D’Andre Swift and Josh Jacobs are on the latest practice injury reports, and our fantasy RB injury updates will provide some clarity around their situations and how to view them in fantasy this week if they do play. Swift has a much brighter fantasy outlook, while Jacobs is a potenteial bust for a variety of reasons. We’ll dive into it all and tell you about the other guys who might be flex considerations if these players do miss Week 2.
D’Andre Swift Injury Update
Fantasy sites are tabbing Swift (groin) as “questionable” late in the week, but that’s largely because Detroit is one day behind a normal practice schedule because of their Monday night game in Green Bay. Last week, it was reported just before kickoff that Swift would have a limited and reduced role, but he wasn’t even “questionable” on the final injury report. He finished as a top-seven RB in all formats with 19 total touches for 104 yards and a touchdown. If that was a ‘limited’ role, then he’s heading toward a monster season.
For Week 2, Swift is our RB16 in standard and WR14 in PPR. It certainly seems like Swift will be the beneficiary of a ton of Jared Goff dump-offs this year, as he and Jamaal Williams combined for 16 receptions. That said, if Swift does surprisingly miss this game, Williams is a nice play at the flex spot.
Josh Jacobs Injury Update
UPDATE: Jacobs (toe/ankle) is officially out for Week 2. It’s expected that Peyton Barber, not Kenyan Drake, will now serve as the “lead back,” though Drake will still see plenty of touches. Our next rankings update will still have Drake ranked higher, though this report makes both backs extremely risk in all formats.
Jacobs (toe/ankle) has missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but that’s not that surprising since he played on Monday night. Despite being “questionable” because of an illness, Jacobs had 10 carries for 34 yards and a pair of scores. However, he limped out of the game a couple times, so clearly he needs the rest ahead of this week’s game in Pittsburgh. The Steelers’ defense has been shutting down the run since the birth of the NFL, so Jacobs is a bust candidate if he does play this week.
With his uncertainty, Kenyan Drake draws flex consideration in PPR leagues. We expect their rushing attack to be ineffective, so Drake, who caught five passes for 59 yards last week, could be in for a decent day based on receptions alone.
Jacobs is our RB35 in PPR and RB30 in standard leagues. Drake comes in at RB43 in PPR and RB44 in standard. Obviously, neither are must starts, but Drake has sneaky upside given the matchup and Jacob’s health concerns. If Jacobs does miss, Drake should be ranked a few spots higher than where Jacobs is now.