Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 10


Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 10

With the recent reports on Percy Harvin @Percy_Harvin and Aaron Hernandez @AaronHernandez, this morning's biggest question marks have been replaced by a period. Harvin? Out. Hernandez? Out. Many other dinged-up stars -- Rob Gronkowski @RobGronkowski, Calvin Johnson, Ahmad Bradshaw @AhmadBradshaw, etc. -- are expected to play, but we'll be here up until the first kickoffs to give you all of the latest injury news regarding those in early games.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 11 include Raiders RBs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, Antonio Brown, Darren Sproles, DeMarco Murray and Ben Tate. For a full list of injured NFL'ers, click on the link below to the league's official injury report for every team.

-- Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw is active despite his foot issues. This will be a broken record for the rest of the season. Bradshaw will continue to miss a lot of practice, be listed as questionable and suit up in the end. He is just a low-end RB2 versus Cincy with Andre Brown stealing his goal-line chances.
-- Hakeem Nicks is also active for the Giants. He's due for a big game, and the Bengals' secondary isn't very good. He's a WR2 with upside.
-- Steve Johnson is active for the Bills. He has a deep thigh bruise, but he'll tough it out, and you have to like him against the Patriots' pass defense.
-- Except for Aaron Hernandez, all of the other fantasy-worthy Patriots -- Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd -- are active. Start them versus the Bills. You don't need me to tell you that.
-- Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis is active. He is a mediocre flex option this and most weeks.
-- Robert Meachem is active for the Chargers. Even against the Bucs' awful pass defense, he is not much of a fantasy option.
-- As expected, WRs Calvin Johnson and Titus Young @TitusYoung are active for the Lions. Both are dealing with knee pain, but Johnson must be in all lineups. Young is more of a WR3, but he does have a favorable matchup against a falling defense.
-- Titans WR Kendall Wright is active despite an elbow injury. All Titans WRs are tough to depend on today, even against the Dolphins' pass defense. Jake Locker is officially active, and he will start today. This entire passing game is a wait-and-see situation.
-- One late-game note: Rams WR Danny Amendola will start today's game versus the 49ers. He will wear a brace over his right shoulder, but he's a great start in PPR leagues and a nice WR3 in standards. The Niners give up a lot of points to slot receivers.
-- Dolphins WR Brian Hartline is active despite a hamstring injury. I'm not much of a fan, but against that Titans' defense, he's in the WR3 range.
-- Eric Decker, Willis McGahee, Demaryius Thomas are all active for the Broncos. They were all probable on the injury report. Get them into your lineups.

Fantasy Analysis:

McFadden and Goodson have high ankle sprains, so you can expect them to miss multiple games, which is such a familiar story for Run DMc. Taiwan Jones is the most natural running back left on the depth chart. He has tremendous speed and should lead the team in carries today versus the Ravens. But Marcel Reece is a pass-catching, athletic fullback, and I think he is the better one-week option in both standard and PPR leagues. The Raiders should be throwing all day in Baltimore, and Reece caught eight passes last week.
Brown also has a high ankle sprain and will likely miss a few games. Emmanuel Sanders will try to fill his shoes, and he is a great sleeper WR3 this Monday against the Chiefs, a game in which Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley will try to run the score up on his former team.
Sproles might return next week, but he is still sidelined by his fractured hand. Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory are in a full-blown three-headed timeshare but for today, I think I'd still favor Thomas as an often-used receiver in what should be a very high-scoring game versus the Falcons.
Murray might also return next week, finally. He made it through some limited practices this week, which is big progress from previous weeks. Felix Jones will continue to lead this backfield, and he's a decent flex against the Eagles.
Tate is out because of a hamstring injury. Unless you own Arian Foster, you should have dropped him weeks ago.


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