20 December 2020 16:35
Field Yates and Matthew Berry acknowledge they will probably start Ezekiel Elliott in leagues, but won't feel great about it. 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.
Refresh often for the latest information. Julio Jones, WR, ATL: Hamstring--OUT Impact: Russell Gage sees a fantasy-value spike with the veteran missing this week's game. Luke Willson, TE, BAL: Hip--OUT Impact: Mark Andrews will now handle nearly all TE duties, as Willson has been waived. WRs Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin have been activated from reserve/COVID-19 list. Jimmy Graham, TE, CHI: Hip--Questionable Impact: Cole Kmet might finally be ready to emerge from the veteran's shadow. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL: Calf--Questionable Impact: Expected to play, though Tony Pollard might still see some extra carries. Matthew Stafford, QB, DET: Ribs--Questionable Impact: All signs currently point to Stafford giving it a try on Sunday. Kenny Golladay, WR, DET: Hip--OUT Impact: While he still insists he's going to make it back on the field this season, time is running out. Duke Johnson, RB, HOU: Neck--OUT Impact: David Johnson will handle all of Houston's RB duties... C.J. Prosise, RB, HOU: Ankle--Questionable as there may be no alternative options available. Mo Alie-Cox, TE, IND: Knee--Questionable Impact: Trey Burton would be in line for a significant value bump if Cox sits. Salvon Ahmed, RB, MIA: Shoulder--Questionable Impact: Leaning toward a start, and could shine if Myles Gaskin remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list. DeVante Parker, WR, MIA: Hamstring--Questionable Impact: Signs point toward Parker playing--and presumably, someone will have to get Miami's targets. Jakeem Grant, WR, MIA: Hamstring--Questionable Impact: Limited at practice all week after leaving Week 14 action early. Isaiah Ford promoted from practice squad. Mike Gesicki, TE, MIA: Shoulder--Questionable Impact: An immediate red zone threat if he suits up this weekend. Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN: Appendix--Questionable Impact: Returned to practice this week and slowly making his way back from surgery. Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN: Foot--OUT Impact: Irv Smith Jr. did well last week as he was freed from Minnesota's TE time-share. Damien Harris, RB, NE: Ankle--OUT Impact: Sony Michel may be called upon to handle lead-back duties... James White, RB, NE: Foot--Questionable especially as White has been hampered by his injury all week. Nick Folk, K, NE: Back--Questionable Impact: Folk has been questionable for nearly all of the second half of the season. Nothing to worry about here. Travis Homer, RB, SEA: Knee--OUT/IR Impact: Rashaad Penny (knee) is expected to make his 2020 debut in support of Chris Carson. Deebo Samuel, WR, SF: Hamstring--OUT Impact: This may be the end of 2020 for Samuel. Kendrick Bourne likely to start in his place. Alex Smith, QB, WAS: Calf--OUT Impact: Dwayne Haskins Jr. will attempt to keep Washington Football Team in first place. Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS: Toe--Doubtful Impact: With Smith also out, Washington may lean heavily on the run. J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber could benefit. Darqueze Dennard, CB, ATL: Quad--OUT Ricardo Allen, S, ATL: Concussion--OUT Calais Campbell, DE, BAL: Calf--Questionable Derek Wolfe, DE, BAL: Neck--Questionable Marcus Peters, CB, BAL: Calf--Questionable Davontae Harris, CB, BAL: Ankle--Questionable Khalil Mack, LB, CHI: Shoulder--Questionable Jaylon Johnson, CB, CHI: Shoulder--Questionable Rashard Robinson, CB, DAL: Knee--Questionable Xavier Woods, S, DAL: Groin--Questionable John Penisini, DT, DET: Shoulder--Questionable Darryl Roberts, CB, DET: Hip--OUT Phillip Gaines, CB, HOU: Knee--Questionable DeForest Buckner, DT, IND: Ankle--Questionable Kyle Van Noy, LB, MIA: Hip--Questionable Elandon Roberts, LB, MIA: Chest--Questionable Jerome Baker, LB, MIA: Knee--Questionable Bobby McCain, S, MIA: Ankle--Questionable Eric Kendricks, LB, MIN: Calf--OUT Lawrence Guy, DT, NE: Shoulder--Questionable Adam Butler, DT, NE: Shoulder--Questionable Byron Cowart, DT, NE: Back--Questionable Fred Warner, LB, SF: Shoulder--Questionable Kenny Vaccaro, S, TEN: Illness--Questionable Adoree' Jackson, CB, TEN: Knee--Questionable Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, WAS: Ankle--OUT Cole Holcomb, LB, WAS: Concussion--OUT 4 p.m. ET games Offense Chase Edmonds, RB, ARI: Ankle--Questionable Impact: Kenyan Drake seems to be the safer pick in this backfield, though Edmonds improved as the week went on. Zane Gonzalez, K, ARI: Back--OUT/IR Impact: Veteran Mike Nugent appears to have won himself this job after last week's strong effort. Michael Thomas, WR, NO: Ankle--OUT/IR Impact: New Orleans expects Thomas back for the NFL playoffs, but for fantasy purposes, his season has ended. Deonte Harris, WR, NO: Neck--OUT/IR Impact: Drew Brees returns. Take your pick of Tre'Quan Smith or Emmanuel Sanders at WR. Jamison Crowder, WR, NYJ: Calf--Questionable Impact: Expected to play, although Denzel Mims has outshined him of late. Defense Jordan Phillips, DE, ARI: Hamstring--OUT/IR Jalen Thompson, S, ARI: Ankle--OUT Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, ARI: Hamstring--Questionable Damien Wilson, LB, KC: Knee--OUT Justin Hollins, LB, LAR: Undisclosed--Questionable Malcom Brown, DT, NO: Shoulder--OUT Darius Slay, CB, PHI: Concussion--OUT Sunday night game Austin Hooper, TE, CLE: Neck--Questionable Impact: Expected to play after missing last week's game... David Njoku, TE, CLE: Knee--Questionable which is probably good news, as Njoku didn't practice on Friday. Andrew Sendejo, S, CLE: Concussion--OUT Denzel Ward, CB, CLE: Calf--Questionable Daniel Jones, QB, NYG: Ankle--OUT Impact: Colt McCoy, who did well enough to guide the Giants to a win over Seattle in Week 13, steps up again. Evan Engram, TE, NYG: Calf--Questionable Impact: A late add to the injury report doesn't bode well for Engram... Kaden Smith, TE, NYG: Knee--Questionable Impact:... and with Smith also hurting, Levine Toilolo may be the lone TE option here. Darnay Holmes, CB, NYG: Knee--OUT 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.