Commentary

Week 3 inactives

Updated: September 25, 2011, 7:26 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 3. Here we'll be posting "live" updates and analysis as NFL teams release their inactive lists. Refresh often for the latest information!

For complete list of NFL inactives, click here for John Clayton's report.

Top players we're watching

Ruled out before Sunday: WR Earl Bennett (chest), WR Marques Colston (shoulder), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), WR Lee Evans (ankle), WR Jacoby Ford (hamstring), K Garrett Hartley (right hip), TE Aaron Hernandez (knee), QB Peyton Manning (neck), WR Louis Murphy (groin), WR Eddie Royal (groin), WR Jordan Shipley (knee), WR Sammie Stroughter (ankle), RB Derrick Ward (shoulder)

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable): inactive
RB Peyton Hillis (illness, questionable): inactive
WR Mario Manningham (concussion, doubtful): inactive
RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring, questionable): active
TE Brandon Pettigrew (shoulder, questionable): active
QB Michael Vick (concussion, questionable): active

Late games (4:05 p.m. ET)

WR Danny Amendola (elbow, doubtful): inactive
WR Malcom Floyd (groin, doubtful): active
TE Antonio Gates (foot, questionable): inactive
RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps, questionable): active
RB Beanie Wells (hamstring, questionable): inactive
RB Cadillac Williams (hamstring, questionable): active
TE Kellen Winslow (knee, questionable): active

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

TE Dallas Clark (foot, questionable): active
QB Kerry Collins (shoulder, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Peyton Manning inactive (19:23 p.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that QB Peyton Manning (neck, out) is inactive. No surprise; Kerry Collins gets the start again at quarterback.

Dallas Clark active (19:23 p.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that TE Dallas Clark (foot, questionable) is active. There was a risk that he might not play, but if you've waited this long for Clark, it paid off. It's a poor matchup for him and his quarterback adversely impacts his production, but hey, at least he's playing.

Kerry Collins active (19:23 p.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that QB Kerry Collins (shoulder, questionable) is active. He's not at all recommended facing the Steelers, especially not after a poor start to the season.

Jacob Tamme active (19:23 p.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that TE Jacob Tamme (concussion, questionable) is active.

Blair White active (19:23 p.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that WR Blair White (back, questionable) is active.

Earl Bennett inactive (15:02 p.m. ET): Mike C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that WR Earl Bennett (chest, out) is inactive.

Marion Barber inactive (15:02 p.m. ET): Mike C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that RB Marion Barber (calf, questionable) is inactive. Matt Forte has the Bears' backfield to himself yet again, making him a top-10 potential option in all leagues.

Roy Williams active (15:02 p.m. ET): Mike C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that WR Roy Williams (groin, questionable) is active. This returns Johnny Knox to the bench, making neither Bears wideout an advised fantasy option in Week 3.

Sidney Rice active (15:00 p.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that WR Sidney Rice (shoulder, probable) is active. It's his first game of the year, but after two missed weeks with shoulder trouble, Rice should be kept on fantasy sidelines wherever possible. The matchup on paper is favorable, yes, but this isn't a terribly skilled offense and we can't be sure he'll play enough snaps to make a huge impact in his 2011 debut.

Derrick Mason active (14:59 p.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that WR Derrick Mason (knee, probable) is active. He's buried on the Jets' depth chart and isn't recommended in fantasy.

Mark Sanchez active (14:59 p.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that QB Mark Sanchez (right elbow, probable) is active. He's off to a hot start and matches up well enough to be an option in two-quarterback leagues, but cap his value at only that.

Santonio Holmes active (14:59 p.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that WR Santonio Holmes (quadriceps, probable) is active. He remains Mark Sanchez's favorite target in the passing game, and warrants No. 2 consideration in all leagues.

Matt Ryan active (14:57 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that QB Matt Ryan (knee, probable) is active. He remains a useful option in most fantasy leagues.

Roddy White active (14:57 p.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Roddy White (thigh, probable) is active. He's as reliable a fantasy wide receiver as there is; get him into all lineups.

