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Week 10 inactives

11/10/2013

Welcome to Week 10 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

CB Champ Bailey (foot), LB Lance Briggs (shoulder), WR Nate Burleson (forearm), RB Arian Foster (back), RB Darren McFadden (hamstring), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), TE Kyle Rudolph (foot).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Giovani Bernard (ribs, questionable): active

TE Jermaine Gresham (groin, questionable): inactive

RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring, doubtful): inactive

RB Trent Richardson (ankle, questionable): active

QB Michael Vick (hamstring, doubtful): inactive

WR Roddy White (hamstring, questionable): active

WR Robert Woods (ankle, doubtful): inactive

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

TE Julius Thomas (ankle, probable): active

WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable): active

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

WR Marques Colston (knee, questionable): active

TE Jimmy Graham (elbow, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Cameron Jordan active (7:33 p.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that DE Cameron Jordan (ankle, questionable) is active. Jordan is Jim McCormick's No. 17 defensive lineman for Week 10.

Miles Austin inactive (7:32 p.m. ET): Rowan Kavner of the Dallas Cowboys reports that WR Miles Austin (hamstring, doubtful) is inactive for the Dallas Cowboys. Terrance Williams will pick up another start, and Austin's absence at least assures Williams a healthy number of targets. Williams is our No. 24 wide receiver for Week 10.

Jason Hatcher inactive (7:30 p.m. ET): Rowan Kavner of the Dallas Cowboys reports that DT Jason Hatcher (neck, questionable) is inactive for the Dallas Cowboys. It's a tough loss in IDP leagues, as Hatcher has 24 tackles, seven sacks and three passes defensed thus far this season.

Dez Bryant active (7:28 p.m. ET): Rowan Kavner of the Dallas Cowboys reports that WR Dez Bryant (back, probable) is active. Per ESPN's Ed Werder, Bryant had an epidural injection for back pain earlier in the week, but vowed to play tonight. He practiced fully this week, so that was never in serious question. Bryant might be playing at less than full strength, but he's still worth activating in all formats, checking in our No. 6 wide receiver for Week 10.

Jimmy Graham active (7:14 p.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that TE Jimmy Graham (elbow, questionable) is active. Graham played 50 of 66 offensive snaps in Week 9 and scored 23 fantasy points, only a week after scoring 15 on only 17 snaps. It's a positive trend, as was his limited participation in both Thursday's and Friday's practices, supporting his must-start status in all formats.

Marques Colston active (7:14 p.m. ET): The New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed reports that WR Marques Colston (knee, questionable) is active. He put in limited practices this week, making it likely he was going to play, so if you waited this long for him you've been rewarded. That said, Colston has been seemingly an afterthought for Drew Brees this season, so despite the attractive matchup against the Cowboys, he's only our No. 40 wide receiver for the week.

Rashard Mendenhall active (3:21 p.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe, probable) is active for the Arizona Cardinals. Mendenhall is playing through his injury, though he did put in a full Friday practice and was declared the starter over the weekend. Still, Andre Ellington is likely to cut into Mendenhall's touch count -- it'd be smart to bet on Ellington leading in that category -- which is why we have Ellington ranked 18th and Mendenhall ranked 36th among running backs for Week 10.

Eddie Royal active (3:17 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) is active. This is the third consecutive Chargers game that Royal didn't practice at all yet was active on game day, and keep in mind he scored 12 and 11 fantasy points in the past two. This could quickly turn into a shoot-out, in which case Royal might have a chance at a third straight double-digit fantasy performance. He is our No. 46 wide receiver for Week 10.

Julius Thomas active (3:14 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that TE Julius Thomas (ankle, probable) is active. Thomas himself apparently seemed more concerned about his injury than his fantasy owners should ever have been, and those who waited until now get some good news. He is our No. 5 tight end for Week 10.

Ben Tate active (3:13 p.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ben Tate (ribs, probable) is active. Tate takes over as the Texans' starting running back, though he's playing through a rib injury that might result in somewhat limited weekly touch counts. He is our No. 25 running back for Week 10.

