Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb, Chris Carson, James Robinson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Zack Moss and Damien Harris are the headlines on a huge roster of injured RBs this week, and the latest updates on them will obviously affect the week 10 fantasy start. ‘ em, sit they call. We know RBs are the hardest to replace when giving up with drop wire pickups and streamers, so we’ll help you stay up to date on the latest news.
Update on Alvin Kamara’s injury
Kamara (knee) workout lost on Wednesday and it is considered “day to day”. There is reportedly a real chance he could lose the game against Tennessee. This injury seemed to come out of nowhere, so we will have to continue monitoring his status. Tennessee gives the RB eight less fantasy points, so a limping Kamara could have a rough day. If Mark Ingram starts in his place, it will be difficult to expect huge numbers. James Robinson and Jonathan Taylor are the only two full backs to unleash against the Titans’ robust defensive line.
That said, New Orleans is the heaviest team in the league right now, so Kamara or Ingram could be successful thanks to the volume. We have Kamara like RB6 as standard Other PPR Championships. If he can’t play, consider Ingram to be a mid-range RB2.
Nick Chubb COVID update
Chubb tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, so, as always, we’ll just have to wait and see if he can clear the protocols in time. He is reportedly vaccinated, so Chubb is expected to deliver two negative tests within 24 hours of each other.
If he plays, these figures will be a tough match against New England, which has allowed decent RB exits a couple of times this season, but most of the damage has been done by air. Since Chubb doesn’t do much in the game on reception, his fantasy prospects will likely hinge on running touchdowns, as New England has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher. If Chubb can’t play, D’Ernest Johnson should be a workhorse again, but we don’t see him having nearly as much success as his first starter game against Denver. Chubb ranks as the RB11 as standard Other RB14 in PPR.
Chris Carson injury update
Carson (neck) was designated to return from IR and was on the practice field Wednesday. It was rumored that he would miss much more time. but apparently Seattle will try to bring him back relatively soon. However, it seems unlikely at this point that he will play in week 10 against the Packers, as Seattle has 21 days to put him on the active roster.
Green Bay is a mid-range defense against fantasy RB, but in recent weeks he has been playing better on that side of the ball. Seattle’s offensive line isn’t good enough to fully trust this bout, so we classify Carson’s backup, Alex Collins, as the RB24 in PPR Other RB25 in standard leagues based largely on expected volume and TD potential.
James Robinson injury update
TO UPDATE: Robinson returned to practice on Thursday.
Robinson (heel) on Wednesday he was out of practice, but Urban Meyer has already said he should be able to play Indianapolis. It appears that this will be an in-game decision-making situation.
If he plays. the Colts’ D is one of the best in the league against the RBs, as they conceded the second lowest number of fancy points to the RBs and only two running touchdowns. We still classify Robinson as the RB14 as standard Other RB13 in PPR given the workload it usually receives. If Carlos Hyde starts out for the Jags, consider him a low-end, volume-based RB2 like Alex Collins.
Update on Clyde Edwards-Helaire injury
TO UPDATE: CEH “it looked great“Basically Thursday, according to Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
CEH (knee) has been designated to return from the IR, but it is unclear if he will return this week. In all likelihood, he will train on a limited basis and wait to prepare against Dallas next week. However, things may change, so stay tuned.
We assume that Darrel Williams will have another beginning and position it as the RB20 as standard Other RB18 in PPR. Las Vegas cedes 13th most fantasy points to RBs, but this Kansas City bout looks just plain bad right now. If CEH returns, it probably won’t be ranked much higher; if at all.
Update on Zack Moss injury
TO UPDATE: Moss practiced Thursday but he was wearing a contactless shirt, indicating he has yet to clear the concussion protocol.
Musk (concussion) he didn’t train on Wednesday, and we know by now not to speculate on whether he will be able to go against the Jets. However, we’ve seen several guys return to play just a week after their concussions, hence him I could be ready to go. Despite the favorable pairing, Moss was relegated to a mere committee approach along with Devin Singletary, and relatively unproductive to boot. If Moss is out, Singletary is certainly an interesting play, but he too could flop despite the optimal matchup. Invoices no. 1 priority in the passing game, and neither Moss nor Singletary get enough work in that area to be safe in the PPR Championships.
For now, let’s classify Moss and Singletary as high-end RB3 and Singletary will likely slip into mid-tier RB2 conversion if Moss can’t go.
Update on Damien Harris’ injury
TO UPDATE: Neither Harris nor Stevenson practiced Thursday.
Harris (concussion) he didn’t train on Wednesday and has the same injury prospects as Moss (see above). Rhamondre Stevenson is also struggling with a concussion, so there is a lot of uncertainty around the Patriots’ backfield. If Harris plays, he should continue to be the touch leader by a large margin. If he’s out, Stevenson and Brandon Bolden will likely share homework. If both of Pats’ shoulders are out, Brandon Bolden and JJ Taylor will split the reps.
It’s obviously hard to analyze right now, but assuming Harris is healthy, it’s ours RB16 in PPR Other standard leagues. Cleveland is statistically the ninth toughest fight for fantasy RBs, but Harris is a bruise with a nose for the end zone. Whoever leaves for the Pats will be in play in this matchup.