Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb, Chris Carson, James Robinson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Zack Moss, and Damien Harris headline a huge list of injured RBs this week, and the latest updates on them will obviously affect Week 10 fantasy start ’em, sit ’em calls. We know RBs are the toughest to replace on waiver with waiver wire pickups and streamers, so we’ll help you stay on top of the latest news.
Alvin Kamara injury update
Kamara (knee) missed practice Wednesday and is considered to be “day to day.” There’s reportedly a real chance he could miss the game against Tennessee. This injury seemed to come out of nowhere, so we’ll have to continue to monitor his status. Tennessee gives up the eight-fewest fantasy points to RBs, so a hobbled Kamara could have a tough day. If Mark Ingram starts in his place, it will be tough to expect huge numbers. James Robinson and Jonathan Taylor are the only two backs to run wild against the stout Titans’ defensive line.
All that said, New Orleans is the most run-heavy team in the league right now, so Kamara or Ingram could enjoy success due to volume. We have Kamara as the RB6 in standard and PPR leagues. If he can’t play, consider Ingram as a mid-tier RB2.
Nick Chubb COVID update
Chubb tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, so as always, we’ll just have to wait and see if he can clear protocols in time. He’s reportedly vaccinated, so Chubb would need to turn in two negative tests within 24 hours of each other.
If he does play, this figures to be a tough matchup against New England, who has allowed decent outings from RBs a few times this season, but most of the damage has been done through the air. Since Chubb doesn’t do much in the receiving game, his fantasy prospects will likely depend on rushing touchdowns, as New England has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher. If Chubb can’t play, D’Ernest Johnson should be a workhorse again, but we don’t see him having near the same success as his first start against Denver. Chubb ranks as the RB11 in standard and RB14 in PPR.
Chris Carson injury update
Carson (neck) has been designated to return from IR and was on the practice field Wednesday. There were rumors he’d miss significantly more time. but evidently, Seattle is going to try to get him back relatively soon. However, it seems unlikely at this point he’ll play in Week 10 against the Packers, as Seattle has 21 days to put him on the active roster.
Green Bay is a middle-of-the-pack defense against fantasy RBs but has played better on that side of the ball in recent weeks. The Seattle offensive line isn’t good enough to fully trust in this matchup, so we rank Carson’s backup, Alex Collins, as the RB24 in PPR and RB25 in standard leagues based largely on projected volume and TD potential.
James Robinson injury update
Robinson (heel) remained out of practice on Wednesday, but Urban Meyer has already said he should be able to play against Indianapolis. It feels like this will be a game-time decision situation.
If he does play. the Colts’ D is one of the best in the league against RBs, as they’ve allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to RBs and only two rushing touchdowns. We still rank Robinson as the RB14 in standard and RB13 in PPR given the workload he usually receives. If Carlos Hyde starts for the Jags, consider him as a low-end, volume-based RB2 like Alex Collins.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire injury update
CEH (knee) has been designated to return from IR, but it’s unclear whether he’ll return this week. In all likelihood, he’ll practice on a limited basis and wait to suit up next week against Dallas. That could change, though, so stay tuned.
We assume Darrel Williams will get another start, and we place him as the RB20 in standard and RB18 in PPR. Las Vegas gives up the 13th-most fantasy points to RBs, but this Kansas City offense looks just plain bad right now. If CEH returns, he probably won’t be ranked much higher; if at all.
Zack Moss injury update
Moss (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, and we know by now not to speculate on if he’ll be able to go against the Jets. However, we have seen several guys come back to play just a week after their concussions, so he could be ready to go. Despite the favorable matchup, Moss has been relegated to a mere committee approach alongside Devin Singletary — and a relatively unproductive one at that. If Moss is out, Singletary certainly is an interesting play, but even he could flop despite the optimal matchup. The Bills’ No. 1 priority in the passing game, and neither Moss nor Singletary get enough work in that area to be safe in PPR leagues.
For now, we rank Moss and Singletary as high-end RB3s, and Singletary will likely slide into the mid-tier RB2 conversion if Moss can’t go.
Damien Harris injury update
Harris (concussion) did not practice Wednesday and has the same injury outlook as Moss (see above). Rhamondre Stevenson is also dealing with a concussion, so there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Patriots backfield. If Harris plays, he should continue to be the touch leader by a wide margin. If he’s out, Stevenson and Brandon Bolden will likely share duties. If both Pats’ backs are out, it will be Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor splitting reps.
It’s obviously tough to analyze right now, but assuming Harris is healthy, he’s our RB16 in PPR and standard leagues. Cleveland is statistically the ninth-toughest matchup for fantasy RBs, but Harris is a bruiser with a nose for the end zone. Whoever starts for the Pats will be in play in this matchup.