Commentary

Week 4 inactives

Updated: October 3, 2010, 7:07 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 4. Here we'll be posting "live" updates and analysis as NFL teams release their inactive lists. Refresh often for the latest information!

For a complete list of inactives for all of today's NFL games, click here.

Top players we're watching

Ruled out before Sunday: WR Steve Breaston (knee), RB Donald Brown (hamstring), RB Reggie Bush (fibula), WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring), RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), LB Calvin Pace (foot), CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), CB Bob Sanders (biceps), WR Chaz Schilens (knee), QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder).

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Jahvid Best (toe): Active
RB Steven Jackson (groin): Active
RB Ray Rice (knee): Active
RB Pierre Thomas (ankle): Inactive

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

RB Joseph Addai (knee): Active
WR Austin Collie (heel): Active
TE Owen Daniels (hamstring): Active
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (groin): Active
WR Andre Johnson (ankle): Inactive
WR Louis Murphy (collarbone): Active
RB Clinton Portis (wrist): Active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

6:58 p.m. ET -- Osi Umenyiora active -- The Giants' official website reports that DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) is active.

6:58 p.m. ET -- Mario Manningham active -- The Giants' official website reports that WR Mario Manningham (concussion) is active. There was some concern about his status after he was added to the injury report mid-week, but apparently he has since been cleared to play. Still, expect him to remain the No. 3 target in the offense; Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith are both stronger fantasy plays.

3:06 p.m. ET -- Ryan Mathews active -- NFL.com reports that RB Ryan Mathews (elbow) is active for the Chargers, as expected. He should get the bulk of the rushing work, though Mike Tolbert might lurk as a potential goal-line vulture. Consider Mathews a useful No. 2 fantasy option. Darren Sproles' owners will want to avoid him; he wasn't getting many touches even when Mathews was ailing.

2:53 p.m. ET -- Mike Bell active -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that RB Mike Bell (illness) is active for the Eagles. Expect him to be a minimally used backup, as usual. No fantasy value.

2:53 p.m. ET -- Jeremy Maclin active -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that WR Jeremy Maclin (back) is active for the Eagles. He's a strong option even as a No. 2 wide receiver facing the Redskins.

2:53 p.m. ET -- Brent Celek active -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that TE Brent Celek (wrist) is active for the Eagles. His performance has declined with Michael Vick under center, as Vick sure seems to prefer his deep targets, but Celek still has borderline top-10 tight end potential most weeks, especially ones where the talent pool is thinned out by byes.

2:51 p.m. ET -- Hall, Haynesworth active -- The Redskins' official website reports that both CB DeAngelo Hall (back) and DT Albert Haynesworth (thumb) are active. Heads up to those of you in IDP leagues.

2:51 p.m. ET -- Clinton Portis active -- The Redskins' official website reports that RB Clinton Portis (wrist) is active. His status was somewhat up in the air, and it might point towards backup Ryan Torain getting more work than usual, perhaps with the two nearly splitting the carries. Torain is now the unquestioned No. 2 and a red-hot pickup -- especially as a Portis handcuff -- following the Redskins' release of Keiland Williams.

2:50 p.m. ET -- Michael Bush active -- The Raiders' official website reports that RB Michael Bush (thumb) is active. He's likely to be a minimal factor in the running game, what with Darren McFadden off to a red-hot start. McFadden is the team's clear workhorse, and is the one you want in fantasy leagues.

2:50 p.m. ET -- Heyward-Bey, Murphy active -- The Raiders' official website reports that WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey (groin) and Louis Murphy (collarbone) are both active. Murphy in particular was a bit nicked up all week, and might see fewer targets than usual. Still, in a week full of byes, he warrants No. 3/4 status in most formats. In other Raiders receiver news, WR Chaz Schilens (knee) is inactive as expected.

2:50 p.m. ET -- Zach Miller active -- The Raiders' official website reports that TE Zach Miller (hip) is active, as expected. With the other members of the Raiders' passing game nicked up, and the Texans struggling to contain opposing tight ends, Miller might be primed for a huge game in Week 4.

2:47 p.m. ET -- Beanie Wells active -- The Cardinals' official website reports that RB Beanie Wells (knee) is active. He'll start, and with each week he should get closer to 100 percent. This is a favorable matchup for him against the Chargers, so get him into your lineup.

2:47 p.m. ET -- Breaston, Doucet inactive -- The Cardinals' official website reports that both WRs Steve Breaston (knee) and Early Doucet (groin) are inactive, having been ruled out earlier in the week. Stephen Williams will serve as the team's No. 2 wide receiver, with Max Komar at No. 3. Williams' role bears watching, though he's a risky fantasy play this week.

