Week 1 fantasy football inactives watch: Who’s in and who’s out?

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

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Ruled out before Sunday

TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring), QB Tony Romo (back), RB Kenneth Dixon (knee), TE Tyler Eifert (ankle), RB Jay Ajayi (non-injury), Kendall Wright (hamstring), WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder)

Top players we’re watching

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

WR Kevin White (hamstring, questionable): active
RB Chris Ivory (calf, questionable): inactive
RB Jamaal Charles (knee, doubtful): inactive
RB Javorius Allen (healthy scratch): inactive
RB C.J. Spiller (healthy scratch): inactive
WR Michael Thomas (Saints) (ankle, questionable): active
WR Charles Johnson (quadricep, questionable): active
RB Jerick McKinnon (foot, questionable): active
WR Jeff Janis (hand, questionable): active
RB Jonathan Williams (ribs, questionable): inactive
TE Dennis Pitta (finger, questionable): active
TE Maxx Williams (knee, questionable): active
LB David Harris (shoulder, questionable): active

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

WR DeVante Parker (hamstring, questionable): inactive
TE Jimmy Graham (knee, questionable): active
TE Eric Ebron (ankle, questionable): active
WR Golden Tate (ankle, questionable): active

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

WR Chris Hogan (shoulder, questionable)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (elbow, questionable)

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Miami running backs (2:30 PM): Not only is Jay Ajayi not playing for Miami today, but reserve RB Isaiah Pead will sit out for today’s contest against Seattle. That leaves Arian Foster, Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake as the healthy options for the Fins at the running back position. Foster is obviously the one to focus on for fantasy.

DeVante Parker (12:00 PM): While the official inactives have yet to be released for the afternoon contest between the Dolphins and Seahawks, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post is reporting that DeVante Parker will miss out for Miami. This boosts the fantasy value of Kenny Stills as well as providing a higher target share for Jarvis Landry, although the matchup is obviously less than ideal.

C.J. Spiller (11:49 AM): Mark Ingram will put the New Orleans running game on his back this week, as C.J. Spiller is a surprise inactive for the Saints. ESPN NFL Nation reporter Mike Triplett says the team was high on Spiller based on his preseason work and comments from coaches, but apparently it wasn’t enough to earn a spot on the active roster for Week 1.

Javorius Allen (11:30 AM): The Ravens are going with two running backs today, Justin Forsett and Terrance West, as Allen joins Kenneth Dixon on the inactives list. This is a nice boost to the two remaining Baltimore backs, who should see all of the passing work out of the backfield and have more secure carries.

Chris Ivory (11:29 AM): Jeff Darlington of ESPN reports that Ivory will be inactive for today’s game against the Packers. This boosts T.J. Yeldon’s value considerably, as he’ll be the lead back for the Jaguars and retains his role as the top pass-catching option out of the backfield.

Kevin White (9:07 AM): The long-awaited regular season debut of Kevin White should happen today, as our Jeff Dickerson reports that the 2015 first-round pick will get the start against the Texans today, barring a setback. The Texans have a solid defense and there are questions as to how well the Bears’ offense will perform this season, but someone will have to catch passes from Jay Cutler this season and White has tons of potential. Eric Karabell ranked White the highest for Week 1 among our staff rankers, placing him 35th among wideouts. He’s a flex or deeper league option for this week.
Jamaal Charles (8:55 AM): After being listed as doubtful, it’s no surprise to learn that Jamaal Charles will not play today, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West should see most of the running back touches for the Chiefs in a fantastic matchup against San Diego, but it’s Ware who is most likely to get valuable red-zone work and is a solid play in all fantasy formats.

Rob Gronkowski (Friday): Despite being initially listed as questionable, Gronkowski did not make the trip to Arizona and will not play, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. The Patriots added Martellus Bennett this offseason to complement Gronk, but Bennett will be the star of the show at tight end for New England in their Sunday evening opener.

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET for the early set of games, 2:30 p.m. ET for the later set and 7:00 p.m. ET for the Sunday night contest.

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