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Week 16 inactives

12/22/2013

Welcome to Week 16 of the 2013 NFL season. Here we'll be posting "live" updates and analysis as NFL teams release their inactive lists. Refresh often for the latest information.

Ruled out before Sunday

WR Josh Boyce (ankle), TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), TE John Carlson (concussion, IR), WR Victor Cruz (knee), WR Percy Harvin (hip), RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), WR Steve Johnson (not injury related), QB Case Keenum (right thumb), LB Sean Lee (neck), QB EJ Manuel (knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), T Nate Solder (concussion), RB Jonathan Stewart (knee), WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip), WR Wes Welker (concussion).

Top players we're watching

Early afternoon games (1 p.m. ET)

WR Tavon Austin (ankle, questionable): inactive

TE Garrett Graham (hamstring, questionable): inactive

WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder, questionable): active

RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring, questionable): active

RB Adrian Peterson (groin, questionable): active

Late afternoon games (4:05 and 4:25 p.m. ET)

WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion, questionable): active

QB Joe Flacco (knee, questionable): active

WR Calvin Johnson (knee, questionable): active

QB Carson Palmer (ankle, questionable): active

RB Ray Rice (thigh, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Brandon Marshall active (7:12 p.m. ET): ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson reports that WR Brandon Marshall (hamstring, probable) is active for the Chicago Bears. He practiced fully Friday and, like the Bears' entire starting lineup, should play the bulk of tonight's game. Marshall is our No. 4 wide receiver; start all your Bears if you've waited this long for them.

Lance Briggs active (7:12 p.m. ET): ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson reports that LB Lance Briggs (shoulder, questionable) is active for the Chicago Bears. It is unclear whether he'll play his usual number of snaps, so tread carefully with him in IDP formats.

Matt Barkley inactive (7:08 p.m. ET): The Philadelphia Eagles' official Twitter feed reports that QB Matt Barkley (healthy scratch) is inactive. The Eagles haven't scratched any of their typical starters despite only the Nos. 3 and 4 playoff seeds being up for grabs tonight -- they cannot clinch the division -- and Barkley's absence is a hint that Nick Foles might yet play the full 60 minutes, as Michael Vick is the only active backup on the roster. If you own any Eagles regulars, keep them in your fantasy lineup.

Keenan Allen active (3:12 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Keenan Allen (shoulder, probable) is active. He put in a full practice week, so his fantasy owners should start him with confidence. Allen is our No. 12 wide receiver for Week 16.

Antonio Gates active (3:11 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Antonio Gates (not injury related, probable) is active. His practice absences earlier in the week were clearly rest related, but Gates should be fine for his usual workload this week. He is our No. 10 tight end for Week 16.

Eddie Royal active (3:10 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) is active. Royal's status actually pertains most to Ladarius Green; Green's snaps/targets tend to suffer in games that Royal plays. Neither is a recommended fantasy option this week; Royal is our No. 54 wide receiver.

Kenbrell Thompkins inactive (3:08 p.m. ET): ESPN's Field Yates reports that WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip, questionable) is inactive for the New England Patriots. He was downgraded to "out" after he didn't travel with the team. With Thompkins out, Aaron Dobson will earn the "X" receiver start in Week 16. Dobson isn't recommended except in the deepest of fantasy leagues, however.

Aaron Dobson active (3:08 p.m. ET): ESPN's Field Yates reports that WR Aaron Dobson (foot, questionable) is active for the New England Patriots. He'll earn the start this week, with both Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins inactive. Dobson is only worth a desperation look in deeper leagues.

Dallas Clark inactive (3:02 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that TE Dallas Clark (illness, probable) is inactive. Clark was also inactive in Week 14, and he didn't play a snap in Week 15. He's a non-factor in fantasy since the healthy return of Dennis Pitta.

Ray Rice active (2:58 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ray Rice (thigh, questionable) is active. Rice checked in Thursday and Friday practices, lightening the worry about his questionable tag. He should be fine to handle his usual workload, though his disappointing production in 2013 is largely the reason behind his No. 23 ranking for Week 16.

Joe Flacco active (2:58 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that QB Joe Flacco (knee, questionable) is active. So that late-Week 15 injury wasn't that big a deal after all. Flacco now faces the Patriots, whose defense has afforded 21.0 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks the past five weeks, third-most in the league. He is an attractive QB2 in two-quarterback leagues, checking in 20th in our rankings.

Eddie Lacy active (2:57 p.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Eddie Lacy (ankle, probable) is active. With the weather a concern in Green Bay this afternoon, Lacy might be asked to do the bulk of the work for the Packers in Week 16. He is our No. 4 running back for the week.

