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Week 5 inactives

10/6/2013

Welcome to Week 5 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

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), S Tyvon Branch (ankle), WR Nate Burleson (forearm), RB Shonn Greene (knee), TE Rob Gronkowski (back), WR Santonio Holmes (foot), RB Mark Ingram (toe), RB Steven Jackson (hamstring), S LaRon Landry (ankle), TE Marcedes Lewis (calf), QB Jake Locker (hip), S Quintin Mikell (ankle), WR Lance Moore (hand), WR Quinton Patton (foot), RB Stevan Ridley (knee), RB James Starks (knee).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

WR Danny Amendola (groin, questionable): active
RB Brandon Bolden (knee, questionable): active
WR Marlon Brown (thigh, questionable): inactive
WR Calvin Johnson (knee, questionable): inactive
WR Cecil Shorts (groin, questionable): active
WR Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder, questionable): active
CB Charles Tillman (groin, questionable): active
DE Cameron Wake (knee, questionable): active

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

No significant players impacted

Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET)

TE Vernon Davis (hamstring, questionable): active
WR Andre Johnson (shin, questionable): active
LB Patrick Willis (groin, questionable): inactive

Late-night game (San Diego at Oakland, 11:35 p.m. ET)

RB Darren McFadden (hamstring, doubtful): inactive

RB Marcel Reece (knee, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Terrelle Pryor active (10:19 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that QB Terrelle Pryor (concussion, probable) is active. Pryor passed his concussion tests and returns to the starting lineup this week. He is our No. 12 quarterback.

Marcel Reece active (10:19 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Marcel Reece (knee, questionable) is active. Expect Reece to see a few additional targets with Darren McFadden sidelined, though he's more of a flex consideration in PPR formats than in standard, where he's our No. 39 running back for the week.

Darren McFadden inactive (10:19 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Darren McFadden (hamstring, doubtful) is inactive. With McFadden sidelined, Rashad Jennings will get the start at running back this week. Jennings was our No. 21 running back for the week.

Andre Johnson active (7:20 p.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that WR Andre Johnson (shin, questionable) is active. He was never at serious risk of sitting, despite his practice limitations. Johnson checks in our No. 12 wide receiver for Week 5; we've already taken into account the possibility of his playing at less than full strength.

Patrick Willis inactive (7:20 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that LB Patrick Willis (groin, questionable) is inactive. This is a significant loss for IDP owners, who are left scrambling for a linebacker if they waited this long for Willis. Fantasy owners desperately seeking a fill-in might want to consider Kevin Burnett, DeMario Davis or David Harris.

Vernon Davis active (7:20 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Vernon Davis (hamstring, questionable) is active. He put in a limited practice every day this week, so Davis' fantasy owners shouldn't fear his questionable tag too much. He is our No. 7 tight end for Week 5.

Justin Smith active (7:20 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that DT Justin Smith (shoulder, questionable) is active. Smith is Jim McCormick's No. 19 defensive lineman for Week 5.

Miles Austin inactive (3:01 p.m. ET): Bryan Broaddus of the Dallas Cowboys reports that WR Miles Austin (hamstring, doubtful) is inactive. Rookie Terrance Williams should get another start in Austin's place, and with CB Champ Bailey out for the Broncos, Williams could warrant a look in desperate circumstances in larger leagues.

Matt Prater active (3:01 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that K Matt Prater (right calf, probable) is active. He was limited in practice all week, but when the Broncos didn't sign another kicker, it became clear that Prater was going to play nevertheless. He's our No. 1 kicker for Week 5, so don't sweat his injury.

Champ Bailey inactive (3:01 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that CB Champ Bailey (foot, questionable) is inactive. With Bailey sidelined, the Cowboys have more of a fightning chance to succeed via the pass. Dez Bryant's matchup in particular gets a bit of a bump.

Daryl Washington active (2:37 p.m. ET): Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that LB Daryl Washington is active for the Arizona Cardinals. Washington is making his 2013 debut after serving his suspension, and with his return, Jasper Brinkley (groin, questionable) is inactive. It hints that Washington will be thrust immediately into a full-time role, putting him in the Week 5 IDP map in larger leagues.

Kenjon Barner active (2:34 p.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Kenjon Barner is active. It'll be the NFL debut for the so-called "scat back," that description per coach Ron Rivera, and Rivera hints that he'll use Barner similarly to how the Saints use Darren Sproles. Don't expect anywhere near the snaps/touches Sproles sees each week, but Barner's progress is at least worth watching.

Zac Stacy to start (12:11 p.m. ET): Brian Stull of ESPN 101 in St. Louis reports that RB Zac Stacy will start for the St. Louis Rams. The Rams' backfield is very much up in the air, and it appears their "carousel" has landed on Stacy at least for Week 5. There should be some sort of division of carries, so don't rush to put Stacy into your starting lineup, but he warrants at least a flex-play look with this news.

Sean McGrath active (12:01 p.m. ET): The Kansas City Chiefs' official Twitter feed reports that TE Sean McGrath (knee, probable) is active. McGrath, who is coming off a 12-point Week 4, is our No. 23 tight end for the week.

