Is De’Von Achane playing Friday? Latest Injury Updates

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Fantasy football managers eagerly anticipated the return of De’Von Achane last week following his five-week IR absence. However, their excitement was short-lived when Achane exited the game on the second drive, aggravating his knee injury. The looming question for Week 12’s Black Friday matchup against the Jets revolves around Achane’s potential return and whether fantasy managers should consider including him in their lineups.

The viability of trusting Achane in fantasy lineups hinges on his availability for the game. As of now, Achane is officially labeled as “questionable,” prompting a need for continuous monitoring of this situation until kickoff to make informed start ’em, sit ’em decisions.

This article will provide ongoing updates on Achane’s status until the official active/inactive report releases on Friday around 1:30 p.m. ET. Therefore, it’s essential to stay tuned for the latest developments.

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Throughout the week, Achane, dealing with a knee issue, participated in limited practice sessions. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler noted on Wednesday that it would be somewhat unexpected for him to take the field on Friday. This outlook aligns with the current situation, considering Miami’s significant favoritism against the Tim Boyle-led Jets. Despite Achane’s desire to rejoin the Week 11 matchup versus the Raiders, coach Mike McDaniel erred on the side of caution, keeping him sidelined.

Achane’s injury history, including multiple instances of being sidelined earlier in the year, suggests a cautious approach for a potentially playoff-bound team when considering his participation against a robust defensive opponent, especially after recently aggravating a serious knee injury. At this stage, expectations lean toward Achane remaining inactive, thereby resolving the start ’em, sit ’em dilemma for fantasy managers. However, this situation remains somewhat unpredictable.

Should Achane remain unavailable, the scenario simplifies: Raheem Mostert assumes the starting role, garnering the bulk of RB touches, making him a must-start across all formats. While Jeff Wilson Jr. and the recently promoted Darrynton Evans may see some action, neither holds significant trust even in 12-team leagues. Furthermore, Evans’ elevation from the practice squad on Thursday might hint at Achane’s expected absence.

In the event Achane is cleared to play, the quantity of touches he’ll handle becomes uncertain. Though he started last week and received the initial carry, expecting more than 10-12 touches might be impractical. Mostert remains the primary back and warrants utilization across all formats, while Achane, if active, should be considered a high-risk, high-reward flex option in deeper leagues. His explosive speed and playmaking ability make him a potential threat, especially against a Jets’ defense that ranks tenth in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Nonetheless, the inherent risks outweigh the potential gains, especially when viable alternatives exist.