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Rice is questionable with a thigh injury, but expected to play against New England
If your fantasy team is still alive, Week 16 is what you have been working towards all season. With no margin for error when it comes to setting your lineup here are some running back injuries you need to know about.
Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots
Rice sat out Wednesday’s session and was a limited participant on both Thursday and Friday. He’s officially listed as Questionable with a thigh injury, but he’s been nursing several injuries during the season and there doesn’t appear to be any real concern regarding his availability for this afternoon. There is quite a bit at stake in this game, but Rice has struggled with his production all season. The Patriots have been susceptible to the run, but Rice is on pace for less than 700 yards rushing. I’m not saying don’t start Rice, but at this point you should be well aware of the potential for disappointing results.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
For the second straight week, Lacy’s practice participation was limited to a brief appearance on Friday, but he is still listed as Probable to face the Steelers. Then again he did rush for 141 yards against Dallas last week despite practicing very little, so perhaps this was the team’s plan all along. Either way, Lacy needs to be in your lineup as the weather forecast could result in a more run-centric offense for the Packers.
Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
Just when it looked like McFadden’s season was over, he was back at practice this week and is considered Probable to return against the Chargers this afternoon. If anything, McFadden’s presence could impact Rashad Jennings’ productivity, even though Jennings will remain the starting running back. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Jennings, but it would probably be wise to downgrade him slightly with McFadden now added to a backfield mix that already included Marcel Reece.
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Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans – Tate was placed on injured reserve this week after breaking another rib (his fifth) in last week’s loss to Indianapolis. Dennis Johnson and Deji Karim will handle the carries, and even against Denver’s suspect defense neither inspires a lot of confidence, especially with so much on the line.