The 2016 fantasy football season has not been kind to running backs. Between players under-performing and others getting injured, it's been a tough year to put fantasy stock in ball carriers.
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For Week 14, C.J. Prosise and Denard Robinson have already been ruled out. Other running back injuries are below, and also check out the QB/TE rundown and the always-lengthy list of ailing wide receivers (part 1, part 2). For most leagues, it’s fantasy playoffs time so if any of your guys are questionable be sure to confirm their status using the inactive report that’s released prior to the start of that game. The last thing you want to is start someone who winds up not playing.
Note: All games are on Sunday, Dec. 11 and times are ET.
Mark Ingram (toe), RB, New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.
Ingram has been playing through injuries for a few weeks now and the production has suffered. He's had great games (Week 12) and some stinkers (Week 13). Whether you want to point to the toe issue or the state of the Saints’ running game as the main culprit is up for debate, but Ingram hasn’t been getting it done lately. The Buccaneers actually have a good run defense with just eight rushing touchdowns allowed to RBs. And only two of those have come since their Week 6 bye. Ingram is a RB2 this week.
Ryan Mathews (knee), RB, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
Even when he’s healthy, it’s hard to trust Mathews. He's burned fantasy owners when more was expected of him, and he's surprised when he's been banged up. After missing two weeks with a knee injury, Mathews was back at practice and is expected to play today. He remains a risky fantasy option, even though he will regain his starting job as Wendell Smallwood failed to impress while Mathews was out. It is a good matchup against the Redskins, but Mathews had just 60 rushing yards in the first game against Washington back in Week 6. He's a low RB2 this week.
Theo Riddick (wrist), RB, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Even though Riddick has been on the injury report and putting in limited practices, he should be fine to play today. He's had very few full practices in recent weeks, and has been fine on game day. Riddick has at least five receptions in the past three games. His value lies in PPR formats where he is a RB2. Note that the other Detroit running back, Dwayne Washington, also was limited in practice all week with an ankle injury and is questionable for Week 14. He has played through his injuries, but he hasn’t had much success. Washington is a fantasy afterthought.
Chris Ivory (hamstring), RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
After missing Week 13, Ivory was back at practice in a limited capacity and will be a game-time decision today. Fantasy owners shouldn't need to wait to see if ends up playing – just don't start Ivory. It's a brutal matchup against the Vikings (seventh-fewest fantasy points allowed to RBs), and T.J. Yeldon is no longer listed on the injury report. Ivory may end up with a goal-line carry, but to rely on touchdowns in a week fantasy owners need to win is risky.
— 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.
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