Commentary

Week 7 inactives

Updated: October 24, 2010, 7:08 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 7. 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 every game, click here.

Top players we're watching

Ruled out before Sunday: RB Reggie Bush (fibula), QB David Garrard (concussion), WR DeSean Jackson (concussion), K Nate Kaeding (right groin), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head), 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)

TE Chris Cooley (head): Active
WR Josh Cribbs (head): Active
QB Trent Edwards (right thumb): Active, but No. 2 QB
WR Justin Gage (hamstring): Inactive
TE Todd Heap (neck): Active
QB Michael Vick (rib): Inactive (No. 3 QB)
QB Vince Young (knee): Active, but No. 2 QB

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

WR Steve Breaston (knee): Inactive
QB Jason Campbell (knee): Active
WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring): Inactive
TE Antonio Gates (toe): Active
QB Bruce Gradkowski (right shoulder): Inactive (No. 3 QB)
RB Darren McFadden (hamstring): Active
WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring): Inactive
WR Eddie Royal (groin): Active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

7:08 p.m. ET -- Donald Driver active -- The Packers' official website reports that WR Donald Driver (quadricep) is active. Cowboys wide receivers did score three touchdowns against the Vikings secondary in Week 6, and if the Vikings focus most of their attention on Greg Jennings, Driver should be left open for plenty of yardage. He's a useful No. 3/flex.

7:08 p.m. ET -- Charles Woodson active -- The Packers' official website reports that CB Charles Woodson (toe) is active. Even at his advancing age, Woodson is one of the game's most valuable IDPs. He's Jim McCormick's No. 3 defensive back in this week's "D Up!" rankings, so keep him in there.

7:08 p.m. ET -- Clay Matthews active -- The Packers' official website reports that DE Cullen Jenkins (hand) and LBs A.J. Hawk (groin) and Clay Matthews are both active. It's Matthews' active status that is most notable; he was listed as questionable. Mathews was Jim McCormick's No. 5 linebacker in this week's "D Up!" rankings, so this news makes him worth plugging into your IDP lineup.

7:04 p.m. ET -- Brett Favre active -- The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that QB Brett Favre (ankle) is active for the Vikings, as expected. Injuries to the Packers' defense boost the value of this matchup, and there's no questioning Favre's motivation, as he's always fired up in return visits to Lambeau Field. If you've waited this long to use Favre, there's no reason to change course now.

7:04 p.m. ET -- Percy Harvin -- The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that WR Percy Harvin (hamstring) is active for the Vikings. Brett Favre is plenty motivated to win this game, and he knows the best way to do it is to routinely fire at his deep threats. Harvin should see enough targets to be a worthwhile play in all leagues.

7:04 p.m. ET -- E.J. Henderson active -- The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that LB E.J. Henderson (knee) is active for the Vikings.

3:04 p.m. ET -- Ryan Mathews active -- The Chargers' official website reports that RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is active, as expected. He did, however, miss some practice time this week, which puts his every-down role in question. Mathews might continue to be used the way he has the past couple weeks, getting the bulk of the rushing work, especially between the 20s, but he might be lifted near the goal line for Mike Tolbert yet again. Mathews remains a low-level No. 2 fantasy option, with Tolbert a flex-play vulture.

3:04 p.m. ET -- Floyd, Naanee inactive -- The Chargers' official website confirms that WRs Malcom Floyd (hamstring) and Legedu Naanee (hamstring) are both inactive. WR Buster Davis (ribs) is active and will start at split end, with Patrick Crayton starting at flanker. Considering the Patriots' weakness in the secondary, Crayton is a smarter play in leagues that heavily reward catches and yards, while Davis is the boom-or-bust option in terms of long catches/scores. I'd pick Crayton of the two, if I'm digging deep. Richard Goodman will serve as the No. 3 receiver.

