Week 6 inactives

Updated: October 13, 2013, 7:12 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 6 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.

Full Week 6 NFL inactives lists

Ruled out before Sunday

S Tyvon Branch (ankle), WR Nate Burleson (forearm), RB Lance Dunbar (hamstring), QB Blaine Gabbert (hamstring), RB Shonn Greene (knee), S Roman Harper (knee), WR Santonio Holmes (foot), QB Brian Hoyer (knee, IR), S LaRon Landry (ankle), TE Marcedes Lewis (calf), QB Jake Locker (hip), QB EJ Manuel (knee), LB Clay Matthews (thumb), WR Quinton Patton (foot), TE Tony Scheffler (concussion), RB James Starks (knee), RB Leon Washington (ankle), CB Corey Webster (groin), WR Markus Wheaton (finger), RB David Wilson (neck).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

WR Marlon Brown (thigh, questionable): active
RB Rashad Jennings (hamstring, questionable): active
WR Andre Johnson (shin, questionable): active
WR Calvin Johnson (knee, questionable): active
WR Steve Johnson (back, questionable): inactive
RB Darren McFadden (hamstring, questionable): active
RB C.J. Spiller (ankle, questionable): active
RB Zac Stacy (chest, questionable): active
K Blair Walsh (left hamstring, questionable): active
WR Mike Williams (hamstring, questionable): inactive

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

WR Danny Amendola (groin, questionable): active
RB Brandon Bolden (knee, questionable): active
WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, questionable): active
TE Rob Gronkowski (back, questionable): inactive
RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related, questionable): active
RB Stevan Ridley (knee, questionable): active

Sunday Night Football (8:30 p.m. ET)

WR Miles Austin (hamstring, probable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Jordan Reed active (7:12 p.m. ET): ESPN Radio 980 in Washington, D.C. reports that TE Jordan Reed (thigh, probable) is active for the Washington Redskins. He practiced fully this week, and has a favorable matchup against the Cowboys. Reed is our No. 18 tight end for Week 6.

Miles Austin active (7:08 p.m. ET): The Dallas Cowboys' official Twitter feed reports that WR Miles Austin (hamstring, probable) is active. Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys reported earlier in the day that Austin is expected to start, which is bad news for Terrance Williams' owners, being that Williams returns to the bench -- operating in either rotation or three-wide sets -- in that arrangement. Neither wide receiver is as attractive a fantasy play facing this favorable matchup; Austin is our No. 45 wide receiver and Williams No. 31, but much of that was my own ranking thinking Williams would earn the start. I'd now bring them closer together in rank, into the barely-WR3 class, but still prefer Williams slightly.

Daryl Washington active (3:02 p.m. ET): Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that LB Daryl Washington (knee, probable) is active for the Arizona Cardinals. Washington had a huge 2013 debut in Week 5 and is back to being a top IDP play. He's Jim McCormick's No. 5 linebacker for Week 6.

Larry Fitzgerald active (3:01 p.m. ET): Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, questionable) is active for the Arizona Cardinals. Whew. After whispers earlier that Fitzgerald could sit this one out, he avoids the dreaded "inactive" tag and is expected to play. Still, Fitzgerald's injury is clearly limiting him on the field, and it's important to note that he had just seven catches for 65 yards total in his two games against the 49ers last season. He is our No. 23 wide receiver for Week 6 accordingly.

Mark Ingram inactive (2:57 p.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that RB Mark Ingram (toe, questionable) is inactive. This is good news for Pierre Thomas, who had 19 carries in Week 5 while Mark Ingram also sat. Still, Thomas doesn't take on quite the same workload as most starting running backs, which is why he's more of a flex play even with this news, evidenced by our No. 29 ranking of him among running backs.

Lance Moore inactive (2:57 p.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that WR Lance Moore (hand, questionable) is inactive. That he was listed as questionable at all was somewhat of a surprise; Moore didn't practice this week and appeared to be out right from the start. Kenny Stills should fill in for him once again.

