Commentary

Week 10 inactives

Updated: November 14, 2011, 10:53 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

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 NFL inactives, click here for John Clayton's report.

Ruled out before Sunday: WR Danario Alexander (hamstring), WR Miles Austin (hamstring), RB Jahvid Best (concussion), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), TE Dallas Clark (fibula), RB Montario Hardesty (calf), RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), WR DeSean Jackson (team decision), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), RB Felix Jones (ankle), TE Lance Kendricks (foot), K Rian Lindell (shoulder), QB Peyton Manning (neck), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head), WR Santana Moss (hand), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Joseph Addai (hamstring, questionable): inactive
QB Sam Bradford (ankle, questionable): active
TE Jared Cook (knee, questionable): active
TE Jermaine Gresham (hamstring, questionable): active
QB Kevin Kolb (toe, questionable): inactive
WR Lance Moore (hamstring, questionable): active
WR Nate Washington (hip, questionable): active

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

WR Devin Hester (ankle, questionable): active
WR Mario Manningham (knee, questionable): active
WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring, questionable): active

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

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

BenJarvus Green-Ellis active (19:19 p.m. ET): James Walker of ESPN's AFC East Blog reports that RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe, questionable) is active. His questionable tag was scarier than his injury itself, as there wasn't any serious threat that "Lawfirm" would sit. Remember, he had his best game of 2011 against these Jets; he's a solid No. 2 fantasy running back.

Plaxico Burress active (19:19 p.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that WR Plaxico Burress (lower back, probable) is active. He remains a trusted red-zone weapon for the Jets, and is facing one of the weakest pass defenses in football. Keep Burress in there as a No. 2/3 fantasy wide receiver, despite his injury issues during the practice week.

That's all for the 4 p.m. ET games' inactives. Sunday Night Football inactives should begin in the 7 p.m. ET hour.

Devin Hester active (2:54 p.m. ET): Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that WR Devin Hester (ankle, questionable) is active for the Bears. He might spend most of his time returning kicks considering his health, so don't expect that much from him in the receiving game. Plan accordingly; he might be best kept to return-yardage leagues.

Jahvid Best inactive (2:48 p.m. ET): Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that RB Jahvid Best (concussion, out) is inactive for the Lions. Kevin Smith, however, is active. The Lions will employ some sort of time share in their backfield with Best out, but Maurice Morris is the strongest fantasy option of the bunch, in the flex-play class. Keiland Williams should see a decent amount of work, with Smith likely third in the pecking order.

Frank Gore active (2:46 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Frank Gore (ankle, probable) is active. For all the reports about his health during the practice week, Gore's pregame practice reports were all positive. He's on a streak of five straight 100-yard rushing games, so there's no way you can sit him hot as he's been.

Hakeem Nicks active (2:44 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring, questionable) is active. Some pregame reports had him showing signs of being less than 100 percent, but as he's active, if you've waited this long for him, he's well worth having in your lineup. Expect something more like No. 2 fantasy wide receiver numbers accounting for his injury; that's still a start in almost every league.

Mario Manningham active (2:44 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that WR Mario Manningham (knee, questionable) is active. Hakeem Nicks' active status detracts from Manningham's fantasy appeal; Manningham is the least attractive of the Giants' three wideouts.

Tarvaris Jackson active (2:38 p.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral, probable) is active. It's a poor matchup for Jackson, so consider him a weak fantasy option even as a No. 2 in two-quarterback leagues.

Sidney Rice active (2:38 p.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that WR Sidney Rice (foot, probable) is active. He's still being targeted often enough to be a useful No. 3/flex fantasy wide receiver.

Lee Evans inactive (2:31 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that WR Lee Evans (ankle, doubtful) is inactive. Torrey Smith gets another start against a mediocre Seahawks secondary. Consider Smith a useful No. 3 fantasy wide receiver.

That's all for the 1 p.m. ET games' inactives. There are three games in the 4 p.m. ET hour, and those inactives should begin around 2:30 p.m. ET. The Giants' wide receivers rank among the most notable to watch; there is currently no indication whether either will play, but ESPN's NFC East Blogger Dan Graziano reports that Hakeem Nicks did make the trip to San Francisco, which is a hint that Nicks will play.

Steve Slaton inactive (12:19 p.m. ET): Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that RB Steve Slaton is inactive for the Dolphins. This is significant in that, two weeks ago, Slaton got three goal-line carries (and converted one) for the team, so the goal-line role is now up for grabs. Consider it a plus for both Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas, because it's now much more likely that one of them will be the finisher.

Donald Brown to start (12:10 p.m. ET): The Indianapolis Star reports that Donald Brown will start for the Colts. Normally, we say "starts don't matter," but in this case, coupled with Brown's Week 9 numbers, it's further evidence that Brown is the Colts running back you want (if you want either). We've projected Brown for 11 ESPN standard fantasy points, Delone Carter for 2.

Mark Clayton active (12:06 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that WR Mark Clayton is active. The team reports that he might get some work out of the slot, so keep an eye on his performance but don't activate him outside of the deepest of fantasy leagues.

Mohamed Massaquoi inactive (12:04 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head, out) is inactive. The team goes on to report that Josh Cribbs will start, a plus considering they also said they wanted to increase his usage going forward. The Browns face the Rams and their soft secondary, so Cribbs warrants a look as a flex play even in standard ESPN leagues.

