Week 10 inactives
Welcome to Week 10. 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 Danario Alexander (knee), WR Kenny Britt (hamstring), WR Austin Collie (concussion), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring), RB Earnest Graham (hamstring), K Jason Hanson (right knee), WR Sidney Rice (hip, remains on PUP), QB Tony Romo (left shoulder), QB Alex Smith (left shoulder), WR Steve Smith (NYG) (pectoral), QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder), RB Jonathan Stewart (concussion), RB Tyrell Sutton (ankle), WR Golden Tate (ankle), RB Fred Taylor (toe), RB DeAngelo Williams (foot).
Early games (1 p.m. ET)
RB Joseph Addai (neck): Inactive
WR Bernard Berrian (groin): Active
WR Percy Harvin (ankle): Active
WR Andre Johnson (ankle): Active
TE Jacob Tamme (back): Active
QB Vince Young (ankle): Active, but No. 2 QB
Late games (4 p.m. ET)
RB Beanie Wells (knee): Inactive
Updates/analysis (most recent first)
7:17 a.m. ET -- Tom Brady active -- ESPNBoston.com reports that QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) is active for the Patriots, as expected. No kidding around this week, though; this is one week where Brady belonged on the injury report, because as the Boston Herald reported, he was "definitely walking gingerly, hobbling a little and putting very little weight on his right foot" during Friday's practice. Brady might be playing this game against the league's top defense at a bit less than 100 percent, so hopefully you had a stronger option for the week. If not, at least he's got the Patriots' OK.
7:17 p.m. ET -- Fred Taylor inactive -- ESPNBoston.com confirms that RB Fred Taylor (toe) is inactive for the Patriots. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead have done an adequate enough job filling in for Taylor that the veteran might not even reclaim his starting job once healthy. This is a poor matchup for either running back, however, so we hope you didn't wait on either one and instead picked a player from earlier in the day (or Monday's game).
7:15 p.m. ET -- Heath Miller active -- NBC/Sunday Night Football reports that TE Heath Miller (knee) is active for the Steelers. Miller's fantasy numbers haven't really exploded with Ben Roethlisberger's recent return to the lineup, and he should be regarded a No. 2 tight end, as he is most weeks, for this game.
2:55 p.m. ET -- Marshawn Lynch active -- The Seahawks' official website reports that RB Marshawn Lynch (thigh) is active. He isn't off to a great start to his Seahawks career, and while he's getting starter's touches, is pretty much a weekly flex option, no more, no less.
2:55 p.m. ET -- Golden Tate inactive -- The Seahawks' official website confirms that WR Golden Tate (ankle) is inactive, while WR Mike Williams (finger) is active. Williams and Deon Butler will start, though neither is more than a No. 3/4 option in a deep league.
2:53 p.m. ET -- Tony Romo inactive -- QB Tony Romo (left shoulder) is inactive for the Cowboys, reports the website of the opposing Giants. This was expected, as Romo's season might be done. Jon Kitna gets another start, but remember that it was the Giants, and their vicious pass rush, that was responsible for Romo's injury in the first place. You can do better than Kitna.
2:53 p.m. ET -- Bradie James active -- LB Bradie James (knee) is active for the Cowboys, reports the website of the opposing Giants.
2:51 p.m. ET -- Steven Jackson active -- The Rams' official website reports that RB Steven Jackson (finger) is active, as expected. He continues to be listed on the injury report because he still has pins in his finger, but there was never any doubt he'd start. Keep him in your lineup.
2:51 p.m. ET -- Danario Alexander inactive -- The Rams' official website confirms that WR Danario Alexander (knee) is inactive. Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola will start at wide receiver, though neither is a particularly attractive fantasy option.
2:48 p.m. ET -- Alex Smith inactive -- The 49ers' official website confirms that QB Alex Smith (left shoulder) is inactive. Troy Smith had already been named the 49ers' starter earlier in the week, though he's only a low-level No. 2 option this week.
