If you have a fantasy football team, and let’s face it, if you’re reading this you do, then you’re probably sweating at least an RB or two this week. The injury / COVID list is ridiculous, even by enforcement standards. Kareem Hunt has already been ruled out, and both Austin Ekeler and Damien Harris are in doubt for the first few games. The list of guys in the start ’em, sit’ em bubble for Sunday includes Leonard Fournette, James Conner, Chase Edmonds, Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, Elijah Mitchell, Darrell Henderson, Michael Carter, D’Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams and Myles Gaskin (and all the other Dolphins RB). Needless to say, you need the latest illness and injury updates if you’re going to come out of Week 15 and advance into your fantasy playoffs.
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Leonard Fournette injury update
Fournette (ankle) missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, which calls into question his availability for Sunday night’s game against New Orleans. You certainly still have a chance to play if you participate in a limited session on Friday, but Fantasy owners should plan ahead and pick Ronald Jones II if available.
This is a brutal showdown for the RBs, so the worst case scenario is that Fournette is active and splits time. If that’s the situation, both Fournette and Jones would be TD-dependent flexors. If Fournette is out, Jones is still just a flex, but his floor is a bit higher. If Fournette is active and we hear reports that he will have no restrictions, he is still up for grabs, but know that it is more risky than usual.
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
James Conner injury update
Conner pinched his ankle on the last drive of Arizona’s Monday night game, and he’s still to practice this week. He may only have a day or two more off because he played Monday, but at this point, the Fantasy owners can’t count on him facing the Lions.
If Conner is out, Chase Edmonds (ankle), expected to come out of the IR (see below), would probably handle most of RB’s touches, but Arizona may help him back down with less than a full complement. of plays. If that happens, Eno Benjamin would be a (very) high-risk, high-reward flex given the showdown, but it’s hard to justify his start to the fantasy playoffs. Stick with Conner or Edmonds, depending on who is active. If both are a good fit, play both.
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Elijah Mitchell injury update
Mitchell reportedly worked “to the side” in Thursday’s practice.
Mitchell (concussion, knee) I don’t practice on Wednesday after missing Week 14. It seems unlikely that concussion is a bigger problem (although we don’t know for sure), but his knee injury could certainly knock him out against Atlanta.
The 49ers have leaned on Mitchell in the first game back from injury before this season, so while he’s active, keep him in your lineup in this favorable matchup. If he’s out, Jeff Wilson Jr. would lead the backfield, but his inefficiency and Deebo Samuel’s emergence as the most effective “running back” limits JWJ’s value. We’d still consider it flexible, but it doesn’t have the roof that Mitchell has.
Miles Sanders injury update
Both Sanders and Howard were limited again in practice Thursday.
Sanders (ankle) I had a limited practice on Wednesday, which was nice to see considering Philadelphia was coming off a goodbye. Jordan Howard (knee) was also limited in practice. That would apparently put them both on track to play in Week 15 against Washington, but this situation remains fluid.
If both are healthy, no one can guess how the Eagles’ backfield will shake. Sanders and Howard were in a fairly even division in the short time they played together, but Howard seemed like a little more productive running back, at least when TDs are taken into account. In a below-average matchup, each poses great risk in the fantasy playoffs. Howard probably has a little more value in the standard leagues, but, again, we won’t know for sure until we see this team on the field. If both are out, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell would split RB’s touches.
Chase Edmonds injury update
Edmonds (ankle) is still technically on IR, so the Cardinals don’t have to include him in their practice reports. With that said, coach Kliff Kingsbury revealed last week that Edmonds would play in Week 15 against Detroit, so as long as that remains the plan, it’s safe to include him in their rosters. The good news is that we will know for sure if it is activated on Saturday afternoon.
If James Conner (ankle) is out, Edmonds has a very high floor and ceiling in this elite showdown. Even if Conner plays, Edmonds should immediately revert to his high-floor PPR style. He’s a lot riskier in standard, but given the showdown, we’d still be willing to take a chance with him in a flexible venue.
D’Andre Swift injury update
Lions coach Dan Campbell provided a bit of optimism about Swift’s outlook for Week 15 earlier in the week, but after consecutive missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday, it seems highly unlikely that he will face Arizona.
A Week 16 comeback from his injury in case it seems possible, but with the Lions going nowhere, they are as likely to shut down Swift for the season as they did to TJ Hockenson (hand). If Swift is out this week, Jamaal Williams, who missed last week’s game while on the reserve / COVID roster, would start and handle most of the touches. However, it has not yet been activated, so technically its status is still in doubt. If both Swift and Williams are out, Craig Reynolds would presumably get most of the carries like last week, but Jermar Jefferson and Godwin Igwebuike would also be involved. Given the tough matchup, lackluster talent level, and unpredictability of this situation, avoid him in all but the deepest leagues if Swift and Williams are out.
Michael Carter injury update
Like Edmonds, Carter (ankle) is on the IR, so he doesn’t need to be included in the Jets’ practice reports. However, coach Robert Saleh said Monday that he expected Carter to face the Dolphins.
Carter was operating the Jets’ clear lead before the injury, so while he’s there, it’s reasonable to assume he will reprise that role. Tevin Coleman (concussion) returned to full practice Wednesday after missing last week, so he’ll presumably be ready to lead the backfield if Carter has a setback, but for now, it looks like Carter will be a solid RB2 / flex in a relatively neutral pairing.
Myles Gaskin COVID Update
Gaskin was placed on the reserve / COVID list last Friday during Miami’s break, and early reports indicated that he was vaccinated. If that’s the case, he could be activated at any time, but so far there has been no word on his availability for Sunday’s game against the Jets.
Backups Salvon Ahmed and Phillip Lindsay are also on the reserve / COVID roster, while backup Malcolm Brown (quad) has finally resumed practice after a long season on IR. If none of the four can leave, Duke Johnson would be next in line. We tentatively assume that Gaskin will adapt. Considering he’s playing the worst defense against fantasy RBs, he’d be a solid starter this week. In fact, whoever starts for the Dolphins should start in fantasy leagues, even if it’s Brown or Johnson. There’s still a lot to work out here, so pay close attention as the weekend approaches.
Darrell Henderson COVID Update
Henderson entered the reserve / COVID list last Saturday, and it’s unclear what his status is at this time. The good news is that he had apparently overcome the quadriceps injury that knocked him out in Week 13, but obviously we can’t say for sure that he will be active against the Seahawks.
If so, it is imperative in this elite showdown. If it comes out again, Sony Michel would take over and it would be a legitimate play by RB1.