Commentary

Week 15 inactives

Updated: December 19, 2010, 7:15 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Sunday of Week 15. On this page, we'll post "live" updates and analysis as NFL teams release their inactive lists. Refresh often for the latest information!

For a complete list of all inactives for every game this week, click here.

Top players we're watching

As we receive confirmation on inactive lists, we'll post an "active" or "inactive" next to each of the following players' names. Until then, these players have NOT yet been ruled out, but were either listed as questionable or doubtful or were deemed game-time decisions.

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Joseph Addai (neck): Inactive
RB Marion Barber (calf): Inactive
QB Matt Cassel (appendectomy): Active
WR Austin Collie (concussion): Active
QB David Garrard (hamstring): Active
RB Chris Ivory (hamstring): Inactive
WR DeSean Jackson (foot): Active
RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee): Active
WR Terrell Owens : Active
TE Jacob Tamme (knee): Active
RB Ryan Torain (hamstring): Active
WR Roy E. Williams (groin): Inactive

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

QB Kyle Orton (ribs): Inactive (No. 3 QB)

Night game (8:20 p.m. ET)

TE Aaron Hernandez (illness): Active

Players ruled out before Sunday

WR Lee Evans (ankle), TE Todd Heap (thigh), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle), TE Heath Miller (concussion), K Matt Prater (right groin), QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion), QB Tony Romo (left shoulder), WR Steve Smith (knee), QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder), TE David Thomas (knee), WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle).

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

7:12 p.m. ET -- Aaron Rodgers inactive -- The Packers' official Twitter site confirms that QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion) is inactive. Matt Flynn will start at quarterback in Rodgers' place, but even facing a mediocre Patriots pass defense he's not a recommended fantasy option except in desperate circumstances in two-quarterback leagues.

7:12 p.m. ET -- James Starks inactive -- The Packers' official Twitter site reports that RB James Starks is inactive. He's apparently a healthy scratch, an odd decision in a game where Matt Flynn is the starting quarterback and you'd think the Packers would rely on the run. Brandon Jackson gets a slight boost in fantasy value as a result of Starks' absence, as he'll probably get the bulk of the rushing work.

7:12 p.m. ET -- Packers defenders healthy -- The Packers' official Twitter site reports that CB Charles Woodson (toe) and LBs Desmond Bishop (hamstring) and Clay Matthews (shin) are all active.

7:11 p.m. ET -- Tom Brady active -- The Patriots' official Twitter site reports that QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) is active, as expected. He's among the hottest players in the NFL right now, and shouldn't have any problem succeeding even against the Packers' skilled defense. Keep Brady in there in these critical weeks, obviously.

7:11 p.m. ET -- Deion Branch active -- The Patriots' official Twitter site reports that WR Deion Branch (knee) is active. He's well worth No. 2 fantasy consideration, having scored touchdowns in each of the past three weeks, two of those 100-yard receiving efforts.

7:11 p.m. ET -- Aaron Hernandez active -- The Patriots' official Twitter site reports that TE Aaron Hernandez (illness) is active. He missed some practice time this week due to the flu, however, and has seen his target total plummet dramatically in recent weeks. At this point he's a shakier fantasy option than fellow Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

7:11 p.m. ET -- Devin McCourty inactive -- The Patriots' official Twitter site reports that CB Devin McCourty (rib) is inactive.

2:59 p.m. ET -- Heath Miller inactive -- Steelers Depot confirms that TE Heath Miller (concussion) is inactive. Matt Spaeth earns another start in Miller's stead, but the Steelers don't involve their tight ends enough in the offense to make Spaeth a recommended fantasy fill-in.

2:59 p.m. ET -- Troy Polamalu inactive -- Steelers Depot reports that S Troy Polamalu (ankle) is inactive.

2:54 p.m. ET -- Kyle Orton inactive No. 3 QB -- The Broncos' official Twitter reports that QB Kyle Orton (ribs) is the inactive No. 3 quarterback. Tim Tebow will get the start, but he is nothing more than a low-end No. 2 option in two-quarterback leagues. His performance, however, bears watching for future matchups.

