The fantasy running back injury report for the remainder of the Week 12 games isn’t that lengthy, but still worth paying attention to. Philadelphia’s Ryan Mathews (knee) has already been ruled out for the Monday night game against Green Bay. Darren Sproles looks to be fine and ready to go for the Eagles and this also presents an opportunity for rookie Wendell Smallwood to get a fair amount of touches.
Note: All games are on Sunday, Nov. 27 and times are ET.
Mark Ingram (concussion), RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m.
Fantasy owners should be thankful that this game is in the early time slot, as this is going to be a case of paying attention to the inactive report. Ingram practiced all week after suffering a concussion in Week 11's Thursday night game. However, he has not yet cleared the NFL's concussion protocol. In short, he can't play unless he clears it and there is no timetable as to when that will occur. While it appears that he is on track to play, concussions can be tricky and it is no guarantee. Fantasy owners should have a backup plan, just in case.
LeSean McCoy (thumb), RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
After leaving last week’s game with a thumb injury, McCoy owners expected the worst especially after he had surgery to repair the damage. However, he was back on the practice field shortly after the procedure and it appears that he will play. How the injury/surgery will impact his ability to catch and hold on to the ball remains to be seen, but it’s a pleasant surprise that McCoy owners even have a decision to make regarding whether to start him or not. Mike Gillislee (hamstring) has already been ruled out so that leaves Reggie Bush (nine att., -2 yds.) as McCoy’s backup. Check his status prior to the game to be sure he’s active, but if he is you may as well start McCoy.
Latavius Murray (ankle), RB, Oakland Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers, 4:25 p.m.
Before Week 11, Murray was listed as questionable with an ankle injury. He played and totaled 92 yards from scrimmage. While that may have been a letdown from his three-touchdown game a week prior, he certainly looked healthy enough to play. He'll be fine for this afternoon’s game as well. He does have a tough matchup against the Carolina Panthers, however. They haven't allowed a running back to score a touchdown since Week 4. Murray is a RB2.
T.J. Yeldon (ankle), RB, Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
When Yeldon was injured in Week 11, it didn’t get a lot of attention. Chris Ivory took over as the primary back and finished with 17 carries for 39 yards and six receptions for 75 yards. Yeldon didn't practice all week, which opens the door again for Ivory to see the majority of work today. With no practices all week, it is highly unlikely that Yeldon suits up on Sunday. He should be left on fantasy benches, while Ivory can be penciled in as a RB3.
Jacquizz Rodgers (foot), RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
Fantasy owners that have hung on to Rodgers may have to wait another week before seeing him return to action. He's listed as questionable, but with Doug Martin healthy, he won't be rushed back. He hasn't played since Week 8, and he’s the clear-cut backup. The Bucs have a great fantasy playoff schedule (face the Saints twice), so Rodgers is worth grabbing if you have an extra bench spot, just in case something happens to Martin. Also don’t forget that Charles Sims (knee), who has been on injured reserve since Oct. 10, has returned to practice and is eligible to return in Week 14. Sims’ recovery and status also could impact Rodgers in a couple of weeks.
— 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.