Thomas Rawls is on the injury report, but he will play and is Seattle’s No. 1 RB with Marshawn Lynch out for the next few weeks
Well, three games have already been played in Week 12, so that alone helps trim down the list of injured running backs fantasy owners need to work around. But with byes done, there are still 26 teams in action on Sunday and Monday, so there are more than enough injuries that need to be dealt with.
Running backs that are on the injury report but are listed as Probable and practiced in full (Alfred Morris, Mark Ingram, Chris Polk, Frank Gore and Chris Johnson) are playing so insert them in your lineups as you normally would. Please also check out the QB/TE (and a K!) and WR injury updates before setting your Week 12 lineups.
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings
Out – Concussion
After suffering a concussion in Week 11, Freeman is still in the league's concussion protocol. He didn't practice this past week so it's not surprising that he is out. Tevin Coleman will fill in again, however, he only managed 48 yards on 17 carries (and a fumble) last week in relief of Freeman. In his Week 1 start, Coleman had 80 yards on 20 carries, his best game of the season. He's a low-end RB2 against a tough Vikings defense.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Probable – Knee
Rawls will play on Sunday, after putting in limited practices this week. He was given a rest day this week as well. The knee isn't a concern. However, the matchup against the Steelers is a tougher one than the 49ers in Week 11. The Steelers are giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. They have only allowed two rushing TDs to RBs all season and only two ball carriers have posted more than 100 yards on the ground. It's a tough test for Rawls, but after last week, he's still a RB1 on a run-first offense.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
Questionable – Hamstring
West pulled his hamstring in Week 11 and did not practice this week, making his playing status more doubtful than probable. Fantasy owners will know early, but should assume that West is out today. Spencer Ware will take over as the lead back for the Chiefs. In Week 11, he had 11 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Despite that performance, Ware is a RB2 this week even if West doesn’t play.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Out – Abdomen
Lynch is out for at least the next three games. The earliest fantasy owners might see him back would be for Week 16. Thomas Rawls assumes the No. 1 role for the Seahawks.
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints
Probable – Back
Blue was on in the injury report, but put in a limited practice on Friday. With the Probable tag, he's expected to play on Sunday against the terrible Saints defense. Since his big game in Week 3, Blue hasn't shown much as a lead running back, but he is a solid RB2 this week because of the matchup. He did catch a TD pass against the Jets in Week 11, which is promising if he can become more involved in that part of the offense.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Out – Foot
Hyde is still out, and it is possible fantasy owners don't see him on the field again this season. It's a lost season for San Francisco, so there is no reason to rush him out there if they don't need him. Shaun Draughn will "lead" the backfield, although it's a situation to avoid entirely.
Dexter McCluster, RB, Tennessee Titans vs. Oakland Raiders
Out – Knee
While most fantasy owners were not starting McCluster, the fact that he won’t play (sprained MCL, an injury that occurred in Week 11) helps owners of Antonio Andrews. Andrews hasn't been involved in the passing game that much, but with McCluster out, he may see a few more receptions. Oakland has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Andrews is a low-end RB2 this week.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.