Weekly Rankings: Week 3 Value Meter

Weekly Rankings: Week 3 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 "Player X vs. Player Y?" without any other mitigating factors. Of course, I welcome debate - if you think I'm wrong, let me know. But please check out the rankings first before asking your start/sit question. This truly reflects my opinion in my leagues.

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

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 "Player X vs. Player Y?" without any other mitigating factors. Of course, I welcome debate - if you think I'm wrong, let me know. But please check out the rankings first before asking your start/sit question. This truly reflects my opinion in my leagues.

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. I will post at the top of the article in bold font when ranking updates are in progress and when they're complete.

I welcome debate on the rankings in the comments. Please keep it friendly.

Quarterbacks

1.Kyler Murray ARZ at JAX
2.Patrick Mahomes KC vs. LAC
3.Josh Allen BUF vs. WAS
4.Russell Wilson SEA at MIN
5.*Lamar Jackson BAL at DET
Note: Jackson missed practice Thursday with a stomach ailment but should be fine to play Sunday. ***Jackson returned to a full practice Friday.***
6.*Jalen Hurts PHI at DAL
Note: Because of his rushing floor, Hurts can have a productive fantasy game even when the team lays an egg offensively overall.
7.*Justin Herbert LAC at KC
Note: The refs just threw another flag against the Chargers while I typed this. Yes, I'm still salty.
8.Dak Prescott DAL vs. PHI
9.Matthew Stafford LA vs. TB
10.Aaron Rodgers GB at SF
11.Tom Brady TB at LAR
12.Kirk Cousins MIN vs. SEA
13.*Derek Carr LV vs. MIA
Note: Carr injured his ankle late in the win over the Steelers and had an MRI on Monday. His status is uncertain for this week. Nathan Peterman is the current backup with Marcus Mariota out with a quad injury. Full practice on Wednesday.
14.Daniel Jones NYG vs. ATL
15.Ryan Tannehill TEN vs. IND
16.Teddy Bridgewater DEN vs. NYJ
17.*Justin Fields CHI at CLE
Note: Field appears likely to start this week against the Browns. He wasn't great last week - 6-13-60-0-1, with 10 carries for 31 yards. The scrambling ability is appealing however - his speed locked up the game late when he evaded the pass rush and scrambled for a first down. Officially getting the start this week, with Nick Foles backing him up.
18.Sam Darnold CAR at HOU
19.Jared Goff DET vs. BAL
20.*Matt Ryan ATL at NYG
Note: Ryan threw for 300 yards Sunday, but needed a whopping 46 attempts to do so and threw two pick-sixes.
21.*Joe Burrow CIN at PIT
Note: Burrow threw three consecutive interceptions and was under pressure all game. Going to Pittsburgh doesn't seem like a good cure for that.
22.*Baker Mayfield CLE vs. CHI
Note: Mayfield was briefly sidelined last week after hurting his left shoulder following an interception. He is 'sore, but fine' though he'll be without Jarvis Landry (knee) this week, and maybe OBJ too. Full practice participant on Wednesday. It appears that he'll have OBJ available on Sunday.
23.Taylor Heinicke WAS at BUF
24.*Jimmy Garoppolo SF vs. GB
Note: Garoppolo threw just one pass over 11 yards last week in the win over the Eagles. That won't suffice this week against the Packers.
25.*Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. CIN
Note: Roethlisberger is dealing with a left pectoral injury, leading coach Mike Tomlin to say '... we'd better be ready to be adjustable ...' Roethlisberger sat out practice Wednesday but returned to a limited practice Thursday. He might not have Diontae Johnson this week. ***Roethlisberger was cleared from the injury list on Friday, but he will be without Diontae Johnson, who was ruled out on Friday.***
26.Trevor Lawrence JAC vs. ARI
27.Jameis Winston NO at NE
28.Mac Jones NE vs. NO
29.*Jacoby Brissett MIA at LV
Note: Brissett struggled to move the Dolphins at all once Tagovailoa got hurt. Brissett will start this week with Tua Tagovailoa out with broken ribs.
30.*Zach Wilson NYJ at DEN
Note: Welcome to the NFL, kid. Next up, a road game against Vic Fangio's defense.
31.*Davis Mills HOU vs. CAR
Note: Will start on Thursday night against the Panthers. He was 8-18-102-0-1 against the Browns last week.
32.*Carson Wentz IND at TEN
Note: Wentz injured both ankles and left the game last week against the Rams. Jacob Eason replaced him in the game and would start if Wentz can't play. Wentz hasn't practiced yet this week, but it was Brett Hundley (still on the practice squad!) who got the first-team reps on Thursday, not Eason. ***It now looks as if Wentz will start, but will he finish?***
33.*Brett Hundley IND at TEN
Note: Hundley, who is still on the Colts' practice squad, got the first-team practice reps Thursday, with Carson Wentz sitting out. ***Hundley was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster, though it looks now as if Wentz will play after all.***
34.Taysom Hill NO at NE
35.*Trey Lance SF vs. GB
Note: Lance didn't play a snap against the Eagles last week.
36.Mason Rudolph PIT vs. CIN
37.*Jacob Eason IND at TEN
Note: Eason got to learn about Jalen Ramsey quickly upon making his regular season NFL debut. Took the first-team reps Wednesday, but second to Brett Hundley on Thursday.
38.*Tua Tagovailoa MIA at LV
Note: Tagovailoa left early last week with a rib injury that was still giving him pain on Monday. Jacoby Brissett is the underwhelming backup. ***Not only was Tua declared out this week, but he was placed on IR by the Dolphins on Saturday.***
39.*Andy Dalton CHI at CLE
Note: Dalton is considered 'week-to-week' with his knee injury and is unlikely to start. The Bears said that Dalton remains the starter when healthy, but if Fields starts and plays well this week, I would bet against Dalton regaining the job. Dalton has been ruled out for this week.
40.*Tyrod Taylor HOU vs. CAR
Note: The Texans placed Taylor on IR for at least the next three weeks with his hamstring injury. Rookie Davis Mills will start.

