Like previous weeks, the running backs list for the Week 13 fantasy injury report is considerably shorter than the wide receivers (and actually, the tight ends this week as well). There are plenty of ailing running backs listed on the injury report but are expected to play. Ball carriers that fall into that category are Devonta Freeman, Charcandrick West, Mark Ingram, Spencer Ware, Ronnie Hillman and Jay Ajayi. Marshawn Lynch is out, but that isn't a surprise.
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills
Probable – Back
Fantasy owners shouldn’t worry about Blue playing this week. He has the Probable tag, so he'll be on the field on Sunday. The Texans have been using him when they run the ball, but he's still a low-end RB2 with a low floor and not a lot of upside. Even with double-digit carries, he hasn't had more than 77 yards (and as few as 39). It's a good matchup against the Bills, but Blue just hasn't been a solid fantasy option even with Arian Foster out.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Out – Toe
With Chris Johnson already on injured reserve (he may return, but not in time for fantasy owners), and now Ellington ruled out as he deals with turf toe, the Arizona backfield belongs to David Johnson. The Rams’ defense isn't anything to be afraid of, and Johnson is a RB1 this week. The Cardinals have said he will be their every-down back. The rookie has looked good in the opportunities he has been given, so enter him in your lineups with confidence.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Out – Concussion
Mathews suffered a concussion in Week 10 and still hasn't been cleared to play. He hasn't been practicing either, which doesn't bode well for his Week 14 availability. Fantasy owners should continue to hold onto him as he still may be on the field before the fantasy season is over, but it's hard to count on him from week to week. DeMarco Murray will be the lead back against the Patriots, and Darren Sproles will mix in as well on passing downs.
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans
Out – Shoulder
After injuring his shoulder in Week 12, Williams has been ruled out for Week 13. He is simply a LeSean McCoy handcuff at this point. Fantasy owners that were hanging onto him can safely drop him unless they also own McCoy.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears
Out – Foot
Still dealing with a stress fracture, Hyde has once again been ruled out for this week's game. He hasn't played since Week 7, and he was playing through the injury then. It's surprising that he hasn't been placed on injured reserve, but for fantasy purposes, he can be dropped at this point. Even if he does come back, it's too hard to trust that he'll be in game shape and still be the lead back. Shaun Draughn will be the No. 1 running back and is a RB2 option this week.
— 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.