3:04 p.m. ET -- Nate Kaeding inactive -- The Chargers' official website confirms that K Nate Kaeding (right groin) is inactive. The Chargers recently signed Kris Brown to handle the placekicking duties, and he might be in that role for the foreseeable future, as Kaeding is out indefinitely.

3:01 p.m. ET -- Eddie Royal active -- The Broncos' official website reports that WR Eddie Royal (groin) is active. He's probably third-best in the receiver pecking order this week, and his presence actually diminishes Demaryius Thomas' fantasy appeal. Don't expect anything significant from either this week.

3:01 p.m. ET -- Bailey active, Goodman inactive -- The Broncos' official website reports that CB Andre' Goodman (quadricep) is inactive, while CB Champ Bailey (ribs) is active.

2:56 p.m. ET -- Jason Campbell to start -- The Raiders' official website reports that QB Jason Campbell (knee) is active and will start. QB Bruce Gradkowski (right shoulder) is the inactive No. 3 quarterback. Though the Broncos' pass defense is less than stellar, Campbell isn't an advised fantasy play.

2:56 p.m. ET -- Darren McFadden active -- The Raiders' official website reports that RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is active. It's unclear to what degree the carries will be divided between him and Michael Bush, so don't expect elite fantasy numbers from either. Still, both backs could be low-end No. 2/flex options, as the matchup does favor whichever gets the bulk of the carries. With McFadden the one fresh off injury, Bush might be the slightly smarter play.

2:56 p.m. ET -- Chaz Schilens inactive -- The Raiders' official website confirms that WR Chaz Schilens (knee) is inactive. Louis Murphy remains the only Raiders wide receiver you can trust in fantasy, and in a week where Andre' Goodman remains sidelined, he might yet sneak in a surprisingly productive stat line.

2:56 p.m. ET -- Tyvon Branch active -- The Raiders' official website reports that S Tyvon Branch (back) is active.

2:52 p.m. ET -- Antonio Gates active -- The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that TE Antonio Gates (toe) is active for the Chargers. There was some doubt about his status entering the week, so don't be surprised if he's playing this game at less than 100 percent. Still, Gates is too valuable a tight end to ever sit if he's given the green light to play.

2:46 p.m. ET -- Tom Brady active -- The Patriots' official website reports that QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) is active, as expected. In other news, the sun rose, taxes were collected and Brett Favre was in the headlines. Here's another regular occurrence: I advise you start Brady.

2:46 p.m. ET -- Fred Taylor inactive -- The Patriots' official website confirms that RB Fred Taylor (toe) is inactive. With Taylor out, BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be the Patriots' No. 1 back, with Danny Woodhead involved, particularly on passing downs.

2:46 p.m. ET -- Julian Edelman active -- The Patriots' official website reports that WR Julian Edelman (concussion) is active. He might see some work on special teams, but won't be targeted enough in the passing game to matter in the vast majority of leagues.

2:33 p.m. ET -- Breaston, Williams inactive -- The Cardinals' official website reports that WRs Steve Breaston (knee) and Stephen Williams (back) are both inactive, while WR Early Doucet (groin) is active. Andre Roberts, not Doucet, will earn the start for the Cardinals this week. No matter; you don't want any of these guys. Larry Fitzgerald is the lone trustworthy Cardinals wide receiver play.

12:00 p.m. ET -- Karlos Dansby active -- The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that LB Karlos Dansby (knee) is active for the Dolphins.

11:58 a.m. ET -- James Harrison active -- TheSteelersNews.com reports that LB James Harrison (not injury related) is active for the Steelers. There wasn't much doubt; after talk that he was considering retirement, Harrison obviously retracted the statement and reiterated his intent to play. He's Jim McCormick's No. 6 linebacker in this week's "D Up!" rankings, so there's no doubt you should keep him active, too.

11:55 a.m. ET -- Clinton Portis inactive -- The Redskins' official website confirms that RB Clinton Portis (groin) is inactive, as expected. Ryan Torain gets another start, and remains a No. 2 fantasy option after averaging 13.7 points the past three weeks.

