Week 17 inactives
Welcome to Sunday of Week 17. 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)
WR Deion Branch (knee): Inactive
WR Marques Colston (knee): Inactive
QB Brett Favre (concussion): Inactive
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (knee): Inactive (No. 3 QB)
RB Shonn Greene: Inactive
TE Todd Heap (thigh): Active
TE Aaron Hernandez (hip): Inactive
RB Peyton Hillis (ribs): Active
WR Calvin Johnson (ankle): Active
RB Darren McFadden (toe): Inactive
WR Sidney Rice (concussion): Inactive
WR Steve Smith (CAR) (calf): Inactive
RB Pierre Thomas (ankle): Inactive
RB LaDainian Tomlinson: Inactive
WR Wes Welker (not injury related): Inactive
Late games (4 p.m. ET)
WR Earl Bennett (ankle): Inactive
WR DeSean Jackson (foot): Inactive
WR Andre Johnson (ankle): Inactive
QB Jon Kitna (abdomen): Active, but backup
RB LeSean McCoy: Inactive
RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs): Active
RB Ryan Torain (ribs): Active
QB Michael Vick (quadricep): Inactive
Night game (8:20 p.m. ET)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (hip): Active
Players ruled out before Sunday
Updates/analysis (most recent first)
7:04 p.m. ET -- Matt Hasselbeck active -- Mike Sando of ESPN's NFC West Blog reports that QB Matt Hasselbeck (hip) is active for the Seahawks. There's no official word yet whether he'll start, but the opposing Rams' website theorizes that he will, not to mention that it makes little sense to keep him active for such an important game if he was unable to start. Hasselbeck might be on a short leash, and if you waited to use him, you might as well, but hopefully you picked someone from earlier in the day.
7:02 p.m. ET -- Michael Hoomanawanui active -- The Rams' official Twitter site reports that TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) is active. He's the most suited pass-catcher among the Rams' tight ends, but his questionable tag, combined with his lengthy absence the past few weeks, makes him a risky fantasy option. He's more someone to monitor for 2011 than to use this week.
3:28 p.m. ET -- Bo Scaife inactive -- The Titans' official Twitter site reports that Bo Scaife is inactive. He sat out Week 15 but returned in Week 16, and now he's out again for the season finale. No matter; Jared Cook had previously overtaken him as the Titans' go-to tight end, so if you need a final-week plug-in, take a look at Cook.
3:28 p.m. ET -- Rob Bironas active -- The Titans' official Twitter site reports that K Rob Bironas (right groin) is active. He's one of the more reliable fantasy kickers out there, if there is such a thing.
3:23 p.m. ET -- Jon Kitna active, but the backup -- The Cowboys' official website reports that QB Jon Kitna (abdomen) is active, but will serve as the backup to Stephen McGee. The site reports that Kitna threw a few passes during the pregame warm-up but wasn't 100 percent, so even if he sees some relief action, he probably won't offer valuable numbers. McGee isn't an advised fantasy plug-in.
3:23 p.m. ET -- Roy Williams active -- The Cowboys' official website reports that WR Roy Williams (groin) is active. With Stephen McGee at quarterback, Williams' fantasy prospects are minimal, even facing an Eagles team with nothing to play for.
3:23 p.m. ET -- Keith Brooking active -- The Cowboys' official website reports that LB Keith Brooking (foot) is active.
3:20 p.m. ET -- Mike Hart inactive -- Philip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that RB Mike Hart (ankle) is inactive for the Colts. Joseph Addai, Dominic Rhodes and Donald Brown figure to share the rushing chores, with their fantasy appeal ranked in that order. The problem is that they might all get the same number of touches, and a diluted backfield is not a good thing for our purposes.
3:18 p.m. ET -- Floyd active, Crayton inactive -- Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post reports that WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring) is active, while WR Patrick Crayton (wrist) is inactive, for the Chargers. Floyd returns to the starting lineup across from Vincent Jackson, and the two should dominate targets in a game with Champ Bailey on the sidelines for the opposing Broncos. Get them both into your active lineup.
3:14 p.m. ET -- Ahmad Bradshaw active -- Mike Garafalo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle) is active for the Giants. Expect a hefty workload for Bradshaw, as the Giants' wide receivers are really ailing, leaving him one of their most explosive remaining weapons. It helps that this is a must-win game for the team, so consider him a top-10 candidate at his position.
