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Week 10 value meter

By Jeff Erickson

Week 10: Bye Week - Houston, New England, New York Jets, Tampa Bay

Chicago, Miami, New York Giants, St. Louis return.

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: three 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.

Last updated November 5. * = check status (not necessarily injury status)


  1. Tony Romo DAL at NYG
    1. Brett Favre GB vs. MIN
    2. Matt Hasselbeck SEA vs. SF -- Note: Oblique injury doesn't seem to be a concern. Hasselbeck has to throw often due to the Seahawks' utter lack of running game.
    3. Drew Brees NO vs. STL -- Note: This is the Saints' offense that we expected coming into the season. What happened those first four weeks of the season?
    4. *Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. CLE -- Note: He suffered what appeared to be a minor hip injury on Monday night.
    5. Peyton Manning IND at SD
    6. Derek Anderson CLE at PIT
    7. Eli Manning NYG vs. DAL
    8. Carson Palmer CIN at BAL -- Note: Gains one weapon back in Chris Henry, but could lose Chad Johnson for this week.
    9. Marc Bulger STL at NO
    10. *Kurt Warner AZ vs. DET
    11. Philip Rivers SD vs. IND
    12. Jon Kitna DET at AZ -- Note: Eight touchdown passes in his first four games, just two (against Denver last week) in his last four games.
    13. Donovan McNabb PHI at WAS -- Note: Garbage time yards made his Sunday night stinker appear palatable. He still looks a little lost out there at times.
    14. Damon Huard KC vs. DEN
    15. *J.P. Losman BUF at MIA -- Note: It's pretty likely that he'll get another start over Trent Edwards (wrist), who didn't even dress as the emergency third QB against the Bengals.
    16. Jason Campbell WAS vs. PHI
    17. *Jay Cutler DEN at KC -- Note: Left Sunday's loss with a leg injury, but for now the Broncos have ruled out a stress fracture. Check back later in the week to see if it's Cutler or Patrick Ramsey that gets the start.
    18. *Steve McNair BAL vs. CIN -- Note: Another ugly game for McNair. Maybe Kyle Boller isn't the solution for Baltimore, but it's becoming more apparent that McNair isn't either.
    19. Brian Griese CHI at OAK
    20. Vince Young TEN vs. JAC
    21. Josh McCown OAK vs. CHI -- Note: McCown did nothing special against the Texans, at home - that's not an encouraging sign. Maybe Daunte Culpepper won't take over again, but JaMarcus Russell could get his shot soon.
    22. Joey Harrington ATL at CAR
    23. *Cleo Lemon MIA vs. BUF -- Note: No John Beck just yet.
    24. *Alex Smith SF at SEA
    25. Quinn Gray JAC at TEN -- Note: It's possible that David Garrard (ankle) could return this week against the Titans.
    26. *David Carr CAR vs. ATL -- Note: Carr got sacked seven times against the Titans and suffered a concussion in the loss. Both he and Vinny Testaverde remain banged up.
    27. *Brooks Bollinger MIN at GB -- Note: Tarvaris Jackson hurt again, this time trying to pass all the concussion tests. Chris Weinke is going to try out this week to be the Vikes' clipboard-holder.

