Week 9 value meter

By Jeff Erickson

Week 9: Bye Week - Chicago, Miami, New York Giants, St. Louis

Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, Seattle 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 October 30. * = check status (not necessarily injury status)


  1. Tom Brady NE at IND
    1. Tony Romo DAL at PHI
    2. Peyton Manning IND vs. NE
    3. Derek Anderson CLE vs. SEA
    4. *Matt Hasselbeck SEA at CLE -- Note: Be careful about his oblique muscle - he should play, but sometimes those injuries can linger.
    5. Brett Favre GB at KC
    6. Carson Palmer CIN at BUF
    7. Philip Rivers SD at MIN
    8. Donovan McNabb PHI vs. DAL
    9. Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. BAL -- Note: Last year's games against the Ravens marked the downfall of the Steelers. Is this truly a different Steelers team?
    10. Drew Brees NO vs. JAC
    11. Jon Kitna DET vs. DEN
    12. *Kurt Warner AZ at TB -- Note: Elbow looking better after the bye week.
    13. Jason Campbell WAS at NYJ
    14. Jeff Garcia TB vs. AZ
    15. Jay Cutler DEN at DET
    16. Damon Huard KC vs. GB
    17. Daunte Culpepper OAK vs. HOU
    18. *Joey Harrington ATL vs. SF -- Note: Byron Leftwich is expected to miss another week due to his ankle injury.
    19. *Steve McNair BAL at PIT -- Note: Already named the starter for this week after missing the Ravens' previous two games with a back injury.
    20. *Kellen Clemens NYJ vs. WAS -- Note: Taking over Chad Pennington for at least this week.
    21. *Vince Young TEN vs. CAR -- Note: Is he the biggest bust of the year, at least among players not lost with major injuries?
    22. *Trent Edwards BUF vs. CIN -- Note: Edwards suffered a wrist injury late in the win over the Jets. J.P. Losman might get the start.
    23. *Sage Rosenfels HOU at OAK -- Note: Matt Schaub suffered a concussion against the Chargers and is questionable this week. We're going to guess that Rosenfels will start.
    24. *Alex Smith SF at ATL -- Note: X-rays on his shoulder came up negative after the loss to the Saints.
    25. Quinn Gray JAC at NO
    26. *David Carr CAR at TEN -- Note: Carr's balky back is approximately at 80 percent strength. Vinny Testaverde is limping around in a protective boot to accelerate the healing process in his Achilles' tendon.
    27. *Tarvaris Jackson MIN vs. SD -- Note: Kelly Holcomb is probably out with a whiplash-type injury. The Vikes are hopeful that Jackson's finger has healed enough for him to start. If he can't go, Brooks Bollinger will get the nod.