2:54 p.m. ET -- Brandon Lloyd active -- The Broncos' official Twitter reports that WR Brandon Lloyd (calf) is active, as expected, while WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) is inactive. Lloyd's fantasy value took a huge hit when Tim Tebow was named the Broncos' starting quarterback; downgrade him to borderline No. 2/3 fantasy wide receiver potential accordingly.

2:54 p.m. ET -- Matt Prater inactive -- The Broncos' official Twitter reports that K Matt Prater (right groin) is inactive. Steven Hauschka will serve as the Broncos' placekicker for another week.

2:53 p.m. ET -- Matt Hasselbeck active -- The Seattle Times reports that QB Matt Hasselbeck (left wrist) is active for the Seahawks. He's only a No. 2 option in two-quarterback leagues, but at least he has his top wideouts back in action this week.

2:53 p.m. ET -- Williams, Obomanu active -- The Seattle Times reports that WRs Mike Williams (ankle), Ben Obomanu (hand) and Brandon Stokley (hamstring) are all active for the Seahawks. Neither Williams nor Obomanu is a great fantasy option, but in PPR leagues, Williams might do enough to help you as a No. 3/4. Obomanu's fantasy appeal is slightly beneath that. Stokley, meanwhile, isn't advised.

2:53 p.m. ET -- Olindo Mare active -- The Seattle Times reports that K Olindo Mare (left hamstring) is active for the Seahawks.

2:53 p.m. ET -- Chris Clemons active -- The Seattle Times reports that DE Chris Clemons (ankle) is active for the Seahawks.

2:52 p.m. ET -- Revis, Pouha active -- The Jets' official Twitter reports that CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and DT Sione Pouha (finger) are both active.

2:50 p.m. ET -- Zach Miller (OAK) active -- Paul Gutierrez of Comcast SportsNet California reports that TE Zach Miller (foot) is active for the Raiders. He's not quite the elite fantasy option he was in the season's early weeks, but he did look a heck of a lot healthier in Week 14 and the position has thinned out considerably in the past two months. Miller should be in the majority of fantasy lineups.

2:50 p.m. ET -- Raiders defenders active -- Paul Gutierrez of Comcast SportsNet California reports that DT Richard Seymour (knee), S Tyvon Branch (shoulder) and CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) are all active for the Raiders.

2:35 p.m. ET -- Jason Snelling active -- D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that RB Jason Snelling (hamstring) is active for the Falcons. He was listed as questionable and limited through much of the practice week, however, so expect him to take on only a minimal role. Michael Turner should get another 20-plus carries this week, making him a must-start in all formats.

2:35 p.m. ET -- Roddy White active -- D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that WR Roddy White (knee) is active for the Falcons, as expected. He's facing the league's No. 30 pass defense and is among the most-targeted receivers in all of football. White is as automatic a fantasy play as there is in the game.

2:35 p.m. ET -- Abraham, Lofton active -- D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that DE John Abraham (groin) and LB Curtis Lofton (knee) are both active for the Falcons.

12:25 p.m. ET -- Tony Romo inactive -- ESPNDallas.com reports that QB Tony Romo (left shoulder) is inactive for the Cowboys, as expected. Jon Kitna earns another start, making him a viable play in two-quarterback leagues, but keep in mind that his receivers are dropping like flies.

12:25 p.m. ET -- Brooking, James active -- ESPNDallas.com reports that LBs Keith Brooking (foot) and Bradie James (knee) are both active.

12:23 p.m. ET -- Matt Schaub active -- The Texans' official website reports that QB Matt Schaub (left arm) is active. He's facing a reeling Titans defense, and had successful numbers in these teams' most recent meeting. Consider Schaub a top-10 fantasy option.

12:23 p.m. ET -- Arian Foster active -- The Texans' official website reports that RB Arian Foster (hip) is active. There wasn't any significant worry that he'd sit this week, and with him cleared to play, he's a must-start in all fantasy leagues.

