Commentary

Week 6 inactives

Updated: October 17, 2010, 7:19 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 6. 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: RB Donald Brown (hamstring), RB Reggie Bush (fibula), TE Jermichael Finley (knee), RB Clinton Portis (groin), WR Chaz Schilens (knee), RB Fred Taylor (toe), RB Pierre Thomas (ankle), QB Seneca Wallace (ankle).

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Peyton Hillis (thigh): Active
WR Calvin Johnson (shoulder): Active
WR Jacoby Jones (calf): Active
WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring): Inactive
WR Mike Williams (TB) (foot): Active

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

WR Dez Bryant (ribs): Active
QB Brett Favre (ankle): Active
RB Darren McFadden (hamstring): Inactive
RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring): Active
WR Demaryius Thomas (concussion): Active

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

RB Joseph Addai (neck): Active
WR Austin Collie (foot): Active
WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring): Active
QB Donovan McNabb (hamstring): Active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

7:18 p.m. ET -- Antoine Bethea active -- NFL.com reports that CB Antoine Bethea (hamstring) is active for the Colts.

7:18 p.m. ET -- Addai, Hart active, Brown out -- NFL.com reports that RBs Joseph Addai (neck) and Mike Hart (hip) are both active for the Colts, while RB Donald Brown (hamstring) is inactive. Addai will get the start and be the workhorse for the Colts, so keep him in there as a solid No. 2 fantasy running back.

7:18 p.m. ET -- Collie, Garcon both active -- NFL.com reports that WRs Austin Collie (foot) and Pierre Garcon (hamstring) are both active for the Colts, while WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) is inactive. Fantasy owners should regard the value picks among Colts wideouts in this order: Reggie Wayne, Collie, Garcon, the concern with the latter two that they might cut into one another's targets. Don't be fooled into thinking either is a certain top-20 play; drop them to No. 3-status if possible.

6:56 p.m. ET -- Donovan McNabb active -- The Redskins' official website reports that QB Donovan McNabb (hamstring) is active. Shocking; he was listed as questionable but gets the go-ahead. Mike Shanahan, you and your injury report! McNabb's owners expected him to play, so if you waited until the night game to use him, you're a-OK to stick to the plan.

6:56 p.m. ET -- Clinton Portis inactive -- The Redskins' official website confirms that RB Clinton Portis (groin) is inactive. Ryan Torain gets the start against the Colts' paper-thin run defense. It's a favorable enough matchup that Torain can be regarded a top-20 option at his position.

6:56 p.m. ET -- LeRon Landry active -- The Redskins' official website reports that S LaRon Landry (wrist) is active.

2:59 p.m. ET -- Dez Bryant active -- NFL.com reports that WR Dez Bryant (ribs) is active for the Cowboys. Though he's not the top target in the Cowboys' pass attack, his matchup is favorable, especially with the Vikings losing arguably their best corner, Cedric Griffin, to injury. Consider Bryant a useful No. 3 option.

2:46 p.m. ET -- Brett Favre active -- The Vikings' official website reports that QB Brett Favre (ankle) is active. There was a bit of a scare with his status this week, as his elbow has been bothering him, but he gets the go-ahead, apparently. If you waited this long for him, you should stick with the pick.

2:46 p.m. ET -- Visanthe Shiancoe active -- The Vikings' official website reports that TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) is active. He's a useful lower-end fantasy tight end, but make no mistake, he's no automatic top-10 option now that Randy Moss is in town.

2:44 p.m. ET -- Campbell to start, Gradkowski to back up -- Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports that QB Bruce Gradkowski (right shoulder) is the Raiders' inactive No. 3 quarterback. Jason Campbell gets the start this week. We might not have seen Gradkowski's final start of 2010, considering how poorly Campbell played in the season's early weeks, but Campbell isn't an advised fill-in.

2:44 p.m. ET -- Darren McFadden inactive -- Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports that RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is inactive for the Raiders. The Raiders will give Michael Bush the start, and McFadden's absence strengthens Bush's matchup. He might see 20-plus touches and is well worth using in most leagues.

