Roster depth will really be tested in Week 8 with six teams on bye. Here are some running backs that were listed on their team’s injury report that you need to know about before setting your lineup.
C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, RBs, Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints
A mini-soap opera of sorts developed this week as Spiller and the Bills’ coaching staff were not on the same page, at least initially, regarding the condition of his ankle. What can’t be disputed, however, is that Spiller missed practice three days in a row and is Doubtful to face the Saints. Doubtful is really just a step away from “Out,” so if you own Spiller, you need to have a plan B in place. Jackson (right) is dealing with a lingering knee injury, but he is Probable and figures to get the majority of the carries in Spiller’s absence. Tashard Choice also should see some touches, but probably not enough to merit fantasy consideration.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
Gore did not practice on Wednesday due to an ankle injury, but he was a full go on Friday. He is Probable to play and since I don’t think he would have made the long flight from the U.S. to England if he wasn’t going to suit up, London fans and his fantasy owners really have nothing to worry about. Besides, nothing can help you heal quicker than a matchup with the NFL’s worst rushing defense.
Brandon Jacobs and David Wilson, RBs, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Wilson has already been ruled Out with a neck injury and Jacobs isn’t looking much better. After missing last week because of a hamstring injury, Jacobs is considered Doubtful for today’s game. It is highly unlikely that Jacobs will play meaning the Giants will turn to Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox to carry the load. Hillis got the most touches and did find the end zone on Monday night against Minnesota, but I don’t need to tell you how risky a play either of these Giants are do I?
Willis McGahee, RB, Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs
The Browns continue to give McGahee planned rest days during the week because of his knee, but he is Probable to play today. Even though McGahee is a safe bet for double-digit carries, the matchup with Kansas City is not appealing whatsoever. The Chiefs are giving up 11.6 points per game and have a pass rush that is just waiting to tee off on Brandon Weeden. Even in a week when six teams are on bye, McGahee is nothing more than a RB3/flex option.