11:55 a.m. ET -- Chris Cooley active -- The Redskins' official website reports that TE Chris Cooley (head) is active. His concussion was deemed a minor one earlier in the week, so keep him in your lineup. The opposing Bears, after all, do tend to give up the middle of the field at times; their 37 receptions allowed to opposing tight ends is the third-most in the league.

11:55 a.m. ET -- Hall, Landry both active -- The Redskins' official website reports that CB DeAngelo Hall (back) and S LaRon Landry (achilles) are both active. Both ranked among Jim McCormick's top-10 fantasy options at their respective positions in his "D Up!" rankings, so start them with confidence.

11:51 a.m. ET -- Chris Johnson active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that RB Chris Johnson (thigh) is active for the Titans. While the Eagles have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, they've had back-to-back strong outings against skilled backs (Frank Gore, Michael Turner). Still, Johnson is a special talent, he'll probably be heavily involved with Kerry Collins in at quarterback and he continues to bring maximum effort right through minute 60. He's a must-start in all formats.

11:51 a.m. ET -- Britt, Gage both active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that WR Kenny Britt (not injury related) is active for the Titans, while Justin Gage (hamstring) is inactive. This is a bit surprising, as Britt was advertised as Gage's backup by the Nashville Tennessean on Saturday. Now it appears Britt might get a starter's workload. Ultimately, with Kerry Collins at quarterback, members of the Titans' passing game should be avoided wherever possible.

11:51 a.m. ET -- Bo Scaife active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that TE Bo Scaife (groin) is active. He's not a great fantasy choice, but if you need him, he's got the OK to play.

11:50 a.m. ET -- Ray Rice active -- The Carroll County Times reports that RB Ray Rice (ankle) is active for the Ravens, as expected. He has a fantastic matchup against the Bills, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Rice is a must-start in all formats.

11:50 a.m. ET -- Derrick Mason active -- The Carroll County Times reports that WR Derrick Mason (ankle) is active for the Ravens. He's most valuable in PPR formats, but Mason is no better than a No. 3 option at his position even in that format since the arrival of Anquan Boldin.

11:49 a.m. ET -- Josh Morgan active -- The Sacramento Bee reports that WR Josh Morgan (thigh) is active for the 49ers. He has only eight catches the past three weeks combined, as Michael Crabtree has soared ahead of him as the 49ers' No. 1 wideout, so look to Crabtree if you're expecting useful fantasy production. Neither will be a contender for week-topping fantasy numbers, however, as the Panthers defense is easiest to attack via the run.

11:49 a.m. ET -- Vernon Davis active -- The Sacramento Bee reports that TE Vernon Davis (knee) is active for the 49ers. While Frank Gore might carry much of the offensive load against the Panthers, Davis is a top-five fantasy tight end regardless of matchup. He'll get his catches.

11:49 a.m. ET -- Justin Smith active -- The Sacramento Bee reports that DT Justin Smith (hand) is active for the 49ers.

11:47 a.m. ET -- Todd Heap active -- ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that TE Todd Heap (neck) is active. This isn't a total shock; Heap did return to last week's contest despite taking a nasty hit. Creative fantasy owners might notice that the Bills have surrendered the most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, and while that makes him a decent option, understand that he's not a significant cog in the Baltimore passing game, not to mention he might be slightly less than 100 percent this week. Start him if you need help at tight end, but don't use him over proven options.

11:46 a.m. ET -- Briggs, Urlacher both active -- The Chicago Tribune reports that both LBs Lance Briggs (ankle) and Brian Urlacher (groin) are active for the Bears. Urlacher is Jim McCormick's No. 10 linebacker in this week's "D Up!" rankings, making him a top IDP option for the week.