2:44 p.m. ET -- Schilens inactive, Higgins active -- Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports that WR Chaz Schilens (knee) is inactive for the Raiders, as expected, while WR Johnnie Lee Higgins (knee) is active. No matter; Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey should continue to start at wide receiver for the Raiders. Murphy is a No. 3/flex option.

2:43 p.m. ET -- Knowshon Moreno active -- The Broncos' official website reports that RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) is active. The Broncos are so ridiculously pass-oriented and Moreno's matchup against the Jets is unfavorable; avoid him if you can. Still, he might approach double-digit carries, so if you need him, he's OK to play.

2:43 p.m. ET -- Demaryius Thomas active -- The Broncos' official website reports that WR Demaryius Thomas (concussion) is active. The Broncos have the depth at wide receiver that they won't need to push Thomas; don't race to activate him simply because his NFL team did. Rank their wideouts, in terms of fantasy appeal, in this order for Week 6: Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Eddie Royal, Thomas.

2:38 p.m. ET -- Darrelle Revis active -- The Jets' official website reports that CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) is active, in a bit of a surprise. His presence somewhat diminishes the appeal of members of the Broncos' potent pass attack. Brandon Lloyd faces a scarier matchup this week, but he's still worth keeping in there as Revis might not be quite his usual self.

12:12 p.m. ET -- Louis Delmas active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that S Louis Delmas (groin) is active for the Lions.

12:12 p.m. ET -- Jahvid Best active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that RB Jahvid Best (toe) is active for the Lions. With the Giants sure to put the pressure on the Lions' passing game, Best will surely be asked to run early and often. Expect a workload that will more than justify him as a No. 2 fantasy running back for Week 6.

12:12 p.m. ET -- Nate Burleson active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that WR Nate Burleson (ankle) is active for the Lions. He might see a few extra targets this week with Calvin Johnson nicked up, but don't expect him to make much of a fantasy impact against the Giants tough pass D.

12:11 p.m. ET -- Kenyon Coleman active -- The Browns' official website reports that DE Kenyon Coleman (knee) is active.

12:11 p.m. ET -- Mike Bell active -- The Browns' official website reports that Mike Bell is active. The Browns spent the week trying to quickly get him up to speed to be their No. 2 running back, ahead of James Davis, but don't expect either back to make a fantasy impact this week.

12:11 p.m. ET -- Josh Cribbs active -- The Browns' official website reports that WR Josh Cribbs (ankle) is active. He's more valuable in leagues that reward return yards, but if you usually count on him, he's good to go.

12:08 p.m. ET -- Texans IDP inactives -- The Texans' official website reports that DE Mario Williams (shoulder), LBs Brian Cushing (knee) and DeMeco Ryans (groin) and S Bernard Pollard (neck) are all active. Williams, Ryans and Pollard are all top-10 options at their respective positions in Jim McCormick's "D Up!" rankings this week, so look to the Texans for a good source of IDP value in Week 6.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Abraham, Lofton active -- The Falcons' official website reports that DE John Abraham (back) and LB Curtis Lofton (knee) are both active. Lofton is Jim McCormick's No. 8 linebacker in this week's "D Up!" rankings, and both are worth using in IDP leagues.

12:06 p.m. ET -- Will Smith active -- The Saints' official website reports that DE Will Smith (groin) is active.

12:06 p.m. ET -- Sean Jones active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that S Sean Jones (back) is active.

12:05 p.m. ET -- Tillman, Urlacher active, Briggs inactive -- The Chicago Sun-Times reports that CB Charles Tillman (calf) and LB Brian Urlacher (groin) are active, but LB Lance Briggs (ankle) is inactive. Urlacher is Jim McCormick's No. 3 linebacker in this week's "D Up!" rankings, and is a worthy IDP option. Tillman also warrants a look in those formats.

12:03 p.m. ET -- Haloti Ngata active -- The Ravens' official website reports that DT Haloti Ngata (knee) is active.

