AJ MassESPN staff writer4 minutes of reading
Who should you start with? Who should you seat? To help you set your fantasy football lineups and avoid starting an offensive player who won’t be in the lineup, we’ll post fantasy-related updates and analysis here once NFL teams release their official inactive lists. Any rating given in this column comes from ours ESPN Fantasy Staff.
Official Sunday inactives should begin arriving approximately 90 minutes before the scheduled kickoff time: around 11:30 a.m. ET for early games and 2:30 p.m. ET for late afternoon games.
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1:00 PM ET game
Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL, Inactive
Impact: With Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier seemingly taking care of the backfield jobs, Patterson’s services don’t appear to be needed right now.
Mark Andrews, TE, PACK, Active
Impact: As expected, Andrews will play today. Get it in your builds if you have it.
D’Onta Foreman, RB, CHI, Inactive
Impact: A healthy scratch, Foreman’s loss is Roschon Johnson’s gain. Johnson is now the clear two for Khalil Herbert in the Bears’ backfield, though he’s not quite ready for regular fantasy lineup use.
Chris Evans, RB, CIN, Inactive
Impact: Trayveon Williams becomes the more likely option to spell Joe Mixon in Week 2.
Christian Watson, WR, GB, Inactive
Impact: Watson got some limited work Friday, but he’ll sit this one. Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed will handle most of the receiving duties for the Packers.
Aaron Jones, RB, GB, Inactive
Impact: Since Jones didn’t practice all week, he was never expected to play. That should mean a lot more touches for AJ Dillon.
CJ Stroud, QB, HOU, Active
Impact: While the Texans have been cautious with Stroud’s shoulder all week, they won’t be forced to turn to Davis Mills in Week 2. Knock on wood.
Kylen Granson, TE, IND, Active
Impact: Granson was demoted on Saturday, but will likely give it a shot. However, Mo Alie-Cox might be the better TE option here. Fresh off the league’s concussion protocol, Drew Ogletree is inactive.
Travis Kelce, TE, KC, Active
Impact: Andy Reid said he was playing. He spoke the truth. Start Kelce.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC, Active
Impact: Illness kept him out of practice this week, but CEH will play. La’Mical Perine, who was promoted from the practice squad, is medically inactive. Regardless, Isiah Pacheco still looks like the RB1 in Kansas City.
Jakobi Meyers, WR, LV, OUT
Impact: Hunter Renfrow will move into the No. 2 WR spot in Las Vegas next to Davante Adams, who was removed from the injury report.
Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC, OUT
Impact: Expect Joshua Kelley to start and Elijah Dotson and Isaiah Spiller to back him up.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, TEN, Active
Impact: This was a call to play and Hopkins hasn’t practiced all week. Treylon Burks and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine could still be in line for increased fantasy value.
games at 4:00 PM ET
Brandin Cooks, WR, DAL, Controversial
Impact: He’ll only play the outside shot, but why would Dallas decide to risk another injury after a 40-point win in Week 1? Both Michael Gallup and Jalen Tolbert would benefit if Cooks sat.
Greg Dulcich, TE, DAY, OUT/IR
Impact: It will be at least a month before we see Dulcich again. Adam Trautman enters deep league TE mix.
Puka Nacua, WR, LAR, Controversial
Impact: If they sit, Van Jefferson and Tutu Atwell will become more interesting in fantasy, but after 15 targets in Week 1, most fantasy managers hope Nacua will be able to provide an addition.
Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, NYG, Doubtful
Impact: It could take a few more weeks for Robinson. If you want to start a receiver on the Giants, TE Darren Waller is probably a better bet than anyone in the WR room.
Breece Hall, RB, NYJ, Controversial
Impact: Friday’s entire practice suggests he’ll likely play, but Dalvin Cook may end up getting more touches. However, given Hall’s efficiency in his career, the snap count may not hold back his fantasy value.
Greg Zuerlein, K, NYJ, OUT
Impact: Austin Seibert was signed to replace Zuerlein, who was injured in practice Thursday.
Sunday night game
DeVante Parker, WR, NE, Controversial
Impact: He sat out the first week with the same amount of training midweek, so you shouldn’t count on him. On the other hand, JuJu Smith-Schuster is no longer on the injury report. Even so, you might want to take a chance on Kayshon Boutte or Demario Douglas as potential fantasy flyers instead.