Darren McFadden active (2:56 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Darren McFadden (knee, probable) is active. McFadden remains a backup as a result of Rashad Jennings' strong play of late, meaning his fantasy owners shouldn't expect many touches in Week 16. McFadden is only our No. 43 running back.

DeAndre Levy active (2:43 p.m. ET): Tim Twentyman of the Detroit Lions reports that LB DeAndre Levy (foot, questionable) is active for the Detroit Lions. Levy is Jim McCormick's No. 14 linebacker for Week 16.

Carson Palmer active (2:39 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that QB Carson Palmer (ankle, questionable) is active. Palmer continues to play through his injury, but this isn't a great matchup in which to use him. He is our No. 24 quarterback for Week 16.

Larry Fitzgerald active (2:37 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion, questionable) is active. As expected. Fitzgerald passed his concussion test and is good to go for Week 16, though he faces one of his tougher matchups of the season. He is our No. 22 wide receiver for the week.

Jerrel Jernigan active (2:35 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee, questionable) is active for the New York Giants. Jernigan might see a few additional snaps/targets with Victor Cruz sidelined, but with the Giants' passing game performing poorly all year, he's not a recommended fantasy option.

Calvin Johnson active (2:33 p.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Giants reporter Dan Graziano reports that WR Calvin Johnson (knee, questionable) is active for the Detroit Lions. Johnson's fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief; he was a true game-time decision but that ended up on the positive side. With this news, there's no reason to seriously doubt him as a starter; he is our No. 2 wide receiver for Week 16.

Maurice Jones-Drew to get bulk of touches? (12:28 p.m. ET): The Florida Times-Union's Hays Carlyon reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring, questionable) should "get around 16 touches" for the Jacksonville Jaguars, with Jordan Todman likely in line for 8-10.

Calvin Johnson iffy for Sunday (12:08 p.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports on Sunday Countdown that there is some concern over WR Calvin Johnson's (knee, questionable) status for the Detroit Lions on Sunday. This is a game during the 4 p.m. ET block, so we won't get a sure call on Johnson until about 2:30-3 p.m. ET, meaning that if you own him, it's smart to secure yourself a contingency plan from among the players with later kickoffs.

Terrance Williams active (12:06 p.m. ET): Bryan Broaddus of the Dallas Cowboys reports that WR Terrance Williams (hamstring, questionable) is active for the Dallas Cowboys. He's stuck in a rotation with Miles Austin, as well as snaps in three-wide sets, which puts a cap on his fantasy upside for the week. You should be able to find stronger alternatives despite his active status.

Joe Haden active (12:04 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that CB Joe Haden (hip, questionable) is active. The Browns' best cover corner might be available for the game, but he's playing at less than full strength this week. Still, with the Jets the opponent, there's no reason to be terribly concerned about the Browns D/ST.

Wes Welker inactive (12:02 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that WR Wes Welker (concussion, out) is inactive. With Welker sidelined, either Jacob Tamme or Andre Caldwell, or both, should see additional targets this week. Keep it in mind if you're in a pinch at either tight end or wide receiver this week.

Maurice Jones-Drew expected to start (12:01 p.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring, questionable) is expected to start. It's further bad news for Jordan Todman owners; this is news directly from the team's Twitter feed. Todman is still the stronger bet to get more touches of the two, but it's an entirely uncertain situation. Prepare accordingly.

Vincent Jackson active (11:59 a.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring, probable) is active. He put in a full practice on Thursday, which is encouragement enough to roll Jackson out there as a WR2 this week. He is our No. 12 wide receiver for Week 16.

Jermaine Gresham active (11:58 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that TE Jermaine Gresham (abdomen, probable) is active. He'll return to his traditional share of the tight-end targets with Tyler Eifert, limiting either player's fantasy value. Gresham is our No. 25 tight end for Week 16.

Daryl Richardson inactive (11:56 a.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that RB Daryl Richardson (thigh, questionable) is inactive. Another week, another scratch for Richardson. Zac Stacy has taken the starting role and thrived in it, but Richardson's inactive status is at least offers more encouragement that Stacy is a solid RB2 for championship week.

Mark Barron inactive (11:55 a.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that S Mark Barron (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. This is a tough loss for owners in IDP leagues, as Barron had been one of the more productive defensive backs this season, tallying 70 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.

Willis McGahee active (11:52 a.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that RB Willis McGahee (concussion, probable) is active. McGahee returns after a one-week absence, but while he was out, Edwin Baker stepped up as yet another threat to his weekly carry total. Expect a running back-by-committee picture again for the Browns, explaining our No. 47 ranking of McGahee this week.

Carlos Dunlap active (11:50 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that DE Carlos Dunlap (concussion, questionable) is active. Dunlap is Jim McCormick's No. 16 defensive lineman for Week 16.

