Final injury report
Out: Devine Ozigbo (hamstring), Matt Breida (hamstring), Kenyan Drake (ankle), Devonta Freeman (ankle), Taiwan Jones (hamstring), T.J. Yeldon (back)
Doubtful: Mark Ingram (ankle), Troymaine Pope (concussion)
Questionable: Phillip Lindsay (foot), Josh Jacobs (knee, illness), Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring), Chris Carson (foot), Carlos Hyde (hamstring)
Thursday injury report
Chris Carson hasn’t practiced yet, but will give it a go on Friday to see if he can play. Kenyan Drake didn’t practice again and is looking very iffy. Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Taylor both got in full practices, so should be ready to go Sunday. Phillip Lindsay returned to practice and is on track to play. Matt Breida missed another practice and his status is in question with Myles Gaskin already out. Mark Ingram missed his second practice. He’ll need to practice Friday for a chance to play.
Wednesday injury report
Aaron Jones is again iffy to play, but he is a game-time decision and if he does go, give him a start, as Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon are out due to Covid-19. If Jones is also out, Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin should be the two main backs against the 49ers.
Myles Gaskin is out and Matt Breida didn’t practice on Wednesday. It’s still early for Breida, but if can’t go, the Dolphins are looking at Patrick Laird and Jordan Howard as the main backs.
Tevin Coleman is out, which will push Ja’Mycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon into the spotlight for an extremely depleted 49ers offense.
Christian McCaffrey is practicing in full and should be back this week in a good matchup with the Chiefs.
Kenyan Drake might not be able to go against his old team the Dolphins this week, but coach Kliff Kingsbury hasn’t ruled him out. If he can’t go, Chase Edmonds becomes a good play.
Phillip Lindsay has a toe injury, but reports seem to downplay the severity. At this point he has a real chance to play against the Falcons.
Mark Ingram didn’t practice and could be out again this week against the Colts. J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards would split work.
DNP: Mark Ingram (ankle), Phillip Lindsay (foot), Matt Breida (hamstring), RB Myles Gaskin (knee), Kenyan Drake (ankle), Devonta Freeman (ankle)
Limited: Jonathan Taylor (ankle), Jordan Wilkins (groin), Alvin Kamara (foot), Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring)
Dalvin Cook held court over the fantasy football running back world in Week 8, totaling 226 yards and four touchdowns against the Packers pitiful run defense. His 48.6 PPR points eclipsed the second-best running back of the day, Alvin Kamara, who didn’t find the end zone for a third straight week, but did have nine receptions to go with 161 total yards.
Giovani Bernard, DeeJay Dallas and Nyheim Hines were 3-5 on the list and they did their damage with two touchdowns each despite poor rushing numbers and efficiency. Backups were all the rage last week with so many injured starters and this week could again give backups another shot at fantasy relevancy.
Aaron Jones is going to be a game time decision, while Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon are in the Covid-19 list and will miss the Thursday night game against the 49ers. If Jones can’t go, Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin will be the top running backs for Green Bay.
Tevin Coleman will be out against the Packers and Ja’Mycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon will get the bulk of the work.
Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are in doubt against the Bills this week. If they can’t go, DeeJay Dallas would again be the lead back.
Christian McCaffrey should return in Week 9 against the Chiefs.
Jonathan Taylor has an ankle injury that he was able to play through, but he was ineffective. If he can go in Week 9, it will be in a tough matchup with the Ravens.
Myles Gaskin is out for around three games, which will push Matt Breida and Jordan Howard into prominent roles at Arizona.
Mark Ingram should be close to returning this week, but we’ll have to keep tabs on his status.
Devonta Freeman’s status is in question after not practicing last week, but he should be close to returning against Washington.
Week 9 byes: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles
No Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard, Kareem Hunt, Nick Chubb, Darrell Henderson, Miles Sanders or Boston Scott this week.
Ja’Mycal Hasty, 49ers
Dalvin Cook just destroyed the Packers for four touchdowns and 200+ yards, so Hasty has a good matchup. He wasn’t especially effective last week, but will have a better matchup this week. Jerick McKinnon will also have value, but Hasty saw the most work last week.
Justin Jackson, Chargers
Jackson looked good last week and likely will get the start this week against the Raiders. That’s a great matchup and as long as he can hold off the other backs, he should have great upside this week.
