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Week 13 inactives

Updated: December 4, 2011, 6:54 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 13. 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 Miles Austin (hamstring), QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), TE Dallas Clark (fibula), QB Jay Cutler (right thumb), RB Tony Fiammetta (illness), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), QB Jon Kitna (back), QB Peyton Manning (neck), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (foot), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle), RB Phillip Tanner (hamstring).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Joseph Addai (hamstring, questionable): active
QB Josh Freeman (right shoulder, questionable): inactive
WR Percy Harvin (illness, questionable): active
K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring, questionable): active
WR Julio Jones (hamstring, questionable): active
RB Michael Turner (groin, questionable): active

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

QB Sam Bradford (ankle, questionable): inactive
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot, questionable): active
RB Montario Hardesty (calf, questionable): active
WR Mario Manningham (knee, doubtful): inactive

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

RB Kevin Smith (ankle, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Kevin Smith active (18:51 p.m. ET): Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that RB Kevin Smith (ankle, questionable) is active. He'll presumably start and get the bulk of the carries, and keeping in mind his receiving ability, he should remain involved enough against the Saints to be a low-end No. 2/high-end flex option.

Hakeem Nicks active (14:52 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that WR Hakeem Nicks (ribs, probable) is active.

Mario Manningham inactive (14:51 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that WR Mario Manningham (knee, doubtful) is inactive. Expect the Giants to lean heavily on Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz; both are must-starts in all formats.

Ahmad Bradshaw active (14:51 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot, questionable) is active. There are two problems with this matchup: One, that Bradshaw was limited through the practice week coming off a mutiple-week injury; two, that the Giants will need to throw often if they fall behind the potent Packers early. Bradshaw is, at best, a low-end No. 2 fantasy running back this week.

Beanie Wells active (14:48 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that RB Beanie Wells (knee, probable) is active. He'll likely spend the remainder of the season on the injury report. Wells' recent performance, however, shows how much upside he has even playing at less than 100 percent. Consider him a borderline top-10 option this week.

Todd Heap inactive (14:48 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that TE Todd Heap (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. No big loss; Heap simply wasn't putting up reliable fantasy numbers when healthy.

Kevin Kolb active (14:48 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that QB Kevin Kolb (toe, probable) is active. He'll start at quarterback, though his performance this season is evidence enough why he shouldn't be in fantasy lineups if at all possible.

Sam Bradford inactive (14:46 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that QB Sam Bradford (ankle, questionable) is inactive. A.J. Feeley will start at quarterback in his place. Downgrade the entire Rams' passing game.

Braylon Edwards inactive (14:45 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Braylon Edwards (knee, questionable) is inactive. Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn will see an increase in targets as a result, though not to the extent that either is a recommended fill-in in fantasy.

Ray Lewis inactive (14:40 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that LB Ray Lewis (foot, questionable) is inactive. It's the first time he has been inactive for three consecutive games in six years.

Montario Hardesty active (14:34 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that RB Montario Hardesty (calf, questionable) is active. He's likely to spend the day as Peyton Hillis' backup, meaning his performance bears watching only with him on your bench.

Peyton Hillis active (14:34 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring, probable) is active. He'll start, but a healthy Montario Hardesty might begin to cut into his carry total. Consider Hillis only a flex-play consideration against the Ravens.

That's all for the 1 p.m. games' inactives. Check back around 2:30 p.m. ET for the late game inactives.

Ahmad Bradshaw expected to play (12:07 p.m. ET): ESPN's Chris Mortenson reports that RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot, questionable) is expected to play for the Giants. The Giants' game starts at 4:15, so this is merely encouraging news for Bradshaw owners, and discouraging for those who own Brandon Jacobs. Plan accordingly.

Cedric Benson active (12:05 p.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that RB Cedric Benson (foot, probable) is active. His probable tag helped ease his fantasy owners' worries after his missed practice time; Benson's matchup (@PIT) is the far more troublesome obstacle. Consider him a low-end No. 2 fantasy option.

