Commentary

Week 1 inactives

Updated: September 8, 2013, 7:21 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 1 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!

Complete list of Week 1 inactives

Ruled out before Sunday

RB Kenjon Barner (foot), RB Le'Veon Bell (foot), T David Diehl (thumb), WR Aaron Dobson (hamstring), RB Lance Dunbar (foot), TE Rob Gronkowski (back), TE Rob Housler (ankle), TE Marcedes Lewis (calf), QB Mark Sanchez (right shoulder), LB Jonathan Stewart (hip), T Jared Veldheer (triceps).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)
DE Cliff Avril (hamstring, doubtful): inactive
WR Ryan Broyles: : inactive (coach's decision)
RB Mikel Leshoure: inactive (coach's decision)
WR Roddy White (ankle, questionable): active

Late games (4:25 p.m. ET)
S Morgan Burnett (hamstring, questionable): inactive
DE Calais Campbell (quadriceps, questionable): active
RB Ryan Williams: inactive (coach's decision)

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Victor Cruz active (7:21 p.m. ET): ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that WR Victor Cruz (heel, probable) is active for the New York Giants. He got in a few practices this week which boosted his fantasy owners' trust in him for Week 1. Cruz is our No. 12 wide receiver for the week.

Jason Pierre-Paul active (7:21 p.m. ET): ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back, questionable) is active for the New York Giants. His status was very much up in the air entering the week, but Pierre-Paul apparently will give it a go after mid-summer back surgery. He might play limited snaps; it is for that reason he was not one of Jim McCormick's top 25 defensive linemen for Week 1. Wait for a week or two before considering activating him.

Anthony Spencer inactive (7:21 p.m. ET): ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that DE Anthony Spencer (knee, doubtful) is inactive for the Dallas Cowboys. He suffered a late-preseason setback from July knee surgery, and won't be available for his IDP owners at least for this week.

LaMichael James inactive (3:08 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that RB LaMichael James (knee, questionable) is inactive. He is coming off a sprained MCL and had a mediocre preseason besides to fall beneath Kendall Hunter on the 49ers' depth chart. Though James could factor in at some point this season, for now he's barely roster-worthy in most fantasy football leagues.

Morgan Burnett inactive (3:03 p.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers' official Twitter feed reports that S Morgan Burnett (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. It's devastating news for IDP owners, who must scramble to replace the No. 1 defensive back in our preseason rankings. A fill-in from the late games you might consider: Giants S Antrel Rolle, owned in only 17.8 percent of ESPN leagues.

Ryan Williams inactive (2:52 p.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that RB Ryan Williams (coach's decision) is inactive. Williams endured a mediocre preseason to fall as far as potentially fourth on the team's depth chart, and this is ominous news regarding his 2013 fantasy prospects.

Calais Campbell active (2:52 p.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that DE Calais Campbell (quadriceps, questionable) is active. Whew. Campbell's IDP owners who waited this long caught a break, as Jim McCormick's No. 11 defensive lineman is active for Week 1. That ranking accounted for Campbell's questionable status; he's well worth starting and has top-10 potential if you waited this long.

Rashard Mendenhall active (2:52 p.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee, probable) is active. He practiced fully Friday and is apparently good to go. Still, considering the strength of the Rams' defense is against the run, as well as the fact that RBs Alfonso Smith and Stepfan Taylor could also be involved, we ranked Mendenhall only the No. 31 running back for Week 1.

Andre Roberts active (2:52 p.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that WR Andre Roberts (quadriceps, probable) is active. Though he's active, he has fallen to third on the Cardinals' depth chart and his Thursday practice injury should assure that WR Michael Floyd sees more targets in Week 1. That said, TE Rob Housler's (ankle) absence does mean the Cardinals might play Roberts a fair share in three-receiver sets.