Jermichael Finley active (14:55 p.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Jermichael Finley (ankle, probable) is active. There was never really any risk that Finley wouldn't play; he remains a top-five fantasy tight end.

Alex Green inactive (14:55 p.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Alex Green (Achilles', probable) is inactive. Consider this more of a "healthy scratch" decision than anything; James Starks and Ryan Grant have the Packers' backfield locked down.

Sammie Stroughter inactive (14:53 p.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Sammie Stroughter (ankle, out) is inactive. Preston Parker, who had a solid Week 2, gets another golden opportunity.

Kellen Winslow active (14:53 p.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee, questionable) is active. There was some worry about his health this week, but he's OK to play after practicing fully on Friday. Consider him a lower-end No. 1 fantasy tight end.

Jacoby Ford inactive (14:51 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that WR Jacoby Ford (hamstring, out) is inactive. This was expected; Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore will again be the Raiders' starters. Moore is the more attractive fantasy play; he's a No. 3/4 option.

Louis Murphy inactive (14:51 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that WR Louis Murphy (groin, out) is inactive.

Kevin Boss active (14:51 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that TE Kevin Boss (knee, probable) is active. He'll only see a handful of targets and isn't an advised fantasy option this week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey active (14:51 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee, probable) is active.

Darren McFadden active (14:51 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Darren McFadden (shoulder, probable) is active. The matchup with the Jets is one of his more challenging ones, but he's getting enough work, including at the goal line, to be worth keeping in your lineup regardless.

Jason Campbell active (14:51 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that QB Jason Campbell (foot, probable) is active. He's not an advised fantasy option facing the Jets' D.

Alfonso Smith to be the backup (14:49 p.m. ET): Per Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, Alfonso Smith is expected to be the Cardinals' backup running back this week.

Beanie Wells inactive (14:47 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that RB Beanie Wells (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. There's your official confirmation, but LaRod Stephens-Howling is also inactive. Chester Taylor, now the clear starter, might get enough carries to be a flex play after all, not that his matchup is particularly attractive.

Danny Amendola inactive (14:45 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that WR Danny Amendola (elbow, doubtful) is inactive. Mike Sims-Walker is the Rams' wideout to own in fantasy this week.

Greg Salas inactive (14:45 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that WR Greg Salas (ribs, probable) is inactive.

Vincent Jackson active (14:39 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Vincent Jackson (abdomen, probable) is active. This was fully expected, and with Antonio Gates out and Malcom Floyd battling a groin issue, Jackson should be the star of the Chargers' passing game this week. Get him into your lineup.

Mike Tolbert active (14:39 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Mike Tolbert (calf, probable) is active. Both Chargers running backs are outstanding fantasy plays going up against the struggling Chiefs defense; they'll split the carries and therefore be more No. 2 than clear-cut top-10 options, but their upside is indeed in the top 10.

Malcom Floyd active (14:39 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Malcom Floyd (groin, doubtful) is active. This is very, very surprising, as he scarcely practiced this week and was listed as doubtful. Perhaps this is related to Antonio Gates' absence, a bit of a numbers-game thing? As we don't know how much Floyd will be involved, he's a highly risky play considering his injury-report tag.

Antonio Gates inactive (14:38 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Antonio Gates (foot, questionable) is inactive. Randy McMichael should start in his place, and considering the matchup, he might even warrant consideration as a No. 2. Still, the Chargers should rely more on their wideouts, so don't expect any miracles.

Lee Evans inactive (14:37 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that WR Lee Evans (ankle, out) is inactive. This was expected; Torrey Smith is likely to start in his place. Anquan Boldin gets a bump up in value as a result.

Steven Jackson active (14:35 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps, questionable) is active. This is a poor matchup, however, against the Ravens, and we can't be sure exactly how many carries he'll get. If you have a more reliable option, use it, but if you waited specifically for Jackson, at least he'll play.

