Fantasy Football Injuries & Inactives: Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs Rankings, Backup Plans, More

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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) hands the football off to running back Derrick Henry (22) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It was a busy week on the injury front. We’ve got some marquee fantasy football injuries to monitor leading up to kickoff, but don’t worry, our rankers have you covered in the event any of the players listed below are ruled out.

With this article, we’ll give a brief rundown of some of the players who are entering Sunday with a questionable tag, along with where our fantasy experts — Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman — will have each player ranked if they’re active. We’ll also run through which players would benefit the most if the questionable players are ruled out and who you could pick up on waivers if you’re in a pinch.

Here’s a quick list of the five players we’ll cover:

  • Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
  • Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
  • Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
  • Bo Scarbrough, RB, Detroit Lions
  • James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Keep a close eye on our experts’ real-time fantasy rankings, too, which will be continuously updated until kickoff.


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Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

Fuller got in limited practices all week which put him on the right track to suit up on Sunday against the Titans. Late Saturday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Fuller is expected to play.

Fantasy Rankings If Fuller Is Active:

  • Koerner: WR45
  • Raybon: WR36
  • Freedman: WR36

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Fuller Is Inactive: Kenny Stills (Koerner WR58), Keke Coutee (Koerner WR68, Freedman WR60, Raybon WR68)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

Despite having a fractured shoulder, Jacobs was able to practice in a limited fashion all week, and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that he’s expected to play.

Jacobs also tweeted Friday afternoon that he planned to play, for whatever that’s worth.

Fantasy Rankings If Jacobs Is Active:

  • Koerner: RB12
  • Raybon: RB16
  • Freedman: RB16

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Jacobs Is Inactive: Jalen Richard (Koerner RB33), DeAndre Washington (Koerner RB19, Freedman RB20, Raybon RB16)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


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Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Henry didn’t get in a single practice last week, but the Titans remained optimistic that he would play on Sunday against the Texans. And that appears to be the case after Schefter reported late Saturday that Henry will play.

Fantasy Ranking If Henry Is Active:

  •  Koerner:  RB6
  • Raybon: RB3
  • Freedman: RB3

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Henry Inactive: Dion Lewis (Koerner RB19, Freedman RB24, Raybon RB26)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Bo Scarbrough, RB, Detroit Lions

Scarbrough popped up on the injury report this week with a rib issue and was downgraded from limited practice on Wednesday to no practice on Thursday and Friday.

The Lions consider him a game-time decision but since Detroit called up Wes Hills from the practice squad on Saturday, it sounds like Scarbrough is trending towards sitting out.

Fantasy Ranking If Scarbrough Is Active:

  •  KoernerRB34
  • Raybon: RB44
  • Freedman: RB33

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Scarbrough Inactive: J.D. McKissisk (Koerner RB41), Ty Johnson (Koerner RB34, Raybon RB42, Freedman RB36)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Conner practiced in full all week with his shoulder injury, but he was still listed as questionable. It sounds like he’s more probable than questionable, and that appears to be true after Schefter reported that he is expected to play on Sunday night against the Bills.

Fantasy Ranking If Conner Is Active:

  •  KoernerRB15
  • Raybon: RB15
  • Freedman: RB15

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Conner Inactive: Jaylen Samuels (Koerner RB40), Benny Snell (Koerner RB35, Raybon RB30, Freedman RB35)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Quick Hits

  • Nelson Agholor (knee) and Jordan Howard (shoulder) were downgraded to out on Saturday.
  • DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson (concussions) cleared the protocol on Saturday.
  • Damien Williams (ribs, illness) isn’t expected to play on Sunday. I’d lean on our rankings to look at potential replacements if usage news breaks on their backfield.
  • Noah Fant (foot) is expected to play.
  • T.Y. Hilton (calf) is a game-time decision. Since their game is Monday night, it’s likely you’re making a call on whether to play him or not this afternoon unless you have Zach Pascal.
  • Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) is supposed to test his injury in warmups before making a decision, but he’s been listed as questionable every single week and never been ruled out. If he is ruled out, monitor our rankings to see which Patriots pass-catchers our rankers prefer.

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