Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 14


Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 14

Now it's really time to put up or shut up as we have reached Jim Mora's favorite part of the season: The playoffs. Well, the fantasy playoffs. Per usual, I'll be here all morning to provide updates on the active and inactive players in today's early games. I'll be tracking the statuses of Rashad Jennings @RashadJennings, Jordan Reed @Real_JordanReed, Reggie Bush @ReggieBush, Vincent Jackson @VincentTJackson, Tony Gonzalez @TonyGonzalez88, Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson and others, so it's going to be a busy morning. Starting at about 11:30 a.m. Eastern, keep refreshing this post until the early kickoffs for all of the news on who's in and who's out.

-- According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Raiders RB Rashad Jennings is INACTIVE due to his concussion. Marcel Reece is expected to get the start, and he is on the PPR radar since he is such a competent receiver, but he is just a deep flex option against the Jets, who have the league's best run defense.
-- Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson is active despite a hamstring injury. He's a high-end WR2 versus the Bills.
-- Ravens TE Dennis Pitta will make his season debut today against the Vikings. However, he may not play much in his first game back from hip surgery. He is worth a stash but don't play him today. Dallas Clark is inactive.
-- Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is active and will start against the Dolphins. His comeback from the scary hit he took and resulting concussion he suffered on Thanksgiving is pretty amazing. He is a low-end RB1 versus the Dolphins.
-- Lions RB Reggie Bush is active. He missed practice early in the week due to a calf injury, but he practiced Friday and is an RB1 against the Eagles.
-- Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is officially active after being a healthy scratch last week. Stay far away from any Patriots running back not named Shane Vereen today. RB Brandon Bolden is inactive. Also, the Patriots will be without WRs Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson. Perhaps this finally means more work for Danny Amendola.
-- Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is INACTIVE once again because of concussion symptoms. He practiced during the week and said he would play, but this is the fickle nature of concussions. Logan Paulsen will see more snaps in his place.
-- Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas is surprisingly active. He had been nursing a sprained ankle and did little work during the practice week. I think it means a few less carries for Lamar Miller, but I still think he is a RB2 in 12-team leagues against the Steelers. Miami should run a lot today in the snow.
-- Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is active. He gets a lot of rest during the practice week and plays. Start him.
-- Jets WR Stephen Hill is inactive due to a knee injury. You're not using him anyway.
-- Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez is active despite a toe injury that has limited him for a few weeks. He is a TE1, but Matt Ryan may struggle outdoors in the cold at Green Bay.
-- Bengals WR A.J. Green is active. He picked up a groin injury last week, but he'll play through it. Start, start, start.
-- Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is active. He was listed as questionable on the injury report, but that's what the Pats do. He is an obvious must-start.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 13 include Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers, Christian Ponder, Brandon Weeden, Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore, and Percy Harvin. The impact of their absences will be discussed in the fantasy analysis section below. For a full rundown of injuries around the league this week, click the link below to the NFL's official injury report.

Fantasy Analysis:

-- Cutler was able to go through some limited practice this week, so perhaps a Week 15 return is reasonable. Josh McCown will get his fourth consecutive start and is a top-10 fantasy QB versus the Cowboys.
-- Rodgers remains in a holding pattern with his fractured collarbone. The Packers won't rule him out for the season, but when/if he will play again this season is a total mystery. Matt Flynn will get another start after his horrid outing on Thanksgiving in Detroit. The Falcons present a much friendlier matchup, but Flynn is so bad, I can't recommend Jordy Nelson or any other Packers wideout as anything more than a low-end WR2.
-- Ponder is out after suffering a concussion last week. Matt Cassel gets the start versus the Ravens. That gives Greg Jennings a slight bump up, but you know the deal with this offense in fantasy: It's Adrian Peterson and nothing much.
-- Weeden is out as he also couldn't get cleared following his Week 13 concussion. Jason Campbell will start against the Patriots. You are still starting Josh Gordon, and Gordon is the only Browns player you should start.
-- McFadden returned last week from a hamstring injury only to suffer an ankle injury. That's the story of his career. If Rashad Jennings can't play, Marcel Reece should lead the Raiders' backfield in touches. But against the Jets' elite run defense, I don't want any part of him unless I am in a deep PPR league.
--Moore hasn't practiced since suffering a shoulder injury on Nov. 17. You can feel safe dropping him. Andre Holmes, who had a breakout game against the Cowboys last week, is a low-end WR3 in deep leagues. Rod Streater is also in that conversation but has less upside.
-- Harvin suffered a setback with his surgically repaired hip last week, so that will mean more targets for Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin again. Both are nothing more than WR3 options against the 49ers.


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