After a quarter of the NFL season has been played, some big-name fantasy running backs are already either struggling or not playing. It's tough drafting running backs early and watching as they just take up space on your bench and you are forced to start an undrafted backup. However, that's part of the game, as fantasy owners all know. Here are theother injured RBs you need to know about.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, New York Jets
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals
Out – Hamstring
Now that Lynch is playing in the early game, the Seahawks let fantasy owners know well ahead of time that he is out for Week 5. He has put in limited practices and was supposedly close to playing. However, the Seahawks want Lynch healthy for the remainder of the season, so they are going to let him rest to get as close to 100 percent as possible. Look to see what Lynch does in practice to get a feel for his Week 6 status. Thomas Rawls will get the start and is a RB2.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks
Probable – Knee
After getting three touchdowns on nine carries in Week 4, Hill put in limited practices this week. However, he is on track to play today. The matchup will be difficult, however, and the split between Hill and Giovani Bernard is not clear. Both Bengal ball carriers are RB2s, with Hill slightly higher than Bernard. The knee is not a concern, however.
Fred Jackson, RB, Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals
Questionable – Ankle
While Jackson has a high ankle sprain, he is expected to play this afternoon. He had three carries for 21 yards and two receptions for 33 yards in Week 4. Jackson isn’t really start-worthy in most leagues, but his presence could mean fewer touches for Thomas Rawls. However, an injured Jackson should still defer to Rawls in the pecking order, especially with Marshawn Lynch already declared out. Expect Jackson to get some work if he’s active, but not enough to matter for fantasy purposes.
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans
Out – Concussion
Williams, who started in LeSean McCoy's absence last week, will break his score-a-touchdown-in-every-game streak that
he had going. He suffered a concussion in Week 4, and is still in the protocol. He should be cleared by Week 6, for today the Bills are going to be starting Boobie Dixon and recently signed Dan Herron at running back. It's a situation to avoid if possible.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans
Out – Hamstring
After saying that he wants to wait until he is 100 percent, McCoy has predictably been ruled out for Week 5. His hamstring injury is a "grade 2" pull, and there are reports he could miss several more games. If you’ve held on to McCoy for this long you may as well try and stay patient and wait a little longer.
— 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.