12:23 p.m. ET -- Andre Johnson active -- The Texans' official website reports that WRs Andre Johnson (ankle) and Kevin Walter (knee) are both active. Consider Johnson a top-shelf fantasy wideout, while Walter should only be used in desperate spots in deeper leagues.

12:23 p.m. ET -- Owen Daniels active -- The Texans' official website reports that TEs Owen Daniels (hamstring) and Joel Dreessen (hand) are both active. In Week 14 when Daniels was active, he got the bulk of the receiving work, while Dreessen was a non-factor. Plan accordingly in fantasy.

12:23 p.m. ET -- Neil Rackers active -- The Texans' official website reports that K Neil Rackers (right hamstring) is active.

12:23 p.m. ET -- Brian Cushing active -- The Texans' official website reports that LB Brian Cushing (knee) is active.

12:21 p.m. ET -- Michael Hoomanawanui inactive -- The Rams' official Twitter reports that TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) is inactive. Billy Bajema and Daniel Fells will continue to share the tight-end duties for the Rams, though neither should be targeted frequently enough to make a fantasy impact.

12:17 p.m. ET -- Donovan McNabb active, but the backup -- Grant Paulsen of 106.7 Fan DC reports that QB Donovan McNabb (hamstring) is active for the Redskins. McNabb has already been declared the backup; Rex Grossman was already named the Redskins' starter earlier in the week. Grossman might be forced to throw early and often, so if you're desperate in a two-quarterback league, take a look. That said, we don't see great numbers coming.

12:17 p.m. ET -- Ryan Torain active -- Grant Paulsen of 106.7 Fan DC reports that RB Ryan Torain (hamstring) is active for the Redskins. He can be expected to do a lot of the dirty work this week, what with Rex Grossman in at quarterback, but Grossman's starter status might actually diminish Torain's fantasy appeal. Consider him only a flex-play option for the week.

12:17 p.m. ET -- Graham Gano active -- Grant Paulsen of 106.7 Fan DC reports that K Graham Gano (ribs) is active for the Redskins.

12:15 p.m. ET -- Mike Williams (TB) active -- The Buccaneers' official Twitter reports that WR Mike Williams (knee) is active. Consider him the same No. 2 fantasy wide receiver that he usually is. The matchup, after all, is a favorable one.

12:15 p.m. ET -- Kellen Winslow active -- The Buccaneers' official Twitter reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee) is active. He remains involved enough in the Bucs' pass attack to be a weekly top-10 fantasy tight end.

12:14 p.m. ET -- Marion Barber inactive -- KFFL.com reports that RB Marion Barber (calf) is inactive for the Cowboys. Felix Jones and Tashard Choice will share the rushing chores yet again, with Jones the slightly stronger fantasy option of the two. Jones might warrant No. 2/flex appeal, while Choice should only be trusted as a flex option if you're thin on alternatives.

12:11 p.m. ET -- Roy E. Williams inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Roy E. Williams (groin) is inactive for the Cowboys. Sam Hurd will start in his place and could be a sneaky No. 3/4 in deeper leagues. Expect Manny Johnson and Jesse Holley to serve as the Nos. 3 and 4 wideouts, respectively.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Derek Anderson inactive -- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that QB Derek Anderson (head) is inactive for the Cardinals. John Skelton gets another start at quarterback, though the Cardinals will very likely rely heavily on the run, since the matchup there is immensely favorable. Expect Skelton to play a minimal role with forgettable stats; he's a no-go in fantasy.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Beanie Wells active -- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that RB Beanie Wells (illness) is active for the Cardinals. Wells' active status is actually more of a thorn in Tim Hightower's owners' sides than anything, as Hightower clearly appears to be the leading back for the team right now. Hightower would have top-10 fantasy potential if this backfield was entirely his this week; as is he's still a strong No. 2.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Steve Breaston active -- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that WR Steve Breaston (knee) is active. He'll likely suffer statistically with John Skelton his quarterback; he's only a No. 3/4 option in PPR formats.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Jay Feely active -- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that K Jay Feely (right groin) is active.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Calais Campbell active -- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that DE Calais Campbell (ankle) is active.