Running Backs

1.*Christian McCaffrey CAR at HOU
Note: McCaffrey briefly left last week's win over the Saints to get an IV for a cramp, but later returned. ***McCaffrey is expected to miss multiple weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered on Thursday night.***
2.Derrick Henry TEN vs. IND
3.Nick Chubb CLE vs. CHI
4.Austin Ekeler LAC at KC
5.Aaron Jones GB at SF
6.Alvin Kamara NO at NE
7.Chris Carson SEA at MIN
8.Najee Harris PIT vs. CIN
9.Jonathan Taylor IND at TEN
10.*Saquon Barkley NYG vs. ATL
Note: Barkley was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday, but this seems more like load-management than a setback. ***Barkley remains limited in practices, but he was cleared from the injury report this week.***
11.Joe Mixon CIN at PIT
12.Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. PHI
13.David Montgomery CHI at CLE
14.*Miles Sanders PHI at DAL
Note: Sanders was a limited participant Thursday with a chest injury. The Eagles play on Monday night. ***Full participant on Friday, good to go for Monday night.***
15.Ty'Son Williams BAL at DET
16.*D'Andre Swift DET vs. BAL
Note: Swift (groin) was limited with the Lions' first practice of the week on Thursday - this is how they're going to manage him, I think. ***Full practice on Friday.***
17.*Antonio Gibson WAS at BUF
Note: Gibson (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. ***Full participant again on Friday and has been cleared from the injury list.***
18.*Damien Harris NE vs. NO
Note: Harris was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday with a finger injury. ***Removed from the injury list on Friday.***
19.Chase Edmonds ARZ at JAX
20.*Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs. LAC
Note: CEH just isn't involved in the Chiefs' passing game - I think that we can put the Brian Westbrook Draft Day quote behind us and move on - he's just not that back for the Chiefs right now.
21.*Alexander Mattison MIN vs. SEA
Note: Watch Dalvin Cook's status closely this week - he hurt his ankle in the loss to the Cardinals. ***Cook didn't practice with the team all week. He hasn't been declared out, but ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that he's unlikely to play.***
22.Javonte Williams DEN vs. NYJ
23.Myles Gaskin MIA at LV
24.Kareem Hunt CLE vs. CHI
25.Melvin Gordon DEN vs. NYJ
26.James Robinson JAC vs. ARI
27.Mike Davis ATL at NYG
28.*J.D. McKissic WAS at BUF
Note: McKissic is still the main back in the two-minute drill.
29.*Trey Sermon SF vs. GB
Note: Sermon barely saw the field and then suffered a concussion on his first carry. Sermon is still in the concussion protocol and has been limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. ***Sermon was cleared from the concussion protocol and will likely start on Sunday night.***
30.Tony Pollard DAL vs. PHI
31.*Sony Michel LA vs. TB
Note: Michel stepped in and got a lot of work late against the Colts after Henderson suffered a rib injury. ***Henderson appears unlikely to play.***
32.Latavius Murray BAL at DET
33.*Kenyan Drake LV vs. MIA
Note: ***Drake is likely to be the primary back again this week, with Josh Jacobs listed as questionable without practicing this week.***
34.Leonard Fournette TB at LAR
35.Jamaal Williams DET vs. BAL
36.James Conner ARZ at JAX
37.Devin Singletary BUF vs. WAS
38.Mark Ingram HOU vs. CAR
39.James White NE vs. NO
40.*Michael Carter NYJ at DEN
Note: ***Splitting carries with Ty Johnson now that Tevin Coleman (illness) has been ruled out.***