Ryan Broyles inactive (12:17 p.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that WR Ryan Broyles (coach's decision) is inactive. Broyles played limited snaps during the preseason as he works his way back from knee surgery, and WR Pat Edwards' impressive camp gave the team the luxury of taking a conservative approach to Broyles' recovery. Edwards isn't a fantasy play just yet, but his performance bears watching in Week 1.

Mike Gillislee inactive (12:14 p.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that RB Mike Gillislee (coach's decision) is inactive. Gillislee made the team as the likely No. 3 running back, but this shows how far behind he is in the pecking order. He's only worth a stash in the deepest of dynasty leagues.

Sebastian Janikowski active (12:13 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that K Sebastian Janikowski (right calf, probable) is active. He is our No. 9 kicker for the week, partly because he'll be kicking indoors.

Ahtyba Rubin inactive (12:11 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that DE Ahtyba Rubin (calf, questionable) is inactive. This is a plus for the Dolphins' running game, particularly RB Lamar Miller. We ranked Miller our No. 19 running back for Week 1, and this only cements his status as an RB2.

Carlos Dunlap active (12:10 p.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that DE Carlos Dunlap (concussion, probable) is active. Dunlap is Jim McCormick's No. 16 defensive lineman for Week 1.

Tyler Eifert active (12:10 p.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that TE Tyler Eifert (forearm, probable) is active. His was a late-preseason ailment but he had some glowing practice reports late in camp. Eifert is more of a wait-and-see prospect than a clear fantasy starter; we ranked him 20th among tight ends for Week 1.

Mike Tolbert active (12:08 p.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring, probable) is active. With Kenjon Barner sidelined, Tolbert becomes the Panthers' clear No. 2/change-of-pace running back. Couple the extra carries with his probability of goal-line work and Tolbert could be a flex-play sleeper in the deepest of leagues; it's why we have him our No. 46 running back for Week 1.

Kenjon Barner inactive (12:08 p.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Kenjon Barner (foot, out) is inactive. He remains third on the team's running-back depth chart, but his foot issues did put a damper on his deep-sleeper status late in the preseason.

Aaron Dobson inactive (12:06 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Aaron Dobson (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. He was downgraded to "out" over the weekend, but his official inactive listing is encouraging news for WR Kenbrell Thompkins' fantasy owners. It assures that Thompkins should take on a large role in the offense this week.

Danny Amendola active (12:04 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Danny Amendola (groin, probable) is active. No serious threat that he'd sit, and remember, the Patriots are notoriously liberal with handing out injury tags. Even in a preseason where rookies generated much of the buzz in the team's passing game, Amendola is highly likely to be QB Tom Brady's go-to guy at least initially. It's why we rank Amendola our No. 10 wide receiver for Week 1.

Rob Gronkowski inactive (12:03 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that TE Rob Gronkowski (back, doubtful) is inactive. He was downgraded from "doubtful" to "out" over the weekend, not that his fantasy owners were (or at least should have been) expecting him to play this week. TE Zach Sudfeld should see a significant increase in work in Gronkowski's stead, and it's why we as a group ranked Sudfeld the No. 5 tight end (though I had him 12th, accounting for a possibly lower snap count than we've become used to with Patriots tight ends).

Mikel Leshoure inactive (11:58 a.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that RB Mikel Leshoure (coach's decision) is inactive. This is somewhat unexpected, though Leshoure did endure a disappointing preseason. It's all the more evidence that RB Reggie Bush might receive more goal-line and short-yardage work than fantasy owners think, while RB Joique Bell is the clear No. 2 back and handcuff candidate.

Coby Fleener active (11:56 a.m. ET): Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts reports that TE Coby Fleener (knee, probable) is active. He missed some time with the injury this preseason and lost some fantasy buzz as a result, but all looks good with him today. Fleener's early-season progress bears watching, but for now, he's our No. 19 tight end.

Dwayne Allen active (11:56 a.m. ET): Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts reports that TE Dwayne Allen (foot, probable) is active. He snuck in there as a key member of the Colts' offense after Coby Fleener was limited by injuries during the preseason, and as such, is our No. 18 tight end for Week 1.

