Fantasy Injury Updates: Ezekiel Elliott, Antonio Gibson impacting Week 16 start ’em, sit ’em decisions

James Robinson, Cam Akers, Phillip Lindsay, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire have already been ruled out, and Christian McCaffrey and Jamaal Williams are “doubtful.” That helps clear up a lot of RB-related start ’em, sit ’em headaches heading into Sunday, but Ezekiel Elliott and Antonio Gibson are both causing concern with “questionable” designations. You can bet fantasy owners will be checking for injury updates before finalizing their Week 16 lineup choices.

We’ll be updating below with the latest news until kickoff. For the latest on banged-up WRs Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Hollywood Brown, and Allen Robinson, click here; for the Week 16 weather report, click here. For all the latest fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.

WEEK 16 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback  | Running back  | Wide receiver  | Tight end  | D/ST  | Kicker

Is Ezekiel Elliott playing this week?

Elliott (calf) was limited in practice all week, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter has already reported that Elliott is expected to play against Philadelphia on Sunday. 

It’s likely Elliott will split carries pretty evenly with Tony Pollard. It’s not a particularly favorable matchup, so both backs will likely need a touchdown or considerable receiving work to really pay off for fantasy owners. They’re both talented enough to work in the flex spot, but don’t count on them for big production. 

WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Is Antonio Gibson playing this week?

Gibson (toe) got in limited practices all week, which would seemingly put him on track to play against the Panthers. However, given the nature of his injury, we likely won’t know for sure until after he warms up on Sunday morning. 

If Gibson is back, he’s a must-start in a highly favorable matchup. J.D. McKissic would still have flex value in PPR leagues, but he’d still be on start ’em, sit ’em bubbles depending on your other options. If Gibson is out, McKissic is a must-start in all formats, and Peyton Barber would be a boom-or-bust flex in standard leagues.