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Week 13 inactives

Welcome to Week 13 of the 2012 NFL season. Here we'll be posting "live" updates and analysis as NFL teams release their inactive lists. Refresh often for the latest information! For a complete list of NFL inactives, click here.

Ruled out before Sunday: TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm), WR Percy Harvin (ankle), WR Devin Hester (concussion), DE Chandler Jones (ankle), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Colin McCarthy (concussion), RB LeSean McCoy (concussion), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder), WR Eddie Royal (hamstring), WR Mohamed Sanu (foot), RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle), QB Michael Vick (concussion), S Charles Woodson (collarbone).

Top players we're watching

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

WR Danny Amendola (foot, doubtful): inactive

TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle, questionable): active

WR Brandon Lloyd (knee, questionable): active

WR Sidney Rice (calf, questionable): active

WR Andre Roberts (ankle, questionable): inactive

WR Wes Welker (ankle, questionable): active

RB Beanie Wells (knee, questionable): active

Late games (4:05 p.m. ET)

RB Darren McFadden (ankle, questionable): inactive

WR Brandon Stokley (wrist, questionable): inactive

Night game (8:20 p.m. ET)

WR Miles Austin (hip, questionable): active

RB Felix Jones (knee, questionable): active

RB DeMarco Murray (foot, questionable): active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Miles Austin active (7:26 p.m. ET): The Dallas Cowboys' official Twitter feed reports that WR Miles Austin (hip, questionable) is active. Austin is going up against a reeling Eagles defense, the strength of the matchup more than enough to alleviate the injury concern. We ranked him 24th for the week, meaning so long as you treat him as more of a WR3 than clear starter across the board, you should be in good shape.

Felix Jones active (7:26 p.m. ET): The Dallas Cowboys' official Twitter feed reports that RB Felix Jones (knee, questionable) is active. Jones has an active DeMarco Murray to fend off for carries, and a time share of some degree is to be expected. As Murray is the more dynamic player of the two, he's the one we prefer, albeit by seven spots (26th compared to 33rd for Jones).

DeMarco Murray active (7:26 p.m. ET): The Dallas Cowboys' official Twitter feed reports that RB DeMarco Murray (foot, questionable) is active. Adam Schefter had this report this morning, and remember, Schefter also noted that Murray will be limited somewhat in the game. Expect a running back by committee approach between him and Felix Jones, detracting from either of them in fantasy leagues. We ranked Murray 26th, Jones 33rd, for Week 13.

Andrew Hawkins active (3:10 p.m. ET): Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that WR Andrew Hawkins (knee, probable) is active for the Cincinnati Bengals. What's important to note is that, with Mohamed Sanu (foot) sidelined, the Bengals are starting Marvin Jones in Sanu's place, according to Reedy. Hawkins will instead return to a slot-receiver role, meaning neither player is a recommended option in fantasy with their target distribution unclear.

Rashard Mendenhall inactive (2:56 p.m. ET): The Pittsburgh Steelers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Rashard Mendenhall is inactive. He wasn't on the injury report this week, so this has all the signs of a healthy scratch. It's tremendous news to Jonathan Dwyer, however, in that the most natural option to steal goal-line carries was Mendenhall himself. It's a sure sign Dwyer is getting the bulk of the rushing work this week, which should thrust him into the clear RB2 class.

Dannell Ellerbe inactive (3:03 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, questionable) is inactive. This is a noticeable absence, both for the Ravens' defense as a whole as well as IDP owners in deeper leagues, who had generally been able to slot Ellerbe in as a No. 2 option at linebacker.

Marcel Reece active (3:01 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Marcel Reece (hamstring, probable) is active. Though we ranked Reece 22nd for the week, we'd likely boost him by more than five spots, into the clear RB2 class, following word that both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are inactive.

Mike Goodson inactive (3:01 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Mike Goodson (ankle, questionable) is inactive.

Darren McFadden inactive (3:00 p.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Darren McFadden (ankle, questionable) is inactive. And there is your confirmation of Adam Schefter's morning report. With McFadden out, Reece instantly rises to the solid RB2 class.