12:05 p.m. ET -- Jeremy Shockey active -- The Saints' official Twitter reports that TE David Thomas (knee) is inactive, while TE Jeremy Shockey (groin) is active. Shockey hasn't been a fantasy option for much of the year, and especially not since Jimmy Graham became his somewhat productive stand-in a few weeks back. Shockey and Graham divvy up the targets on a team that tends to spread things around; you can find a better option.

12:05 p.m. ET -- Vilma, Jenkins active -- The Saints' official Twitter reports that LB Jonathan Vilma (quadricep) and S Malcolm Jenkins (rib) are both active.

12:04 p.m. ET -- James Anderson active -- Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald reports that LB James Anderson (ankle) is active for the Panthers.

11:59 a.m. ET -- Colt McCoy active -- Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that QB Colt McCoy (ankle) is active and will start for the Browns. McCoy is expected to be the team's starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, and if you're in a pinch in a two-quarterback league -- so many notable names hurt this week -- he does have a somewhat favorable matchup. He'll be barely top-20 overall, however.

11:59 a.m. ET -- Josh Cribbs active -- Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that WR Josh Cribbs (foot) is active. He might be more involved in the receiving game this week after having his workload ramped up slightly in Week 14, but it's still not to the point where he can be trusted in most fantasy leagues.

11:59 a.m. ET -- Evan Moore inactive -- Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that TE Evan Moore (hip) is inactive. Benjamin Watson will start and get the bulk of the tight-end targets this week, but be aware he was a total non-factor in Week 14 in similar circumstances. He's a risky play.

11:59 a.m. ET -- Kenyon Coleman active -- Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that DE Kenyon Coleman (knee) is active.

11:55 a.m. ET -- Stafford inactive, Hill to back up -- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder) is inactive for the Lions, as expected, while QB Shaun Hill (right finger) is active as the backup to starter Drew Stanton. Hill's rehabilitation has apparently advanced more quickly than Stafford's, and perhaps he'll be ready to start come Week 16. For now, Stanton isn't an advised fantasy option, unless you're desperate in a two-quarterback league.

11:55 a.m. ET -- Best, Morris both active -- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that RBs Maurice Morris (chest) and Jahvid Best (toe) are both active for the Lions. Best's toes continue to be a problem, but his continual active status makes this quite a muddled backfield. The two might split the carries evenly, and Best's less-than-100-percent status makes him an unsatisfactory fantasy choice. Try to look elsewhere if you can.

11:55 a.m. ET -- DeAndre Levy active -- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that LB DeAndre Levy (groin) is active.

11:52 a.m. ET -- McGahee, McClain active -- The Ravens' official Twitter reports that both RBs Le'Ron McClain (illness) and Willis McGahee (illness) are active. Both were listed as questionable, however, so perhaps this means that Ray Rice will get the bulk of the rushing work this week. It's a favorable matchup for Rice; consider him an elite No. 2 running back, with potential top-10 value.

11:52 a.m. ET -- Derrick Mason active -- The Ravens' official Twitter reports that WR Derrick Mason (ankle) is active. He's more of a PPR option than one in standard leagues; consider him only a No. 3/4 fantasy wide receiver.

11:52 a.m. ET -- Todd Heap inactive -- The Ravens' official Twitter reports that TE Todd Heap (thigh) is inactive, as expected. Ed Dickson will start in Heap's place for a second consecutive week, though he hardly impressed during Week 14. Don't bother with him as a fill-in for fantasy.

11:50 a.m. ET -- DeSean Jackson active -- Jeffrey McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that WR DeSean Jackson (foot) is active. Despite his questionable status and limited practices this week, Jackson claimed all along he'd play. Though the matchup is a more challenging one than usual, Jackson still has top-10 fantasy wide receiver potential in what could quickly morph into a high-scoring game.

