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Fantasy Football Week 14 Sprint Active/Inactive Update


All eyes on All Day for Sunday morning. AD headlines the group of game-time decisions as well as Jeremy Maclin also being downgraded on Saturday morning. This week's edition will go over all the injury concerns you should know before setting your lineup. There will be updates on every game about 75 minutes before it kicks off. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @MikeSGallagher for updates all day Sunday!

Let's get to it:

WEATHER UPDATE: There is a 35 percent chance of thunderstorms in Miami (plus 22 MPH wind), Jacksonville expects to be windy with gusts around 25 MPH and Green Bay is a bit breezy with 15 MPH. That's it. Weather shouldn't be much of a factor in setting your lineup.

Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets


Official Inactives: DL Jerrell Powell S Donald Washington TE Jake O'Connell LB Jeremy Horne OL David Mims QB Kyle Orton DE Brandon Blair

Analysis: The Chiefs have to be one of the worst fantasy offenses along with Cleveland and Chicago right now. Dexter McCluster was a blip on the radar screen last week with his Hail Mary catch. He's still extremely tough to start with the chances of Todd Haley possibly leaning on Thomas Jones a bit against his old team. Dwayne Bowe should be on Revis Island for most of the game and is no more than a WR3 this week.

UPDATE: The Chiefs will need to get get their running game going in this one, but still, there's no reason to risky any Chief RB. Mike Devito and Kendrick Ellis being out does help (if you really want to play them).


Official Inactives: QB Kevin O'Connell, WR Erron Riley, RB Joe McKnight, CB Ellis Lankster, DE Mike DeVito, T Austin Howard, DE Kenrick Ellis

Analysis: Joe McKnight is questionable with an elbow injury and LaDainian Tomlinson should pick up most of the third-down work. The Chiefs are coming off a big defensive win in Chicago, but Shonn Greene and Santonio Holmes are good to go for this one. Especially Greene because the Jets will probably work out the kinks in their running game.

UPDATE: McKnight is OUT. This makes LT a decent guy to play since the Jets are a good bet to run the ball over 35 times as a team.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars


Official Inactives: WR Sammy Stroughter QB Rudy Carpenter DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim OL Derek Hardman S Larry Asante OL James Lee CB Aqib Talib

Analysis: Josh Freeman is listed as questionable with his the same injury to his throwing shoulder that kept him out last week. He passed all the tests this week and should be good to go for Sunday. He could be a leg up with the Jaguars extremely banged up in the secondary with three of their best corners on IR. It's probably not safe to start Freeman while running out Mike Williams as a WR3 should be a good move.

UPDATE: Freeman is good to go which helps the value of Mike Williams. There is some wind in Jacksonville, which still makes Mike just a WR3. LaGarrette Blount is still not quite a must-start back with the woes of their offensive line. RB2. Freeman is not safe to start in most leagues though.


Official Inactives: CB T.J. Heath, RB Deji Karim, OL John Estes, WR Taylor Price, S Dwight Lowery, DE Matt Roth, QB Dan LeFevour

Analysis: Blaine Gabbert has to be the worst QB in the league at this point. The Jaguars are last in scoring offense and there is no way owners should start any WR even though Aqib Talib is out for Tampa. Obviously MJD is a must-start option.

UPDATE: Deji Karim is a healthy inactive again. If you're looking to handcuff MJD, then your man is Montell Owens.

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins


Official Inactives: DE Gerard Warren, OL Dan Connolly, LB Brandon Spikes, RB Shane Verreen, QB Ryan Mallett, S Patrick Chung, OL Sebastian Vollmer

Analysis: Similar to last week, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead are questionable for the game at FedEx Field. This allowed Stevan Ridley to lead the team in carries with eight and rushing yards with 33. Not exactly Jones-Drew-type totals. Owners shouldn't feel comfortable starting any NE back. As for the passing game, Wes Welker is only probable this week and should find holes in the zone all day long. Gronk owners can probably expect him spiking the ball at least once too.

