Commentary

Week 9 inactives

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

Welcome to Week 9. 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: WR Donald Driver (quadricep), RB Earnest Graham (hamstring), QB Matt Hasselbeck (head), K Nate Kaeding (right groin), WR Louis Murphy (chest), QB Tony Romo (left shoulder), WR Chaz Schilens (knee), WR Golden Tate (ankle), RB Fred Taylor (toe), RB Pierre Thomas (ankle).

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

WR Deion Branch (hamstring): Active
RB Reggie Bush (fibula): Inactive
TE Owen Daniels (hamstring): Inactive
WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring): Inactive
TE Antonio Gates (toe): Inactive
WR Percy Harvin (ankle): Active
WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring): Inactive
RB Beanie Wells (knee): Active
RB DeAngelo Williams (foot): Inactive

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

RB Joseph Addai (neck): Inactive
WR Austin Collie (hand): Active
TE Zach Miller (foot): Inactive

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

7:16 p.m. ET -- Tony Romo inactive -- NFL.com confirms that QB Tony Romo (left shoulder) is inactive for the Cowboys, as expected. Jon Kitna will get another start, though he's more of a No. 2 option at his position, if you play in a league where two are required.

7:16 p.m. ET -- Felix Jones active -- NFL.com reports that RB Felix Jones (ankle) is active for the Cowboys. Jones' workload might be lessened with him possibly at less than 100 percent, in which case Tashard Choice could see a few more carries than usual. Marion Barber should also be involved in the rushing attack.

7:11 p.m. ET -- Aaron Rodgers active -- The Packers' official website reports that QB Aaron Rodgers (ankle) is active. He's a solid fantasy play facing a Cowboys defense that performed horribly in Week 8 (as well as for much of the year).

7:11 p.m. ET -- Donald Driver inactive -- The Packers' official website confirms that WR Donald Driver (quadricep) is inactive as expected. James Jones and Jordy Nelson should see an increase in targets accordingly, and Jones is my pick as the sleeper of the two; Nelson appears to be ticketed for more of a role on special teams this week.

7:11 p.m. ET -- Andrew Quarless inactive -- The Packers' official website reports that TE Andrew Quarless (shoulder) is inactive. Donald Lee will be the starting tight end, and he might actually see a decent number of targets for once.

7:11 p.m. ET -- Woodson, Jenkins, Matthews active -- The Packers' official website reports that CB Charles Woodson (toe), DE Cullen Jenkins (calf) and LB Clay Matthews (shin) are all active.

2:59 p.m. ET -- Bruce Gradkowski the No. 3 QB -- The Raiders' official website reports that QB Bruce Gradkowski (right shoulder) is the No. 3 quarterback this week. Jason Campbell was previously announced as the Raiders' starter, but he'll be without Louis Murphy and Zach Miller, his two most trusted targets, this week. Avoid Campbell if at all possible.

2:59 p.m. ET -- Murphy, Schilens inactive -- The Raiders' official website reports that WRs Louis Murphy (chest) and Chaz Schilens (knee) are inactive. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder) is active and will start. Jacoby Ford will also see more work with Murphy sidelined.

2:54 p.m. ET -- Addai, Hart both inactive -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that both RBs Mike Hart (ankle) and Joseph Addai (neck) are inactive for the Colts. Donald Brown will start at running back, and he'll be backed up by Javarris James. Expect Brown to receive a healthy number of carries, enough to make him a worthwhile No. 2/flex option.

2:54 p.m. ET -- Collie, Gonzalez active -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that WR Austin Collie (hand) is active for the Colts. He'll reclaim his slot-receiver role following WR Anthony Gonzalez's (knee) placement on season-ending IR. Collie might not be quite 100 percent, but he'll be targeted enough to be a useful No. 3/4 option.

2:54 p.m. ET -- Mathis active, Session inactive -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that DE Robert Mathis (knee) is active, while LB Clint Session (elbow) is inactive, for the Colts.

