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Week 7 inactives

Welcome to Week 7. Here we'll be posting "live" updates and analysis as NFL teams release their inactive lists. Refresh often for the latest information!

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

Frank Gore, RB, SF: Active
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN: Active

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

Chad Ochocinco, WR, CIN: Active
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR: Active
Roy E. Williams, WR, DAL: Active

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

Anquan Boldin, WR, ARI: Active
Beanie Wells, RB, ARI: Active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

7:28 p.m. ET -- Rodgers-Cromartie active -- The Newark Star-Ledger reports that CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (finger, probable) is active for the Cardinals.

7:28 p.m. ET -- Beanie Wells active -- The Newark Star-Ledger reports that Beanie Wells (hip, questionable) is active for the Cardinals. He was limited in practice for much of the week and isn't an option on passing downs, not to mention he's facing the Giants on the road. Sit Wells if you can, and look to Tim Hightower as a more useful flex-play candidate.

7:26 p.m. ET -- Boldin, Breaston active -- The Newark Star-Ledger reports that Anquan Boldin (ankle, questionable) and Steve Breaston (knee, probable) are both active for the Cardinals. Expect them to split up the targets somewhat, though the matchup is a heck of a lot better for each of them than it might seem on paper. Consider Boldin a No. 2/3 type, Breaston more No. 3 option.

7:25 p.m. ET -- Antonio Pierce active -- The Giants' official Web site reports that LB Antonio Pierce (back, probable) is active.

7:24 p.m. ET -- Ahmad Bradshaw active -- The Giants' official Web site reports that Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle, probable) is active. He has three double-digit fantasy performances in his past four games, but now goes up against a Cardinals team that has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Consider him a flex play, but more based upon his hot streak than the matchup.

7:24 p.m. ET -- Manning, Manningham active for Giants -- The Giants' official Web site reports that both Eli Manning (foot, probable) and Mario Manningham (back, probable) are active. The Giants' passing game couldn't match up much better than it does in a primetime game at home versus the Cardinals' 31st-ranked pass defense. Manningham is a fine No. 3/4 option, despite being stuck in a rotation with Hakeem Nicks, a comparably valued fantasy option facing this matchup.

3:22 p.m. ET -- Garrett Hartley inactive -- The Saints' official Web site reports that Garrett Hartley is inactive. That leaves John Carney free to handle the kicking chores this week.

3:21 p.m. ET -- Jeremy Shockey active -- The Saints' official Web site reports that Jeremy Shockey (shoulder, probable) is active as expected. He's well worth using facing the Dolphins, who are weak over the middle.

3:19 p.m. ET -- DeMarcus Ware active -- The Dallas Morning News reports that LB DeMarcus Ware (foot, probable) is active for the Cowboys.

3:18 p.m. ET -- Roy E. Williams active -- The Dallas Morning News reports that Roy E. Williams (ribs, probable) is active for the Cowboys. He's expected to grit it out and play through his injury, though it's unclear whether he'll be able to make it through four quarters. Newly crowned flanker Miles Austin is a far greater fantasy bet, and Jason Witten should benefit from Williams' being limited, too. One important note: Kevin Ogletree is inactive, so that might hint that the Cowboys believe Williams will be healthy enough to play all the way through.

3:17 p.m. ET -- Barber, Felix Jones both active -- The Dallas Morning News reports that both Marion Barber (thigh, probable) and Felix Jones (knee, probable) are active for the Cowboys. With Barber, Jones and Tashard Choice all active for the Cowboys, it's anyone's guess how the team will divvy up the carries this week. Our best guess is that Barber gets the most touches, Choice a close second (perhaps matching Barber for the lead), Jones a distant third. Plan accordingly.

3:13 p.m. ET -- Raiders defenders active -- The Contra Costa Times reports that DE Greg Ellis (knee, questionable), DE Richard Seymour (illness, questionable) and CB Nnamdi Asomugha (eye, probable) are all active for the Raiders.

