Fantasy football: Answers to the rampant running back injury issues

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Hey, do you ever feel that way? You know, it looks like something has happened before? Maybe it’s a conversation or a vista or a moment… or the injury of Christian McCaffrey.

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This is right. The Panthers running back are out again. Like last season, he was lost at the beginning of the year, came back briefly, then went down again for the rest of the season. This time the ankle hurt.

Hey, do you ever feel that way? We ask because Dalvin Cook is injured again. He had already missed a match earlier this season due to an ankle problem. He suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday that will keep him out for an indefinite period of time – although the team hopes to make a comeback during the regular season.


In the five years in the league, Cook has never played a full season, so turning him on to their fantasy roster is no foreign act.

Hey, do you ever feel that way? You know, like being able to find at least nothing on the running back wave wire you see in the aftermath of the season? Yes, it is a familiar feeling to most of the people. It happens again every week.

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This week, those likely to replace McCaffrey and Cook will face those who have DeAndre Swift and perhaps Ezekiel Elliott, both suspected for week 13 with shoulder and knee issues, respectively.

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Given that this isn’t the first time McCaffrey or Cook have lost time or Zeke has been a question mark, hopefully you handcuffed their backups. Alexander Mattison is a plug-and-play for Cook. Likewise, Tony Pollard is an easy sub for Elliot.

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When CMC went down at the start of this season, Chuba Hubbard was the obvious replacement, and would likely get a huge amount of carry over the rest. But Amir Abdullah has emerged with a stable role that will likely increase further, especially in the passing game.

Hum-drums Jamal Williams will imbibe Swift’s work, and is useful only by volume.

But you don’t need to rely on handcuff options for replacement. Matt Breeda has been the best Bills fantasy RB for three weeks in a row. Devin Singletary had more carries on Sunday, but Breeda got a touchdown (at the reception), and didn’t play a healthy Zach Moss either.

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Brida has been productive in small windows in the past, but her injury history (déj vu?) has often kept her off the field, so get used to while she stays healthy.

D’Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard both topped the 100 yards against the Patriots on Sunday. With wide receivers AJ Brown and Julio Jones dealing with injuries, Derrick Henry fill-ins will remain a heavy focus of the offense. Expect Foreman to move closer to the goal line and play a big part in the passing game for Hilliard.

Darker options include Rex Birkhead or Philip Lindsay. But there isn’t much beyond that. rb pickings are slim. Now that’s something we know we’ve heard before.

Yes, please

Tesome Hill QB, Santo

If reports are to be believed, he will start against the Cowboys on Thursday. His running ability makes his fantasy a reality. WRs get a bit of a boost, as more focus on defense can open up passing lanes.

Ryan Tannehill QB, Titans

A goodbye week with two straight fantasy duets means he could land a discount. WR is a health issue, but the program below stretch is well prepared for that.

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Van Jefferson WR, Ramso

On Sunday, Cooper had just one less goal (nine) than Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. Came within toe on the chalk from a second TD. We don’t think the Rams’ struggles are the new norm, so when they bounce back, Jefferson will have an advantage.

Kendrick Bourne WR, Patriots

He has three scores in the past three weeks, including two Sundays. He is the most explosive weapon the Pats has.

no, thanks

Mac Jones WR, Patriots

For the second time in three games, was one of the top five QBs for the week (going up to Monday). But pump the brakes. The next four weeks are two games versus the Bills, plus one bye.

Miles Sanders RB, Eagles

Apparently that’s not going to happen this season. Came down on Sunday with an ankle injury. Fire the Boston Scott and keep an eye on Jordan Howard’s availability.

Deason Jackson WR, Raiders

Every time Jackson grabs one of his trademark long TD passes, the fantasy community gets a little giddy in anticipation of a return in early 2010. Prediction: He will score exactly one TD for the rest of the season.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR, Packers

He has 19 goals in the last two matches, but only four combined in the last two matches. With a healthy Adam Lazard, expect MVS usage to decline after Green Bay comes out of the 13th week of goodbye.


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