3:14 p.m. ET -- Hakeem Nicks inactive -- Mike Garafalo of the Newark Star-Ledger confirms that WR Hakeem Nicks (toe) is inactive for the Giants. Mario Manningham and Derek Hagan will be the Giants' starting wideouts, but Manningham is the only one you should trust, as the most experienced option the team has at the position. Tight end Kevin Boss is also a tremendous bounce-back candidate upon news that Nicks is sitting.
3:11 p.m. ET -- Dixon, Westbrook both active -- Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that RBs Anthony Dixon (ankle) and Brian Westbrook (not injury related) are both active for the 49ers. Expect a timeshare involving the two yet again this week, with Dixon the slightly stronger bet for those goal-line carries. Neither is more than a flex-play consideration.
3:11 p.m. ET -- Vernon Davis active -- Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that TE Vernon Davis (thumb) is active for the 49ers. He's about as reliable as a tight end comes in this season of misfortune at the position, so keep him in there.
3:09 p.m. ET -- Earl Bennett inactive -- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that WR Earl Bennett (ankle) is inactive. In no way is this shocking; he was listed as questionable and the Bears can't improve their playoff positioning, so why further risk his health? Fortunately for fantasy owners, no other significant Bears offensive players are inactive, though many of them might depart the game early.
3:06 p.m. ET -- Ryan Torain active -- Matt Terl of the Redskins' official website reports that RB Ryan Torain (ribs) is active. He'll start and handle the bulk of the rushing chores, but the worry here is that if the Giants get off to an early lead, Torain might not see the touches necessary to be a strong No. 2 option. Fortunately, the Giants' passing game is in shambles due to injuries, so maybe the Redskins can hang in this one for long enough for Torain to matter. Go ahead and activate him.
3:06 p.m. ET -- Donovan McNabb inactive No. 3 QB -- Matt Terl of the Redskins' official website reports that Donovan McNabb is the inactive No. 3 quarterback. Rex Grossman was previously declared the starter, but this is a sure sign of how far McNabb's stock has fallen in Washington. Grossman isn't an advised fantasy option facing a Giants defense entirely motivated to win.
3:01 p.m. ET -- Tebow active, Orton No. 3 QB -- Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post reports that QB Tim Tebow (ankle) is active, while QB Kyle Orton (ribs) is the inactive No. 3 quarterback, for the Broncos. Tebow had long ago been announced the Week 17 starter, but this is a tough matchup on paper against the Chargers' stingy pass defense. If you use Tebow, try to limit it to two-quarterback leagues, as you're going to need to count on a lot of rushing numbers if you use him.
3:01 p.m. ET -- Knowshon Moreno active -- Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post reports that RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs) is active for the Broncos. He'll start, but remember that he was listed as questionable, plus in Week 16 he played but was quickly removed with a setback. Another could happen here, so be cautious; Lance Ball and Correll Buckhalter will both be on hand to fill in as necessary.
3:01 p.m. ET -- Royal, Thomas both active -- Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post reports that both WRs Demaryius Thomas (ankle) and Eddie Royal (groin) are active. The matchup is unfavorable and both of them are effectively depth receivers in an offense that's more run-heavy than it was in the season's early stages, so don't bother with either in fantasy leagues.
2:56 p.m. ET -- Michael Vick inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that QB Michael Vick (quadricep) is inactive for the Eagles. No surprises here; Kevin Kolb was announced as the Eagles' starter earlier in the week, and now there's a report that Kolb might get the call in relief in the wild-card game next week. Apparently the team has some trust in Kolb, and fantasy owners in two-quarterback leagues should as well in a favorable matchup against the Cowboys.
2:56 p.m. ET -- DeSean Jackson inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR DeSean Jackson (foot) is inactive for the Eagles. This was expected, and it officially makes Jason Avant an interesting sleeper in larger leagues accounting for the favorable matchup. Riley Cooper and Chad Hall might also see more receiving work, not that either is an advised play. Jeremy Maclin might also play limited snaps, though he's worth using as a No. 3/flex if you're lacking in alternatives.
2:56 p.m. ET -- LeSean McCoy inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB LeSean McCoy is inactive for the Eagles. Jerome Harrison should get the start and is suddenly an intriguing flex-play plug-in, if you need one this late in the game.
