Below you will find ours fantasy football injuries roundup for running backs as of Sept. 28, coming out of the third week of NFL action. There have been new developments surrounding the injury statuses of various NFL running backs, including Dalvin Cook, D’Andre Swift, Joe Mixon, and David Montgomery.
The fantasy football season may be young, but every decision, transaction and lineup change matters. These are some key injuries managers will want to monitor in the days leading up to Week 4.
Let’s take a look at the upgrades for some running backs and see if they can play in Week 4.
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Dalvin Cook Injury Update
Cook suffered a dislocated shoulder on Sunday, opening the door for Alexander Mattison to have an expanded role. However, it looks like Cook could be back soon. The talented back has a history of shoulder dislocations as well as an unrepaired labral tear. He will likely wear a harness in future games and should be healthy enough to play Sunday morning in London. Unless Cook injures his shoulder again, his existing injury and the presence of the harness shouldn’t hurt his fantasy value too much. He still falls into the mid-RB1 range against the Saints, assuming he’s active.
D’Andre Swift injury update
Swift suffered a shoulder sprain in Week 3 that put him in a secondary role behind Jamaal Williams. Head coach Dan Campbell said Tuesday that Swift could benefit by sitting out the next two games to let his shoulder heal, then return after the Lions’ bye week. While it remains to be seen if Campbell follows through with this plan, fantasy managers must prepare to be without Swift for nearly a month. In his absence, Williams will see more involvement as a runner and receiver, lining up as a mid-range WR2.
Joe Mixon injury update
Mixon (ankle) was limited in practice Monday, then upgraded to full participant Tuesday. Unless he suffers a setback, it looks like he should be playing on short rotation this coming Thursday. However, fantasy managers invested in Mixon’s availability could consider adding Mixon’s backup, Samaje Perine, if they have vacant bench or IR spots.
David Montgomery Injury Update
Montgomery exited Sunday’s game early and was quickly diagnosed with knee and ankle injuries. Although there was concern that he suffered two different injuries on one play, head coach Matt Eberflus provided some clarity on Montgomery’s availability, labeling him as “day-to-day” and declining to comment on whether he could land on injured reserve. Currently, the odds of him playing in Week 4 are less than favorable. While Montgomery is sidelined, explosive junior Khalil Herbert has intrigue as a solid mid-to-high RB2 option in fantasy football.
Just weeks after being shot in a robbery attempt, Robinson returned to the football field and ran routes before Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Robinson can’t return until Week 5, but once he rejoins the active roster, the rookie could compete with Antonio Gibson for a share of touches, giving him some fantasy appeal. Fantasy managers with a vacant IR spot should look to add Robinson if he carves out a sizable role. Worst case scenario, he remains a depth prospect and may be dropped in a few weeks.
Homer (ribs) exited Week 3 early. In the aftermath of Sunday’s loss, the Seahawks signed Godwin Igwebuike, suggesting that Homer’s availability for Week 4 is very much in doubt. Regardless of whether Homer is active this Sunday, both he and Igwebuike should be left on waivers in most fantasy leagues.
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