The running back position is one of the more important in fantasy football. With more and more backfields becoming timeshares, finding a workhorse back has become quite tricky. In a season where we have seen significant injuries to some of the bigger names like Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, and Aaron Jones, fantasy managers have struggled to find consistent production from the position. We have also seen a surprise appearance from Alvin Kamara on the Week 9 injury report. Looking at the most recent RB injury report and updates, we try to figure out who we should lock into our Week 9 fantasy lineups and who might continue to miss time.
If you want to see which WRs you need to keep an eye on in Week 9, make sure to check out our Fantasy WR Injury Report. We will continue to update this article as more news, and injury updates become available.
Fantasy RB Injury Report & Updates: Will Christian McCaffrey play in Week 9?
This is the question that most fantasy football managers are hoping is answered sooner rather than later. Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey was either the first or second overall pick in most fantasy drafts at the beginning of the year, and his absence since Week 2 of the season has been hard to manage.
Yes, his replacement Mike Davis has performed well if you were able to grab him off the waiver wire, but if not, the loss of McCaffrey likely hurt your playoff chances. Davis has averaged 4.2 yards per carry with 350 total yards and two rushing scores.
Luckily, it looks like Christian McCaffrey will be back in the Panthers starting lineup as of Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs. According to Panthers beat writer Joe Person, coach Matt Rhule said that McCaffrey would practice this week, and “the hope is he’ll be able to play against the Chiefs.”
Last year, Christian McCaffrey led the NFL with 2,392 yards from scrimmage and 19 total touchdowns. In his short time playing this season, he looked as if he hadn’t missed a beat. He opened the year with a good start against the Las Vegas Raiders with 23 carries for 97 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also added three catches for 38 receiving yards.
McCaffrey is an auto-start this week if he plays. The Chiefs are allowing 142.8 rushing yards per contest, and if the star RB is healthy, he should be able to put up big numbers against this defense.
Will Alvin Kamara play in Week 9?
This one is a bit surprising. Alvin Kamara appeared on the Saints injury report late Wednesday. According to reports, Kamara was not spotted during the open portion of practice due to a bone bruise in his foot.
However, Kamara appeased fantasy football managers who were concerned about his availability. He said he will play on Sunday and that the bone bruise hurt but was nothing worse than “stubbing your toe on the corner of your bedpost.”
Kamara has been the most important part of this offense with Michael Thomas out for the majority of the season so far. He is on pace to break the running back receptions record, as he’s currently at 55 receptions for 556 yards and three touchdowns through seven games.
There shouldn’t be much to worry about here, except for the fact that he will be going up against a very good Buccaneers defense. However, if the Giants backfield with the likes of Wayne Gallman, Alfred Morris, and Dion Lewis can do what it did this past week, Kamara should still be quite productive.
Fantasy RB Injury Report & Updates: Will Aaron Jones play in Week 9?
This Green Bay Packers backfield is one of the most interesting of the Week 9 slate. What we do know right now is that they will be without AJ Dillon and Jamaal Williams. The question then becomes around whether Aaron Jones will be healthy enough to return? Jones is currently considered a game-time decision by offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, per The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman.
Aaron Jones has missed two straight games due to a hamstring injury, and the short week leaves him uncertain for Week 9. As of right now, Jones has yet to practice, and the Packers play on Thursday Night Football. That means he would need to be on the field in around 24 hours time.
While possible, I have a tendency to lean to him missing this game. Suppose that is the case, who will be the starting running back. Pro Football Network’s fantasy analyst Tommy Garrett broke down the Packers’ potential backfield of Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams.
If Aaron Jones is out, it would be one of those two backs that would likely take over as the number one. However, it would likely end up being a committee. As Tommy points out in his piece, the Packers are taking on the number one defense in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs at a measly 17.76. The 49ers rank 32nd in Defense Points Against Consistency (DPAC) with a score of 5.51, meaning they are a matchup that you want to avoid in fantasy unless you have someone who is a weekly must-start.
Mark Ingram injury update for Week 9
The Baltimore Ravens will be facing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL, the Indianapolis Colts. That is bad news because it looks like the team might be without their lead back, Mark Ingram. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Ingram might not play against the Colts because his ankle injury is more of a high-ankle sprain than a low-ankle sprain.
Ingram also missed last week when they played the Pittsburgh Steelers. The other Ravens RBs, Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins, were still able to find success against Pittsburgh’s defense. They amassed 200 yards and a touchdown on the ground, adding to Lamar Jackson’s 65 rushing yards.
Ingram has struggled this season, having not gained more than 57 yards in a game this year with only two touchdowns. He has 53 touches for only 250 yards. That is a long way away from his 2019 success, where he rushed for 1018 yards and 10 touchdowns.
I don’t think Ingram will play in this game, but we will continue to monitor the Week 9 injury report and updates to make sure. Realistically, because Baltimore’s remaining schedule isn’t very difficult, they could decide to be careful with Ingram. Just four of their remaining nine opponents having a winning record as of right now, and a total combined record of 30-35-1 between all nine remaining opponents.