UPDATE: Vereen is out again, so if you're extremely desperate rolling the dice on Stevan Ridley could pay some dividends. The Patriots' attack will obviously be predicated on the pass and Ridley's upside is only about 12 touches.


Official Inactives: RB Ryan Torain, WR Terrence Austin, SS LaRon Landry, OLB Markus White, OL Erik Cook, DL Chris Baker, and DT Kentwan Balmer

Analysis: The Redskins get the 32nd-ranked NE pass D and there has been some buzz of starting some Redskins this week. In fact, I probably got more questions about Santana Moss than any other player on Twitter. Basically, I advised everyone to bench him based on the owner asking himself, "would you feel comfortable counting on Rex Grossman vs. Silly Billy?' I don't. Roy Helu, however, is good to go as a high-end RB2.

UPDATE: Torain is out, so think about grabbing Evan Royster as Helu's handcuff.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers


Official Inactives: Kirk Chambers, Kelvin Hayden, Stephen Nicholas, Brett Romberg, Brent Grimes, Cliff Matthews, QB John Parker Wilson

Analysis: Julio Jones (hamstring), Harry Douglas (groin) and Roddy White (shoulder) are all probably to play. The Falcons stalled on offense last week against a formidable Houston D and should get back on track this week. Start White as a low-end WR1, Jones as a high-end WR3 and Michael Turner is a must-start vs. the fantasy-friendly CAR run D.

UPDATE: The Falcons O is good to go for this one. If you're thinking about taking a chance on ATL D/ST, I'd reconsider with all of their injuries in the secondary (more in Carolina).


Official Inactives: QB Jimmy Clausen, CB Brandon Hogan, DE Eric Norwood, OL Jordan Gross, WR Darvin Adams, LB Kion Wilson, LB Jason Phillips

Analysis: Most of the time DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart owners are worried about starting their guy because they're concerned about the other guy having a good game. The good news is that neither should be starting against the second-ranked ATL run D. Of course you're starting Steve Smith and Cam Newton.

UPDATE: Cam Newton has an excellent chance for big numbers with Brent Grimes and Kelvin Hayden both out again. Donta Robinson will have his handfuls against Steve Smith and will probably get burnt on an island a lot. JIMMY CLAUSEN IS OUT! Sorry, that joke doesn't get old to me.

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens


Official Inactives: LB A.J. Edds OL Quinn Ojinnaka DE Jerry Hughes QB Peyton Manning WR Anthony Gonzalaz LB Kevin Bentley CB Mike Holmes

Analysis: Pat Angerer is questionable with a knee injury. He did put in a full practice Friday and is expected to play. Dallas Clark is also expected to return from his broken fibula. No Colts should be in your starting lineup unless you're in a deep league.

UPDATE: Angerer is good to go for you IDP folks. Bench your Colts unless you have to play them. There's a good chance they get zip-zero points.


Official Inactives: LB Ray Lewis, WR LaQuan Williams, WR Tandon Doss, CB Chris Carr, RB Anthony Allen, LB Chavis Williams, and DT Brandon McKinney

Analysis: Billy Cundiff is expected to kick against the Colts. The Ravens will likely be kicking a lot of extra points and not many field goals, so he's not a guy worth playing. Don't expect Flacco to throw the ball much and I'm going out on a limb and saying Ray Rice will rush for 200 again.

UPDATE: Sugar Ray is out and expect Jameel McClain to handling most of the tackling chores of Donald Brown. The Ravens could probably start Daniel Day Lewis at ILB and they'll be fine against Indy. Hey, he was a bad ass in Gangs of New York.

Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins


Official Inactives: DE Juqua Parker, WR Steve Smith, OL King Dunlap, DE Brandon Graham, CB Brandon Hughes, OL Julian Vandervelde, DE Greg Lloyd

Analysis: Michael Vick is back from his rib injury. There is some risk to starting him based on the likelihood of him getting hit in the ribs again. Start with caution. Jeremy Maclin was downgraded to questionable on Saturday morning with his hammy and shoulder injuries. If you're hoping to roll the dice on J-Mac, check back for updates around 11:30 am ET. LeSean McCoy is the only Eagle that should be in all lineups.

