*MyCole Pruitt ATL at WAS
Note: Pruitt could see an increase in targets with Kyle Pitts out.
28.*Lawrence Cager NYG at DAL
Note: Cager was signed from the Giants' practice squad for the rest of the season.
29.Mike Gesicki MIA vs. HOU
30.Tommy Tremble CAR vs. DEN
31.*Harrison Bryant CLE vs. TB
Note: Bryant had more targets and snaps than David Njoku, but I'd expect to see that ratio flip-flop in Njoku's second week back.
32.Cameron Brate TB at CLE
33.Will Dissly SEA vs. LV
34.Mo Alie-Cox IND vs. PIT
35.Brock Wright DET vs. BUF
36.*Isaiah Likely BAL at JAX
Note: I thought that the Ravens offense could support two tight ends with Mark Andrews back, but for at least one week, I was wrong. ***Likely has been ruled out with an ankle injury.***
37.*Kyle Pitts ATL at WAS
Note: Pitts has a Grade 2 MCL sprain and was placed on IR by the Falcons. Pitts will have surgery to repair his knee issue.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Derrick Henry TEN vs. CIN
2.Travis Kelce KC vs. LAR
3.Justin Jefferson MIN vs. NE
4.Christian McCaffrey SF vs. NO
5.Austin Ekeler LAC at ARI
6.Stefon Diggs BUF at DET
7.Tyreek Hill MIA vs. HOU
8.Davante Adams LV at SEA
9.*Saquon Barkley NYG at DAL
Note: I didn't see Barkley getting stymied by the Lions of all teams last week, but here we are.
10.*Tony Pollard DAL vs. NYG
Note: If you're searching for negatives, Pollard twice had goal line carries and didn't get in, only to see Zeke get the vulture touchdowns.
11.Dalvin Cook MIN vs. NE
12.*Josh Jacobs LV at SEA
Note: ***Jacobs was added to the injury report on Friday after a limited practice.***
13.DeAndre Hopkins ARZ vs. LAC
14.CeeDee Lamb DAL vs. NYG
15.Nick Chubb CLE vs. TB
16.*Tee Higgins CIN at TEN
Note: Teammate Ja'Marr Chase could return this week, which might mean fewer targets for Higgins. ***It looks like Chase will not return this week after all.***
17.Kenneth Walker SEA vs. LV
18.*Jonathan Taylor IND vs. PIT
Note: Taylor ran for more than half of his 84 yards on the Colts' opening drive, and was limited to under 20 yards in the second half.
19.*Aaron Jones GB at PHI
Note: Jones (shin/glute) was limited Wednesday. ***Jones has been cleared from the injury list.***
20.Terry McLaurin WAS vs. ATL
21.Mike Evans TB at CLE
22.Jaylen Waddle MIA vs. HOU
23.Amon-Ra St. Brown DET vs. BUF
24.DK Metcalf SEA vs. LV
25.Travis Etienne JAC vs. BAL
26.Najee Harris PIT at IND
27.Mark Andrews BAL at JAX
28.*A.J. Brown PHI vs. GB
Note: ***Brown (illness) sat out Thursday's practice but was a full participant on Friday, though he later admitted still feeling somewhat sick.***
29.*Jeff Wilson MIA vs. HOU
Note: ***Wilson should carry a heavy workload against the Texans with Raheem Mostert listed as doubtful. Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin will be the backups.***
30.*Alvin Kamara NO at SF
Note: Teammate Mark Ingram (knee) could return this week, which would possibly cut down on Kamara's carries in short-yardage situations. ***Kamara (illness) sat out practice Thursday but practiced fully Friday.***
31.Rhamondre Stevenson NE at MIN
32.*Deebo Samuel SF vs. NO
Note: Samuel looked shaken up after one catch but later returned to the game. He doesn't have the volume that he had prior to the acquisition of Christian McCaffrey. Samuel was listed on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.
33.*Keenan Allen LAC at ARI
Note: Allen (hamstring) made it through Sunday night's game unscathed, catching five of eight targets for 94 yards, albeit with a costly lost fumble.
34.Gabe Davis BUF at DET
35.Chris Godwin TB at CLE
36.Michael Pittman IND vs. PIT
37.Dameon Pierce HOU at MIA
38.Jamaal Williams DET vs. BUF
39.David Montgomery CHI at NYJ
40.*Leonard Fournette TB at CLE
Note: Fournette left his most recent game before the bye with a hip injury, but initial reports suggested that the injury wasn't too serious. Fournette was only limited on Wednesday and his hip was described as 'very sore' still, despite the bye week. ***Fournette has been ruled out and did not travel with the team.***
41.*Isiah Pacheco KC vs. LAR
Note: Clyde Edwards-Helaire was already falling out of favor, but now he's out with a high-ankle sprain. CEH was placed on IR. Ronald Jones might be active this week - he would be more of a threat to Pacheco than to Jerick McKinnon.