Stevan Ridley active (2:54 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that RB Stevan Ridley (knee, questionable) is active. He put in some limited practices this week, and the Patriots might be apt to push him with a full-timer's workload after LeGarrette Blount's costly fumble in Week 5. That said, it's the Patriots, we can never tell how they'll approach their backfield workload distribution, and it's why we ranked Ridley our No. 27 running back for Week 6.

Brandon Bolden active (2:54 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that RB Brandon Bolden (knee, questionable) is active. Bolden should provide a nice change of pace and/or passing-down alternative to Stevan Ridley, who is probably playing at a bit less than full strength. Ridley's active status, however, diminishes Bolden's fantasy stock. He's our No. 36 running back for Week 6.

Danny Amendola active (2:54 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Danny Amendola (groin, questionable) is active. Amendola played just 39 of 63 Patriots offensive snaps in Week 5, third among their wide receivers (Kenbrell Thompkins and Julian Edelman played 61 and 60). While Amendola's snap count might increase each passing week at Edelman's expense, a week's worth of limited practices might make it a gradual process. Amendola is our No. 19 wide receiver for Week 6.

Rob Gronkowski inactive (2:54 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that TE Rob Gronkowski (back, questionable) is inactive. Gronkowski's situation is getting increasingly difficult to read by the week. He has participated on a limited basis in practice on multiple days in each of the past two weeks, yet hasn't suited up for either Weeks 5 or 6. Every week now appears to be a "will-he-or-won't-he" debate as to his playing status; that pattern extends back as far as Week 3 (if not the opening week). With Gronkowski now ruled out, fantasy owners can understandably have doubts about QB Tom Brady's fantasy appeal as well as that of the Patriots' entire offense. What you've seen might be what you'll get, especially as the opposing Saints, who might in the past have engaged this team in shoot-outs, are off to a strong start defensively.

Derrick Morgan active (2:46 p.m. ET): Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennesseean reports that DE Derrick Morgan (shoulder, questionable) is active for the Tennessee Titans. Morgan is Jim McCormick's No. 13 defensive lineman for Week 6.

Bobby Wagner inactive (2:44 p.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that LB Bobby Wagner (ankle, doubtful) is inactive. Like the aforementioned Woodyard, Wagner's absence really hurts in IDP leagues, as he has 34 total tackles through five games.

Zach Miller inactive (2:43 p.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that TE Zach Miller (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. Miller hasn't been anywhere near the fantasy player he was during his Oakland Raiders days in Seattle, and he's strictly fill-in material during his healthy weeks. This, unfortunately, is not one of those, and he can be safely cut in all formats.

Wesley Woodyard inactive (2:41 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that LB Wesley Woodyard (neck, doubtful) is inactive. It's quite a blow to owners in IDP leagues, as Woodyard has three games of at least eight tackles this season to go with 1.5 total sacks. That said, his "doubtful" tag should've had fantasy owners seeking an alternative in advance. Paris Lenon will fill in for Woodyard this week, but Jerrell Freeman (available in 57.4 percent of ESPN leagues) is a stronger alternative from the later games.

Marshawn Lynch active (2:40 p.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related, questionable) is active. He skipped Friday's practice with what is being reported a "minor" hip injury, but there was no indication all weekend that Lynch was going to sit. Perhaps he won't be quite his usual self, but he's still facing a Titans defense that has afforded opposing running backs 100-plus yards and a score in three of the past four weeks. Lynch is our No. 4 running back for Week 6.

Cecil Shorts active (2:35 p.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that WR Cecil Shorts (groin, probable) is active. He got in two practices this week to boost his tag to probable, so Shorts' fantasy owners shouldn't be too troubled by his injury-report listing. In a game in which the Jaguars might be playing catch-up all day, Shorts is a fine WR3 with WR2 upside; we ranked him our No. 24 wide receiver for Week 6.

Larry Fitzgerald might not play (12:15 p.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, questionable) is might not play for the Arizona Cardinals. Schefter tweeted: "Nothing official on WR Larry Fitzgerald's status until later, but some bad vibes about his status with Cardinals playing again Thursday." Plan accordingly, as Fitzgerald's game begins during the 4 p.m. ET hour, meaning that you might have a stronger alternative on your roster in the 1 p.m. ET games.