UPDATE: Jeremy Maclin is ACTIVE. He is still not quite a must-start WR, but his upside makes him a guy that should be in most lineups. There is always a chance he aggravates his hammy which makes him risky.


Official Inactives: LB Ikaika Alama-Francis, RB Steve Slaton, OL Ryan Cook, OL Ray Feinga, OL Will Barker, DE Ryan Baker, TE Will Yeatman,

Analysis: The Phins are unbelievably healthy with only two players listed as probable and not even a single questionable tag. Reggie Bush is a nice RB2, Marshall a WR2 and Matt Moore is a fringe QB1 in 12-team leagues. The Dolphins might need to score a bit since it's tough to tell on what Eagles team we'll get.

UPDATE: The Fish are good to go. Owners should be careful a bit with the weather concerns and the Philly pass D. Marshall more of a lower-end WR2.

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions


Official Inactives: CB Chris Cook, LB Xavier Adibi, RB Adrian Peterson, OL DeMarcus Love, OL Brandon Fusco, DE D'Aundre Reed, TE Andrew Reisner

Analysis: Ah, the big story of the day: Adrian Peterson is a game-time decision in a great matchup with Detroit. He is "80 percent" for this game and didn't take part in drills in Friday's practice. All Day's owners need to have another plan ready to go for Sunday. Devin Aromashodu played an astonishing 81 snaps on Sunday and is a sneaky play in deep leagues. Percy Harvin (finger) is probably and should suit up as a high-end WR2 after his monster game last week. Christian Ponder (hip) is also questionable and his absence would knock Aromashodu from the sleeper category and move Harvin to a low-end WR2. Joe Webb doesn't have WR eligibility this year, so he's not worth starting in any league.

UPDATE: Adrian Peterson is OUT. Get him out of your lineups! Toby Gerhart is a decent RB2 this week with a great matchup in a dome. The loss of Suh for Detroit can't be overstated and Nick Fairley is also out. Christian Ponder is active, so keep Percy Harvin in your lineups and consider Aromashodu as a sleeper.


Official Inactives: DT Nick Fairley, RB Kevin Smith, G Leonard Davis, S Louis Delmas,, CB Chris Houston, QB Drew Stanton, DE Lawrence Jackson

Analysis: Kevin Smith (ankle) is not expected to play after falling to be able to cut in practice. It isn't clear on whether he has a high-ankle sprain, but there's evidence to suggest that he does. I wrote this earlier this week:

UPDATE: Smith is OUT! Maurice Morris is a nice flex play and is a quality RB2 in deeper leagues. I'd expect the Lions to exploit the decimated MIN secondary. Look out for a monster from Megtron and I like Burleson as a WR2.

New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans


Official Inactives: HB Mark Ingram, CB Leigh Torrance, DE Turk McBride, LB Jonathan Casillas, WR Adrian Arrington, DT Sedrick Eillis, TE William Robinson

Analysis: Pierre Thomas is expected to handle some of the duties at running back and is a nice flex play this week. Darren Sproles also solidifies himself as a RB2. Jimmy Graham is good to go and Marques Colston should have more room to operate with Jason McCourty's (concussion) status up in the air.

UPDATE: The Saints aren't going to run the ball much today, so don't bench a guy you were planning on starting in favor of Pierre. Jason McCourty is in fact out. Expect the New Orleans pass O to be on all cylinders.


Official Inactives: OL Byron Stingily, DT Zach Clayton, LB Patrick Bailey, OL Kevin Matthews, QB Rusty Smith, CB Jason McCourty, LB Barrett Ruud

Analysis: The big news here is that Nate Washington (ankle) is questionable and did not practice on Friday. This makes Damian Williams a very attractive WR2 this week. Yes, WR2. If you're not sure about the guy you're playing, give Williams a shot. CJ2K should have another big game, too.

