Saturday, January 22

Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest News on Elijah Mitchell, D’Andre Swift, Chase Edmonds, More Affecting Week 15 RB Rankings

Running backs Elijah Mitchell, D’Andre Swift, Chase Edmonds, Jamaal Williams and Darrell Henderson all missed last week’s games, and with the fantasy football playoffs set to kick off, all of their statuses will be crucial to our ranking of the Week. 15 and their, make decisions. Get the latest injury updates for each player below.

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WEEK 15: Collection of exemptions

Elijah Mitchell injury update

Mitchell (concussion, knee) had a tendency to be out against the Bengals all week, but there’s a good chance he can play Atlanta. As usual, we’ll have to catch up with the latest practice reports before Sunday, but Mitchell is pretty much a must-see if he can go.

Atlanta has yielded the seventh most fantasy points to the RBs, so we like Mitchell as RB15 on standard and RB14 on PPR. Jeff Wilson Jr. has been a flop in two games in which he was lead running back, but a lot of that has to do with Deebo Samuel putting in a lot of big touches. That said, Wilson will still attract some flexible appeal if Mitchell is out, although he’s clearly risky.

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

D’Andre Swift injury update

Despite rumors last week, Swift (shoulder) could be heading to IR, Dan Campbell said is hopeful Swift will play in week 15 against the Cardinals. Swift’s owners are surely eager to get it back, but right now it seems more “iffy” than truly “questionable.”

If he plays, you have to start him, even in a tough matchup with the Cardinals. His average yards per carry and other rushing numbers won’t impress you, but we’ve seen what he’s been able to do with explosive runs and in the passing game. A high result in RB1, at least in PPR, is always on the table, regardless of the match. If he’s out, Jamaal Williams (see below) should be seen as a decent RB2 or flexible option.

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Chase Edmonds injury update

Edmonds (ankle) it was a zero in game time for Monday night against the Rams, but coach Kliff Kingsbury has already said that he will play in Week 15. Of course, that’s no guarantee, but we’ll see. Arizona plays Detroit, and while that screams a juicy showdown, it’s unclear what Edmonds’ role will be in their first game back. It is often difficult to predict how things will go in what should be a blowout. If Edmonds is used solely in the receiving game, you may not get a lot of work.

Ultimately, we classify Edmonds as RB25 in the standard leagues and RB21 in the PPR leagues. Even if this game gets out of hand, the showdown is just too fierce, and we just saw Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon crush the Lions in a one-sided affair. If he’s out, James Conner has an overall lead of RB1.

Jamaal Williams COVID Update

Williams (reserve / COVID) missed Week 14 against Denver, and Craig Reynolds was the lead running back in place of Godwin Igwebuike or Jermar Jefferson. We’re sure there were a lot of fantasy owners who started with one of those guys, so hopefully Williams and / or Swift are back and we won’t have to deal with that nonsense anymore. Obviously, Williams’ fantasy prospects hinge on Swift’s availability, but in a tough showdown with Arizona, he thinks he’ll be no better than an RB2.

We classify Williams as the RB33 in standard and the RB30 in the PPR leagues if Swift can’t go. In that range, he’ll be in a ton of starting lineups, but he’s at great risk of bankruptcy if his use of the passing game isn’t there.

Darrell Henderson COVID Update

Henderson (reserve / COVID) will obviously have to clear protocols to be ready to go against Seattle. Seattle has yielded the second-most fantasy points to the RBs, so if Henderson plays, he could have a nuclear performance. If he’s out, Michel’s wheel breaks.

However, during Henderson’s absence, Michel has played well and there is a chance that he could start to consume Henderson’s workload upon his return. With that said, we classify Henderson conservatively as RB17 in the standard leagues and RB23 in the PPR leagues. His advantage is greater, but there are red flags here, as the backfield potentially becomes a committee.

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