Fantasy Football Week 15 Breakdown: Who’s In and Who’s Out?

Who should start? Who should sit? To help you set your fantasy football lineups and avoid starting an offensive player who isn’t in that lineup, we’ll be posting fantasy-related updates and analysis as NFL teams release their official inactive lists. Any rankings quoted in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff rankings.

Official Sunday blackouts begin approximately 90 minutes prior to scheduled kickoff times: 11:30 am ET for early games and 2:30 pm ET for afternoon games.

Update often for latest information.


games at 1 p.m. ET

DJ Moore, WR, CHIquestionable
Impact: He practiced fully on Friday, so there is every expectation that he will play. Don’t hesitate to use him as your WR1.

Equivalent St. Brown, WR, CHIoutside
Impact: Darnell Mooney is the only Bears wideout (besides Moore) who might have some fantasy value.

Ian Thomas, TE, CARoutside
Impact: With Hayden Hurst on IR, it’s Tommy Trumble’s time to shine and Stephen Sullivan could get some looks too.

Aaron Jones, RB, GPquestionable
Impact: AJ suffered a broken thumb. With Dillon in doubt, Jones should be very busy — if he plays.

Christian Watson, WR, GBSuspicious
Impact: Not having practice all week, it’s not good. Jayden Reid will see a ton of targets.

Dontayvion Wicks, WR, GBquestionable
Impact: He has playmaking ability. If so, he should see his share of WR targets.

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CJ Stroud, QB, HOUoutside
Impact: A concussion leaves the Texans scrambling to find a replacement QB for at least another week. It looks like Davis will switch to Case Keenum instead of Mills.

Nico Collins, WR, HOUquestionable
Impact: He hasn’t practiced all week, so you shouldn’t count on him. On the plus side, at least TE Dalton Schultz will play off the injury report.

Noah Brown, WR, HOUquestionable
Impact: Brown got some reps this week and could be the No. 1 WR option for the Texans if he can play. Considering the QB situation here, take it with a grain of salt.

Isiah Pacheco, RB, KCoutside
Impact: Shoulder surgery has sidelined Pacheco for at least 15 weeks. Expect Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon to share the workload.

Justin Rose, WR, KCoutside
Impact: Despite serving his six-game suspension, Ross will not return to the Kansas City huddle this week. Coach Andy Reid said next week could be different, but he made no promises.

Devon Achen, RB, MIAquestionable
Impact: Raheem Mostert will see a bigger share of the backfield touches, even if Achen plays.

Tyreek Hill, WR, MIAquestionable
Impact: He didn’t practice all week, so it’s safe to turn to Jaylen Waddle if you want a piece of Miami’s offense. However, the latest reports suggest that he will play.

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NEoutside
Impact: Ezekiel Elliott could see 30 touches in this one.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, NEquestionable
Impact: Demario Douglas is ready to recover from his concussion, so Smith-Schuster’s value could already be on the decline.

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Devante Parker, WR, NEquestionable
Impact: Limited practices throughout the week make this a truly uncertain situation. The status of Tyquan Thornton (hamstring) is also up in the air.

Kendre Miller, RB, nooutside
IMPACT: Jamaal Williams (groin, questionable) is going to play because there’s no one else to back up Alvin Kamara.

Chris Olave, WR, noquestionable
Impact: He made a game-time call after not practicing all week, but it didn’t look promising. Both Rashid Shahid and AD Perry should start if Olaway sits out.

Darren Waller, TE, NYGquestionable
Impact: He was finally activated from IR and looks like he’ll return to No. 1 TE duties immediately.

Chris Godwin, WR, TBquestionable
Impact: He’s going to be a game-time call-up and is expected to play now. However, it may be wise to have a backup plan.

Nick Westbrook-Egain, WR, TENquestionable
Impact: He’s dealt with an illness, so that could come up depending on how close he gets to kickoff. Even if he’s 100%, there isn’t a ton of fantasy upside.


4pm ET games

Marquis Brown, WR, ARIquestionable
Impact: The Cardinals are coming off a bye, even though he didn’t practice fully this week. He should be ready to roll.

Michael Wilson, WR, ARIquestionable
Impact: Similarly, Wilson has a good chance to play. FYI, the last time he faced the 49ers (Week 4), he scored two touchdowns.

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Brandin Cooks, WR, DALquestionable
Impact: Cooks will likely play later in the week, according to reports. Jalen Tolbert (illness) also heads to active.

Tutu Atwell, WR, LARquestionable
Impact: He was able to practice this week, but is reportedly unlikely to play due to the aftereffects of the concussion. Even if he fits, he’ll be well down the target tree.

Elijah Mitchell, RB, SFoutside
Impact: Again, Jordan Mason will serve as Christian McCaffrey’s backup.

Brian Robinson Jr., RB, WSHoutside
Impact: Antonio Gibson will start, with Chris Rodriguez Jr. filling in when needed.


Sunday night game

There are no fantasy related injuries in this game.

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