Fantasy injury updates: Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Jordan Howard impact week 16 to start, call them, sit


Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison remain at the center of the fantasy football universe in Week 16, so imagine how Mike Boone feels. One of those Vikings RB will have a great showdown on Monday night against the Packers and will have the opportunity to help win fantasy championships. Running rankings and starting to make decisions about how to sit and sit will also be affected by the availability of Jordan Howard, Damien Williams and Kerryon Johnson, and we have the latest injury updates below on all 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 Adam Schefter of ESPN. Cook hurt his shoulder on Sunday in week 15, and with Alexander Mattison (ankle) inactive for that game, Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah replaced Cooke, with Boone doing the heaviest job in the field.

With Mattison also suffering, it seems that Boone is online to start Monday night. Green Bay has allowed the seventh fantasy points to be runners this season, and the Vikings must remain committed to a first-run attack, regardless of who starts. Boone enters as an RB2 if Cook and Mattison are out.

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Alexander Mattison injury update

Speaking of Mattison: There have been many fewer reports about his ankle injury that kept him out of Week 15 due to the fact that most people didn't care until Cook got hurt. The first Viking practice report of the week will be released on Thursday and will probably tell us a lot about Mattison's potential availability. Mike Zimmer told reporters On Monday he likes the backs that Minnesota has behind Cook.

If Mattison could play near total health on Monday night, it would surely be Boone's preferred option and would be a stronger RB2 option. There are many unknowns at this time, but basically anyone with Cook should choose Mattison and / or Boone, who is available, to try to cover all options with such a good confrontation on Monday night.

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Is Jordan Howard playing Week 16?

Howard (shoulder) remains limited in practice this week while the Eagles wait for contact to be authorized. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson he told reporters on wednesday that things for Howard remain "status quo."

It seems inexplicable that Howard has not been authorized for contact, since he first sat down in Week 11. Something seems to be somewhat wrong with his shoulder at this time. Unless there is a shocking development at weekends, Philadelphia won't have Howard against the Cowboys at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, leaving Miles Sanders to lead the field with a dose of Boston Scott. Sanders is a low-end RB2 in a below-average match.

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Damien Williams injury update

Williams (ribs) He returned to Chiefs practice on Wednesday. It seems he was close to returning last week just because of an illness that kept him out, so it seems that Williams will play for the first time since week 11 of this week.

The most complicated part here is the crowded Kansas City field, which has featured the Spencer Ware trio, LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson in recent times. You can't really trust any of them against the Bears on Sunday night, especially if Williams is back (although we would be more inclined to trust Williams if he seems to be healthy). The Chicago race defense has been strengthened lately with the return of defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, so it seems a secluded place until you play Williams as FLEX in the PPR leagues.

Does Kerryon Johnson play week 16?

Talking to reporters on Wednesday, the Lions head coach Matt Patricia said that Johnson's return from IR in week 16 "remains on the table." Johnson's comments were positive earlier this week, but they could be until Friday or Saturday until Detroit makes an official decision on Johnson (knee). After being a game time decision last week, Bo scarbrough (ribs) may also return from a rib injury this week.

It seems that Wes Hills will be a wonder of a week since at least one of Johnson or Scarbrough seems to be back, if not both. The Broncos are a career defense above average, so the only player we would even consider here is Johnson if the reports are positive and in fact is activated. It would have some potential as a FLEX work.