Running Back

  1. Adrian Peterson MIN at GB -- Note: This isn't a great matchup, but then again, last week wasn't necessarily supposed to be one either. Capable of having a monster game in any given week. Who do you take first next year - Peterson or LT?
    1. Joseph Addai IND at SD
    2. LaDainian Tomlinson SD vs. IND
    3. Willie Parker PIT vs. CLE
    4. *Willis McGahee BAL vs. CIN -- Note: Took knee to the head on Monday night - possible concussion issues this week. If not, he has a fantastic matchup.
    5. Marshawn Lynch BUF at MIA
    6. Brian Westbrook PHI at WAS
    7. Reggie Bush NO vs. STL
    8. Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. DAL
    9. Kevin Jones DET at AZ
    10. LenDale White TEN vs. JAC
    11. Marion Barber DAL at NYG
    12. Jesse Chatman MIA vs. BUF
    13. Edgerrin James AZ vs. DET -- Note: Very little action this week - should get more carries going forward.
    14. Clinton Portis WAS vs. PHI
    15. Cedric Benson CHI at OAK -- Note: If he's going to put it all together at some point this season, this will be his most favorable spot.
    16. DeShaun Foster CAR vs. ATL
    17. *Justin Fargas OAK vs. CHI -- Note: Looks to be taking over the starting duties over Jordan.
    18. Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at TEN
    19. *Travis Henry DEN at KC -- Note: Departed early last week after hurting his left knee, but is expected to be back on the field this week.
    20. Warrick Dunn ATL at CAR
    21. Fred Taylor JAC at TEN
    22. Jamal Lewis CLE at PIT
    23. *Shaun Alexander SEA vs. SF -- Note: Looking worse than ever, despite coming off the bye week. Probably will miss practice this week with ankle and knee injuries.
    24. *Priest Holmes KC vs. DEN -- Note: Would split carries with Kolby Smith if LJ can't play.
    25. Julius Jones DAL at NYG
    26. Ryan Grant GB vs. MIN
    27. *Steven Jackson STL at NO -- Note: It looks like he'll be back from the back spasms that knocked him out two weeks ago.
    28. *Rudi Johnson CIN at BAL -- Note: Ran poorly against Buffalo, and it doesn't get any easier this week.
    29. *Frank Gore SF at SEA -- Note: Gore was scratched last week against the Falcons, replaced by Michael Robinson and Maurice Hicks. His status against the Seahawks this week is uncertain.
    30. Kenny Watson CIN at BAL
    31. DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. ATL
    32. Adrian Peterson CHI at OAK
    33. *Selvin Young DEN at KC
    34. Chester Taylor MIN at GB
    35. Reuben Droughns NYG vs. DAL
    36. *Michael Robinson SF at SEA
    37. Musa Smith BAL vs. CIN
    38. *Maurice Hicks SF at SEA
    39. Brian Leonard STL at NO
    40. *Jerious Norwood ATL at CAR -- Note: Dealing with a sore ankle.
    41. *Kolby Smith KC vs. DEN -- Note: If Johnson can't play, Priest Holmes probably wouldn't get more than 15 carries.
    42. *LaMont Jordan OAK vs. CHI
    43. Najeh Davenport PIT vs. CLE
    44. Vernand Morency GB vs. MIN
    45. Kenton Keith IND at SD
    46. *Maurice Morris SEA vs. SF -- Note: Running better than Alexander at this point.
    47. Correll Buckhalter PHI at WAS
    48. Jason Wright CLE at PIT
    49. Jerome Harrison CLE at PIT
    50. Michael Turner SD vs. IND
    51. Ladell Betts WAS vs. PHI
    52. T.J. Duckett DET at AZ
    53. Aaron Stecker NO vs. STL
    54. Leonard Weaver SEA vs. SF
    55. Dominic Rhodes OAK vs. CHI
    56. *Artose Pinner ATL at CAR -- Note: Could get more action if Jerious Norwood's ankle injury keeps him off the field.
    57. *Chris Brown TEN vs. JAC -- Note: Will he return from his ankle injury this week?
    58. *Derrick Ward NYG vs. DAL -- Note: Missed Week 9 with an ankle injury.
    59. Pierre Thomas NO vs. STL
    60. DeDe Dorsey CIN at BAL
    61. Anthony Thomas BUF at MIA
    62. Greg Jones JAC at TEN
    63. Andre Hall DEN at KC
    64. *Larry Johnson KC vs. DEN -- Note: Mid-foot sprain. Pretty good chance he misses this week's game.
    65. *Chris Henry TEN vs. JAC -- Note: Could possibly begin serving his four-game suspension this week.

