Marshawn Lynch is a Game-Time Decision Yet Again
Welcome to the Week 11 running back injury report. With four teams on a bye (Pittsburgh, New York Giants, Cleveland and New Orleans), the list is shorter than weeks past, but some big names have made the list. Also, keep in mind that running backs that are on the injury report but are listed as probable and have gotten in a full practice (Ronnie Hillman, Joique Bell, Eddie Lacy, Alfred Morris) are not on this report as they will suit up on Sunday. Don't forget to check out the quarterback/tight end injury report and the wide receiver injury report. Please note all games are at 1 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears vs Denver Broncos
Out - knee
With Jeremy Langford playing as well as he has been, the Bears have no reason to rush Matt Forte back on the field. Forte put in limited practices Wednesday and Friday after sitting out on Thursday. He will likely sit another week and return on Thursday when the Bears play the Packers on Thanksgiving night. Even if Forte is active, expect him to only be involved in a limited fashion. While Langford and Forte may share carries going forward, this isn't the week to trust that it will be an equal split. As hard as it may be, leave Forte on your bench, even if he is active. (UPDATE: Inactive)
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins
Questionable - groin
McFadden was added to the injury report on Thursday with a groin injury, but it appears that it was minor and he is expected to play on Sunday. He put in a limited practice on Friday as well and is a RB1 on Sunday. With Tony Romo back, defenses have to spread out, which should give McFadden room to run. Miami's run defense isn't very good, and as long as McFadden can stay on the field, he is in line for a good day.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Out - concussion
It's not a surprise that Mathews has been ruled out. He hasn't been able to practice (or even attend practice) for the past week. He will have to pass the league's concussion protocol before being cleared to play. With a short week, it is unclear if he will be available for the Eagles Thanksgiving day matchup against the Lions.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Probable - hamstring
Fantasy owners fear not: Peterson will play on Sunday. The Packers give up the 10th fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, so it's not a great matchup, but after putting up 203 rushing yards and a touchdown in Week 10, he probably is a little sore. He's had over 100 total yards in the past four games. Look for him to continue the streak in Week 11.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Out - foot
It's still unclear what exactly Hyde's injury is. If it is a stress fracture, as he's said, only rest will heal it (although surgery may still be required). Hyde hasn't played since October 22, and he was banged up at the time. At this point, even though he is considered day-to-day, he needs to at least be able to practice before fantasy owners can consider starting him. The 49ers face Arizona in Week 12, in the late afternoon games. Fantasy owners should already have other plans in place for that game as well.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Questionable - abdomen
Another week of Lynch being questionable and a game-time decision. And yes, another week of the Seahawks playing in the late afternoon games. Last week, when Lynch looked like he might sit out, he was active. He only had eight carries, but he turned that into 42 yards and a touchdown (on many fantasy benches). It looks like he will be active in Week 11,and the 49ers give up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. He's a RB1 if active, and this week, pencil him in.