With Week 16 in the books, it’s time to take a look at fantasy football inactives. With injuries and surprise performances still on the table for this week, there are sure to be some surprises with these decisions…
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With whom should you begin? Should you take a seat next to whom? We’ll provide fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here when NFL clubs issue their official inactives lists, usually around 90 minutes before kickoff, to help you plan your fantasy football lineups and prevent starting a player who won’t be participating. Any rankings in this column are based on our ESPN Fantasy staff.
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ATL’s Tajae Sharpe, WR: Foot — Impact: Olamide Zaccheaus and Christian Blake may get some additional attention.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Ankle — OUT Impact: He won’t even go to Cincinnati.
Tyler Huntley, BAL: COVID-19 — OUT Tyler Huntley, QB, BAL: COVID-19 — OUT Tyler Huntley, QB, BAL: The Ravens’ starting quarterback will be Josh Johnson.
Devin Duvernay, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Ankle — OUT Impact: Rashod Bateman could get a few more looks.
BUF: COVID-19 — OUT: Cole Beasley, WR, BUF: COVID-19 — OUT: Cole Beasley, WR, BUF: COVI Emmanuel Sanders is expected to have a monster fantasy day.
BUF: COVID-19 — OUT: Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF: COVID-19 — OUT: Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF: COVI Isaiah McKenzie has the potential to surprise.
QB Sam Darnold of the Carolina Panthers: Shoulder — Impact: Cam Newton is expected to start, but Darnold will get some action as well.
DJ Moore (WR, CAR) has a hamstring injury. Questionable Impact: On Sunday, he’s scheduled to give it a go.
DET: COVID-19, QB Jared Goff — Tim Boyle should start in his place, since he is unlikely to participate.
DET’s D’Andre Swift, RB: Shoulder — Expect him to play, although he’ll likely share carries with Craig Reynolds and Jamaal Williams.
Defensive back Kalif Raymond (DET): Shoulder — Questionable Impact: In the WR room, there isn’t much else but Amon-Ra St. Brown.
Defensive back Josh Reynolds (DET) has a thigh injury. KhaDarel Hodge, a questionable impact player, might fill in for any injured receivers.
HOU RB David Johnson: Quad — Questionable Impact: Not likely to be used. Carry duties will be divided between Royce Freeman and Rex Burkhead.
HOU: COVID-19 — OUT: Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU: COVID-19 — OUT: Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU: COVI Nico Collins will be the No. 1 wide receiver option.
K, HOU: COVID-19 — Ka’imi Fairbairn, Ka’imi Fairbairn, Ka’imi Fairbairn, Ka’imi Fairbairn, Ka Impact: Kicking responsibilities will be handled by Dominik Eberle, who is not anticipated to participate.
WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars: COVID-19 — OUT Impact: Laquon Treadwell and Marvin Jones Jr. should get a couple additional looks.
Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: COVID-19 — OUT The only non-practice squad WRs to pick from are Keenan Allen and Joshua Palmer.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: COVID-19 — OUT Impact: Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley will have to work together in the backfield.
Donald Parham Jr., TE, LAC: Concussion — OUT/IR Impact: Jared Cook will take his spot as the starting tight end.
RB Dalvin Cook (MIN: COVID-19) is out. Alexander Mattison grabs the ball first.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Ankle — Questionable Impact: Even if Thielen tries to play, K.J. Osborn will be an intriguing flex option.
Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots: Hamstring — Impact is debatable: Expected to participate. In any case, Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor may be on the committee.
COVID-19 — Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE
Nelson Agholor, WR, New England Patriots: Concussion — OUT Kendrick Bourne has been reinstated off the COVID-19 list just in time.
N’Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots: Hip — Questionable Impact: If he is able to play, there are some more targets available.
Oblique — Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants Questionable Impact: On Thursday, he was activated off the COVID-19 list, although his status remains uncertain due to his injury.
Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets: Calf Braxton Berrios is likely to see an increase in targets.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Hamstring — OUT The bulk of WR carries should be handled by Antonio Brown.
Calais Campbell, DE, Baltimore Ravens: Thigh — Uncertain
Brandon Stephens, CB, BAL: Questionable illness
BAL: COVID-19 — OUT: Justin Houston, LB, BAL: COVID-19 — OUT: Justin Houston, LB, BAL: COVI
COVID-19 — OUT, Jimmy Smith, CB, BAL
BAL DT Justin Madubuike: COVID-19 — OUT
COVID-19 — OUT D.J. Reader, DT, CIN:
Knee — Questionable for Michael Brockers, DT, DET.
Julian Okwara, DE, DET: Questionable Ankle
Jalen Reeves-Maybin (LB, DET) is questionable with a shoulder injury.