42.James Conner ARZ vs. LAC
43.Amari Cooper CLE vs. TB
44.Chris Olave NO at SF
45.T.J. Hockenson MIN vs. NE
46.Devin Singletary BUF at DET
47.*Samaje Perine CIN at TEN
Note: Perine could be in line for lead back duties this week, pending Joe Mixon's recovery from a concussion. Mixon sat out practice Wednesday. ***Mixon has been ruled out, so Perine will get the start. His backups will be Trayveon Williams and Chris Evans.***
48.Brandon Aiyuk SF vs. NO
49.*Allen Lazard GB at PHI
Note: Lazard (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Lazard was cleared from the injury list again on Friday.***
50.George Kittle SF vs. NO
51.*Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. NYG
Note: Elliott (knee) was limited in practice both Monday and Tuesday. He played 30 percent of the snaps against the Vikings, albeit in a blowout, and had the two goal line touchdowns. Elliott has been cleared from the injury report.
52.Courtland Sutton DEN at CAR
53.Christian Watson GB at PHI
54.Christian Kirk JAC vs. BAL
55.Cordarrelle Patterson ATL at WAS
56.*Latavius Murray DEN at CAR
Note: Murray could be in line for a heavy workload this week, with Melvin Gordon gone and Chase Edmonds hurt. Murray was limited at practice Wednesday with a wrist injury. ***Murray was cleared from the injury report.***
57.*George Pickens PIT at IND
Note: A good day (4-83-1) could have been a lot better but for a bad drop in the fourth quarter.
58.*JuJu Smith-Schuster KC vs. LAR
Note: Smith-Schuster (concussion) was a full practice participant Wednesday. I've moved him up under the assumption that he'll play this week. ***Smith-Schuster has been cleared from the injury list this week.***
59.*Parris Campbell IND vs. PIT
Note: ***Campbell (illness) was limited on Thursday, but was back to a full practice Friday.***
60.*DeVonta Smith PHI vs. GB
Note: ***Smith (knee) was cleared from the injury list Friday after having a limited practice Thursday.***
61.*Garrett Wilson NYJ vs. CHI
Note: Wilson will have Mike White starting at QB for him this week, which should be an improvement, but Corey Davis also looks as if he's returning this week, so I'm leaving him essentially in the same spot.
62.Tyler Lockett SEA vs. LV
63.*Tyler Boyd CIN at TEN
Note: ***It appears that Ja'Marr Chase will not return this week.***
64.Darnell Mooney CHI at NYJ
65.*Kenyan Drake BAL at JAX
Note: ***It appears that teammate Gus Edwards will play this week, though Edwards is listed as questionable.***
66.*Raheem Mostert MIA vs. HOU
Note: Mostert (knee) missed the Dolphins' first full practice coming out of the bye week on Wednesday. ***Mostert is listed as doubtful.***
67.D'Onta Foreman CAR vs. DEN
68.Darius Slayton NYG at DAL
69.Brian Robinson WAS vs. ATL
70.*Rachaad White TB at CLE
Note: If Leonard Fournette (hip) can't go, White becomes a priority start against a Browns run defense that's pretty vulnerable. Fournette had a limited practice Wednesday and his hip has been described as 'very sore'. ***Fournette has been ruled out.***
71.*D'Andre Swift DET vs. BUF
Note: Swift scored, but saw less work than both Jamaal Williams and Justin Jackson once again.
72.Diontae Johnson PIT at IND
73.Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE vs. TB
74.Miles Sanders PHI vs. GB
75.Antonio Gibson WAS vs. ATL
76.*Elijah Mitchell SF vs. NO
Note: The Niners' offense was too efficient on Monday night - Jordan Mason was getting fourth quarter carries with all the key players resting.
77.*Cam Akers LA at KC
Note: Some clarity with the Rams following their release of Darrell Henderson. Akers will probably carry the ball more, and Kyren Williams will be the pass-catching back.
78.*Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC vs. LAR
Note: It looks as if Juju Smith-Schuster will return this week.
79.*Demarcus Robinson BAL at JAX
Note: ***Robinson (hip) is listed as questionable but is expected to play after a full practice Friday.***
80.*Joshua Palmer LAC at ARI
Note: Palmer remained a big factor in the Chargers offense and could do so again this week if Mike Williams (ankle) can't play. ***Williams once again is out, so Palmer is line for a good-sized role in a good matchup against Arizona.***
81.Pat Freiermuth PIT at IND
82.Dalton Schultz DAL vs. NYG
83.Adam Thielen MIN vs. NE
84.Zay Jones JAC vs. BAL
85.Julio Jones TB at CLE
86.*Juwan Johnson NO at SF
Note: Is Johnson this year's TE touchdown lottery winner? He has five touchdowns over the last five weeks.
