NFL Week 18 fantasy football inactives watch: Who's in and who's out?

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Whom should you start? Whom should you sit? To help you set your fantasy football lineups and to avoid starting a player who won't be playing, we'll post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their official inactives lists, typically about 90 minutes before kickoff. 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 time, around 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games and 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games.

Refresh often for the latest information.

Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL: Ankle -- OUT

Impact: Tyler Huntley will start for the Ravens, who have only a slim chance at making the playoffs.

Devin Duvernay, WR, BAL: Ankle -- Active

Impact: Marquise Brown was removed from the injury report. James Proche II is inactive.

Justin Fields, QB, CHI: COVID-19 -- OUT

Impact: Andy Dalton was going to start, even if Fields had been activated from the league's protocol.

Joe Burrow, QB, CIN: Knee -- OUT

Impact: Brandon Allen will start. Don't count on any Bengals regulars playing a full 60 minutes.

C.J. Uzomah, TE, CIN: Knee -- Active

Impact: However, don't expect him to play much after he didn't practice all week. WR Tee Higgins is inactive.

Evan McPherson, K, CIN: Groin -- Inactive

Impact: Elliott Fry was elevated from the practice squad.

Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE: Ankle -- Inactive

Impact: Fortunately, Nick Chubb is ready to finish out the season.

David Njoku, TE, CLE: Shoulder -- Active

Impact: He's likely to at least see some action, but Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant will still get touches.

Jared Goff, QB, DET: Knee -- Active

Impact: All signs pointed to Goff starting the season finale.

Josh Reynolds, WR, DET: Thigh -- Active

Impact: Still, Amon-Ra St. Brown is the only Lions receiver you'd want to risk starting in Week 18.

Brock Wright, TE, DET: Groin -- Active

Impact: Jared Pinkney is the only other TE option on the team.

Aaron Jones, RB, GB: Knee -- Inactive

Impact: With the Packers locked into the No.1 seed, this is not all that surprising.

Chris Conley, WR, HOU: Knee -- Inactive

Impact: Danny Amendola is looking likely to play in his place.

Chris Moore, WR, HOU: Illness -- Active

Impact: Nico Collins is still the better fantasy option.

James O'Shaughnessy, TE, JAX: Hip -- OUT

Impact: Dan Arnold might start if he gets cleared from the league's protocol.

Mike Glennon, QB, NYG: Wrist -- OUT

Impact: Welcome back to the huddle, Jake Fromm! Yes, the silence from that statement is appropriately deafening.

Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG: Shoulder -- OUT

Impact: Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton will start for the Giants.

John Ross, WR, NYG: Knee -- OUT

Impact: David Sills V was promoted from the practice squad.

Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT: COVID-19 -- Active

Impact: James Washington, on the other hand, will miss Sunday's game due to COVID-19.

Curtis Samuel, WR, WAS: Hamstring -- OUT

Impact: Cam Sims could be an interesting flex option.

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, WAS: Concussion -- OUT/IR

Impact: John Bates takes over the top TE duties.

James Conner, RB, ARI: Heel -- Questionable

Impact: Jonathan Ward and Eno Benjamin would step in if he can't go.

Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL: Hamstring -- Questionable

Impact: Expected to play, but if he gets around 60 receiving yards, he's likely to take the rest of the game off.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, BUF: Knee -- Doubtful

Impact: Gabriel Davis is the better fantasy option right now anyway.

Robby Anderson, WR, CAR: Quad -- Questionable

Impact: He's a game-time call. Only DJ Moore remains fully healthy in the team's WR room.

Damien Harris, RB, NE: Hamstring -- Questionable

Impact: Expect Harris to play until the Patriots feel they have a comfortable enough lead.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE: Thigh -- Questionable

Impact: Nelson Agholor, on the other hand, was removed from the injury report.

Mark Ingram II, RB, NO: Knee -- Questionable

Impact: Given the importance of the game to the Saints, he's likely to give it a try.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF: Thumb -- Questionable

Impact: Expected to play, but Trey Lance may still see some time under center if he stumbles.

Josh Jacobs, RB, LV: Ribs -- Questionable

Impact: Although he's a game-time call, chances are good he'll play in this must-win game.

Darren Waller, TE, LV: Knee -- Questionable

Impact: Similarly, given the high stakes of this game, Waller should suit up.

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