The appearance of Breece Hall on the injury report will be hugely frustrating for his fantasy football managers. With Hall coming off somewhat of a breakout game in terms of opportunities, question marks over his status entering Week 5 only serve to cloud the situation again. Let’s take a look at the latest updates regarding Hall’s injury and the fantasy impact of this news.
Breece Hall Injury Update Entering Week 5
Hall is listed on the New York Jets‘ Week 5 injury report with a knee issue. The positive news is that the rookie RB managed to get in a limited practice. However, we have seen the dangers when an RB is listed with a knee injury after Cordarrelle Patterson got placed on the IR this week following his attempt to play through a knee issue of his own.
There is no immediate panic seemingly coming out of New York regarding the injury, but the rest of the week will be worth watching. The Jets utilized Hall heavily with 17 rushing attempts and six targets last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hall also played a career-high 66 percent of the offensive snaps, suggesting his role in the offense is developing.
What Does This Knee Injury Mean for Fantasy Managers?
Right now, there is no reason for fantasy managers to panic. The fact that we heard nothing about this knee issue until today and that Hall was limited in practice are good early signs. However, this injury is, of course, one we need to monitor throughout the week, as it could have ramifications for the weekend. If Hall enters the weekend as questionable, then we may see his workload drop back from the 23 opportunities we saw in Week 4.
In that event, we would likely see Michael Carter taking on a bigger role. Hall would then likely be in a supporting role, either alongside Carter or in a three-man timeshare with Carter and Ty Johnson. Hall being questionable would have a huge impact on whether fantasy managers would feel comfortable starting Hall against the Miami Dolphins in Week 5.
This season, the Dolphins have generally proven to be a tough matchup for opposing running backs. Their 15 fantasy points allowed per game ranks as the fifth-toughest matchup for the position. However, the way Miami got there is somewhat confusing. The Dolphins have allowed anywhere between 2.8 and 31.3 fantasy points to RBs in a single game this season. They held the Ravens backfield in check in Week 2, but Devin Singletary and the Bills backfield had a good week against them, especially in the receiving game.
The latter example could be crucial for Hall. He has been targeted 27 times this season, corralling 15 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. While the efficiency hasn’t been elite, he is third on the team in targets through four weeks. He was also tied for second in targets in Zach Wilson’s debut which could be a good sign going forward.
If Hall enters this week at full strength, he should be in consideration for starting lineups in all league sizes, ranking just outside the top 24 in our Week 5 RB fantasy rankings. If he were to be limited, then Carter would become a Flex candidate in 12-team leagues and deeper. In the event of Hall being limited entering the weekend, he would slide back to 14-team Flex consideration.