UPDATE: Nate Washington is ACTIVE. I still like Damian Williams as a sleeper, but not nearly as much. Nate is a decent deep-league guy, too.

Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals


Official Inactives: WR Andre Johnson, CB Brandon Harris, DE Tim Bulman, OL Andrew Gardner, QB Jeff Garcia, TE Garrett Graham, OL Thomas Austin

Analysis: Well, it's going to be the Arian Foster show. The Bengals haven't been to great on D after the Steelers ripped them a new one last week. They're missing Leon Hall (IR) and Nate Clements (hamstring) could miss this one, too. While they may be banged up in the secondary, it's still to risky to start Kevin Walter or Jacoby Jones.

UPDATE: The Texans are going to win this one with D and a tough running game today. Arian Foster is almost a lock for 30 touches today.


Official Inactives: OT Andre Smith, DE Carlos Dunlap, OL Clint Boling, LB Dontay Moch, S Robert Sands , RB Brian Leonard, WR Ryan Wahlen

Analysis: The Texans are locked in on D and it should be tough sledding for Cedric Benson. He's more of a flex this week. A.J. Green does have a nice size advantage and is really matchup proof after his outing vs. Pittsburgh last week.

UPDATE: The Texans allow the second-fewest points to fantasy QBs which will really limit the Bengals offensively. Brian Leonard is out, so Bernard Scott is a sneaky deep-league flex. I mean very deep.

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Chicago Bear at Denver Broncos


Official Inactives: QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, QB Nathan Enderle, S Major Wright, G Henry Henry, TE Andre Smith, DT Anthony Adams

Analysis: Marion the Barbarian will handle most of the totes for Chicago in what should be a fairly vanilla offense after last week's embarrassing loss to KC. Barber could get 20 touches while Kalil Bell is a desperation flex in 16-team leagues for his eight-touch upside. The lackluster offense prevents most owners from gambling on Johnny Knox.

UPDATE: The Bears are going to have to run a lot and their D/ST should have a nice game against Tebow. Broncos will need some Tebow Magic to score more than 17.


Official Inactives: WR Eddie Royal, FB Quinn Johnson, LB Mike Mohamed, G Manny Ramirez, OT Tony Hills, TE Julius Thomas, DE Derrick Harvey

Analysis: Willis McGahee is expected to play in this late game. Owners in standard leagues might want to grab Lance Ball as an insurance policy though. While the Chicago O looks like it's on life support, their D is very good and Tim Tebow should probably be on the bench for owners with any sort of reliable option. Demaryius Thomas should be owned in most leagues, but keep him on the bench to see if there's some sort of consistency.

UPDATE:Willis is good to go. He's more of a flex guy against a stout D though. No Royal W/ Cheese today helps Decker and Thomas a bit.

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals


Official Inactives: LB Patrick Willis, FB Moran Norris, OL Daniel Kilgore, OL Mike Person, QB Scott Tolzien, DT Ian Williams, WR Brett Swain

Analysis: Braylon Edwards is questionable with his troublesome knee. Michael Crabtree is more of a WR3 this week with the improved secondary play of Arizona. Their improvement is based primarily on Patrick Peterson maturing before our own eyes. He was doing a remarkable job on using the sideline and making the anticipatory moves a corner needs to make on an island. Gore is pretty close to a must-start since the Niners own AZ with their five consecutive wins.

UPDATE: No Willls for SF. The still have great personnel to limit the Arizona D. Expect them to bracket Fitz most of the game.


Official Inactives: WR Stephen Williams, S Rashad Johnson, WR Chansi Stuckey, LB Joey Porter, QB Richard Bartel, S Kerry Rhodes, OL D'Anthony Batiste

Analysis: Beanie Wells is fairly healthy this week and should see a nice workload. One problem: San Fran is the top dog in stopping the run and it's not safe to start him. Despite Andre Roberts big game last week, he should be riding pine until further notice (I actually don't think he should even be owned). On the other hand, Larry Fitzgerald is too good to bench even with the tough matchup.

