Fantasy football Week 8 inactives – Who’s in and who’s out?

AJ MassESPN Staff WriterOct 29, 2023, 12:58 PM ET5 Minute Read

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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.

Refresh often for the latest information.

4 p.m. ET games

Kyler Murray, QB, ARIOUT
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, CLEOUT
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, CLEQuestionable
Impact: It could go either way for Goodwin. Elijah Moore might be a late pivot if he sits.

Jerome Ford, RB, CLEQuestionable
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, DENOUT/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, SFOUT
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, SEAQuestionable
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, CHIOUT
Impact: Tyson Bagent will attempt to go to 2-0 as an NFL starter.

Roschon Johnson, RB, CHIExpected 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, LACQuestionable
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, LACQuestionable
Impact: He’s expected to play but will still split time with Donald Parham Jr.

1 p.m. ET games

Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, CAROUT
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, GBActive
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, HOUOUT
Impact: A foot injury sidelines Jordan, increasing the odds that Dalton Schultz will score a touchdown in his fourth straight game.

Robert Woods, WR, HOUOUT
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, INDActive
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, INDOUT
Impact: He has not cleared the league’s concussion protocol. Expect Drew Ogletree and Mo Alie-Cox to share targets.

Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAXActive
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, JAXOUT
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, MIAActive
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, NOActive
Impact: Note that Juwan Johnson is back from his calf injury, which could eat into Hill’s workload.

Michael Thomas, WR, NOActive
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, NYGOUT
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, NYGActive
Impact: Waller will play in this one, so no need to start Daniel Bellinger.

Randall Cobb, WR, NYJInactive
Impact: Either Xavier Gipson or Jason Brownlee could see a few targets with the veteran unable to go.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, TENOUT
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, WSHActive
Impact: As expected, he will play. Still, with no teams on a bye this week, you likely have better flex options.


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