2:45 p.m. ET -- Sanders inactive, Brackett active -- NFL.com reports that CB Bob Sanders (biceps) is inactive, while LB Gary Brackett (back) is active, for the Colts.

2:45 p.m. ET -- Addai active, Brown inactive -- NFL.com reports that RB Joseph Addai (knee) is active, while RB Donald Brown (hamstring) is inactive, for the Colts, as reported earlier in the week. Addai should get the start and be a useful No. 2/flex, but with his health a bit up in the air heading into the game, Mike Hart might be used a bit more than usual in a backup role.

2:45 p.m. ET -- Gonzalez, Garcon inactive -- NFL.com reports that WRs Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) and Pierre Garcon (hamstring) are both inactive for the Colts. Could things be stacking up any better for WR Austin Collie (heel), who by the way is active? The Jaguars have a paper-thin secondary and Collie should break free early and often working out of the slot. Give him a start, and if you play in a super-deep league, don't be surprised if No. 3 wide receiver Blair White is worth your while as a plug-in.

2:31 p.m. ET -- Williams, Ryans active -- The Texans' official website reports that DE Mario Williams (groin) and LB DeMeco Ryans (quadricep) are both active. Heads up to those of you who own them in IDP formats.

2:31 p.m. ET -- Owen Daniels active -- The Texans' official website reports that TE Owen Daniels (hamstring) is active. He's not an advised fantasy option, having started the season slowly as he works back from major surgery, plus with his hamstring likely to keep him at less than 100 percent this week.

2:18 p.m. ET -- Andre Johnson inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Andre Johnson (ankle) will be inactive. His status was up in the air all week, and heading into the 1 p.m. ET games, and it appears the Texans preferred to play it cautiously with his injury. With Johnson out, Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones should see an increase in targets, with each a potential No. 3 option in most leagues.

12:10 p.m. ET -- Ted Ginn Jr. inactive -- The 49ers' official website reports that WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) is inactive, as expected. Dominique Zeigler gets another week as the team's No. 3 wide receiver, though he's not fantasy-relevant.

12:06 p.m. ET -- Robaire Smith active -- The Browns' official website reports that DE Robaire Smith (back) is active.

12:06 p.m. ET -- Jake Delhomme inactive, No. 3 QB -- The Browns' official website reports that QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) is the inactive No. 3 quarterback. Seneca Wallace gets another start, though he's not a recommended fantasy play battling the stingy Bengals pass defense.

12:06 p.m. ET -- Davis inactive, Harrison active -- The Browns' official website reports that RB James Davis (thigh) is inactive, while RB Jerome Harrison (thigh) is active. It doesn't really matter which of these backups is available; Peyton Hillis is the starter and should get the bulk of the carries.

12:06 p.m. ET -- Cribbs active, Robiskie inactive -- The Browns' official website reports that WR Josh Cribbs (ankle) is active, while WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring) is inactive. Cribbs is a decent beneath-the-radar play, his performance picking up in Seneca Wallace games, though he's a much more attractive option in leagues that heavily reward for return yardage.

12:04 p.m. ET -- Woodson, Jenkins active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that CB Charles Woodson (toe) and DE Cullen Jenkins (hand) are both active for the Packers. With Woodson on hand, Calvin Johnson's matchup becomes a bit tougher; he might also be the subject of constant double-teams.

12:02 p.m. ET -- Kyle Vanden Bosch active -- The Lions' official website reports that DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (back) is active.

12:02 p.m. ET -- Matthew Stafford inactive -- The Lions' official website reports that QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder) is inactive, as expected. Shaun Hill gets another start, though he's not an advised fantasy play.

12:02 p.m. ET -- Nate Burleson inactive -- The Lions' official website reports that WR Nate Burleson (ankle) is inactive. Expect the tight ends to benefit most yet again, as Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew might see an increase in targets. Scheffler could be a useful bye-week plug-in.

12:01 p.m. ET -- Michael Jenkins inactive -- The Falcons' official website reports that WR Michael Jenkins (shoulder) is inactive. Expect Harry Douglas to get another start, though he doesn't see nearly enough targets to warrant fantasy consideration.

12:00 p.m. ET -- Mike Williams active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that WR Mike Williams (shoulder) is active for the Seahawks. He's only a No. 3/4 option in fantasy.

11:54 a.m. ET -- Laurent Robinson inactive -- The Rams' official website reports that WR Laurent Robinson (foot) is inactive, as expected. Robinson's absence shouldn't adversely affect the Rams; Mark Clayton remains their top wideout. Expect Brandon Gibson to get the start again this week, not that he's a viable fantasy play.