Anthony Fasano inactive (12:01 p.m. ET): The Kansas City Chiefs' official Twitter feed reports that TE Anthony Fasano (knee, questionable) is inactive. Fasano's absence is a plus for Sean McGrath, who is coming off a 12-point fantasy Week 4. In larger leagues, McGrath could be worth a look as a bye-week plug-in.

Leon Hall inactive (11:58 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that CB Leon Hall (hamstring, doubtful) is inactive. It's the second consecutive game he has missed, and his absence is a plus for Tom Brady and members of the Patriots' offense.

Kenny Britt active (11:56 a.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that WR Kenny Britt (neck, probable) is active. After being a scratch last week, Britt returns to action this week. Still, his off-and-on status makes him a risky fantasy play this week, as it signifies his dropping stock in this offense. We did not rank him among our top 50 wide receivers for Week 5.

Cecil Shorts active (11:53 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that WR Cecil Shorts (groin, questionable) is active. Shorts didn't practice this week, so his injury should be at least of some concern to his owners. He might be playing at a bit less than full strength, and has Blaine Gabbert back throwing him the football. As such, we ranked Shorts our No. 23 wide receiver for the week, and I'd deem him at best a WR3.

Corey Webster inactive (11:51 a.m. ET): The New York Giants' official Twitter feed reports that CB Corey Webster (groin, doubtful) is inactive. The Giants' secondary was in a world of hurt with Webster a candidate to play, so his absence is huge for Michael Vick and the Eagles. Load up on members of the Eagles' offense.

Cameron Wake active (11:47 a.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that DE Cameron Wake (knee, questionable) is active. Wake is Jim McCormick's No. 8 defensive lineman for Week 5.

Marlon Brown inactive (11:46 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that WR Marlon Brown (thigh, questionable) is inactive. Wow. Here's another Week 5 shocker, as with Jacoby Jones out and Brandon Stokley recently released, you'd have thought that Brown, who at least logged a limited Friday practice, would push to play. Deonte Thompson could see some additional work this week, though he's not a recommended fantasy fill-in. Look elsewhere.

Charles Tillman active (11:43 a.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that CB Charles Tillman (groin, questionable) is active. Tillman continues to receive questionable tags, but has pressed through them with good fantasy numbers thus far this year. His groin injury has made the race for No. 1 defensive back in IDP leagues up for grabs, but he's still worth using in those formats, ranking seventh at the position by Jim McCormick this week.

Eddie Lacy active (11:40 a.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Eddie Lacy (concussion, probable) is active. It's Lacy's first game back from his concussion, as the bye week's rest apparently has done him some good. He is our No. 12 running back for Week 5, mainly because of the strength of his matchup against the slow-starting Lions run defense.

Johnathan Franklin active (11:40 a.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Johnathan Franklin (foot, probable) is active. With Eddie Lacy back in the lineup, Franklin will return to a little-used backup role, probably doing most of his work as a change-of-pace back. He is our No. 31 running back for Week 5.

Jermichael Finley active (11:40 a.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Jermichael Finley (concussion, probable) is active. Finley passed his concussion test and practiced in full on Wednesday and Thursday, so he was never at risk to sit. He is our No. 11 tight end for Week 5.

Michael Johnson active (11:38 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that DE Michael Johnson (concussion, questionable) is active. Johnson is Jim McCormick's No. 23 defensive lineman for Week 5.

Calvin Johnson inactive (11:35 a.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that WR Calvin Johnson (knee, questionable) is inactive. Well, this one is out of left field. Johnson missed two mid-week practices but logged a limited Friday session, and there wasn't any serious hint that he'd sit today. Apparently, his knee issue is more severe than let on; it's understandable if people assumed he'd be fine since he routinely sits out Wednesday practices. With Johnson out, Matthew Stafford's value takes a bit of a hit, though this presents opportunities for players like WR Ryan Broyles and Pat Edwards and TE Brandon Pettigrew could see a few additional targets as a result.

Danny Amendola active (11:30 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Danny Amendola (groin, questionable) is active. While Amendola is active, it is unclear whether he'll absorb a full slate of snaps this week. His value is greater in PPR leagues, and as such, any usage limitation would diminish his value even in that format. We ranked Amendola our No. 18 wide receiver for Week 5, tops among Patriots wideouts, but he's no slam dunk WR2. It's effectively a pick-'em call between him and Kenbrell Thompkins (our No. 24 WR).

Jerod Mayo active (11:30 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that LB Jerod Mayo (ankle, questionable) is active. Mayo is Jim McCormick's No. 25 linebacker for Week 5.

Brandon Bolden active (11:30 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that RB Brandon Bolden (knee, questionable) is active. With Stevan Ridley sidelined, Bolden could take on a significant role for the Patriots on passing downs, and NESN.com reported earlier in the day that Bolden might even take on short-yardage work, important for fantasy because of touchdown potential. We ranked Bolden our No. 34 running back for Week 5.

Kenbrell Thompkins active (11:30 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder, questionable) is active. His is the weekly Patriots "questionable" tag that doesn't mean it, as Thompkins practiced in limited fashion on Friday and offered no hint that he'd sit. He'll probably pace the Patriots' wide receivers in snaps, and he's our No. 24 wide receiver for the week.