Arizona Cardinals

No matter what the Cardinals say and even if he’s not on their Week 12 injury report, you can’t start David Johnson until he’s shown you that his injury woes are behind him. He needs to convince us by his performance on the field. At this point of your fantasy football season too much is on the line for you to take a chance on starting DJ against the very tough 49ers run D this week.

Cincinnati Bengals

Who knew that Bengals turning to rookie QB Ryan Finley would result in such an increase in opportunities for RB Joe Mixon ? Mixon played 76 percent of the Bengals offensive snaps in Week 10, compared to 51 percent in Week 8 (the Bengals had a bye in Week 9). He didn’t have a banner day, but still ran for 114 yards on 30 carries (3.8 YPC). If the Bengals continue to ease Finley into their offense, Mixon will continue to be an integral part of their offense moving forward. You’ve also got to love his favorable Week 16 matchup against the Dolphins. Mixon could win you a fantasy football championship.

Cleveland Browns

Kareem Hunt made his long awaited season debut in Week 10, playing 54 percent of the Browns’ offensive snaps. He played just over 20 percent of his snaps out of the slot position and ended up being a fairly big part of the Browns’ passing game. He caught seven of his nine targets for 44 yards. As we mentioned last week, you can run the ball against the Bills, and Nick Chubb owners must have been relieved as he rushed for 116 yards and 5.8 YPC last week. Chubb still played 81 percent of the Browns’ offensive snaps, even with Hunt in the mix. Browns Head Coach Freddie Kitchens suggested that Hunt will continue to be a big part of the Browns offense. At this point you should continue to start Chubb every week. Hunt appears to be startable as well, especially in PPR scoring formats. Unfortunately for Dontrell Hilliard , his role will be diminished.

Kansas City Chiefs

LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch in Week 10, finding himself in Andy Reid’s doghouse ever since his Week 8 fumble. Damien Williams has been the Chiefs’ primary back for the past two weeks, but he did fumble the ball in Week 10. McCoy’s banishment has meant more snaps played for Darrel Williams , but he does not have any fantasy value right now. Stay tuned…

New York Giants

The Giants will be on their bye in Week 11 which is just as well for Saquon Barkley owners, because it’s obvious that he is not 100 percent healthy. Barkley defied the odds by returning to game action after missing just three games due to a high ankle sprain. However, maybe he’s human after all and came back too soon. In his first two full games of the season he averaged 113 rushing yards per game and 7.83 YPC. In the four games he’s played in since returning from his injury he’s averaged 41.3 rushing yards per game and 2.58 YPC. Barkley sustained an injury to his shoulder in Week 10, but it is not expected to keep him out of action for Week 12. While the best course of action may be for the Giants to shut him down until he’s 100 percent healthy, Barkley has insisted that he will not let that happen. What’s best for fantasy football players owning shares of the second year RB? Having him play every week, but not produce as expected due to injuries? Or, having him miss a couple of games until he’s 100 percent healthy and able to guide fantasy teams through their playoff run?

Team Primary RB Change of Pace 3rd Down Back Handcuff IR/PUP/Susp./Holdout/Injured
Arizona Cardinals Kenyan Drake /David Johnson     Zach Zenner Chase Edmonds missed mid-week practice
Atlanta Falcons Brian Hill Qadree Ollison/Kenjon Barner Kenjon Barner Kenjon Barner Ito Smith on IR, Devonta Freeman to possibly miss up to two weeks.
Baltimore Ravens Mark Ingram Gus Edwards   Gus Edwards  
Buffalo Bills Devin Singletary Frank Gore   Frank Gore  
Carolina Panthers *Christian McCaffrey Reggie Bonnafon   Reggie Bonnafon *CMC missed mid-week practice – foot injury
Chicago Bears David Montgomery   Tarik Cohen Mike Davis  
Cincinnati Bengals Joe Mixon   Giovani Bernard Giovani Bernard  
Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb Dontrell Hilliard Kareem Hunt Kareem Hunt  
Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott     Tony Pollard  
Denver Broncos Phillip Lindsay Royce Freeman   Royce Freeman  
Detroit Lions *Ty Johnson/J.D. McKissic Paul Perkins     *Ty Johnson remained in concussion protocol mid-week. Kerryon Johnson , Tra Carson on IR
Green Bay Packers Aaron Jones   Jamaal Williams Jamaal Williams  
Houston Texans Carlos Hyde Duke Johnson   Duke Johnson Lamar Miller
Indianapolis Colts Marlon Mack *Jordan Wilkins Nyheim Hines Jordan Wilkins *ankle injury-watch Wilkins’ progress
Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette     Ryquell Armstead Alfred Blue
Kansas City Chiefs Damien Williams Darrel Williams *LeSean McCoy Damien Williams *McCoy was a healthy scratch Week 10
Los Angeles Chargers Melvin Gordon Austin Ekeler   Austin Ekeler  
Los Angeles Rams Todd Gurley Malcolm Brown /Darrell Henderson      
Miami Dolphins Kalen Ballage Myles Gaskin/Patrick Laird     Mark Walton suspended 4 games
Minnesota Vikings Dalvin Cook Alexander Mattison   Alexander Mattison  
New England Patriots Sony Michel Rex Burkhead James White   James Develin
New Orleans Saints Alvin Kamara     Latavius Murray  
New York Giants Saquon Barkley     Wayne Gallman /Elijhaa Penny  
New York Jets Le'Veon Bell     Bilal Powell /Ty Montgomery  
Oakland Raiders Josh Jacobs DeAndre Washington Jalen Richard DeAndre Washington /Jalen Richard  
Philadelphia Eagles Jordan Howard   Miles Sanders Miles Sanders Darren Sproles
Pittsburgh Steelers James Conner Trey Edmunds Jaylen Samuels Jaylen Samuels Benny Snell expected out for 2 weeks (knee)
San Francisco 49ers *Matt Breida /Tevin Coleman Raheem Mostert Matt Breida Raheem Mostert Jerick McKinnon on IR, *Breida dealing with ankle injury-missed mid-week practice
Seattle Seahawks Chris Carson Rashaad Penny   Rashaad Penny  
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ronald Jones Peyton Barber Dare Ogunbowale Peyton Barber  
Tennessee Titans Derrick Henry   Dion Lewis Dion Lewis  
Washington Redskins Adrian Peterson Wendell Smallwood /Derrius Guice   Wendell Smallwood Chris Thompson