Running Back

  1. *Marshawn Lynch BUF vs. CIN -- Note: Minor hip injury in the first half against the Jets, but should be good to go.
    1. Joseph Addai IND vs. NE
    2. Brian Westbrook PHI vs. DAL
    3. LaDainian Tomlinson SD at MIN
    4. Kevin Jones DET vs. DEN
    5. LenDale White TEN vs. CAR
    6. Willie Parker PIT vs. BAL
    7. Larry Johnson KC vs. GB
    8. Adrian Peterson MIN vs. SD
    9. Willis McGahee BAL at PIT
    10. *Reggie Bush NO vs. JAC -- Note: Slightly bruised ribs.
    11. Edgerrin James AZ at TB
    12. Marion Barber DAL at PHI
    13. *Shaun Alexander SEA at CLE -- Note: Hoping that his wrist is better, and that his OL improves.
    14. *Jamal Lewis CLE vs. SEA -- Note: Watch to see if there is any further news on his foot.
    15. *Kenny Watson CIN at BUF -- Note: Suffered a mild concussion late in the loss to the Steelers, but early indications are that the symptoms have subsided.
    16. *Laurence Maroney NE at IND -- Note: Still no touchdowns.
    17. *Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at NO -- Note: Was able to play through his knee injury last week.
    18. *Frank Gore SF at ATL -- Note: Aggravated his ankle injury in the second half last week. Probably going to have to deal with some pain each week.
    19. Thomas Jones NYJ vs. WAS
    20. *Ryan Grant GB at KC - Note: Already named the starter for Week 9 against the Chiefs.
    21. Clinton Portis WAS at NYJ - Note: Couldn't get going last week, but this week should provide a better matchup. Neither Portis nor Betts are running well right now.
    22. Earnest Graham TB vs. AZ
    23. DeShaun Foster CAR at TEN
    24. *Fred Taylor JAC at NO
    25. Julius Jones DAL at PHI
    26. DeAngelo Williams CAR at TEN
    27. *Selvin Young DEN at DET -- Note: Watch Henry's status again this week. We're pairing the two together to start the week - there will almost certainly be movement in the rankings here later in the week.
    28. *Travis Henry DEN at DET -- Note: Bruised ribs kept him out on Monday night - hard to say if he can go against Detroit with the short week.
    29. Jerious Norwood ATL vs. SF -- Note: What's it going to take to get Norwood more carries?
    30. *LaMont Jordan OAK vs. HOU -- Note: Hasn't been the same since his back injury.
    31. Warrick Dunn ATL vs. SF
    32. *Justin Fargas OAK vs. HOU -- Note: Has passed Dominic Rhodes on the depth chart and will take away more carries from LaMont Jordan.
    33. Kenton Keith IND vs. NE
    34. *Ron Dayne HOU at OAK
    35. *Ahman Green HOU at OAK -- Note: Green was a late scratch this week with the knee injury, leaving the coaching staff concerned about his long-term viability.
    36. Leon Washington NYJ vs. WAS
    37. Chester Taylor MIN vs. SD
    38. *Rudi Johnson CIN at BUF -- Note: Inactive once again last week.
    39. *Jason Wright CLE vs. SEA
    40. Chris Henry TEN vs. CAR -- Note: Becoming an effective change-of-pace back for the Titans.
    41. *Jerome Harrison CLE vs. SEA
    42. *Adimchinobe Echemandu HOU at OAK -- Note: Ran for 62 yards against the Chargers, but then hurt his hamstring.
    43. Michael Turner SD at MIN
    44. Michael Bennett TB vs. AZ
    45. *Kevin Faulk NE at IND
    46. Correll Buckhalter PHI vs. DAL
    47. Ladell Betts WAS at NYJ
    48. Aaron Stecker NO vs. JAC
    49. Najeh Davenport PIT vs. BAL
    50. Priest Holmes KC vs. GB
    51. Leonard Weaver SEA at CLE
    52. Dominic Rhodes OAK vs. HOU -- Note: Falling out of favor in Oakland?
    53. *DeShawn Wynn GB at KC -- Note: Couldn't feel his shoulder after taking a hit on the first play of the second quarter. Ryan Grant has already been named the starter for next week.
    54. *Vernand Morency GB at KC
    55. Pierre Thomas NO vs. JAC
    56. Musa Smith BAL at PIT
    57. DeDe Dorsey CIN at BUF
    58. Anthony Thomas BUF vs. CIN
    59. T.J. Duckett DET vs. DEN
    60. Greg Jones JAC at NO
    61. Andre Hall DEN at DET
    62. *Chris Brown TEN vs. CAR -- Note: Likely questionable again this week with his ankle injury.
    63. *Tatum Bell DET vs. DEN -- Note: Inactive last week, could be so again this week.

Wide Receiver

  1. Randy Moss NE at IND
    1. Terrell Owens DAL at PHI
    2. Reggie Wayne IND vs. NE
    3. Braylon Edwards CLE vs. SEA
    4. T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN at BUF
    5. *Hines Ward PIT vs. BAL -- Note: Knee sprain didn't seem to be an issue last week.
    6. Steve Smith CAR at TEN
    7. Chad Johnson CIN at BUF -- Note: Still hasn't scored since Week 2.
    8. Donald Driver GB at KC
    9. Wes Welker NE at IND
    10. Larry Fitzgerald AZ at TB
    11. Kevin Curtis PHI vs. DAL
    12. Brandon Marshall DEN at DET
    13. Anquan Boldin AZ at TB
    14. Patrick Crayton DAL at PHI
    15. Roddy White ATL vs. SF
    16. Roy Williams DET vs. DEN
    17. Chris Chambers SD at MIN
    18. *Laveranues Coles NYJ vs. WAS -- Note: Add a concussion to his medley of injuries.
    19. Lee Evans BUF vs. CIN
    20. Dwayne Bowe KC vs. GB
    21. Jerricho Cotchery NYJ vs. WAS
    22. Greg Jennings GB at KC
    23. Joey Galloway TB vs. AZ
    24. *Santonio Holmes PIT vs. BAL -- Note: Dealing with a quad contusion.
    25. *Marques Colston NO vs. JAC
    26. Reggie Brown PHI vs. DAL
    27. Donte Stallworth NE at IND
    28. Ike Hilliard TB vs. AZ -- Note: Only three catches, but targeted nine times last week.
    29. *Marvin Harrison IND vs. NE -- Note: Could have played last week if it were a playoff game - instead, he was held out to be at fuller strength for the matchup against the Patriots.
    30. *Deion Branch SEA at CLE -- Note: Coming back from a sprained foot.
    31. *Jerry Porter OAK vs. HOU
    32. *Calvin Johnson DET vs. DEN -- Note: Aggravated his back injury in the win over the Bears.
    33. Derrick Mason BAL at PIT
    34. Bobby Engram SEA at CLE
    35. Kevin Walter HOU at OAK
    36. Shaun McDonald DET vs. DEN
    37. Nate Burleson SEA at CLE
    38. Andre Davis HOU at OAK
    39. *D.J. Hackett SEA at CLE -- Note: Expected to return this week from his ankle injury.
    40. Roydell Williams TEN vs. CAR
    41. Joe Jurevicius CLE vs. SEA
    42. Ronald Curry OAK vs. HOU
    43. James Jones GB at KC
    44. Brandon Stokley DEN at DET
    45. Anthony Gonzalez IND vs. NE -- Note: Could see more action this week with Harrison still banged up.
    46. David Patten NO vs. JAC
    47. Arnaz Battle SF at ATL
    48. Roscoe Parrish BUF vs. CIN
    49. Dennis Northcutt JAC at NO
    50. Michael Jenkins ATL vs. SF
    51. *Santana Moss WAS at NYJ
    52. Ernest Wilford JAC at NO
    53. Bryant Johnson AZ at TB
    54. *Devery Henderson NO vs. JAC
    55. Mark Clayton BAL at PIT
    56. Demetrius Williams BAL at PIT
    57. Vincent Jackson SD at MIN
    58. Mike Furrey DET vs. DEN
    59. Antwaan Randle El WAS at NYJ
    60. Keary Colbert CAR at TEN
    61. *Lance Moore NO vs. JAC
    62. *Brandon Jones TEN vs. CAR -- Note: Should return from a knee injury this week.
    63. Keenan McCardell WAS at NYJ
    64. *Bobby Wade MIN vs. SD -- Note: Hyper-extended knee.
    65. *Jacoby Jones HOU at OAK
    66. Reggie Williams JAC at NO
    67. Sidney Rice MIN vs. SD
    68. *Darrell Jackson SF at ATL -- Note: Inactive last week due to his thigh injury.
    69. *Andre Johnson HOU at OAK -- Note: There's a possibility that he plays this week, and certainly will practice more, but it's more likely that he'll return after the bye.