2:48 p.m. ET -- Nate Clements active -- The 49ers' official website reports that CB Nate Clements (ankle) is active.
2:47 p.m. ET -- Cardinals IDP inactives -- The Cardinals' official website reports that LB Paris Lenon (ankle) and S Kerry Rhodes (hand) are active, while DT Darnell Dockett (shoulder) is inactive. Dockett's absence is a bit of a surprise; he had played in 104 consecutive games to begin his career before now.
2:43 p.m. ET -- Brandon Jacobs active -- The Giants' official website reports that RB Brandon Jacobs (illness) is active, as expected. Jacobs is a useful flex option in most formats, but remember that Ahmad Bradshaw did get goal-line carries in Week 9. If that trend continues here, Bradshaw would be the far stronger play, with Jacobs only a fill-in type.
2:43 p.m. ET -- Steve Smith (NYG) inactive -- The Giants' official website confirms that WR Steve Smith (pectoral) is inactive. With Smith out, Hakeem Nicks will be the clear standout among Giants receivers facing the poor Dallas secondary. Mario Manningham will also start and could be a Week 10 sleeper; consider him a strong No. 3 option. Duke Calhoun and Ramses Barden could see more work as the Nos. 3/4 options for the Giants, though neither is advised in fantasy.
2:43 p.m. ET -- Osi Umenyiora active -- The Giants' official website reports that DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) is active.
2:33 p.m. ET -- Dexter McCluster inactive -- The Chiefs' official website reports that WR Dexter McCluster (ankle) is inactive. He has missed the past few games with the injury, and at this point his value is limited only to keeper leagues.
2:12 p.m. ET -- Beanie Wells inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Beanie Wells (knee) is inactive. This is a bit of a surprise, as it seemed Wells might grit it out and play. Tim Hightower will presumably start, but expect to see a healthy dose of LaRod Stephens-Howling, his primary backup. Hightower is a useful low-end No. 2/flex play, while Stephens-Howling has some appeal as a hail-mary option.
12:08 p.m. ET -- Gary Brackett inactive -- The Indianapolis Star reports that LB Gary Brackett (toe) is inactive.
12:03 p.m. ET -- Anthony Fasano active -- The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that TE Anthony Fasano (chest) is active for the Dolphins. The Dolphins don't regularly target him often in the passing game, but you never know, maybe Chad Pennington will look in his direction more often. We wouldn't chance it, that's for sure.
12:03 p.m. ET -- Shaun Hill starting, Matthew Stafford inactive -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that QB Shaun Hill (left forearm) is active and will start for the Lions, while QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder) is inactive. This was expected after Hill practiced fully on Friday, and if you need him, well, he's got a clean bill of health. However, he's more of a No. 2 fantasy option for the week, being that he's fresh off the injured list and his value is based upon throwing a good 40 times in games where his team has to play catch-up. If the Lions don't fall behind significantly early -- and they might not against the Bills -- then he'll be less of a quantitative play.
12:03 p.m. ET -- Jahvid Best, Kevin Smith active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that RBs Jahvid Best (toe) and Kevin Smith (knee) are both active for the Lions. While Week 8's box score made it appear that these two are now splitting carries, Smith had some injury setbacks as a result of the increased workload, and the Lions might now be rethinking giving him that much work again. This is Best's job, so he'll be the one to lean on against the league's worst run defense. Smith is only a hail-mary play for the desperate.
12:03 p.m. ET -- Jason Hanson inactive -- ESPN's John Clayton confirms that K Jason Hanson (right knee) is inactive for the Lions. Dave Rayner will serve as the Lions' kicker for the next couple games. Hanson had the 11th-most fantasy points among kickers entering the week, so that tells you all you need to know about the team's scoring potential as it pertains to the position.
