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Week 12 inactives

Welcome to Week 12 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 12 NFL inactives lists

Ruled out before Sunday

S Tyvon Branch (ankle), LB Lance Briggs (shoulder), QB Jay Cutler (ankle), LB Justin Durant (hamstring), LB Mason Foster (concussion), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), DE Charles Johnson (knee), WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow), LB Sean Lee (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (hamstring), WR Denarius Moore (shoulder), DT Jay Ratliff (groin), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), TE Kyle Rudolph (foot), CB Corey Webster (groin).

Top players we're watching

Early afternoon games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Joique Bell (Achilles', questionable): active

WR Nate Burleson (forearm, probable): active

WR Greg Jennings (Achilles', questionable): active

RB Adrian Peterson (groin, questionable): active

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

RB Brandon Jacobs (knee, questionable): active

S LaRon Landry (toe, questionable): active

WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen, questionable): inactive

RB Trent Richardson (calf, questionable): active

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

TE Julius Thomas (knee, questionable): inactive

WR Wes Welker (neck, probable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Shane Vereen active (7:06 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that RB Shane Vereen (wrist, probable) is active. It's Vereen's second game back from injury, and he might be heavily involved in the passing game. He is our No. 22 running back for Week 12.

Aqib Talib active (7:06 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that CB Aqib Talib (hip, questionable) is active. Talib's active status detracts somewhat from Demaryius Thomas' matchup, as he has been one of the better cover corners in the NFL this season. Still, expect Thomas to see enough targets to be worthwhile in all fantasy leagues.

Wes Welker active (7:04 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that WR Wes Welker (neck, probable) is active. It's Welker's first game against his former team, and it's a great matchup for him despite the reported 20-plus-mph winds expected during the game. He's the most successful slot receiver in the game, his targets might not be as impacted on short routes, and besides, the opposing Patriots have afforded the fourth-most targets (122) and the most touchdowns (9) to slot receivers this season. He is our No. 9 wide receiver for Week 12.

Peyton Manning active (7:04 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that QB Peyton Manning (ankle, probable) is active. Manning got through Week 11 fine, so there's no real reason to worry about his matchup here. He is our No. 1 quarterback for Week 12.

Julius Thomas inactive (7:04 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that TE Julius Thomas (knee, questionable) is inactive. This had been hinted all day, so we're hoping you put a contingency plan in place before now. With Thomas out, expect Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen to get more work in tandem at tight end.

Miles Austin active (2:56 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that WR Miles Austin (hamstring, probable) is active for the Dallas Cowboys. Austin is finally back, not that Terrance Williams' owners are pleased to hear it. This means a probable rotation between the two, limiting either's snap count. Austin is our No. 44 wide receiver for Week 12, Williams 33rd.

Dez Bryant active (2:56 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that WR Dez Bryant (back, probable) is active for the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant might be facing a red-hot Giants pass defense, though in his defense, the Giants have also faced four consecutive quarterbacks well beneath Tony Romo in terms of raw ability. Expect Bryant to be targeted often. He is our No. 5 wide receiver for Week 12.

Brandon Jacobs active (2:51 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that RB Brandon Jacobs (knee, questionable) is active. Jacobs will serve as Andre Brown's backup and potential goal-line vulture for the second straight week. Peyton Hillis is inactive.

Jason Pierre-Paul active (2:51 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder, probable) is active. Pierre-Paul is Jim McCormick's No. 11 defensive lineman for Week 12.

Hakeem Nicks inactive (2:49 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen, questionable) is inactive. It's frustrating news for fantasy owners, who might have waited for him in this favorable matchup against the Cowboys. It's good news for Reuben Randle, who should pick up a start and an increase in targets in Nicks' stead. Randle was our No. 29 wide receiver for Week 12; I'd say that's at least five spots too low now (I'd say 20-22 or so).

LaRon Landry active (2:42 p.m. ET): Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts reports that S LaRon Landry (toe, questionable) is active. Landry is Jim McCormick's No. 13 defensive back for Week 12.

