Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Jonathan Taylor, JK Dobbins, D'Andre Swift, more RBs impacting Week 7 start-or-sit decisions – Sporting News

  • October 24, 2022

Heading into Week 7, several key running backs (Jonathan Taylor, JK Dobbins, D’Andre Swift, Deon Jackson, Damien Harris) are popping up on the early-week injury reports, and fantasy football owners will need the latest updates ahead of their start ’em, sit ’em decisions.
Below, we’ll give you the latest news on these RBs and break down how their injuries could potentially affect the Week 7 fantasy landscape. For updates on banged-up pass-catchers Darren WallerKeenan AllenMark Andrews, and more, go here; for the latest on hurting QBs Russell Wilson and Kenny Pickettclick here.
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UPDATE 2: Taylor (ankle) is not listed on the team’s injury report for Week 7.
UPDATE: Taylor (ankle) practiced in full for a second-straight day, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Taylor (ankle) was a full participant at Wednesday’s practice ahead of the Colts’ Week 7 matchup against the Titans on Sunday.
The star running back has missed the past two games due to an ankle injury he suffered in Week 4. Taylor returned to practice last week and was initially listed as “questionable” to play against the Jaguars before being ruled out on Saturday. If Taylor does not suffer any setbacks over the next two days, he will be slotted back into his RB1 spot against Tennessee. In their last matchup in Week 4, the Titans held Taylor to 42 yards on 20 carries. The Titans’ defense has been solid this season, allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to RBs (17), but that shouldn’t stop fantasy owners from starting Taylor, who will get the lion’s share of carries and hopefully have a breakout game.
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UPDATE 3: Dobbins (knee) is OUT for Week 7 and will be undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, likely missing four-to-six weeks.
UPDATE 2: Dobbins (knee) didn’t practice on Friday, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. His status for Week 8 is in doubt as fellow RB Kenyan Drake will shoulder a bigger workload.
UPDATE: Dobbins (knee) missed practice for a second-straight day on Thursday according to Melissa Y. Kim, complicating his status for Week 7.
Dobbins (knee) was among eight Ravens players who did not practice on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. The young running back did not play in the second half of last week’s game against the Giants after his knee tightened up.
Dobbins only had 15 yards on seven carries in limited action. last week, and if he can’t play or is limited Sunday, fantasy owners may have to potentially start Kenyan Drake, who had his best game as a Raven last week vs. New York. Depending on who starts, Dobbins and Drake profile as RB2s with a highly favorable matchup against the Browns on deck. Cleveland’s defense is allowing the third-most fantasy points to RBs this season (26.5) and 131.5 rushing yards per game, so Baltimore could potentially have two fantasy-relevant backs depending on who’s back and how carries are divvied up. Gus Edwards (knee) and Justice Hill (hamstring) could also factor into this equation, so watch the injury reports closely.
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UPDATE: Swift (shoulder) is officially listed as “questionable” entering Week 7.
Swift (shoulder) told reporters on Wednesday that “he’s pushing toward playing” on Sunday against the Cowboys, according to ESPN’s Eric Woodyard.
The young running back practiced on Wednesday, which is a good sign for him potentially returning this week. Swift has missed the past two games after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 3 against the Vikings. Before going down with the injury, he had 231 rushing yards and two total touchdowns. He’s a must-start if active, even in a tough matchup against Dallas. Jamaal Williams would start and be worth an RB2 spot if Swift is out again. If Swift plays, Williams would be a TD-dependent flex.
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UPDATE: Jackson (quad) is not listed on the Colts’ Week 7 injury report.
Jackson (quad) was a full participant at Wednesday’s practice as the Colts get ready to play the Titans in Week 7.
He was one of the top waiver-wire pickups last week after posting 121 total yards and a TD on 22 touches. That included 10 catches for 79 yards. If he makes it through practice without any setbacks, we could see Jackson featured in the passing game despite the expected returns of Jonathan Taylor (ankle) and Nyheim Hines (concussion). For now, consider Jackson a must-have handcuff, but he isn’t worth starting until we see how Indy divvies up its backfield touches.
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UPDATE 2: Harris (hamstring) ended the practice week logging a full session on Friday, boosting his prospects of returning to game action this week.
UPDATE: Harris (hamstring) took part in positional drills in Thursday’s practice, according to Alex Barth.
Harris (hamstring) missed last week’s game against the Browns and will likely be “questionable” heading into Monday night’s contest against the Bears.
The Patriots listed Harris as “questionable” heading into Week 6, but everyone knew he was not 100 percent. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported last week that Harris will likely miss “multiple games” because of the soft-tissue injury. If Harris is “questionable” for Monday, it wouldn’t be the best decision to start him because of when the Pats play, and we won’t know anything about his status until game time. Rhamondre Stevenson would be a solid starter either way.

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