11:45 a.m. ET -- Colt McCoy to start -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) are both inactive for the Browns. Colt McCoy was named the Browns' starting quarterback earlier in the week, but he's not an advised fantasy play. He'll be short a receiver in Mohamed Massaquoi, and faces a somewhat challenging matchup at New Orleans.

11:45 a.m. ET -- Peyton Hillis active -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that RB Peyton Hillis (thigh) is active for the Browns. With Colt McCoy starting again at quarterback for the Browns, Hillis will be asked to shoulder the load on offense, both as runner and receiver. The Saints have a mediocre run defense, so keep Hillis in your lineup.

11:45 a.m. ET -- Massaquoi inactive, Cribbs active -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head) is inactive for the Browns, but WR Josh Cribbs (head) is active. Both players took nasty hits from the Steelers' Jerome Harrison last week, but Cribbs was apparently quicker to heal. Massaquoi's absence puts Cribbs in the No. 1 wide receiver role, so in a deeper league, he might be worth a look for once. Brian Robiskie should start across from Cribbs, but he's not a recommended fantasy option.

11:45 a.m. ET -- Benjamin Watson active -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that TE Benjamin Watson (ankle) is active for the Browns. He'll be asked to take on a significant amount of the receiving chores with Colt McCoy at quarterback and Mohamed Massaquoi sidelined, especially in the red zone. If you're in a pinch, Watson is a worthwhile fantasy plug-in.

11:45 a.m. ET -- Kenyon Coleman active -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that DE Kenyon Coleman (knee) is active for the Browns.

11:42 a.m. ET -- Earnest Graham inactive -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that RB Earnest Graham (hamstring) is inactive. He wasn't getting enough touches to be a fantasy option except in desperate circumstances, and this week he's out. Look elsewhere, obviously.

11:42 a.m. ET -- Kellen Winslow active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee) is active. He's off to a disappointing start, but should continue to see more targets than most second-tier tight ends. Don't consider him a certain top-10 option, but after the big boys are off the board, he's as involved in his offense as anyone at the position.

11:42 a.m. ET -- Barrett Ruud active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that LB Barrett Ruud (toe) is active.

11:40 a.m. ET -- Mardy Gilyard inactive -- The Rams' official website reports that WR Mardy Gilyard (hamstring) is inactive. Gilyard's absence is good news for Week 6 standoutDanario Alexander, who should see a consistent number of targets against the mediocre Bucs secondary. If you're in a pinch, Alexander might be worth your while as a No. 3/4/flex option.

11:38 a.m. ET -- Chris Chambers inactive -- The Chiefs' official website reports that WR Chris Chambers (finger) is inactive. Dwayne Bowe is the one Chiefs wide receiver we're advising, facing the shoddy Jaguars secondary.

11:37 a.m. ET -- Johnathan Joseph inactive -- The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle) is inactive.

11:35 a.m. ET -- Steve Smith active -- The Rock Hill Herald reports that WR Steve Smith (ankle) is active for the Panthers, as expected. Smith actually has a respectable track record when Matt Moore is the Panthers' quarterback -- an average of 86 receiving yards per game, and a touchdown in five straight -- so regard him a solid No. 2 fantasy wide receiver in his return to the lineup.

11:35 a.m. ET -- Dante Rosario active -- The Rock Hill Herald reports that TE Dante Rosario (knee) is active for the Panthers. It's possible he'll get a couple more targets with Matt Moore in at quarterback, but it's a huge roll of the dice to dig as deep as him at tight end. We hope you can find a better option.

11:34 a.m. ET -- Drew Brees active -- The Saints' official website reports that QB Drew Brees (knee) is active, as expected. Brees finally seemed comfortable throwing the deep ball in Week 6, and now he faces a Browns defense scorched by fresh-off-the-suspended-list Ben Roethlisberger. It's a great matchup.

