When it comes to the later games, sometimes the decision on whether you start a certain player or not has to be made well before kickoff. Here’s the latest on the Week 6 injury situations for some ailing running backs who don’t play until later this afternoon, tonight or on Monday.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans
Lynch is dealing with some sort of hip injury and missed one day of practice for a non-injury-related reason. The end result is that he is considered Questionable to face the Titans. Even with this designation, there doesn’t appear to be any serious concern that he will not suit up today. Lynch is coming off of his best game of the season, 102 yards rushing against the Colts, and has been productive despite the numerous injuries to his offensive line. Lynch may see fewer carries than usual, especially if this game becomes a blowout, but he still needs to be in your lineup.
Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden, RBs, New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints
Ridley missed last week’s loss in Cincinnati because of a thigh injury, which continued to limit him during practice. He is considered Questionable, but the expectation is that he will back out there. Ridley could end up stepping right back into the lead back role, as LeGarrette Blount didn’t exactly go off last week and he also had a costly fumble. Still Ridley has not been near as productive this season as he was last, so Ridley should be viewed as nothing more than a RB2/flex type of option right now. Blount may have blown his best chance and it will be interesting to see how long he stays in Bill Belichick’s doghouse. Meanwhile, Bolden’s knee continues to be an issue for him, and he also is Questionable. Bolden hasn’t had much of an impact since Week 2 and between Ridley’s apparent return and Blount’s presence, Bolden probably won’t see enough touches against the Saints to even be in the flex discussion.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Morris has been dealing with bruised ribs, but he practiced fully all week and is Probable for tonight’s primetime showdown in Dallas. The Cowboys have been tough against the run, but you have to start Morris if you own him. Don’t forget that last season, as a rookie, Morris gashed the Cowboys for 313 yards rushing and four touchdowns in two games.
Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts (Mon.)
Even though he was dealing with a hamstring injury late last week, it was a concussion that knocked him out of the game in Oakland in the first quarter. This week, Mathews was finally cleared to practice on Friday, and is Probable to play Monday night against Indianapolis. Still, Danny Woodhead did the heavy lifting against the Raiders, so don't be surprised if the two share/split the touches again this week. In fact, at this point, Woodhead is probably the safer option, as once again, Mathews is doing nothing but frustrate his owners.
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
Ingram hasn’t played since Week 2 because of a toe injury. He returned to practice on a limited basis this week and is listed as Questionable to face the Patriots. Even if he does return, his role figures to be limited. That same word can be used to describe his current fantasy appeal too.