To help you set your lineups and avoid starting a player who won’t take the field, we will post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their inactive lists, typically around 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.
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Ruled out before Sunday
Offense: WR Damiere Byrd (knee), WR Curtis Samuel (chest), TE Greg Olsen (foot), RB Devonta Freeman (knee), WR Russell Gage (knee), QB Carson Wentz (knee/ACL), RB Darren Sproles (hamstring), WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), RB Le’Veon Bell (contract dispute), WR Marquise Goodwin (quadriceps), WR Mike Thomas (hip), WR Sammie Coates Jr. (hamstring), WR Keke Coutee (hamstring), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring, to be traded/released)
Defense: DT Denico Autry (ankle), CB Chris Milton (concussion), S Troy Apke (hamstring), CB Kayvon Webster (Achilles), S Kendrick Lewis (foot), DT Vita Vea (calf), CB Brent Grimes (groin), LB Ben Niemann (hamstring), LB Josh Martin (concussion), DE Joey Bosa (foot), CB Craig Mager (hamstring), DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring), CB Taron Johnson (shoulder), S Josh Jones (ankle), DE Emmanuel Ogbah (ankle), DT Olsen Pierre (toe), DT P.J. Hall (ankle), LB Olivier Vernon (ankle), S Xavier Woods (hamstring)
Early games, 1 p.m. ET (nine scheduled)
RB Marlon Mack (questionable, hamstring) — active
WR Paul Richardson (questionable, shoulder) — active
WR Maurice Harris (questionable, concussion) — inactive
WR DeAndre Hopkins (questionable, foot) — active
WR Will Fuller V (questionable, hamstring) — active
QB Marcus Mariota (questionable, elbow) — active
TE Luke Stocker (questionable, calf) — active
WR Shelton Gibson (questionable, knee) — active
WR DeSean Jackson (questionable, concussion) — active
QB Ben Roethlisberger (questionable, elbow) — active
TE Vance McDonald (questionable, foot) — active
WR DeVante Parker (questionable, finger) — inactive
WR Travis Benjamin (questionable, foot) — inactive
WR Ray-Ray McCloud III (questionable, knee) — inactive
WR Cameron Meredith (coach’s decision) — inactive
QB Aaron Rodgers (questionable, knee) — active
WR Davante Adams (questionable, shoulder) — active
CB Isaiah Oliver (questionable, ankle) — inactive
DT Grover Stewart (questionable, shoulder) — active
S Clayton Geathers (questionable, knee) — active
DE Christian Covington (questionable, thigh) — inactive
LB Jadeveon Clowney (questionable, back) — inactive
LB Duke Ejiofor (questionable, hamstring) — active
CB Johnson Bademosi (questionable, knee) — active
LB Derrick Morgan (questionable, knee) — active
LB Harold Landry (questionable, ankle) — active
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (questionable, knee) — active
S Eric Berry (doubtful, heel) — inactive
DE Tyson Alualu (doubtful, shoulder) — inactive
DE Cameron Heyward (questionable, knee) — active
CB Joe Haden (doubtful, hamstring) — inactive
CB Artie Burns (questionable, toe) — active
DE William Hayes (questionable, finger) — active
S Marcus Maye (doubtful, foot) — inactive
S Doug Middleton (questionable, finger) — active
LB Oren Burks (questionable, shoulder) — inactive
LB Christian Kirksey (questionable, shoulder) — inactive
Late games, 4:05 and 4:25 p.m. ET (four scheduled)
RB LeGarrette Blount (questionable, shoulder)
TE Jermaine Gresham (questionable, Achilles)
RB Rex Burkhead (questionable, concussion)
RB Sony Michel (questionable, knee)
RB Leonard Fournette (questionable, hamstring)
RB DeAndre Washington (questionable, knee)
WR Dwayne Harris (questionable, foot)
DE Ezekiel Ansah (questionable, shoulder)
LB Malcolm Smith (questionable, hamstring)
S Adrian Colbert (questionable, hamstring)
DE Markus Golden (questionable, knee/ACL)
LB Haason Reddick (questionable, ankle)
LB Mark Barron (doubtful, ankle)
DL Calais Campbell (questionable, knee)
S Keion Crossen (questionable, hamstring)
Sunday Night Football, 8:20 p.m. ET
LB Tae Davis (questionable, hamstring)
DE Randy Gregory (doubtful, concussion)
Updates/analysis (most recent first)
New England Patriots (11:59 a.m.): A lot can change between now and the late kickoff, but for now, the expectation is that both Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead are going to play this afternoon. If you’re debating on starting a dart throw at RB in the early games, rather than waiting on the Patriots, this may help tip the scales.
Marcus Mariota (11:56 a.m.): The Titans have Mariota active for this contest, but given the “grip issues,” Blaine Gabbert is almost certainly going to end up getting some of, if not most of, the snaps for Tennessee.
Aaron Rodgers (11:55 p.m.): Yes. both Rodgers and WR Davante Adams are active today, but each comes with a ton of risk, as there’s no guarantee that either will be able to finish what he starts — and Xavier Rhodes will likely shadow Green Bay’s top wideout for as long as he’s on the field. Proceed with caution.
Travis Benjamin (11:50 a.m.): Although he tested his foot in pregame warm-ups, it wasn’t apparently good enough to get the start today for the Chargers. Give an uptick in value to both Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams.
Jadeveon Clowney (10:45 a.m.): A source tells NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that the Texans will be without their big pass-rusher today. This is bad news for those who were hoping to use him in IDP leagues, but as a whole, Houston’s D/ST is still a solid play.
Adam Schefter‘s overnight update (7:30 a.m.): Sources tell Schefter that Devonta Freeman, who has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game, will miss two to three weeks with his knee contusion. Chargers WR Travis Benjamin and Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette will test their injuries pregame to see if they can play. Prepare for both to be out, however.
DeSean Jackson (7:25 a.m.): Tampa Bay beat reporter Rick Stroud says that Jackson has been removed from the league’s concussion protocol and is cleared to play today. Both he and DE Jason Pierre-Paul should be on the field against the Eagles.
Marcus Mariota (7:20 a.m.): The quarterback will be a game-time decision for the Titans, but due to his grip issues, if he does play, it might not be pretty. Blaine Gabbert is likely to see action, even if Mariota does end up starting. However, with multiple injuries on the offensive line, this is a situation to avoid for fantasy.
Josh Gordon (7:15 a.m.): The Browns have said they will be parting ways with Gordon on Monday, after he reportedly injured his hamstring at a promotional shoot. According to Adam Schefter, multiple sources believe the Browns will trade him in order to get something in return, rather than release him and allow him to become a free agent. WR Antonio Callaway could be a big beneficiary as a result of this news.
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.