2:52 p.m. ET -- Nnamdi Asomugha inactive -- CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) is inactive for the Raiders, reports the website of the opposing Chiefs. Bump up Dwayne Bowe's matchup, as he should be open a lot more often this week as a result.

2:50 p.m. ET -- Zach Miller inactive -- TE Zach Miller (foot) is inactive for the Raiders, reports the website of the opposing Chiefs. With Miller out, Brandon Myers will presumably start at tight end, not that he's advised in fantasy leagues.

2:49 p.m. ET -- Dexter McCluster inactive -- The Chiefs' official website reports that WR Dexter McCluster (ankle) is inactive.

2:46 a.m. ET -- Michael Vick active -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that QB Michael Vick (rib) is active for the Eagles. He'll recapture his starting quarterback role this week, and is a fine fantasy play against the Colts, especially with DeSean Jackson returning to the lineup as well.

2:46 a.m. ET -- DeSean Jackson active -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that WR DeSean Jackson (concussion) is active for the Eagles. He put in a decent share of practice time this week and all reports have been positive, so slot him back into your fantasy lineup with confidence.

2:46 a.m. ET -- Juqua Parker active -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that DE Juqua Parker (hip) is active for the Eagles.

2:30 p.m. ET -- Charlie Whitehurst to start -- QB Matt Hasselbeck (head) is inactive for the Seahawks, according to the website of the opposing Giants. This was expected; Charlie Whitehurst was previously announced the Seahawks' starter. Whitehurst has a treacherous matchup in his first start for the team, and he'll be without Golden Tate for the game. Avoid Whitehurst and try not to rely on his receivers, either.

2:30 p.m. ET -- Golden Tate out, Mike Williams active -- WR Golden Tate (ankle) is inactive, but WR Mike Williams (knee) is active, for the Seahawks, according to the website of the opposing Giants. With Tate absent, Deon Butler will start and see a few more targets. Williams is the only Seahawks wide receiver fantasy owners want to trust, however, and he's at best a No. 4 option with Charlie Whitehurst starting at quarterback.

2:30 p.m. ET -- Colin Cole inactive -- DT Colin Cole (ankle) is inactive for the Seahawks, reports the website of the opposing Giants.

2:20 p.m. ET -- Osi Umenyiora active -- The Giants' official website reports that DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) is active. He's having a great season so far, and should be active in all IDP formats.

12:16 p.m. ET -- Earnest Graham inactive -- The Buccaneers' official website confirms that RB Earnest Graham (hamstring) is inactive. This was expected; Graham isn't a fantasy option besides. LeGarrette Blount is the running back you want from the Tampa Bay backfield; he's a No. 2/flex option for the week.

12:16 p.m. ET -- Kellen Winslow active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee) is active. His lack of touchdown production has been frustrating, and we wouldn't blame you if you preferred to take a shot on another tight end with greater matchups upside. That said, Winslow still is involved enough in the offense to be worthwhile in most formats.

12:15 p.m. ET -- Andre Johnson active -- The Texans' official website reports that WR Andre Johnson (ankle) is active. He's a must-start in all fantasy leagues even against the Chargers; remember that their defense has been slumping of late.

12:15 p.m. ET -- Mario Williams active -- The Texans' official website reports that DE Mario Williams (hip) is active.

12:14 p.m. ET -- Robinson, Abraham, Lofton all active -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that CB Dunta Robinson (head), DE John Abraham (ankle) and LB Curtis Lofton (knee) are all active for the Falcons.

12:12 p.m. ET -- Brett Favre active -- The Vikings' official website reports that QB Brett Favre (foot) is active. No shock; his consecutive-games streak just rolls on as it nears 300. Favre's receiver arsenal has been whittled down this week, however, what with Randy Moss gone and Percy Harvin evidently playing at less than 100 percent. Don't race to call Favre a great fantasy play, because he's not; he's more of a two-quarterback league option at this stage.

12:12 p.m. ET -- Bernard Berrian active -- The Vikings' official website reports that WR Bernard Berrian (groin) is active. Berrian might see a few more targets than usual with Percy Harvin injured, but having performed so poorly all year, he's not an advised fantasy play. Visanthe Shiancoe might be the best option the Vikings have in their passing game, as fantasy numbers are concerned.

