Commentary

Week 5 inactives

Updated: October 10, 2010, 7:28 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 5. 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 Reggie Bush (fibula), QB Jay Cutler (head), WR Justin Gage (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (hamstring), RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), RB Clinton Portis (groin), WR Chaz Schilens (knee), Panthers WR Steve Smith (ankle), QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder), RB Pierre Thomas (ankle), QB Michael Vick (rib).

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Joseph Addai (knee): Active
RB Jahvid Best (toe): Active
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle): Active
RB Donald Brown (hamstring): Inactive
WR Austin Collie (foot): Active
WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring): Active
RB Peyton Hillis (thigh): Active
WR Andre Johnson (ankle): Active
WR Jacoby Jones (calf): Inactive
QB Donovan McNabb (thigh): Active
TE Tony Scheffler (concussion): Active

Night game (8:30 p.m. ET)

RB LeSean McCoy (rib): Active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

7:19 p.m. ET -- Michael Vick inactive -- The 49ers' official website confirms that QB Michael Vick (rib) is inactive for the visiting Eagles, meaning Kevin Kolb will get the start at San Francisco. If you've waited this long for the thumbs-up to use Kolb, there's your official word. He's a better fantasy play than you think, but still shouldn't be a top-10 option this week. Think two-quarterback sleeper status.

7:19 p.m. ET -- LeSean McCoy active -- The 49ers' official website reports that RB LeSean McCoy (rib) is active for the visiting Eagles. Word throughout the weekend had him being capable of starting and handling a full workload, so go ahead and trust that's the case; it's not like there's a much stronger option at this point. Mike Bell might see a few more carries than usual, but he's not a great running back, meaning his role should remain minimal.

7:19 p.m. ET -- Brent Celek active -- The 49ers' official website reports that TE Brent Celek (wrist) is active for the visiting Eagles. Kevin Kolb's starter status is actually a plus for Celek; the two had good chemistry working together in brief snippets in 2009.

3:15 p.m. ET -- Justin Gage inactive -- ESPNDallas.com reports that WR Justin Gage (hamstring) is inactive for the Titans as expected. This is great news for Kenny Britt, who will start in Gage's place. Britt's value has picked up the past couple weeks, and he might see enough targets to be a useful No. 3/4 fantasy option.

3:14 p.m. ET -- Dez Bryant active -- ESPNDallas.com reports that WR Dez Bryant (ribs) is active for the Cowboys. He's a useful No. 3 fantasy wide receiver in his matchup against the Titans.

3:14 p.m. ET -- Jason Witten active -- ESPNDallas.com reports that TE Jason Witten (knee) is active for the Cowboys. Keep him active in all formats.

3:13 p.m. ET -- Ryan Mathews active -- The Raiders' official website reports that RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is active for the opposing Chargers. It's unclear how the Chargers will divide the carries between Mathews and Mike Tolbert, but we've got a hunch Tolbert might get half, and all of the short-yardage/goal-line touches. Both warrant using in most leagues, but Tolbert might be the No. 2 option, Mathews the flex, not the other way around.

3:12 p.m. ET -- Hartley inactive, Carney to kick -- The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Garrett Hartley is inactive for the Saints, leaving John Carney as their active kicker.

3:10 p.m. ET -- Bruce Gradkowski active -- The Raiders' official website reports that QB Bruce Gradkowski (right shoulder) is active. Being that these are the bye weeks, Gradkowski might be worth a look in two-quarterback leagues, though we'd hope you had a more trustworthy option on your roster.

3:10 p.m. ET -- Darren McFadden inactive -- The Raiders' official website confirms that RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is inactive. Michael Bush will get the start, and probably as many touches as McFadden had the first four weeks. Bush is well worth activating as a No. 2 fantasy running back against the Chargers.

3:10 p.m. ET -- Chaz Schilens inactive -- The Raiders' official website confirms that WR Chaz Schilens (knee) is inactive. Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey will get another week as starters, but it's Murphy who you want to look to as the No. 3/4 fantasy option of the two.

