Ahead of what should be another action-packed NFL Sunday, fantasy football owners are making their final Week 6 start ’em, sit ’em decisions based on the most recent injury reports heading. James Conner (rib) and Cam Akers (personal) are the most notable running backs that have already been ruled out, but several more key RBs (Jonathan Taylor, Raheem Mostert, Damien Harris) are officially “questionable,” which forces fantasy owners to continue to monitor their news feeds for injury updates.
Below, we’ll give you the latest news on these RBs and break down how their injuries could potentially affect the Week 6 fantasy landscape.
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Is Jonathan Taylor playing Week 6?
UPDATE: Taylor (ankle), and Hines (concussion) have both been ruled “out” for Week 6. Deon Jackson and Phillip Lindsay both sit in flex territory, with Jackson having more value in both standard and PPR leagues.
Taylor (ankle) is officially listed as “questionable” ahead of the Colts’ Week 6 home matchup against the Jaguars, according to the team’s official injury report. Taylor logged a DNP on Wednesday but returned in a limited fashion on Thursday and Friday.
Taylor’s not quite in the clear just yet, but he’s trending toward making his return on Sunday. Additionally, fellow RB Nyheim Hines (concussion), who left the Colts’ Week 5 matchup against the Broncos in the first quarter with a concussion, is also listed as “questionable”. If one or both are unable to go, then expect reserve RBs Deon Jackson and Phillip Lindsay to get an increased opportunity share. Taylor is a sure-fire RB1 if he ends up being active, but if he’s unable to go and Hines plays, then Hines has flex appeal. Jackson and Lindsay aren’t worth starting unless both Taylor and Hines can’t play. In that case, Jackson would be a high-end flex.
Is Raheem Mostert playing Week 6?
Mostert’s beginning to separate himself in the Dolphins backfield, entering Week 6 off an 18-carry, 113-yard, one-TD performance in Week 5. He sits firmly on the RB2 line despite a tough matchup against a well-rounded Vikings rush defense. With seventh-round rookie Skylar Thompson making his first career start, there’s a chance Miami leans more heavily on its ground game, making Mostert’s fantasy floor fairly stable. If he is a surprise scratch, Chase Edmonds would likely handle most of the RB snaps and be worth a flex spot in standard leagues and RB2 spot in PPR leagues.
Is Damien Harris playing Week 6?
Harris (hamstring) enters New England’s Week 6matchup in Cleveland as “questionable” after logging two-straight limited sessions in practice. This is a surprise considering NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported early in the week that Harris would miss “multiple games.”
Even after logging back-to-back limited sessions in practice, it still seems as if Harris will likely end up being ruled “out” for Week 6. If that’s the case, Rhamondre Stevenson is a sure-fire RB1 in all formats. If Harris is a surprise active, it’s tough to say how much he’ll actually play. He’d be a low-end standard flex for his TD upside, but Stevenson would still have more value.