Cadillacl Williams active (14:35 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that RB Cadillac Williams (hamstring, questionable) is active. He and Steven Jackson will likely share the rushing chores to some degree, after both dealt with injuries throughout the practice week. Neither is an attractive fantasy option against the Ravens.

Beanie Wells to sit (14:30 p.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Beanie Wells (hamstring, questionable) is expected to be deactivated for this week. If true, Chester Taylor will most likely start, with LaRod Stephens-Howling getting work as well. Considering the matchup, neither is a great flex play.

That's it for the 1 p.m. ET games' inactives. Among the 4 p.m. ET games' players we're watching, RB Beanie Wells (hamstring, questionable) is likely to play, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, while TE Antonio Gates (foot, questionable) is expected to sit, per Bill Williamson of ESPN's AFC West Blog. We'll have full inactives for the 4 p.m. ET games beginning approximately 2:30 p.m. ET.

Aaron Hernandez inactive (11:57 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that TE Aaron Hernandez (knee, out) is inactive. This is merely confirmation; Hernandez was ruled out early in the week. Rob Gronkowski is a great fantasy option this week as the Patriots' go-to tight end. The Bills have historically been awful defending the position.

Knowshon Moreno active (11:54 a.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring, questionable) is active. This news negatively impacts Willis McGahee' fantasy value, but McGahee is still expected to get the bulk of the carries for the Broncos. Consider him a less-appealing flex play.

Brandon Lloyd active (11:54 a.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that WR Brandon Lloyd (groin, probable) is active. Lloyd returns to his No. 1 wideout role against a hot-starting Titans secondary, and with him back, Eric Decker should see a decrease in targets. Neither is a great fantasy option, but Lloyd warrants No. 2/3 consideration, Decker a look only in deeper leagues.

Lance Moore active (11:50 a.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that WR Lance Moore (groin) is active. Darren Sproles' emergence has cut into Moore's role in the Saints' offense, and for that reason, Moore belongs on your bench for evaluation purposes, not in your starting lineup.

Marques Colston inactive (11:50 a.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that WR Marques Colston (shoulder, out) is inactive. Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem continue to benefit from increased targets in Colston's absence.

Garrett Hartley inactive (11:50 a.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that K Garrett Hartley (right hip, out) is inactive. As expected. John Kasay gets another week as the Saints' recommended-highly-in-fantasy placekicker.

Cam Newton active (11:49 a.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that QB Cam Newton (ankle, probable) is active. He's a top-10 fantasy option this week against the miserable Jaguars secondary. Newton might be hard-pressed to give you another 25-plus points, but a solid outing should be expected.

Kenny Britt active (11:47 a.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that WR Kenny Britt (thigh, probable) is active. He has been as productive a fantasy wideout as any so far; enjoy it with him in your active lineup.

Chris Johnson active (11:47 a.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that RB Chris Johnson (ribs, probable) is active. Keep in mind that his slow start, to a degree, was fueled by a terrible Week 2 matchup, and this one is a far, far more favorable one than that. This might yet be Johnson's breakout game, and with every week, he should return to peak form. Go for it.

Reggie Bush active (11:45 a.m. ET): Mike Berardino of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that RB Reggie Bush (groin, probable) is active. The Week 2 returns indicated that rookie Daniel Thomas has already overtaken Bush for the starting job, so plan accordingly this week. Thomas is the Dolphins back you want, Bush is only a flex consideration in PPR.

Brandon Marshall active (11:45 a.m. ET): Mike Berardino of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that WR Brandon Marshall (groin, probable) is active. He's getting the hefty target totals he has always demanded; there's no reason to expect different here. Start him.

Maurice Jones-Drew active (11:43 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (not injury related) is active. He's the workhorse in the Jaguars offense and he's facing an injury-riddled Panthers run defense. He's as strong a fantasy play as they come.

Jason Hill active (11:43 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that WR Jason Hill (hip, probable) is active.

Marcedes Lewis active (11:43 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that TE Marcedes Lewis (calf, probable) is active. If you're hurting at tight end, Lewis is back to help out, not that he's much more than a No. 2 option this week.