UPDATE: Patrick Willis being officially out does help their cause, but it's still tough to count on Beanie on anything more than a flex. Fitz is good to go and should see a lot of targets. Hey Todd Heap is active!

Buffalo Bills at San Diego Chargers


Official Inactives: CB Aaron Williams, WR Kamar Aiken, TE Fendi Onobun, TE Scott Chandler, T Sam Young, LB Antonio Coleman and S Josh Nesbitt

Analysis: Just when it looked like Scott Chandler is getting worked into the O nicely, he's out for this week. Stevie Johnson should get more looks in the red zone and is a nice start. Expect to see a lot of C.J. Spiller and plug him in your lineup in almost any league.

UPDATE:Spiller's speed against a slow SD front seven could mean a big day for him. He should be a nice RB2 with monster upside.


Official Inactives: RB Curtis Brinkley, WR Bryan Walters, T Tony Moll, LB Everette Brown, LB Nate Triplett and S Darrell Stuckey.

Analysis: The. Bills. Defense. Sucks. Start your Chargers. V-Jax, Rivers and Mathews are must-start guys while Floyd and Tolbert are decent flex options (Floyd a better option over Tolbert since he gets my BFF Drayton Florence).

UPDATE: Again. Start. Your. Chargers. Plus Aaron Williams is out to make it an even better matchup.

Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers


Official Inactives: RB Darren McFadden, WR Jacoby Ford, WR Denarius Moore, RB Taiwan Jones, QB Jason Campbell, OL Bruce Campbell, and Chris Johnson

Analysis: Yuck. The Raiders are hurting with their three top offensive weapons in street clothes yet again. Michael Bush laid an egg last week; he still needs to be in lineups though. If you're feeling saucy, go ahead and roll the dice on Darrius Heyward-Bey as a WR3 in some formats.

UPDATE:Don't worry about Michael Bush and with Desmond Bishop out of the lineup for Green Bay there's a chance he has another big game.


Official Inactives: RB James Starks, QB Graham Harrell, CB Davon House, LB Desmond Bishop OG Josh Sitton, OT Chad Clifton, and LB Vic So’oto

Analysis: Ryan Grant has been playing like Ulysses Grant lately and shows no burst at all. He hasn't even posted a Grant (50 yards) since Week 3. The Packers could lean on Brandon Saine a bit in the second half since they're very likely to be up huge in the second half. Saine is a medium-upside flex this week.

UPDATE:It's a little windy in Green Bay. That obviously won't stop you from playing Jordy, Finley and Jennings.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys(Sunday Night Football 8:20 PM EST)


Official Inactives: DE Osi Umenyiora, S Kenny Phillips, LB Mark Herzlich, LB Spencer Paysinger, WR Jerrel Jernigan and OT Tony Ugoh.

Analysis: From the Who Gives a Crap Department: Mario Manningham will return from his knee injury. He'll likely be buried behind Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. He's for deep leagues only. Ahmad Bradshaw is a RB2 and Eli is an intriguing option in what should be a high-scoring game.

UPDATE: Bradshaw is good to go and should see the bulk of the carries. Tim Tebow.


Official Inactives: QB Jon Kitna, WR Andre Holmes, G David Arkin, G David Loper, TE Martellus Bennett, NT Josh Brent and DE Clifton Geathers.

Analysis: The Giants are banged up on D and Tony Romo should have himself a nice game. The injury to Kenny Philips is a lot bigger than people are talking about and I'd expect the Giants to blow some coverages. Laurent Robinson (shoulder) is questionable to play and Miles Austin (hamstring) will return. Austin should be in most lineups this week for his big-play ability. The Cowboys rushing attack should resemble its form from a month ago with Tony Fiammetta back and the soft NYG run D.

UPDATE: Austin is the preferred play today over Laurent Robinson. Tim Tebow.