Sunday, February 5

Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest News on Dalvin Cook, D’Andre Swift, James Conner, More Affecting Week 17 Rankings

Dalvin Cook, D’Andre Swift, James Conner and Elijah Mitchell all missed last week’s games, and most are among the “questionable” running backs for fantasy football championships. The week 17 rankings will be affected by each heading to Sunday, as they are all at least at the limit of the mandatory departures if they are active. Get the latest COVID and injury updates below.

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WEEK 17: Best Waiver Cable Pickups

Dalvin Cook COVID Update

Cook (reserve / COVID roster) is eligible to return to the Vikings lineup in Week 17, so we’ll see if he can clear the protocols ahead of a showdown with Green Bay. This will be a close call, as the earliest it can be activated is the day before Sunday’s game, so we won’t have any real news until then. If you own Alexander Mattison, you won’t be sweating too much because you are protected, but if you don’t, it will be a long and agonizing wait. For now, try to find the best possible replacement option, as you did with Cook before this season.

If Cook plays, he ranks as our RB5 in standard and RB3 in the PPR leagues, even in one of the toughest RB matchups. We know that it is largely match-proof and ultimately not in the beginning, feel them anyway. If Mattison starts, we already know that his limit is almost as high as Cook’s, so play with him with confidence too.

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Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

D’Andre Swift injury update

Swift (shoulder) missed her fourth game in a row last week, but it was a legitimate decision at the time of the game. He will likely be “questionable” once again heading into a showdown with Seattle. For those who have come this far without him in their rosters, they could be rewarded with Swift taking on the Seahawks defense, which has allowed the second-most fantasy points for the RBs. We’ll see what the practice reports tell us, but ultimately we won’t know until we have official news.

The Lions have been wary of Swift, so we’d like to think that he’ll get his usual amount of touches if he’s active. We classify it as the RB7 in standard and RB4 in the PPR leagues. Ultimately, because his injury is an upper body ailment, he should still have plenty of explosiveness, and the showdown is too juicy here to consider sitting down. Sure, the could He will be on more than one committee in his first game in more than a month, but he will have a lot of home run potential and will be a great target in the passing game. If you’re out, Jamaal Williams and Craig Renyolds draw interest in flex venues, handling nearly the same number of touches in Week 16.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

James Conner injury update

Last week Conner (heel) said he was “sure” he would face the Colts, but was ultimately ruled out of the contest. With that said, it seems like he narrowly missed the game and should tend to play in Week 17 against the Cowboys. Dallas is the No. 3 defense against fantasy RBs, so this isn’t a great place for an explosive comeback. However, we know that much of Conner’s production comes from easy touchdowns at the goal line, and this could turn into a real shootout.

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Ultimately, his ceiling isn’t that high with Chase Edmonds back in the lineup, and the showdown is tough, which is why we ranked him RB23 in the standard leagues and RB25 in the PPR leagues. Once again, his edge is much greater thanks to his nose for the end zone, but it’s hard to know exactly what to expect here. If he’s out, Edmonds is pretty much a must-start as he’ll be back in a workhorse role. He will be a mid-level RB2 in PPR and a low-level RB2 in standard leagues.

Elijah Mitchell injury update

Mitchell (knee) missed his third game in a row against the Titans, but since that game was Thursday night, he will have more time to recover before the 49ers take on Houston. Like Swift, Mitchell could be returning to one of RB’s best matchups possible, as Houston has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points at the position. This game has “ground and pound” written on it (especially if Jimmy Garropolo is out), so we wouldn’t be shy to start with Mitchell here.

As a basic rule of thumb for this week, start whatever the 49ers starting RB is. Suddenly, they’ve gone from a committee backfield to one where a single player has dominated the majority of the touches. If you play Mitchell, start it. If it doesn’t, start with Jeff Wilson Jr. If Wilson somehow ends up on the reserve / COVID list, start with JaMycal Hasty. Any of them could smash into a starting role.

For now, we have Wilson as the projected starter and we classify it as RB14 in standard and RB15 in PPR.

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