Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 1
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Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 1

Opening day. There's really nothing like it, and that goes for all sports. Today, fans of every NFL team have renewed excitement about their squad. Hopefully you are excited about your fantasy football squad. If you are new to FFToolbox, welcome. One thing I do here is give you the latest information as teams release their official actives and inactives report every Sunday around 11:30 a.m. Eastern.
Fortunately, the Week 1 injury report is not full of question marks, but I'll be keeping an eye on Roddy White @roddywhiteTV, Santonio Holmes @ToneTime10, Blaine Gabbert @BlaineGabbert and others. So, follow along as this post will be updated throughout the morning. And the best of luck to you today.
-- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Roddy White has a high-ankle sprain. While Schefter adds that the injury will make it "challenging" for White to play, he is expected to do just that.
Updates: NFL Network's Jeff Darlington says he has been told by a team source that White "will indeed" play today. But another source has told Pro Football Talk that there's an 80 percent chance White WON'T play. We will have certainty in about 30 minutes.
-- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press tweets that wide receiver Ryan Broyles @RyanBroyles is running extra routes in pregame warmups, but he is expected to be inactive today. Get him on your bench. Also, Mikel Leshoure is a healthy scratch. Reggie Bush and Joique Bell will dominate the Lions' backfield. Mostly Reggie.
-- Blaine Gabbert is officially active for today's game against the Chiefs. He will start. Kansas City's defense is still a nice pick-up-and-play option. Maurice Jones-Drew should see a lot of work.
-- Roddy White is officially active. Yes, he carries some obvious risk as explained above. But unless you are loaded at WR, I would start Roddy in a great matchup.
-- Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw @AhmadBradshaw is active. He will share carries with Vick Ballard, but I think he's a decent RB2 versus the Raiders.
-- Santonio Holmes is officially active. He will be on a snap count because of his foot injury. Don't take a chance against Darrelle Revis and the Bucs.
-- Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola @DannyAmendola is active. He should be a target monster against the Bills.
-- Titans WR Kenny Britt is active. He is just a WR3 against the Steelers.
-- Steelers tight end Heath Miller is inactive. As expected. He won't play for another few weeks as he recovers from last season's major knee injury.
-- Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner @bbrowner27 is inactive due to a hamstring injury. That's a big loss for Seattle's defense, and a big positive for Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams.
-- Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel is active, and it looks like he won't wear a knee brace in today's game versus the Patriots. He is a low-end QB2.
-- Newly signed Saints WR Robert Meachem is inactive. A bit of good news for Kenny Stills. He will be the Saints' No. 3 wide receiver.
-- Panthers WR Domenik Hixon is out. He is a reserve anyway.
-- 49ers RB LaMichael James is inactive due to a sprained MCL. Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter are the Niners' top two running backs. Gore is going to have a big game.
-- Titans rookie WR Justin Hunter is inactive. He's a healthy scratch, so the Titans are going with just 4 wideouts today -- Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, and Damian Williams.

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Players already ruled out for Week 1 include Rob Gronkowski, Le'Veon Bell, Andre Brown, and Mark Sanchez.

Fantasy Analysis:

Gronk isn't expected to play until Week 3, but he practiced every day this week, so things are looking up. Perhaps he would give it a go if the Patriots played next Sunday instead of Thursday, but on a short week versus the Jets, they have no reason to rush their stud tight end. Zach Sudfeld is an acceptable TE1 today versus the Bills. New England should put up plenty of points.
Bell has a sprained foot, but he could be back as soon as next week. Until then, Isaac Redman, LaRod Stephens-Howling, and Felix Jones will handle the Steelers' backfield. Redman will start today, and he has a good matchup versus the Titans. But he's tough to trust given the committee approach the Steelers will take. Redman is only a mediocre flex play.
David Wilson could be a workhorse for the Giants with Brown out until at least Week 10 due to his fractured leg. He might also get all of the goal-line carries. He is a high-end RB2 versus the Cowboys.
Geno Smith will start for the Jets as Sanchez has yet to even throw a football due to his bruised shoulder joint. It would help if Holmes was active, but even then, he shouldn't be near your starting lineup. The Buccaneers' defense is a tremendous one-week option.

Source:
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I have played fantasy sports since 2001, specializing in fantasy football and baseball. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I am a journalism/mass communication grad student at Cal State University, Northridge. I am aiming to be a sports reporter for a website, newspaper, magazine, anything. I am a graduate from the University of Central Florida. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.
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