Von Miller inactive (12:03 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that LB Von Miller (thumb, questionable) is inactive. Consider this a plus for the Vikings' passing game, if you're digging deep at quarterback.

Tyler Palko to start at quarterback (12:02 p.m. ET): ESPN's John Clayton confirms that Tyler Palko will be the Chiefs' starting quarterback in Week 13. Kyle Orton might still see work in relief, should Palko struggle as he has in previous weeks, but Palko's starter status is a huge boon to the Bears' D/ST in fantasy.

Naaman Roosevelt active (12:01 p.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that WR Naaman Roosevelt (shoulder, probable) is active. He's now at best the team's No. 4 option in the passing game, meaning his only prospect of fantasy value on a weekly basis is if the Bills throw 40-plus times. You can do better.

London Fletcher active (12:00 p.m. ET): The Washington Redskins' official Twitter feed reports that LB London Fletcher (ankle, questionable) is active. He's an outstanding and underrated IDP optioon; keep him in your active lineup.

LaDainian Tomlinson active (11:58 a.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that RB LaDainian Tomlinson (knee, probable) is active. He won't see many carries out of the backfield; his active status primarily assures Joe McKnight will only see time on special teams.

Joseph Addai active (11:53 a.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that RB Joseph Addai (hamstring, questionable) is active for the Colts. This game in New England is one in which the Colts could be trailing awfully quickly, so be cautious trusting any Colts running back. Addai's injury issues and limited carries the past month when healthy make him a high-risk play, even out of your flex spot.

Danny Woodhead active (11:50 a.m. ET): Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that RB Danny Woodhead (abdomen, questionable) is active for the Patriots. The matchup on paper for all Patriots skill players is outstanding, but Woodhead's issue is a limited number of weekly touches. Perhaps he'll see enough to matter as a flex option in PPR leagues.

Eddie Royal active (11:48 a.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) is active. In no way is this to be interpreted as advice to start him; the Broncos in recent weeks have been the most run-heavy offense in football, and by a noticeable amount. Royal will be lucky to see more than a couple targets; Eric Decker is the only Broncos wideout you can risk facing the awful Vikings pass defense.

Sebastian Janikowski active (11:45 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring, questionable) is active. That the Raiders didn't add a kicker for insurance this weekend made it clear Janikowski would be able to play. Get him into your lineup.

Jared Cook active (11:44 a.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that TE Jared Cook (concussion, probable) is active. The Bills tend to struggle containing opposing tight ends and their pass defense is in the midst of a miserable slump; if you need a lower-level Week 13 sleeper, consider Cook.

Troy Polamalu active (11:42 a.m. ET): The Pittsburgh Steelers' official Twitter feed reports that S Troy Polamalu (head, probable) is active. Heads up to those of you in IDP leagues.

Rian Lindell inactive (11:41 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that K Rian Lindell (shoulder, doubtful) is inactive. Dave Rayner will again be the Bills' placekicker.

Julio Jones active (11:37 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Julio Jones (hamstring, questionable) is active. His limited practices and repeated issues with this injury put a cap on his upside; Jones shouldn't be treated as much more than a No. 3/flex, and one with a noticeable downside.

Michael Turner active (11:37 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that RB Michael Turner (groin, questionable) is active. He might see a few less carries than usual accounting for his injury, but Turner should still manage top-10 fantasy running back numbers.

Percy Harvin active (11:31 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that WR Percy Harvin (illness, questionable) is active. With RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, out) sidelined, the Vikings desperately need Harvin to be their leading man on offense. Expect double-digit touches, making him a fine No. 2 fantasy wide receiver.

Josh Freeman inactive (11:29 a.m. ET): ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that QB Josh Freeman (right shoulder, questionable) is inactive for the Buccaneers. Josh Johnson will start at quarterback. Consider this a plus for LeGarrette Blount; the Buccaneers were already expected to go run-heavy this week against the poor Panthers run defense, but now Blount has a shot at a 20-touch week. Start him with confidence.

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