Brandon Weeden active (2:59 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that QB Brandon Weeden (head, probable) is active. Weeden received early-week clearance to return from his concussion and wasn't limited in practice, so his injury-report listing shouldn't be of concern. The weather in Oakland, however, might be. Expect the Browns to put an emphasis on the run, relegating Weeden to weak No. 2 status in two-quarterback leagues, as our No. 19 ranking indicates.

Trent Richardson active (2:59 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger, probable) is active. Richardson might be tasked with a leading role this week, what with the weather sketchy in Oakland and the Raiders' defense plenty susceptible to the run. Get him in all your lineups, as he's our No. 3 running back for Week 13.

Antonio Brown active (2:56 p.m. ET): The Pittsburgh Steelers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Antonio Brown (ankle, probable) is active. Brown might be healthy, but that doesn't mean he's back to his former status as a clear WR2. Charlie Batch represents a significant downgrade on Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, and he caps Brown's fantasy potential for this (and any) week. We ranked Brown our No. 32 wide receiver.

Demaryius Thomas active (2:42 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that WR Demaryius Thomas (knee, probable) is active. Thomas' matchup against the poor Buccaneers secondary looks all the stronger with word that Brandon Stokley will not play. We ranked Thomas our No. 3 wide receiver for Week 13.

Brandon Stokley inactive (2:42 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that WR Brandon Stokley (wrist, questionable) is inactive. This is somewhat unexpected, though Stokley did practice in limited fashion on Friday. With him sidelined, expect the Broncos to rely more on two-receiver sets as well as their tight ends.

Michael Bennett active (2:37 p.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that DE Michael Bennett (ankle, probable) is active. Bennett is Jim McCormick's No. 26 defensive lineman for the week.

Jordan Todman inactive (12:17 p.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that RB Jordan Todman is inactive. Well, scratch one name off the list of potential time share running backs for the Jaguars, which is a plus to probable leader Rashad Jennings. Jennings should get the bulk of the rushing work ahead of Montell Owens, in a game that should feature a lot of running due to weather concerns. We ranked Jennings 27th among running backs, but he might warrant greater consideration than that. He's a higher-end flex option.

Greg Jones active (12:17 p.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that RB Greg Jones (thigh, probable) is active. This is a plus for the Jaguars' running game, as Jones is one of the better blockers out there.

Donald Brown active, but won't start (12:16 p.m. ET): Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that RB Donald Brown (knee, probable) is active, but won't start for the Indianapolis Colts. Wilson reports that Vick Ballard again will get the start for the Colts, making him the more favorable fantasy choice of the two. We ranked Ballard 31st, Brown 37th, for the week.

C.J. Spiller active (12:14 p.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder, probable) is active. Spiller's injury-report listing was of no concern at all, nor was the fact that he played 29 snaps to Fred Jackson's 32 in Week 12. The Bills plan to involve Spiller more in the coming weeks, Jackson's usage is mostly a product of his ability to pick up the blitz, and this is a game that screams, "Run, run, run," because of the sketchy weather. We ranked Spiller seventh for the week.

Donald Jones inactive (12:12 p.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed reports that WR Donald Jones (calf, questionable) is inactive. With Jones sidelined, T.J. Graham will make his first career start. That said, Jones' absence is more likely to benefit Steve Johnson and Scott Chandler, meaning Graham isn't a recommended fill-in. With weather a concern in Buffalo, don't expect the passing game to be the focus for the Bills.

Aldon Smith active (12:09 p.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that LB Aldon Smith (shoulder, probable) is active. Smith's fantasy performance in Week 12 returned to earth following his extraordinary Week 11, but it still resided in the useful class in IDP leagues. He is Jim McCormick's No. 14 linebacker for Week 13.

Titus Young inactive (12:07 p.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that WR Titus Young is inactive. Young continues to reside in Jim Schwartz's doghouse and it's unclear when -- or if -- he will return to action for the Lions. He's a cut candidate in all fantasy leagues. Ryan Broyles again benefits in Young's absence, facing a favorable matchup against a Colts defense reeling at cornerback. We ranked Broyles our No. 29 wide receiver for Week 13.