3:12 p.m. ET -- Darren McFadden inactive -- The Contra Costa Times reports that Darren McFadden (knee, out) is inactive for the Raiders. Justin Fargas and Michael Bush will continue to share the carries, though neither has a favorable matchup this week.

3:11 p.m. ET -- Chaz Schilens inactive -- The Contra Costa Times reports that Chaz Schilens (foot, questionable) is inactive for the Raiders. Expect Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy to continue to get most of the work at wide receiver, not that fantasy owners want to tread anywhere near the Raiders' passing game.

3:10 p.m. ET -- Michael Turner active -- The Falcons' official Web site reports that Michael Turner (chest, probable) is active. Get him active in all fantasy formats.

3:09 p.m. ET -- Norwood, Mughelli inactive -- The Falcons' official Web site reports that Jerious Norwood (hip, doubtful) and Ovie Mughelli (calf, questionable) are inactive. Neither was a fantasy consideration, but Mughelli's absence hurts the team in the run block department.

3:07 p.m. ET -- Bills IDP inactives -- The Bills' official Web site reports that S Bryan Scott (ankle, out)
and S Donte Whitner (ankle, out) are inactive, though DT Kyle Williams (shoulder, questionable) is active. With Whitner in particular back on the shelf, boy, could the Panthers' matchups look any sweeter?

3:06 p.m. ET -- Edwards, Nelson inactive for Bills -- The Bills' official Web site reports that Trent Edwards (head, out) and Shawn Nelson (illness, doubtful) are inactive. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in Edwards' place, so downgrade all Bills receivers as they battle the Panthers' second-ranked pass defense. Also expect Derek Fine to start at tight end, not that you want Bills tight ends in your fantasy lineup.

2:54 p.m. ET -- "Other" Adrian Peterson inactive -- The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Adrian Peterson (knee, doubtful) is inactive for the Bears. Garrett Wolfe will back up Matt Forte yet again, not that Bears backup running backs warrant your attention in fantasy.

2:52 p.m. ET -- Jets IDPs active -- The Jets' official Web site reports that LB David Harris (Wrist, probable) and S Kerry Rhodes (knee, probable) are active.

2:51 p.m. ET -- Braylon Edwards active -- The Jets' official Web site reports that Braylon Edwards (quadricep, probable) and Wallace Wright (knee, probable) are both active. Edwards is a solid fantasy play, while Wallace will merely serve as depth with the team's other wide receivers banged up.

2:49 p.m. ET -- Cotchery, Brad Smith inactive -- The Jets' official Web site reports that both Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring, out) and Brad Smith (quadricep, out) are inactive. Coach Rex Ryan is more optimistic Cotchery will return in Week 8 than Smith, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. David Clowney will start in Cotchery's place again, though potentially being matched up with Nnamdi Asomugha makes him a poor fantasy choice.

2:47 p.m. ET -- Bengals receivers active -- The Bengals' official Web site reports that Chris Henry (illness, questionable) and Chad Ochocinco (hip, probable) are both active. Ochocinco is a solid play, and Henry is more of a deep-league hail-mary type.

2:46 p.m. ET -- Roy L. Williams inactive -- The Bengals' official Web site reports that S Roy L. Williams (forearm, doubtful) is inactive. Nedu Ndukwe will start at strong safety.

2:42 p.m. ET -- Thomas Davis inactive -- The Panthers' official Web site reports that LB Thomas Davis (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. With Davis out, the Bills' running game gets a boost in fantasy value.

2:41 p.m. ET -- Jonathan Stewart active -- The Panthers' official Web site reports that Jonathan Stewart (achilles, questionable) is active. He practiced fully both Thursday and Friday, and the matchup says he's a solid No. 2/flex option.

12:23 p.m. ET -- Tashard Choice the Cowboys' lead back? -- ESPN's Ed Werder speculates that Tashard Choice might get the bulk of the carries for the Cowboys, being that both Marion Barber (thigh, probable) and Felix Jones (knee, probable) are a bit nicked up. There's no clear word on how the touches will be divvied up, so approach this backfield with a degree of caution.

