Oakland’s backfield isn’t anywhere close to being at 100 percent, while Kansas City’s workhorse is playing with sore feet. Here’s the latest on their status as well as the Jets’ situation for today’s games.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders
Charles is still dealing with blisters on his feet, but he practiced fully on Friday and is Probable for the AFC West clash with Oakland. The blisters didn’t prevent him from picking up 108 yards rushing and a touchdown last week against Tennessee, so the Raiders should expect to see plenty of Charles, the top scoring fantasy RB, today.
Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece, RBs, Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
The injury woes for Oakland’s backfield don’t seem to be getting any better. McFadden (right) and Jennings are both dealing with hamstring injuries and are considered Questionable to play against Kansas City. Both were able to practice on a limited basis and the final say on their availability against the Chiefs probably won’t be made until prior to kickoff. Meanwhile, Reece also was limited this week in practiced, but he is listed as Probable. Unless you have no other options, there’s really no reason to even consider using McFadden or Jennings this week. Reece, on the other hand, could be flex-worthy, especially if McFadden and Jennings are ruled out before game time.
Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson, RB, New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Ivory returned from a hamstring injury for the Monday night game against Atlanta and picked up four rushing attempts. His hamstring is not 100 percent, but he is listed as Probable for today’s game. Goodson made his season debut against the Falcons after serving a four-game suspension and got four total touches. He was sick earlier in the week, but also is Probable. The issue here is that the Jets’ backfield is suddenly quite crowded with Bilal Powell still getting the bulk of the carries. Honestly, Powell is probably the only one with any real fantasy value right now, as there’s no telling how Ivory and Goodson will be used. With a tough matchup against a rested Steelers defense, it may be best to just stay away from the J-E-T-S backs altogether.
Running backs that have already been ruled OUT this week:
Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts – Bradshaw will miss the rest of the season after being placed on injured reserve. Bradshaw hadn’t played since injuring his neck in Week 3, and he has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to repair the damage. Trent Richardson will serve as the Colts’ lead back, but he has struggled with his production, which has resulted in more work for Donald Brown. Richardson remains the Colt back to own, and perhaps the Monday night game against San Diego will be what gets him going. Unless something happens to guarantee Brown a steady diet of touches, he really doesn’t have much fantasy value going forward.
James Starks, RB Green Bay Packers – Starks will miss a second straight game because of a knee injury and there’s really no timetable on his return. The Packers have moved on with rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin and at this point, Starks will probably need an injury to one of them to get back into the fantasy conversation.