Since picking up a heel injury a few weeks back, Jacksonville Jaguars RB James Robinson has been ever-present on the injury report, but is he set to play today against the Atlanta Falcons? What is the latest regarding Robinson’s status, and can fantasy football managers trust him today?
Update 11/28/21: According to the Jaguars, James Robinson will be active for their game against the Falcons today.
Is James Robinson playing in Week 12 despite an injury to both his heel and knee?
Despite remaining on the injury report for a second straight week with both knee and heel injuries, the news for Robinson has been good this week. He was listed as limited on the Jaguars’ injury report on both Wednesday and Thursday. However, Robinson was able to be a full participant at practice on Friday. Therefore, Jacksonville’s RB carries no injury designation into Sunday.
This is an improvement on last week when Robinson could only practice in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday. He entered the weekend listed as questionable but ultimately suited up against the 49ers.
Should Robinson’s fantasy managers trust him this week?
Robinson has generally been a solid option for fantasy managers this year after a rocky start. In standard formats, he has scored double-digit fantasy points in five of his last seven games. In standard, half-PPR, and PPR formats, he is RB15 in terms of fantasy points per game, scoring 7 touchdowns in his past seven games.
Six of his nine games this season has seen Robinson an RB3 at worst. However, all three of those weeks have a mitigating factor. They are the lowest opportunities that Robinson has had all season — and in Week 8, he left the game due to injury. In all of the other six games, Robinson has been an RB3 at his lowest floor (and usually an RB2 or better).
The Falcons have been one of the worst defenses against running backs
When it comes to fantasy points allowed to the RB position, the Falcons have allowed the third-most. Their 27.94 fantasy points allowed is better than just the Jets and Seahawks. Opposing backs have averaged 96.6 rush yards per game and 0.9 touchdowns on the ground. In the passing game, the Falcons have allowed 6.6 receptions, 50.6 yards, and 0.2 touchdowns per game.
Given that Robinson should be set to dominate backfield touches, he makes for an attractive option. He has the golden combination of both a high floor and high ceiling. Of course, anomalies can happen, such as injury or loss of touches due to a mistake. Nonetheless, Robinson should be a fairly safe option. Most projections have Robinson with a floor of a mid-level RB2, with an upside of a top-five fantasy RB option this week.