2:52 p.m. ET -- Andre Johnson inactive -- The Texans' official Twitter site reports that WR Andre Johnson (ankle) is inactive. Jacoby Jones earns another start in his absence, and in a matchup against the Jaguars, is a strong No. 3 fantasy wide receiver with potential to crack the top 20 at his position.
2:52 p.m. ET -- Owen Daniels active -- The Texans' official Twitter site reports that TE Owen Daniels (knee) is active. He's once again an integral part of the Texans' passing game, and the matchup does suit him. If you kept him rostered for this long, it's a good week to get him into your active lineup.
2:52 p.m. ET -- Neil Rackers active -- The Texans' official Twitter site reports that K Neil Rackers (right hamstring) is active. He remains a worthwhile fantasy option in most leagues.
2:51 p.m. ET -- LaRod Stephens-Howling inactive -- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring) is inactive for the Cardinals. He was third on the depth chart all season, though, and shouldn't have been on most fantasy rosters.
2:51 p.m. ET -- Ben Patrick inactive -- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that TE Ben Patrick (hamstring) is inactive for the Cardinals. Considering how infrequently the Cardinals throw to their tight ends, Patrick's absence will hardly be noticed.
2:50 p.m. ET -- Maurice Jones-Drew inactive -- The Jaguars' official Twitter site confirms that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) is inactive. Rashad Jennings will get the start, and while he was a disappointment in a similar spot in Week 16, this is another favorable matchup for him. The Jaguars are sure to run and need this win to have any chance at the playoffs, so expect enough production for him to be a useful No. 2/flex.
2:50 p.m. ET -- Mike Sims-Walker active -- The Jaguars' official Twitter site reports that WR Mike Sims-Walker (ankle) is active. It's an incredibly favorable matchup for him against the Texans, but remember that Trent Edwards is now his quarterback. You shouldn't trust Sims-Walker as more than a No. 3 option.
11:58 a.m. ET -- LaMarr Woodley active -- Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that LB LaMarr Woodley (knee) is active for the Steelers.
11:57 a.m. ET -- Kellen Winslow active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee) is active. After a slow start to the season, Winslow has roared back with one of the hotter second halves of any receiver in football. Keep him in there in a game the Buccaneers must win to have any chance at the playoffs.
11:56 a.m. ET -- Drew Stanton active as backup -- The Lions' official website reports that QB Drew Stanton (left shoulder) is active and will serve as the backup. Shaun Hill will get the start, but Hill is only useful in two-quarterback leagues.
11:56 a.m. ET -- Jahvid Best active -- The Lions' official website reports that RB Jahvid Best (toe) is active. Credit him for playing through his injuries in what was a lost season for the Lions, but they had a noticeable impact on his numbers and made him a completely untrustworthy fantasy option down the stretch. In fact, his active status was somewhat maddening to those who might have considered Maurice Morris a viable stand-in option, and it'll remain the case here because Best should be involved just enough to limit Morris' value. If you pick one, make it Morris, and not as greater than a flex option.
11:55 a.m. ET -- Anthony Fasano active -- Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel confirms that TE Anthony Fasano (knee) is inactive for the Dolphins. Mickey Shuler will get the start, but Shuler wasn't any more involved in the offense as a Week 16 fill-in than Fasano was entering that game. Don't bother picking him up.
11:53 a.m. ET -- Darren McFadden inactive -- The Raiders' official Twitter site reports that RB Darren McFadden (toe) is inactive. Michael Bush will get the start in McFadden's place, and enough touches to make him a solid No. 2 option in fantasy leagues.
11:53 a.m. ET -- Zach Miller (OAK) active -- The Raiders' official Twitter site reports that TE Zach Miller (foot) is active. He has reestablished himself as fully healthy and has recaptured his spot atop the Raiders' pecking order in the passing game. In short, he's once again a weekly fantasy option in all formats.
11:51 a.m. ET -- Brett Favre inactive -- Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that QB Brett Favre (concussion) is inactive for the Vikings, and he's not the No. 3 quarterback either. Joe Webb, who actually had a fairly productive fantasy game in the Vikings' Week 16 upset of the Eagles, gets another start. He's worth a look in two-quarterback leagues, and if you somehow play in a league that allows you to use him as a wide receiver, he might very well be a top-20 option.
11:51 a.m. ET -- Adrian Peterson active -- Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is active for the Vikings as expected. He has a great track record against the Lions and practiced fully all week, so there's no reason to think him anything but a top-shelf fantasy option.
