Week 8 fantasy football inactives watch – ESPN

To help you set your lineups and avoid starting a player who doesn’t take the field, we will post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their Sunday inactive lists before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.

Teams on bye this week: Rams, Dolphins, Giants, Steelers, 49ers, Ravens

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Ruled out before Sunday

RB Matt Jones (knee), QB Cody Kessler (concussion), WR Corey Coleman (hand), RB Thomas Rawls (leg), RB Jamaal Charles (knee), RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring), RB Doug Martin (hamstring), RB C.J. Anderson (knee), RB James Starks (knee), WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion), WR Chester Rogers (hamstring/foot), TE Dwayne Allen (ankle), DE Michael Bennett (knee), S Kam Chancellor (groin), QB Tony Romo (back), DT Stacy McGee (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle).

London game, 9:30 a.m. ET

TE Jordan Reed (concussion, questionable) — active
WR Jamison Crowder (groin, questionable) — active
WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring, questionable) — active
TE Vernon Davis (groin, questionable) — active

Early games, 1 p.m. ET (seven scheduled)

RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring, doubtful) — inactive
RB Mike Gillislee (foot, questionable) — active
WR Robert Woods (foot, questionable) — active
TE Charles Clay (knee, questionable) — active
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, questionable) — active
WR Julian Edelman (foot, questionable) — active
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle, questionable) — active
TE Eric Ebron (ankle/knee, questionable) — active
RB Lamar Miller (shoulder, questionable) — active
WR Michael Floyd (hamstring, questionable) — active
WR John Brown (hamstring, questionable) — active

Late games, 4:05 and 4:25 p.m. ET (two scheduled)

TE Hunter Henry (concussion, questionable)
WR Travis Benjamin (knee, questionable)
WR Tyrell Williams (knee, questionable)
LB Denzel Perryman (shoulder, questionable)
WR Randall Cobb (hamstring, questionable)
WR/RB Ty Montgomery (illness, questionable)

Sunday night game, 8:30 ET

WR Dez Bryant (knee, questionable)
TE Jason Witten (chest, questionable)

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Arizona Cardinals (11:55 a.m.): Both John Brown and Michael Floyd are active for today’s game, which may help divert some of the defensive attention away from Larry Fitzgerald.

Bryce Petty (11:50 a.m.): Should anything befall quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick today, the Jets will turn to Petty, who is now the teams’ No. 2 option at the position in the wake of the injury to Geno Smith.

Detroit Lions (11:45 a.m.): A trio of defenders will sit this one out for Detroit as Darius Slay, DeAndre Levy and Haloti Ngata are all inactive. It remains to be seen if the Houston offense will be able to take advantage of the situation, especially with Lamar Miller, though active, a bit banged up.

Joe Haden (11:40 a.m.): Cleveland will play the cornerback, who has been dealing with a groin injury. New York’s Brandon Marshall will likely have to deal with Haden’s presence, for as long as he can stay on the field.

Washington Redskins (8:10 a.m.): We knew Matt Jones would be out, opening the door for Robert Kelley to handle the rushing duties. The good news is that all of the other major questionables are active, including Josh Norman, who should spend most of the morning shadowing A.J. Green of the Bengals.

Tyler Eifert (8 a.m.): There should be no worries about the Cincinnati tight end this week, as the Bengals have declared C.J. Uzomah to be a healthy inactive. They certainly wouldn’t do that without being confident that Eifert could play a full 60 minutes.

LeSean McCoy (7:40 a.m.): According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bills RB will not be able to suit up against the Patriots today, as he is still nursing a hamstring injury. Mike Gillislee is expected to start in his stead, though he was limited in practice on Friday due to a toe injury of his own.

Lamar Miller (7:35 a.m.): The Houston running back is “adamant” that he will play against Detroit this afternoon, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. However, even if he does convince the Texans to let him suit up, he may not truly be able to handle a full workload. Tread carefully for fantasy.

Julian Edelman (7:30 a.m.): A source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter that both Edelman and TE Martellus Bennett will be able to play for the Patriots today, despite the questionable status for both on the New England injury report.

Michael Bennett (7:25 a.m.): The defensive lineman will sit for the first time in his career as surgery is now on tap for a cartilage issue in his knee. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says a two- to three-week absence can be expected. Seattle’s defense is already without Kam Chancellor, so the Saints’ potent offense should have a solid Sunday.

Randall Cobb (7:20 a.m.): The Packers, fearing that Cobb’s hamstring injury may linger, are planning to be extra careful with the wide receiver. As such, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Cobb is not expected to be active for Sunday’s game against the Falcons.

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 8 a.m. ET for the London game, 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games, 2:30 p.m. ET for the later set and 7 p.m. ET for the Sunday night game.

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