Archive for the ‘Inactives’ Category

Passing is generally a lot easier when the opposition’s top cornerback is watching football instead of playing football. Matthew Stafford, this is your life. Today.

As was widely expected, Johnathan Joseph’s game-time decision didn’t go in his favor, and he’ll miss the Texans’ game against the Lions today in which the winner gets to eat all of the turducken. This, of course, is fun news for Stafford and Calvin Johnson owners, as a Texans defense that overall ranks seventh against the pass while allowing an average of 213.6 yards per game is a shadow of itself in the secondary without Joseph.

Please recall how this other, much weaker Texans defense looked without Joesph against the Jaguars in Week 11, and the lethal, feared gunslinger you know as Chad Henne. Kareem Jackson replaced Joseph, and he was repeatedly and thoroughly burned, with Henne passing for 354 yards. Our abacus indicates that’s 141 more yards than Houston’s per game average against the pass. That’s, um, a lot.

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You were warned about Darren Sproles when we screamed at you earlier. Sorry about that.

When the inactives for the three late games were finalized a short time ago, the Saints made it official. Sproles won’t play today against the Raiders, as despite some optimism surrounding his hand earlier this week, he’ll now miss his third straight game.

Expect the three-headed monstrosity in the Saints’ backfield to continue in terms of the workload distribution, with Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram on the higher end and ahead of Pierre Thomas, but only slightly. You can still feel good about your Ingram or Ivory flex play against the 21st-ranked Raiders run defense, but those good vibes will likely end next week when Sproles returns for real this time, and some kind of a four-way backfield pie slicing begins.

There’s been positive reports about Darren Sproles all week, including earlier this morning. Although it was known that we wouldn’t get a definitive word on his playing status and his potential return after a two-week absence due to a broken hand, optimism was high.

Now Jay Glazer has taken your good feelings, and punched them right in the nose. Glazer reports that barring a very surprising turn around over the next few hours, Sproles will be inactive when the Saints’ game in Oakland kicks off at 4:05 ET.

Glazer was kind enough to pass that along less than 10 minutes before the early games, so you should do a lot of clicking, and do it now.

This Christmas, Bill Belichick wants an injury report. He’ll smile with glee on Christmas morning while tearing apart the wrapping paper that’s covering paper, and then quickly scribble down the name of every Patriot.

No one truly expected Wes Welker to be inactive today, but it’s still a natural, instinctive reaction for fantasy owners to get concerned whenever a receiver of his caliber appears on the injury report, and misses the majority of the week’s practice sessions.

Never fear, young fearful fantasy fiend, because after we supplied other good news this morning regarding Owen Daniels and Julio Jones, more cheery vibes on the Welker front lead our roundup of the other most notable actives and inactives for the early games.

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Sorry for yelling. The all caps conveys multiple emotions, starting with anger, and then getting to despair.

But yeah, you saw this coming, right? RIGHT? Welp, Daniels is now officially inactive for tonight’s prime-time game between the Texans and Bears, and with the late start to this game hopefully you rolled with your backup tight end. It really doesn’t matter who that was, because any points is better than no points.

If you’re in a deep league and you didnt have an appealing option on your bench, stop reading this now and pick up Daniels’ backup Garrett Graham. Kellen Davis or Tony Moeaki will work too, as they’re both widely available and they also play in prime-time games (the Chiefs are set for their latest embarrassment against the Steelers tomorrow night).

Or something. We really don’t know why he’s inactive, we just know that those who had enjoyed using him with the knowledge that Josh Gordon now wears Chris Givens pajamas since the two receivers are identical in their speedy deep ball ways aren’t enjoying very much in life at this very second.

Here’s what we do know: he’s inactive for the Rams’ late afternoon game today against the 49ers because he evidently broke a team rule. Rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins is also inactive for the same reason, which is greeted with exactly zero surprise. Red flags are still red.

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Today you’ll likely continue to be reminded that being active doesn’t always mean being effective. Also, the sucky Bills run defense just got even suckier. Sunday!

Here are the most notable inactives/actives so far for the eight early games, and we’ll likely, probably add a few more. Known depression has been confirmed, and there are few surprises.

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