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 — Mark Ingram II, RB, BAL: Doubtful Impact: Toss-up between Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins as to who gets the carries.
Foot — Joe Mixon, RB, CIN: OUT Impact: Giovani Bernard will handle the majority of RB action, but behind a depleted line.
Illness — John Ross III, WR, CIN: Doubtful Impact: Barring a trade, this disgruntled player may not have fantasy value again this season.
Appendix — Austin Hooper, TE, CLE: OUT Impact: Harrison Bryant/ David Njoku get another week to shine.
Calf — Aaron Jones, RB, GB: OUT Impact: It’s Jamaal Williams time once again in Green Bay.
Calf — Mason Crosby, K, GB: Questionable Impact: No alternative was signed, but Crosby remains risky.
Knee — Mo Alie-Cox, TE, IND: Questionable Impact: You weren’t starting him anyway. Reminder: WR Michael Pittman Jr. returns from IR.
Hamstring — Sammy Watkins, WR, KC: OUT Impact: Mecole Hardman versus the Jets? That’s a possible flex gamble.
Hand — Tyler Higbee, TE, LAR: Questionable Impact: Leaning toward being active, but Gerald Everett looms regardless.
Ankle — Bryan Edwards, WR, LV: Questionable Impact: Nelson Agholor has already surpassed him on the team’s WR depth chart.
Groin — Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN: Questionable Impact: Fully expected to play without restrictions.
Ankle — Damien Harris, RB, NE: Questionable Impact: Looks like he’ll play, but this offense is in shambles.
Knee — Julian Edelman , WR, NE: OUT/IR Impact: Damiere Byrd, Gunner Olszewski, and Jakobi Meyers all enter the WR mix …
Concussion — N’Keal Harry, WR, NE: OUT Impact: … as does super-long-shot Isaiah Zuber.
Hand — Frank Gore, RB, NYJ: Questionable Impact: It could be time to pass the baton to La’Mical Perine.
Groin — Jamison Crowder, WR, NYJ: Doubtful Impact: A strong debut last week from Denzel Mims may repeat.
Concussion — Breshad Perriman, WR, NYJ: OUT Impact: Braxton Berrios/ Vyncint Smith will try to take up the slack.
Groin — Sam Ficken, K, NYJ: Doubtful Impact: Sergio Castillo is active, so Ficken likely sits.
Foot — Jerry Hughes, DE, BUF: Questionable
Pectoral — Matt Milano, LB, BUF: Questionable
Hamstring — Josh Norman, C, BUF: OUT
Concussion — Micah Hyde, S, BUF: Questionable
Knee — Darius Phillips, C, CIN: Questionable
Quad — Kevin King, CC, GB: OUT
Quad — Darnell Savage, S, GB: Questionable
Foot — Holton Hill, CB, MIN: OUT
Ankle — Lawrence Guy, DT, NE: Questionable
Shoulder — John Simon, DE, NE: Questionable
Knee — Stephon Gilmore, C, NE: OUT
Ribs — Jordan Jenkins, LB, NYJ: Questionable
Shoulder — Bradley McDougald , S, NYJ: OUT/IR
Shoulder — Mike Hilton, CB, PIT: Questionable
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Quad — Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, CHI: Questionable Impact: Should play in an RB capacity, as WR Allen Robinson II was cleared from the league’s concussion protocol.
Concussion — Phillip Lindsay, RB, DEN: Questionable Impact: May be a game-time call. Melvin Gordon III will split work with him if he can play.
Shoulder — Diontae Spencer, WR, DEN: OUT Impact: Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler are the safest options here …
Hamstring — Tim Patrick, WR, DEN: Questionable Impact: … with Tyrie Cleveland and DaeSean Hamilton also in the conversation.
Hamstring — Jake Butt, TE, DEN: Questionable Impact: Albert Okwuegbunam may be a sleeper play at the position.
Chest — Tyrod Taylor, QB, LAC: Questionable Impact: Just your weekly reminder that Justin Herbert is the starter for the Chargers.
Hamstring — Michael Thomas, WR, NO: OUT Impact: Tre’Quan Smith and Deonte Harris will start for the Saints at WR…
Ankle — Marquez Callaway, WR, NO: OUT Impact: … with Emmanuel Sanders still on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Hamstring — Carlos Hyde, RB, SEA: Doubtful Impact: It’s a game-time call for a trio of Seattle backs …
Foot — Chris Carson, RB, SEA: Questionable Impact: … which means fantasy managers had better have alternatives.
Knee — Travis Homer, RB, SEA: Questionable Impact: DeeJay Dallas could well back his way into a start if all three can’t go.
Ankle — Jeff Wilson Jr. , RB, SF: OUT/IR Impact: Tevin Coleman was activated from the IR and will split time with Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty.
Hamstring — Deebo Samuel, WR, SF: OUT Impact: Kendrick Bourne could potentially get a bump in value.
Ankle — Khalil Mack, LB, CHI: Questionable
Knee — Eddie Jackson, S, CHI: Questionable
Quad — Jeremiah Attaochu, DE, DEN: Questionable
Ankle — Benson Mayowa, DE, SEA: Questionable
Concussion — Shaquill Griffin , CB, SEA: OUT
Groin — Jamal Adams, S, SEA: Questionable
Ankle — Kwon Alexander, LB, SF: Doubtful
Groin — Jaquiski Tartt, S, SF: OUT
Quad — Jimmie Ward, S, SF: Questionable
Sunday night game
Concussion — Andy Dalton, QB, DAL: OUT Impact: Ben DiNucci will start, with Garrett Gilbert as backup. Downgrade all Cowboys.
Knee — Miles Sanders, RB, PHI: OUT Impact: Boston Scott gets another start. Also, TE Dallas Goedert comes off the IR.
Calf — Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI: OUT Impact: Travis Fulgham and Jalen Reagor will be handling things in Philadelphia.
Quad — Cre’Von LeBlanc , CB, PHI: OUT Impact:
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.