Tight End

  1. Antonio Gates SD at MIN
    1. Kellen Winslow CLE vs. SEA
    2. Jason Witten DAL at PHI
    3. Tony Gonzalez KC vs. GB
    4. Dallas Clark IND vs. NE
    5. Chris Cooley WAS at NYJ
    6. Heath Miller PIT vs. BAL
    7. *Vernon Davis SF at ATL
    8. *Todd Heap BAL at PIT -- Note: Coming back from a thigh injury.
    9. *Owen Daniels HOU at OAK -- Note: High ankle sprain.
    10. Jeff King CAR at TEN
    11. *Donald Lee GB at KC
    12. Eric Johnson NO vs. JAC
    13. Zach Miller OAK vs. HOU
    14. Robert Royal BUF vs. CIN
    15. *Alge Crumpler ATL vs. SF -- Note: Trying to recover from a knee injury.
    16. Marcedes Lewis JAC at NO
    17. Bo Scaife TEN vs. CAR
    18. Matt Spaeth PIT vs. BAL
    19. John Madsen OAK vs. HOU
    20. *Kyle Brady NE at IND -- Note: Unspecified injury in the win over the Redskins.
    21. Jeb Putzier HOU at OAK
    22. Jerramy Stevens TB vs. AZ
    23. Reginald Kelly CIN at BUF
    24. *Chris Baker NYJ vs. WAS
    25. *Will Heller SEA at CLE
    26. Leonard Pope AZ at TB
    27. *Tony Scheffler DEN at DET
    28. Visanthe Shiancoe MIN vs. SD
    29. *L.J. Smith PHI vs. DAL -- Note: Playing again, but shut out last week.
    30. *Ben Watson NE at IND
    31. *Alex Smith TB vs. AZ -- Note: Probably out again this week with the ankle injury.


  1. Adam Vinatieri IND vs. NE
    1. Stephen Gostkowski NE at IND
    2. Nick Folk DAL at PHI
    3. Phil Dawson CLE vs. SEA
    4. Jeff Reed PIT vs. BAL
    5. Jason Hanson DET vs. DEN
    6. Rob Bironas TEN vs. CAR
    7. Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. HOU
    8. David Akers PHI vs. DAL
    9. Rian Lindell BUF vs. CIN
    10. Nate Kaeding SD at MIN
    11. Jason Elam DEN at DET
    12. Shayne Graham CIN at BUF
    13. Josh Brown SEA at CLE
    14. Matt Stover BAL at PIT
    15. Mason Crosby GB at KC
    16. Neil Rackers AZ at TB
    17. Kris Brown HOU at OAK
    18. John Kasay CAR at TEN
    19. Shaun Suisham WAS at NYJ
    20. Joe Nedney SF at ATL
    21. Matt Bryant TB vs. AZ
    22. Ryan Longwell MIN vs. SD


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

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