Trent Richardson active (2:42 p.m. ET): Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts reports that RB Trent Richardson (calf, questionable) is active. Though Richardson is active, he remains mired in a running back-by-committee approach with Donald Brown, and Brown has developed into the more reliable fantasy choice of the two. No matter, as this is a terrible matchup for either back. Richardson ranks just 32nd among running backs for Week 12.

Derrick Morgan active (2:40 p.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that DE Derrick Morgan (groin, questionable) is active. Morgan is Jim McCormick's No. 19 defensive lineman for Week 12.

Justin Hunter active (2:40 p.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that WR Justin Hunter (concussion, probable) is active. He's the Titans' No. 3 receiver behind Kendall Wright and Nate Washington, meaning a limited number of targets most weeks. Hunter is only worth a look in the deepest of leagues.

Terrelle Pryor active as backup QB (2:37 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that QB Terrelle Pryor (knee, questionable) is active. Matt McGloin was announced as the Raiders' starter earlier in the week, but Pryor is active this week as McGloin's backup.

Michael Floyd active (2:31 p.m. ET): Mark Dalton of the Arizona Cardinals reports that WR Michael Floyd (shoulder, probable) is active. Floyd is coming off a career-high 25-point fantasy effort, and he has another fantastic matchup here against the Colts. He's well worth a look as a WR3; we ranked him 28th at the position this week.

Hakeem Nicks might not play (12:38 p.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen, questionable) is in danger of missing the New York Giants' Week 12 game. Per Schefter, the Giants will make the final decision following pre-game warmups, making Hicks a true game-time decision. If you're a Nicks owner, make sure to secure a contingency plan in advance of his game, which kicks off during the 4 p.m. ET hour.

Ben Tate active (12:01 p.m. ET): The Houston Texans' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ben Tate (ribs/ankle/toe, probable) is active. Tate keeps on playing through his cracked ribs, and his 23 fantasy points the past three weeks combined show that he belongs on the radar as a weekly RB2/flex regardless of matchup. He is our No. 13 running back facing a dream matchup against the Jaguars.

Keenan Allen active (11:58 a.m. ET): Ricky Henne of the San Diego Chargers reports that WR Keenan Allen (knee, probable) is active. Allen put in a full practice week, so he should be fine despite the less-than-stellar matchup. He is our No. 24 wide receiver for Week 12.

Eddie Royal active (11:58 a.m. ET): Ricky Henne of the San Diego Chargers reports that WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) is active. He has scarcely practiced for a good month now, though rarely ever sits. Royal's fantasy production, however, appears to have suffered, as he has just four catches on seven targets for 56 yards in his past two games combined. You should be able to find a better option elsewhere.

Vincent Brown active (11:58 a.m. ET): Ricky Henne of the San Diego Chargers reports that WR Vincent Brown (shoulder, probable) is active. He practiced fully on Friday, though he's pretty buried on the depth chart. Brown checks in just 53rd in our wide receiver rankings.

Haloti Ngata active (11:53 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that DT Haloti Ngata (knee, questionable) is active. His healthy status is a plus for the Ravens' defense as a unit, though not necessarily for him individually in IDP formats; he hasn't generated the numbers that'd make an impact in those formats. The Ravens are looking relatively strong for this favorable matchup against the Jets.

Marlon Brown active (11:47 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that WR Marlon Brown (knee, probable) is active. He returns after sitting out Week 11, though he's only a WR4/5 despite facing a Jets defense that has allowed 99 fantasy points combined to wide receivers in their past three games. We ranked Brown 51st at the position.

Daryl Smith active (11:47 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that LB Daryl Smith (thigh, questionable) is active. Smith's IDP owners will be pleased to hear the news; he's Jim McCormick's No. 5 linebacker for Week 12.

Daryl Richardson inactive (11:41 a.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that RB Daryl Richardson is inactive. Richardson is a healthy scratch, further evidence that he has slipped on the team's depth chart. This is tremendous news for starter Zac Stacy against a poor Bears defense -- they've allowed 170 points to opposing running backs in their past seven games combined -- though we might see some Benny Cunningham and/or Isaiah Pead in a change-of-pace role.

