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Week 15 inactives

12/18/2011

Welcome to Week 15. 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.

Ruled out before Sunday: QB Sam Bradford (ankle), WR Deion Branch (groin), QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), TE Scott Chandler (ankle), QB Jay Cutler (right thumb), QB A.J. Feeley (right thumb), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), RB Matt Forte (knee), RB Mark Ingram (toe), WR Greg Jennings (knee), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), QB Peyton Manning (neck), QB Colt McCoy (head), RB Darren McFadden (foot), RB Javon Ringer (hand), TE Benjamin Watson (head).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

TE Dallas Clark (neck, doubtful): inactive

QB Matt Hasselbeck (calf, questionable): active

WR Devin Hester (ankle, questionable): active

QB Matt Moore (head, questionable): active

RB James Starks (knee, questionable): inactive

WR Nate Washington (ankle, questionable): active

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

RB Montario Hardesty (calf, questionable): active

QB Kevin Kolb (head, questionable): inactive

WR Jeremy Maclin (hamstring, questionable): active

WR Denarius Moore (foot, questionable): active

RB Kevin Smith (ankle, questionable): active

WR Wes Welker (knee, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Wes Welker active (14:53 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Wes Welker (knee, questionable) is active. There was never any serious doubt he'd sit; it's more injury-report shenanigans on the behalf of the Patriots. Welker should be started with confidence in all fantasy leagues.

Montario Hardesty active (14:51 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that RB Montario Hardesty (calf, questionable) is active. Considering his health status, Hardesty is likely to spend the day serving as Peyton Hillis' backup. If you must trust a Browns running back, make it Hillis, but merely in the flex-play class.

Kevin Kolb inactive (14:50 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that QB Kevin Kolb (head, questionable) is inactive. John Skelton will start at quarterback, though he's not an advised fantasy option even in two-quarterback leagues.

Jeremy Maclin active (14:48 p.m. ET): The Philadelphia Eagles' official Twitter feed reports that WR Jeremy Maclin (hamstring, questionable) is active. He's less likely to be lined up on Darrelle Revis' side of the field this week than
DeSean Jackson, but you can count on some rotation in-game. Maclin, despite his questionable tag, is probably the "safer" of the two ... but neither is a slam-dunk fantasy start. Regard Maclin a No. 2/3.

Denarius Moore active (14:47 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that WR Denarius Moore (foot, questionable) is active. He'll start and might step in as the clear No. 1 target in the Raiders' pass attack, if only because he's their most skilled (healthy) weapon in that facet of the game. Moore might warrant No. 3 fantasy wide receiver status, but he's not without a hint of health risk.

Kevin Smith active (14:45 p.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that RB Kevin Smith (ankle, questionable) is active and will start. All indications are that Smith will be treated like a true full-timer, the risk tied to his potentially aggravating the injury in-game. It's a favorable matchup, so barring your having a solid alternative, Smith is fine as a flex option.

That's all for the 1 p.m. ET games' inactives. Inactives for the 4 p.m. ET games -- there are four of them -- should begin around 2:45 p.m. ET.

Naaman Roosevelt inactive (11:55 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that WR Naaman Roosevelt is inactive. He wasn't on the injury report but had been battling a shoulder injury.

Devin Hester active (11:51 a.m. ET): Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that WR Devin Hester (ankle, questionable) is active. Hester's injuries have tempered his usage in the passing game in recent weeks, and his questionable tag might hint at more of the same here. He's only trustworthy in leagues that reward for return yards.

Kyle Orton active (11:48 a.m. ET): Josh Looney of the Kansas City Chiefs reports that QB Kyle Orton (right finger, probable) is active. Orton had been previously announced the Chiefs' starter at quarterback; Tyler Palko, interestingly enough, is inactive. Orton will be tasked with throwing early and often against the Packers, so if you're hurting in a two-quarterback league, take a look.