Arian Foster inactive (3:12 p.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that RB Arian Foster (back, out) is inactive. Foster's season is over, as he will require surgery for his back. Ben Tate will take over as the Texans' starting running back, but keep in mind that he is playing through a rib injury. Expect Dennis Johnson, the team's new No. 2 back, to see more work than a typical backup, and keep in mind that No. 3 back Deji Karim is also active for Week 10.

Rob Housler active (2:57 p.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that TE Rob Housler (groin, questionable) is active. Housler has been a tremendous disappointment in Bruce Arians' offense this season, catching more than four passes in a game only once and more than one only twice. He's our No. 27 tight end for Week 10.

Mario Manningham active (2:38 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Mario Manningham is active. He was activated from the PUP list last Monday, though he might play limited snaps in his 2013 debut. Manningham needs to make a quick impact, what with Michael Crabtree also on the mend, but he could sneak in a couple starts ahead of Kyle Williams in these next few weeks. Consider Manningham a bench-and-evaluate with a difficult matchup against the Panthers this week.

Justin Smith active (2:38 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that DT Justin Smith (shoulder, questionable) is active. He has been limited by the injury all season, totaling only eight tackles in his five games leading into the 49ers' Week 10 bye. Smith is more of a DL2 in IDP formats than a clear weekly play; Jim McCormick ranks him 20th at the position for Week 10.

Marshawn Lynch active (12:07 p.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that RB Marshawn Lynch (knee, probable) is active. He put in full practices both Thursday and Friday, so his injury was never of any serious concern. Lynch is our No. 2 running back for Week 10.

Clay Matthews active (12:06 p.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers' official Twitter feed reports that LB Clay Matthews (thumb, probable) is active. It's Matthews' first game in over a month, and his IDP owners might want to wait a week to see how he fares before restoring him to their lineups. He was performing like a low-end No. 3 linebacker before getting hurt; he did not crack Jim McCormick's top 25 linebackers accordingly.

EJ Manuel active (12:04 p.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that QB EJ Manuel (knee, probable) is active. Manuel returns to the lineup for the first time since Week 5, but he's down one receiver (Robert Woods) and might have a lighter passing load then usual as he eases back into action. Consider him only a low-end No. 2 option in two-quarterback leagues.

Darrius Heyward-Bey active (12:01 p.m. ET): The Indianapolis Colts' official Twitter feed reports that WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder, probable) is active. Heyward-Bey practiced fully this week, at least, but even with Reggie Wayne sidelined there are no signs yet that he's the one most likely to benefit from a noticeable increase in targets. Keep tabs on him this week, as he's healthier here than last, but we ranked him our No. 51 wide receiver for Week 10.

Charles Tillman active (11:59 a.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that CB Charles Tillman (knee, probable) is active. Tillman has battled his injury all year and his numbers have suffered accordingly. Still, he's a useful No. 2 defensive back in IDP formats, checking in as Jim McCormick's No. 13 option for the week.

Jay Cutler active (11:58 a.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that QB Jay Cutler (groin, probable) is active. In addition, Merril Hoge noted that Cutler looked "great" in pre-game warm-ups, meaning Cutler's fantasy owners should be optimistic about him in his return to the lineup. We ranked Cutler our No. 10 quarterback for Week 10, making him a borderline start in all leagues, and a certain one in two-quarterback formats.

Cecil Shorts active (11:55 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that WR Cecil Shorts (groin, probable) is active. Don't sweat the early-week missed practices, as Shorts returned on Friday and earned a "probable" tag. Justin Blackmon's suspension thrusts Shorts back into the No. 1 target role for a team that will be throwing early and often the remainder of the year. Shorts is our No. 20 wide receiver for Week 10 accordingly.

Bradley Fletcher inactive (11:53 a.m. ET): The Philadelphia Eagles' official Twitter feed reports that CB Bradley Fletcher (pectoral, questionable) is inactive. Fletcher's absence benefits the Packers' passing game, in their first game of the year without Aaron Rodgers. This doesn't necessarily make fill-in Seneca Wallace a viable No. 2 option in two-quarterback leagues, but it helps, for those in desperate circumstances.