41.Zack Moss BUF vs. WAS
42.Cordarrelle Patterson ATL at NYG
43.*Ty Johnson NYJ at DEN
Note: ***Splitting carries with Michael Carter now that Tevin Coleman (illness) has been ruled out.***
44.Phillip Lindsay HOU vs. CAR
45.*Ronald Jones TB at LAR
Note: Jones missed a blitz pickup, badly, that got Tom Brady sack. I'd be surprised if he's in on a passing down again.
46.AJ Dillon GB at SF
47.Peyton Barber LV vs. MIA
48.Kenneth Gainwell PHI at DAL
49.Nyheim Hines IND at TEN
50.Devontae Booker NYG vs. ATL
51.Kerryon Johnson SF vs. GB
52.Larry Rountree LAC at KC
53.Tony Jones NO at NE
54.Carlos Hyde JAC vs. ARI
55.Damien Williams CHI at CLE
56.*Demetric Felton CLE vs. CHI
Note: Felton is listed as a running back, but he could be used more as a slot receiver for the Browns while Jarvis Landry is out.
57.Samaje Perine CIN at PIT
58.Jeremy McNichols TEN vs. IND
59.David Johnson HOU vs. CAR
60.Salvon Ahmed MIA at LV
61.Giovani Bernard TB at LAR
62.Darrel Williams KC vs. LAC
63.Chuba Hubbard CAR at HOU
64.Devonta Freeman BAL at DET
65.Justin Jackson LAC at KC
66.Jake Funk LA vs. TB
67.Trenton Cannon SF vs. GB
68.*Jacques Patrick SF vs. GB
Note: Signed off the Bengals practice squad on Tuesday and will likely be active this week. Trenton Cannon is the only fully healthy running back currently on the active roster, though the Niners could promote Kerryon Johnson from the practice squad, or sign a free agent back.
69.Malcolm Brown MIA at LV
70.Alex Collins SEA at MIN
71.Kylin Hill GB at SF
72.*Dalvin Cook MIN vs. SEA
Note: Cook sprained his ankle late in the loss to the Cardinals, but at first glance he appears ok. So far Cook hasn't practiced this week. Friday's practice will be critical for us. ***Cook was listed as a non-participant in practice, though he did some work on the side. He's listed as questionable. Complicating matters is that he's playing the late set of games. For what it's worth, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cook is unlikely to play.***
73.*Darrell Henderson LA vs. TB
Note: Henderson suffered a rib cartilage issue in the win over the Colts and his status for this week is up in the air. Henderson did not practice Wednesday. ***Didn't practice all week and isn't expected to play.***
74.*Elijah Mitchell SF vs. GB
Note: Mitchell had a touchdown overturned upon review, with Jimmy G stealing it with a QB sneak on the next play, and also suffered a shoulder injury. His status for this week is uncertain. Didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, and coach Kyle Shanahan called the injury '... a little worse than a stinger ....' Yet Jenkins still has a chance to play Sunday night. ***Listed as doubtful, and would have been out had the Niners not had so many RB injuries.***
75.*Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs. NO
Note: Healthy scratch in Week 2.
76.*Tevin Coleman NYJ at DEN
Note: ***Coleman has been ruled out with a non-COVID illness.***
77.*Rashaad Penny SEA at MIN
Note: (Calf) Inactive last week. Unlikely to return this week. ***Ruled out again this week.***
78.*Josh Jacobs LV vs. MIA
Note: Jacobs (toe/ankle) is day-to-day but 'very questionable' to play Miami this week. Jacobs didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday. ***The Raiders called up Trey Ragas from their practice squad, suggesting that Jacobs, who is doubtful, will not play.***
79.*JaMycal Hasty SF vs. GB
Note: Hasty has been ruled out with a high ankle sprain. ***Hasty has been placed on IR.***

