After a (mostly) kind couple of weeks for the running back position, Week 7 saw several big-name fantasy football contributors go down. Players like Chris Carson, Jeff Wilson Jr., Kenyan Drake, Phillip Lindsay, and Devonta Freeman have all been solid starters for fantasy owners this year, but each exited early with an injury that knocked them out of their games and didn’t allow them to return. Now, their respective statuses are going to have an impact on fantasy owners as they look to make key waiver wire pickups and start ’em, sit ’em decisions later in the week.
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Chris Carson injury update
UPDATE: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Carson is “week to week” with a mid-foot sprain. That will likely put him out for Week 8 at the very least.
Carson (foot) exited the Seahawks’ loss to the Cardinals in the first half after suffering a foot injury. He didn’t return to the game, though he was seen standing on the sideline for the team throughout the second half. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Carson suffered a “midfoot sprain” and will be having an MRI on Monday to determine how much time he may miss with the malady.
Carlos Hyde handled a bulk of the work at RB for the Seahawks in Carson’s absence Sunday night. He saw 15 carries and turned them into 68 yards and a TD while also catching three passes for eight yards. Hyde would be a solid RB2, so he is easily among the best potential waiver-wire additions of the week.
Meanwhile, DeeJay Dallas (two catches, 18 yards) and Travis Homer (three carries, 10 yards) will mix into the rotation, as well, and could emerge as PPR flex options given Seattle’s penchant for mixing in RBs throughout the game. For now, they’re just handcuff-type players.
Jeff Wilson Jr. injury update
Wilson (ankle) had an excellent day for the 49ers in their blowout win over the Patriots, carrying the ball 17 times for 112 yards and three TDs while adding eight yards through the air on two catches. However, on his third TD, Wilson suffered an ankle injury that knocked him out of the rest of the game and could keep him for multiple weeks.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 49ers believe Wilson suffered a high ankle sprain on his final run of the day. Considering that Raheem Mostert has the same issue and landed on IR for the 49ers, it’s safe to assume that Wilson will miss at least a couple of weeks, too.
With Wilson likely out, Mostert shelved, and Tevin Coleman (knee) uncertain to return, the 49ers will likely turn to JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon to lead their backfield. Hasty logged 72 yards on 10 touches Sunday in an expanded role and could well be the lead back for the 49ers in Week 8 against the Seahawks.
That said, the 49ers could mix things up and give McKinnon a chance to be the lead back. McKinnon was expected to be the top option for the 49ers against the Patriots, but instead, he worked behind both Wilson and Hasty for the whole game. Kyle Shanahan may have just liked the way Wilson and Hasty matched up in Week 7, but after McKinnon got three carries for negative-one yards, it’s hard to trust him as anything more than a speculative flex play.
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Kenyan Drake injury update
UPDATE: According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Drake has suffered a high ankle sprain and will be out for a few weeks. That will make him a candidate for IR and Chase Edmonds will get a chance to state his case as the team’s top RB.
Drake (ankle) left the Cardinals’ win over the Seahawks after suffering an apparent ankle injury on a critical fourth-down carry late in the game for the Cardinals. He was carted off the field to the locker room and didn’t return to the game. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, X-Rays of Drake’s injured ankle came back negative, but he will be having an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his injury.
Drake is on bye in Week 8, so his fantasy owners won’t have to worry about any difficult start ’em, sit ’em decisions involving him for this week, at least. However, if he is out beyond Week 8, that will give Chase Edmonds a chance to take over as the lead back in Arizona.
Though he had just 12 touches on Sunday night, Edmonds totaled 145 yards and more than tripled Drake’s production (15 touches, 41 yards). Edmonds could ultimately overtake his backfield counterpart if he continues to play this well moving forward and at the very least, Edmonds will be an RB2 in all formats during Drake’s absence.
Phillip Lindsay injury update
Lindsay suffered a concussion against the Chiefs in Week 7 after taking a shot to the head from Daniel Sorensen. His status will need to be watched in the coming days, but it would take a very quick recovery for him to be back on the field in Week 8 against the Chargers. Fantasy owners should assume that he’ll miss this week’s game with the injury.
With Lindsay likely out, Melvin Gordon will, once again, be the lead back for the Broncos. Gordon generated 80 yards and a TD on 19 touches last week but did lose a couple of costly fumbles against the Chiefs. Gordon will still be a high-end RB2 because of volume with Royce Freeman being a low-end flex option for those desperate at the RB position. Freeman has played at least 20 percent of the snaps the past five weeks and has generated 104 total yards on 25 touches.
Devonta Freeman injury update
Freeman exited the Giants’ Thursday Night Football loss to the Eagles after suffering an ankle injury in the first half. He didn’t return to action. At this point, there has been no update on Freeman’s status, so he will need to be watched closely in the lead-up to Week 8.
After Freeman went down and Dion Lewis fumbled his first touch of the game, Wayne Gallman came in and totaled 54 yards and a TD on 15 touches. He would likely be the top RB if Freeman is out in Week 8 against the Buccaneers, but given how good the Bucs are against the run, it may be best to avoid Gallman. That said, with byes and injuries thinning out our Week 8 RB rankings, it seems likely that Gallman will need to be trusted if he ends up starting.