Todd Heap inactive (12:03 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that TE Todd Heap (hamstring, questionable) is inactive.

Sammie Stroughter active (12:00 p.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Sammie Stroughter is active. If you're a Preston Parker owner, this is bad news, not that Stroughter necessarily will bump him from the slot. Still, it'll cut into the proverbial target pie, and Parker needs a healthy number to be meaningful in deeper leagues.

Tashard Choice inactive (11:59 a.m. ET): The Washington Redskins' official Twitter feed reports that RB Tashard Choice (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. Hey, at least this means Roy Helu won't have Choice stealing carries. Helu remains a low-end No. 2/high-end flex fantasy running back.

Rex Grossman to start for Redskins (11:56 a.m. ET): Several Washington sources report that Rex Grossman will start at quarterback for the Redskins, replacing John Beck. Beck is also active as Grossman's backup, per the Redskins' official Twitter feed, but he'll miss out on a matchup with his former team, the Dolphins. Don't trust either quarterback, but here's another case of Mike Shanahan frustrating fantasy owners; remember that Roy Helu's notable Week 9 came with Beck the man tossing him the ball that much. We can't be so sure that'll repeat with Grossman.

Andre Johnson inactive (11:52 a.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that WR Andre Johnson (hamstring, out) is inactive. This had been known previously, but it continues to assure the Texans' running backs as the focal point of their offense, in a matchup against a poor Buccaneers front seven. Even Ben Tate could be a worthwhile flex play in a large number of fantasy leagues.

Joseph Addai inactive (11:48 a.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson reports that RB Joseph Addai (hamstring, questionable) is inactive for the Colts. It's about time the Colts made this move; the past two weeks they had Addai available as an emergency running back yet didn't play him at all. That's a frustration for fantasy owners. Now, we can safely project a Donald Brown- Delone Carter split of the rushing work, not that it makes either more than a flex play. Incidentally, Brown's work was ramping up last week, so he's probably the smarter pick of the two.

Julio Jones active (11:47 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Julio Jones (hamstring, probable) is active. He missed some practice time during the week but wasn't expected to sit. Coming off his best game of the year, and facing a Saints team that might engage the Falcons in a shoot-out, Jones is a worthy No. 2 fantasy wde receiver.

Chris Ivory inactive (11:45 a.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that RB Chris Ivory (hamstring, questionable) is inactive.

Mark Ingram active (11:45 a.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that RB Mark Ingram (heel, probable) is active. He had been bumped up to probable, so this was expected. Nevertheless, the Saints have other running backs to divvy up the work, and Ingram's lengthy absence might mean only about 10 touches or so. He's a flex consideration, little more.

Kevin Kolb inactive (11:43 a.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that QB Kevin Kolb (toe, questionable) is inactive. No surprise here; John Skelton will get another start. Downgrade all your Cardinals wide receivers accordingly, and bump up the Eagles' defense.

Lance Moore active (11:41 a.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that WR Lance Moore (hamstring, questionable) is active. His active status, however, doesn't make him that much more attractive a fantasy option; he's a No. 3/4 wide receiver at best. Remember, the Saints have other options in their passing game, so they might lighten Moore's load.

Sam Bradford active (11:40 a.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that QB Sam Bradford (ankle, questionable) is active. He continues to play at a bit less than 100 percent, so temper your expectations accordingly. As he's facing a solid Browns pass defense, consider him a lower-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback in two-QB leagues.

Nate Washington active (11:38 a.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that WR Nate Washington (hip, questionable) is active. Consider him a No. 3 fantasy wide receiver in what's one of his tougher matchups against the Panthers.

Jared Cook active (11:37 a.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that TE Jared Cook (knee, questionable) is active. His injury, like Jermaine Gresham's, could have the Titans easing up on Cook in terms of targets this week. Consider him a No. 2 tight end as well, and a less attractive one even than Gresham.

Jason Avant to start? (11:34 a.m. ET): Both ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dan Graziano of the NFC East Blog report that Jason Avant is expected to start for the Eagles. Remember, the Eagles could merely start in a three-wide receiver set. Again, "starter" status means little. It's Avant you should target as a sneaky No. 3 fantasy option.

Donald Lee inactive (11:31 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that TE Donald Lee (foot, out) is inactive.

Jermaine Gresham active (11:31 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that TE Jermaine Gresham (hamstring, questionable) is active. He's only a No. 2 fantasy option; the Bengals, accounting for his injury, might merely lean more on their wide receivers.

Steve Smith (PHI) to start (11:27 a.m. ET): Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Steve Smith will start for the Eagles. Go figure. All this does is show that, beyond Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles' wide receivers will be somewhat unpredictable. But to be clear: Smith is the Eagles wide receiver I like least of the three potential fill-ins (Avant the most). After all, "starter" status means little.

DeSean Jackson to be inactive (9:17 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR DeSean Jackson will be inactive for the Eagles. According to Schefter, Jackson missed the Eagles' team meeting Saturday morning, a total no-show. Jeremy Maclin gets a slight bump in fantasy value, as he's a near-guarantee to dominate the team in targets going up against the woeful Cardinals defense. It's difficult to tell who will get the start at flanker; it might be Jason Avant simply because he has been a spot starter for the team in the past and is fourth on the Eagles in targets. In a deeper league he'd be worth a look considering the matchup. Riley Cooper should also play more snaps, and Steve Smith might get increased use out of the slot.