12:03 p.m. ET -- Lions IDP inactives -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee) and CB Alphonso Smith (shoulder) are both active for the Lions, while DE Cliff Avril (quadricep) is inactive. Vanden Bosch is Jim McCormick's No. 9 defensive lineman in his "D Up!" rankings, so he's a definite IDP start.
11:54 a.m. ET -- Austin Collie, Blair White inactive -- The Indianapolis Star reports that both WRs Austin Collie (concussion) and Blair White (shoulder) are inactive for the Colts. Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon, who will start on the outside, should see a ton of targets as a result. Brandon James and Chris Brooks will fill in out of the slot, though neither is fantasy-worthy.
11:54 a.m. ET -- Jacob Tamme active -- The Indianapolis Star reports that TE Jacob Tamme (back) is active for the Colts. His questionable tag might have some of his owners wary about his chances for success this week, but they should ignore that. With Austin Collie and Blair White both out, Tamme should see a slew of targets, maybe 10 or more. Tamme is a solid fantasy play in all formats.
11:51 a.m. ET -- Lee Evans active -- The Bills' official website reports that WR Lee Evans (ankle) is active. He's a fine No. 3 fantasy option facing the Lions.
11:46 a.m. ET -- Chris Johnson active -- ESPN Blogs AFC South reports that RB Chris Johnson (thigh) is active for the Titans, as expected. We love what the arrival of Randy Moss could do to Johnson's fantasy potential, as it'll keep opposing defenses honest. It's why we have Johnson our No. 3 fantasy running back for the week.
11:46 a.m. ET -- Kenny Britt inactive -- ESPN Blogs AFC South confirms that WR Kenny Britt (hamstring) is inactive for the Titans. He'll be out a few more weeks, leaving Randy Moss as the Titans' top deep threat (something Moss will be even after Britt's return, really). Moss is the top fantasy play of the bunch, with Nate Washington more of a No. 3/4 option.
11:44 a.m. ET -- Joseph Addai, Mike Hart inactive -- ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that both RBs Mike Hart (ankle) and Joseph Addai (neck) are inactive for the Colts. Donald Brown was already declared the starter earlier in the week, and with both the Nos. 1 and 3 running backs on the depth chart sidelined, Brown should get enough carries to warrant low-level No. 2/flex-play status (we ranked him 21st, for example). Javarris James will be Brown's backup.
11:42 a.m. ET -- Vince Young active, No. 2 QB -- ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that QB Vince Young (ankle) is active and will be the Titans' backup quarterback. Kerry Collins was previously announced as the starter, and this news makes Collins a less-appealing fantasy option, as Young might see some time during the game. Avoid both if you can.
11:42 a.m. ET -- Mike Goodson to start -- The Rock Hill Herald confirms that RBs DeAngelo Williams (foot), Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and Tyrell Sutton (ankle), the team's Nos. 1, 2 and 4 running backs on the depth chart, are all inactive for the Panthers. That sets up No. 3 man Mike Goodson to start, with Josh Vaughan and Andre Brown serving as his backups. Thanks to his pass-catching ability, Goodson should be a worthwhile No. 2/flex (we ranked him 25th for the week), though he might cede goal-line carries to either of his backups.
11:40 a.m. ET -- Colt McCoy to start (again) -- The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Colt McCoy will be the Browns' starting quarterback yet again, while QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) is inactive. QB Seneca Wallace (ankle) is active and will serve as the backup. McCoy's matchup against the Jets is unfavorable, so look elsewhere for a fantasy quarterback.
11:37 a.m. ET -- Mario Williams active -- The Texans' official website reports that DE Mario Williams (groin) is active. He was Jim McCormick's No. 7 defensive lineman in his "D Up!" ratings, so make sure to get him in there in IDP formats.
11:35 a.m. ET -- Matt Schaub active -- The Texans' official website reports that QB Matt Schaub (ribs) is active. The only defense worse than Schaub's own Texans at preventing quarterbacks from rolling up fantasy points is the opposing Jaguars, so Schaub, naturally, is a top play facing this matchup. The Jaguars also lost DE Aaron Kampman (knee) to injured reserve in the past week, so Schaub's matchup only looks sweeter.
