NFL COVID-19 Opt-Out List: Updated Player Tracker

As we approach the 2020 NFL Season, the COVID-19 pandemic throws a wrench into things. Players have the choice to opt-out of the year for any reason, and it is something we must respect as this is bigger than the game of football. While we expect most players to suit up and play there will be a few names that do opt-out, which can have an impact on fantasy football, betting odds, and simply how good a football team can be. Below is an updated list of players who have opted out and how it will have an effect on the team.

Full List of NFL Players Opting Out Of NFL Season

  • De’Anthony Thomas
  • Andre Smith
  • Eddie Goldman
  • Star Lotuleli
  • Maurice Canady
  • Stephen Guidry
  • Kyle Peko
  • Edde Vanderdoes
  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
  • Dont’a Hightower
  • Dan Vitale
  • Brandon Bolden
  • Marcus Cannon
  • Najee Toran
  • Patrick Chung
  • Cole Wick
  • Chance Warmack
  • Caleb Brantley
  • Michael Pierce
  • Marquise Goodwin
  • Devin Funchess
  • Damien Williams
  • Devin Funchess
  • Nate Solder
  • CJ Mosley
  • Marquise Lee

Notable NFL Players Opting Out

Dont’a HightowerNew England Patriots

On July 28th, reports came out about numerous New England Patriots players opting out for the 2020 season. One of the bigger names on the defensive side was Dont’a Hightower. He is coming off a season where he had 71 total tackles and 5.5 sacks. Hightower is a key piece in the New England defense. Now the Patriots defense was already going through some changes at linebacker and we will likely see names like Ja’Whaun Bentley and Chase Winovich as fill-in options.

Patrick ChungNew England Patriots

Patrick Chung has a child on the way and has made the smart decision to opt-out. Chung is part of one of the top secondaries in the league. While they will miss him at safety, this is a secondary that has a lot of depth and should not see a huge drop-off. While New England’s defense will still be good, they will have a tough time putting up those elite fantasy numbers they did last season.

Marcus CannonNew England Patriots

Marcus Cannon is a cancer survivor and was considered a high-risk opt-out. Both him and Najee Toran will opt out and that leaves the New England offensive line scrambling to find some fill-in options. Korey Cunningham or Justin Herron seems to be the names that stand out as potential starters now.

Eddie GoldmanChicago Bears

Eddie Goldman has cited health concerns as the reason for his opt-out. While Goldman was an average defensive tackle last season, he is still a starting name on this Bears defensive line. John Jenkins will likely slide right into a starting role. The Bears defense expects to bounce back in the fantasy department, and Goldman’s absence should’t be much of a hit.

Laurent Duvernay-TardifKansas City Chiefs

One of the more notable stories of the offseason, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is opting out of the 2020 season to continue to fight as a medical professional on the frontlines in Montreal. He is a former medical student, and what a tremendous decision he has made. Now this will leave a gap at right tackle, but the Chiefs just signed Kelechi Osemele to jump right into a starting role. 

Damien WilliamsKansas City Chiefs

The Damien Williams opt-out is going to be one that makes waves through the fantasy world. This clears up some more touches for Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Williams will opt out of the 2020 season citing concerns over how the NFL is handling the protocol. Give CHE a bump in your fantasy rankings and his ADP should certainly get a bump as well.

C.J. MosleyNew York Jets

C.J. Mosley opting out is another major loss for the Jets defense. While he missed most of 2019 due to injury, this is a defense that still needs him in the linebacking core. With Adams gone, this defense continues to trend in the wrong direction.

Question Marks

There are a few players who have already voiced concerns about the NFL’s protocol of safety. Todd Gurley was one of those names, citing the restart plan was not something he was fond of. Gurley said he is open to sitting out the season if the NFL doesn’t come up with a plan.

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