Jairus Byrd active (12:05 p.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that S Jairus Byrd (foot, probable) is active. It'll be Byrd's 2013 debut.

Haloti Ngata active (12:04 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that DT Haloti Ngata (hip, questionable) is active.

Brandon Flowers inactive (12:04 p.m. ET): The Kansas City Chiefs' official Twitter feed reports that CB Brandon Flowers (knee, questionable) is inactive. It's a plus for Denarius Moore, at least, not that Moore is a top fantasy play by any means (he's our No. 29 wide receiver for Week 6).

Marcel Reece active (11:56 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Marcel Reece (knee, probable) is active. So are Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings, however, meaning Reece will probably be limited to only passing-down work, and not enough to even register on the PPR radar.

Blair Walsh active (11:54 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that K Blair Walsh (left hamstring, questionable) is active. The Vikings didn't sign a kicker following Walsh's Thursday practice injury, so it was always clear that he was going to play. He has three consecutive games with double-digit fantasy points and is our No. 3 kicker for Week 6.

Andre Johnson active (11:52 a.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that WR Andre Johnson (shin, questionable) is active. He continues to play through his shin injury, and Johnson's 3, 11 and 3 fantasy points the past three weeks show how limiting the ailment is in terms of his fantasy production. Johnson did, however, play 42, 83 and 57 snaps in those games, so he should be on the field frequently enough to be a useful WR2, as our No. 11 ranking of him indicates.

Jacoby Jones active (11:49 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that WR Jacoby Jones (knee, questionable) is active. He'll probably play only a handful of snaps at wide receiver, as the Ravens look to keep both him and Marlon Brown fresh, while recapturing return duties. Jones didn't crack our top 50 wide receivers for Week 6.

Bernard Pierce active (11:49 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that RB Bernard Pierce (thigh, questionable) is active. Pierce was the one of the top two Ravens running backs to be on the injury report, so it stands to reason that he'll have a limited role this week. He is our No. 36 running back for Week 6.

Marlon Brown active (11:49 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that WR Marlon Brown (thigh, questionable) is active. He sat out Week 5 and was limited throughout the practice week, and between his and Jacoby Jones' active status, the Ravens might not grant Brown a full slate of snaps going up against a favorable matchup in the Packers' pass D. We ranked Brown out No. 41 wide receiver for the week.

Leon Hall active (11:45 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that CB Leon Hall (hamstring, questionable) is active. Hall isn't much of an IDP option, but his presence is a plus for the Bengals' D/ST, which is going up against a Bills team starting Thad Lewis at quarterback and without top wide receiver Steve Johnson. We ranked the Bengals' D/ST fifth at the position this week, but I might now regard them fourth-best, behind only the Chiefs, 49ers and Seahawks.

Michael Johnson active (11:45 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that DE Michael Johnson (concussion, questionable) is active. Johnson is Jim McCormick's No. 12 defensive lineman for Week 6, and his presence is another plus for the Bengals' D/ST.

Michael Vick active as emergency QB (11:42 a.m. ET): The Philadelphia Eagles' official Twitter feed reports that QB Michael Vick (hamstring, questionable) is active. Vick, however, was ruled out as a starter for Week 6 early in the week, with Nick Foles his announced replacement. Foles did drop 381 yards and 2 touchdowns on the Buccaneers when he last played in Tampa Bay, in Week 14 of 2012, but that was a different Bucs D as well as Eagles offense. We ranked Foles our No. 17 quarterback for the week accounting for this. As for Vick, while he is active as the Eagles' emergency quarterback, he told CSN Philly during the weekend that "it's going to be a long road ... to get back to [100 percent]," so his fantasy owners need be exercising their contingency plans ... if they haven't already.

Nick Foles active (11:42 a.m. ET): The Philadelphia Eagles' official Twitter feed reports that QB Nick Foles (groin, probable) is active. Foles will get the start in place of the injured Michael Vick (hamstring), but he's not as attractive a fantasy play this week as his 300-plus-yards performance in Tampa Bay in Week 14 of 2012 might hint. We ranked him our No. 17 quarterback for Week 6, meaning he's only a useful play in two-quarterback leagues.