12:15 p.m. ET -- Ahman Green inactive -- The Packers' official Web site reports that Ahman Green is inactive, as expected. He needs some practice time to get up to full speed and into game condition. Ryan Grant owners shouldn't be worried about any decrease in carries, at least not in the immediate future.

12:09 p.m. ET -- Barber, Williams to start for Cowboys -- ESPN's Ed Werder reports that both Marion Barber (thigh, probable) and Roy E. Williams (ribs, probable) are expected to start for the Cowboys. That's a 4 p.m. ET game, so this serves more to alleviate the risk of waiting for them somewhat, though Williams isn't an advised fantasy play being that he's not guaranteed to make it through all four quarters.

12:08 p.m. ET -- Bucs IDPs active -- The Buccaneers' official Web site reports that LB Barrett Ruud (elbow, probable) and CB Aqib Talib (hamstring, probable) are active.

12:07 p.m. ET -- Michael Clayton active -- The Buccaneers' official Web site reports that Michael Clayton (hamstring, questionable) is active. Fantasy owners don't want him, though; he's a drop machine.

12:05 p.m. ET -- Adam Vinatieri inactive -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that Adam Vinatieri (right knee, out) is inactive for the Colts. Matt Stover is the team's kicker for now, and perhaps through season's end.

12:03 p.m. ET -- Anthony Gonzalez inactive -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that Anthony Gonzalez (knee, out) is inactive, as expected. The Colts are hopeful he'll resume practicing later this week and play in Week 8, but for this week, Gonzalez is out. Expect both Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie to continue to see a healthy number of targets versus the Rams.

11:59 a.m. ET -- Stephen Cooper active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that LB Stephen Cooper (knee, probable) is active for the Chargers.

11:58 a.m. ET -- LaDainian Tomlinson active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that LaDainian Tomlinson (illness, probable) is active for the Chargers. Injury-prone and hard-worked as he is, Tomlinson nevertheless remains a solid fantasy play, at least as a second-tier type, battling a Chiefs defense that has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season.

11:56 a.m. ET -- Texans IDPs active -- The Texans' official Web site reports that LB Brian Cushing (foot, questionable), DE Mario Williams (shoulder, questionable), S Bernard Pollard (illness, probable) and LB DeMeco Ryans (chest, probable) are all active. Cushing, Williams and Ryans are all solid IDPs. Pollard, meanwhile, has been a real boon to the Texans' run defense since joining their lineup, as the team has allowed only 24 fantasy points combined to opposing running backs the past three weeks, compared to 108 the first three weeks.

11:56 a.m. ET -- Kris Brown active -- The Texans' official Web site reports that Kris Brown (right ankle, probable) is active. If you typically count on him, he's good to go.

11:55 a.m. ET -- Avery active, Martin not -- The Rams' official Web site reports that Donnie Avery (hip, probable) is active, though Ruvell Martin (hamstring, questionable) is inactive, for the Rams. Avery practiced fully on Friday, but still isn't a recommended fantasy play facing the Colts' ninth-ranked pass defense.

11:54 a.m. ET -- Troy Polamalu active -- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that S Troy Polamalu (knee, probable) is active for the Steelers.

11:53 a.m. ET -- Rashard Mendenhall active -- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Rashard Mendenhall (knee, probable) is active for the Steelers. The Vikings' defense should limit Mendenhall's yardage total, and he might not see a great number of carries besides, but Mendenhall still suits fantasy owners as a No. 2/flex, being that he's a quality goal-line option and the Steelers shouldn't have much trouble advancing the ball into scoring position via the pass facing an Antoine Winfield-less secondary. It also helps that backup Willie Parker's turf toe still isn't fully healed.

11:51 a.m. ET -- Michael Lewis inactive -- The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that S Michael Lewis (concussion, out) is inactive for the 49ers. Mark Roman is likely to start at strong safety.