87.*Tyler Higbee LA at KC
Note: Higbee was limited in practice with a knee issue. ***Higbee has been limited all week and is listed as questionable.***
88.DJ Moore CAR vs. DEN
89.*Terrace Marshall CAR vs. DEN
Note: Marshall (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice. ***Marshall is listed as questionable, but had a full practice Friday.***
90.*Treylon Burks TEN vs. CIN
Note: Burks topped 100 yards with a 51-yard reception at the end of the game on Thursday night that iced the win for the Titans.
91.*Michael Carter NYJ vs. CHI
Note: Carter might start catching more passes with Mike White at QB.

Kickers

1.Justin Tucker BAL at JAX
2.Brett Maher DAL vs. NYG
3.Tyler Bass BUF at DET
4.Evan McPherson CIN at TEN
5.*Graham Gano NYG at DAL
Note: Gano won't have to ride this wind on Thursday in Dallas.
6.*Nick Folk NE at MIN
Note: Folk gets to kick in a dome this week after falling short last week due to the high winds in Foxboro.
7.Jason Myers SEA vs. LV
8.Ryan Succop TB at CLE
9.Robbie Gould SF vs. NO
10.Harrison Butker KC vs. LAR
11.Daniel Carlson LV at SEA
12.Matt Prater ARZ vs. LAC
13.Cairo Santos CHI at NYJ
14.Greg Joseph MIN vs. NE
15.Joey Slye WAS vs. ATL
16.Chase McLaughlin IND vs. PIT
17.Michael Badgley DET vs. BUF
18.Greg Zuerlein NYJ vs. CHI
19.Mason Crosby GB at PHI
20.Matt Gay LA at KC
21.*Cameron Dicker LAC at ARI
Note: Dicker was signed from the Chargers' practice squad, while Dustin Hopkins was placed on IR.
22.Jason Sanders MIA vs. HOU
23.Younghoe Koo ATL at WAS
24.Wil Lutz NO at SF
25.Brandon McManus DEN at CAR
26.Cade York CLE vs. TB
27.Riley Patterson JAC vs. BAL
28.*Caleb Shudak TEN vs. CIN
Note: ***Shudak will do the kicking for the Titans on Sunday.***
29.Matthew Wright PIT at IND
30.Jake Elliott PHI vs. GB
31.Eddy Pineiro CAR vs. DEN
32.Ka'imi Fairbairn HOU at MIA
33.*Randy Bullock TEN vs. CIN
Note: Bullock (calf) is questionable for this week after missing last Thursday's win over the Packers. Caleb Shuck is the likely pivot for the Titans. Bullock did not practice Wednesday. ***Bullock has been ruled out.***
34.*Dustin Hopkins LAC at ARI
Note: The Chargers placed Hopkins (hamstring) on IR on Tuesday.

Defenses

1.*New York Jets vs. CHI
Note: This ranking presumes that Justin Fields won't play this week. If Fields plays, I'd move the Jets back down around 10.
2.*Denver Broncos at CAR
Note: Maybe Sam Darnold is an upgrade over Baker Mayfield, but I'm still salivating over using the Broncos defense against him.
3.San Francisco 49ers vs. NO
4.Dallas Cowboys vs. NYG
5.Buffalo Bills at DET
6.*Kansas City Chiefs vs. LAR
Note: Gets to face the chaos that is the Rams offense right now.
7.Baltimore Ravens at JAX
8.Washington Commanders vs. ATL
9.*Miami Dolphins vs. HOU
Note: Facing the Texans, and I don't think it matters if it's Davis Mills or Kyle Allen starting.
10.Philadelphia Eagles vs. GB
11.Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CLE
12.Indianapolis Colts vs. PIT
13.Carolina Panthers vs. DEN
14.Minnesota Vikings vs. NE
15.New England Patriots at MIN
16.Tennessee Titans vs. CIN
17.Seattle Seahawks vs. LV
18.Arizona Cardinals vs. LAC
19.Cincinnati Bengals at TEN
20.Pittsburgh Steelers at IND
21.Chicago Bears at NYJ
22.Los Angeles Chargers at ARI
23.Green Bay Packers at PHI
24.Jacksonville Jaguars vs. BAL
25.New York Giants at DAL
26.*Cleveland Browns vs. TB
Note: The Browns' ineptitude against the run is one of the big disappointments of the year.
27.Los Angeles Rams at KC
28.New Orleans Saints at SF
29.Las Vegas Raiders at SEA
30.Atlanta Falcons at WAS
31.Houston Texans at MIA
32.Detroit Lions vs. BUF
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