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Week 7 fantasy football inactives watch: Who's in, and who's out?

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

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Ruled out before Sunday

Offense: TE Charles Clay (knee), RB Terrance West (calf), WR Breshad Perriman (concussion), QB Sam Bradford (knee), WR Stefon Diggs (groin), QB Andrew Luck (shoulder/labrum), QB Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone/IR), RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle), WR Markus Wheaton (groin), WR Corey Davis (hamstring), RB Kyle Juszczyk (back), QB Paxton Lynch (shoulder), WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), WR Cody Latimer (knee), WR Isaiah McKenzie (ankle), WR Tyler Boyd (knee), RB Paul Perkins (ribs)

Defense: DE Ryan Russell (shoulder), S Josh Robinson (concussion), LB Ramon Humber (thumb), LB Anthony Walker (hamstring), LB Ahmad Brooks (back), LB Joe Thomas (ankle), S Morgan Burnett (hamstring), LB Luke Kuechly (concussion), S Demetrious Cox (ankle), S Johnathan Cyprien (hamstring), LB James Burgess Jr. (knee), CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring), DE Aaron Lynch (calf), DE Stephon Tuitt (back), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quadriceps), LB Harvey Langi (back), CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion), CB Eric Rowe (groin)

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

Offense

RB Melvin Gordon (questionable, shoulder) -- active
WR Keenan Allen (questionable, shoulder) -- active
WR John Ross (questionable, knee) -- inactive
RB C.J. Prosise (questionable, ankle) -- active
WR Sterling Shepard (questionable, ankle) -- inactive

Defense

LB Justin Durant (questionable, groin) -- inactive
LB Dekoda Watson (questionable, groin) -- active
LB Ray-Ray Armstrong (questionable, shoulder) -- active
LB Brock Coyle (questionable, shoulder) -- active
LB Reuben Foster (questionable, ankle) -- active
DT Corey Liuget (questionable, back) -- inactive
S Adrian Phillips (questionable, concussion) -- active
CB Adam Jones (doubtful, back) -- inactive
S Derron Smith (questionable, ankle) -- inactive
DE Michael Bennett (questionable, heel) -- active
DE Marcus Smith II (questionable, ankle) -- active
DT Nazair Jones (questionable, knee) -- active
CB Jeremy Lane (doubtful, groin) -- inactive

Sunday night game, 8:30 p.m. ET

Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots

There are no offensive skill-position players listed as either questionable or doubtful by either team for this game.


Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Sterling Shepard (3:05 p.m.): While his status seemed to be leaning toward playing today, Shepherd has indeed ended up as an inactive for the Giants for Week 7. Roger Lewis and Tavarres King are the WRs that Eli Manning will be throwing to against the Seahawks.

Melvin Gordon (3 p.m.): As expected, Gordon is active for this afternoon's game. However, in a bit of a surprise, his backup, Branden Oliver, is on the Chargers' inactive list. WR Keenan Allen is also active for Los Angeles.

Reuben Foster (2:40 p.m.): The rookie linebacker, who's been out of action since Week 1, will be starting today for the 49ers. Foster's presence on the roster was a big reason behind the team's decision to part ways with NaVorro Bowman, so expectations here are high.

Adrian Peterson (11:45 a.m.): With Andre Ellington inactive for Week 7, expect to see Peterson get at least 25 touches for the Cardinals, as per coach Bruce Arians.

Chris Ivory (11:15 a.m.): ESPN Insider Adam Schefter now reports that Leonard Fournette is inactive today and that the Jaguars plan to start Ivory at running back. Corey Grant and T.J. Yeldon should also see some action.

Willie Snead (11 a.m.): ESPN's Dianna Russini reports that the Saints will be without the receiver for their game against Green Bay. Bump up both Ted Ginn Jr. and Michael Thomas by a little bit in your rankings.

Jordan Matthews (10:40 a.m.): ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports that the Bills will get Matthews back today, though the receiver will "wear a splint over glove to stabilize [his] thumb."

