AJ MassESPN Staff Writer5 Minute Read
Whom should you start? Whom should you sit? To help you set your fantasy football lineups and avoid starting an offensive player who won’t be in the lineup, we’ll post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their official inactives lists. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.
Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in approximately 90 minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff times: around 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games and 2:30 p.m. ET for the late-afternoon games.
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4 p.m. ET games
Kyler Murray, QB, ARI — OUT
Impact: It looks like it will be one more start for Joshua Dobbs before Murray finally is given the green light for Week 9.
Deshaun Watson, QB, CLE — OUT
Impact: PJ Walker takes the reins of this offense again, and it remains to be seen when we will next see Watson (shoulder) on the field.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, CLE — Questionable
Impact: It could go either way for Goodwin. Elijah Moore might be a late pivot if he sits.
Jerome Ford, RB, CLE — Questionable
Impact: He suffered a high ankle sprain last weekend, but coaches have been hinting that he may still be able to play. Kareem Hunt obviously takes a large hit in fantasy value if Ford suits up. However, Jordan Wilkins was elevated from the practice squad, which points towards Ford being a “no.”
Brandon Johnson, WR, DEN — OUT/IR
Impact: It may finally be time for the Broncos to let Marvin Mims Jr. loose — the key word here being “may” as Tre’Quan Smith was elevated from the practice squad.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC — Expected to play
Impact: Call this the “Bijan Robinson Effect” as several teams are simply taking an abundance of caution this week by reporting the illnesses of players who are still very likely to start. There shouldn’t be anything to worry about here, but check back anyway, just in case.
Deebo Samuel, WR, SF — OUT
Impact: Jauan Jennings should see an uptick in targets from QB Brock Purdy, who cleared the league’s concussion protocol and will start.
Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA — Questionable
Impact: Lockett is fully expected to play this week, much to the chagrin of those who pounced on either Jaxon Smith-Njigba or Jake Bobo from the waiver wire.
Sunday night game
Justin Fields, QB, CHI — OUT
Impact: Tyson Bagent will attempt to go to 2-0 as an NFL starter.
Roschon Johnson, RB, CHI — Expected to play
Impact: He has cleared the league’s concussion protocol, but we’ll have to see what the breakdown in touches is in the Bears’ backfield before counting on him for fantasy stats.
Joshua Palmer, WR, LAC — Questionable
Impact: This is shaping up to be a true game-time call, so you probably shouldn’t wait for him. If Palmer doesn’t play, Quentin Johnston could be a last-minute fantasy sub.
Gerald Everett, TE, LAC — Questionable
Impact: He’s expected to play but will still split time with Donald Parham Jr.
1 p.m. ET games
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, CAR — OUT
Impact: He hasn’t seen a lot of targets this season, but his absence still helps Jonathan Mingo’s fantasy value a bit.
Luke Musgrave, TE, GB — Active
Impact: Musgrave was a game-time call but appears to be good enough to play. Rookie Tucker Kraft could still see a few snaps.
Brevin Jordan, TE, HOU — OUT
Impact: A foot injury sidelines Jordan, increasing the odds that Dalton Schultz will score a touchdown in his fourth straight game.
Robert Woods, WR, HOU — OUT
Impact: Tank Dell finally returns to the field following his Week 5 concussion and should see a lot of action in three-WR sets.
Zack Moss, RB, IND — Active
Impact: Moss will dress, but he did miss two practices this week. Jonathan Taylor could be in line for a ton of touches. Trey Sermon is the only other healthy RB on the Colts’ roster.
Kylen Granson, TE, IND — OUT
Impact: He has not cleared the league’s concussion protocol. Expect Drew Ogletree and Mo Alie-Cox to share targets.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAX — Active
Impact: The team has been careful with his injured knee all week, but there was never any indication that he would miss this week’s game. Start him with confidence.
Zay Jones, WR, JAX — OUT
Impact: Jones continues to miss time, but nobody has really climbed over him on the depth chart as the team’s No. 3 WR, although Jamal Agnew has come the closest.
Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA — Active
Impact: Mostert will play and should see most of the RB work for Miami. However, Jeff Wilson Jr. has reportedly been promised “some touches” as well.
Taysom Hill, TE, NO — Active
Impact: Note that Juwan Johnson is back from his calf injury, which could eat into Hill’s workload.
Michael Thomas, WR, NO — Active
Impact: He was a very late add to the injury report on Saturday due to illness but will apparently give it a try.
Daniel Jones, QB, NYG — OUT
Impact: Tyrod Taylor continues to play well, making it easy for the Giants to rest Jones if he’s not 100 percent.
Darren Waller, TE, NYG — Active
Impact: Waller will play in this one, so no need to start Daniel Bellinger.
Randall Cobb, WR, NYJ — Inactive
Impact: Either Xavier Gipson or Jason Brownlee could see a few targets with the veteran unable to go.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, TEN — OUT
Impact: Both Will Levis and Malik Willis will likely take a turn at quarterback, regardless of which one ends up getting the start.
Curtis Samuel, WR, WSH — Active
Impact: As expected, he will play. Still, with no teams on a bye this week, you likely have better flex options.
Christine Lake is a sports fanatic who lives and breathes athletics. With an extensive background in sports journalism, he covers everything from major league championships to grassroots sports events. When she’s not on the field or at the stadium, you’ll find Christine coaching youth sports teams.