Fantasy football Week 4 inactives

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  • AJ MassESPN Staff Writer


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Whom should you start? Whom should you sit? To help you set your fantasy football lineups and 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 inactives lists, typically about 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in approximately 90 minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff times, including around 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games and 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games.

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4 p.m. ET games


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A.J. Green, WR, ARI: Knee — OUT
Impact: Greg Dortch was dealing with some back issues but will try to play.

Marquise Brown, WR, ARI: Foot — Active
Impact: There are a lot of targets to be had here.

Rondale Moore, WR, ARI: Hamstring — Active
Impact: Has a chance to step up in a big way because of Green’s injury.

Matt Prater, K, ARI: Hip — Active
Impact: If you have a Plan B at kicker, you still might want to use it.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR: Thigh — Active
Impact: Yes, he’s active and, yes, you kind of have to start him. However, this could easily go south quickly.

Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, CAR: Hamstring — Active
Impact: Given this was a game-time call, it’s probably still best to avoid him. Terrace Marshall Jr. is inactive.

Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Mack Hollins should continue to see a huge portion of the WR work across the field from Davante Adams.

Foster Moreau, TE, LV: Knee — OUT
Impact: Darren Waller now has no competition for TE targets.

Mac Jones, QB, NE: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Brian Hoyer will get the start in his stead.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE: Knee — Inactive
Impact: “Catching passes from Brian Hoyer” was never going to be a ringing endorsement for fantasy purposes anyway.


Rashard Lawrence, DT, ARI: Hand — OUT

J.J. Watt, DE, ARI: Calf — Active

Ezekiel Turner, LB, ARI: Ankle — OUT

Zaven Collins, LB, ARI: Shoulder — Active

D.J. Jones, DT, DEN: Concussion — Active

Jonathon Cooper, LB, DEN: Hamstring — OUT

Jaire Alexander, CB, GB: Groin — Inactive

Rock Ya-Sin, CB, LV: Knee — Inactive

Davon Godchaux, DT, NE: Back — Active

Raekwon McMillan, LB, NE: Thumb — Active

Jalen Mills, CB, NE: Hamstring — Inactive

Kyle Dugger, S, NE: Knee — Active

Sunday night game

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, KC: Abdomen — Questionable
Impact: He improved over the course of the week, so chances are good he’ll be able to play.

Harrison Butker, K, KC: Ankle — Questionable
Impact: Matt Ammendola has been released. Matthew Wright is the next man up.

Mike Danna, DE, KC: Calf — Out

Breshad Perriman, WR, TB: Knee — Doubtful
Impact: Could Jaelon Darden actually be the only fail-safe here?

Julio Jones, WR, TB: Knee — Questionable
Impact: He’ll be a game-time call, so you can’t afford to wait for him.

Chris Godwin, WR, TB: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Déjà vu. He’ll be a game-time call, so you can’t afford to wait for him.

Russell Gage, WR, TB: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Thank goodness Mike Evans is back from suspension. Reliable WR options are limited for Tampa Bay.

Akiem Hicks, DE, TB: Foot — Out

9:30 a.m. ET game, London

Za’Darius Smith, LB, MIN: Knee — Active

Andrew Booth Jr., CB, MIN: Quad — Inactive

Jameis Winston, QB, NO: Back — OUT
Impact: Andy Dalton has been prepping for this overseas start all week. Taysom Hill is also healthy and could see a few QB snaps.

Alvin Kamara, RB, NO: Ribs — Inactive
Impact: Kamara will not play against Minnesota. Mark Ingram II becomes a flex option. Latavius Murray also available.

Michael Thomas, WR, NO: Foot — OUT
Impact: Tre’Quan Smith has a chance to see a lot of targets.

Jarvis Landry, WR, NO: Ankle — Active
Impact: He’ll likely work underneath while Chris Olave moves into the WR1 spot.

Marcus Maye, S, NO: Ribs — OUT

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Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL: Knee — Active
Impact: He practiced Friday. Tyler Allgeier would be next man up if he falters.

