Things aren’t looking good for running backs Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, James Robinson and Latavius Murray heading into Week 9, and a lot of fantasy football decisions start, sit them, are up for grabs. We’ve seen RB’s injuries come in groups, so hopefully he has the necessary braces, handcuffs, and sleepers on his list, but either way, he needs to know the latest injury updates.
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Saquon Barkley injury update
UPGRADE: Barkley remains on the reserve / Covid-19 list, but had a negative rapid test. Truth be told, speculating on its availability seems pointless, so be prepared to go with it or without it.
We all know very well that Barkley (ankle) has been hit all year long, but after being placed on the reserve / COVID list, the prospects for a Week 9 comeback are even dimmer. After Adam Schefter reported that Barkley turned in a negative test after his initial positive test, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported testing positive for the second time. Barkley will have to test negative twice, 24 hours apart, so it is difficult to know if that will happen. Even if he does, he is still at risk of failing due to the ankle injury he sustained in Week 5. All in all, it doesn’t look like he’s going to be okay on Sunday, but he’s not ruled out – yet. .
If he plays, we can see him as a mid-level RB1, but let’s face it, there is always a risk that he will aggravate an injury or be on a quick count. If it’s out, it’s the Devontae Booker show all over again. New York plays Las Vegas in Week 9, who give up the 10th most fantasy points to the RBs, so Booker looks like a safe RB2.
Christian McCaffrey injury update
UPGRADE: McCaffrey practiced on Thursday, but teams do not have to give a specific designation to a player returning from RI. However, it is speculated that it was limited.
McCaffrey (hamstring) has been designated to return from injured reserve, but he was “pretty limited” in Wednesday’s practice according to Matt Rhule. Right now, Chuba Hubbard is thought to start one more game, but McCaffrey will be ready for Week 10. Of course, things can change, so it’s best to keep up with his status through Sunday.
New England is statistically a middle unit against the RBs, but Austin Ekeler, Alvin Kamara, and Ezekiel Elliott are really the only RBs who have had great success. Against other RBs, they have been robust except for garbage time. That said, don’t expect a monster performance from Hubbard unless you have a lot of passing work or sneak in a touchdown. We classify it as the RB18 in PPR other RB22 in standard leagues. However, his floor could be much lower if Ameer Abdullah touches him a lot again.
James Robinson injury update
UPGRADE: Robinson was also out of practice Thursday.So his chance to play Buffalo seems slimmer.
Robinson (heel) I don’t practice on Wednesday, but we don’t know much about his situation beyond that. Thursday and Friday practice reports will give us more information on their availability in Week 9, so we’ll have to wait and see. This is not a serious injury, but it could knock him out of the game during a match. Carlos Hyde (if healthy) should take over the lead role of back and dominate the touches if Robinson is out.
If you play, we classify you as the RB12 as standard other RB9 in the PPR leagues. That may seem tall against a strong Buffalo defense, but with all of RB’s injuries in the league, he’s one of the few true workhorses in the league right now.
Latavius Murray injury update
UPGRADE: Murray did not practice for the second day in a row and it tends to come out, although nothing is official.
Murray (ankle) I did not practice on Wednesday, and it’s another type worth looking at. The goodbye of Week 8 was evidently not long enough for him to recover, so he runs the risk of missing another game. Murray appears to be the only Ravens running back who could taking on a workhorse role, but in his absence it will be another pure committee focus with Devonta Freeman, Le’Veon Bell and Ty’son Williams. We rank those guys in the order they’re listed.
If Murray plays, we see him as the RB36 as standard other RB37 in PPR. Minnesota is one of the top 12 teams against fantasy RBs, and even if Murray returns, this should be a committee approach once again.