Wide Receiver

  1. Terrell Owens DAL at NYG
    1. Reggie Wayne IND at SD
    2. *Plaxico Burress NYG vs. DAL -- Note: Probably will go through his usual non-practice routine to rest his ankle.
    3. T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN at BAL
    4. Braylon Edwards CLE at PIT
    5. Hines Ward PIT vs. CLE
    6. Marques Colston NO vs. STL
    7. Greg Jennings GB vs. MIN
    8. Santonio Holmes PIT vs. CLE
    9. Torry Holt STL at NO
    10. Lee Evans BUF at MIA
    11. Donald Driver GB vs. MIN
    12. Bobby Engram SEA vs. SF
    13. Chris Chambers SD vs. IND
    14. Brandon Marshall DEN at KC
    15. Larry Fitzgerald AZ vs. DET
    16. Anquan Boldin AZ vs. DET
    17. Kevin Curtis PHI at WAS
    18. *D.J. Hackett SEA vs. SF
    19. Patrick Crayton DAL at NYG
    20. *Chad Johnson CIN at BAL -- Note: Strained neck, possibly could play this week.
    21. Roddy White ATL at CAR
    22. Roy Williams DET at AZ -- Note: Major disappointment this season.
    23. Muhsin Muhammad CHI at OAK
    24. Reggie Brown PHI at WAS
    25. *Steve Smith CAR vs. ATL -- Note: Dealing with a minor hip contusion, but it's the quarterback situation that's killing his production.
    26. Derrick Mason BAL vs. CIN
    27. Marty Booker MIA vs. BUF
    28. David Patten NO vs. STL
    29. Amani Toomer NYG vs. DAL
    30. *Dwayne Bowe KC vs. DEN -- Note: Limited by a hamstring last week.
    31. *Marvin Harrison IND at SD -- Note: Was a game-time scratch last week, but with Gonzalez now probably out, there's a better chance he plays on Sunday night.
    32. Shaun McDonald DET at AZ
    33. Chris Henry CIN at BAL -- Note: Henry returns from his eight-game suspension this week.
    34. Bernard Berrian CHI at OAK
    35. James Jones GB vs. MIN
    36. Mike Furrey DET at AZ
    37. Brandon Stokley DEN at KC
    38. Ted Ginn MIA vs. BUF
    39. *Deion Branch SEA vs. SF -- Note: Should finally return from his foot injury this week.
    40. Jerry Porter OAK vs. CHI
    41. Calvin Johnson DET at AZ
    42. Roydell Williams TEN vs. JAC
    43. Joe Jurevicius CLE at PIT
    44. *Ronald Curry OAK vs. CHI
    45. *Santana Moss WAS vs. PHI -- Note: Bruised heel.
    46. Arnaz Battle SF at SEA
    47. Mark Clayton BAL vs. CIN
    48. *Roscoe Parrish BUF at MIA -- Note: Thigh contusion.
    49. Dennis Northcutt JAC at TEN
    50. Isaac Bruce STL at NO
    51. Michael Jenkins ATL at CAR
    52. *Darrell Jackson SF at SEA
    53. Ernest Wilford JAC at TEN
    54. Vincent Jackson SD vs. IND
    55. Sidney Rice MIN at GB -- Note: Highlight reel catch against the Chargers -- just think what he could do with a real quarterback.
    56. Bryant Johnson AZ vs. DET
    57. Lance Moore NO vs. STL
    58. Devery Henderson NO vs. STL
    59. Drew Bennett STL at NO
    60. Nate Burleson SEA vs. SF
    61. Demetrius Williams BAL vs. CIN
    62. Josh Reed BUF at MIA -- Note: More action after Parrish's injury.
    63. Antwaan Randle El WAS vs. PHI
    64. Keary Colbert CAR vs. ATL
    65. *Brandon Jones TEN vs. JAC
    66. Keenan McCardell WAS vs. PHI
    67. *Bobby Wade MIN at GB
    68. Reggie Williams JAC at TEN
    69. *Eddie Kennison KC vs. DEN -- Note: Possibly returning from his hamstring injury this week.
    70. *Anthony Gonzalez IND at SD -- Note: Out indefinitely with a thumb injury.

