Below you will find our fantasy football injuries roundup for running backs as of September 28th, 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 running back injuries that managers will want to check on throughout the days leading up to Week 4.
Let’s look at the updates for some running backs and see whether they may 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 return 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 on Sunday morning in London. Unless Cook re-injures the shoulder, 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 is 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 on Tuesday that Swift could benefit by skipping the next two games to let his shoulder heal, then return after the Lions’ bye week. Although it remains to be seen whether Campbell follows through on this plan, fantasy managers should prepare to be without Swift for nearly a month. In his absence, Williams will see more involvement as a runner and receiver, ranking as a mid-range WR2.
Joe Mixon Injury Update
Mixon (ankle) was limited in practice on Monday, then upgraded to a full participant on Tuesday. Unless he suffers a setback, it looks like he should play on a short turnaround this coming Thursday. Still, fantasy managers invested in Mixon’s availability might 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 it was concerning 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. For now, the odds of him playing in Week 4 are less than favorable. As long as Montgomery is sidelined, explosive youngster Khalil Herbert has intrigue as a solid mid-to-high RB2 option in fantasy football.
Mere weeks after being shot in an attempted robbery, Robinson returned to the football field and ran routes prior to 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 in case he carves out a sizable role. Worst-case scenario, he remains a depth option and can 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 Homer’s availability for Week 4 is very much in doubt. Regardless of whether Homer is active this coming Sunday, both he and Igwebuike should be left on waivers in most fantasy leagues.
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