CB, DET Amani Oruwariye: Thumb — OUT
Lopez, Roy COVID-19, DT, HOU — Doubtful
Collins, Maliek COVID-19, DT, HOU — Doubtful
Jenkins, Jordan DE, HOU: COVID-19 — Doubtful
HOU: COVID-19 — Kamu Grugier-Hill LB, HOU: COVID-19 —
COVID-19 — COVID-19 — COVID-19 — COVID-19 — COVID-19 — COVID-19 — COVID-19 —
COVID-19 — OUT Josh Allen, LB, JAX
Derwin James Jr., S, LAC: Questionable hamstring
LAC’s Joey Bosa, LB: COVID-19 — OUT
COVID-19: Justin Jones, DT, LAC — Questionable
COVID-19 — Tevaughn Campbell, CB, LAC: Questionable
Ankle — Questionable, according to Greg Gaines, DT, LAR.
Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB, NE: Questionable Ankle
Knee — Questionable Adrian Phillips, S, NE
COVID-19 Deatrich Wise Jr., LB, NE: OUT
Austin Johnson, DT, New York Giants: Foot — Doubtful
Shoulder — Questionable for Quinnen Williams, DT, New York Jets
S. Ashtyn Davis, NYJ: COVID-19 — Doubtful
COVID-19, Sharrod Neasman, S, NYJ: Questionable
COVID-19 — Questionable, according to John Franklin-Myers, DE, NYJ.
COVID-19 — Folorunso Fatukasi, DT, NYJ: COVID-19 —
COVID-19 — Michael Carter II, CB, NYJ: Questionable
C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets: Questionable return
Bryce Hall, CB, NYJ: Questionable Illness
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, TB: Shoulder — Questionable
S, TB: Foot — OUT Antoine Winfield Jr., S, S, S, S, S, S, S, S, S, S, S, S
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Nick Foles will start for the Bears. Andy Dalton, QB, CHI: Hand — OUT
Justin Fields, CHI quarterback: Ankle — Impact: Fields may still be active, but they will not start.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Chicago Bears: Foot — Questionable Impact: He’s been limited in practice and isn’t sure whether he’ll play. This week, Allen Robinson II was remained on the COVID-19 list.
Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback, Denver Broncos: Concussion — OUT Drew Lock will take his position in the starting lineup, which is bad news for Broncos receivers.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: COVID-19 — Impact is not likely to be played: Tyreek Hill, on the other hand, was activated off the reserve list on Saturday.
Knee — Darren Waller, TE, LV Foster Moreau seems like he’ll be the Plan B once again.
Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Concussion — OUT To start Zach Gentry, you’d have to be praying for a miracle.
SEA’s Adrian Peterson, RB: Back — Questionable Impact: The RB duties should be handled by Alex Collins and Rashaad Penny.
Eddie Goldman, DT, CHI: Questionable finger
COVID-19: Akiem Hicks, DT, CHI: Questionable
COVID-19: Jaylon Johnson, CB, CHI: Questionable
COVID-19 — Tashaun Gipson Sr., S, CHI: QUESTIONABLE
Shelby Harris, D-Delaware, DEN: Ankle — Doubtful
Foot — Dre’Mont Jones, DE, Denver Broncos:
LB Kenny Young of the Denver Broncos has been ruled out due to a concussion.
Illness — Questionable, Baron Browning, LB, DEN
Back — Questionable for Kareem Jackson, S, DEN
Back — Questionable for Johnathan Hankins, DT, LV.
Denzel Perryman, LB, LV: Questionable Ankle
Roderic Teamer, S, LV: COVID-19 — Possibly dangerous
Brandon Facyson, CB, LV: COVID-19 — Inconsistent
COVID-19: Devin Bush, LB, PIT: COVID-19 —
Chris Wormley, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Groin — OUT
COVID-19 — COVID-19, D.J. Reed, CB, SEA: COVID-19, COVID-19, COVID-19, COVID-19, COVID
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Wendell Smallwood was promoted to the active squad as insurance for Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS: Toe — Questionable Impact: Wendell Smallwood was advanced to the active roster as insurance for Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS: Toe.
Curtis Samuel (WR, WAS) has a hamstring injury. Questionable Impact: Even if he plays, he has done very little this season to assist fantasy managers.
Ankle — OUT, William Jackson III, CB, WAS:
Cole Holcomb, LB, COVID-19, WAS: COVID-19, WAS: COVID-19, WAS: COVID-19, WAS: COVI
Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Foot — Questionable Impact: He’ll likely be a backup to Ezekiel Elliott.
COVID-19, Jourdan Lewis, CB, DAL: COVID-19, COVID-19, COVID-19, COVID-19, COVID-19, COVI
Frequently Asked Questions
What time do NFL inactives come out?
A: The NFL inactives list comes out around 1pm Eastern time.
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