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Week 12 inactives

11/27/2012

Welcome to Week 12 of the 2012 NFL season. 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: WR Jason Avant (hamstring), WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), RB Mike Goodson (ankle), WR Domenik Hixon (ankle), WR Alshon Jeffery (knee), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), RB LeSean McCoy (concussion), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder), WR Eddie Royal (hamstring), QB Michael Vick (concussion), CB Charles Woodson (collarbone).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

WR Antonio Brown (ankle, questionable): inactive

QB Jay Cutler (concussion, questionable): active

TE Coby Fleener (shoulder, questionable): inactive

WR Percy Harvin (ankle, doubtful): inactive

WR Andrew Hawkins (knee, doubtful): inactive

WR Julio Jones (ankle, questionable): active

Late games (4:05 p.m. ET)

WR Danny Amendola (foot, doubtful): active

QB Alex Smith (concussion, questionable): active

RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (ribs, questionable): active

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

WR Greg Jennings (groin, questionable): inactive

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Greg Jennings inactive (6:58 p.m. ET): ESPN's Rachel Nichols reports that WR Greg Jennings (groin, questionable) is inactive for the Green Bay Packers. This confirms Adam Schefter's report from this morning. Jennings did put in a few limited practices this week, which is a big step in his recovery from abdominal surgery, but a "questionable" tag seemed awfully generous considering he's only three weeks and three days removed from his operation. Jennings might be back for Week 13, but again monitor his practice reports. Randall Cobb and James Jones remain recommended fantasy options in Jennings' absence.

Ahmad Bradshaw active (6:55 p.m. ET): The New York Giants' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot, probable) is active. We're about to find out how much the bye week has helped Bradshaw's feet. He performed like a player playing at noticeably less than 100 percent in the weeks leading into the bye, and it's unclear how large a workload he'll be able to handle this week. A few knocks against him, which explain his conservative, No. 15 ranking among running backs: He practiced in limited fashion throughout the week, the Giants have hinted that David Wilson will be more involved in a possible three-man committee, and this game might quickly morph into a shoot-out of sorts besides.

Alex Smith active (3:03 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that QB Alex Smith (concussion, questionable) is active. As reported earlier, Smith will serve as the backup to Colin Kaepernick this week.

Lance Kendricks active (3:02 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that TE Lance Kendricks (knee, questionable) is active. Kendricks practiced in limited fashion on both Thursday and Friday, so he should be fine for this game. That said, he doesn't catch enough passes to be an advisable fantasy asset.

Steven Jackson active (3:02 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that RB Steven Jackson (foot, probable) is active. Jackson's matchup isn't especially attractive, but he continues to get enough carries to warrant RB2 status. We ranked him 13th for Week 12.

Danny Amendola active (3:02 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that WR Danny Amendola (foot, doubtful) is active. Amendola's "doubtful" tag, however, should serve a cautionary note for his fantasy owners. Apparently he's fine after going through pre-game warmups, though it's unclear whether he'll play a limited number of snaps. Consider him a low-end WR3/flex option if you waited this long on him.

Frank Gore active (2:58 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Frank Gore (wrist, probable) is active. Gore has one of the most favorable matchups of any running back this week, and he's our No. 3 player at the position as a result.

Aldon Smith active (2:58 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that LB Aldon Smith (shoulder, probable) is active. Don't expect performances like Smith's Week 11 -- 5.5 sacks and seven quarterback hits -- every game. He's worth IDP attention, but on the lower tiers most weeks, as his No. 24 slot among linebackers in Jim McCormick's rankings demonstrates.

Patrick Willis active (2:58 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that LB Patrick Willis (shoulder, probable) is active. Willis is an elite IDP player; he's Jim McCormick's No. 7 linebacker for the week.

Kevin Kolb inactive (2:56 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that QB Kevin Kolb (ribs, questionable) is inactive. Though Kolb returned to practice this week, he was never any great bet to return to action in Week 12. Ryan Lindley will start this week, with John Skelton serving as his backup. Lindley is our No. 25 quarterback.

Todd Heap inactive (2:56 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that TE Todd Heap (knee, probable) is inactive. Heap was listed as probable, but this isn't terribly surprising considering Heap hasn't played since Week 2 and has fallen out of the Cardinals' offensive plans. Rob Housler should continue to serve as the team's pass-catching tight end.

LaRod Stephens-Howling active (2:56 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (ribs, questionable) is active. Stephens-Howling and Beanie Wells will share the rushing chores, the specific division somewhat unclear. It's a fair guess to say that Stephens-Howling will handle third-down/passing-down work, meaning that his fantasy value should be greater in PPR than standard scoring. He's our No. 32 running back for the week, eight spots beneath Wells.