12:11 p.m. ET -- Steve Breaston active -- The Cardinals' official website reports that WR Steve Breaston (knee) is active. He's a useful No. 3 option -- particularly in PPR formats -- facing the Vikings' defense, but keep in mind that his upside is somewhat limited with the mess the Cardinals have going on at quarterback right now.

12:09 p.m. ET -- Tom Brady active -- The Patriots' official website reports that QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) is active. This week's most shocking news is in. So is this: Start him.

12:09 p.m. ET -- Fred Taylor inactive -- The Patriots' official website confirms that RB Fred Taylor (toe) is inactive. With Taylor out, BenJarvus Green-Ellis gets another start and the bulk of the carries, with Danny Woodhead spelling him at times. Regard Green-Ellis a low-level No. 2 option, Woodhead a PPR sleeper.

12:09 p.m. ET -- Pat Chung inactive -- The Patriots' official website reports that S Pat Chung (knee) is inactive.

12:08 p.m. ET -- Revis, Harris active -- The Jets' official website reports that CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and LB David Harris (back) are both active. Revis will have his hands full covering Calvin Johnson this week, and in fantasy, he's actually not as valuable an option as he is to his real team.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Yeremiah Bell active -- The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that S Yeremiah Bell (toe) is active.

12:06 p.m. ET -- Colt McCoy starts again -- The Browns' official website reports that QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) are both inactive again this week. It's not unexpected; Colt McCoy was announced the team's starter earlier in the week. It's a hail-mary play, yes, but if you're in a two-quarterback league and in a pinch at the position, McCoy is facing a pretty overrated secondary. He might be worth your while.

12:04 p.m. ET -- Marques Colston active -- The Saints' official website reports that WR Marques Colston (hand) is active as expected. Colston is one of the most productive members of the Saints' offense, especially in recent weeks, and he's a must-start even facing the Panthers.

12:04 p.m. ET -- Garrett Hartley active -- The Saints' official website reports that K Garrett Hartley (right ankle) is active.

12:02 p.m. ET -- Derrick Mason active -- The Ravens' official website reports that WR Derrick Mason (ankle) is active. It's a decent matchup for him, but Mason's fantasy appeal is typically reserved for PPR leagues.

12:02 p.m. ET -- Todd Heap active -- The Ravens' official website reports that TE Todd Heap (back) is active as expected. Heap occasionally gives worthwhile fantasy numbers, typically when the matchup favors him, but as in most weeks, this week he's more fantasy-backup material.

12:02 p.m. ET -- Ed Reed active -- The Ravens' official website reports that S Ed Reed (ankle) is active.

11:57 a.m. ET -- Matthew Stafford active, Shaun Hill No. 3 QB -- The Lions' official website reports that QB Matthew Stafford (foot) is active, while QB Shaun Hill (left forearm) is the inactive No. 3 quarterback. Stafford has a tougher assignment in the Jets this week than last, but he's a worthwhile No. 2 option in two-quarterback leagues as the leading man in an offense that should be pretty pass-heavy in this game.

11:57 a.m. ET -- Javhid Best, Kevin Smith active -- The Lions' official website reports that RBs Kevin Smith (knee) and Jahvid Best (toe) are both active. It'll be interesting to track how the Lions divvy up the carries this week after Smith cut deeply into Best's workload in Week 8. Best is the fantasy play if you must use either, but Smith's active status and the matchup with the Jets should keep him in the flex-play category.

11:57 a.m. ET -- Calvin Johnson active -- The Lions' official website reports that WR Calvin Johnson (shoulder) is active as expected. Don't sweat the Jets matchup; Megatron could go for 100 and one against the best cornerbacks in the game, and he'll be matched up with one (Darrelle Revis) this week. He's a must-start. In other Lions news, TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is also active. He's more of a fantasy backup, but if you need him, he's OK to plug in.

