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Week 17 inactives

Welcome to Week 17 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 Dwayne Bowe (concussion), WR Josh Boyce (ankle), WR Victor Cruz (knee), RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring), LB Tamba Hali (knee), WR Percy Harvin (hip), WR Steve Johnson (not injury related), LB Sean Lee (neck), WR Mario Manningham (knee, IR), QB EJ Manuel (knee), LB Clay Matthews (thumb), CB Terence Newman (knee), RB Adrian Peterson (groin), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), RB Jacquizz Rodgers (concussion), QB Tony Romo (back), WR Steve Smith (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (knee), LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee), WR Wes Welker (concussion).

Top players we're watching

Early afternoon games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Andre Brown (concussion, probable): active

TE Jordan Cameron (concussion, questionable): active

TE Tyler Eifert (neck, doubtful): inactive

TE Jermaine Gresham (hamstring, questionable): inactive

WR Calvin Johnson (knee, questionable): inactive

RB Dennis Johnson (hip, questionable): inactive

WR Rueben Randle (knee, questionable): active

RB Ray Rice (thigh, questionable): active

WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee, questionable): active

WR Torrey Smith (thigh, questionable): active

RB Daniel Thomas (ankle, questionable): active

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

WR Tavon Austin (ankle, questionable): inactive

RB Jamaal Charles (healthy scratch): inactive

WR Randall Cobb (fibula, questionable): active

RB Eddie Lacy (ankle, probable): active

QB Alex Smith (healthy scratch): inactive

RB Shane Vereen (groin, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Tony Romo inactive (7:07 p.m. ET): Bryan Broaddus of the Dallas Cowboys reports that QB Tony Romo (back, out) is inactive. Romo was ruled out in advance of Sunday; Kyle Orton will get the start for the Cowboys. Orton is our No. 18 quarterback for Week 17.

Dez Bryant active (7:07 p.m. ET): Bryan Broaddus of the Dallas Cowboys reports that WR Dez Bryant (back, probable) is active. His back has been giving him trouble for the past couple weeks, and a previous report by Broaddus has Bryant visiting a back specialist at season's end. Still, in this winner-take-all game, expect Bryant to gut it out facing the Eagles' mediocre pass defense. He is our No. 6 wide receiver for Week 17.

DeMarcus Ware active (7:07 p.m. ET): Bryan Broaddus of the Dallas Cowboys reports that DE DeMarcus Ware (back, questionable) is active. Ware's injury could limit his fantasy production this week, but he's still a difficult to player to sit when healthy. He is Jim McCormick's No. 20 defensive lineman for Week 17.

Eddie Royal active (3:15 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) is active. As has been the case for much of the season's second half, Royal missed the practice week but is active on game day. He's not a recommended fantasy option, however.

Ryan Mathews active (3:15 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, probable) is active. He practiced fully on Friday and will be facing a Chiefs team resting its key starters -- both offensively and defensively -- in a game meaningless to them. Mathews is well worth having in any fantasy lineup, earning our No. 9 ranking among running backs.

Earl Bennett inactive (3:11 p.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that WR Earl Bennett (not injury related, questionable) is inactive. Bennett is sidelined due to a personal matter, leaving the Bears without their slot receiver. It might mean a few more targets will be sent in the direction of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

Alex Smith inactive (3:09 p.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports that QB Alex Smith (healthy scratch) is inactive for the Kansas City Chiefs. This isn't a major surprise, as this Week 17 game is meaningless for the Chiefs. It's a tough loss for Smith's fantasy owners, who will now need to look elsewhere for a quarterback plug-in if they didn't earlier in the week. Chase Daniel will make the start for the Chiefs.

Jamaal Charles inactive (3:09 p.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports that RB Jamaal Charles (healthy scratch) is inactive for the Kansas City Chiefs. With the Chiefs locked into the AFC's No. 5 playoff seed, there was no reason for them to risk using Charles in a meaningless game one week before their first playoff game. Knile Davis will earn the start in Charles' absence, and while Davis earned our No. 25 ranking among running backs, that's now probably a few spots too low. He's a borderline RB2 with this news.

Mark Barron inactive (3:03 p.m. ET): Scott Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reports that S Mark Barron (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. Another tough loss for IDP owners, as Barron has been one of the more productive defensive backs this season.

Aaron Dobson active (3:02 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Aaron Dobson (foot, questionable) is active. Dobson should earn the start this week, with Josh Boyce sidelined, though Kenbrell Thompkins is also active to perhaps work with him in some sort of rotation. Neither is a recommended fantasy choice.

Kenbrell Thompkins active (3:01 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip, questionable) is active. Thompkins might rotate snaps with Aaron Dobson, but he shouldn't see enough targets to be a useful fantasy option.

Brad Jones inactive (2:59 p.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports that LB Brad Jones (ankle, probable) is inactive for the Green Bay Packers. Bad news for IDP owners, as Jones typically warrants LB2/3 consideration.