Gabe Davis, WR, BUF: Ankle — Active
Impact: He is going to play, but Jake Kumerow is out.

Dawson Knox, TE, BUF: Back — Active
Impact: Not a surprise, as he played last Sunday with even less practice time.

David Montgomery, RB, CHI: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Khalil Herbert gets a chance to shine again, this time from the opening kick.

Velus Jones Jr., WR, CHI: Hamstring — Active
Impact: Jones will make his NFL debut, so Equanimeous St. Brown’s stats might see a downturn.

Ryan Griffin, TE, CHI: Achilles — Inactive
Impact: Cole Kmet will get the start for Chicago.

Cairo Santos, K, CHI: Personal — OUT
Impact: Michael Badgley won an audition with the team Friday.

Dak Prescott, QB, DAL: Thumb — OUT
Impact: It’s looking like more Cooper Rush until at least Week 6.

Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL: Knee — Active
Impact: After sitting out Week 3, signs are positive for Schultz to put up a few fantasy points.

D’Andre Swift, RB, DET: Shoulder — OUT
Impact: Jamaal Williams starts, with Craig Reynolds next in line.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Kalif Raymond could become a flex option in his stead.

Josh Reynolds , WR, DET: Ankle — Active
Impact: He is basically the Lions’ de facto WR1 this weekend.

DJ Chark, WR, DET: Ankle — OUT
Impact: Quintez Cephus might gain some fantasy relevance in the wake of all these WR injuries.

Austin Seibert, K, DET: Groin — OUT
Impact: Dominik Eberle gets a promotion from the practice squad.

Brevin Jordan, TE, HOU: Ankle — OUT
Impact: O.J. Howard seems to be the best TE option for Houston.

Pharaoh Brown, TE, HOU: Hip — Inactive
Impact: Jordan Akins might get a look or two.

Zay Jones, WR, JAX: Ankle — Inactive
Impact: Saw some late-week practice, but is apparently unable to give it a go. Dare you reach for Tim Jones?

Keenan Allen, WR, LAC: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Joshua Palmer has a chance at a nice value boost.

Donald Parham Jr., TE, LAC: Hamstring — Inactive
Impact: Fantasy managers with Gerald Everett get a break.

Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG: Hamstring — OUT
Impact: Richie James and David Sills V will continue to get the looks.

Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, NYG: Knee — OUT
Impact: Kenny Golladay will get a chance to fill the huge shoes of the IR’d Sterling Shepard.

Boston Scott, RB, PHI: Ribs — OUT
Impact: Trey Sermon should step in as the backup to Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell.


Justin Houston, LB, BAL: Groin — Inactive

Ed Oliver, DT, BUF: Ankle — Inactive

Christian Benford, CB, BUF: Hand — OUT

Jordan Poyer, S, BUF: Foot — Active

Dane Jackson, CB, BUF: Neck — Active

Robert Quinn, DE, CHI: Illness — Active

Matthew Adams, LB, CHI: Hamstring — Inactive

Jaylon Johnson, CB, CHI: Quad — OUT

Taven Bryan, DT, CLE: Hamstring — OUT

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, CLE: Ankle — Inactive

Myles Garrett, DE, CLE: Shoulder — OUT

DeForest Buckner, DT, IND: Elbow — Active

Shaquille Leonard, LB, IND: Back — Active

Julian Blackmon, S, IND: Ankle — OUT

Shaquill Griffin, CB, JAX: Hip — Active

Joey Bosa, LB, LAC: Groin — OUT/IR

Leonard Williams, DE, NYG: Knee — OUT

Quincy Williams, LB, NYJ: Ankle — OUT

Avonte Maddox, CB, PHI: Ankle — OUT

Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, PIT: Hamstring — OUT

Zach Cunningham, LB, TEN: Elbow — OUT

Amani Hooker, S, TEN: Concussion — OUT

Roger McCreary, CB, TEN: Back — Active