Week 15 RB Injury Report: Josh Jacobs, Ramondry Stephenson, Aaron Jones, and more

While the RB injury report for Week 15 is relatively light in terms of names at risk of missing the game, fantasy football managers still have a few things to consider for the week ahead. With the likes of Josh Jacobs, Ramondry Stephenson, Damien Harris, Aaron Jones, and others dealing with injuries this week, let’s examine the fictional implications of these options.

RB’s injury report heads into Week 15

Josh Jacobs, LV | quadruple / hand (doubtful)

This Josh Jacobs game became questionable with a few injuries and success ended up being, at least comparatively, routine. Despite being questionable over the past three weeks, Jacobs has racked up 472 rushing yards with four rushing touchdowns on 86 attempts. He also added 95 yards on 10 receptions on 11 targets.

On Sunday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on this Jacobs is expected to play this week. He’s been playing through injuries over the past few weeks and has been doing really well. With the Raiders hanging on to dim playoff hopes and Jacobs playing for a new contract, it should come as no surprise that he’s playing through these upsets.

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Injuries over the past few weeks didn’t seem to slow Jacobs down. It more than proved that fantasy directors just have to ride that hot streak and hope for the best. The New England Patriots defense will give an even bigger test, and the Fantasy coaches would be forgiven for watching them this week on their toes.

If Jacobs doesn’t play, Zamir White will probably be the next guy. While the fantasy managers can still look forward to riding Jacobs through this game with the Patriots if he plays, trusting White into the first round of the playoffs is going to be really tough.

Rhamundry Stephenson, Nebraska | ankle (doubtful)

In last week’s game, Ramondry Stevenson left with an ankle injury. He managed to make a comeback, but only for a brief period before he was disqualified. With the Patriots playing Monday Night Football, it’s always been a matter of whether Stevenson will be able to hit the field against the Las Vegas Raiders this week.

Stevenson missed training on Wednesday and Thursday. He was able to return to the field on Friday, which was enough to earn him the dubious mark for the weekend. The Patriots backfield is especially interesting this week, with Damian Harris also heading into the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, we got an indication that Stevenson was expected to play this week. Harris was dropped, leaving the Patriots with only three appearances on their active roster. So when they turned down the opportunity to promote JJ Taylor later in the day, it indicated that the Patriots felt confident Stevenson could be active and play some sort of role.

Sunday morning, Rapoport reported that Stevenson has “good chanceTo play this week. He said the decision would be made after a pregame workout, but it looks like it would be a surprise if the Patriots didn’t have Stevenson on the court in Week 15.

Damien Harris, Nebraska | thigh (outside)

After being in doubt heading into last week, Harris was able to get back on the field to train all week. He was kept on a leash the entire time and was eventually flagged as suspicious. He was demoted to Saturday morning status.

With Harris out, if Stevenson can go this week, he’ll have an interesting fantasy value. If both are active, they will eat each other’s roofing.

Where things get really interesting is if both Harris and Stevenson are inactive on Sunday. The other two players on their roster now are Kevin Harris and Pierre Strong Jr. Both found the end zone last week, and Strong in particular looked strong with his chances.

We’ll likely get a hint as to whether the Patriots are unsure about Stevenson if they promote JJ Taylor from the practice squad. If we see it happen on Saturday, Strong is the one I’m really curious about this week.

Aaron Jones, GB | ankle (scanned)

Although Aaron Jones opened the limited week with an ankle problem, there didn’t seem to be much concern that he would miss the game. We’ve seen it limited in practice over the past few weeks but then it’s not included with the weekend mode.

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Jones was cleared to play in Week 15 on Saturday. Therefore, it should be an option that fantasy managers can count on to help them finish the first round of the fantasy playoffs.

Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson, WAS | to survey

Despite being limited all week, Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson are unranked in the final injury report leaders. Gibson was dealing with a foot injury, while Robinson was struggling with a quadruple injury. However, there was no serious concern that the duo would miss the match.

From a fantasy perspective, both players have the opportunity to deliver this week. The New York Giants allowed the second most fantasy points to an opponents than an RB, averaging 30.93 per game in half-PPR points. This means that there is room for both of them to find success this week.

Dameon Pierce, HOU | ankle (outside)

It’s not a huge surprise to see Damon Pearce disqualified prior to Week 15. The Houston Texans RB was reportedly dealing with an ankle injury, which usually results in an absence of two to four weeks. With Pierce unable to practice all week, he was ruled out before the weekend.

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In his absence, Dare Ogunbowale seems poised for a bigger role, with Rex Burkhead working as well. With the release of Eno Benjamin this week, the Texans will likely be looking to lift either Gerrid Doaks or Royce Freeman from the practice squad. We’ll find out who, if either, will be added to the 53-man roster on Saturday, but neither is expected to have a major role.

An earlier version of this article also discussed Jeff Wilson Jr. However, it was removed from the article after the Dolphins played Saturday night.

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