NFL Week 8 fantasy football inactives watch: Who’s in and who’s out?

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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


Mark Ingram II, RB, BAL: Ankle — Doubtful
Impact: Toss-up between Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins as to who gets the carries.

Joe Mixon, RB, CIN: Foot — OUT
Impact: Giovani Bernard will handle the majority of RB action, but behind a depleted line.

John Ross III, WR, CIN: Illness — Doubtful
Impact: Barring a trade, this disgruntled player may not have fantasy value again this season.

Austin Hooper, TE, CLE: Appendix — OUT
Impact: Harrison Bryant/David Njoku get another week to shine.

Aaron Jones, RB, GB: Calf — OUT
Impact: It’s Jamaal Williams time once again in Green Bay.

Mason Crosby, K, GB: Calf — Questionable
Impact: No alternative was signed, but Crosby remains risky.

Mo Alie-Cox, TE, IND: Knee — Questionable
Impact: You weren’t starting him anyway. Reminder: WR Michael Pittman Jr. returns from IR.

Sammy Watkins, WR, KC: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Mecole Hardman versus the Jets? That’s a possible flex gamble.

Tyler Higbee, TE, LAR: Hand — Questionable
Impact: Leaning toward being active, but Gerald Everett looms regardless.

Bryan Edwards, WR, LV: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Nelson Agholor has already surpassed him on the team’s WR depth chart.

Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN: Groin — Questionable
Impact: Fully expected to play without restrictions.

Damien Harris, RB, NE: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Looks like he’ll play, but this offense is in shambles.

Julian Edelman, WR, NE: Knee — OUT/IR
Impact: Damiere Byrd, Gunner Olszewski, and Jakobi Meyers all enter the WR mix …

N’Keal Harry, WR, NE: Concussion — OUT
Impact: … as does super-long-shot Isaiah Zuber.

Frank Gore, RB, NYJ: Hand — Questionable
Impact: It could be time to pass the baton to La’Mical Perine.

Jamison Crowder, WR, NYJ: Groin — Doubtful
Impact: A strong debut last week from Denzel Mims may repeat.

Breshad Perriman, WR, NYJ: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Braxton Berrios/Vyncint Smith will try to take up the slack.

Sam Ficken, K, NYJ: Groin — Doubtful
Impact: Sergio Castillo is active, so Ficken likely sits.


Jerry Hughes, DE, BUF: Foot — Questionable

Matt Milano, LB, BUF: Pectoral — Questionable

Josh Norman, C, BUF: Hamstring — OUT

Micah Hyde, S, BUF: Concussion — Questionable

Darius Phillips, C, CIN: Knee — Questionable

Kevin King, CC, GB: Quad — OUT

Darnell Savage, S, GB: Quad — Questionable

Holton Hill, CB, MIN: Foot — OUT

Lawrence Guy, DT, NE: Ankle — Questionable

John Simon, DE, NE: Shoulder — Questionable

Stephon Gilmore, C, NE: Knee — OUT

Jordan Jenkins, LB, NYJ: Ribs — Questionable

Bradley McDougald, S, NYJ: Shoulder — OUT/IR

Mike Hilton, CB, PIT: Shoulder — Questionable

4 p.m. ET games


Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, CHI: Quad — Questionable
Impact: Should play in an RB capacity, as WR Allen Robinson II was cleared from the league’s concussion protocol.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, DEN: Concussion — Questionable
Impact: May be a game-time call. Melvin Gordon III will split work with him if he can play.

Diontae Spencer, WR, DEN: Shoulder — OUT
Impact: Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler are the safest options here …

Tim Patrick, WR, DEN: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: … with Tyrie Cleveland and DaeSean Hamilton also in the conversation.

Jake Butt, TE, DEN: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Albert Okwuegbunam may be a sleeper play at the position.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, LAC: Chest — Questionable
Impact: Just your weekly reminder that Justin Herbert is the starter for the Chargers.

Michael Thomas, WR, NO: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Tre’Quan Smith and Deonte Harris will start for the Saints at WR…

Marquez Callaway, WR, NO: Ankle — OUT
Impact: … with Emmanuel Sanders still on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Carlos Hyde, RB, SEA: Hamstring — Doubtful
Impact: It’s a game-time call for a trio of Seattle backs …

Chris Carson, RB, SEA: Foot — Questionable
Impact: … which means fantasy managers had better have alternatives.

Travis Homer, RB, SEA: Knee — Questionable
Impact: DeeJay Dallas could well back his way into a start if all three can’t go.

Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, SF: Ankle — OUT/IR
Impact: Tevin Coleman was activated from the IR and will split time with Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty.

Deebo Samuel, WR, SF: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Kendrick Bourne could potentially get a bump in value.


Khalil Mack, LB, CHI: Ankle — Questionable

Eddie Jackson, S, CHI: Knee — Questionable

Jeremiah Attaochu, DE, DEN: Quad — Questionable

Benson Mayowa, DE, SEA: Ankle — Questionable

Shaquill Griffin, CB, SEA: Concussion — OUT

Jamal Adams, S, SEA: Groin — Questionable

Kwon Alexander, LB, SF: Ankle — Doubtful

Jaquiski Tartt, S, SF: Groin — OUT

Jimmie Ward, S, SF: Quad — Questionable

Sunday night game

Dallas Cowboys

Andy Dalton, QB, DAL: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Ben DiNucci will start, with Garrett Gilbert as backup. Downgrade all Cowboys.

Philadelphia Eagles

Miles Sanders, RB, PHI: Knee — OUT
Impact: Boston Scott gets another start. Also, TE Dallas Goedert comes off the IR.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI: Calf — OUT
Impact: Travis Fulgham and Jalen Reagor will be handling things in Philadelphia.

Cre’Von LeBlanc, CB, PHI: Quad — 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.

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