Eddie Lacy active (2:58 p.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports that RB Eddie Lacy (ankle, probable) is active for the Green Bay Packers. His ankle issue has popped up in each of the past two weeks, and he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tyler Dunne on Friday that his sprain "still hurts." Lacy's probable tag, therefore, was one of the dicier ones in that group entering Week 17, so keep it in mind as you evaluate him for this winner-take-all game. Consider it a plus that it's a must-win, because Lacy will push hard to play the full 60 minutes, which helps explain his No. 2 ranking among running backs.

Aaron Rodgers active (2:58 p.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports that QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, probable) is active for the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers returns to the lineup after a seven-week absence, right in time for this must-win game against the reeling Bears defense. He's well worth starting in any fantasy league, checking in fourth among our Week 17 quarterback rankings.

Randall Cobb active (2:58 p.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports that WR Randall Cobb (fibula, questionable) is active for the Green Bay Packers. Cobb might be on a snap count this week, so keep it in mind if you're counting on him for big fantasy numbers. He's our No. 53 wide receiver for Week 17.

Tavon Austin inactive (2:56 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that WR Tavon Austin (ankle, questionable) is inactive. Austin has now missed the final three games of his rookie season. Austin Pettis will again fill in for him as the Rams' slot receiver, though he's not a recommended fantasy pickup.

Shane Vereen active (2:55 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that RB Shane Vereen (groin, questionable) is active. Vereen's status was in some doubt -- as in, his "questionable" tag actually meant it this time -- but he's apparently healthy enough to play. It's unclear whether he'll have his role limited, but our No. 24 ranking of him among running backs already had the requisite amount of caution.

Case Keenum inactive (12:04 p.m. ET): Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that QB Case Keenum (right thumb, questionable) is inactive for the Houston Texans. And with that, we have our official confirmation of the Texans' Week 17 starting quarterback: Matt Schaub. He's not a recommended fantasy play, especially with the possibility that a slow start to the game could result in an early hook, with T.J. Yates coming on to finish the game.

Santonio Holmes active (12:02 p.m. ET): Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that WR Santonio Holmes (foot, probable) is active for the New York Jets. He was limited throughout the practice week, but will earn the start nevertheless. Going up against the Dolphins stingy-against-wide-receivers defense, however, he's not a recommended fantasy option for Week 17.

Antoine Bethea active (12:01 p.m. ET): Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Colts reports that S Antoine Bethea (ankle, questionable) is active for the Indianapolis Colts. Bethea is Jim McCormick's No. 11 defensive back for Week 17.

Vontaze Burfict active (12:00 p.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion, questionable) is active. It's good news for IDP owners, as Burfict is Jim McCormick's No. 4 linebacker for Week 17.

Maurice Jones-Drew active (11:57 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring, probable) is active. He wasn't ever at risk to sit, practicing both Thursday and Friday, and his 17 touches in Week 16 show that he's in good enough shape to take on the bulk of the Jaguars' rushing chores this week as well. He is our No. 23 running back for Week 17.

Emmanuel Sanders active (11:55 a.m. ET): Bob Labriola of the Pittsburgh Steelers reports that WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee, questionable) is active for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He practiced Friday and apparently fared fine during pre-game warm-ups, though it's unclear whether Sanders will have any sort of in-game limitation. He's a dicey fantasy play as a result of his questionable status; we ranked him just 44th for Week 17.

Joe Haden inactive (11:53 a.m. ET): Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports that CB Joe Haden (hip, questionable) is inactive for the Cleveland Browns. This is a bit of a surprise, and it's good news for Antonio Brown's owners. In Brown's defense had Haden played, Brown has had a couple of strong performances in the past two seasons facing off with Haden. This props Brown up as a clear top-10 player at his position, though.

Jordan Cameron active (11:52 a.m. ET): Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports that TE Jordan Cameron (concussion, questionable) is active for the Cleveland Browns. Cameron evidently passed his concussion test on Friday, so he didn't log much practice time heading into Week 17. Still, he should get enough targets to warrant using if you lack one of the top 12 options at the position. We ranked him, you guessed it, exactly 12th.

Dennis Johnson inactive (11:50 a.m. ET): Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that RB Dennis Johnson (hip, questionable) is inactive for the Houston Texans. No surprise here; Jonathan Grimes had been announced the Texans' Week 17 starting running back a few days ago. Johnson's inactive status merely strengthens Grimes' case for low-end flex-play status in fantasy leagues. Still, he is only our No. 37 running back for the week.

Brian Orakpo inactive (11:47 a.m. ET): The Washington Redskins' official Twitter feed reports that LB Brian Orakpo (groin, questionable) is inactive.

Daniel Thomas active (11:46 a.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that RB Daniel Thomas (ankle, questionable) is active. He continues to play through his injury, totaling only six yards on nine carries in Week 16 under similar circumstances. Thomas continues to be used in a committee with Lamar Miller despite this, which is more damning of Miller's fantasy potential than anything.

Torrey Smith active (11:44 a.m. ET): ESPN.com's Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley reports that WR Torrey Smith (thigh, questionable) is active for the Baltimore Ravens. He practiced on a limited basis this week but is apparently healthy enough to go in a must-win contest. He is our No. 20 wide receiver for Week 17.