Steve Johnson active (11:42 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that WR Steve Johnson (groin, probable) is active. There was no real concern he'd sit. Patriots-Bills has widely been described a potential shoot-out, and my opinion is no different. Johnson should be in all fantasy lineups.

Derrick Ward inactive (11:40 a.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that RB Derrick Ward (shoulder, out) is inactive.

Arian Foster inactive (11:40 a.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. This had been speculated throughout the week, and it's a smart move for the Texans, who have a healthy Ben Tate ready to take the full rushing chores. Tate is well worth a look this week against the Saints.

Braylon Edwards inactive (11:37 a.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Braylon Edwards (knee, out) is inactive.

Alex Smith active (11:37 a.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that QB Alex Smith (concussion, probable) is active. This isn't the best matchup for him, so consider him a weak option even in two-quarterback leagues.

Michael Crabtree active (11:37 a.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Michael Crabtree (feet, probable) is active. He'll likely start, but might play a limited number of snaps. The 49ers' wideouts this week will likely be Josh Morgan, Crabtree, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams, and considering how often this team spreads it around, not one is a highly advised fantasy play.

Peyton Hillis inactive (11:36 a.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that RB Peyton Hillis (illness, questionable) is inactive. This is merely confirmation; check below for the fantasy spin.

Brandon Pettigrew active (11:34 a.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that TE Brandon Pettigrew (shoulder, questionable) is active. He's sharing the targets with fellow tight ends Tony Scheffler, which detracts from his fantasy appeal. Consider either no more than a No. 2 fantasy option.

Calvin Johnson active (11:34 a.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) is active. He's a must-start in all fantasy leagues.

Jerome Simpson active (11:32 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that WR Jerome Simpson (not injury related, questionable) is active. There was some talk that he might sit this week due to his off-the-field issues, but Simpson gets the OK for today. He's not a recommended fantasy option however.

A.J. Green active (11:32 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that WR A.J. Green (toe, probable) is active. With Jerome Simpson active this week, Green's target total might not rank among the league's leaders. That said, he's the clear No. 1 option in this passing game, and warrants a look ion most fantasy leagues.

Percy Harvin active (11:31 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that WR Percy Harvin (illness, probable) is active. The Vikings' offensive struggles put a cap on Harvin's statistical potential, especially in a game against the Lions' pass rush. That said, he's still a No. 2/3 fantasy wideout for the week.

Michael Vick active (11:29 a.m. ET): Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that QB Michael Vick (concussion, questionable) is active. This was expected; Vick had been cleared mid-week. The matchup is fantastic against an injury-riddled Giants defense. Consider Vick a must-start.

Brent Celek active (11:29 a.m. ET): Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that TE Brent Celek (hip, probable) is active. He's, at best, a low-end No. 2 fantasy tight end. Try to find a stronger alternative.

Steve Smith active (11:29 a.m. ET): Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that WR Steve Smith (knee, probable) is active. He continues to play limited snaps, so don't hop aboard the motivation-of-playing-his-ex-mates bandwagon.

Vince Young active (11:29 a.m. ET): Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that QB Vince Young (hamstring, probable) is active. He'll serve as Michael Vick's backup.

Mario Manningham inactive (11:25 a.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that WR Mario Manningham (concussion, doubtful) is inactive. With Domenik Hixon (knee) also out -- he's on IR -- the Giants are precariously thin at wide receiver against the Eagles. Hakeem Nicks is the clear-cut fantasy play of the bunch, as the last proven man standing, and Victor Cruz bears watching as a starter this week. Brandon Stokley should see time out of the slot, but he's not a recommended fill-in.

Peyton Hillis out (11:12 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Peyton Hillis (illness, questionable) will sit out Week 3. Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that Hillis is dealing with strep throat and a fever, so Montario Hardesty will get the start at running back. The opposing Dolphins' defensive strength is against the run, so Hardesty is more of a flex-play consideration than a clear starter, but if you're in a pinch, take a look.

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