Many people are starting their fantasy playoffs this week, while a lot of others start next week. This is pretty much the final chance fantasy managers have to get their lineups and rosters perfect for the postseason.
Running back is obviously an important position, and some key ones are dealing with injuries. Let’s take a look at Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry, Chicago Bears RB D’Onta Foreman, and New England Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson as we get ready for Week 14 in the NFL.
Latest News and Injury Updates Impacting Fantasy
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
Henry was having a fantastic day against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday before he had to leave with an injury. He finished the game with 21 carries, 102 yards, and two touchdowns, but he checked out early to be evaluated for a concussion. He left the game in the fourth quarter, went to the locker room, and never came back.
On Monday, there was some positive news, as Mike Vrabel told reporters that Henry wasn’t in the concussion protocol and that he didn’t have a concussion.
“We checked on him last night, then checked on him in the morning,” Vrabel told reporters. Vrabel said that Henry had zero concussion symptoms and that he did a workout Monday morning.
D’Onta Foreman, RB, Chicago Bears
Foreman was injured in the game against the Detroit Lions a couple of weeks ago and missed the game against the Minnesota Vikings. When healthy, Foreman has shown that he is still capable of being a good running back.
The injury that he left with against the Lions was on his ankle. The team was on a bye last week, but he was able to practice on Saturday.
While that doesn’t necessarily mean that he is going to play this week, the fact that he practiced last week is a solid indication that he could play against the Lions this week.
Like all injuries, it will be important to keep an eye on him for the next 24-48 hours. Wednesday is usually a good point to see if a guy will play. While things sound positive for him right now, we should know more in the next day or so.
Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots
It was a frustrating day for fantasy managers who have Stevenson on their roster on Sunday. He was coming off his best game of the season when he rushed the ball 21 times for 98 yards and one touchdown.
With his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, he is the type of running back who could be a major factor in fantasy playoffs. Unfortunately, he got hurt in the game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He hurt his ankle when he was tackled on a hotly debated hip-drop tackle.
The initial X-rays were negative, but it is expected that he has a sprain. While we still don’t know his exact status, the chances of a one-week or multi-week absence are more pronounced. Stevenson was estimated as a non-participant in the Patriots’ first Week 14 practice report.
Keep an eye on his status for the next couple of days, but if he is an important part of your team, you are going to need to get a Plan B for this upcoming week — and potentially longer.
Editor’s note: Stevenson is now expected to miss a few weeks with a high ankle sprain, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
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