C.J. Prosise (10 a.m.): Even if he does end up taking the field today, Prosise may not be able to play on more than just a few snaps. It's best to avoid the back entirely for fantasy. If you must roll the dice with a Seattle RB, go with J.D. McKissic instead.

Jay Ajayi (7:20 a.m.): The Jets are thinking about giving Muhammad Wilkerson a week off to heal multiple injuries. If he sits, his presence against the run will be missed and the Miami backfield, most notably Ajayi, should benefit greatly.

Adam Schefter's overnight update (7:15 a.m.): The Jaguars are "not optimistic" that Leonard Fournette will be able to play today. Andre Ellington is also looking more like an inactive. Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen will play, sources told Schefter, as will Kelvin Benjamin, Delanie Walker and DeMarco Murray.

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


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

Offense

QB Jameis Winston (questionable, shoulder) -- active
WR Jordan Matthews (questionable, thumb) -- active
WR Chris Matthews (doubtful, thigh) -- inactive
WR Jeremy Maclin (questionable, shoulder) -- inactive
WR Mike Wallace (questionable, back) -- active
TE Benjamin Watson (questionable, knee) -- active
WR Michael Floyd (questionable, hamstring) -- inactive
WR DeVante Parker (doubtful, ankle) -- inactive
RB Andre Ellington (questionable, quadriceps) -- inactive
RB Leonard Fournette (questionable, ankle) -- inactive
WR Marqise Lee (questionable, knee) -- active
TE Darrell Daniels (questionable, knee) -- active
WR Willie Snead (questionable, hamstring) -- inactive
WR Kelvin Benjamin (questionable, knee) -- active
K Graham Gano (questionable, knee) -- active
RB Benny Cunningham (questionable, hamstring) -- inactive
RB DeMarco Murray (questionable, hamstring) -- active
TE Delanie Walker (questionable, calf) -- active
WR Kenny Britt (questionable, groin) -- active
WR Sammie Coates (questionable, hamstring) -- active

Defense

DE Robert Ayers (questionable, knee) -- active
DE Noah Spence (questionable, shoulder) -- active
LB Lavonte David (questionable, ankle) -- active
LB Adarius Glanton (questionable, hamstring) -- active
LB Kwon Alexander (questionable, hamstring) -- active
S T.J. Ward (questionable, hip) -- active
S Keith Tandy (questionable, hip) -- active
CB Leonard Johnson (questionable, hamstring) -- active
CB E.J. Gaines (questionable, groin) -- active
DE Brandon Williams (questionable, foot) -- active
DE Carl Davis (questionable, thigh) -- active
S Lardarius Webb (questionable, knee) -- active
CB Jimmy Smith (questionable, Achilles) -- active
S Anthony Levine Sr. (questionable, thigh) -- active
CB Jaylen Hill (questionable, thigh) -- active
CB Mackensie Alexander (questionable, hip) -- inactive
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (questionable, shoulder) -- active
DE Andre Branch (questionable, knee) -- active
CB Byron Maxwell (questionable, foot) -- inactive
CB Xavien Howard (questionable, ankle) -- active
DE Robert Nkemdiche (questionable, calf) -- active
DT Olsen Pierre (questionable, ankle) -- inactive
LB Karlos Dansby (questionable, hamstring) -- active
LB Mark Barron (questionable, thumb) -- active
S Cody Davis (doubtful, thigh) -- inactive
S Tashaun Gipson (questionable, neck) -- active
S T.J. Green (questionable, hamstring) -- active
CB Davon House (questionable, quadriceps) -- active
CB Damarious Randall (questionable, hamstring) -- active
DE Charles L. Johnson (questionable, groin) -- active
S Kurt Coleman (questionable, knee/MCL) -- inactive
LB Nick Kwiatkoski (questionable, chest) -- active
LB Derrick Morgan (questionable, abdomen) -- active
CB Jason McCourty (questionable, ankle) -- inactive
S Jabrill Peppers (questionable, toe) -- inactive