11:51 a.m. ET -- Rice inactive, Berrian active -- Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that WRs Sidney Rice (concussion) is inactive, while WR Bernard Berrian (quadriceps) is active, for the Vikings. Berrian should start, but he might not play a full slate of snaps after looking iffy during pregame warm-ups. Greg Lewis and Greg Camarillo might see a few extra targets as a result, but neither (nor Berrian) is an advised fantasy play.
11:49 a.m. ET -- Derrick Mason active -- The Ravens' official Twitter site reports that WR Derrick Mason (ankle) is active. Remember, the Ravens have an outside chance at the AFC's No. 2 seed, and Mason has a 60-catch campaign within his sights. He shouldn't be targeted any less than he has been in recent weeks, making him a viable No. 3 option.
11:49 a.m. ET -- Todd Heap active -- The Ravens' official Twitter site reports that TE Todd Heap (thigh) is active. Considering his questionable status and the fact that the Ravens have already locked up at minimum a wild-card spot, Heap might play limited snaps. He's a risky bet unless you're sorely lacking in alternatives at tight end.
11:49 a.m. ET -- Ed Reed active -- The Ravens' official Twitter site reports that S Ed Reed (neck) is active.
11:46 a.m. ET -- Ryan Fitzpatrick inactive No. 3 QB -- The Bills' official Twitter site reports that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (knee) is the inactive No. 3 quarterback. He missed a significant chunk of practice time this week and, according to the team's official website, was seen favoring his leg during warmups, so this isn't terribly shocking. Brian Brohm will get the start in Fitzpatrick's stead, but even against a Jets team resting both corners, he's not an advised fantasy play in such a critical week.
11:46 a.m. ET -- Jones, Nelson inactive -- The Bills' official Twitter site confirms that WRs Donald Jones (head) and David Nelson (ribs) are both inactive. Naaman Roosevelt will get his first start across from Steve Johnson, but he's too unproven to be trusted in such a key fantasy week. Johnson is the Bills wideout you want facing a Jets team resting both its corners.
11:46 a.m. ET -- Kyle Williams active -- The Bills' official Twitter site reports that DT Kyle Williams (hip) is active.
11:44 a.m. ET -- Bernard Scott active -- Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that RB Bernard Scott (toe) is active for the Bengals. Remember, much of Scott's Week 16 numbers were of the garbage-time variety, so don't read too much into his usage yet. That said, the Bengals are looking at their younger players, and Cedric Benson hasn't had an especially promising season. Scott might cut into Benson's Week 17 carries, and considering the opponent is the Ravens, that means Benson might be due for a stinker.
11:44 a.m. ET -- Chad Ochocinco inactive -- Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer confirms that WR Chad Ochocinco (ankle) is inactive for the Bengals. Ochocinco joins fellow veteran Terrell Owens on the sidelines as players who might have played their final games for the Bengals. Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell will again start and see the majority of targets, with Simpson the higher-upside option of the two.
11:44 a.m. ET -- Jermaine Gresham inactive -- Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that TE Jermaine Gresham (knee) is inactive for the Bengals. It's poor timing for an injury; the Bengals are already auditioning their depth receivers to evaluate their 2011 prospects. Now, Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell will be asked to do the vast majority of the receiving work.
11:41 a.m. ET -- Tom Brady active -- The Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) is active. Brady's health actually is a relevant topic this week, because the Patriots have already sewn up home-field advantage and therefore have nothing to play for in Week 17. That said, the Patriots have a history of keeping their starters in there even in Week 17, or at least for the majority of it, so the odds are good that he'll at least play a half, or enough for him to be a worthwhile fantasy play in most leagues. Brian Hoyer is a fairly good bet to finish out the game, however.
11:41 a.m. ET -- Branch, Welker both inactive -- The Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that both WRs Deion Branch (knee) and Wes Welker (not injury related) are inactive. Welker's absence is somewhat of a surprise, but maybe the Patriots had fears of a repeat of last year's Week 17, when he was lost to a season-ending knee injury. With the duo out, Brandon Tate and Julian Edelman should do the bulk of the receiving work, not that either is an especially strong fantasy choice.
11:41 a.m. ET -- Aaron Hernandez inactive -- The Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that TE Aaron Hernandez (hip) is inactive. It made absolutely no sense for the Patriots to keep Hernandez active this week after he missed Friday's practice, as they already clinched the AFC's home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Rob Gronkowski should start and see a significant number of targets, just as he did in Week 16, so activate him if you've got him.