Running back PPR rankings for Week 18
|1||Jonathan Taylor||IND||@ JAC|
|2||Austin Ekeler||LAC||@ LV|
|3||Alvin Kamara||NO||@ ATL|
|4||Dalvin Cook||MIN||vs CHI|
|5||Nick Chubb||CLE||vs CIN|
|6||David Montgomery||CHI||@ MIN|
|7||Joe Mixon||CIN||@ CLE|
|8||Najee Harris||PIT||@ BAL|
|9||Josh Jacobs||LV||vs LAC|
|10||Elijah Mitchell||SF||@ LAR|
|11||Rashaad Penny||SEA||@ ARI|
|12||Devin Singletary||BUF||vs NYJ|
|13||Darrel Williams||KC||@ DEN|
|14||Sony Michel||LAR||vs SF|
|15||D'Andre Swift||DET||vs GB|
|16||Rhamondre Stevenson||NE||@ MIA|
|17||D'Onta Foreman||TEN||@ HOU|
|18||Antonio Gibson||WAS||@ NYG|
|19||Javonte Williams||DEN||vs KC|
|20||Boston Scott||PHI||vs DAL|
|21||Ezekiel Elliott||DAL||@ PHI|
|22||Saquon Barkley||NYG||vs WAS|
|23||Melvin Gordon III||DEN||vs KC|
|24||James Conner||ARI||vs SEA|
|25||Chase Edmonds||ARI||vs SEA|
|26||Damien Harris||NE||@ MIA|
|27||Cordarrelle Patterson||ATL||vs NO|
|28||Devonta Freeman||BAL||vs PIT|
|29||Dare Ogunbowale||JAC||vs IND|
|30||Rex Burkhead||HOU||vs TEN|
|31||Patrick Taylor Jr.||GB||@ DET|
|32||Tony Pollard||DAL||@ PHI|
|33||Jamaal Williams||DET||vs GB|
|34||Tevin Coleman||NYJ||@ BUF|
|35||Jeff Wilson Jr.||SF||@ LAR|
|36||Duke Johnson Jr.||MIA||vs NE|
|37||Kareem Hunt||CLE||vs CIN|
|38||Ronald Jones II||TB||vs CAR|
|39||Michael Carter||NYJ||@ BUF|
|40||Ke'Shawn Vaughn||TB||vs CAR|
|41||Ty Johnson||NYJ||@ BUF|
|42||Mike Davis||ATL||vs NO|
|43||AJ Dillon||GB||@ DET|
|44||Chuba Hubbard||CAR||@ TB|
|45||Devontae Booker||NYG||vs WAS|
|46||Le'Veon Bell||TB||vs CAR|
|47||Jordan Howard||PHI||vs DAL|
|48||Aaron Jones||GB||@ DET|
|49||Justin Jackson||LAC||@ LV|
|50||Derrick Gore||KC||@ DEN|
|51||Jaret Patterson||WAS||@ NYG|
|52||Nyheim Hines||IND||@ JAC|
|53||Jeremy McNichols||TEN||@ HOU|
|54||Mark Ingram II||NO||@ ATL|
|55||Latavius Murray||BAL||vs PIT|
|56||Alexander Mattison||MIN||vs CHI|
|57||Craig Reynolds||DET||vs GB|
|58||Kenneth Gainwell||PHI||vs DAL|
|59||Dontrell Hilliard||TEN||@ HOU|
|60||Ameer Abdullah||CAR||@ TB|
|61||Phillip Lindsay||MIA||vs NE|
|62||Austin Walter||NYJ||@ BUF|
|63||Zack Moss||BUF||vs NYJ|
|64||DeeJay Dallas||SEA||@ ARI|
|65||Peyton Barber||LV||vs LAC|
|66||Cam Akers||LAR||vs SF|
|67||Brandon Bolden||NE||@ MIA|
|68||Myles Gaskin||MIA||vs NE|
|69||Samaje Perine||CIN||@ CLE|
|70||D'Ernest Johnson||CLE||vs CIN|
|71||David Johnson||HOU||vs TEN|
|72||Khalil Herbert||CHI||@ MIN|
|73||Alex Collins||SEA||@ ARI|
|74||JaMycal Hasty||SF||@ LAR|
|75||Jonathan Williams||WAS||@ NYG|
|76||Royce Freeman||HOU||vs TEN|
|77||Kyle Juszczyk||SF||@ LAR|
|78||Ryquell Armstead||JAC||vs IND|
|79||Michael Burton||KC||@ DEN|
|80||Benny Snell Jr.||PIT||@ BAL|
|81||Damien Williams||CHI||@ MIN|
|82||Eno Benjamin||ARI||vs SEA|
|83||Joshua Kelley||LAC||@ LV|
|84||Wendell Smallwood||WAS||@ NYG|
|85||Kene Nwangwu||MIN||vs CHI|
|86||Wayne Gallman Jr.||MIN||vs CHI|
|87||Travis Homer||SEA||@ ARI|
|88||Jalen Richard||LV||vs LAC|
|89||Ty Montgomery||NO||@ ATL|
|90||Corey Clement||DAL||@ PHI|
|91||Reggie Bonnafon||CAR||@ TB|
|92||Jake Funk||LAR||vs SF|
|93||Demetric Felton||CLE||vs CIN|
|94||Nathan Cottrell||JAC||vs IND|
|95||Elijhaa Penny||NYG||vs WAS|
|96||Keith Smith||ATL||vs NO|
|97||Deon Jackson||IND||@ JAC|
|98||Jakob Johnson||NE||@ MIA|
|99||Godwin Igwebuike||DET||vs GB|
|100||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||KC||@ DEN|