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

Today began with the news that Texans running back Arian Foster @ArianFoster's season is over. And the injury concerns, at least for today, don't stop there. Trent Richardson, Giovani Bernard, and Roddy White @roddywhiteTV are the top names to watch when the early game inactives come out, starting at around 11:30 a.m. Eastern. This post will be updated throughout the morning to give you the latest on all of the injured stars.
-- Giants RB Brandon Jacobs is inactive, as expected. He was listed as doubtful due to knee and hamstring injuries. His return to the field is not near. Peyton Hillis will see a good amount of work today versus the Raiders, and Andre Brown, making his season debut, will see some playing time as well. Both are only iffy flex options.
-- Eagles QB Michael Vick is inactive. Nick Foles starts again today versus the Packers and is a low-end QB1 against a very suspect secondary.
-- Falcons WR Roddy White is active for the first time in a handful of weeks. He should help Matt Ryan, but he is only a WR3 versus that Seahawks secondary.
-- Giants WR Victor Cruz is active. He was listed as probable due to a neck injury. Start him with lots of confidence versus the Raiders.
-- Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham @JGresham84 is inactive due to groin injury. Tyler Eifert should see increased snaps, but Alex Smith will also be involved, so no one here is still more than a TE2.
-- Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is active. He'll play through his rib injury and is a fine start versus the Ravens.
-- Colts RB Trent Richardson is active. He missed some practice time earlier this week, but he went through full practice on Friday. He has an outstanding matchup versus the Rams, but considering that he's nicked up and has fallen flat in good matchups previously, Richardson is only a flex play. Donald Brown also has flex value even with Richardson active.
-- Bills WR Robert Woods @robertwoods is inactive. He didn't practice at all this week because of a sprained ankle. For fantasy purposes, it probably means Stevie Johnson will see a lot of targets today from E.J. Manuel against the Steelers.
-- Rams RB Daryl Richardson is inactive due to foot and toe injuries. He should be healed up after the Rams' Week 11 bye, but this backfield is now fully owned by Zac Stacy.
-- Lions WR Nate Burleson is inactive. He's nearing a return from his broken arm, but you will have to wait at least one more week for that. Burleson is worth stashing up in deeper PPR leagues.
-- Bears QB Jay Cutler is active, as expected. You have to assume the Bears didn't rush him back from injury considering how well Josh McCown played in Week 9. He should be healthy and is a low-end QB1 in a shootout versus the Lions.
-- Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor is active. He is sketchy as a passer, but he's on the QB1 radar because of his rushing yards. Those should be in high supply against the Giants.
-- Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts is active despite a finger injury. The matchup isn't very good versus Tennessee, but Shorts is worth starting only because he should see a 10+ targets. He is the team's clear No. 1 wideout with Justin Blackmon done for the year.
-- Steelers WR Markus Wheaton is finally active after breaking a finger six weeks ago. He is off the fantasy radar right now.
-- Ravens WR Marlon Brown is active. He is a low-end WR3 versus the Bengals.
-- Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is active. He should be great versus Atlanta.
-- Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is active despite a shoulder injury. Even in a good matchup, he is a completely boom or bust. Stay away.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 10 include: Foster, Aaron Rodgers, Darren McFadden, Doug Martin, David Wilson, and Justin Blackmon. These players and the impact of their absences will be discussed below.

Fantasy Analysis:

-- With Foster down, Ben Tate takes over as the Texans' bell-cow runner. He is an RB2 today against a strong Cardinals run defense. Also, Tate has his own injury issues with four cracked ribs, so third-string running back Dennis Johnson should be on everyone's radar and owned in most leagues.
-- Rodgers is expected to miss somewhere between 3-6 weeks due to a fractured left collarbone. Obviously, it's a gigantic loss for the Packers and fantasy teams. Seneca Wallace has taken over as the starter. Although I still trust Jordy Nelson today versus the Eagles, the rest of the Packers' passing game takes a significant downgrade with Wallace spinning the ball.
-- McFadden suffered his second strained hamstring injury of the season in Week 9, and he will be replaced in the starting role today against the Giants by Rashad Jennings. He is a strong RB2 with a workload of more than 20 touches likely. Those in PPR leagues should take note that Jennings caught seven passes in relief of McFadden last week.
-- The Buccaneers finally put Martin on injured reserve this week, meaning rookie Mike James will be the team's featured running back for the rest of the season. He ran for 158 yards on 28 carries last week against the Seahawks in Seattle, and he is set up with a fantastic matchup Monday night against the Dolphins.
-- Wilson was placed on injured reserve this week with a herniated disc in his neck. He hadn't played since Week 5. Andre Brown has been activated off of short-term IR and will be active for today's game against the Raiders. Peyton Hillis is expected to start and may see the majority of the carries, but the Giants could choose to go with a committee attack. Brandon Jacobs is doubtful due to hamstring and knee injuries.
-- Today marks the first missed game for Blackmon since he was suspended for the rest of the season last week. Cecil Shorts should be a target monster against the Titans, and Mike Brown is worth a shot as a WR3 if you are in a pinch in deeper leagues.

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