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 before the scheduled kickoff times: around 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games and 2:30 p.m. ET for the late-afternoon games.

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4 p.m. ET games

Dawson Knox, TE, BUF -- Active

Impact: He practiced in full all week and was indeed activated from IR. It's looking very good for him to take Buffalo's TE duties back from Dalton Kincaid.

Samaje Perine, RB, DEN -- Active

Impact: His status likely only impacts those fantasy managers hoping for something out of Jaleel McLaughlin

Isiah Pacheco, RB, KC -- OUT

Impact: A stint on IR still looms as a possibility. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon will try to pick up the slack.

Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN -- Activated from IR

Impact: At long last, Jefferson will return to action this week. That's good news for his fantasy managers, as well as those counting on QB Joshua Dobbs

Geno Smith, QB, SEA -- Inactive

Impact: Smith got hurt during the week, so he won't play. Drew Lock will start in his place.

Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEA -- Active

Impact: Zach Charbonnet was also listed as questionable -- and is also active. Some form of timeshare is still likely in order. 

Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF -- Inactive

Impact: Jordan Mason will be the backup to Christian McCaffrey, which could lead to a lot of touches if this one becomes a blowout.

Sunday night game

No fantasy-relevant injuries of note for this game.

1 p.m. ET games

Mack Hollins, WR, ATL -- Active

Impact: It's his first action since suffering an ankle injury in Week 9. That said, there's not a ton of fantasy upside here.

Hayden Hurst, TE, CAR -- OUT

Impact: We're not sure if Hurst will be back at all this season due to post-traumatic amnesiaTommy Tremble and Stephen Sullivan were both listed as questionable and both will dress. Still, Ian Thomas may well be the only fully healthy TE option.

Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, CHI -- OUT

Impact: Velus Jones Jr. and Tyler Scott were listed as questionable heading into Sunday, but are both active.

Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN -- Active

Impact: He tweaked his ankle during practice this past week, but will play. Charlie Jones could step in if Boyd gets hurt again during the game.

Amari Cooper, WR, CLE -- Active

Impact: As expected, Cooper is going to play, although we're not yet 100% sure whether it will be Dorian Thompson-Robinson or Joe Flacco throwing the ball his way. It's probably going to be Flacco, but it definitely won't be PJ Walker, who was waived.

Noah Brown, WR, HOU -- Active

Impact: He joins Nico Collins and, to a lesser extent, Robert Woods as the notable fantasy WR options in Houston.

Dalton Schultz, TE, HOU -- OUT

Impact: Brevin Jordan gets another chance to shine, with Schultz's hamstring not good enough for him to return. 

Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, HOU -- OUT/IR

Impact: Matt Ammendola gets another paycheck, as Fairbairn needs at least another week before returning from his quad injury.

Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND -- OUT

Impact: No surprise here, as we fully expected his thumb injury to keep him sidelined for at least this long. Zack Moss gets the start. 

Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAX -- Active

Impact: Lawrence is going to try to play. C.J. Beathard may still be called upon to step in should Lawrence not be able to play a full 60 minutes. Nathan Rourke was designated as the third quarterback.

Travis Etienne Jr., RB, JAX -- Active

Impact: He was limited in practice throughout the week but will play. D'Ernest Johnson is also banged up, but also active for this one.

Tyler Higbee, TE, LAR -- Inactive

Impact: No practice all week indicated that Higbee wasn't going to be playing. Hunter Long should get some extra looks. 

Mason Crosby, K, LAR -- Inactive

Impact: Surprisingly, the veteran will not be taking over kicking duties from the shaky Lucas Havrisik.

Derek Carr, QB, NO -- Active

Impact: He has cleared the league's concussion protocol, so now it's about pain tolerance with his ribs. Carr will start, but Jameis Winston is likely to be ready to step in at a moment's notice.

Chris Olave, WR, NO -- Active

Impact: He had been dealing with an illness but appears to be out of the woods. That's a good thing, as otherwise we'd be looking at Keith Kirkwood or Lynn Bowden Jr.

Rashid Shaheed, WR, NO -- OUT

Impact: A.T. Perry would get the start alongside Olave, assuming he plays. 

Taysom Hill, TE, NO -- Inactive

Impact: Juwan Johnson has been limited in practice but will suit up. 

Jason Brownlee, WR, NYJ -- OUT

Impact: Allen Lazard should join Garrett Wilson as a starting wideout, with Xavier Gipson also in the WR mix.

Breece Hall, RB, NYJ -- Active

Impact: Dalvin Cook will still likely split the workload with Hall.

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