Jerick McKinnon injury update: Vikings RB out; no fantasy value in potential replacements
McKinnon has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. We break down the fantasy implications.
The Minnesota Vikings placed running back Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve, ending his season after he was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. McKinnon has a back injury and missed every day of practice this week before being declared out on the official injury report on Friday. The Vikings officially moved him to IR on Saturday.
McKinnon leads the Vikings with 113 carries for 538 yards, but has not found the end zone once this year. Still, he’s been their most dependable running back, and where the Vikings will go at this point is unclear. Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard and Ben Tate are the next three running backs. Asiata got the bulk of the carries in Week 13 and did not play well.
Fantasy Impact: Ideally, fantasy owners will be able to avoid the Vikings running back situation at this point. There’s nobody there worth a look at this point. McKinnon has some keeper value, but he has no value in re-draft leagues. None of Tate, Banyard or Asiata are worth fantasy starts against a Jets team that isn’t bad at stopping the run.