Ahmad Bradshaw active (11:55 a.m. ET): Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts reports that RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot, probable) is active. He was always expected to play this week after getting in multiple practices, but reports that he was working occasionally with the second team might have concerned his owners. Bradshaw is too valuable as a blocker not to start; he's our No. 24 running back facing a favorable matchup against the Raiders.

Brandon Browner inactive (11:52 a.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that CB Brandon Browner (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. His absence at least improves QB Cam Newton's as well as the Panthers' wide receiver matchups, but his absence shouldn't have a significant impact in IDP formats.

Sidney Rice active (11:50 a.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that WR Sidney Rice (knee, probable) is active. He's a starter for this week across from WR Golden Tate, but he lacks much in the way of upside even in what's a seemingly favorable matchup on paper. We ranked Rice our No. 35 wide receiver, but we had fellow starter Golden Tate two spots behind him, and the reason (for me, at least) was that Tate has the higher upside of the two this week (albeit greater risk).

Cliff Avril inactive (11:48 a.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that DE Cliff Avril (hamstring, doubtful) is inactive. His doubtful listing was a red flag for his IDP owners, but here's official confirmation that Avril is out.

Asante Samuel inactive (11:44 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that CB Asante Samuel (thigh, questionable) is inactive. His absence shouldn't significantly impact fantasy owners in IDP leagues, but it has a bearing on the game itself; this becomes far more likely a shoot-out between the Falcons and Saints. Consider it a plus if you own members of the Saints' passing game.

Heath Miller inactive (11:42 a.m. ET): Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that TE Heath Miller (knee, doubtful) is inactive for the Pittsburgh Steelers. No surprise here; Miller was doubtful and even that was a somewhat puzzling listing. He's not expected back before October.

Jeremy Kerley active (11:41 a.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that WR Jeremy Kerley (finger, probable) is active. He's the only Jets wide receiver of value this week, and even at that, as a group we ranked him the No. 48 wide receiver for Week 1. You should be able to do better.

Geno Smith active (11:40 a.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that QB Geno Smith (ankle, probable) is active for the New York Jets. He was announced the team's starter earlier in the week, but he's not a recommended fantasy choice in his NFL debut. The opposing Buccaneers have an improved secondary and will be facing former Jet CB Darrelle Revis.

Jairus Byrd inactive (11:39 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that S Jairus Byrd (foot, doubtful) is inactive.

Santonio Holmes active (11:38 a.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that WR Santonio Holmes (foot, questionable) is active. He did not crack our top 50 wide receiver rankings for Week 1 with good reason; couple his injury limitations with the rookie quarterback throwing him the ball. Holmes is only of consequence in deeper leagues and he's a mere watch-list type even in those.

Matt Bryant active (11:37 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that K Matt Bryant (back, probable) is active. He is our No. 2 kicker for the week, playing in a probable high-scoring game indoors.

Roddy White active (11:35 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Roddy White (ankle, questionable) is active. Fantasy owners can now breathe easier, as White was the most up-in-the-air of the Week 1 injury listings. He might take on a few less snaps and/or targets, but still should be involved in a significant way in a probable high-scoring game. We ranked him our No. 5 wide receiver for Week 1, though with reports that he's nursing a high-ankle sprain, I'd classify him more of a WR2/3 this week (meaning I'd drop him to about 15th at the position).

Justin Forsett active (11:32 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that RB Justin Forsett (toe, questionable) is active. He'll serve in a mere backup capacity and isn't of fantasy consequence.

Blaine Gabbert active (11:30 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that QB Blaine Gabbert (right thumb, questionable) is active and will start. This news isn't of great fantasy consequence; we did not rank Gabbert among our top 25 quarterbacks of Week 1 (even excluding Thursday's players). It's a mere FYI for those in desperate spots & though we hope that you are not this soon in the season.

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