Daniel Thomas active (11:48 a.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that RB Daniel Thomas (ankle, questionable) is active. He didn't put in much practice time this week, however, so Thomas might be active merely in a backup/emergency capacity. Expect Lamar Miller to get a starter's typical workload, making him a worthwhile low-end flex.

T.Y. Hilton active (11:46 a.m. ET): Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Colts reports that WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder, questionable) is active for the Indianapolis Colts. He was limited during the practice week and has been hampered by this injury for weeks, so temper your expectations from Hilton in Week 16. He'll presumably see enough targets to warrant consideration in larger leagues, but he is only our No. 23 wide receiver for the week accounting for this.

Garrett Graham inactive (11:44 a.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Texans reporter Tania Ganguli reports that TE Garrett Graham (hamstring, questionable) is inactive for the Houston Texans. He missed the practice week, so this was inevitable. With both Graham and Owen Daniels out, rookie TE Ryan Griffin will earn the start. A six-point fantasy performer (6 catches, 62 yards) in Week 15 who faces a favorable matchup in Week 16, Griffin could warrant a hail-mary look if you're in need at tight end.

Steve Johnson inactive, Robert Woods to start (11:42 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that WR Steve Johnson (not injury related, out) is inactive. This was announced in advance, but the Bills also announced with their inactives that WR Robert Woods will start in Week 16. Woods might see the bulk of the targets this week, but he's also going up against a stingy pass defense which has afforded opposing wide receivers the seventh-fewest fantasy points in 2013. Woods is our No. 48 option for Week 16.

Adrian Peterson active (11:37 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that RB Adrian Peterson (groin, questionable) is active. Peterson returns to the lineup after both he and backup Toby Gerhart were scratched for Week 15. Peterson might cede more carries than usual to Gerhart considering his injury, but he's too talented a player to sit in most fantasy leagues. After all, the Vikings probably wouldn't have scratched Matt Asiata, their Week 15 fill-in, if they weren't confident in Peterson. He is our No. 4 option for Week 16.

Toby Gerhart active (11:37 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring, probable) is active. Gerhart will serve as Adrian Peterson's backup, perhaps getting more work than a usual No. 2 this week. He is our No. 45 running back for Week 16.

Matt Asiata inactive (11:37 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that RB Matt Asiata (healthy scratch) is inactive. A week after posting 24 fantasy points in a fill-in capacity, Asiata returns to the bench. Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are now healthy and will share the rushing chores.

Tavon Austin inactive (11:34 a.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that WR Tavon Austin (ankle, questionable) is inactive. Austin sits for the second consecutive week, meaning Austin Pettis should again absorb his snaps out of the slot.

Justin Houston inactive (11:32 a.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports that LB Justin Houston (elbow, questionable) is inactive for the Kansas City Chiefs. Houston's absence is a blow to the Chiefs' defense, as well as IDP owners. Still, the Chiefs' D/ST has totaled 41 fantasy points the past two weeks combined without Houston available, so it remains a fantasy-worthy D/ST for Week 16, earning our No. 3 ranking.

Maurice Jones-Drew active (11:28 a.m. ET): Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring, questionable) is active for the Jacksonville Jaguars. This confirms Adam Schefter's earlier report, but it casts doubt upon the fantasy values of both Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman, who would've started had Jones-Drew sat. We'll see whether the Jaguars announce a starter in advance of kickoff, but for now, Todman remains the more likely starter and better fantasy choice, but his appeal drops to low-end flex.

Maurice Jones-Drew expected to play (8:44 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring, questionable) is expected to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16. This is actually frustrating news to fantasy owners, because it clouds the team's running-back picture when RB Jordan Todman would have been a perfectly adequate RB2 if the only one of the two active. The Florida Times-Union's Hays Carlyon suggested on Friday that Todman would start this week regardless of Jones-Drew's status, so the team's plan at running back remains unclear regardless of Jones-Drew's promising report. It could be a straight split of the chores, which would make the Jaguars a no-go for fantasy.

Carson Palmer expected to play (8:44 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that QB Carson Palmer (ankle, questionable) is expected to play for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. He continues to practice weekly on a limited basis, then play on Sunday, so there wasn't any severe worry Palmer might sit. It's nice to get confirmation this early, though. He is our No. 24 quarterback for the week.

Larry Fitzgerald expected to play (8:44 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion, questionable) is expected to play for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. Fitzgerald must have passed his final concussion test, as Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic had reported on Friday that the wide receiver was due to see the doctor on that day. This is good news in advance of the late games -- Fitzgerald's kicks off during the 4 p.m. ET block -- as it means he's a safer choice as a high-end WR3/flex; we ranked him 22nd for the week.