COVID-19 IR/Opt Out Tracker & Backups to Target

Sep 18, 2020
COVID-19 IR/Opt Out Tracker & Backups to Target

With players now being tagged with the reserve/COVID-19 designation, we thought it would be useful to keep track of when players enter the list, so that you have a good idea of their on-field availability. This article also contains a list of players who have chosen to completely opt-out for the 2020 season.

* Only fantasy-relevant players will be on both lists to limit the noise.


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This chart will be updated as players are deemed list-worthy, along with when their quarantine period has expired. The NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list was created for players who either test positive for the virus, or are being quarantined due to contact with an infected person or persons. Per the agreed upon NFL-NFLPA policy, it does not appear that we will be privy to which reason the players receive this designation.

Once players start to come off the list, we should have a better idea of their average length of stay.

Reserve/COVID-19 List
Player Team POS IR Date Est. Date off IR Actual Date off IR
Ke'Shawn Vaughn Buccaneers RB 7/27/20 8/14/20 8/6/20
Justin Jefferson Vikings WR 7/27/20 8/14/20 8/4/20
Richie James 49ers WR/R 7/27/20 8/14/20 8/3/20
Dontrell Hilliard Browns RB 7/27/20 8/14/20 8/4/20
Keith Smith Falcons FB 7/29/20 8/16/20 8/15/20
Logan Thomas Football Team TE 7/29/29 8/16/20 8/9/20
Kenny Golladay Lions WR 7/29/20 8/16/20 8/5/20
T.J. Hockenson Lions TE 7/29/20 8/16/20 8/8/20
Jace Sternberger Packers TE 7/30/20 8/17/20 8/17/20
Mason Crosby Packers K 7/30/20 8/17/20 8/15/20
Devontae Booker Raiders RB 7/30/20 8/17/20 8/4/20
Jeff Wilson 49ers RB 7/30/20 8/17/20 8/4/20
Matthew Stafford Lions QB 8/1/20 8/18/20 8/4/20
Jaylen Samuels Steelers RB 8/2/20 8/19/20 8/13/20
James Washington Steelers WR 8/2/20 8/19/20 8/7/20
Gardner Minshew Jaguars QB 8/2/20 8/19/20 8/4/20
Ryquell Armstead Jaguars RB 8/2/20 & 9/4/20 8/19/20 8/20/20 &
Maxx Crosby Raiders DE 8/6/20 8/23/20 8/15/20
Deonte Harris Saints WR 8/14/20 8/26/20 8/16/20
John Ross Bengals WR 8/12 8/24/20 8/23/20
Keesean Johnson Cardinals WR 9/11

Opt-Out List

The original deadline to opt-out for the 2020 season has officially passed and we are now onto the start of real football.

However, players can still opt-out in two ways:

  • New diagnosis of a high-risk condition
  • Player’s family member dies, is hospitalized or otherwise moves to a medical facility because of COVID-19 or related condition

This table will be updated as news pours in, and a player will not be indicated as sitting out until there is sourced information.

*Only fantasy-relevant guys will be listed as it could get out of control pretty easily.

Players Who Have Opted Out, 2020
Player Team POS Backup to Consider
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Chiefs G (could impact RBs)
DeAnthony Thomas Ravens WR/Returner
Dan Vitale Patriots FB
Brandon Bolden Patriots RB Rex Burkhead
Marquise Goodwin Eagles WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward
Devin Funchess Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow
Nate Solder Giants T (could impact Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley)
Damien Williams Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darwin Thompson, DeAndre Washington
Marqise Lee Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers
C.J. Mosley Jets LB Avery Williamson
Matt LaCosse Patriots TE Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene
Jamize Olawale Cowboys RB
Geronimo Allison Lions WR Quintez Cephus
Allen Hurns Dolphins WR Isaiah Ford, Jakeem Grant, Mack Hollins
Travis Benjamin 49ers WR Dante Pettis, Trent Taylor
Albert Wilson Dolphins WR Isaiah Ford, Jakeem Grant, Mack Hollins
Josh Doctson Jets WR Braxton Berrios, Josh Malone
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