11:41 a.m. ET -- Devin McCourty active -- The Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that CB Devin McCourty (rib) is active.
11:39 a.m. ET -- Peyton Hillis active -- Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that RB Peyton Hillis (ribs) is active for the Browns. He didn't practice Friday and was listed as questionable, so don't count on a full slate of touches for the 2010 breakout fantasy star in Week 17. Mike Bell might see increased work to keep Hillis fresh, and considering the matchup is as poor as they come (versus Steelers), Hillis might be at best a low-end No. 2 or flex.
11:39 a.m. ET -- Benjamin Watson active -- Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that TE Benjamin Watson (ankle) is active for the Browns. He has been wholly inconsistent this season and the matchup doesn't suit him, so try to find a safer option for your final-week matchup.
11:39 a.m. ET -- Kenyon Coleman active -- Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that DE Kenyon Coleman (knee) is active for the Browns.
11:38 a.m. ET -- Jonathan Stewart active -- Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald reports that RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) is active for the Panthers. He should get the bulk of the carries for the Panthers, who really have no other notable offensive weapon to rely on to shoulder the load. Consider Stewart a potential top-10 fantasy running back in the thinned-out Week 17.
11:38 a.m. ET -- Steve Smith (CAR) inactive -- Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald reports that WR Steve Smith (calf) is inactive for the Panthers. He was limited in practice this week, so this isn't entirely surprising. Not that fantasy owners will notice; the Panthers' passing game has been a no-go for our purposes for weeks now.
11:37 a.m. ET -- Calvin Johnson active -- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active for the Lions. Birkett previously noted that Johnson didn't appear 100 percent during pregame warm-ups, however, so plan accordingly. Johnson might not play a full slate of snaps, and Nate Burleson could see a few extra targets as a result.
11:33 a.m. ET -- Mark Sanchez active -- The Jets' official Twitter feed reports that QB Mark Sanchez (right shoulder) is active. He didn't do much during practice this week, however, and the Jets are fairly locked into their playoff seeding as is. There's nothing to play for, so don't count on Sanchez hanging in this game for long. We might see a Mark Brunell appearance before halftime.
11:33 a.m. ET -- Tomlinson, Greene both inactive -- The Jets' official Twitter feed reports that both RBs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene are inactive. This is quite the surprise, and it's frustrating to fantasy owners because the Bills represented an excellent matchup if either got the necessary carries to exploit it. Instead, Joe McKnight probably will start at running back, so if you need a fill-in, take a look at him.
11:33 a.m. ET -- Santonio Holmes active -- The Jets' official Twitter feed reports that WR Santonio Holmes (quadricep) is active. He might not play much of the game, however, considering the Jets have already clinched their playoff spot and can't significantly move up in seeding. Prepare for limited minutes for Holmes, meaning at best he's a No. 3 option.
11:33 a.m. ET -- Sione Pouha inactive -- The Jets' official Twitter feed reports that DT Sione Pouha (back) is inactive.
11:32 a.m. ET -- Roddy White active -- Jay Adams of the Falcons' official website reports that WR Roddy White (knee) is active. Remember, this remains an important game for the Falcons to win, being that they wrap up home-field advantage with a victory, so there's no reason to expect White to take an early seat. He needs to still be started in all formats.
11:29 a.m. ET -- Pierre Thomas inactive -- The Saints' official Twitter feed reports that RBs Reggie Bush (chest) and Chris Ivory (hamstring) are active, while RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) is inactive. Ivory was listed as probable and should get the bulk of the rushing work, so look at him as a strong No. 2 option now that Thomas has been ruled out.
11:29 a.m. ET -- Colston inactive, Meachem active -- The Saints' official Twitter feed reports that WR Marques Colston (knee) is inactive, while WR Robert Meachem (toe) is active. This shouldn't be a big surprise; Colston had a knee scope on Tuesday and the Saints have at least already clinched a playoff spot, so there was no reason to press him into duty at less than 100 percent. Meachem might dominate targets as a result, though in an offense that likes to spread it around, it might just as easily be Lance Moore, or even Devery Henderson, who benefits.
11:29 a.m. ET -- Jeremy Shockey inactive -- The Saints' official Twitter feed reports that TE Jeremy Shockey (groin) is inactive. With him sidelined, Jimmy Graham becomes a sneaky tight-end play if you're hurting at the position.
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