12:03 p.m. ET -- Rice, McClain active -- The Ravens' official website reports that both RBs Le'Ron McClain (shoulder) and Ray Rice (knee) are active. Rice is the Ravens' clear starter and workhorse, and don't overlook that he converted on a pair of goal-line carries in Week 5. That diminishes concerns that Willis McGahee will vulture all of Rice's potential touchdowns, and it cements Rice's status as a top-shelf fantasy starter. McClain, meanwhile, will remain a low-impact third man on the depth chart.

12:01 p.m. ET -- Kenneth Darby active -- The Rams' official website reports that RB Kenneth Darby (ribs) is active. He'll remain Steven Jackson's backup, but Jackson was off the injury report this week. Don't expect much work for Darby.

12:01 p.m. ET -- Bajema, Hoomanawanui active -- The Rams' official website reports that both TEs Billy Bajema (knee) and Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) are active. Between them and Daniel Fells, there are too many tight ends to divvy up the targets at the position; avoid the lot.

12:01 p.m. ET -- Mardy Gilyard active -- The Rams' official website reports that WR Mardy Gilyard (thigh) is active. He's not fantasy-relevant, but with the Rams' receiver pecking order completely up in the air, it's at least worth watching to see if anyone steps up.

11:59 a.m. ET -- Woodson, Jenkins active, Matthews out -- The Packers' official website reports that CB Charles Woodson (toe) and DE Cullen Jenkins (hamstring) are both active, though LB Clay Matthews (hamstring) is inactive. Woodson is Jim McCormick's No. 3 defensive back in this week's "D Up!" rankings, so he's a fine fantasy play in IDP formats.

11:55 a.m. ET -- Blount inactive, Graham active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that RB Earnest Graham (hamstring) is active, while LeGarrette Blount is inactive. Graham is only a useful plug-in if you need a flex play in a PPR league.

11:54 a.m. ET -- Drew Brees active -- The Saints' official website reports that QB Drew Brees (knee) is active. Despite his slow start to 2010, he'll be the toughest quarterback the Buccaneers have faced all season, and he has averaged 247.6 passing yards with 18 touchdowns in nine career games against them. Is there any doubt he should remain in your lineup?

11:54 a.m. ET -- Bush, Thomas inactive -- The Saints' official website confirms that both RBs Pierre Thomas (ankle) and Reggie Bush (fibula) are inactive. While the Saints face a favorable matchup for running backs against the Buccaneers, their backfield is also a bit clouded. RB Chris Ivory (knee) is active, but because he's a poor blocker, he might play more sparingly than Ladell Betts. Julius Jones, meanwhile, is active and might cut into both Ivory's and Betts' touches. Consider Betts the most useful desperation play, but this team might be better off avoided altogether.

11:54 a.m. ET -- Marques Colston active -- The Saints' official website reports that WR Marques Colston (rib) is active. A disappointment to date, Colston is worth keeping in your lineup, being that the Buccaneers have struggled to defend opposing No. 1 receivers their past two games. He's no candidate to top the fantasy scoreboard, but a solid outing can be expected.

11:52 a.m. ET -- Jay Cutler active -- ESPNChicago.com reports that QB Jay Cutler (head) is active for the Bears, as expected. That the Chicago Tribune came out with a report in the past week that documented five known concussions in Cutler's career hints that he's at greater risk to get hurt again than your average quarterback, and the Seahawks do have a fierce pass rusher in Chris Clemons. That said, it's a favorable matchup for Cutler against a defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, so for any risk, there's quite a bit of reward. Caleb Hanie, meanwhile, will be Cutler's backup, with Todd Collins the No. 3.

11:50 a.m. ET -- Wallace, Delhomme inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that both QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) are inactive for the Browns. This was expected, as the Browns reported earlier in the week that Colt McCoy would make his first NFL start, with recently signed Brett Ratliff backing him up. A road matchup at the Steelers is a nightmare even for a seasoned veteran, so that the rookie McCoy is experiencing it means you should expect much ugliness from the Browns' side.

