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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 16 Injury Fallout

Here’s a list of all the fantasy-relevant Week 16 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Carson left Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a hip injury in the second quarter. He limped to the sidelined near the end of the first half, and he did not return to the game. After the game, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll indicated that Carson’s injury will sideline him in Week 17 and, in all probability, the postseason as well.

Impact

Carroll’s remarks confirm that Carson won’t be able to suit up anytime soon, and with backup running back C.J. Prosise breaking his arm on Sunday, Seattle is down to just one healthy running back: Travis Homer. Homer — a rookie who runs tough and excels in pass protection — didn’t find much running room on Sunday, but his newfound lead role should give him an opportunity to put up top-35 RB numbers. There is significant risk in using Homer in a tough matchup against the 49ers, and Seattle will almost definitely sign another player to help fill the void at the position. Due to these factors, Homer should only be a consideration in deep leagues.

 

Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Ingram left Sunday’s game against the Browns with a calf injury in the fourth quarter. He suffered the injury when Lamar Jackson faked a handoff to him, and he remained on the ground for a minute or two. He eventually limped off the field, and he did not return to the game. After the game, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he doesn’t think there are any structural issues, and he indicated that Ingram will undergo further testing on Monday.

Impact

We’ll have to wait for Monday’s tests to get a true indication of Ingram’s recovery timeline, but it would not be surprising to see the Ravens rest him in Week 17 since they have already secured the No. 1 seed. If Ingram does sit out, then Gus Edwards would likely get the start, with rookie Justice Hill also getting mixed in. Even in a difficult matchup against the Steelers, Edwards is a downhill runner on a team that gives him plenty of space to operate, making him a top-25 play in this scenario. Hill, who showed good burst on an 18-yard touchdown run on Sunday, is likely to get more receiving work than Edwards, so he would be in the flex conversation in deeper PPR leagues.

 

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers 

Conner left Sunday’s game against the Jets with a thigh injury in the second quarter. He suffered the injury when he took a hard hit at the line of scrimmage, and he did not return to the game. After the game, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Conner is being evaluated for a quad injury.

Impact

We don’t know much about Conner’s injury at the moment, so you’ll have to wait for an update to know if he’s in jeopardy of missing Week 17 against the Ravens. If he is forced to miss that game, then Benny Snell Jr. would once again become the team’s primary ball carrier, although Jaylen Samuels and Kerrith Whyte are also likely to be involved. Given Pittsburgh’s offensive woes, as well as the team’s committee approach at running back, it would be tough to trust anyone in the backfield if Conner is sidelined. Snell would be a low-ceiling top-35 RB option in this scenario, but he should only be used as a desperation play.

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.

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