3:10 p.m. ET -- Zach Miller active -- The Raiders' official website reports that TE Zach Miller (hip) is active. He's a solid fantasy option in all formats.

3:09 p.m. ET -- Will Smith inactive -- The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that DE Will Smith (groin) is inactive for the Saints.

3:09 p.m. ET -- Drew Brees active -- The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that QB Drew Brees (knee) is active for the Saints as expected. He's a must-start facing the Cardinals.

3:09 p.m. ET -- Thomas, Bush inactive; Ivory active -- The New Orleans Times-Picayune confirms that both RBs Pierre Thomas (ankle) and Reggie Bush (fibula) are inactive for the Saints, while RB Chris Ivory (knee) is active. Ladell Betts is still expected to get the start for the Saints, and is the stronger fantasy choice of the two, being that Ivory isn't used in passing situations because of his weakness in pass blocking. Still, Betts is only a flex-play consideration, as the Saints will probably throw a ton.

3:09 p.m. ET -- Marques Colston active -- The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that WR Marques Colston (rib) is active for the Saints. Though he hasn't been lighting the fantasy world ablaze, Colston is still a strong fantasy play facing the Cardinals' soft secondary.

3:09 p.m. ET -- Jeremy Shockey active -- The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that TE Jeremy Shockey (knee) is active for the Saints. He's well worth using in most leagues if you lack one of the league's elite tight ends.

2:39 p.m. ET -- Paris Lenon active -- The Cardinals' official website reports that LB Paris Lenon (pelvis) is active. He's off to a scorching start as far as IDPs are concerned, so keep riding that hot streak.

2:39 p.m. ET -- Steve Breaston inactive -- The Cardinals' official website confirms that WR Steve Breaston (knee) is inactive as expected. Stephen Williams will get another start, but he's only worth a look in the deepest of fantasy leagues.

12:25 p.m. ET -- Gary Brackett active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that LB Gary Brackett (back) is active for the Colts.

12:25 p.m. ET -- Mike Hart active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that RB Mike Hart (knee) is active for the Colts. He'll serve as Joseph Addai's backup with Donald Brown sidelined, but Addai should be prepared for a full workload facing that favorable matchup against K.C.

12:25 p.m. ET -- Reggie Wayne active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that WR Reggie Wayne (knee) is active for the Colts as expected. Wayne is a must-start, with the Colts throwing as often and effectively as they have to date.

12:24 p.m. ET -- Shawn Nelson active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that TE Shawn Nelson (groin) is active for the Bills. Bills tight ends traditionally aren't viable fantasy starters, and Nelson probably won't change that pattern.

12:22 p.m. ET -- Steven Jackson active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that RB Steven Jackson (groin) is active for the Rams as expected. Jackson should be ready for a full workload and he faces the Lions; he's a must-start.

12:22 p.m. ET -- Laurent Robinson active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that WR Laurent Robinson (ankle) is active for the Rams. He's probably further down the depth chart than at the start of the season after missing the past couple weeks; Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson might have passed him. You don't want any of the three, however, with the target breakdown unclear between them.

12:22 p.m. ET -- Bajema, Hoomanawanui inactive -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that TEs Billy Bajema (knee) and Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) are both inactive again for the Rams. That means Daniel Fells should be the Rams' tight end of choice this week, if that helps those of you seeking a "hail-mary" play at the position in a deeper league.

12:18 p.m. ET -- Louis Delmas active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that S Louis Delmas (groin) is active for the Lions. He's ranked among Jim McCormick's top-10 defensive backs this week, so keep Delmas active.

12:18 p.m. ET -- Matthew Stafford inactive -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder) is inactive for the Lions, as expected. Shaun Hill gets another start at quarterback, and has a better matchup than usual. In a two-quarterback league, he might be worth a look.

12:18 p.m. ET -- Morris inactive, Smith active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that RB Kevin Smith is active for the Lions, while Maurice Morris is inactive. Smith might see a few extra carries as the Lions try not to overburden Javhid Best (toe). Still, this is Best's gig and he's the far more favorable fantasy play.

