Fantasy football Week 14 inactives: Who’s in and who’s out?

Whom should you start? Whom should you sit? To help you set your fantasy football lineups and avoid starting an offensive 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. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.

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

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1 p.m. ET games

Mack Hollins, WR, ATLQuestionable
Impact: If he plays, it would be his first action since suffering an ankle injury in Week 9. Not a ton of fantasy upside here.

Hayden Hurst, TE, CAROUT
Impact: We’re not sure if Hurst will be back at all this season due to his post-traumatic amnesia. Tommy Tremble and Stephen Sullivan are both listed as questionable, so Ian Thomas may well be the only healthy TE option.

Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, CHIOUT
Impact: Velus Jones Jr. and Tyler Scott were also listed as questionable, so there’s not likely to be a ton of depth in the receiving corps this weekend.

Tyler Boyd, WR, CINQuestionable
Impact: He’s currently expected to play after tweaking his ankle during practice this past week. Charlie Jones would get the call to step up if Boyd doesn’t go.

Amari Cooper, WR, CLEQuestionable
Impact: Cooper is currently expected to play, although we’re not yet sure whether it will be Dorian Thompson-Robinson or Joe Flacco throwing the ball his way. It’s probably going to be Flacco, but it definitely won’t be PJ Walker, who was waived.

Noah Brown, WR, HOUQuestionable
Impact: He’s expected to play, joining Nico Collins and, to a lesser extent, Robert Woods as the notable fantasy WR options in Houston.

Dalton Schultz, TE, HOUOUT
Impact: Brevin Jordan gets another chance to shine, with Schultz’s hamstring not good enough for him to return.

Ka’imi Fairbairn, K, HOU — OUT/IR
Impact: Matt Ammendola gets another paycheck, as Fairbairn needs at least another week before returning from his quad injury.

Jonathan Taylor, RB, INDOUT
Impact: No surprise here, as we fully expected his thumb injury to keep him sidelined for at least this long. Zack Moss gets the start.

Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAXQuestionable
Impact: C.J. Beathard would start if Lawrence doesn’t, and the fact that Nathan Rourke was signed from the practice squad doesn’t bode well. Still, this is expected to be a game-time call, and the plan is for Lawrence to play.

Travis Etienne Jr., RB, JAXQuestionable
Impact: He was limited in practice throughout the week but is likely to play. D’Ernest Johnson is also banged up, so there’s a chance Etienne could even get some extra touches.

Tyler Higbee, TE, LARDoubtful
Impact: No practice all week seems to indicate Higbee won’t be playing. Hunter Long should get some extra looks.

Mason Crosby, K, LAR — Elevated from practice squad
Impact: Expect the veteran to take over kicking duties from the shaky Lucas Havrisik.

Derek Carr, QB, NOQuestionable
Impact: He has cleared the league’s concussion protocol, so now it’s about pain tolerance with his ribs. If he can’t go, Jameis Winston would start again for the Saints, but it’s looking like Carr will at least try.

Chris Olave, WR, NOQuestionable
Impact: He’s been dealing with an illness, so one would assume it’s all up to how he feels Sunday. If he can’t go, we’d be looking at Keith Kirkwood or Lynn Bowden Jr.

Rashid Shaheed, WR, NOOUT
Impact: A.T. Perry would get the start alongside Olave, assuming he plays.

Taysom Hill, TE, NOQuestionable
Impact: He has not practiced all week and is not expected to play. Juwan Johnson has been limited in practice but should still suit up. If he can’t, Foster Moreau would become the top TE option in New Orleans.

Jason Brownlee, WR, NYJOUT
Impact: Allen Lazard should join Garrett Wilson as a starting wideout, with Xavier Gipson also in the WR mix.

Breece Hall, RB, NYJQuestionable
Impact: Dalvin Cook will still likely split the workload with Hall if he’s able to play.


4 p.m. ET games

Dawson Knox, TE, BUFQuestionable
Impact: He practiced in full all week and was indeed activated from IR. It’s looking very good for him to take Buffalo’s TE duties back from Dalton Kincaid.

Samaje Perine, RB, DENQuestionable
Impact: His status likely only impacts those fantasy managers hoping for something out of Jaleel McLaughlin.

Isiah Pacheco, RB, KCOUT
Impact: A stint on IR still looms as a possibility. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon will try to pick up the slack.

Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN Activated from IR
Impact: At long last, Jefferson will return to action this week. That’s good news for his fantasy managers, as well as those counting on QB Joshua Dobbs.

Geno Smith, QB, SEAQuestionable
Impact: Smith got hurt during the week, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to play. Drew Lock could start in his place or perhaps may well even take over midstream even if Smith tries to gut it out.

Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEAQuestionable
Impact: Zach Charbonnet is also listed as questionable. Both should be game-time calls. This is far from ideal, but right now both are trending toward playing.

Elijah Mitchell, RB, SFDoubtful
Impact: Jordan Mason would be the backup to Christian McCaffrey, which could lead to a lot of touches if this one becomes a blowout.


Sunday night game

No fantasy-relevant injuries of note for this game.

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