Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison remain at the heart of the fantasy football world heading into Week 16, so imagine how much Mike Boone’s feeling is. One of these Vikings RBs will get a big matchup Monday night against the Packers and have the chance to help win fantasy championships. Their current rankings and startups will also be affected by the availability of Jordan Howard, Damien Williams and Kerryon Johnson, and we have the latest damage updates below on all of these RBs.
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Does Dalvin Cook play Monday night?
Cook (shoulder) is unlikely to play Monday night football against the Packers, according to a report Thursday morning by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Cook dropped his shoulder on Sunday at Week 15 and with Alexander Mattison (ankle) inactive for the game, Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah replaced Cooke, with Boone taking the heaviest job in the backfield.
With Mattison still in pain, it looks like Boone is in line to start Monday night. Green Bay has allowed fantasy seventh to run this season and the Vikings need to stay committed to a first offensive no matter who starts. Boone has RB2 slots if Cook and Mattison are both out.
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Alexander Mattison Injury Report
Speaking of Mattison: There were far fewer reports of an ankle injury that kept him out of Week 15 due to the fact that it didn’t matter to most people until Cook was hurt. The Vikings’ first practice of the week will come out on Thursday and may tell us a lot about Mattison’s potential availability. Mike Zimmer told reporters Monday that he likes the backs of Minnesota behind Cook.
If Mattison could play Monday night in near-perfect health, it would surely be Boone’s preferred option and a more stable RB2 option. There are a lot of unknowns at this point, but basically everyone with Cook should get Mattison and / or Boone, whichever is available, to try to cover all the options with such a good Monday night race.
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Is Jordan Howard playing Week 16?
Howard (shoulder) continues to be limited in practice this week as the Eagles wait to clear him for contact. Eagles coach Doug Pederson told reporters Wednesday that things for Howard remain a “status quo”.
It seems inexplicable that Howard has not been cleared for contact considering he was sitting for the first time on Week 11. Something seems to be probably wrong with his shoulder at this point. Unless there is a shocking development later in the week, Philadelphia will not have Howard vs. the Cowboys at 4:25 pm ET on Sunday, letting Miles Sanders lead the backfield with a dose of Boston Scott thrown in. Sanders is a low-end RB2 in a below average matchup.
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Damien Williams damage update
Williams (nerves) returned to work Wednesday. It sounds like he was close to returning last week for just one illness to keep him out, so it looks like Williams will be playing Week 11 for the first time this week.
The most intricate piece here is Kansas City’s lively backfield, which featured the late Spencer Ware, LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson trio. You can’t really trust any of them against the Bears on Sunday night, especially if Williams comes back (though we’d be more willing to trust Williams if he seems to be healthy). Chicago’s defense has been slowly reinforced with the return of Akiem Hicks’ defensive tackle, so this seems like a point of stay until Williams is playing FLEX in the PPR championships.
Is Kerryon Johnson playing Week 16?
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Lions coach Matt Patricia said Johnson’s return from IR in Week 16 “stays on the table”. Johnson’s comments were positive early in the week, but it could be until Friday or Saturday until Detroit officially makes a decision on Johnson. After a game-time decision last week, Bo Scarbrough (ribs) could also return from a nerve injury this week.
Wes Hills looks like a one-week miracle, since at least one of Johnson or Scarbrough seems to be back, if not both. The Broncos are above average, so the only player we would consider here is Johnson if the reports are positive and he is really active. It would have some features as a FLEX game.