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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
Julio Jones, WR, ATL: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Fantasy flyers to be found in the form of Brandon Powell and Laquon Treadwell?
Mark Ingram II, RB, BAL: Illness — Questionable
Impact: Maybe he’ll finally avoid being a healthy scratch this week?
Gus Edwards, RB, BAL: Back — Questionable
Impact: J.K. Dobbins could get nearly all of the Ravens’ carries.
Willie Snead IV, WR, BAL: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Marquise Brown likely to absorb some of Snead’s targets.
Cole Beasley, WR, BUF: Knee — OUT
Impact: John Brown activated from reserve/COVID-19 list to take his place.
Tyler Kroft, TE, BUF: Illness — OUT/IR
Impact: Dawson Knox remains the Buffalo TE to roll with for fantasy.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Why wouldn’t he play? Stafford has been fighting through these injuries for some time.
Kenny Golladay, WR, DET: Hip — OUT
Impact: This should not be news for anyone, as the receiver has missed action since Week 9.
DeVante Parker, WR, MIA: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Likely to play, at least for some of Week 17 …
Jakeem Grant, WR, MIA: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: … as is Grant. Both players were limited on Friday, however.
Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN: Personal — OUT
Impact: A family emergency may place the ball into the hands of Alexander Mattison.
Dan Bailey, K, MIN: Back — Questionable
Impact: The veteran has been optimistic about his chances of playing.
Damien Harris, RB, NE: Ankle — OUT/IR
Impact: There’s not much to see in the Patriots’ backfield, though James White’s value increases.
Nick Folk, K, NE: Back — Questionable
Impact: Roberto Aguayo awaits oh so deeply in the wings.
Golden Tate, WR, NYG: Calf — OUT
Impact: Dante Pettis might be in line for a few extra targets.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT: Undisclosed — OUT
Impact: Pittsburgh plans to rest a ton of starters. Mason Rudolph will be the team’s QB for Week 17.
Eric Ebron, TE, PIT: Illness — OUT/IR
Impact: Vance McDonald steps in for the Steelers, who will be short-handed on offense.
Chris Boswell, K, PIT: Groin — OUT
Impact: Matthew Wright once again steps into the role.
Darqueze Dennard, CB, ATL: Quad — OUT
Calais Campbell, DE, BAL: Calf — Questionable
Jimmy Smith, CB, BAL: Shoulder — Questionable
Marcus Peters, CB, BAL: Calf — Questionable
Marlon Humphrey, CB, BAL: Shoulder — Questionable
William Jackson III, CB, CIN: Concussion — OUT
Tae Davis, LB, CLE: Ankle — Questionable
Leighton Vander Esch, LB, DAL: Ankle — OUT
Xavier Woods, S, DAL: Ribs — Questionable
Jamie Collins Sr., LB, DET: Neck — Questionable
Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, MIN: Chest — OUT
Jalyn Holmes, DT, MIN: Groin — OUT
Eric Kendricks, LB, MIN: Calf — OUT
Cameron Dantzler, CB, MIN: Hamstring — OUT
Lawrence Guy, DT, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
Adam Butler, DT, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
Byron Cowart, DT, NE: Back — Questionable
Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
Anfernee Jennings, LB, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
Devin McCourty, S, NE: Shoulder — Questionable
Cam Brown, LB, NYG: Illness — Questionable
Terrell Edmunds, S, PIT: Shoulder — OUT
T.J. Watt, LB, PIT: Undisclosed — Team decision
Joe Haden, CB, PIT: Illness — OUT/IR
Carlton Davis, CB, TB: Groin — Doubtful
4:25 p.m. ET games
Chase Edmonds, RB, ARI: Hip — Questionable
Impact: Once again, Kenyan Drake is the safer option in the Arizona backfield.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI: Groin — Questionable
Impact: Game-time call for the veteran. Christian Kirk is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Mike Davis, RB, CAR: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Expect the Panthers to roll with an odd rotation of Rodney Smith …
Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR: Thigh — OUT
Impact: … Trenton Cannon, Alex Armah and Curtis Samuel in the backfield.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, CHI: Knee — Questionable
Impact: Darnell Mooney has been gaining momentum.
Cole Kmet, TE, CHI: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: This could lead to one more shining moment for Jimmy Graham.
KJ Hamler, WR, DEN: Concussion — OUT/IR
Impact: DaeSean Hamilton might get a slight value bump.
Duke Johnson, RB, HOU: Neck — Questionable
Impact: Considered to be a 50-50 proposition as to whether he plays.
Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND: Concussion — Questionable
Impact: Practiced in full late in week, so odds are good he’ll be the Colts’ No. 3 WR.
James Robinson, RB, JAX: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Dare Ogunbowale will start for Jacksonville. Do you dare start him for your fantasy team?
DJ Chark Jr., WR, JAX: Shin — OUT
Impact: Laviska Shenault Jr. and Keelan Cole Sr. expected to start.
Collin Johnson, WR, JAX: Hamstring — OUT/IR
Impact: Chris Conley may also see an uptick in targets.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC: Ankle — OUT
Impact: With nothing on the line for the Chiefs, no need to rush back any injured players.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, KC: Knee — Questionable
Impact: Even if Bell starts, he may not play more than token carries.
Sammy Watkins, WR, KC: Calf — OUT
Impact: The No. 1 seed is locked up. Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman …
Tyreek Hill, WR, KC: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: … and Byron Pringle are likely to find themselves in the box score.
Jared Goff, QB, LAR: Thumb — OUT
Impact: When John Wolford throws a pass in Week 17, it will be his first at the NFL level.
Cam Akers, RB, LAR: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: The Rams need to win, and Darrell Henderson Jr.(ankle) is on the IR.
Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR: Illness — OUT/IR
Impact: A positive COVID-19 test rules the receiver out for the finale.
Alvin Kamara, RB, NO: Illness — OUT/IR
Impact: He’s been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list along with Latavius Murray. Taysom Hill/Ty Montgomery likely to get a ton of touches.
Carlos Hyde, RB, SEA: Illness — OUT
Impact: Chris Carson leads the Seattle backfield, with Hyde not even making the trip.
Greg Olsen, TE, SEA: Foot — Questionable
Impact: He’s not playing, despite the designation. Will Dissly will start.
Deebo Samuel, WR, SF: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Expect to see the names Richie James and Kendrick Bourne …
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF: Ankle — OUT
Impact: … and maybe even River Cracraft near the top of the box score.
Robbie Gould, K, SF: Illness — OUT/IR
Impact: Tristan Vizcaino was signed from Minnesota as an emergency replacement.
Budda Baker, S, ARI: Neck — Questionable
Brian Burns, DE, CAR: Shoulder — Doubtful
Troy Pride Jr., CB, CAR: Hip — OUT/IR
Jaylon Johnson, CB, CHI: Shoulder — OUT
Tashaun Gipson Sr., S, CHI: Neck — Questionable
Bradley Chubb, LB, DEN: Ankle — Questionable
Kingsley Keke, DE, GB: Concussion — OUT
Phillip Gaines, CB, HOU: Knee — Questionable
Rock Ya-Sin, CB, IND: Concussion — OUT
Derrick Nnadi, DT, KC: Knee — Questionable
Ben Niemann, LB, KC: Hamstring — OUT
Joey Bosa, DE, LAC: Concussion — OUT
Rayshawn Jenkins, S, LAC: Ankle — OUT
Micah Kiser, LB, LAR: Knee — OUT
Leonard Floyd, LB, LAR: Abdomen — Questionable
Lamarcus Joyner, CB, LV: Thigh — Questionable
Marcus Williams, S, NO: Ankle — OUT
Javon Kinlaw, DT, SF: Knee — OUT
Dre Greenlaw, LB, SF: Calf — OUT
Richard Sherman, CB, SF: Calf — OUT
Tarvarius Moore, CB, SF: Ankle — Questionable
Daren Bates, LB, TEN: Hip — Questionable
Sunday night game
Miles Sanders, RB, PHI: Knee — OUT
Impact: Boston Scott takes over as the team’s No. 1 RB.
DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Alshon Jeffery/Jalen Reagor to start for the Eagles at WR.
Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Zach Ertz will handle the majority of TE targets …
Richard Rodgers, TE, PHI: Calf — OUT
Impact: … especially as he’s essentially the last man standing at the position.
Fletcher Cox, DT, PHI: Neck — OUT
Derek Barnett, DE, PHI: Calf — OUT
Alex Smith, QB, WAS: Calf — Questionable
Impact: Expected to start, especially with little other than Taylor Heinicke as an alternative.
Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS: Toe — Questionable
Impact: Should handle No. 1 RB duties if he is active for the finale.
Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: With a playoff spot on the line, he’s likely to give it a try. Don’t expect 100%.
Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, WAS: Ankle — Questionable
Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games and 2:55 p.m. ET for the late games.
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