12:17 p.m. ET -- McClain, Rice active -- The Baltimore Sun reports that both RBs Le'Ron McClain (shoulder) and Ray Rice (knee) are active. That means all three Ravens running backs -- Willis McGahee the third -- are healthy and active, but it's Rice who is the one you want in fantasy. He should get an increased workload this week, with another week for his knee to heal, and this is where his matchups begin to improve.

12:17 p.m. ET -- Todd Heap active -- The Baltimore Sun reports that TE Todd Heap (shoulder) is active. Start him if you normally would, though he's more of a backup fantasy option these days.

12:15 p.m. ET -- Maurice Stovall inactive -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that WR Maurice Stovall (back) is inactive. He's a depth receiver in a so-so offense that's facing a stout Bengals secondary anyway, so no big loss for the Bucs.

12:15 p.m. ET -- Kellen Winslow active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee) is active. He's well worth keeping in there, as he might find open space over the middle against the Bengals, whose corners are their strength in the secondary.

12:13 p.m. ET -- Sean Considine inactive -- The Jaguars' official website reports that S Sean Considine (hamstring) is inactive.

12:13 p.m. ET -- Jones-Drew active, Jennings out -- The Jaguars' official website reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) is active, but backup RB Rashad Jennings (shoulder) is inactive. Could Jones-Drew's matchup be any more attractive? He's facing a poor Bills front seven and won't have Jennings to steal a handful of touches.

12:12 p.m. ET -- Woodson, Jenkins active -- The Packers' official website reports that both CB Charles Woodson (toe) and DE Cullen Jenkins (hand) are active. Woodson is Jim McCormick's No. 1 defensive back in his "D Up!" rankings, so clearly he's a must-start.

12:10 p.m. ET -- DeAngelo Williams active -- The Panthers' official website reports that RB DeAngelo Williams (illness) is active as expected. Williams might be the focal point of the Panthers' offense this week, and he's a solid play in all formats. Jonathan Stewart might also see a bit more work than usual, if you're seeking a flex-play option in a deeper league.

12:10 p.m. ET -- Steve Smith inactive -- The Panthers' official website reports that WR Steve Smith (ankle) is inactive, as expected. David Gettis and Brandon LaFell will each get an opportunity to step up, though the Panthers are almost certain to run the football a great deal against the Bears. Don't dig deep for either if you can help it.

12:09 p.m. ET -- Jay Cutler inactive -- The Bears' official website reports that QB Jay Cutler (head) is inactive, as expected. Todd Collins will get the start, but he'll be more game manager than trusted fantasy option. Avoid him and his receivers if possible.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Dhani Jones active -- The Bengals' official website reports that LB Dhani Jones (hamstring) is active.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Bernard Scott active -- The Bengals' official website reports that RB Bernard Scott (hamstring) is active. He'll be a sparsely-used backup this week, and isn't advised in any fantasy leagues.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Ochocinco active, Shipley out -- The Bengals' official website reports that WR Chad Ochocinco (groin) is active, while WR Jordan Shipley (concussion) is inactive. Ochocinco is a must-start, but Shipley's absence might mean a few extra targets for Jermaine Gresham, if you're forced to dig deep in the bye weeks.

12:04 p.m. ET -- Curtis Lofton active -- The Falcons' official website reports that LB Curtis Lofton (knee) is active. He's Jim McCormick's No. 8 linebacker in this week's "D Up!" rankings, so keep him active.

12:04 p.m. ET -- Michael Jenkins inactive -- The Falcons' official website reports that WR Michael Jenkins (shoulder) is inactive for yet another week. Expect Harry Douglas to get another start, though he's not a recommended fantasy choice except in the deepest of leagues.

12:03 a.m. ET -- Josh Cribbs active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that WR Josh Cribbs (ankle) is active for the Browns, as expected. He's a low-level fantasy play despite being active, unless your league rewards return yards.

12:03 p.m. ET -- Texans IDP inactives -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that DE Mario Williams (groin) and S Bernard Pollard (neck) are both active for the Texans. Both Williams and Pollard were top-10 IDPs at their respective positions in Jim McCormick's "D Up!" rankings, so make sure to have both in your lineup.

