Beast Mode could be unleashed in Atlanta, while a rookie running back is aiming for a third straight 100-yard game in Week 10. What other injured running backs do you need to keep an eye on before setting your lineup?
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
Lynch is still listed on the injury report with a knee injury, but he is Probable and will play in the rematch of last season’s NFC Divisional round matchup with the Falcons. Lynch rumbled for 125 yards last week against Tampa Bay and is a RB1 this week going up against a Falcons defense that is giving up more than 116 yards rushing per game.
Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts
Stacy has put together back-to-back impressive performances, rushing for a total of 261 yards in his last two games. He is listed on the injury report with a foot issue, but he practiced fully on Friday and is Probable for today’s game. Stacy may be a rookie, but he’s all but secured nothing less than RB2 status from here out. In fact, he could make it three 100-yard games in a row today considering the Colts are near the bottom of the NFL in rushing defense at 124.9 yards per game.
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts vs. St. Louis Rams
Richardson didn’t practice at all on Wednesday because of an ankle injury, but he was able to put in a full session on Friday. Although Questionable, head coach Chuck Pagano expects him to play. Unfortunately, questionable also can be used to describe Richardson’s production since being traded to the Colts. In six games he is averaging less than 42 yards rushing per game and has scored two touchdowns. The coaching staff also may be losing patience with Richardson, as he carried the ball just eight times last week against Houston. Donald Brown is very much a factor when it comes to the Colts’ backfield, so it’s just a matter of can you stomach the potential of another poor performance from Richardson this week?
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans
Mendenhall missed the Cardinals’ Week 8 win over Atlanta with a turf toe injury, but he was able to heal during the team’s bye week and not only is he Probable for today’s home game, he is expected to start. That said, rookie Andre Ellington posted 154 yards rushing in that victory against the Falcons, and he figures to see the majority of the touches moving forward. Mendenhall won’t be completely shut out and could even post a decent game here or there, but his fantasy potential is limited, while Ellington’s speed, explosiveness and big-play ability (80-yard TD run vs. Atlanta) makes him the Cardinal back you want on your roster.
Already Ruled Out
Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders – McFadden will miss at least one game after re-aggravating a hamstring injury last week against Philadelphia. Rashad Jennings will get the start in McFadden’s place and posted 102 yards rushing and a touchdown against the Eagles. Jennings is a RB2/RB3/flex option against the Giants today.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants – Wilson was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, ending his season. He hasn’t played since suffering a scary neck injury in Week 5 and this really is just the final chapter in what has been a disappointing sophomore season. Unless you have him in a dynasty or keeper league, it’s time to cut ties with Wilson, if you have haven’t done so already.