Wide Receivers

1.Davante Adams GB at SF
2.Tyreek Hill KC vs. LAC
3.Stefon Diggs BUF vs. WAS
4.Calvin Ridley ATL at NYG
5.Keenan Allen LAC at KC
6.CeeDee Lamb DAL vs. PHI
7.*DK Metcalf SEA at MIN
Note: Metcalf appeared to be shaken up late in the loss to the Titans - it'll be worth watching the practice reports for more on him this week.
8.Justin Jefferson MIN vs. SEA
9.Cooper Kupp LA vs. TB
10.Tyler Lockett SEA at MIN
11.*DeAndre Hopkins ARZ at JAX
Note: Hopkins is dealing with a rib injury and sat out practice Thursday. ***Once again didn't practice Friday, and is a game-time decision, but he's expected to play through the injury.***
12.Allen Robinson CHI at CLE
13.*A.J. Brown TEN vs. IND
Note: (Knee) Full practice Thursday.
14.Terry McLaurin WAS at BUF
15.Adam Thielen MIN vs. SEA
16.*Courtland Sutton DEN vs. NYJ
Note: Sutton (hip) was limited on Wednesday but slated for a full practice Thursday.
17.*Amari Cooper DAL vs. PHI
Note: Cooper suffered a rib injury against the Chargers and his status for this week is up in the air. He's played through other injuries in the past, so if it's a matter of pain tolerance, you can find a reason to be optimistic. Limited practice Thursday, but expected to play Monday night. ***Cleared from the injury report.***
18.Chris Godwin TB at LAR
19.JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT vs. CIN
20.Mike Evans TB at LAR
21.DJ Moore CAR at HOU
22.Deebo Samuel SF vs. GB
23.Ja'Marr Chase CIN at PIT
24.Mike Williams LAC at KC
25.Robert Woods LA vs. TB
26.Julio Jones TEN vs. IND
27.Sterling Shepard NYG vs. ATL
28.*Marquise Brown BAL at DET
Note: Brown (ankle) did not practice on Thursday. ***Limited practice Friday, listed as questionable.***
29.Chase Claypool PIT vs. CIN
30.Robby Anderson CAR at HOU
31.Tyler Boyd CIN at PIT
32.*Tim Patrick DEN vs. NYJ
Note: Limited Thursday with a hip injury. ***Full participant Friday and cleared from the injury list.***
33.*Corey Davis NYJ at DEN
Note: The Pats successfully focused on taking Davis away last week.
34.Brandin Cooks HOU vs. CAR
35.DeVonta Smith PHI at DAL
36.Michael Pittman IND at TEN
37.*Bryan Edwards LV vs. MIA
Note: Edwards had a touchdown negated by a holding penalty, but had more snaps than any other Raiders receiver.
38.Henry Ruggs LV vs. MIA
39.*Odell Beckham CLE vs. CHI
Note: Beckham (knee) 'could' be ready for his first 2021 action in Week 3, but let's see him practice first before moving him up. OBJ has had back-to-back full practices but remains a game-time decision. ***Coach Kevin Stefanski announced on Friday that OBJ will play.***
40.DJ Chark JAC vs. ARI
41.Jakobi Meyers NE vs. NO
42.Jaylen Waddle MIA at LV
43.*Rondale Moore ARZ at JAX
Note: ***Might get more targets with Hopkins trying to play through a rib injury.***
44.*Zach Pascal IND at TEN
Note: Pascal returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with an illness.
45.Sammy Watkins BAL at DET
46.Christian Kirk ARZ at JAX
47.*Laviska Shenault JAC vs. ARI
Note: Shenault left Sunday's loss to the Broncos with a shoulder injury but he 'should' be available this week.
48.Elijah Moore NYJ at DEN
49.*Brandon Aiyuk SF vs. GB
Note: Aiyuk had just two targets in the win over the Eagles.
50.Nelson Agholor NE vs. NO
51.*Gabriel Davis BUF vs. WAS
Note: (Ankle) Limited during Wednesday's practice. ***Cleared from the injury list.***
52.Marvin Jones JAC vs. ARI
53.*Will Fuller MIA at LV
Note: Fuller returned to the team facilities on Monday after sitting out Week 2 with a personal issue. Full practices Wednesday and Thursday.
