NFL Week 14 fantasy football inactives watch: Who’s in and who’s out?
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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
Kenyan Drake, RB, ARI: Hip — Questionable
Impact: He was limited in practice this past week, but he still should handle lead back duties for the Cardinals.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI: Neck — Questionable
Impact: He’s expected to play along with Larry Fitzgerald, who was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Zane Gonzalez, K, ARI: Back — OUT
Impact: Mike Nugent has been promoted from the practice squad to take his place for at least one week.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR: Thigh — OUT
Impact: Adam Schefter reports that McCaffrey does not believe his season is over. For now, Mike Davis will continue to play in his stead.
Ian Thomas, TE, CAR: Knee — Questionable
Impact: Chris Manhertz would assume primary TE duties if Thomas can’t go.
Curtis Samuel, WR, CAR: Illness — Questionable
Impact: He’s been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Likely to play, but potentially limited.
Tee Higgins, WR, CIN: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: He should suit up on Sunday as he got no worse for the wear during the week.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL: Calf — Questionable
Impact: Not a lot of fear that he won’t suit up. Understudy Tony Pollard remains at the ready.
David Johnson, RB, HOU: Illness — OUT/IR
Impact: He’s been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Duke Johnson takes over No. 1 RB duties for Houston.
Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU: Foot — Questionable
Impact: Cooks is iffy, but Keke Coutee should be active. Few alternative options remain at WR …
Keke Coutee, WR, HOU: Knee — Questionable
Impact: … for the Texans, with Isaiah Coulter being perhaps the best of a bad bunch.
Tyler Eifert, TE, JAX: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: James O’Shaughnessy might be in play if Eifert can’t go this weekend.
Myles Gaskin, RB, MIA: Shoulder — OUT/IR
Impact: It would have been Gaskin’s show, but DeAndre Washington is now Miami’s No. 1 RB …
Salvon Ahmed, RB, MIA: Shoulder — OUT
Impact: … with Patrick Laird and Elijah McGuire backing him up.
Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN: Appendix — OUT
Impact: Ameer Abdullah to once again play a very distant second fiddle to Dalvin Cook.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN: Foot — Doubtful
Impact: After not practicing all week, it doesn’t look good for Rudolph …
Irv Smith Jr., TE, MIN: Back — Questionable
Impact: … but could he give it a try if Smith can’t? Stranger things have happened.
Daniel Jones, QB, NYG: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Barring any last-second setbacks, Jones should be back in the Giants’ huddle.
Cameron Brate, TE, TB: Illness — Questionable
Impact: Rob Gronkowski may not have as much competition for red zone targets if Brate can’t be cleared to play.
De’Vondre Campbell, LB, ARI: Ankle — Questionable
Isaiah Simmons, LB, ARI: Neck — Questionable
Jalen Thompson, S, ARI: Ankle — OUT
Tre Boston, S, CAR: Hamstring — Questionable
Rasul Douglas, CB, CAR: Personal — Questionable
Khalil Mack, LB, CHI: Shoulder — Questionable
Mackensie Alexander, CB, CIN: Knee — Questionable
Jonathan Greenard, LB, HOU: Illness — Questionable
Phillip Gaines, CB, HOU: Knee — Questionable
Greg Mabin, CB, JAX: Hamstring — Questionable
Tyrann Mathieu, S, KC: Hip — Questionable
Kyle Van Noy, LB, MIA: Hip — Questionable
Elandon Roberts, LB, MIA: Chest — Questionable
Eric Kendricks, LB, MIN: Calf — OUT
Blake Martinez, LB, NYG: Back — Questionable
Darnay Holmes, CB, NYG: Knee — Questionable
Breon Borders, CB, TEN: Hip — OUT/IR
4 p.m. ET games
Julio Jones, WR, ATL: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Russell Gage will get a chance to step it up alongside Calvin Ridley.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET: Thumb — Questionable
Impact: No reason that Stafford won’t continue his audition for other teams in the hopes he finds a new home for next season.
D’Andre Swift, RB, DET: Illness — Questionable
Impact: He fully participated in practice Friday, so this could be the week he finally returns to action.
Kenny Golladay, WR, DET: Hip — OUT
Impact: Wily veteran Mohamed Sanu Sr. gets another week to remain potentially fantasy relevant.
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, GB: Concussion — Questionable
Impact: If he sits, the upside rises for Allen Lazard, who continues to sit on a snap count.
Jace Sternberger, TE, GB: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Robert Tonyan was already the best fantasy option at TE from Green Bay.
Josh Jacobs, RB, LV: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: He’s expected to be a game-time call, but signs point to his being able to play.
Deonte Harris, WR, NO: Neck — Questionable
Impact: If he plays, no more than special-teams value is expected from him this week since Taysom Hill will handle QB duties for what could be the last time before Drew Brees returns.
Frank Gore, RB, NYJ: Concussion — Questionable
Impact: If Gore can indeed play, then there’s no reason to give Ty Johnson any notice.
Jamison Crowder, WR, NYJ: Calf — Questionable
Impact: He was a late add to the injury report. Denzel Mims will miss this game for personal reasons, leaving Breshad Perriman as the only other receiver of interest.
Travis Homer, RB, SEA: Knee — Doubtful
Impact: Oh, well. It hardly matters with both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde back and only getting healthier week by week.
Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS: Toe — OUT
Impact: Peyton Barber should get the carries, while J.D. McKissic gets the targets.
Ricardo Allen, S, ATL: Concussion — OUT
John Penisini, DT, DET: Shoulder — Questionable
Jeff Okudah, CB, DET: Groin — OUT/IR
Darnell Savage Jr., S, GB: Groin — Questionable
Jeff Heath, S, LV: Concussion — OUT/IR
Damon Arnette, CB, LV: Concussion — OUT
Malcom Brown, DT, NO: Shoulder — OUT
Patrick Robinson, CB, NO: Hamstring — OUT/IR
Jordan Jenkins, LB, NYJ: Shoulder — OUT
Bennett Jackson, S, NYJ: Hamstring — OUT
Ashtyn Davis, S, NYJ: Foot — OUT/IR
D.J. Jones, DT, SF: Ankle — Doubtful
Sunday night game
Joe Haden, CB, PIT: Concussion — OUT
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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