Week 17 fantasy football inactives watch: Who's in, and who's out?

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 inactive lists, typically around 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.

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Ruled out before Sunday

Offense: WR Tavarres King (concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (neck), TE Evan Engram (ribs), RB Mike Gillislee (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), RB Aaron Jones (knee/MCL), WR Jordy Nelson (shoulder), WR Davante Adams (concussion), TE Richard Rodgers (shoulder), WR DeAndre Hopkins (calf), WR Antonio Brown (leg), WR Tyreek Hill (personal), WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), WR Cody Latimer (thigh), WR Marqise Lee (ankle), RB DeMarco Murray (knee/MCL), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion), TE Levine Toilolo (knee/MCL), RB Matt Forte (knee), RB Charcandrick West (illness), WR Cole Beasley (illness)

Defense: DT Ziggy Hood (elbow), LB Zach Brown (knee), LB Ryan Anderson (knee), DT Alan Branch (knee/meniscus), DT Shamar Stephen (ankle), CB Tramaine Brock (foot), LB Nick Perry (ankle), CB Nevin Lawson (concussion), DE Johnathan Hankins (ankle), DE Benson Mayowa (back), DT David Irving (concussion), DE Brandon Graham (ankle), DE Treyvon Hester (ankle), S Adrian Phillips (ankle), DT Zach Kerr (ankle), DE Trey Hendrickson (ankle), CB Shareece Wright (concussion), DT Nazair Jones (ankle), LB Vontaze Burfict (shoulder)

Late games, 4:25 p.m. ET (nine scheduled)


WR Cooper Kupp (questionable, knee) -- inactive
RB Melvin Gordon (questionable, ankle) -- active
RB Akeem Hunt (questionable, shoulder) -- active
WR DeSean Jackson (questionable, ankle) -- inactive
WR Chris Godwin (questionable, ankle) -- active
TE Cameron Brate (questionable, hip) -- active
WR Deonte Thompson (questionable, shoulder) -- active
QB Matt Moore (doubtful, foot) -- inactive
RB Damien Williams (doubtful, shoulder) -- inactive
WR DeVante Parker (questionable, ankle) -- active
TE MarQueis Gray (questionable, hip) -- active
RB Kerwynn Williams (questionable, quadriceps) -- active
RB Elijhaa Penny (questionable, hand) -- active
TE Troy Niklas (questionable, ankle) -- active
TE Luke Willson (questionable, ankle) -- active
RB Joe Mixon (questionable, ankle) -- active
WR Jeremy Maclin (doubtful, knee) -- inactive
WR Mike Wallace (questionable, knee) -- active
RB Jonathan Stewart (late scratch, back) -- inactive
TE Travis Kelce (team decision, Week 17) -- inactive


LB Mark Barron (doubtful, Achilles) -- inactive
CB David Amerson (questionable, foot) -- inactive
S Dexter McDonald (questionable, knee) -- active
DT Corey Liuget (questionable, knee) -- inactive
LB Denzel Perryman (questionable, hamstring) -- active
DT Bennie Logan (doubtful, knee) -- inactive
DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches (questionable, illness) -- active
LB Tamba Hali (questionable, knee) -- active
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (questionable, shoulder) -- active
DT Abry Jones (questionable, back) -- inactive
LB Blair Brown (questionable, concussion) -- active
CB Logan Ryan (questionable, ankle) -- active
DE Robert Ayers (doubtful, shoulder) -- inactive
DE Ryan Russell (questionable, shoulder) -- active
LB Devante Bond (doubtful, ankle) -- inactive
DE Cameron Wake (questionable illness) -- active
LB Neville Hewitt (questionable, hamstring) -- active
CB Alterraun Verner (questionable, hamstring) -- inactive
S T.J. McDonald (questionable, shoulder) -- active
LB Josh Bynes (questionable, ankle) -- inactive
LB Bobby Wagner (questionable, hamstring) -- active
S Kurt Coleman (questionable, ankle) -- inactive
CB William Jackson III (questionable, knee) -- active
DE Brandon Williams (questionable, back) -- active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Jonathan Stewart (3:10 p.m.): Christian McCaffrey and Cameron Artis-Payne should get some extra work in the Carolina backfield after Stewart's back tightened up prior to Sunday's game. Stewart is inactive as a result of the late flare-up.

Jason Witten (11:50 a.m.): Conflicting reports have been released this morning, but according to David Helman of DallasCowboys.com, Witten is active for Week 17.

Pittsburgh Steelers (11:45 a.m.): The team has done fantasy managers a favor by declaring both Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell inactive for Week 17. Now we know for sure that neither player will put up any stats. Landry Jones anyone?

Jay Ajayi (11:40 a.m.): Although the Eagles have said QB Nick Foles will start and play a majority of their first-team offense for at least a few series, they have decided to sit Ajayi from the get-go. At some point, Nate Sudfeld is expected to take over the Philadelphia huddle.

James White (9:40 a.m.): The Patriots are already without both Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee for Week 17, so the news that White is not expected to play today (due to an ankle injury) leaves New England's RB options lacking. Beyond Dion Lewis, who will likely get the majority of carries for as long as this game stays close, there's only Brandon Bolden and James Develin.

Jay Cutler (7:30 a.m.): The Miami quarterback is not expected to play a full 60 minutes for the Dolphins, as the team wants to give David Fales a little bit of time under center.

LeGarrette Blount (7:25 a.m.): The Eagles rusher needs only 21 yards on the ground in Week 17 to trigger a $300,000 incentive clause. Expect him to play for at least as long as it takes to get to that mark -- unless Philadelphia wants a very disgruntled player in its huddle going forward.

Melvin Gordon (7:25 a.m.): Sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Chargers RB is expected to play on Sunday.

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games and 2:55 p.m. ET for the late games.

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


WR Maurice Harris (questionable, back) -- active
WR Robert Davis (questionable, concussion) -- inactive
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (doubtful, foot) -- inactive
RB James White (questionable, ankle) -- inactive
WR Matthew Slater (questionable, hamstring) -- active
WR Chris Hogan (questionable, shoulder) -- inactive
TE Adam Shaheen (questionable, chest) -- inactive
WR Geronimo Allison (questionable, illness) -- active
WR Donte Moncrief (questionable, ankle) -- inactive
RB Rod Smith (questionable, illness) -- inactive
QB Ben Roethlisberger (team decision, Week 17) -- inactive
RB Le'Veon Bell (team decision, Week 17) -- inactive
RB Jay Ajayi (team decision, Week 17) -- inactive


DT Terrell McClain (questionable, toe) -- active
LB Ryan Kerrigan (questionable, calf) -- active
LB Martrell Spaight (questionable illness) -- active
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (questionable, finger) -- active
DE Kony Ealy (questionable, knee) -- active
LB Kyle Van Noy (questionable, calf) -- active
LB Eric Lee (questionable, ankle) -- active
S Devin McCourty (questionable, shoulder) -- active
S DeAndre Houston-Carson (questionable, back) -- active
LB Clay Matthews (questionable, hamstring) -- active
CB Damarious Randall (questionable, knee) -- inactive
DE Anthony Zettel (questionable, groin) -- active
LB LaTroy Lewis (questionable, shoulder) -- inactive
CB Jamar Taylor (questionable, foot) -- active
S Derron Smith (questionable, hip) -- active
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (questionable, knee) -- active
DT Richard Ash (questionable, shoulder) -- active
CB Jalen Mills (questionable, ankle) -- inactive