Daryl Richardson inactive (11:51 a.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that RB Daryl Richardson is inactive. It's the second consecutive week this has happened, which is tremendous news for the red-hot RB Zac Stacy (foot, probable), who is active. Expect Stacy to again approach and likely exceed 20 touches, with RB Benny Cunningham serving as his backup.

Brandon Jacobs inactive (11:49 a.m. ET): The New York Giants' official Twitter feed reports that RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring, doubtful) is inactive. It's not as severe a loss this week, in that the Giants just got Andre Brown back from injured reserve on Thursday. Brown and Peyton Hillis will share the Giants' backfield duties this week, with Hillis probably getting more overall touches and Brown handling short-yardage (goal-line included) work. We ranked Brown our No. 30 running back for Week 10 -- touchdown potential driving that -- with Hillis 39th.

Michael Vick inactive (11:45 a.m. ET): The Philadelphia Eagles' official Twitter feed reports that QB Michael Vick (hamstring, doubtful) is inactive. No surprise here, not simply because of the "doubtful" tag, but also because the Eagles were hardly going to sit a player in Nick Foles who had 45 fantasy points a week ago. Foles' matchup isn't as favorable as last week's, as the Packers, previously a mediocre pass defense, have afforded opposing quarterbacks only 43 points combined the past three weeks. Still, it's a worthwhile enough matchup -- classify it as mid-range for a quarterback -- to justify Foles a useful No. 2 in two-quarterback leagues, or a bye-week plug-in. We ranked him our No. 11 quarterback for Week 10.

Robert Woods inactive (11:42 a.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that WR Robert Woods (ankle, doubtful) is inactive. With Woods sidelined, T.J. Graham should pick up the start with Marquise Goodwin getting increased work in three-wide sets. Neither Graham nor Goodwin is a recommended fantasy fill-in, however, facing the Steelers.

Giovani Bernard active (11:40 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that RB Giovani Bernard (ribs, questionable) is active. He suffered his injury during the Week 9 Thursday game, then practiced on a limited basis during the week. Bernard's workload might be lightened as a result, but he's still an excellent RB2/flex option, more so in PPR leagues. We ranked him our No. 15 running back for Week 10.

Trent Richardson active (11:38 a.m. ET): The Indianapolis Colts' official Twitter feed reports that RB Trent Richardson (ankle, questionable) is active. He practiced fully Friday, after missing sessions the previous two days, so Richardson's questionable tag wasn't a serious threat to his Week 10 status. His fantasy value, however, has been threatened by increasing amounts of work for backup Donald Brown, as well as his own lackluster production. Richardson is our No. 21 running back for the week.

Jermaine Gresham inactive (11:34 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that TE Jermaine Gresham (groin, questionable) is inactive. Gresham's absence is a big plus for Tyler Eifert, who should see an increase in targets accordingly. Ranked our No. 19 tight end entering the day, Eifert might now warrant top-15 consideration at the position.

Roddy White active (11:32 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Roddy White (hamstring, questionable) is active. White practiced fully this week, a major step towards him recapturing his past-years form, though at the same time fantasy owners are correct to be concerned about his performance having played at less than full strength all year. The matchup with the Seahawks isn't a favorable one, so keep him reserved for evaluation purposes if you can. He's our No. 36 wide receiver for Week 10.

Julius Thomas a game-time decision (10:17 a.m. ET): ESPNDenver.com's Cecil Lammey reports that TE Julius Thomas (ankle, probable) is a game-time decision for the Denver Broncos. Lammey's report comes per a Thomas radio interview, during which Thomas described himself a "game-time decision" for Week 10. At the same time, the Broncos listed Thomas as probable for the game, so this probably doesn't warrant as much fear as that term typically elicits. Thomas has been added to the names to track above, so we'll keep an eye on his status, but his game is during the 4 p.m. ET block. I'd take the chance on him playing, but if your league doesn't allow contingency adds after the 1 p.m. ET kickoffs, keep this report in mind.