Fantasy football – NFL Week 1 inactive players


To help you set your lineups and avoid starting a player who won’t take the field, we will post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their inactive lists, typically around 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.

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Ruled out before Sunday

Offense: TE Hayden Hurst (foot), RB Roc Thomas (ankle), TE Vance McDonald (foot), WR Curtis Samuel (chest), WR Maurice Harris (concussion), DE Markus Golden (knee/ACL), RB Le’Veon Bell (contract dispute)

Defense: DE Willie Henry (abdomen), LB Olivier Vernon (ankle), DT Vita Vea (calf), CB De’Vante Harris (hamstring, injured reserve), CB Kayvon Webster (Achilles), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring), LB Rashaan Evans (hamstring), LB Harold Landry (ankle), S Kendrick Lewis (foot), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), DE Joey Bosa (foot), LB K.J. Wright (knee), S Kam Chancellor (neck), DE Datone Jones (knee), S Xavier Woods (hamstring), S DeAndre Houston-Carson (arm), S Josh Jones (ankle), CB Brent Grimes (groin)

Early games, 1 p.m. ET (eight scheduled)


WR Sammie Coates Jr. (questionable, hamstring) — active
WR Will Fuller V (questionable, hamstring) — inactive
WR Keke Coutee (questionable, hamstring) — inactive
RB Sony Michel (questionable, knee) — inactive
WR DeVante Parker (doubtful, finger) — active
WR Cody Core (doubtful, back) — inactive
RB Ronald Jones (coach’s decision) — inactive
RB Marlon Mack (questionable, hamstring) — inactive


LB Julian Stanford (questionable, nose) — inactive
LB Kenny Young (questionable, knee) — active
B Maurice Canady (questionable, leg) — active
LB Duke Ejiofor (questionable, hamstring) — inactive
Nate Ebner (questionable, knee) — active
LB Malcolm Smith (doubtful, hamstring) — inactive
CB Mackensie Alexander (doubtful, ankle) — inactive
CB Xavier Rhodes (questionable, hamstring) — active
CB Vontae Davis (coach’s decision) — inactive
LB James Burgess Jr. (doubtful, concussion) — inactive

Late games, 4:05 and 4:25 p.m. ET (four scheduled)


TE Chris Manhertz (questionable, foot)
TE Greg Olsen (questionable, back)
RB T.J. Logan (questionable, ankle)
TE Jermaine Gresham (questionable, Achilles)


S Eric Berry (doubtful, heel)
S Kavon Frazier (questionable, shoulder)
CB Chidobe Awuzie (questionable, back)
DT Robert Nkemdiche (questionable, foot)
DT Olsen Pierre (questionable, thumb)

Sunday Night Football, 8:20 p.m. ET

Chicago Bears

TE Daniel Brown (doubtful, shoulder)

Green Bay Packers

LB Oren Burks (questionable, shoulder)

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Marlon Mack (11:40 a.m.): With Mack out, expect Jordan Wilkins to handle the backfield load for the Colts. Nyheim Hines could be a bit of a sleeper.

Ronald Jones (11:35 a.m.): Although he was listed as the No. 3 RB on the Tampa Bay depth chart, the rookie runner is a healthy scratch for today’s game. Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers were already expected to get most of the RB touches. Shaun Wilson would step in should either of that pair get hurt.

Kavon Frazier (11:17 a.m.): According to Cowboys beat writer Brandon George, the Dallas safety is expected to start today. He has been limited since his left shoulder was injured in the team’s third preseason game.

Sony Michel (9:05 a.m.): According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots are likely to be without Michel today, due to his knee injury. Expect Rex Burkhead, and to a lesser degree, Jeremy Hill, to get a big bump in fantasy value for Week 1 as a result.

Adam Schefter‘s overnight update (7:25 a.m.): Various sources tell Schefter that Will Fuller V will test his hamstring prior to kickoff before making a final decision on his status, but he is unlikely to play. It also appears DeVante Parker is not likely to play. On the positive side of the coin, both Greg Olsen and Josh Gordon appear to be “good to go.”

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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