The list of running backs on the Week 15 fantasy injury report is fairly short for being so late in the season. Hopefully that's not a sign that this week will be another brutal week for injuries.
Guys that are listed as probable but practiced in full include DeAngelo Williams (illness), Alfred Blue, Ronnie Hillman and Chris Polk. These guys will play, so start them as you normally would.
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Ankle
Between the ankle injury and the tough matchup against the Steelers, fantasy owners should look elsewhere for their RB in the playoffs. Anderson has been a giant disappointment all year, with two good games (the only two where he had more than 100 yards and found the end zone). The odds are against him that he has that kind of game in Week 15. Ronnie Hillman will be active and stealing carries, and Anderson certainly isn't matchup proof. Try to find other options.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Probable – Ankle
It's so tempting to start Miller. He has a great matchup against the Chargers and he's been performing well over the past two weeks. However, fantasy owners have been here before. When it seems like he should excel, he disappoints. He's been dealing with an ankle injury (that cost him time in the second half of Week 14) as well. Start him if you have him, but only as a RB2.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons
Doubtful – Knee
It's unclear why Yeldon was given the doubtful tag instead of being ruled out, but fantasy owners should not count on Yeldon this week. Denard Robinson will take over the carries and it's a great matchup for him. He had 75 yards rushing and a touchdown in relief of Yeldon last week. Robinson is a RB1 this week (and a great value play in daily).
Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
Questionable – Rib
Ware suffered the rib injury last week but all signs point to him playing today. However, as a running back with a rib injury, the possibility of re-aggravating it exists. Ware is typically the goal-line back, and gets beat up, so starting him this week is a risk. Charcandrick West is a RB1 if Ware is out, and a high upside RB2 if he plays. Ware is a risk/reward RB3 as he is touchdown-dependent.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Toe
Ellington hasn't played since Week 12, as he's been sidelined with turf toe. He was able to practice in a limited fashion this week, but it doesn’t appear that he will play tonight. Fantasy owners shouldn't be starting Ellington in the first place, as David Johnson has become the Cardinal RB to own. With 100-plus total yards in each of his last two starts, Johnson is a RB1 this week (and until Ellington returns).
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers at New York Giants
Out – Foot
Thankfully, Stewart has already been ruled out so it's not a guessing game prior to kickoff. His status for Week 16 is up in the air too, so monitor his practice reports this week. In Stewart’s absence rookie Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to get some carries, but he will share the load with Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert. Artis-Payne will handle most of the between-the-tackles work, with Whittaker in on passing downs and Tolbert getting the call near the goal line. All three are desperation options in fantasy.
— 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.