Beanie Wells active (2:56 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that RB Beanie Wells (toe, probable) is active. Wells hasn't played in nine weeks, so he might be a bit rusty in his return from IR, but the Cardinals don't plan to limit him this week. He'll be involved in a time share of sorts with LaRod Stephens-Howling, probably doing much of the first- and second-down work as well as handling goal-line carries. That's the primary reason for his earning a No. 24 ranking to Stephens-Howling's 32, but with little clarity to this backfield, neither is more than a flex-play consideration.

Calais Campbell inactive (2:56 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that DE Calais Campbell (calf, questionable) is inactive.

Darren Sproles active (2:55 p.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that RB Darren Sproles (hand, probable) is active. Sproles finally returns to action, and he should slide right back in as one of the most valuable weapons in the Raiders' passing game, albeit facing a challenging matchup. It's that matchup as well as his lengthy absence that is responsible for our conservative ranking of 20th among running backs.

Bernard Pollard active (2:33 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that S Bernard Pollard (chest, probable) is active. Pollard is Jim McCormick's No. 3 defensive back for the week, making him a top IDP option.

Dannell Ellerbe active (2:33 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that LB Dannell Ellerbe (toe, probable) is active. Ellerbe is Jim McCormick's No. 17 linebacker for Week 12.

Terrell Suggs active (2:33 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that LB Terrell Suggs (shoulder, probable) is active. Suggs is Jim McCormick's No. 30 linebacker for the week.

Dennis Pitta active (2:33 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that TE Dennis Pitta (head, probable) is active. Pitta's fantasy value has fallen in recent weeks, but after some tough injuries at the position, he might warrant a second look. We ranked him 19th for Week 12.

Ed Reed active (2:33 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that S Ed Reed (shoulder, probable) is active. Reed is Jim McCormick's No. 30 defensive back for Week 12, making him only worth a look in larger IDP formats.

Haloti Ngata active (2:33 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder, probable) is active. Ngata is in the midst of a disappointing season in IDP, and he's Jim McCormick's No. 29 defensive lineman for the week accordingly.

Anthony Fasano active (12:19 p.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that TE Anthony Fasano (hip, questionable) is active. Fasano, who had his tag dropped to questionable on Saturday, is expected to start but is facing the stingy Seahawks defense. He's not an advised fantasy option for Week 12.

Donnie Avery active (12:18 p.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that WR Donnie Avery (head, probable) is active for the Indianapolis Colts. Avery might have a favorable matchup, but he has another obstacle standing in his way of success: T.Y. Hilton, who has been outstanding the past couple weeks. Avery is our No. 50 wideout for the week, with Hilton present to steal targets.

Isaac Redman active (12:15 p.m. ET): The Pittsburgh Steelers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Isaac Redman (concussion, probable) is active. He'll be a member of the Steelers' committee, albeit the least attractive one. At best, Redman is a desperation flex play.

Knowshon Moreno will start (12:12 p.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson both report that RB Knowshon Moreno (groin, probable) will start for the Denver Broncos. The plot thickens. With Schefter's and Mortensen's backing of the report, it appears that Moreno indeed will get the bulk of the carries, and Mortensen specifically tweeted, "Moreno will start today because of 3 RBs, he's 218 lbs more stout in pass protection. His two 100-yd games have been vs. KC." There remains some doubt about the division of labor in this backfield, but if you must pick someone from the Broncos, Moreno appears it.

Donald Brown active (12:10 p.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that RB Donald Brown (knee, probable) is active for the Indianapolis Colts. Though Brown is active, Vick Ballard will once again earn the start (and with it probably the majority of the carries). Our rankings this week reflect this change in the Colts' backfield: We have Ballard 18th, Brown 32nd.

Jamie Harper inactive (12:09 p.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that RB Jamie Harper (ankle, questionable) is inactive. This is a plus for Chris Johnson, who has no one to potentially steal carries from him, especially those all-important ones at the goal line. Johnson is our No. 6 running back for the week.

Knowshon Moreno to start? (12:07 p.m. ET): Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that RB Knowshon Moreno (groin, probable) is likely to start for the Denver Broncos. Several sources have reported the same, but the Broncos have yet to confirm. Another thing to remember: "Starts" are meaningless; "lead back" designations are what matters, because a player could start, play one series and then cede the position to someone else. Hillman remains the "talent" play in fantasy, but perhaps this clouds his Week 12 potential. The Broncos' running game as a whole might be one to bench and evaluate for the week.

Lance Briggs active (12:03 p.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that LB Lance Briggs (thumb, probable) is active. Briggs is Jim McCormick's No. 20 linebacker for Week 12.

