In Week 15, some fantasy-relevant running backs are hopefully returning after missing some time. Others are now out (Rashaad Penny, Alexander Mattison, and Jordan Howard also is out again).
Fantasy owners may be faced with some tough lineup decisions for the playoffs. Chris Carson should have a good game with Penny out and Boston Scott may have more of a role in the Eagles' passing attack with nearly every wide receiver injured. For tight ends, Evan Engram, Gerald Everett, Vance McDonald, and Greg Olsen are out. Here are the other injuries to keep an eye on for Week 15 and as always, look at the inactive report before game time to make sure your players are active.
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Dec. 15.
James Conner (shoulder), RB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills, 8:20 p.m.
After putting in full practices this week, Conner is on track to return for Week 15 after missing three games with a shoulder injury. Prior to getting injured, he was receiving double-digit carries and scored four touchdowns in the seven games he finished. He's an RB2 for Week 15.
Josh Jacobs (shoulder), RB, Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 4:05 p.m.
This is going to be a tough one for fantasy owners. Jacobs is playing through a fractured shoulder, although he says he's played through it all season (except when he sat out Week 14). Jacobs says he's playing in Week 15, but players aren't the most reliable source of information. With this game in the late-afternoon slate, it's going to be a tough decision for fantasy owners. The matchup is a great one, and fantasy owners should tentatively plan on starting Jacobs and crossing their fingers he doesn't make things worse by playing.
Derrick Henry (hamstring), RB, Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Henry will play through the hamstring injury, so fantasy owners should not be concerned with his availability for the fantasy playoffs. He's been a solid RB1 all season and will continue to be an RB1 in Week 15. Henry has more than100 rushing yards in the past four games and seven touchdowns in that span. Start him.
Damien Williams (ribs), RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.
Williams was able to return to limited practices this week, but the Kansas City backfield is a mess. LeSean McCoy is still there as is Darwin Thompson. In addition, Spencer Ware made an appearance in Week 14. With no idea how healthy Williams truly is or how the carries are going to be distributed, fantasy owners shouldn't trust any of these backs. Williams is a desperation-only option if active.
Bo Scarbrough (ribs), RB, Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Scarbrough hurt his ribs in Week 14 and put in a limited practice on Wednesday before sitting out on Thursday and Friday. The practice reports are trending in the wrong direction for his availability in Week 15. In addition, while the Bucs have a terrible secondary, they do have a very strong run defense. Scarbrough should not be started in fantasy leagues this week.
Noah Fant (foot/hip), TE, Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
After having a monster game in Week 14 (4/113/1), Fant left the game with a foot injury. He was able to put in limited practices this week, which bodes well for his Week 15 availability. This is an early game, so fantasy owners will know early. If Fant is active, he is a low TE1, but beware that he is at risk for re-injury.
Jimmy Graham (wrist/groin), TE, Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
At 33, Graham is slowing down. He has been limited in practice, but that is nothing new. Graham will play in Week 15, but he's a TE2 against Chicago. In the past three games, he has five receptions for 72 yards. He'll play but is barely on the fantasy radar.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.