11:51 a.m. ET -- Frank Gore active -- The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Frank Gore (ankle, probable) is active for the 49ers. Gore is a must-start in all fantasy leagues, even with the Texans' run defense performing at a higher level lately. Backup Glen Coffee might see most of his work on kickoff returns, so don't bother using him this week.

11:49 a.m. ET -- Jordy Nelson inactive -- The Packers' official Web site reports that Jordy Nelson (knee, out) is inactive, as expected. James Jones will step into Nelson's No. 3 wide receiver role, but he's only worth a look in deep leagues.

11:48 a.m. ET -- Rodgers, Jennings active -- The Packers' official Web site reports that both Aaron Rodgers (foot, probable) and Greg Jennings (hip, probable) are active. It's a favorable matchup for them both, so keep them in your lineup.

11:47 a.m. ET -- Meriweather active -- The Patriots' official Web site reports that S Brandon Meriweather (foot, probable) is active.

11:46 a.m. ET -- Brady and Moss active -- The Patriots' official Web site reports that both Tom Brady (right shoulder, probable) and Randy Moss (shoulder, probable) are active as expected. Their matchup versus the soft Bucs secondary is exceptional; they're must-starts.

11:45 a.m. ET -- Patriots without Morris, Taylor, Edelman -- The Patriots' official Web site reports that Julian Edelman (forearm, out), Sammy Morris (knee, out) and Fred Taylor (ankle, out) are all inactive, as expected. With both Morris and Taylor officially sidelined, Laurence Maroney will draw the start versus the Bucs, who surrendered 44 fantasy points to the Panthers' running backs in Week 6. Maroney is a worthwhile flex play, though BenJarvus Green-Ellis might cut into his carries, not to mention Kevin Faulk might get all the passing-down work.

11:45 a.m. ET -- Browns IDP inactives -- The Browns' official Web site reports that LB Eric Barton (shoulder, probable), CB Brandon McDonald (shoulder, probable) and LB Kamerion Wimbley (illness, probable) are all active.

11:41 a.m. ET -- Percy Harvin active -- The Vikings' official Web site reports that Percy Harvin (shoulder, questionable) is active. The matchup isn't a great one on paper, but in a week chock full of bye teams, he has the upside to be a No. 3/4 consideration.

11:41 a.m. ET -- Adrian Peterson (the Viking) active -- The Vikings' official Web site reports that Adrian Peterson (ankle, probable) is active. No surprise, and even with a matchup versus the Steelers, he's a must-start.

11:39 a.m. ET -- More Browns inactives -- The Browns' official Web site reports that Derek Anderson (ankle, probable), Josh Cribbs (knee, questionable) and Chansi Stuckey (illness, probable) are all active. Anderson's attempt number is remarkably down, limiting his and Stuckey's fantasy appeal, while Cribbs will occupy his traditional return-man role, not to mention get the occasional Wildcat play. Don't expect much in terms of fantasy numbers from Cribbs, unless your league rewards return yards.

11:33 a.m. ET -- Phil Dawson inactive again -- The NFL Network reports that Phil Dawson (right calf, doubtful) is inactive for the Browns. Billy Cundiff gets another start, not that fantasy owners should care. The Browns have scored six touchdowns all season, second-fewest in the league.

11:31 a.m. ET -- Royal, Heiden inactive -- The Browns' official Web site reports that both Robert Royal (illness, questionable) and Steve Heiden (knee, doubtful) are inactive. Greg Estandia will start at tight end, though he's not a fantasy consideration.

11:20 a.m. ET -- Antoine Winfield out -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that CB Antoine Winfield (foot, doubtful) is out for Week 7. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes Benny Sapp, who traditionally plays inside, will shift to left corner for Winfield in base packages, with Sapp shifting inside in nickel packages and Karl Paymah playing left corner. In either arrangement the Steelers' passing game will benefit.