54.*Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB at SF
Note: Aaron Rodgers just barely missed MVS on a couple of long passes and after the game vowed to connect with him in the future.
55.*Olamide Zaccheaus ATL at NYG
Note: ***Potentially more targets with Russell Gage out.***
56.*Kenny Golladay NYG vs. ATL
Note: Golladay was limited Wednesday and Thursday, with declining activity on Thursday, with a hip injury. ***Golladay is a game-time decision, though the team is optimistic that he'll play.***
57.Quintez Cephus DET vs. BAL
58.Cedrick Wilson DAL vs. PHI
59.Darius Slayton NYG vs. ATL
60.K.J. Osborn MIN vs. SEA
61.Marquez Callaway NO at NE
62.Jalen Reagor PHI at DAL
63.Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE vs. CHI
64.Cole Beasley BUF vs. WAS
65.KJ Hamler DEN vs. NYJ
66.DeVante Parker MIA at LV
67.James Washington PIT vs. CIN
68.*Hunter Renfrow LV vs. MIA
Note: Renfrow was targeted seven times in the win over the Steelers in Week 2.
69.Mecole Hardman KC vs. LAC
70.*Darnell Mooney CHI at CLE
Note: Mooney (groin) has been limited in practice so far this week. ***Listed as questionable after being limited all week.***
71.Quez Watkins PHI at DAL
72.Van Jefferson LA vs. TB
73.Terrace Marshall CAR at HOU
74.Demarcus Robinson KC vs. LAC
75.Emmanuel Sanders BUF vs. WAS
76.Braxton Berrios NYJ at DEN
77.Deonte Harris NO at NE
78.*Anthony Schwartz CLE vs. CHI
Note: Schwartz helped cause an interception last week by stopping a route and essentially got benched afterwards.
79.*Parris Campbell IND at TEN
Note: Campbell (abdomen) has been limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
80.Randall Cobb GB at SF
81.Byron Pringle KC vs. LAC
82.Josh Palmer LAC at KC
83.Scotty Miller TB at LAR
84.*Kadarius Toney NYG vs. ATL
Note: Toney was added to the injury report Thursday with an ankle injury. ***Cleared from the injury list.***
85.Amon-Ra St. Brown DET vs. BAL
86.Adam Humphries WAS at BUF
87.Anthony Miller HOU vs. CAR
88.*Keelan Cole NYJ at DEN
89.*Tee Higgins CIN at PIT
Note: Higgins (shoulder) missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday. ***Listed as doubtful, unlikely to play.***
90.*Diontae Johnson PIT vs. CIN
Note: Johnson hurt his knee on the final play of the game last week. Coach Mike Tomlin said that Johnson is '... looking better, which is not to be confused with great...' Johnson has not practiced yet this week. If he gets a full practice Friday, I'll move him back up, probably somehwere in the 30's. ***Ruled out for the week.***
91.*Antonio Brown TB at LAR
Note: Brown tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the COVID reserve. ***Officially ruled out - did not rave with the team.***
92.*Jamison Crowder NYJ at DEN
Note: Crowder (groin) didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday and appears unlikely to play. ***Listed as doubtful.***
93.*Russell Gage ATL at NYG
Note: Gage (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Ruled out this week.***
94.*Dee Eskridge SEA at MIN
Note: (Concussion) ***Ruled out again this week.***
95.*Tyrell Williams DET vs. BAL
Note: (Concussion) Placed on IR due to his concussion.
96.*Danny Amendola HOU vs. CAR
Note: Amendola is looking at a multi-week absence with a thigh injury.
97.*Jarvis Landry CLE vs. CHI
Note: Landry was placed on IR with a knee injury and will miss at least three weeks.
98.*Nico Collins HOU vs. CAR
Note: Collins was placed on IR with a shoulder injury.

