Leonard Fournette (Jaguars) and Sony Michel (Patriots) are trying to return from injuries that have sidelined them in recent weeks, and Redskins receiving back Chris Thompson is also trying to recover from a tricky rib injury. All of these injuries could have a big impact on fantasy football rankings and start ’em, sit ’em decisions heading into Week 10.
We’ll continue to keep you updated on injuries as Sunday gets closer. You can also follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy for more fantasy advice and updates.
Week 10 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Is Chris Carson playing in Week 10?
Carson left last week’s game with a thigh injury and didn’t return to action. He played only 10 snaps before being seen with his leg heavily wrapped on the sideline. Coming into Week 10, it’s unclear whether he will play, and it seems that he might truly be a game-time decision.
According to Liz Matthews of The Seahawks Wire, Carson sat out of practice on Wednesday. In order for him to have any hope of suiting up on Sunday, he will likely have to log a limited practice at some point in the week, but it’s hard to know what Pete Carroll will plan to do with his RBs. He’s always good for a game-day surprise, so be especially wary of Carson this week.
If Carson can’t go in Week 10, Mike Davis will be the guy to start in the Seahawks backfield. He had 107 scrimmage yards in relief of Carson last week and if he gets high-volume again, he could do well, even in a tougher matchup with the Rams. Whichever of the Seahawks’ starters is active will be an RB2 no matter what in this week of action.
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Leonard Fournette injury update
According to Jaguars reporter Hays Carlyon of 1010XL, Fournette (hamstring) was a full practice on Wednesday ahead of the team’s matchup with the Colts. This was expected, as Fournette was targeting a return in Week 10 following the Jaguars’ bye week.
While it seems likely that Fournette will play, it’s unclear whether Fournette will see a full workload. It’s possible that he could split carries with Carlos Hyde while T.J. Yeldon takes some of the work in the passing game. Given that he has suffered setbacks with his hamstring in each of the two games he has tried to play this season, the Jags may try to ease him back into action. That potential lighter workload is why we have Fournette listed among our potential busts for Week 10.
WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Sony Michel injury news
After missing the past two games with an injury, Michel is expected to return in Week 10, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Michel returned to a limited practice on Wednesday, so that appears to bode well for his availability — provided that he doesn’t suffer any setbacks in the lead-up to Sunday.
With Michel returning, it seems likely that Cordarrelle Patterson’s snap share at RB will decrease (even though he’s finally eligible at RB!), as Michel and James White will get most of the carries. Of course, it’s also possible that Bill Belichick decides to keep opponents guessing by mixing up his RB rotation (especially with a Week 11 bye on tap), so it’s hard to know what to expect this week. Still, Michel and White are both startable options this week, as reflected in our RB rankings for Week 10.
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Chris Thompson injury update
Thompson was held out of practice on Wednesday due to a rib injury that kept him out of last week’s game against the Falcons. He was unable to practice last week before sitting out, and it appears that he may need another week for his ribs to get fully healthy.
If Thompson is out, Kapri Bibbs will continue to play the role of receiving back in the Redskins offense. He did get into the end zone last week in the blowout loss to Atlanta, and he is a threat to break a long play — particularly on screen passes. That said, he’s nothing more than a low-level FLEX option, as he doesn’t have as much upside as Thompson. That said, in DFS formats, Bibbs could be a worthwhile play, as few will trust him and he’s bound to have a lower salary cap hit.
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