Brandon Marshall active (12:03 p.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder, probable) is active. Marshall will be well served by having Jay Cutler back under center, which only strengthens his matchup, which earned a No. 4 ranking by us among wide receivers. Start him with confidence.

Kellen Davis active (12:03 p.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that TE Kellen Davis (ankle, questionable) is active. Davis isn't involved enough in the passing game to warrant fantasy consideration.

Julius Peppers active (12:03 p.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that DE Julius Peppers (thigh, probable) is active. Peppers is Jim McCormick's No. 9 defensive lineman for the week.

Antoine Winfield active (12:02 p.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that CB Antoine Winfield (knee, probable) is active. Winfield is Jim McCormick's No. 18 defensive back for Week 12.

Jared Allen active (12:02 p.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that DE Jared Allen (shoulder, probable) is active. Allen is a top IDP asset; Jim McCormick ranks him his No. 2 defensive lineman accordingly.

Adrian Peterson active (12:01 p.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, probable) is active. Peterson is our No. 1 running back for the week, a clear call as Sunday games go now that Arian Foster has already played. Don't fear this matchup; Peterson has averaged 102.9 rushing yards per game with 12 TDs in eight career meetings with the Bears, the touchdowns his most against any individual opponent.

Demaryius Thomas active (11:59 a.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that WR Demaryius Thomas (knee, probable) is active. Thomas is a no-brainer facing the Chiefs, especially as he has broken out as Peyton Manning's top big-play threat this season. Thomas is our No. 5 wideout for the week.

Jon Baldwin active (11:58 a.m. ET): The Kansas City Chiefs' official Twitter feed reports that WR Jon Baldwin (head, probable) is active. Baldwin's injury issues have cast doubt upon his short-term fantasy value, and the Chiefs' issues in the passing game don't offer much hope of a quick turnaround. He shouldn't be on your roster, let alone in your lineup.

Tony Moeaki active (11:58 a.m. ET): The Kansas City Chiefs' official Twitter feed reports that TE Tony Moeaki (shoulder, probable) is active. Moeaki could warrant a desperation add/start if you're hurting at tight end, but keep in mind the Chiefs' lackluster passing game puts a cap on his potential. We ranked him 21st for Week 12.

Dwayne Bowe active (11:58 a.m. ET): The Kansas City Chiefs' official Twitter feed reports that WR Dwayne Bowe (neck, probable) is active. Bowe has suffered mightily as a result of the injuries/lack of production from his quarterback, and his weekly ranking has plummeted accordingly. He's our No. 33 wideout for the week, meaning at best he's a WR3/flex in larger leagues.

Ronnie Hillman active (11:52 a.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ronnie Hillman (hamstring, probable) is active. It is unclear how the Broncos will divvy up the rushing chores between Hillman, Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno (active this week). We've ranked Hillman highest -- 18th as a group -- accounting for his upside, which is the highest of the group. However, there will be a committee to some degree between the three, and the "hot hand" might ultimately prevail late in the game. Start Hillman as a low-end RB2/flex, but don't let your expectations get the best of you.

Knowshon Moreno active (11:52 a.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that RB Knowshon Moreno (groin, probable) is active. Moreno comes off the bench -- he has routinely been listed a healthy scratch -- and could get some work in a potential three-man committee at running back this week. Don't dismiss Moreno outright in fantasy, as he has an opportunity. That said, he doesn't belong in fantasy lineups without a clear word he's getting first crack at the majority of the carries. He's a mere bench-and-monitor.

Fred Jackson active (11:49 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that RB Fred Jackson (concussion, probable) is active. Jackson's active status should be somewhat bothersome to C.J. Spiller's fantasy owners; Spiller would be all the stronger a fantasy play without Jackson present to steal carries. Still, Spiller will start this week and he's likely to finish with more touches of the two. Jackson is our No. 17 running back as a group; I've ranked him lower as I'm more skeptical he'll have a healthy share of the rushing pie.

C.J. Spiller active (11:49 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder, probable) is active. Spiller will get the start despite Fred Jackson's healthy return, and he's our No. 7 running back for the week. The Bills would be wise to take an extended look at Spiller as a starter, and the matchup is a favorable one for him.

Coby Fleener inactive (11:46 a.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that TE Coby Fleener (shoulder, questionable) is inactive for the Indianapolis Colts. With Fleener sidelined, Dwayne Allen becomes a more attractive fantasy fill-in for those hurting at tight end. Allen is our No. 15 tight end for Week 12.

Jay Cutler active (11:43 a.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that QB Jay Cutler (concussion, questionable) is active. Cutler returns to the starting lineup in time for a game versus the Vikings, against whom he has thrown for 12 TDs compared to 4 interceptions in his past four meetings. It's a favorable enough matchup for him that those in two-quarterback leagues can activate him, which is why we have him our No. 16 quarterback (excluding Thanksgiving Day players).

