Welcome to Week 13, where many fantasy owners need to win now in order to make the playoffs. In most leagues, Week 13 is the last week of the regular season. It's tough when the players fantasy owners were relying on are injured and playing at less than 100 percent.
For the running backs, please note that Ryan Mathews, C.J. Prosise, Chris Ivory and DeAngelo Williams have already been ruled out. Those key ones listed as questionable you can find out more about their situations below, but be sure to check the inactive report before the games on Sunday too. Don’t forget to read up on the QB/TE and WR (early games, late games) positions before setting your lineup.
Teams on bye: Cleveland, Tennessee
Note: All games are on Sunday, Dec. 4 and times are ET.
Latavius Murray (ankle), RB, Oakland Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills, 4:05 p.m.
Murray has been on the injury report week after week with an ankle injury. He put in limited practices this week and is on track to play on Sunday. Fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned with his status, although the matchup is a tough one. The Bills have given up a fair number of touchdowns to opposing running backs, but it is tough to rely on that happening every week. Murray should be fine to play, but he’s just a RB2.
Mark Ingram (toe), RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Ingram is coming off a game in which he totaled 167 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. He didn't appear to get injured in the game, but he did miss practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He was able to return on Friday, so he should be good to go today. Fantasy owners should double-check his status this morning prior to kickoff. Tim Hightower could see more work, especially if he’s successful early. In Ingram starts out sluggish because of the missed practice or the toe injury, it could be the Hightower show. Ingram is a RB2 with risk this week.
T.J. Yeldon (ankle), RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.
Reports are that Yeldon will play on Sunday, however, he is clearly not at 100 percent. He had six carries for 17 yards last week. He was clearly hampered by the ankle injury, but Chris Ivory got hurt, so the Jaguars had to rely on Yeldon. Ivory has already been ruled out and the expectation is Yeldon will play, but look for Denard Robinson to get the majority of the work in the backfield. Yeldon wasn’t putting up great numbers when he was healthy, so leave him on fantasy benches (or drop him for someone else) for Week 13.
Theo Riddick (ankle), RB, Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
Riddick has been listed on the injury report with the ankle injury for weeks. But he should be fine to play today in what is an appealing matchup. While the Saints’ defense has gotten better in recent weeks, this game has the potential to be high scoring. Riddick should be involved on offense, even if it’s more as a receiver out of the backfield. Last week he had nine carries but also five receptions (on five targets) for a total of 58 yards (45 rushing). Riddick's value lies in PPR leagues, but he is a low RB2 even in standard formats for Week 13.
Jacquizz Rodgers (foot), RB, Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
Rodgers was questionable last week, and he didn't suit up for the game. It is likely he will be active this week, but he still has little-to-no fantasy value with Doug Martin back and looking healthy. Rodgers is the best handcuff for Doug Martin owners while Charles Sims remains out, but he should stay on all fantasy benches if he’s still owned at this point.
— 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.