12:03 p.m. ET -- Derrick Ward active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that RB Derrick Ward (ribs) is active for the Texans. He'll serve as Arian Foster's backup, but won't see as much work as he did in Week 4. Foster is the Texans back to own, clearly.

12:03 p.m. ET -- Owen Daniels active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that TE Owen Daniels (hamstring) is active for the Texans.. He's off to a slow start, however, and isn't a recommended fantasy choice unless you're desperate for healthy tight ends.

11:58 a.m. ET -- Redskins IDP inactives -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that DT Albert Haynesworth (not injury related) is inactive, while S LaRon Landry (wrist) is active. Landry was Jim McCormick's No. 3 defensive back in his "D Up!" rankings, so keep him active.

11:58 a.m. ET -- Donovan McNabb active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that QB Donovan McNabb (thigh) is active for the Redskins, as expected. Mike Shanahan continues to list McNabb's status as more troubling than it really is, so don't sweat that questionable tag. More troubling should be that McNabb hasn't been an elite fantasy passer thus far, and the matchup against Green Bay is hardly that favorable.

11:58 a.m. ET -- Clinton Portis inactive -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that RB Clinton Portis (groin) is inactive for the Redskins, as expected. Ryan Torain will get the start and is a solid No. 2 fantasy option.

11:56 a.m. ET -- Burleson, Scheffler active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that WR Nate Burleson (ankle) and TE Tony Scheffler (concussion) are both active for the Lions. Burleson's return is going to cut into both Scheffler's and Brandon Pettigrew's target totals, but Pettigrew might be the one who loses out more, being that Scheffler has been more involved in the red zone. Keep Scheffler in there if you would normally.

11:55 a.m. ET -- Knowshon Moreno inactive -- The Denver Post reports that RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) is inactive, as expected. Laurence Maroney and Correll Buckhalter will share the backfield once again, but considering how poorly Maroney has performed in these spots the past couple weeks, Buckhalter is the stronger deep-league play of the two.

11:47 a.m. ET -- Best active -- John Clayton reports that RB Jahvid Best (toe) is active for the Lions. Best has been dealing with a toe injury and the matchup against the Rams isn't as strong as you might think.

11:45 a.m. ET -- Johnson active, Jones out -- John Clayton reports that WR Andre Johnson (ankle) is active, while WR Jacoby Jones (calf) is inactive. Expect Johnson to be a huge factor in this potential shootout. Even Kevin Walter is an attractive play in larger leagues.

11:43 a.m. ET -- Collie, Garcon active -- Chris Mortenson reports that both WR Austin Collie (foot) and WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring) are active for the Colts today. RB Joseph Addai (knee) is also active, and backup RB Donald Brown (hamstring) is not, so look for Addai to get a bit more work than normal.

11:37 a.m. ET -- Delhomme, Wallace both active -- The Browns' official website reports that both QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace are active. Wallace will start, with Delhomme serving as his backup. Delhomme might see relief work this week if Wallace struggles, but the bottom line is that you want neither in your fantasy lineup.

11:37 a.m. ET -- Harrison, Hillis both active -- The Browns' official website reports that both RBs Jerome Harrison (thigh) and Peyton Hillis (thigh) are active. Hillis is the Browns back you want; he'll be the starter and clear workhorse. Expect Harrison's involvement to be minimal; keep him on your sidelines.

11:27 a.m. ET -- Giants IDP inactives -- The Giants' official website reports that CB Terrell Thomas (hamstring) and DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) are both active, while DE Mathias Kiwanuka (neck) is inactive as expected. Umenyiora was Jim McCormick's No. 10 defensive lineman for Week 5, so keep him in there.

11:27 a.m. ET -- Ahmad Bradshaw active -- The Giants' official website reports that RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle) is active. He'll start and be a solid No. 2 fantasy play. Brandon Jacobs will once again be his backup and a possible goal-line vulture, but he's not recommended in most leagues.