Greg Jennings active (12:05 p.m. ET): The Green Bay Packers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Greg Jennings (groin, probable) is active. This was known earlier, but it confirms Jennings' return to action. Pay heed Ed Werder's morning report; Jennings is going to be phased back in and that means somewhat limited fantasy appeal for Week 13.

Alshon Jeffery inactive (12:03 p.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that WR Alshon Jeffery (knee, doubtful) is inactive. Jeffery continues to struggle with his knee injury, and his absence, coupled with that of Devin Hester, leaves the Bears somewhat thin at wide receiver this week. Earl Bennett should continue to benefit in Jeffery's place -- not that we recommend Bennett as a fill-in -- and Eric Weems will pick up Hester's return duties.

Matt Forte active (12:00 p.m. ET): The Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed reports that RB Matt Forte (ankle, probable) is active. Forte's owners can exhale. Initially following Week 12, it appeared his ankle injury might cost him at least this week, but he made a swift recovery and is now fine. His matchup isn't especially attractive and he might be slightly limited, but our No. 18 ranking of him among running backs already accounts for that. It still makes him a useful RB2.

Jamie Harper inactive (11:57 a.m. ET): The Tennessee Titans' official Twitter feed reports that RB Jamie Harper (ankle, questionable) is inactive. Though his Week 12 returns don't show it, Chris Johnson benefits as a result of Harper's absence, because there is no realistic threat to Johnson's carries, especially those all-important ones at the goal line. We ranked Johnson 10th for Week 13.

David Akers active (11:56 a.m. ET): The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter feed reports that K David Akers (pelvis, probable) is active. There was some legitimate concern about Akers' health earlier in the week, but he's apparently fine today. More troubling has been his awful fantasy production all year: He has only three fantasy performances in double digits all year, and has missed seven field goals in his past eight weeks combined. You should be able to find better.

Jonathan Stewart inactive (11:52 a.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle, doubtful) is inactive. This is mere confirmation following reports that Stewart did not travel with the Panthers to Kansas City. With Stewart sidelined, DeAngelo Williams will get the start, though keep in mind that in the two games previously this season in which Stewart sat, Williams averaged fewer than three yards per carry without a touchdown. Williams is our No. 32 running back for Week 13 and that's about right; he's a weak flex choice at best.

Robert Quinn active (11:51 a.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that DE Robert Quinn (concussion, questionable) is active. Quinn is Jim McCormick's No. 16 defensive lineman for Week 13.

Kevin Kolb inactive (11:50 a.m. ET): Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that QB Kevin Kolb (ribs, questionable) is inactive for the Arizona Cardinals. Ryan Lindley was previously declared the Cardinals' starter, and Kolb's inactive status is no surprise after his limited practice sessions all week. It'd be smart to avoid the Cardinals' entire passing game, if possible.

Calais Campbell inactive (11:49 a.m. ET): Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that DE Calais Campbell (calf, questionable) is inactive for the Arizona Cardinals. Campbell's injury is frustrating to his IDP owners, as he's generally worth a weekly start in those formats.

Brandon Spikes active (11:48 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that LB Brandon Spikes (knee, questionable) is active. Spikes is Jim McCormick's No. 30 linebacker for the week, making him only worth a look in deep IDP formats.

Julian Edelman active (11:48 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Julian Edelman (concussion, questionable) is active. Edelman played only 16 offensive snaps on Thanksgiving Day, a concern considering how tight-lipped the Patriots tend to be about injuries. He was "limited" on both Thursday and Friday and doesn't seem likely to be involved enough to warrant a fantasy start.

Jerod Mayo active (11:48 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that LB Jerod Mayo (elbow, probable) is active. Mayo is Jim McCormick's No. 10 linebacker for the week.

Andre Roberts inactive (11:44 a.m. ET): Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that WR Andre Roberts (ankle, questionable) is inactive for the Arizona Cardinals. We didn't rank Roberts, under the assumption that he would be unable to play after he missed every practice during the week. With him sidelined, Michael Floyd will take over as a starter, though he's not a recommended option except in desperate circumstances with Ryan Lindley at quarterback.