Tight Ends

1.Travis Kelce KC vs. LAC
2.Darren Waller LV vs. MIA
3.*T.J. Hockenson DET vs. BAL
Note: Both Waller and Kelce had big days against the Ravens, will Hockenson follow suit?
4.George Kittle SF vs. GB
5.Rob Gronkowski TB at LAR
6.Mark Andrews BAL at DET
7.Kyle Pitts ATL at NYG
8.*Noah Fant DEN vs. NYJ
Note: Fant (ankle) has been limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, and is expected to play.***
9.Logan Thomas WAS at BUF
10.Mike Gesicki MIA at LV
11.Tyler Higbee LA vs. TB
12.Robert Tonyan GB at SF
13.Dallas Goedert PHI at DAL
14.*Jared Cook LAC at KC
Note: Cook had a touchdown negated by an illegal shift penalty.
15.Austin Hooper CLE vs. CHI
16.Jonnu Smith NE vs. NO
17.Gerald Everett SEA at MIN
18.Hunter Henry NE vs. NO
19.Cole Kmet CHI at CLE
20.*Zach Ertz PHI at DAL
Note: Ertz was placed on the COVID IR on Monday. ***Removed from the COVID list on Saturday.***
21.Blake Jarwin DAL vs. PHI
22.Pat Freiermuth PIT vs. CIN
23.Tyler Conklin MIN vs. SEA
24.Juwan Johnson NO at NE
25.David Njoku CLE vs. CHI
26.Dawson Knox BUF vs. WAS
27.Eric Ebron PIT vs. CIN
28.*Maxx Williams ARZ at JAX
Note: Williams had seven targets against the Vikings and draws a good matchup against Jacksonville this week.
29.Adam Trautman NO at NE
30.Jack Doyle IND at TEN
31.Tyler Kroft NYJ at DEN
32.Dalton Schultz DAL vs. PHI
33.Harrison Bryant CLE vs. CHI
34.*Evan Engram NYG vs. ATL
Note: Engram (calf) was participating in drills on Monday, though it wasn't a fully padded practice. Limited at Thursday's practice. ***Limited all week, but expected to play.***
35.Albert Okwuegbunam DEN vs. NYJ
36.Pharaoh Brown HOU vs. CAR
37.Hayden Hurst ATL at NYG
38.C.J. Uzomah CIN at PIT
39.Dan Arnold CAR at HOU
40.Geoff Swaim TEN vs. IND
41.Donald Parham LAC at KC
42.Kyle Rudolph NYG vs. ATL
43.Jimmy Graham CHI at CLE
44.*Anthony Firkser TEN vs. IND
Note: Firkser (knee) was inactive last week. Did not practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Ruled out again this week.***
45.*James O'Shaughnessy JAC vs. ARI
Note: O'Shaughnessy suffered a high ankle sprain and is out indefinitely. Placed on IR.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.*Christian McCaffrey CAR at HOU
Note: McCaffrey briefly left last week's win over the Saints to get an IV for a cramp, but later returned. ***McCaffrey is expected to miss multiple weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered on Thursday night.***
2.Derrick Henry TEN vs. IND
3.Nick Chubb CLE vs. CHI
4.Davante Adams GB at SF
5.Travis Kelce KC vs. LAC
6.Tyreek Hill KC vs. LAC
7.Aaron Jones GB at SF
8.Stefon Diggs BUF vs. WAS
9.Calvin Ridley ATL at NYG
10.Keenan Allen LAC at KC
11.CeeDee Lamb DAL vs. PHI
12.Austin Ekeler LAC at KC
13.Alvin Kamara NO at NE
14.Chris Carson SEA at MIN
15.Darren Waller LV vs. MIA
16.*DK Metcalf SEA at MIN
Note: Metcalf appeared to be shaken up late in the loss to the Titans - it'll be worth watching the practice reports for more on him this week.
17.Justin Jefferson MIN vs. SEA
18.Cooper Kupp LA vs. TB
19.Najee Harris PIT vs. CIN
20.Jonathan Taylor IND at TEN
21.*Saquon Barkley NYG vs. ATL
Note: Barkley was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday, but this seems more like load-management than a setback. ***Barkley remains limited in practices, but he was cleared from the injury report this week.***
22.Joe Mixon CIN at PIT
23.*DeAndre Hopkins ARZ at JAX
Note: Hopkins is dealing with a rib injury and sat out practice Thursday. ***Once again didn't practice Friday, and is a game-time decision, but he's expected to play through the injury.***
24.Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. PHI
25.*T.J. Hockenson DET vs. BAL
Note: Both Waller and Kelce had big days against the Ravens, will Hockenson follow suit?
26.David Montgomery CHI at CLE
27.Tyler Lockett SEA at MIN
28.Allen Robinson CHI at CLE
29.*A.J. Brown TEN vs. IND
Note: (Knee) Full practice Thursday.
30.*Miles Sanders PHI at DAL
Note: Sanders was a limited participant Thursday with a chest injury. The Eagles play on Monday night. ***Full participant on Friday, good to go for Monday night.***
31.Terry McLaurin WAS at BUF
32.Adam Thielen MIN vs. SEA
33.*Courtland Sutton DEN vs. NYJ
Note: Sutton (hip) was limited on Wednesday but slated for a full practice Thursday.
34.*Amari Cooper DAL vs. PHI