Ray Rice active (11:44 a.m. ET): ESPN.com's Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley reports that RB Ray Rice (thigh, questionable) is active for the Baltimore Ravens. He was limited throughout the practice week, but Rice apparently is able to gut it out for the regular-season finale. He is our No. 27 running back for Week 17.

Tyler Eifert inactive (11:41 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that TE Tyler Eifert (neck, doubtful) is inactive. This confirms Bob Holtzman's earlier report. With both Eifert and Jermaine Gresham out, Alex Smith will assume the tight-end duties, though he's not a recommended fantasy option.

Jermaine Gresham inactive (11:41 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that TE Jermaine Gresham (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. This confirms Bob Holtzman's earlier report. With both Gresham and Tyler Eifert out, Alex Smith will assume the tight-end duties, though he's not a recommended fantasy option.

Calvin Johnson inactive (11:36 a.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Lions reporter Michael Rothstein reports that WR Calvin Johnson (knee, questionable) is inactive for the Detroit Lions. This confirms Rothstein's earlier assumption, and it's terrible news for fantasy owners still in championship matchups. Kevin Ogletree will earn the start in Johnson's place, though Nate Burleson, then Kris Durham, should be the No. 1 and 2 fantasy options among Lions receivers this week, facing a favorable matchup against the Vikings. We ranked Burleson our No. 29 wide receiver and Durham No. 38, under the assumption Johnson might not play. Those might bump up a few spots apiece now.

Matt Asiata active (11:33 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that RB Matt Asiata (ankle, probable) is active. He'll earn the start this week, his second in three games, as both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are inactive. Asiata is our No. 43 running back for Week 17.

Tony Gonzalez active (11:32 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that TE Tony Gonzalez (toe, probable) is active. It's Gonzalez's final game, and though it might seem on the surface as if his matchup is a tricky one, bear in mind that the Panthers have struggled at times against opposing tight ends. He is our No. 4 tight end for Week 17.

Cam Newton active (11:31 a.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that QB Cam Newton (ankle, probable) is active. He practiced fully this week and said that he shouldn't have any major injury limitations this week. Newton's matchup is a favorable one and the Panthers need this game for playoff seeding; he is our No. 4 quarterback for Week 17.

Peyton Hillis active (11:27 a.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that RB Peyton Hillis (concussion, probable) is active. Hillis will serve as Andre Brown's backup, though he's unlikely to see enough touches to be meaningful in any fantasy leagues.

Rueben Randle active (11:24 a.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that WR Rueben Randle (knee, questionable) is active. Randle will clearly be playing at less than full strength, and that WR Louis Murphy took a lot of his snaps during Friday's practice suggests the two might be utilized in some sort of rotation in Week 17. Temper your expectations from Randle, despite Victor Cruz's inactive status; he is our No. 33 wide receiver for the week, but even that might now be a generous rank.

Andre Brown active (11:24 a.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that RB Andre Brown (concussion, probable) is active. Brown is playing his final game before heading into free agency, so expect him to be at his best this week. He is our No. 21 running back for Week 17.

Calvin Johnson sounding like an inactive (11:16 a.m. ET): ESPN NFL Nation Lions reporter Michael Rothstein reports that he will "be stunned" if WR Calvin Johnson (knee, questionable) plays for the Detroit Lions in Week 17. Per Rothstein, Johnson appears to be wearing tennis shoes and he is not running routes. Fantasy owners need prepare for the probability that Johnson is reported an inactive shortly.

Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham likely out (10:52 a.m. ET): ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports that TEs Tyler Eifert (neck, doubtful) and TE Jermaine Gresham (hamstring, questionable) are expected to be inactives for the Cincinnati Bengals. With both tight ends expected to be sidelined, TE Alex Smith is the last healthy man standing. More of a blocker than pass-catcher, however, Smith doesn't warrant fantasy consideration. Look elsewhere for a plug-in.

Adrian Peterson downgraded to out (9:20 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Adrian Peterson (groin, doubtful) on Saturday was downgraded to out for Week 17 by the Minnesota Vikings. This, coupled with RB Toby Gerhart's (hamstring, out) previous injury listing, merely affirms that RB Matt Asiata (ankle, probable) will earn his second start in three weeks, with RB Joe Banyard serving as his backup. Asiata scored 24 fantasy points during his last start, in Week 15, but that was almost entirely touchdown-driven; he averaged just 1.7 yards per carry in the game and had two of the scores on one-yard runs (the other was from five yards). As the Detroit Lions represent a tougher matchup -- they have afforded just 13.8 fantasy points per game to running backs this season and four or fewer to their opponents' running backs in four of seven games since their bye -- Asiata is a low-end flex at best this week. We ranked him 43rd for Week 17; that's actually beneath that classification, for the record.

Randall Cobb activated from IR, questionable for Week 17 (9:17 a.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers activated WR Randall Cobb from short-term IR on Saturday, and have listed him as questionable for Sunday's game. All indications are that he'll play, albeit on a snap count, and that his game begins during the 4 p.m. ET block makes him a somewhat risky fantasy option. We ranked him 53rd among wide receivers as a group; three of us ranked him, all between 45th and 48th. Consider him a WR4 in deeper leagues at best.