Who should start? Who should 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 inactives, typically about 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.

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Lee Smith, TE, BUF: Knee — Questionable
Impact: Dawson Knox leads a sad Bills TE contingent that has combined for only 31 catches this season.

John Brown, WR, BUF: Ankle — OUT/IR
Impact: He’s eligible to come off IR and has returned to practice but is not yet ready to play.

Melvin Gordon III, RB, DEN: Shoulder — Questionable
Impact: Expected to play and will likely split the workload fairly evenly with …

Phillip Lindsay, RB, DEN: Hip — Questionable
Impact: … a banged-up Lindsay, whom everybody expects to suit up on Saturday.

Brandon McManus, K, DEN: Illness — OUT/IR
Impact: McManus (reserve/COVID-19 list) might have been eligible to play on Sunday, but with the earlier-than-normal action, Taylor Russolino will handle the kicking duties in Denver.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR: Thigh — Doubtful
Impact: Déjà vu? Mike Davis will start in what should be a pretty good matchup for his fantasy value.

Curtis Samuel, WR, CAR: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: DJ Moore returns from the reserve/COVID-19 list just in time.

Tre Boston, S, CAR: Hamstring — Questionable

Malik Taylor, WR, GB: Hamstring — Questionable
Impact: Marquez Valdes-Scantling is coming off a six-catch Week 14. Allen Lazard remains limited in practice.

Jace Sternberger, TE, GB: Concussion — OUT
Impact: Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis become a two-headed TE option, rather than Green Bay’s typical “Cerberus” approach to the position.

Official Saturday inactives should be reported approximately 90 minutes before the scheduled kickoff time of each individual contest.



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