2020 COVID-19 NFL Player Tracker (Fantasy Football)
It’s been one of the most turbulent years in recent memory, but in the midst of a global pandemic, the NFL season is still on track to proceed as scheduled. Obviously, there may be changes to schedules, the pre-season will almost certainly get a makeover, and more players will unfortunately test positive for COVID-19.
Here at FantasyPros, we want to keep you up-to-date on the latest information from around the league as you prepare for your fantasy drafts over the coming months. That’s why we’re tracking all players who are reported to have tested positive for COVID-19, including any updates regarding health, availability, and any potential fantasy impact.
This list will be updated frequently, with the most recent updates posted at the top of the following section.
Last updated: August 21
Notable players opting out the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19
- Damien Williams (RB – KC)
- Devin Funchess (WR – GB)
- Marquise Goodwin (WR – PHI)
- Dont’a Hightower (LB – NE)
- Brandon Bolden (RB – NE)
- Patrick Chung (S – NE)
- Marcus Cannon (OL – NE)
- Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (OL – KC)
- Nate Solder (OL – NYG)
- Eddie Goldman (DT – CHI)
- Star Lotulelei (DT – BUF)
- Geronimo Allison (WR -DET)
- E.J. Gaines (CB – BUF)
- Matt LaCosse (TE – NE)
- C.J. Mosley (LB – NYJ)
- Marqise Lee (WR – NE)
- Jamize Olawale (FB – DAL)
- Ja’Wuan James (OL – DEN)
- Allen Hurns (WR – MIA)
- Marcus Gilbert (OL – ARI)
- Travis Benjamin (WR – SF)
- Albert Wilson (WR – MIA)
- Josh Doctson (WR – NYJ)
- De’Anthony Thomas (WR – BAL)
- Rashaan Melvin (CB – JAX)
Notable Players on the Reserve/COVID-19 List
Per the Minnesota Vikings’ website, this new reserve list category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. If a player falls into either of these categories, their club is required to immediately place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Per agreed upon NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on player’s medical status other than referring to roster status. Clubs may not disclose whether player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.
According to ESPN, “players may be activated from the list when they are healthy.”
|Player Name||Team||Position||Date activated from Reserve/COVID-19 List|
|John Ross||CIN||WR||August 23|
|Xavien Howard||MIA||CB||August 27|
|Gardner Minshew||JAX||QB||August 4|
|Matthew Stafford||DET||QB||August 4|
|Kenny Golladay||DET||WR||August 5|
|T.J. Hockenson||DET||TE||August 8|
|Jawaan Taylor||JAC||OL||August 2|
|Isaiah Wilson||TEN||OL||August 4|
|Ke’Shawn Vaughn||TB||RB||August 9|
|Devontae Booker||LV||RB||August 4|
|Justin Jefferson||MIN||WR||August 4|
|Richie James||SF||WR||August 3|
|Dontrell Hilliard||CLE||RB||August 4|
|Keith Smith||ATL||FB||August 13|
|Logan Thomas||WAS||TE||August 9|
|Jace Sternberger||GB||TE||August 17|
|Mason Crosby||GB||PK||August 15|
|Jeff Wilson||SF||RB||August 4|
Players Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19
Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL)
Even as this list inevitably grows, Zeke will likely remain one of the most notable names on it. The fifth-year man led the league in rushing yards per game for the first three seasons of his career and has been a fantasy stud since he entered the league. All signs point to him being fully available for the upcoming season, but if he’s limited or forced to miss time, Tony Pollard would be in the weekly RB1/2 conversation.
Ezekiel Elliott "feeling good" in COVID-19 recovery.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 24, 2020
Kareem Jackson (S – DEN)
Jackson provided 71 combined tackles, two picks, and a forced fumble in his first year with Denver in 2019, and he’ll be needed to help the Broncos’ defense take a step forward in 2020. Keep an eye on his status, but Jackson’s outlook is positive, as he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Broncos’ standout safety Kareem Jackson tested positive for COVID-19, a source confirmed to ESPN. Jackson has cold-like symptoms, but expects to make a full recovery.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 17, 2020
Von Miller (LB – DEN)
Miller was the second player to test positive for COVID-19 back in April, and he’s now fully recovered. The All-Pro pass rusher will be needed for a Broncos team that could be on the rise in 2020.
“Von has elected to share his diagnosis publicly to emphasize that anyone can be afflicted with coronavirus. … [He] is doing well and recovering at home in self-isolation.”
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) April 16, 2020
Rams confirm Brian Allen tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago.
He is "feeling good, he's healthy and he's on the road to recovery."
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) April 16, 2020