Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 13
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Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 13

Are you ready to get into the playoffs? If you're reading this, your team is either already in or holding out hope at punching its ticket to the tourney in Week 13. The whole win-or-go-home situation can be nerve-wracking if you're serious about fantasy football, but embrace the excitment. This may be the last meaningful week of your season, so leave nothing bottled up. Enjoy the circumstances and let the chips fall where they may. To help you set your lineup this morning, this post will be constantly updated until the 1 p.m. Eastern kickoffs with all of the news regarding the actives and inactives in today's early games. The notable game-time decisions today are Sidney Rice @sidneyrice, Danny Amendola @DannyAmendola and Andre Roberts @ARob12_Cards, but when I say we'll have ALL of the updates about the fantasy playmakers in these early games, I mean it.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 13 include Percy Harvin, Ben Roethlisberger, Jonathan Stewart, Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Maurice Jones-Drew and Andre Brown. For a full rundown of injuries around the league this week, click the link below the NFL's official injury report.

-- Tim Tebow won't play today for the Jets. He was listed as questionable on the injury report, but he has fractured ribs and really shouldn't have been active for the Thanksgiving Day massacre versus New England when he was the team's only backup QB. He's not on the fantasy radar. This is only news because it's Tebow. Greg McElroy will back up Mark Sanchez today.
-- Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph are active for the Vikings. They were both listed as probable. Adrian is Adrian; you know what to do. Rudolph is a fringe TE1 today with Percy Harvin out of the lineup, but Green Bay defends tight ends pretty well.
-- Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings @GregJennings is officially active for today's game against the Vikings. It's his first game action since Week 4 and thus, he'll likely play limited snaps today. He's a desperation WR3, but Aaron Rodgers might try to target him often when he's on the field. Donald Driver is inactive because of his thumb injury. No matter there.
-- Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts is inactive. He didn't practice at all this week and was listed as questionable because of an ankle injury. Michael Floyd will start in Roberts' place, but no Cardinals WR is a great play with Mr. Ryan Lindley at quarterback. I think Larry Fitzgerald is a WR3, and that's just sad.
-- Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola is inactive. It's a smart move since his foot is clearly not healthy. Chris Givens and Brandon Gibson should see increased targets in a tough matchup against the 49ers. Givens is the high-risk, high-reward play.
-- Lions WR Titus Young @TitusYoung is inactive due to being an idiot. He has completely turned the team against him with his recent actions, and it's questionable if he will even play again this season. I love me some Ryan Broyles as a WR3 today against the Colts.
-- All of the questionable Patriots that you need for your fantasy team are active. Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez @AaronHernandez are must-starts. Brandon Lloyd remains a boom-or-bust WR3. Julian Edelman is in that area, too. It's gotten to the point where I'd almost rather start Edelman than Lloyd.
-- Cardinals RB Beanie Wells is active. He was listed as questionable on the injury report because of his knee condition. He'll likely be listed as questionable in many week, but he'll continue to get 17-20 touches per game. Facing the poor Jets run defense today, he is a low-end RB2.
-- Sidney Rice is active for the Seahawks. He was a late add to the injury report this week because of a calf injury. He's probably not operating at full strength, and I would rather have him on my bench against the Bears in Chicago.
-- Late-game note, but it's a good one: Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor will be active for the first time this season, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. There's no word on if he will actually play or not, but there have been rumors that he will see more playing time in the final couple of games. Something to watch if you are invested in Carson Palmer or any part of the Raiders' passing game.
-- Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon are both active for the Jaguars. I got a little worried when they both followed up a full practice on Wednesday with a no-show on Thursday. But use them as you will. It's a great matchup agianst the Bills. Shorts is a WR2. I would consider Blackmon as more of a WR3.
-- Bears RB Matt Forte is active. He missed some time last week because of an ankle injury, but he's up and ready to face a tough Seahawks front. I think he's more of a mid-range RB2 today.
-- Lions RB Mikel Leshoure is active after he missed the entire overtime period in Detroit's Thanksgiving Day loss. He's still very touchdown dependent, but he's a fine RB2 against the Colts.
-- As expected, Colts tight end Coby Fleener is active after missing the past few games due to a shoulder injury. He and Dwayne Allen will likely split snaps versus the Lions, so neither of them is a recommended play.
-- Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, the 49ers' first-round pick this year, is active for the first time this season. He is well off the radar as the Niners' No. 4 wideout. Also in Niner news, kicker David Akers, who had been dealing pain in his pelvis, reportedly kicked a field goal from 60 yards during warmups. So he looks good to go. However, playing any kicker with any sort of lower-body injury is an unnecessary risk.
-- Arian Foster and Andre Johnson, both listed as probable on the injury report, are active. Start!
-- Titans backup running back Jamie Harper is inactive because of an ankle injury. An extra carry or three for Chris Johnson? Perhaps.
-- Dolphins running back Lamar Miller is active after being a healthy scratch last week. He is extra insurance for Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas.
-- Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is inactive, However, he's nearing a return from his rib injury. And who would have thought that we'd be living in a world where the return of Kevin Kolb would be seen as good news for the Cardinals' passing game?
-- Rashad Jennings and Montell Owens will be the only two active Jaguars RBs today. Jordon Todman is inactive. So maybe there won't be much of a rotation here. Jennings is an RB2 against the Bills.
-- Bills WR Donald Jones is inactive. He had been listed as questionable with a calf injury. He had microscopic fantasy value after not gaining more than 20 yards in each of the past two games. T.J. Graham will start.

Fantasy Analysis:

Harvin, for the second week in a row, was ruled out on Saturday. He didn't make the short trip with the Vikings to Green Bay. He tried to test his sprained ankle on Wednesday, and it didn't go so well. I think he's very questionable to play next week versus the Bears. Jarius Wright will continue to fill the void out of the slot for the Vikings, and he is a decent PPR plug-and-play if your team has been beset by injury.
Roethlisberger's sprained shoulder isn't ready for game action. So Charlie Batch gets another start for the Steelers. In other words, all Steelers receivers are extremely risky options while the Ravens may end up being the No. 1 fantasy defense this week.
Stewart is nursing injuries to both ankles, one of which is a high ankle sprain. He'll likely miss two or three games. DeAngelo Williams will get the start today versus the Chiefs. It's a great matchup, but he's only a flex option, because DeAngelo Williams is simply not a very good player. Plus, he'll lose all goal-line touches to Cam Newton and/or Mike Tolbert.
Vick and McCoy are out for another week, and there's a decent chance that neither of them play again in 2012. Vick has reportedly "plateaued" with his concussion rehab while McCoy remains stuck in phase 1. I don't want any part of Nick Foles, but Bryce Brown is a strong RB2 against the Cowboys.
The Jaguars will go with a running back rotation today, led by Rashad Jennings. He should lead the team with 15 touches or so, and against the Bills, that makes him a low-end RB2. MJD's return doesn't seem imminent.
Brown suffered a broken leg last Sunday night, so he's gone for the season. That injury opens the door for rookie David Wilson to get more carries. However, I think the bigger news for fantasy purposes is that Ahmad Bradshaw should reclaim the goal-line carries going forward. He is a fine RB2 on Monday versus the Redskins. Wilson is worth an add, but I don't expect a whole lot from him in the final month of the season.

Source:
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