Percy Harvin inactive (11:40 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that WR Percy Harvin (ankle, doubtful) is inactive. No surprise here; Harvin did not travel with the team to Chicago and was not going to play. With Harvin out again, the Vikings will start Jerome Simpson, with
Jarius Wright getting work out of the slot. Neither is an advised fill-in facing such a dreadful matchup.

Antonio Brown inactive (11:36 a.m. ET): The Pittsburgh Steelers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Antonio Brown (ankle, questionable) is inactive. With Brown -- as well as Jerricho Cotchery -- sidelined, Emmanuel Sanders again benefits in the targets/receptions department. However, Sanders was our No. 49 wide receiver for Week 12, accounting for the drop-off in talent from Brown, as well as the downgrade at quarterback between Ben Roethlisberger and this week's starter Charlie Batch.

Julio Jones active (11:32 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Julio Jones (ankle, questionable) is active. This confirms Adam Schefter's earlier report, and it means that Jones' owners can now start him with greater confidence. Our No. 14 ranking of Jones among wide receivers accounted health risk; estimate his value as a solid, mid-range WR2 for the week accordingly.

Andrew Hawkins inactive (11:30 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that WR Andrew Hawkins (knee, doubtful) is inactive. With Hawkins out, Mohamed Sanu
again benefits. Sanu, our No. 46 wide receiver for the week, might warrant hail-mary appeal if you're in a pinch this week.

Brandon Myers active (11:29 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that TE Brandon Myers (shoulder, probable) is active. Myers was a highly recommended pickup for Rob Gronkowski's owners this week, and we ranked him our No. 4 tight end for the week thanks to his steadily rising number of targets. Start him if you added him; if he's still out there in your league scoop him up now.

Taiwan Jones active (11:29 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Taiwan Jones (ankle, questionable) is active. Jones will serve in a backup capacity this week, with minimal fantasy appeal.

Tyvon Branch active (11:29 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that S Tyvon Branch (neck, probable) is active. Branch is Jim McCormick's No. 13 defensive back for Week 12.

Darrius Heyward-Bey active (11:29 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring, probable) is active. Heyward-Bey is our No. 29 wideout for Week 12, still a viable No. 3/flex play in larger fantasy leagues.

Marcel Reece active (11:28 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Marcel Reece (hamstring, probable) is active. With both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson inactive yet again, Reece will shoulder the bulk of the rushing chores this week. He's our No. 11 running back for the week and one with a low downside; he's such a good receiver that even if the Raiders fall behind early his total touches shouldn't suffer.

Colin Kaepernick confirmed 49ers' starter (10:40 a.m. ET): ESPN's Ed Werder reports that QB Colin Kaepernick will be the San Francisco 49ers' starter for Week 12. QB Alex Smith (concussion, questionable) has been told he's benched, though he might be active as the team's primary backup. Kaepernick is our No. 9 quarterback for the week -- that rank excluding Thanksgiving Day players, who have since been removed -- on the strength of a favorable matchup against the Saints.

Danny Amendola unlikely to play (10:39 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Danny Amendola (foot, doubtful) is unlikely to play for the St. Louis Rams. Schefter notes, however, that the Rams will monitor Amendola during pre-game warmups before making a final decision on his Week 12 status. Amendola would likely be limited even if he's active, which detracts from his fantasy value as much of it derives from volume (targets/catches). Keep it in mind.

Julio Jones expected to play (10:38 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Julio Jones (ankle, questionable) is expected to play for the Atlanta Falcons. This offers Jones' owners some hope in advance of the official inactives lists, though the Falcons' game has a 1 p.m. ET kickoff so we should have official word soon. Jones is our No. 14 wideout going up against the Buccaneers' mediocre pass defense.

LaRod Stephens-Howling expected to play (10:36 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (ribs, questionable) is expected to play for the Arizona Cardinals. It is, however, still unclear precisely how the Cardinals will divvy up the rushing chores between Stephens-Howling and Beanie Wells, freshly activated off IR. Toss in their matchup against the Rams defense, stronger against the run than pass, and neither warrants more than flex consideration. We ranked Stephens-Howling 32nd for the week.

Greg Jennings unlikely to play (10:21 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Greg Jennings (groin, questionable) is unlikely to play for the Green Bay Packers. Here's a heads up to Jennings' owners who might have noticed his questionable tag and were therefore hoping he might play in Sunday night's game. As it's a later contest, fantasy owners shouldn't wait considering Schefter's report, but at least Jennings' questionable Week 12 status offers hope he might be back for Week 13.