Mike Pouncey inactive (11:40 a.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that C Mike Pouncey (illness, doubtful) is inactive. With Pouncey out, the Dolphins are now down three starting offensive linemen, which continues to make life difficult for their offensive skill players. Case in point: Ryan Tannehill has been sacked six times and intercepted twice the past two weeks combined, totaling just 29 fantasy points facing two mediocre pass defenses in those games. He now faces the toughest matchup for a quarterback, meaning you should look to another team for fantasy options wherever possible.

Paul Posluszny active (11:39 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that LB Paul Posluszny (concussion, probable) is active. After sitting out Week 11, Posluszny returns to the lineup this week, which is great news as he's one of the most valuable linebackers in IDP formats. He's Jim McCormick's No. 3 option at the position this week.

Mike Brown inactive (11:38 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that WR Mike Brown (shoulder, questionable) is inactive. He sat out Wednesday's and Thursday's practices, getting in only a limited Friday session, so this isn't entirely shocking news. That said, it might impact those owners in deeper leagues. Ace Sanders
will start in Brown's place, though he's not a recommended fantasy option facing the Texans.

Joique Bell active (11:34 a.m. ET): Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that RB Joique Bell (Achilles', questionable) is active for the Detroit Lions. Bell is active, but his injury was enough of a concern during the practice week that he might be limited to mere change-of-pace duties behind a very-involved Reggie Bush. We ranked Bell 31st for the week accounting for his potential limitation.

Nate Burleson active (11:33 a.m. ET): Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that WR Nate Burleson (forearm, probable) is active for the Detroit Lions. He's making his first appearance since fracturing his arm on Sept. 24, and he'll be doing so in a game in which Lions No. 1 receiver Calvin Johnson is going up against Darrelle Revis. The significance is that Burleson, who will play most of his snaps out of the slot, is facing a Buccaneers defense that has performed poorly against opposing slot receivers of late: They have allowed 48 catches and 597 receiving yards to slot men the past five weeks combined, both easily most in NFL. Burleson checks in our No. 41 wide receiver for Week 12, and he's an intriguing sleeper considering the matchup.

Calvin Johnson active (11:33 a.m. ET): Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that WR Calvin Johnson (knee, probable) is active for the Detroit Lions. He's active, but he'll also be mired on "Revis Island" this week, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Here's why that's significant: Johnson had one fantasy point the only other time went up against Darrelle Revis (Week 9 of 2010), and in the past four weeks combined, during which time Revis was playing primarily man coverage, the Buccaneers have afforded opposing No. 1 wide receivers 16 total fantasy points, but 78 fantasy points to all other wide receivers. Johnson checked in our No. 1 wide receiver for Week 12 mostly on ability/reputation, but there's a larger risk of a quiet day here than in any other of his 2013 matchups (past or upcoming). It's just something to think about.

Greg Jennings active (11:30 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that WR Greg Jennings (Achilles', questionable) is active. Jennings had a season-low zero fantasy points in his first game against his former team in Week 8, catching just one of his three targets for nine yards. He's not a recommended fantasy play, checking in 49th in our wide receiver rankings.

Adrian Peterson active (11:30 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that RB Adrian Peterson (groin, questionable) is active. A healthy Peterson cannot be benched, even if his fantasy production this season hasn't been up to his usual standards. Bear in mind that he had 14 fantasy points against the Packers in Week 8, and the Packers have surrendered 78 fantasy points to opposing running backs the past four weeks combined.

Jordan Reed out for Monday Night Football (10:46 a.m. ET): TE Jordan Reed (concussion) is out for the Washington Redskins for Monday Night Football. Reed did not pass any of the NFL's concussion tests this week, so he's ineligible to play on Monday. Fred Davis is expected to be active in Reed's stead, though Davis isn't a recommended fill-in what with Logan Paulsen also available to handle a healthy number of the tight end snaps. Expect Davis to get the larger target total of the two, but Reed's fantasy owners should seek a Sunday alternative if possible.