NFL Week 1 fantasy football inactives watch: Who’s in and who’s out?

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 official inactive lists, typically about 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.

Week 1 is usually the healthiest of weeks, with no games that count having been played this season. As such, the inactives list is not nearly as robust as it will be in future editions of this article. Still, if everyone is healthy, there may be a few surprise team decisions as to who won’t be dressing today. Stay tuned!

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1 p.m. ET games


Emmanuel Sanders WR BUF : Foot — Questionable
Impact: Gabriel Davis is the man to lean on, should Sanders sit.

Deshaun Watson QB HOU : Team decision — OUT
Impact: Tyrod Taylor will lead the Texans, who would rather trade Watson than play him.

Austin Ekeler RB LAC : Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Practiced Friday and should be the RB1 for the Chargers on Sunday.

La’Mical Perine RB NYJ : Foot — Questionable
Impact: In any event, Tevin Coleman is expected to be the lead option in a very crowded backfield.

Keelan Cole WR NYJ : Knee — Questionable
Impact: Denzel Mims could step into a more important role for an already depleted Jets’ WR unit.

Jamison Crowder WR NYJ : COVID-19 — OUT
Impact: Elijah Moore has a chance to make some Week 1 waves with the regular starter unable to suit up.

Jalen Hurd WR SF : Knee — OUT/IR
Impact: Hurd will be out until at least Week 4. Mohamed Sanu Sr. and Trent Sherfield gain value.

Josh Reynolds WR TEN : Foot — Questionable
Impact: He’ll be a game-time call, but did practice some this week.

Sam Ficken K TEN : Groin — OUT/IR
Impact: Michael Badgley has been promoted from the practice squad.

Kai’mi Fairbairn K HOU : Leg — OUT/IR
Impact: Joey Slye will handle kicking duties as Fairbairn is out for at least three weeks.


Star Lotulelei DT BUF : Calf — OUT

Trae Waynes CB CIN : Hamstring — OUT

Michael Brockers DT DET : Shoulder — Questionable

Nick Williams DT DET : Elbow — Questionable

Kevin Pierre-Louis LB HOU : Thigh — Questionable

Xavier Rhodes CB IND : Calf — OUT

Tre Herndon CB JAX : Knee — OUT

Anthony Barr LB MIN : Knee — OUT

Javon Kinlaw DT SF : Knee — Doubtful

4 p.m. ET games


Odell Beckham Jr. WR CLE : Knee — Questionable
Impact: Limited in practice all week and he’ll only play if he feels up to it. Expect a snap count if he does give it a go.

Chase McLaughlin K CLE : Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Whether it’s McLaughlin or Chris Naggar, it’s best to look elsewhere for your Week 1 fantasy kicker.

Preston Williams WR MIA : Foot — Questionable
Impact: With William Fuller V serving out the last game of his suspension, rookie Jaylen Waddle has a chance to surprise.

Adam Shaheen TE MIA : COVID-19 — OUT
Impact: Mike Gesicki and Cethan Carter to handle Miami’s TE duties.

Malcolm Perry WR NE : Foot — OUT
Impact: N’Keal Harry is on IR, so the WR pickings are slim beyond Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers.

Nelson Agholor WR NE : Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Upgraded late in week. If he can’t go, Gunner Olszewski becomes an option.

Saquon Barkley RB NYG : Knee — Questionable
Impact: He has been medically cleared to play, but is still likely to have some sort of limits to his snap count, as a precaution.

Evan Engram TE NYG : Calf — OUT
Impact: Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith get more looks.


Jadeveon Clowney DE CLE : Illness — Questionable

Ronnie Harrison Jr. S CLE : Ankle — Questionable

Bradley Chubb LB DEN : Ankle — Questionable

Za’Darius Smith LB GB : Back — Questionable

Frank Clark DE KC : Hamstring — Questionable

Derrick Nnadi DT KC : Hip — Questionable

Tyrann Mathieu S KC : COVID-19 — Questionable

Jalen Mills CB NE : Ankle — Questionable

Marshon Lattimore CB NO : Knee — Questionable

Adoree’ Jackson CB NYG : Ankle — Questionable

Sunday night game

Darnell Mooney WR CHI : Back — Questionable
Impact: A full practice on Friday points to Mooney being active for Sunday night’s game.

Eddie Goldman DT CHI : Knee — OUT

Robert Quinn LB CHI : Back — Questionable

Khalil Mack LB CHI : Groin — Questionable

Tashaun Gipson Sr. S CHI : Back — Questionable

Eddie Jackson S CHI : Wrist — Questionable

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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