11:57 a.m. ET -- Louis Delmas active -- The Lions' official website reports that S Louis Delmas (ankle) is active.

11:56 a.m. ET -- Desmond Clark active -- The Chicago Sun-Times reports that TE Desmond Clark (neck) is active for the Bears. Clark is still the blocker of the team's two prominent tight ends; Greg Olsen is the one who does the work in the receiving game. It's a favorable matchup for Olsen, so give him a look if you need help at the position.

11:56 a.m. ET -- Lance Briggs active -- The Chicago Sun-Times reports that LB Lance Briggs (ankle) is active for the Bears.

11:54 a.m. ET -- Nate Kaeding inactive -- The Chargers' official website confirms that K Nate Kaeding (right groin) is inactive. This was expected; Kris Brown will get another week as the team's placekicker.

11:54 a.m. ET -- Kevin Burnett active -- The Chargers' official website reports that LB Kevin Burnett (shoulder) is active.

11:52 a.m. ET -- Deion Branch active -- The Patriots' official website reports that WR Deion Branch (hamstring) is active. Despite his huge debut game for the Patriots, Branch hasn't been much of an elite fantasy option since, and you shouldn't regard him as more than a bye-week plug-in. It's a favorable enough matchup, though.

11:48 a.m. ET -- Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee inactive -- The Chargers' official website reports that WRs Malcom Floyd (hamstring) and Legedu Naanee (hamstring) are both inactive. No shock; Floyd had an outside chance to play but it's probably smarter the Chargers wait until he's 100 percent to put him back in there, especially with a bye on the way. Expect Patrick Crayton to be the team's go-to option in the passing game with Antonio Gates also out, and Seyi Ajirotutu might even warrant No. 3 wide receiver appeal against the Texans' brutal secondary. Gary Banks should be the third man in the pecking order.

11:46 a.m. ET -- Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas inactive -- The Saints' official website reports that RBs Pierre Thomas (ankle) and Reggie Bush (fibula) are both inactive. Bush had an outside chance to play, but will apparently wait another game. With them both sidelined, RB Chris Ivory (concussion) should get the most carries for the Saints, with Julius Jones and Ladell Betts backing him up. None of the three is considered a top-shelf play; Ivory is a flex option.

11:41 a.m. ET -- Owen Daniels inactive -- The Texans' official website reports that TE Owen Daniels (hamstring) is inactive. Daniels' health has gone backwards in recent weeks, and maybe the week's rest will help him. With him out, Joel Dreessen and James Casey should see an increase in targets, and Dreessen in particular might be a sleeper if you're in a real pinch at the position.

11:37 a.m. ET -- Antonio Gates inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that TE Antonio Gates (toe) is inactive for the Chargers. This is hardly surprising, as Gates tore the plantar fascia in his foot a week ago, a tough injury to play through. With Gates out, the Chargers will need Randy McMichael and Kris Wilson to step up from their tight end spot, not that you should look to either as a significant source of fantasy production.

11:35 a.m. ET -- Beanie Wells active -- The Cardinals' official website reports that RB Beanie Wells (knee) is active. He had an allergic reaction to an injection in his knee during the week, but is apparently OK to play. Don't be surprised, however, if Tim Hightower and/or LaRod Stephens-Howling see an increase in carries as a result. It's also an unfavorable matchup on paper, so consider Wells a low-level No. 2 option or a flex.

11:33 a.m. ET -- Percy Harvin active -- The Vikings' official website reports that WR Percy Harvin (ankle) is active. This is a slight surprise, as there were some reports even this morning that he wasn't looking great during warmups. Harvin's owners probably can't afford the luxury of a more productive alternative, but if you somehow have one, at least consider it. He's a No. 3 fantasy option at best.

11:31 a.m. ET -- DeAngelo Williams inactive -- The Rock Hill Herald reports that RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) is inactive for the Panthers. Jonathan Stewart gets another start in what's a favorable matchup on paper, but understand he's off to a poor start to 2010 and wasn't anything special in a start last week. Consider him a flex play.

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