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Who should you start? Who should you sit? To help you set your fantasy football lineups and to avoid starting a player who won’t be in the lineup, we’ll post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their inactives, typically about 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.
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1 p.m. ET games
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, CAR: Knee — Questionable
Impact: Leaning toward a start, despite a bumpy week of recovery. P.J. Walker is the likely fill-in if he can’t go.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR: Shoulder — OUT
Impact: Mike Davis’ run as the Panthers No. 1 RB continues for at least one more week.
Joe Mixon, RB, CIN: Foot — OUT/IR
Impact: May well miss the remainder of the season. Giovani Bernard to take over the Bengals’ backfield.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET: Thumb — Questionable
Impact: Expected to start, but as you can see below, his offensive options will be limited.
D’Andre Swift, RB, DET: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will split carries.
Danny Amendola, WR, DET: Hip — OUT
Impact: Marvin Jones Jr. will handle the Lions’ No. 1 WR duties …
Kenny Golladay, WR, DET: Hip — OUT
Impact: … with Marvin Hall stepping in as the No. 2. Mohamed Sanu Sr. also in the mix.
Kenny Stills, WR, HOU: Back — Questionable
Impact: More targets for Keke Coutee/Isaiah Coulter if Stills sits.
Gardner Minshew II, QB, JAX: Thumb — Questionable
Impact: Still a weekly question mark. Jake Luton has done well in his stead.
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, JAX: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Keelan Cole Sr. should once again take over Shenault’s workload.
James O’Shaughnessy, TE, JAX: Knee — OUT
Impact: Tyler Eifert gets all of what should be a tiny amount of TE targets.
Damien Harris, RB, NE: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Sony Michel is back from the IR, and may join Harris in a committee.
N’Keal Harry, WR, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: Jakobi Meyers is the only other fantasy-viable WR option on the team.
Ryan Izzo, TE, NE: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Expected to play, with Jordan Thomas now around as a backup option.
Nick Folk, K, NE: Back — Questionable
Impact: It would be a surprise if he wasn’t out there when kickoff comes.
Josh Hill, TE, NO: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Jared Cook will handle TE duties, with Taysom Hill likely to step in for injured QB Drew Brees.
Adam Humphries, WR, TEN: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Kalif Raymond/Cameron Batson could see a few extra targets.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, WSH: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Steven Sims Jr. potentially would see his fantasy value rise if either Inman or Wright sit…
Isaiah Wright, WR, WSH: Illness — Questionable
Impact: … with the same being true for Cam Sims.
Dustin Hopkins, K, WSH: Groin — Questionable
Impact: Unless Kaare Vedvik gets promoted from the practice squad, Hopkins should play.
Calais Campbell, DE, BAL: Calf — Doubtful
Brandon Williams, DT, BAL: Ankle — Doubtful
Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, CAR: Shoulder — Questionable
Tahir Whitehead, LB, CAR: Ribs — Questionable
Donte Jackson, CB, CAR: Toe — Doubtful
Rasul Douglas, CB, CAR: Ankle — Questionable
Mack Wilson, LB, CLE: Hip — Questionable
Da’Shawn Hand, DE, DET: Groin — Questionable
Jarrad Davis, LB, DET: Knee — Questionable
Lawrence Guy, DT, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
John Simon, DE, NE: Elbow — Questionable
Deatrich Wise Jr., DE, NE: Knee — Questionable
Adam Butler, DT, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB, NE: Groin — Questionable
Stephon Gilmore, CB, NE: Knee — Questionable
Marshon Lattimore, CB, NO: Abdomen — Questionable
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, TEN: Knee — OUT/IR
Adoree’ Jackson, CB, TEN: Knee — OUT
Kenny Vaccaro, S, TEN: Concussion — OUT
Deshazor Everett, S, WSH: Ankle — OUT
4 p.m. ET games
Drew Lock, QB, DEN: Ribs — Questionable
Impact: Practiced all week and is fully expected to start, even at less than 100%.
Noah Fant, TE, DEN: Ribs — Questionable
Impact: Also practiced enough during the week for a start to be expected.
Allen Lazard, WR, GB: Abdomen — Questionable
Impact: Game-time call, with Malik Taylor in the mix if he can’t suit up.
Darrius Shepherd, WR, GB: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: If Shepherd sits, perhaps Equanimeous St. Brown gets another chance to showcase his skills.
Jack Doyle, TE, IND: Concussion — Questionable
Impact: Whether or not Doyle suits up, Mo Alie-Cox will likely be the best TE option for fantasy purposes in Indianapolis.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, LAC: Ribs — Questionable
Impact: Not that there’s any QB controversy here, as Justin Herbert has played very well. Still, it’s worth noting that Taylor has yet to get a clean bill of health.
Irv Smith Jr., TE, MIN: Groin — Questionable
Impact: Kyle Rudolph had just five targets with Smith out last week.
Sam Darnold, QB, NYJ: Shoulder — Doubtful
Impact: Joe Flacco will continue to start for the Jets.
Sam Ficken, K, NYJ: Groin — Questionable
Impact: Sergio Castillo has missed just one out of 11 kicks while filling in.
DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, DAL: Illness — Questionable
DeShawn Williams, DT, DEN: Ankle — Questionable
Bryce Callahan, CB, DEN: Illness — Questionable
Kemoko Turay, DE, IND: Ankle — Questionable
Kyle Van Noy, LB, MIA: Hip — Questionable
Cameron Dantzler, CB, MIN: Concussion — Questionable
Blake Cashman, LB, NYJ: Hamstring — Doubtful
Bless Austin, CB, NYJ: Neck — OUT/IR
Sunday night game
Sammy Watkins, WR, KC: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Mecole Hardman has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Demarcus Robinson/Byron Pringle could end up playing on 3-WR sets.
Jalen Richard, RB, LV: Chest — Questionable
Impact: No practice all week means Richard won’t likely be competing for backup work with Devontae Booker.
Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games and 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games.
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