Nate Washington active (11:46 a.m. ET): ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that WR Nate Washington (ankle, questionable) is active for the Titans. His questionable tag tempers what's a favorable matchup for him on paper, and it's worth pointing out that his numbers were better under Jake Locker last week than in recent games working with Matt Hasselbeck. Still, Washington warrants No. 3 wideout fantasy status.

Matt Hasselbeck active (11:45 a.m. ET): ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that QB Matt Hasselbeck (calf, questionable) is active for the Titans. He'll start, though it is unclear whether he'll be able to last all 60 minutes. Temper your expectations somewhat, though Hasselbeck's matchup is still favorable enough that he'd warrant activating in two-quarterback leagues.

Jake Locker active (11:45 a.m. ET): ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that QB Jake Locker (chest, probable) is active. He'll serve as Matt Hasselbeck's backup, and might be called upon for relief duty for a second straight week. As the backup, though, Locker is a clear no-go for our purposes.

Dallas Clark inactive (11:44 a.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that TE Dallas Clark (neck, doubtful) is inactive. No shock here; Clark was highly unlikely to play. Jacob Tamme gets the start, though he's only worth a desperation plug-in.

Jacoby Jones gets the start (11:42 a.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that WR
Jacoby Jones will get the start in place of Andre Johnson. Jones remains most attractive to those owners in leagues that reward for return yardage; he's a mere hail-mary option in standard scoring.

Ryan Torain inactive (11:41 a.m. ET): The Washington Redskins' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ryan Torain is inactive. He's a healthy scratch yet again, which provides more confirmation that Roy Helu, indeed, is the Redskins' starter and an actually trustworthy running back in a Mike Shanahan backfield.

Joel Dreessen active (11:40 a.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that TE Joel Dreessen (knee, questionable) is active. There is always a chance that, with WR Andre Johnson (hamstring, out) sidelined, that Dreessen might see a few additional targets. Still, it's a week where all 32 NFL teams are playing, so you should be able to find a more attractive plug-in.

James Starks, Brandon Saine both inactive (11:37 a.m. ET): Kevin Seifert of ESPN's NFC North Blog reports that RBs James Starks (knee, questionable) and Brandon Saine (concussion, questionable) are inactive for the Packers. Wow. Starks' own comments and practice reports had him leaning towards being cleared to play; that the Packers really don't have much left to play for might have something to do with the decision. Ryan Grant's fantasy owners can celebrate; he'll get the bulk of the carries and be a useful No. 2 option.

Cedric Benson active (11:36 a.m. ET): Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that RB Cedric Benson (back, probable) is active. His health has come into question more in recent weeks, but it's not a significant concern in fantasy. That his matchup against the Rams is excellent keeps Benson a solid No. 2 option.

Adrian Peterson active (11:33 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, probable) is active. His probable tag was a confidence-builder for his fantasy owners, but surely you've read the reports by now that he'll be at less than 100 percent strength and that he might not play a full slate of snaps. Still, a healthy, active Peterson is an effective must-start. A stat to consider: In four career games in which Peterson was listed as questionable yet played, he has averaged 18.8 ESPN standard fantasy points. Yes, the tag was different but the health concern comparable; that stat shows that he's far too skilled to doubt.

Matt Moore active (11:31 a.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that QB Matt Moore (head, questionable) is active. He was expected to play, but his questionable status does toss cold water on what would've been an intriguing matchup against the Bills. Owners in two-quarterback leagues can ride with him as their No. 2 options, but don't expect a huge fantasy performance.

Sam Bradford inactive (11:30 a.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that QB Sam Bradford (ankle, out) is inactive. He was downgraded to out over the weekend, leaving Kellen Clemens to start at quarterback. Downgrade all members of the Rams' offense, and regard the Bengals an attractive, potential top-five fantasy D/ST for Week 15.

Justin Tuck active (11:28 a.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that DE Justin Tuck (toe, questionable) is active.