With two games on Saturday in Week 15 (Bills @ Broncos and Panthers @ Packers), more than a few fantasy football owners will be looking for injury updates instead of doing last-minute holiday shopping. Christian McCaffrey (thigh) is officially “doubtful,” so cross him off your list, but Melvin Gordon (shoulder), Phillip Lindsay (hip), and Curtis Samuel (hamstring) are all “questionable” leading up to their games. Considering most owners are in the fantasy playoffs and start ’em, sit ’em decisions are being checked more than twice, the statuses of these key players could be the diference between a merry Christmas and a lump of a coal.
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Is Melvin Gordon playing this week?
Gordon (shoulder) was limited in practice the past two days, but all indications are that he will suit up against the Bills.
It’s unclear if he willl see his usual workload, but as long as Gordon is active, he’s worth using as at least a flex all formats. The veteran back has averaged 14 touches per game over his past five contests, and with Buffalo allowing a healthy 4.6 yards per carry, Gordon will have the chance to post decent stats once again. If Gordon is a surprise scratch, Phillip Lindsay would be a viable RB2.
Is Phillip Lindsay playing this week?
Lindsay (hip) was limited in practice all week, but, like Gordon, there doesn’t seem to be any real concern that he’ll miss Saturday’s game against Buffalo.
The yards haven’t been there for Lindsay the past three weeks (70), but he’s still averaging 11.3 carries per game in that span. Eventually he’ll break out with that kind of workload, so consider him a low-end flex in this matchup. If Lindsay is out, Gordon would be an even better play, and on the off chance both are out, Royce Freeman would handle the bulk of the carries and be worth playing as an RB2.
Is Curtis Samuel playing this week?
Samuel (hamstring) was limited in practice on Thursay and is officially “questionable” for Saturday night’s game in Green Bay.
Not much is known about Samuel’s injury, so there doesn’t seem to be much cause for concern, but fantasy owners should still be on the lookout for the official inactive report on Saturday evening. If active, Samuel remains a viable WR3, especially in PPR leagues. If he’s out, Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore would get slight bumps in value.