And here it is, the finalizing of your hopes and fears, and the cause of those little bumps that have been growing on your skin. Inactives, they can still suck.
We can already confidently forecast the playing status of several players who are listed below in the conveniently labeled categories. And with the inactives/actives officially set to be announced in a few minutes we’ll continue updating this post with commentary and analysis on the notable developments.
Keep laughing your evil laugh, Robert Griffin III owners. Terrell Suggs is out.
Michael Turner (elbow): ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported yesterday that Turner will be active against the Panthers today, which isn’t surprising after he practiced all week, even though it was on a limited basis. The Panthers have been gashed severall times this year, most notably by two guys with Brown as their last name (Andre and Bryce). But Turner isn’t even on their level, as he’s had four games with three yards per carry or less. He has to score a touchdown to have fantasy value, so at least he’s still done that in four of his last five games as the Falcons’ goal-line back.
Hakeem Nicks (knee): You know about this, because we already told you. We’re nice like that. You’re starting Nicks, because not starting him against the Saints is something a person who likes shame would do. But after he missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, be mentally prepared for disappointment from a limited, and possibly ineffective Nicks. (Ed. note: In my haste to get this post up I overlooked the fact that Nicks isn’t, you know, playing in the early games. Regardless, you get the idea. He’s playing today, and he’s now officially active).
Stevie Johnson (hamstring): You know about this too because we already told you. Man, we are so good. Johnson is a WR3 today, and a low-end one at that against Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan.
Ben Roethlisberger (ribs): He’s back! Which is hopefully good news for Mike Wallace owners. The Chargers rank 21st in the NFL, allowing 240.6 yards per game in the air.
Tim Tebow (ribs): Last week’s hero, Greg McElroy is inactive, so any early struggles by Mark Sanchez and we may get a Tebow sighting.
Danny Amendola (foot): Ohhh man, drink something bubbly, Chris Givens owners. Amendola will miss essentially his third straight game with a foot injury after he was out last week, and he played in only seven snaps two weeks ago. During that stretch Givens has had 207 receiving yards, which includes a season high 11 catches last week. Prior to Week 13 he was averaging only 2.2 receptions per game, and somehow despite his potential for a huge game today, Givens is still unowned in 84 percent in ESPN leagues, and 69 percent of Yahoo leagues. You need to change that right now.
Dannell Ellerbe (ankle): Alfred Morris owners already have a pretty solid perma-smile after they spent a late-round flier pick — or in some cases even a waiver claim — on the league’s fourth best rusher. Now flowers and rainbows and such are sprouting in your happy place, with Ellerbe out again, and Ray Lewis still a week away as Morris gets set to run against a defense that’s allowing 125.8 rushing yards per game.
Terrell Suggs (biceps): The destruction continues for the Ravens’ defense. Although we’re all aware that Suggs is a cyborg of some kind who was born on Plant Krypton, seeing him on a football field today after he tore his biceps last week would have made us question if this life we’re living is real. Despite his Herculean attempt to play, Suggs will sit, which instantly increases the schoolchild giddiness of the RGIII owner.
Rashard Mendenhall (healthy scratch): For the second week in a row, Mendenhall is a healthy scratch, leaving doubt on his future in Pittsburgh. Jonathan Dwyer will once again be the featured back against the Chargers.
Brandon LaFell (foot/toe): With LaFell out today against the Falcons, Louis Murphy will start opposite Steve Smith.