Beanie Wells active (11:43 a.m. ET): Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that RB Beanie Wells (knee, questionable) is active for the Arizona Cardinals. Wells had a strong Week 12 in his return from designated-for-return IR, scoring two touchdowns, though he did seem to struggle late in the game. This week should bring him closer to full strength, and he's facing a Jets defense that's overrated against the run. Still, Wells' fantasy upside has its limits -- touchdowns are what you're seeking -- and it's why we had him only 24th among running backs.

Sidney Rice active (11:40 a.m. ET): The Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter feed reports that WR Sidney Rice (calf, questionable) is active. Only added to the injury report following Friday's practice, Rice fortunately wasn't injured severely enough that he needed to miss this game. It's good news for fantasy owners in deeper leagues, though Rice's owners could ask for a better matchup than one against the Bears. It's why we had him only 39th among wide receivers for the week.

Danny Amendola inactive (11:38 a.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that WR Danny Amendola (foot, doubtful) is inactive. He didn't practice at all this week, and there were no Sunday miracles this time around, unlike in Week 12 when he became a surprise active. Expect Brandon Gibson to start in Amendola's stead, though this is a poor matchup for Rams wide receivers as a whole.

Wes Welker active (11:35 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Wes Welker (ankle, questionable) is active. Welker returns to Miami, where he previously played, and his history at Miami is outstanding. In four games there as a member of the Patriots, he has 34 catches for 517 yards and 2 touchdowns. He's our No. 10 wide receiver for the week.

Aaron Hernandez active (11:34 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle, questionable) is active. There was never any doubt. Hernandez had a lackluster return to the lineup on Thanksgiving Day, but the critical takeaway was that he suffered no setbacks and played a healthy number of snaps (55). He's back to being a top-5 capable tight end, and we've ranked him fourth for the week accordingly.

Brandon Lloyd active (11:31 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Brandon Lloyd (knee, questionable) is active. The Patriots are certain to lead the league in questionable tags-turned-active this season, as Lloyd's questionable tag was never a serious concern. More disconcerting is Lloyd's 12 total catches and 10 fantasy points combined the past three weeks. It's the reason we ranked him merely 40th among wideouts.

Greg Jennings to be phased back in (11:15 a.m. ET): ESPN's Ed Werder reports that WR Greg Jennings (groin, probable) is expected back in limited fashion for the Green Bay Packers. Jennings will return following a seven-game absence due to abdomen surgery, but coach Mike McCarthy told Werder that Jennings will be phased back into the offense. It's unclear whether that means limited snaps -- more likely -- or diminished targets -- less likely, as he'll probably get those on the snaps he actually plays -- but it's all the more reason not to treat Jennings as more than a WR3 this week.

DeMarco Murray to be limited (10:48 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB DeMarco Murray (foot, questionable) is likely to be used in a limited role by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Per Schefter, "These things can and do change. But going into tonight's game, Cowboys expect RB DeMarco Murray to be used in a limited role." Our Murray ranking (26th among running backs) accounted for this probability, as well as the risk involved in fantasy owners waiting for an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff to make their final decisions, so this news would be unlikely to change it -- I wouldn't alter my rank of him (34th). Still, if you can do better in an earlier game, do so.

Darren McFadden unlikely to play (10:46 a.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Darren McFadden (ankle, questionable) is unlikely to play for the Oakland Raiders. The weather in Oakland -- showers and wind of 25-35 mph gusting over 40 mph -- was another obstacle McFadden was facing, but at least we get some clarity in advance of the game's kickoff. Marcel Reece will have a clear path to the bulk of the carries, as well as the "leading man" role in the offense accounting for the weather, if McFadden is indeed inactive. We ranked Reece 22nd, but at the time we were unsure whether McFadden would play; Matthew Berry has already tweeted he'd raise Reece from 16th to 14th and Christopher Harris that he'd boost Reece to 15th. I'd now slot Reece 14th, between Mikel Leshoure and Ryan Mathews, meaning we're generally on board with Reece being a strong RB2.