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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Note: After Week 12’s COVID-19-related postponements, the league has made some changes to the Week 13 schedule. The Washington-Pittsburgh game, originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon, has been moved to Monday at 5 p.m. ET. The Baltimore-Dallas game, originally scheduled for Thursday night, has been moved to Tuesday night. To see how ESPN is handling these kinds of NFL postponements for fantasy football purposes, click here.
4 p.m. ET games
Kalen Ballage, RB, LAC: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: He is expected to play but will still be merely a backup to Austin Ekeler.
Cam Newton, QB, NE: Abdomen — Questionable
Impact: While he has been a bit banged-up, Newton should start without issues.
Daniel Jones, QB, NYG: Hamstring — Doubtful
Impact: Colt McCoy should be a one-week stopgap at quarterback for the first-place Giants.
Carlos Hyde, RB, SEA: Toe — Questionable
Impact: He is likely to be a game-time call. If he sits, that would help the value of Chris Carson.
Travis Homer, RB, SEA: Wrist — Doubtful
Impact: DeeJay Dallas might still have a glimmer of fantasy flex appeal.
Angelo Blackson, DE, ARI: Illness — Questionable
Jalen Thompson, S, ARI: Ankle — OUT
Za’Darius Smith, LB, GB: Ankle — Questionable
Krys Barnes, LB, GB: Calf — Questionable
Denzel Perryman, LB, LAC: Back — Doubtful
Uchenna Nwosu, LB, LAC: Shoulder — Questionable
Casey Hayward Jr., CB, LAC: Groin — Questionable
Sebastian Joseph-Day, DT, LAR: Hip — Questionable
Adam Butler, DT, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
Byron Cowart, DT, NE: Back — Questionable
Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB, NE: Groin — Questionable
Darius Slay, CB, PHI: Calf — Questionable
Tre Flowers, CB, SEA: Hamstring — OUT/IR
Sunday night game
Phillip Lindsay, RB, DEN: Knee — Questionable
Impact: If he plays, he would split time with Melvin Gordon III.
Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: He has battled through this injury for a few weeks, with diminishing fantasy returns.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC: Illness — Questionable
Impact: His issue has been a stomach virus. Andy Reid has indicated that he thinks the rookie will play.
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.
1 p.m. ET games
Todd Gurley II, RB, ATL: Knee — Active
Impact: With him back after missing last week, Ito Smith/Brian Hill have zero fantasy value.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL: Hamstring — Active
Impact: The veteran receiver had been saying that he felt good enough to play.
Nick Foles, QB, CHI: Hip — Active
Impact: Mitchell Trubisky is expected to start, but Foles could still see action.
Allen Robinson II, WR, CHI: Knee — Active
Impact: He got hurt during the week but apparently is able to suit up opposite Anthony Miller.
Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI: Knee — Active
Impact: Keep in mind, though, that Mooney didn’t practice on Friday. That doesn’t bode well for Sunday success.
Mike Thomas, WR, CIN: Hamstring — Active
Impact: With Auden Tate on IR, the WR depth in Cincinnati is sparse.
Taywan Taylor, WR, CLE: Neck — OUT
Impact: Rashard Higgins should see an uptick in targets …
KhaDarel Hodge, WR, CLE: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: … with Donovan Peoples-Jones also in the WR mix.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET: Thumb — Active
Impact: It’s not as if anyone is desperately waiting to see Chase Daniel under center.
D’Andre Swift, RB, DET: Illness — Inactive
Impact: Adrian Peterson will presumably handle (pardon the pun) the Lions’ share of carries.
Kenny Golladay, WR, DET: Hip — OUT
Impact: With Marvin Hall reportedly waived, Quintez Cephus and Jamal Agnew might warrant some fantasy attention.
C.J. Prosise, RB, HOU: Illness — OUT
Impact: David Johnson was activated from IR and should pick up where he left off before his concussion.
Chris Conley, WR, JAX: Hip — Active
Impact: DJ Chark Jr. is back, so with Conley playing, this duo would be the only fantasy-viable WRs for the Jaguars.
Josh Jacobs, RB, LV: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Devontae Booker gets a huge surge in fantasy value.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, MIA: Thumb — Active
Impact: He was limited in practice, but he’s playing and presumably getting the starting nod over Ryan Fitzpatrick.
DeAndre Washington, RB, MIA: Hamstring — Inactive
Impact: Myles Gaskin was activated from IR and should handle most of the Miami RB work …
Salvon Ahmed, RB, MIA: Shoulder — Inactive
Impact: … especially with Matt Breida having been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Irv Smith Jr., TE, MIN: Back — OUT
Impact: Kyle Rudolph again becomes a potential TE1 for teams without alternate options at the position.
Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN: Illness — OUT
Impact: An appendectomy is the culprit here. Ameer Abdullah/Mike Boone back up Dalvin Cook.
Marquez Callaway, WR, NO: Knee — OUT/IR
Impact: Tommylee Lewis was promoted from the practice squad to potentially handle some return duties.
Deonte Harris, WR, NO: Neck — Inactive
Impact: Tre’Quan Smith could see some extra looks.
Jonnu Smith, TE, TEN: Knee — OUT
Impact: Slot receiver Adam Humphries is expected to play, which could diminish the impact of any of Tennessee’s TE replacements.
Dante Fowler Jr., DE, ATL: Hamstring — Active
Kendall Sheffield, CB, ATL: Illness — Active
Akiem Hicks, DE, CHI: Hamstring — Active
Khalil Mack, LB, CHI: Back — Active
Christian Covington, DT, CIN: Illness — Active
Tony Brown, CB, CIN: Hamstring — OUT/IR
Denzel Ward, CB, CLE: Calf — OUT
Da’Shawn Hand, DE, DET: Groin — OUT
Jeff Okudah, CB, DET: Shoulder — OUT
Tracy Walker, S, DET: Personal — Active
Bobby Okereke, LB, IND: Ankle — OUT
Khari Willis, S, IND: Back — OUT
Davon Hamilton, DT, JAX: Knee — OUT/IR
Jarrod Wilson, S, JAX: Shoulder — Active
Johnathan Abram, S, LV: Knee — OUT
Trayvon Mullen, CB, LV: Illness — Active
Janoris Jenkins, CB, NO: Knee — OUT
Jeffery Simmons, DT, TEN: Knee — Active
Adoree’ Jackson, CB, TEN: Knee — OUT