11:35 a.m. ET -- Andre Johnson active -- The Texans' official website reports that WR Andre Johnson (ankle) is active. He was listed as questionable but confirmed by coach Gary Kubiak as playing, so don't sweat the injury listing even if he's slightly less than at full health. After all, he's facing the worst defense in football at preventing wide receivers fantasy points, so he should have a field day here.
11:35 a.m. ET -- Owen Daniels inactive -- The Texans' official website confirms that TE Owen Daniels (hamstring) is inactive. Talk that the Texans will shut him down until he's 100 percent makes it sound like he's going to miss multiple games, so feel free to cut him if you need the roster spot. Joel Dreessen and James Casey will share the tight-end duties as they did in Week 9, and if you must pick one as a plug-in, make it Dreessen, who had more targets (8-6), catches (5-4) and fantasy points (6-4) of the two in that game.
11:34 a.m. ET -- Earnest Graham inactive -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that RB Earnest Graham (hamstring) is inactive, as expected. He's not a fantasy consideration anyway; LeGarrette Blount is the Bucs back you want facing the Panthers. Cadillac Williams might merely get a few more touches as a result of Graham's absence.
11:34 a.m. ET -- Kellen Winslow active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee) is active. He's in the midst of a terribly disappointing season, but perhaps a matchup with the lowly Panthers will get him back on the map? They've allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, and four scores to the position the past three weeks combined. Of course, Winslow had only eight points in these teams' Week 2 meeting, so don't get your hopes up for much more.
11:33 a.m. ET -- Carson Palmer active -- The Bengals' official website reports that QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder) is active, as expected. He's making the most of his veteran receivers, and will probably need to keep doing so in a game that might very well transform into a shootout early. He's a fine fantasy option this week.
11:33 a.m. ET -- Chad Ochocinco active -- The Bengals' official website reports that WR Chad Ochocinco (ankle) is active. It'll be interesting to see whether his Week 9 invisibility was more of a product of the defensive matchups or a clear shift in the game plan, but at this point it does seem clear he's a distant No. 2 to Terrell Owens in the pecking order. Still, there should be enough targets to go around in games like this to keep Ochocinco a worthwhile play as a No. 3 fantasy wide receiver.
11:30 a.m. ET -- Brett Favre active -- The Vikings' official website reports that QB Brett Favre (ankle) is active, as expected. No threat to his consecutive-games streak here. However, he's a mediocre fantasy play for the week, as the Bears have allowed an NFL-low five passing scores all season, not to mention his wide receivers have been battling nagging injuries throughout the week.
11:30 a.m. ET -- Percy Harvin active -- The Vikings' official website reports that WR Percy Harvin (ankle) is active. There was some worry about his status -- he was listed as questionable -- entering Sunday due to his ankle injury as well as his continuing migraine issues, but word that Sidney Rice would remain on PUP another week made it likely Harvin would grit it out. Harvin had a solid Week 9 working with Brett Favre and while the Bears tend not to surrender too many big passing plays or scores, there should still be enough here to keep the receiver a worthwhile No. 2/3 option (we ranked him 17th).
11:30 a.m. ET -- Bernard Berrian active -- The Vikings' official website reports that WR Bernard Berrian (groin) is active. His questionable status has us wondering whether he'll be playing at 100 percent, and besides, we're not believers that his Week 9 is a more relevant indicator than the seven games before it. If you can, avoid him.
11:24 a.m. ET -- Kerry Collins to start -- ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports that Kerry Collins will get the start for the Titans. There was some talk that Vince Young (ankle) might get the nod, but Collins was the one who got all the first-team reps in practice. Randy Moss is making his debut after a week working primarily with Collins, so that might have had a bit to do with the decision. Collins only warrants fantasy attention if you're in a pinch.
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