Note: Cooper suffered a rib injury against the Chargers and his status for this week is up in the air. He's played through other injuries in the past, so if it's a matter of pain tolerance, you can find a reason to be optimistic. Limited practice Thursday, but expected to play Monday night. ***Cleared from the injury report.***
35.Chris Godwin TB at LAR
36.George Kittle SF vs. GB
37.*Antonio Gibson WAS at BUF
Note: Gibson (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. ***Full participant again on Friday and has been cleared from the injury list.***
38.*Damien Harris NE vs. NO
Note: Harris was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday with a finger injury. ***Removed from the injury list on Friday.***
39.JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT vs. CIN
40.Mike Evans TB at LAR
41.DJ Moore CAR at HOU
42.Julio Jones TEN vs. IND
43.Ty'Son Williams BAL at DET
44.*D'Andre Swift DET vs. BAL
Note: Swift (groin) was limited with the Lions' first practice of the week on Thursday - this is how they're going to manage him, I think. ***Full practice on Friday.***
45.Deebo Samuel SF vs. GB
46.Ja'Marr Chase CIN at PIT
47.Robert Woods LA vs. TB
48.Mike Williams LAC at KC
49.*Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs. LAC
Note: CEH just isn't involved in the Chiefs' passing game - I think that we can put the Brian Westbrook Draft Day quote behind us and move on - he's just not that back for the Chiefs right now.
50.Chase Edmonds ARZ at JAX
51.Myles Gaskin MIA at LV
52.Javonte Williams DEN vs. NYJ
53.Tyler Boyd CIN at PIT
54.Sterling Shepard NYG vs. ATL
55.*Marquise Brown BAL at DET
Note: Brown (ankle) did not practice on Thursday. ***Limited practice Friday, listed as questionable.***
56.Chase Claypool PIT vs. CIN
57.Robby Anderson CAR at HOU
58.Rob Gronkowski TB at LAR
59.Mark Andrews BAL at DET
60.Kareem Hunt CLE vs. CHI
61.Melvin Gordon DEN vs. NYJ
62.James Robinson JAC vs. ARI
63.*Tim Patrick DEN vs. NYJ
Note: Limited Thursday with a hip injury. ***Full participant Friday and cleared from the injury list.***
64.Michael Pittman IND at TEN
65.*Corey Davis NYJ at DEN
Note: The Pats successfully focused on taking Davis away last week.
66.Brandin Cooks HOU vs. CAR
67.*Zach Pascal IND at TEN
Note: Pascal returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with an illness.
68.Mike Davis ATL at NYG
69.*J.D. McKissic WAS at BUF
Note: McKissic is still the main back in the two-minute drill.
70.Leonard Fournette TB at LAR
71.Jamaal Williams DET vs. BAL
72.DeVonta Smith PHI at DAL
73.Jaylen Waddle MIA at LV
74.*Bryan Edwards LV vs. MIA
Note: Edwards had a touchdown negated by a holding penalty, but had more snaps than any other Raiders receiver.
75.Kyle Pitts ATL at NYG
76.*Noah Fant DEN vs. NYJ
Note: Fant (ankle) has been limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. ***Full practice Friday, and is expected to play.***
77.Latavius Murray BAL at DET
78.Tony Pollard DAL vs. PHI
79.*Kenyan Drake LV vs. MIA
Note: ***Drake is likely to be the primary back again this week, with Josh Jacobs listed as questionable without practicing this week.***
80.James Conner ARZ at JAX
81.DJ Chark JAC vs. ARI
82.*Rondale Moore ARZ at JAX
Note: ***Might get more targets with Hopkins trying to play through a rib injury.***
83.Jakobi Meyers NE vs. NO
84.Sammy Watkins BAL at DET
85.Henry Ruggs LV vs. MIA
86.*Sony Michel LA vs. TB
Note: Michel stepped in and got a lot of work late against the Colts after Henderson suffered a rib injury. ***Henderson appears unlikely to play.***
87.*Trey Sermon SF vs. GB
Note: Sermon barely saw the field and then suffered a concussion on his first carry. Sermon is still in the concussion protocol and has been limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. ***Sermon was cleared from the concussion protocol and will likely start on Sunday night.***
88.*Kenny Golladay NYG vs. ATL
Note: Golladay was limited Wednesday and Thursday, with declining activity on Thursday, with a hip injury. ***Golladay is a game-time decision, though the team is optimistic that he'll play.***
89.*Dalvin Cook MIN vs. SEA
Note: Cook sprained his ankle late in the loss to the Cardinals, but at first glance he appears ok. So far Cook hasn't practiced this week. Friday's practice will be critical for us. ***Cook was listed as a non-participant in practice, though he did some work on the side. He's listed as questionable. Complicating matters is that he's playing the late set of games. For what it's worth, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cook is unlikely to play.***