11:49 a.m. ET -- Matthew Stafford inactive -- The Newark Star-Ledger reports that QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder) is the Lions' inactive No. 3 quarterback. In no way is this surprising; it makes all the sense in the world for the Lions to hold him out knowing he'll get the bye week's extra rest in Week 7, especially accounting for the matchup against the Giants' ferocious pass rush. Shaun Hill, who will start again at quarterback, might be running for his life all day.

11:48 a.m. ET -- Ryan Mathews active -- The Chargers' official website reports that RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is active. While he missed some practice time early in the week and could still face competition for carries from Mike Tolbert, Mathews has been hinted the Chargers' starter and workhorse for much of the past week. "We want to push it and get him as many carries as we can," coach Norv Turner told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday. Expect Tolbert to remain involved, probably most often in short-yardage situations, but if you're predicting which Chargers back is the smarter fantasy play, Mathews looks like it in Week 6.

11:48 a.m. ET -- Legedu Naanee inactive -- The Chargers' official website reports that WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring) is inactive. This is good news if you're a Malcom Floyd owner, because it means even less competition for targets in the Chargers' passing game. Antonio Gates also benefits. The Chargers will be forced to use Patrick Crayton or Buster Davis across from Floyd, and neither has the skills to be a high-impact fantasy option.

11:47 a.m. ET -- Peyton Hillis active -- ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that RB Peyton Hillis (thigh) is active for the Browns. He's probably going to be playing at less than 100 percent, he's playing a road game against a rock-solid Steelers run defense and the Browns are starting rookie Colt McCoy at quarterback. Still, it's tough to argue that sitting a running back who is averaging nearly 20 touches per game and has scored in each of the season's first five weeks is a smart move. Keep Hillis in there; just don't expect elite numbers.

11:44 a.m. ET -- Foster, Ward active -- The Texans' official website reports that RBs Arian Foster (knee) and Derrick Ward (ribs) are active. Foster is the Texans' clear starter and workhorse, and his team's pass attack is potent enough that the Chiefs will be unable to simply stack the box to stop him. Keep him active in all formats, and expect minimal usage at best for backups Ward and Steve Slaton.

11:44 a.m. ET -- Owen Daniels active -- The Texans' official website reports that TE Owen Daniels (hamstring) is active. Texans coach Gary Kubiak made positive comments regarding Daniels' health and progress in last week's game, which bodes well for the tight end's fantasy potential in upcoming matchups. Still, we'd like to see some production from Daniels before giving him a clear recommendation as a starter.

11:44 a.m. ET -- Texans WRs healthy -- The Texans' official website reports that WRs Andre Johnson (ankle) and Jacoby Jones (calf) are both active. Johnson was limited in practice all week, but his Week 5 numbers as well as all reports about his health have been positive. He's a definite fantasy start. Jones, meanwhile, might not be 100 percent, and should probably be avoided in all but the deepest leagues.

11:43 a.m. ET -- Kellen Winslow active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee) is active as expected. He's a strong fantasy choice for this week, being that Mike Williams was battling a foot injury during the practice week, not to mention the opposing Saints have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.

11:43 a.m. ET -- Mike Williams (TB) active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that WR Mike Williams (foot) is active. His matchup makes him a useful enough No. 3/flex option in most leagues, though Kellen Winslow might be the team's leader in targets and the more attractive fantasy play of the two.

11:41 a.m. ET -- Calvin Johnson active -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Calvin Johnson (shoulder) is active for the Lions. This is great news for Megatron's fantasy owners, though the matchup isn't the greatest. Don't expect top-10 numbers, especially with him perhaps less than 100 percent, but keep him in there if you normally would.

11:40 a.m. ET -- Marcus Trufant active -- The Seahawks' official website reports that CB Marcus Trufant (ankle) is active.

