Fantasy football Week 4 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 prior to the scheduled kickoff times: around 8 a.m. ET for the London game, 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games and 2:30 p.m. ET for the late-afternoon games.

Refresh often for the latest information.


1 p.m. ET games

Justice Hill, RB, BALActive
Impact: He will play, but the eventual mix between Hill, Gus Edwards and Melvin Gordon III remains up in the air.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, BALOUT
Impact: Nelson Agholor benefits the most from his absence.

Rashod Bateman, WR, BALOUT
Impact: Zay Flowers and Devin Duvernay are the only other healthy WR options beyond Agholor.

Jonathan Mingo, WR, CARInactive
Impact: He is still in the league’s concussion protocol and will not play.

Miles Sanders, RB, CARActive
Impact: Chuba Hubbard still may see an uptick in touches.

Chase Claypool, WR, CHIInactive
Impact: After criticizing the coaching staff over his usage earlier in the week, Claypool will sit in Week 4. Equanimeous St. Brown should see the field for the first time this season.

Irv Smith Jr., TE, CINOUT
Impact: Tanner Hudson caught a pair of passes with Smith out in Week 3.

David Njoku, TE, CLEActive
Impact: Njoku is indeed able to play after a household accident had put that in doubt.

Deshaun Watson, QB, CLEInactive
Impact: Shoulder concerns will force Watson to sit. Dorian Thompson-Robinson takes over QB duties.

Tyler Higbee, TE, LARActive
Impact: He didn’t partake in practice for much of the week, but he’s apparently ready to roll.

Salvon Ahmed, RB, MIAActive
Impact: Even so, De’Von Achane may have already staked his claim on Miami’s No. 2 RB role.

Derek Carr, QB, NOActive
Impact: This was a last-minute decision. Jameis Winston might still have to step in, but Carr will start. Taysom Hill is likely to see at least a few of his usual “gimmick play” snaps.

Quez Watkins, WR, PHIOUT
Impact: Olamide Zaccheaus will start in his place, but is a long shot to have fantasy impact.

Treylon Burks, WR, TENOUT
Impact: Expect an uptick in fantasy value for both WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and TE Chigoziem Okonkwo.


4 p.m. ET games

Keaontay Ingram, RB, ARIQuestionable
Impact: Look for Emari Demercado to be the backup to James Conner if Ingram sits.

Marquise Brown, WR, ARIQuestionable
Impact: He appears to be trending toward being able to play.

Austin Ekeler, RB, LACDoubtful
Impact: Expect Joshua Kelley to be the Chargers’ primary back in Week 4 as Ekeler is likely to be rested ahead of their Week 5 bye.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, LVOUT
Impact: Garoppolo was unable to clear the league’s concussion protocol. Reportedly, it will be rookie Aidan O’Connell — and not veteran Brian Hoyer — who will start at quarterback for the Raiders.

Elijah Mitchell, RB, SFQuestionable
Impact: Jordan Mason and/or Tyrion Davis-Price would claim his touches behind Christian McCaffrey.

Deebo Samuel, WR, SFQuestionable
Impact: Brandon Aiyuk is not on the final injury report, and Samuel is currently expected to join him in Week 4’s starting lineup.

Jauan Jennings, WR, SFDoubtful
Impact: Ronnie Bell steps into the WR mix for the 49ers.


Sunday night game

No major fantasy-relevant injuries currently listed.


9:30 a.m. ET London game

Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATLActive
Impact: He’s yet to play in 2023. Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier are more than capable of handling things, but you may see him on the field for a few snaps.

Zay Jones, WR, JAXOUT
Impact: Christian Kirk and Calvin Ridley should both have more targets than usual.

Jamal Agnew, WR, JAXInactive
Impact: Oh, look! Even more targets for Kirk and Ridley!



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