11:54 a.m. ET -- Bajema, Hoomanawanui inactive -- The Rams' official website reports that both TEs Billy Bajema (knee) and Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) are inactive. More good news for Daniel Fells, though Fells is only a bye-week desperation plug-in for fantasy.

11:51 a.m. ET -- Andre' Goodman inactive again -- The Broncos' official website reports that CB Andre' Goodman (quadricep) is inactive. This is somewhat a surprise, as the Broncos were expected to have their secondary at full strength. Expect the Titans to still put the emphasis on the run, but Justin Gage might get a chance to break off a couple long gains.

11:51 a.m. ET -- Knowshon Moreno inactive -- The Broncos' official website reports that RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) is inactive, as declared earlier in the week. Expect Laurence Maroney to start and get the bulk of the rushing work, though Correll Buckhalter might spell him at times. Moreno is a flex-play consideration.

11:49 a.m. ET -- Todd Heap active -- The Ravens' official website reports that TE Todd Heap (shoulder) is active. He might be needed to stay home to block a little more often than usual against the Steelers, but he still gets enough work in the passing game to be a decent plug-in.

11:46 a.m. ET -- Antwan Odom active -- The Bengals' official website reports that DE Antwan Odom (wrist) is active.

11:46 a.m. ET -- Cedric Benson active -- The Bengals' official website reports that RB Cedric Benson (knee) is active. He's well worth using in all formats against the Browns.

11:46 a.m. ET -- T.O., Shipley both active -- The Bengals' official website reports that both WRs Terrell Owens (back) and Jordan Shipley (shoulder) are active. They rate No. 2 and 3 on a depth chart with a quarterback off to a sluggish start, so while Owens might warrant No. 3 status, don't expect huge stats from either.

11:43 a.m. ET -- Posluszny, Stupar active -- The Bills' official website reports that LB Paul Posluszny (knee) and TE Jonathan Stupar (foot) are both active. Posluszny is well worth activating in IDP formats; Stupar is the team's go-to tight end in the passing game, though he doesn't see enough targets to matter in fantasy.

11:42 a.m. ET -- Revis, Pace inactive -- The Jets' official website reports that both CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and LB Calvin Pace (foot) are inactive. It's Revis' absence that is most notable; Lee Evans stands a better chance at fantasy success as he won't be stranded on "Revis Island" all day. Regard Evans a solid No. 3.

11:37 a.m. ET -- Jahvid Best active, will start -- The Lions' official website reports that RB Jahvid Best (toe) is active and will start, despite missing practices Wednesday and Thursday and participating in limited fashion on Friday. The Lions, however, will also have Kevin Smith active for the first time this season, along with Maurice Morris, so don't be surprised if the Lions go a little easy on Best this week. Still, he's a useful No. 2 option having been cleared to play.

11:35 a.m. ET -- Ray Rice active -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Ray Rice (knee) is active, as expected, "and will be a busy man today." As noted earlier, Rice isn't as automatic a play as he would have been if 100 percent, or facing a weaker defense, but he should still get enough work to warrant using in all leagues.

11:32 a.m. ET -- Pierre Thomas inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) is inactive for the Saints. With RB Reggie Bush (fibula) also out, as he had been ruled earlier in the week, Ladell Betts will likely get the start and the bulk of the carries, though Chris Ivory should still be heavily involved in short-yardage situations. Neither is a great fantasy play, however, being that the Saints might opt to throw a great deal to make up for their injuries at running back.

11:30 a.m. ET -- Steven Jackson active -- ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that RB Steven Jackson (groin) is active and will start. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the day that Jackson's workload is completely uncertain, so don't assume he's an automatic top-10 play. Still, he's probably worth starting in a week thinned out by byes, albeit classified as more of a low-No. 2 or flex. Kenneth Darby might still warrant flex-play appeal if you're in a pinch, being that he'll be more involved than usual.

11:20 a.m. ET -- Ray Rice "95 percent" -- ESPN's Rachel Nichols reports that RB Ray Rice (knee) says he will play, and that his knee is "95 percent." Rice is testing his long cleats because of the wet field; could there be more risk factors involved in his unfavorable matchup against the Steelers? Go ahead and use him, but temper your expectations.

11:18 a.m. ET -- Steven Jackson to be active, but limited? -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Rams will likely keep RB Steven Jackson (groin) on the active roster, though they're unsure how much he'll be able to play. Even if Jackson is excluded from the inactives list in the coming hour, expect to see a hefty dose of Kenneth Darby this week. Of course, Darby is a much riskier fill-in if his role is comparably unclear.