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
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Ankle — Kenyan Drake, RB, ARI: OUT Impact: Chase Edmonds will replace him in the Arizona backfield and should produce strong numbers.
Hamstring — Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL: Questionable Impact: Tony Pollard would be the fantasy pivot. Cowboys promoted Sewo Olonilua from the practice squad — not a great sign for Elliott’s availability.
Illness — Andy Dalton , QB, DAL: OUT/IR Impact: Ben DiNucci, who stepped up in Week 8, will be replaced by Garrett Gilbert.
Illness — Keenan Allen, WR, LAC: Active Impact: Mike Williams could get a few more looks if Allen can’t play a full 60 minutes.
Knee — Josh Jacobs, RB, LV: Active Impact: Devontae Booker and Jalen Richard would split carries if he ends up unable to finish.
Hamstring — Matt Breida, RB, MIA: OUT Impact: A trio of mediocre RB options remain, with Myles Gaskin (knee) on the IR.
Illness — Vance McDonald, TE, PIT: Questionable Impact: Eric Ebron is coming off two solid fantasy performances. Defense
Hamstring — Jordan Phillips, DE, ARI: Questionable
Thigh — Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, ARI: OUT
Knee — Aldon Smith, DE, DAL: Questionable
Concussion — Joey Bosa, DE, LAC: Inactive
Personal — Casey Hayward Jr., CB, LAC: Active
Hamstring — Trayvon Mullen, CB, LV: Active
Knee — Tyson Alualu, DE, PIT: OUT
Shoulder — Mike Hilton, CB, PIT: Doubtful Sunday night game
Hamstring — Michael Thomas, WR, NO: Questionable Impact: He’s a game-time call, which is scary for fantasy purposes, but Sean Payton says he believes the receiver will play.
Finger — Chris Godwin, WR, TB: Questionable Impact: Similarly, Bruce Arians believes Godwin will play, as will recent signee Antonio Brown.
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Foot — Calvin Ridley, WR, ATL: Inactive Impact: Didn’t practice all week. Russell Gage may see an uptick in targets.
Ankle — Mark Ingram II, RB, BAL: Inactive Impact: J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards will divvy up the RB work.
Thigh — Chris Moore, WR, BAL: OUT/IR Impact: James Proche II might be a flex gamble worth taking.
Thigh — Devin Duvernay, WR, BAL: Active Impact: Late-week injury is still a bad sign. Plus, Dez Bryant has been activated.
Back — T.J. Yeldon, RB, BUF: OUT Impact: Zack Moss‘ emergence has made Yeldon expendable for fantasy purposes.
Calf — Dawson Knox, TE, BUF: Active Impact: Just off the reserve/COVID-19 list and may not be fully up to speed.
Shoulder — Mitchell Trubisky, QB, CHI: OUT Impact: Will not be placed on IR, but won’t be able to play for some time. Nick Foles starts again.
Groin — Cole Kmet, TE, CHI: Active Impact: Jimmy Graham could still see a few more targets.
Foot — Phillip Lindsay, RB, DEN: Active Impact: Was always expected to play and handle his usual number of touches.
Hamstring — Tim Patrick, WR, DEN: Active Impact: Will suit up after missing last week’s action.
Foot — Nick Vannett, TE, DEN: Active Impact: The crowded Broncos TE depth chart isn’t where fantasy managers should turn.
Hip — Kenny Golladay, WR, DET: OUT Impact: Marvin Jones Jr. and Marvin Hall will have to help QB Matthew Stafford, who is expected to play after being on the reserve/COVID-19 list all week.
Groin — T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND: Inactive Impact: Michael Pittman Jr. gets a boost in value.
Knee — Marcus Johnson, WR, IND: Active Impact: Given Hilton’s absence, this decision may not indicate Johnson’s true health status. Be careful.
Knee — Mo Alie-Cox, TE, IND: Active Impact: Practiced more later in the week, which bodes well for his Sunday performance.
Thumb — Gardner Minshew II, QB, JAX: OUT Impact: Rookie Jake Luton is expected to start, with Mike Glennon in reserve.
Hamstring — Sammy Watkins, WR, KC: OUT Impact: Mecole Hardman continues to be a strong substitute for Watkins.
Ankle — Devonta Freeman, RB, NYG: OUT Impact: Wayne Gallman and, to a lesser degree, Alfred Morris will get reps for the Giants.
Coach’s decision — Golden Tate, WR, NYG: OUT Impact: Austin Mack and C.J. Board may see increased roles.
Hamstring — Carlos Hyde, RB, SEA: OUT Impact: DeeJay Dallas will likely get the lion’s share of RB action for Seattle.
Foot — Chris Carson, RB, SEA: OUT Impact: Alex Collins has been promoted from the practice squad and may be the No. 2 RB option.
Concussion — Adam Humphries, WR, TEN: OUT Impact: Kalif Raymond/ Nick Westbrook-Ikhine become marginal flex options.
Hamstring — Dontrelle Inman, WR, WSH: Inactive Impact: Steven Sims Jr., fresh off the IR, will likely jump into the Football Team’s No. 2 WR role. Defense
Hamstring — Dante Fowler Jr., DE, ATL: OUT
Groin — Takkarist McKinley, DE, ATL: OUT
Pectoral — Matt Milano , LB, BUF: OUT/IR
Hamstring — Josh Norman, CB, BUF: OUT
Toe — Zach Kerr, DT, CAR: Active
Knee — Jeremy Chinn, S, CAR: Inactive
Shoulder — Roy Robertson-Harris, DE, CHI: OUT
Concussion — A.J. Bouye, CB, DEN: OUT
Ankle — Bryce Callahan, CB, DEN: Inactive
Knee — Christian Jones, LB, DET: Active
Foot — Tracy Walker, S, DET: OUT
Concussion — Kyle Emanuel, LB, HOU: OUT
Knee — Frank Clark, DE, KC: Active
Foot — Holton Hill, CB, MIN: OUT
Concussion — Cameron Dantzler, CB, MIN: OUT
Knee — Jadeveon Clowney, DE, TEN: Inactive