11:37 a.m. ET -- Aaron Rodgers active -- The Packers' official website reports that QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion) is active, as expected. The Packers can breathe a sigh of relief, no longer needing to call upon Matt Flynn, and owners of Packers offensive players can do the same. While Rodgers and his Packers have lost some key personnel in the past week, he's one of the most skilled passers in all of football. His fantasy status should mirror his active NFL status.

11:37 a.m. ET -- Jermichael Finley inactive -- The Packers' official website confirms that TE Jermichael Finley (knee) is inactive. TE Donald Lee (chest), however, is active, meaning he and Andrew Quarless might split the targets among Packers tight ends. Lee serves as more of a blocker of the two, so he should be the less-attractive bye-week plug-in for your purposes, but his active status also diminishes Quarless' appeal.

11:37 a.m. ET -- Donald Driver active -- The Packers' official website reports that WR Donald Driver (quadricep) is active as expected. With the Packers losing Jermichael Finley perhaps for the season last week, Driver's role is sure to increase, even if only slightly. Keep him active.

11:35 a.m. ET -- Trent Cole active -- The News Journal of Wilmington (Del.) reports that DE Trent Cole (hamstring) is active for the Eagles. Cole is Jim McCormick's No. 8 defensive lineman in this week's "D Up!" rankings, so he's a fine IDP play.

11:34 a.m. ET -- Michael Vick inactive No. 3 QB -- The News Journal of Wilmington (Del.) reports that QB Michael Vick (rib) is the Eagles' inactive No. 3 quarterback. Kevin Kolb will get the start, but he's not an advised fantasy play except in two-quarterback leagues or as a bye-week plug-in. Eagles coach Andy Reid has previously stated that Vick will be his starter when completely healthy, so perhaps this is a small step towards his being available come Week 7.

11:33 a.m. ET -- LeSean McCoy active -- The News Journal of Wilmington (Del.) reports that RB LeSean McCoy (rib) is active for the Eagles. McCoy is perhaps the most valuable fantasy option on the Eagles' side, and don't sweat Jerome Harrison cutting significantly into his workload just yet. Harrison is inactive in his first week with the Eagles, so he's a non-factor for now.

11:33 a.m. ET -- Brent Celek active -- The News Journal of Wilmington (Del.) reports that TE Brent Celek (wrist) is active for the Eagles. He's a noticeably better fantasy play in games where Kevin Kolb is the Eagles' quarterback, and Kolb will start this week. Consider Celek a top-10 option against a Falcons defense that has afforded 25 receptions to opposing tight ends their past three games combined.

11:32 a.m. ET -- Tom Brady active -- The Patriots' official website reports that QB Tom Brady (right shoulder), who has been listed on the weekly injury report for what feels like since the beginning of time, is active. Surprise, surprise. Here's another shocker: We strongly advise you keep him active in all formats.

11:32 a.m. ET -- Fred Taylor inactive -- The Patriots' official website confirms that RB Fred Taylor (toe) is inactive. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should get another start and be the most attractive fantasy option in the Patriots' backfield, though Danny Woodhead might be a useful PPR-league desperation play.

11:30 a.m. ET -- Chris Chambers inactive -- The Chiefs' official website reports that WR Chris Chambers (finger) is inactive. With Chambers out, Dwayne Bowe will be asked to do the bulk of the work for the Chiefs' lackluster pass attack. Consider him a useful No. 3 fantasy option. Terrance Copper and Jeremy Horne will probably serve as the team's Nos. 2 and 3 wideouts, though neither is a fantasy consideration.

11:28 a.m. ET -- Kiwanuka inactive, Umenyiora active -- The Giants' official website reports that DE Mathias Kiwanuka (neck) is inactive, as expected, while DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) is active. Umenyiora is Jim McCormick's No. 2 defensive lineman in this week's "D Up!" rankings, so keep him in there.

11:27 a.m. ET -- Tynes inactive, Graham to kick -- The Giants' official website reports that K Lawrence Tynes (left ankle) is inactive. This was expected; Tynes hurt himself during midweek practices. Shayne Graham will kick for the Giants this week, if you're in a pinch and need a fill-in.