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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 15 Injury Fallout

Here is a list of all of the fantasy-relevant Week 15 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Edwards-Helaire left Sunday’s game against the Saints with hip and leg injuries in the fourth quarter. He suffered the injuries when he was tackled awkwardly at the end of a run, with a defender landing on his left leg and forcing him into a “splits” position. He struggled to put weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field, and he did not return to the game. After the game, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that X-rays were negative and that they will continue to evaluate the injury, according to Matt McMullen of the Chiefs’ official site.


It’s good news that Edwards-Helaire’s X-rays were negative, but given how the injury looked, there is likely still concern about his future availability. As the Chiefs continue to evaluate their rookie running back, we will probably get some updates over the next few days. If those updates indicate that Edwards-Helaire will be sidelined for Week 16, then Le’Veon Bell would be the team’s starter. Bell no longer appears to have the burst that once made him an elite talent, but he still displays good patience and vision, which counts for something in this high-flying offense. If Edwards-Helaire is out, then you can consider Bell a solid top-20 option against the Falcons.

James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars 

Robinson left Sunday’s game against the Ravens with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He was able to walk off the field under his own power after suffering the injury, but he did not return to the game. The Jaguars have not provided any updates at this time.


The severity of Robinson’s injury is unknown right now, so we’ll have to wait for the team to give us more information. If the injury is bad enough to sideline Robinson for Week 16 against the Bears, then Dare Ogunbowale would be next in line for carries, although Devine Ozigbo could also get some work. It would be tough to trust either running back due to the workload uncertainty, the difficult matchup, and the lack of explosiveness in the Jaguars offense. But if you’re truly desperate, Ogunbowale did show some nice quickness as a change-of-pace back for the Buccaneers last season, so he would be in the top-35 conversation in PPR leagues.

Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders

Carr left Thursday’s game against the Chargers with a groin injury in the first quarter. He suffered the injury when he was scrambling outside the pocket on a third-down play, and he came up limping without getting contacted. He did not return to the game. On Friday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Carr’s injury is expected to have a 10-to-14 day timeline.


The Raiders’ Week 16 game against the Dolphins — a Saturday game — will be played nine days after Carr’s injury occurred, making his return unlikely based on his injury timeline. That means Marcus Mariota will be under center, barring an unexpectedly speedy recovery from Carr. Mariota played well when he stepped in against the Chargers, making several accurate throws and displaying mobility that Carr lacks. Given his past inconsistencies, Mariota can’t be trusted to be this good every week, but I wouldn’t consider him a significant step down from Carr either. At the end of the day, the quarterback uncertainty shouldn’t alter your view of the team’s fantasy-relevant players, with Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller remaining must-starts in all formats.

About Jay Devineni

A journalist by trade, Jay is in St. Louis and still a loyal Rams fan. He earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and is a published sports writer.