11:34 a.m. ET -- Bush, Thomas inactive -- The Saints' official website confirms that RBs Reggie Bush (fibula) and Pierre Thomas (ankle) are inactive, while RB Julius Jones (shoulder) is active. Coming off an extraordinary Week 6, Chris Ivory should start and get the majority of the carries for the Saints. He's the Saints back you want active, as a strong No. 2 option. Expect Jones to battle with Ladell Betts for whatever is left over.

11:34 a.m. ET -- Jeremy Shockey active -- The Saints' official website reports that TE Jeremy Shockey (illness) is active. There wasn't much concern that he'd sit out, but he's more of a No. 2 fantasy option at his position. If you typically use him, there's your go-ahead to keep playing him.

11:34 a.m. ET -- Harper, Smith both active -- The Saints' official website reports that DE Will Smith (groin) and S Roman Harper (hamstring) are both active. Harper is Jim McCormick's No. 4 defensive back in this week's "D Up!" rankings, so consider him a top IDP option for the week.

11:32 a.m. ET -- Todd Bouman to start -- The Jaguars' official website reports that QB David Garrard (concussion) is inactive, while Trent Edwards (right thumb) is active. Todd Bouman will be the Jaguars' starter, with Edwards his backup, putting their passing game in a tough spot. It's smart to avoid the lot, if you can, other than perhaps Mike Thomas in a PPR league.

11:32 a.m. ET -- Mike Sims-Walker active -- official website reports that WR Mike Sims-Walker (shoulder) is active. The Jaguars' muddled quarterback situation is a concern for Sims-Walker's fantasy owners, but so is the fact that he's off to a slow start, only proving valuable for our purposes with sporadic touchdown catches. If you can avoid him, you should.

11:31 a.m. ET -- Lofton active, but Robinson out -- The Falcons' official website reports that LB Curtis Lofton (knee) is active, but CB Dunta Robinson (head) is inactive. It was expecting a lot for Robinson to play after taking a blow to the head in that nasty collision with DeSean Jackson last week, but if you watched that game, you recognize that the Falcons are susceptible to the deep pass when he's absent. Good news for Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. As for Lofton, he's Jim McCormick's No. 8 linebacker in this week's "D Up!" rankings, meaning he's a solid IDP play.

11:29 a.m. ET -- Vick No. 3 QB, Kolb to start -- The Eagles' official website reports that QB Michael Vick (rib) is the inactive No. 3 quarterback this week. Kevin Kolb will get another start, and coming off a strong Week 6, is a useful high-end second-tier option at quarterback.

11:29 a.m. ET -- LeSean McCoy active -- The Eagles' official website reports that RB LeSean McCoy (rib) is active, as expected. He's the No. 3 running back in terms of fantasy points to date, and has averaged 15.0 per game, so there's no reason to sweat his matchup merely because the Titans have allowed the fifth-fewest points per game to the position.

11:29 a.m. ET -- DeSean Jackson inactive -- The Eagles' official website confirms that WR DeSean Jackson (concussion) is inactive, while WR Riley Cooper (concussion) is active. With Jackson sidelined, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant will be starters, with Cooper stepping in for three-receiver sets. If the Titans focus their defensive attention upon Maclin, Avant might sneak in with useful stats in deeper PPR leagues, but Maclin is a clear No. 2 fantasy option anyway, as the top deep threat on the active roster.

11:29 a.m. ET -- Brent Celek active -- The Eagles' official website reports that TE Brent Celek (wrist) is active. That DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin were Week 6 standouts in a Kevin Kolb start is troubling if you're a Celek owner, because it signals Kolb is becoming increasingly more comfortable throwing deep instead of regularly in Celek's direction. Still, with Jackson sidelined, Kolb is going to need a safety valve like Celek; consider him a top-10 play this week.

11:18 a.m. ET -- Kerry Collins to start -- ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports that both QBs Vince Young (knee) and Kerry Collins (right finger) will be active for the Titans, but Collins will start and Young will be his backup. Neither quarterback is a strong fantasy play, especially not against an Eagles defense that capitalizes upon mistakes.