Tight End

  1. Antonio Gates SD vs. IND
    1. Kellen Winslow CLE at PIT
    2. Jason Witten DAL at NYG
    3. Tony Gonzalez KC vs. DEN
    4. Dallas Clark IND at SD
    5. Jeremy Shockey NYG vs. DAL
    6. Chris Cooley WAS vs. PHI
    7. Heath Miller PIT vs. CLE
    8. *Vernon Davis SF at SEA
    9. Tony Scheffler DEN at KC
    10. Desmond Clark CHI at OAK
    11. Jeff King CAR vs. ATL
    12. *Donald Lee GB vs. MIN
    13. Quinn Sypniewski BAL vs. CIN
    14. *L.J. Smith PHI at WAS -- Note: Frequently targeted on Sunday night.
    15. Randy McMichael STL at NO
    16. Eric Johnson NO vs. STL
    17. Zach Miller OAK vs. CHI
    18. Robert Royal BUF at MIA
    19. Marcedes Lewis JAC at TEN
    20. Bo Scaife TEN vs. JAC
    21. Matt Spaeth PIT vs. CLE
    22. John Madsen OAK vs. CHI
    23. Reginald Kelly CIN at BAL
    24. *Will Heller SEA vs. SF
    25. Leonard Pope AZ vs. DET
    26. Visanthe Shiancoe MIN at GB
    27. *Todd Heap BAL vs. CIN -- Note: Got worse last week as it progressed. Too bad -- this is a good matchup this week.
    28. *Alge Crumpler ATL at CAR -- Note: Probably out again this week.


  1. Jeff Reed PIT vs. CLE
    1. Matt Stover BAL vs. CIN
    2. Rob Bironas TEN vs. JAC
    3. Josh Brown SEA vs. SF
    4. Adam Vinatieri IND at SD
    5. Nick Folk DAL at NYG
    6. Mason Crosby GB vs. MIN
    7. Neil Rackers AZ vs. DET
    8. Jay Feely MIA vs. BUF
    9. Robbie Gould CHI at OAK
    10. Lawrence Tynes NYG vs. DAL
    11. Nate Kaeding SD vs. IND
    12. John Kasay CAR vs. ATL
    13. Phil Dawson CLE at PIT
    14. Jason Hanson DET at AZ
    15. Shaun Suisham WAS vs. PHI
    16. Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. CHI
    17. David Akers PHI at WAS
    18. Rian Lindell BUF at MIA
    19. Morten Anderson ATL at CAR
    20. Jeff Wilkins STL at NO
    21. Jason Elam DEN at KC
    22. Shayne Graham CIN at BAL
    23. Joe Nedney SF at SEA
    24. Ryan Longwell MIN at GB


  1. Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland
    1. Tennessee vs. Jacksonville
    2. New Orleans vs. St. Louis
    3. Seattle vs. San Francisco
    4. Kansas City vs. Denver
    5. Jacksonville at Tennessee
    6. Carolina vs. Atlanta
    7. Green Bay vs. Minnesota
    8. Baltimore vs. Cincinnati
    9. Chicago at Oakland
    10. Oakland vs. Chicago
    11. Arizona vs. Detroit
    12. New York Giants vs. Dallas
    13. Washington vs. Philadelphia
    14. Dallas at New York Giants
    15. Philadelphia at Washington
    16. Detroit at Arizona
    17. Atlanta at Carolina
    18. Miami vs. Buffalo
    19. Buffalo at Miami
    20. Indianapolis at San Diego
    21. Minnesota at Green Bay
    22. Denver at Kansas City
    23. San Diego vs. Indianapolis
    24. Cincinnati at Baltimore
    25. St. Louis at New Orleans
    26. San Francisco at Seattle
    27. Cleveland at Pittsburgh
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