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Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest on Antonio Gibson, Andre Swift, Damien Harris, Plus Affecting Week 16 Decisions, Start, Sit

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Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest on Antonio Gibson, Andre Swift, Damien Harris, Plus Affecting Week 16 Decisions, Start, Sit

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With a seemingly endless parade of inactive key RBs on the reserve / COVID roster (Dalvin Cook, Austin Ekeler, Rhamondre Stevenson), the injuries almost seem like an afterthought, but with some fantastic championship spots on the line, every player “doubtful” carries additional importance. There are still several important RBs, including Antonio Gibson, D’Andre Swift, Damien Harris and David Johnson, making decisions during the game and will have to wait for final injury reports. Fortunately, we’ll have the latest updates below throughout the day on Sunday so you can feel confident with your start-up, sit-down decisions.

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Does Antonio Gibson play Sunday night?

Gibson (toe) hasn’t trained all week, but that could be in part because Washington played Tuesday last week. Either way, his availability for Sunday night’s game in Dallas is in question.

Even if Gibson is playing, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he saw fewer keys than usual. He still has a decent cap due to his high playing capacity, but with a lower floor than usual, it will be hard to wait for even if you have Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams in handcuffs. Ultimately, given the neutral match and usage concerns, you’d better play it safe with someone other than Gibson, but if you feel the need to wait for it, be sure to have Patterson or Williams, who will likely share Gibson’s touches. absence.

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Does Andre Swift play week 16?

Perhaps a little surprising, Swift (shoulder) has been limited to training all week and is “questionable” for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. It was Swift’s first move since her shoulder injury at Thanksgiving.

If Swift plays, he will simply be splitting his time with Jamaal Williams, who will return after a two-game absence while on the reserve / COVID roster. The Craig Reynolds surprise breakout will also likely meld, but the Lions wouldn’t activate Swift just to give him five hits. In a very favorable match, Swift would be at least an RB2 in the PPR leagues and flex in the standard leagues. Williams would be roughly the same, switching to a solid RB2 in both formats if Swift is released.

STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 16:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Does Damien Harris play week 16?

Harris (hamstring) has been limited to training all week, but it looks like he tends to play after missing a week. It’s still hard to say with the Patriots, but in a monster division game against Buffalo and with Rhamondre Stevenson (reserve / COVID) already ruled out, Harris would play a much needed role.

If he’s active, Harris is an easy “start”. The Buffalo run defense has struggled the whole way, and we know New England aren’t afraid to lean on their backs. Harris could easily see 20 touches in it, making him a borderline RB1 as standard and a solid RB2 in PPR. If he did come out, Brandon Bolden (knee) would see most of the litters with JJ Taylor mingling as well. Bolden would be a decent RB2 in PPR and flex as standard.

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Does David Johnson play week 16?

Johnson (quad) hasn’t been able to train this week, so it’s a bit of a surprise that he’s even listed as “questionable” for Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

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It seems likely Johnson will be out, opening the door to more than 15 touches for Rex Burkhead. While it might not sound exciting, it could net a decent amount of production against a Chargers defense, allowing the RBs to score the second most fancy. Royce Freeman would also get touches, but Burkhead is the only one worth shooting as RB2.


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