Kickers

1.Harrison Butker KC vs. LAC
2.Justin Tucker BAL at DET
3.Graham Gano NYG vs. ATL
4.Daniel Carlson LV vs. MIA
5.*Jason Myers SEA at MIN
Note: Myers missed his fifth extra point Sunday in his last 18 games, and it was a big one - it would have forced the Titans to go for 2 at the end of regulation.
6.*Greg Joseph MIN vs. SEA
Note: Joseph looked like the solid kicker the Vikings had been lacking, until he missed the game-winner on Sunday.
7.Tyler Bass BUF vs. WAS
8.Younghoe Koo ATL at NYG
9.Ryan Succop TB at LAR
10.*Greg Zuerlein DAL vs. PHI
Note: Nailed a 56-yard game-winner against the Chargers.
11.Jason Sanders MIA at LV
12.Matt Prater ARZ at JAX
13.Evan McPherson CIN at PIT
14.Rodrigo Blankenship IND at TEN
15.Matt Gay LA vs. TB
16.Robbie Gould SF vs. GB
17.Brandon McManus DEN vs. NYJ
18.Chase McLaughlin CLE vs. CHI
19.*Nick Folk NE vs. NO
Note: Permanently added to the Pats' active roster.
20.Chris Boswell PIT vs. CIN
21.Mason Crosby GB at SF
22.Jake Elliott PHI at DAL
23.*Randy Bullock TEN vs. IND
Note: Missed a 44-yarder at the end of the third quarter that looked costly but made four other attempts, including the game-winner in overtime.
24.Aldrick Rosas NO at NE
25.Josh Lambo JAC vs. ARI
26.Zane Gonzalez CAR at HOU
27.Dustin Hopkins WAS at BUF
28.Cairo Santos CHI at CLE
29.Tristan Vizcaino LAC at KC
30.*Ryan Santoso DET vs. BAL
Note: On the Lions practice squad but likely to be called up in time to kick this week.
31.Matt Ammendola NYJ at DEN
32.Joey Slye HOU vs. CAR
33.*Austin Seibert DET vs. BAL
Note: Placed on COVID-IR after a positive test. Ryan Santoso is next man up.

Defenses

1.Denver Broncos vs. NYJ
2.New England Patriots vs. NO
3.Buffalo Bills vs. WAS
4.*Carolina Panthers at HOU
Note: I wasn't giving Carolina enough credit on defense to start the season, but that changes now - especially facing Davis Mills on Thursday night.
5.Arizona Cardinals at JAX
6.Cleveland Browns vs. CHI
7.*Pittsburgh Steelers vs. CIN
Note: T.J. Watt was one of four big injuries on defense, leaving with a groin injury. He has a chance to play this week. The Steelers were also missing Joe Haden, Devin Bush and Tyson Alualu, the latter of which will miss the rest of the season with a fractured ankle.
8.New York Giants vs. ATL
9.Tennessee Titans vs. IND
10.New Orleans Saints at NE
11.Baltimore Ravens at DET
12.San Francisco 49ers vs. GB
13.Chicago Bears at CLE
14.Los Angeles Rams vs. TB
15.Dallas Cowboys vs. PHI
16.Green Bay Packers at SF
17.Cincinnati Bengals at PIT
18.Las Vegas Raiders vs. MIA
19.Washington Football Team at BUF
20.Tampa Bay Buccaneers at LAR
21.Miami Dolphins at LV
22.Philadelphia Eagles at DAL
23.Seattle Seahawks at MIN
24.Kansas City Chiefs vs. LAC
25.Indianapolis Colts at TEN
26.Los Angeles Chargers at KC
27.Atlanta Falcons at NYG
28.New York Jets at DEN
29.Minnesota Vikings vs. SEA
30.Houston Texans vs. CAR
31.Jacksonville Jaguars vs. ARI
32.Detroit Lions vs. BAL
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