Following each team's release of their initial injury report on Wednesday, fantasy football owners got an early glimpse of how their start 'em, sit 'em decisions could be affected. While each player's injury status differs, it's worthwhile to check out how your banged-up players fared in practice. Heading into Week 3, running backs James Conner, Alvin Kamara, JK Dobbins, and Damien Harris are all ailing and will need to be monitored right up until game day.
Below, we'll give you the latest news on these RBs and break down how their injuries could potentially affect the Week 3 fantasy landscape.
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James Conner injury update, Week 3 fantasy outlook
Conner (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday, according to the Cardinals' injury report, but he was seen working off to the side at practice. He's still "day-to-day" after suffering an ankle injury in the Cardinals' 29-23 come-from-behind win over the Raiders in Week 2.
It's possible Conner logs a limited session on Thursday, boosting his prospects to play in Week 3. If Conner were to miss the Cardinals' Week 3 home game against the Rams, fellow RBs Darrel Williams and Eno Benjamin are likely to split the backfield duties. Williams would be the preferred running back to start as a viable flex option, but Benjamin is also in play in deeper leagues. If Conner is active, consider him a solid RB2.
Alvin Kamara injury update, Week 3 fantasy outlook
Kamara (ribs) practiced in a limited fashion for New Orleans on Wednesday. His status for the Saints' Week 3 road tilt in Carolina is heading in the right direction, as fantasy owners should expect to have the six-year running back in their starting lineups.
In Kamara's absence last week, fellow RBs Mark Ingram and Tony Jones Jr. saw an increase in usage, with Ingram posting the better stat line despite playing fewer snaps. Kamara's a low-end RB1 this week and a must-start when officially deemed active. If he has a setback, Ingram can work as a flex in a fairly favorable matchup.
JK Dobbins injury update, Week 3 fantasy outlook
Dobbins (knee) was once again a full participant in Baltimore's practice on Wednesday. On Monday, head coach John Harbaugh said Dobbins is considered "week-to-week," but his status for this weekend's road game in New England is trending in the right direction.
Even if he's active, Dobbins is, at best, a flex, as he'll likely be in somewhat of a timeshare with fellow RBs Kenyan Drake, Justice Hill, and Mike Davis. Dobbins is still the most likely to get carries and score out of that group, so you could try him as your third RB, but if you can afford it, give him a week on your bench to see how he looks.
Damien Harris injury update, Week 3 fantasy outlook
Harris (knee) was not listed on the Patriots' initial Week 3 injury report, which is clearly good news after he limped off the field in the final minutes of New England's 17-14 Week 2 win in Pittsburgh.
Harris did tell the media after the game he was fine, and his status for this week's showdown against the Ravens looks promising. Considering New England tends to have a lengthy injury report, Harris returns to his RB2 status in Week 3. Rhamondre Stevenson, who was playing more snaps than Harris last week even before the injury, remains a risky flex with upside.