Adrian Peterson active (11:41 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that RB Adrian Peterson (not injury related, probable) is active. Peterson is our No. 1-ranked running back for Week 6.

EJ Manuel inactive (11:38 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that QB EJ Manuel (knee, out) is inactive. It was reported early in the week that Manuel would not play, and that the Bills promoted QB Thad Lewis from the practice squad to start in the rookie's stead. Lewis will be making only his second career NFL appearance and start, and he'll be doing so against a Bengals defense that limited QB Tom Brady to 5 fantasy points in Week 5. It's why Lewis didn't even crack any of our rankers' top 25 quarterbacks for Week 6.

C.J. Spiller active (11:38 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that RB C.J. Spiller (ankle, questionable) is active. He's playing on 10 days' rest following a limited Week 5 performance (13 snaps, 8 touches), but he practiced on a limited basis all week. Chances are, Spiller will be used in a straight time share with RB Fred Jackson if not slightly less of the two, which is why we ranked him only our No. 16 running back for Week 6, compared to 14th for Jackson.

Zac Stacy active (11:38 a.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that RB Zac Stacy (chest, questionable) is active. Stacy had one of the best fantasy days of any Rams running back in Week 5, though it's fair to point out that the result was still only 78 yards on 14 carries and 7 fantasy points total. He participated fully in practice on Friday, however, so his questionable tag shouldn't have been of that much concern. Stacy should start and get the bulk of the carries, and he's our No. 28 running back for Week 6.

Calvin Johnson active (11:36 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Calvin Johnson (knee, questionable) is active for the Detroit Lions. Johnson is presumably suiting up at less than full strength, so a more limited snap count -- resulting in fewer targets and catches -- seems likely, meaning our No. 5 consensus rank of him is probably too generous. I'd drop him to WR2 status -- that's an 11th-20th-ranked wide receiver -- bearing in mind that he can still participate in fantasy-relevant plays; those being red-zone or clear passing-down situations. It's more of a hit to his PPR value than anything.

Steve Johnson inactive (11:35 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that WR Steve Johnson (back, questionable) is inactive. He didn't practice all week and was a game-time decision, and unfortunately his fantasy owners lose out. With Johnson sidelined, the Bills' offense takes a massive hit, especially with Thad Lewis making his first start for the team at quarterback. Avoid Lewis and all of his receivers if possible.

Chris Ivory active (11:34 a.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that RB Chris Ivory (hamstring, probable) is active. He'll play, but he'll do so as a member of a three-headed committee in which he received only four touches total in Week 5. Don't expect much more action for Ivory, our No. 45 running back for Week 6.

Mike Goodson active (11:34 a.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that RB Mike Goodson (illness, probable) is active. He matched fellow backfield committee member Chris Ivory's four touches in Week 6, but neither should get quite as much work as probable leader Bilal Powell. Goodson, more of a third-down back, is our No. 49 running back for Week 6.

Antonio Cromartie active (11:34 a.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that CB Antonio Cromartie (hip, questionable) is active. Though Cromartie is playing, he'll probably be doing so at less than full strength, as it seems he has for much of the year thus far. WR Antonio Brown's fantasy owners might like to know this: Jets' opposing No. 1 wide receivers have averaged 7.6 catches for 104.4 yards this season.

Rashad Jennings active (11:32 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Rashad Jennings (hamstring, questionable) is active. With RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) also healthy, Jennings will return to a backup/change-of-pace role that diminishes his fantasy prospects against a stifling Chiefs run defense. Jennings is our No. 38 running back for Week 6.

Darren McFadden active (11:32 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Darren McFadden (hamstring, questionable) is active. He's the probable starter and likely to get the lion's share of touches in the Raiders' backfield, but McFadden will presumably be playing at less than full strength going up against a Chiefs defense that has limited opposing running backs to the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game thus far. Consider McFadden more of a flex play, as our No. 26 ranking of him suggests.

Mike Williams inactive (11:31 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Mike Williams (hamstring, questionable) is inactive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Williams sidelined, there's an opportunity here for Tiquan Underwood, Chris Owusu and/or Russell Shepard. None is necessarily worth a fantasy fill-in look, and the Bucs' passing game takes a hit as a result.

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