Who should you start with? Who should you sit with? To help you establish your fantasy football rosters and avoid initiating a player who will not be in the roster, we will post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their official inactive rosters, typically around 90. minutes before the start. Any rankings cited in this column come from the ranks of ESPN Fantasy staff.
Official Sunday inactives should begin arriving approximately 90 minutes before the scheduled start time, around 11:30 am ET for early games and 2:30 pm ET for later games.
Please update frequently for the latest information.
1 pm ET games
Latavius Murray, RB, BAL: Ankle — Doubtful
Impact: no one expects me to play. Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell should split the majority of the carries.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BAL: Thigh — Questionable
Impact: Likely to stay out unless Bateman really can’t go.
Bateman, WR, BAL expenses: Groin Questionable
Impact: I lost practice at the end of the week, but optimism still exists here.
Cole Beasley, WR, BUF: Ribs – Questionable
Impact: It is practiced at the end of the week, but can still be reduced to a last minute call.
Dawson Knox, TE, BUF: Hand – OUT OF
Impact: Tommy Sweeney will once again replace the injured TE starter.
Sam Darnold, QB, CAR: Concussion – Questionable
Impact: It’s out of league protocol, but it’s not 100% clear yet if he or PJ Walker will start.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR: Hamstring – Questionable
Impact: It has been activated from IR, but the final decision for Week 9 is not likely to come until the start.
Chris Evans, RB, CIN: Hamstring – Questionable
Impact: If you play, Samaje Perine becomes a less flexible option.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, CLE: Groin Questionable
Impact: If healthy, he can replace Odell Beckham Jr.
Amari Cooper, WR, DAL: Hamstring – Questionable
Impact: He’s expected to play, which is good because Michael Gallup isn’t ready to get out of IR yet.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: He suffered his injury on Wednesday, so his status is really up in the air.
Blake Jarwin, TE, DAL: Hips — OUT / GO
Impact: Dalton Schultz takes office for at least the next three weeks.
Noah Fant, TE, DEN: COVID-19 – Questionable
Impact: Fant is not expected to be cleared to play this week.
Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, DEN: Knee — Questionable
Impact: Given Fant’s absence, this is another solid opportunity to make some noise.
Pharaoh Brown, TE, NEW: Thigh — OUT OF
Impact: Jordan Akins and Brevin Jordan will receive passes from Tyrod Taylor, fresh off the IR.
James Robinson, RB, JAX: Heel Questionable
Impact: Carlos Hyde’s value increases if Robinson has to sit down.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, MIA: Finger — Questionable
Impact: Jacoby Brissett would step in if the words “sore and swollen” keep popping up.
DeVante Parker, WR, MIA: Hamstring – OUT / GO
Impact: Jaylen Waddle and Preston Williams will do their best to complete.
Jonnu Smith, TE, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: Limited in practice, but you should be able to split targets with Hunter Henry.
Jameis Winston, QB, NO: Knee — OUT / GO
Impact: Trevor Siemian will start, and Taysom Hill will also see some snapshots below center.
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York: Ankle — OUT OF
Impact: Devontae Booker will continue to handle most of the backfield load.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York: Quadruple OUT OF
Impact: Kadarius Toney will have a chance to cause quite a stir this week.
John Ross, WR, New York: Quadruple Questionable
Impact: If he plays, he will be the “deep threat” for Daniel Jones.
Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG: Knee — Questionable
Impact: It was expected that he could play and would start alongside Toney.
Jerome Baker, LB, MIA: Knee — Questionable
Michael Pierce, DT, MIN: Elbow — OUT OF
Anthony Barr, LB, MIN: Knee — Questionable
Dont’a Hightower, LB, NE: Ankle — Questionable
Kyle Van Noy, LB, NE: Groin Questionable
Malcolm Jenkins, YES, NO: Knee — Questionable
Lorenzo Carter, LB, NYG: Ankle — OUT OF
4 p.m. ET games
Kyler Murray, QB, ARI: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Given the late start, Murray is a risk. You don’t want to lock him up in lineups and end up seeing Colt McCoy there.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI: Hamstring – Questionable
Impact: It is a playing time decision and may well yield plays to Antoine Wesley.
Green AJ, WR, ARI: COVID-19 – Questionable
Impact: Unless you have obtained the required two negative tests, you will sit down.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB: COVID-19 – OUT OF
Impact: Jordan Love will be the one to launch Davante Adams and the recently activated Márquez Valdés-Scantling.
Justin Jackson, RB, LAC: Quadruple OUT OF
Impact: Joshua Kelley will step up to spell Austin Ekeler.
Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF: Ribs – Questionable
Impact: Jeff Wilson Jr. was activated from the puppy list and may be ready to enter the fray.
Deebo Samuel, WR, SF: Calf — Questionable
Impact: Brandon Aiyuk is the safest 49ers WR to use in fantasy lineups. The team seems unsure how healthy Samuel is.
Robbie Gould, K, SF: Groin Active
Impact: Joey Slye was released this week when Gould finally left IR.
JJ WATT, DE, ARI: Shoulder — OUT / GO
Rashard Lawrence, DT, ARI: Calf — OUT OF
Kingsley Keke, DE, GB: Concussion – OUT OF
Dean Lowry, DE, GB: Hamstring – Questionable
Michael Davis, CB, LAC: Hamstring – OUT OF
Jimmie Ward, S, SF: Quadruple OUT OF
Sunday night game
Derrick Henry, RB, TEN: Foot — OUT / GO
Impact: Jeremy McNichols, Adrian Peterson and / or D’Onta Foreman will try to fill Henry’s huge shoes.
AJ Brown, WR, TEN: Knee — Questionable
Impact: Julio Jones appears healthy, but Brown could give way to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.
Rashaan Evans, LB, TEN: Ankle — OUT OF
Robert Woods, WR, L to R: Foot — Questionable
Impact: Rams coaches say they hope to see Woods on the field receiving passes from Matthew Stafford.
From Miller, LB, LAR: Ankle — Questionable
Jalen Ramsey, CB, L to R: Knee — Questionable