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Texans RB Dameon Pierce listed as questionable ahead of Week 12 vs. Jaguars

Texans RB is dealing with an ankle injury going into Week 12 vs. the Jaguars. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

Dameon Pierce #31 of the Houston Texans warms up before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 29, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images

The Houston Texans will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12 of the NFL season. Houston has momentum as they enter with a 6-4 record, sitting in second place in the AFC South. The surprise about the Texans’ success is that they have done so without running back Dameon Pierce. He has been dealing with an ankle injury but has missed three games in a row.

Dameon Pierce injury updates

Friday update: Despite practicing in full every day this week, Pierce has been labeled questionable heading into the weekend.

Thursday update: Pierce practiced in full on Thursday. Another full practice on Friday and he will likely be removed from the injury report.

Wednesday PM update: Pierce was listed as a full practice participant on Wednesday. This is a good step in the right direction for him getting back on the field for the first time in three weeks.

Wednesday AM update: Pierce is practicing on Wednesday, per Cody Stoots. Houston doesn’t play until Sunday, so it’ll be a normal practice schedule for him, even with the holiday on Thursday.

Fantasy football analysis

We knew that Pierce had been struggling, but it has been made more obvious from the success that backup Devin Singletary has had in his offense. Pierce has played in seven games and has 327 yards and one touchdown on 109 carries. Singletary has tallied 471 yards and two touchdowns on 114 carries over 10 games. With the momentum the team has, Pierce may be relegated to more of a split backfield, which would tank his fantasy football value.

The Jaguars’ defense is allowing middle-of-the-road numbers to opposing running backs. This game could come down to the wire, as Houston doesn’t project to be running out the clock late. Pierce may need a touchdown to be relevant, and that is too risky for me if he is able to suit up for the first time this month. Singletary can be started in 12-team leagues or larger, but if Pierce is active I’d only start him in 14-team leagues or larger since there are no bye weeks this week.