11:50 a.m. ET -- Asante Samuel active -- Jeffrey McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that CB Asante Samuel (knee) is active.

11:48 a.m. ET -- Terrell Owens active -- The Bengals' official website reports that WRs Chad Ochocinco (ankle) and Terrell Owens (knee) are both active. Owens was listed as questionable but expected to play, so consider him the more attractive fantasy play of the two. That said, the Bengals are in free-fall right now, so neither wideout is an automatic in any fantasy league. Owens is more of a No. 2 option, Ochocinco a No. 3.

11:44 a.m. ET -- David Garrard active -- The Jaguars' official website reports that QB David Garrard (hamstring) is active. He was limited during the practice week, however, and the team recently re-signed Todd Bouman -- this week's inactive No. 3 quarterback -- as depth, a sign that Garrard is clearly ailing. Temper your expectations accordingly, as we might even see a relief appearance by backup Trent Edwards if Garrard can't last the full 60 minutes.

11:44 a.m. ET -- Maurice Jones-Drew active -- The Jaguars' official website reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) is active. He's facing a Colts defense he has historically dominated, and is one of the hottest running backs in the entire NFL. Consider Jones-Drew a must-start despite his questionable status, though Rashad Jennings might see some more change-of-pace work than usual. Jennings could be a sneaky flex play in deeper leagues.

11:44 a.m. ET -- Zach Miller (JAC) active -- The Jaguars' official website reports that TE Zach Miller (ankle) is active. He's not much of a fantasy consideration, however; it's the Zach Miller on the Raiders you want.

11:40 a.m. ET -- Addai, Hart inactive -- Jim Irsay of the Colts' official website reports that RBs Mike Hart (ankle) and Joseph Addai (neck) are both inactive. Donald Brown and Javarris James will both share the rushing workload as a result, and it's James who actually warrants the greater flex-play appeal of the two. He's shaping up as the goal-line back -- and an effective one at that -- while Brown has done nothing but disappoint granted starts in weeks past.

11:40 a.m. ET -- Austin Collie active -- Jim Irsay of the Colts' official website reports that WR Austin Collie (concussion) is active. This isn't too shocking; he was expected to play. Collie will reclaim his slot-receiver role against a poor Jaguars secondary, so consider him a strong No. 3 fantasy option. Blair White is a clear no-go in fantasy with Collie active.

11:40 a.m. ET -- Jacob Tamme active -- Jim Irsay of the Colts' official website reports that TE Jacob Tamme (knee) is active. He was listed as questionable but was expected to play. Consider Tamme a top-10 fantasy tight end facing a poor Jaguars pass defense.

11:34 a.m. ET -- Matt Cassel active -- Josh Looney of the Chiefs' official website reports that QB Matt Cassel (appendectomy) is active. There was some question about his status for the week, and the risk of re-injury will remain present throughout the game. That said, it's still positive news for fantasy owners, especially those who have Dwayne Bowe. Bowe struggled mightily with Brodie Croyle his quarterback last week, but he's back to top-10 wide receiver potential with Cassel under center. Cassel, meanwhile, is more of a high-end No. 2 option.

11:30 a.m. ET -- Chris Ivory inactive -- Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) is inactive. Though he attempted to give it a go this week, Ivory's inactive status shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering the injury. Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush will share the rushing chores in Ivory's absence, though neither is a top-shelf fantasy play facing the Ravens. Consider Thomas a flex-play option, Bush a flex play primarily in PPR formats.

11:28 a.m. ET -- Mario Manningham active -- Mike Garafalo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that WR Mario Manningham (hip) is active, as expected. With Steve Smith (knee) out for the season, Manningham will start the next three games, and be targeted enough to have No. 3/4 fantasy potential. Hakeem Nicks remains the class of Giants fantasy wide receivers, with top-10 potential this week, and Derek Hagan will serve as the No. 3 wideout for the team.

11:28 a.m. ET -- Tuck, Umenyiora active -- Mike Garafalo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that DEs Justin Tuck (abdomen) and Osi Umenyiora (knee) are both active.