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Travis Etienne injury: What status means for Week 13 vs. Bengals

Travis Etienne is dealing with a rib injury for Week 13. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

Travis Etienne Jr. #1 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on November 26, 2023 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Inactives update: Etienne is active and should play his usual number of snaps. He likely isn’t 100% with a rib injury, but he’s still a must start in fantasy and has good upside.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne is questionable with a chest injury but head coach Doug Pederson says he expects him to play Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Travis Etienne, Jr. injury

Fantasy football analysis

Etienne is good enough to be a RB2 or a flex play. He is getting yards in the run game and enough work in the passing game. Etienne has seven touchdowns, but none since October 29. That has kept him from RB1 status.

NFL DFS analysis

At $7,100 Etienne is a pricey play for a player that hasn’t found the end zone in over a month. The injury should make anyone hesitant of paying such a price. For the available running backs in the primetime games Isiah Pacheco (Kansas City Chiefs) at $6,700 and A.J. Dillon (Green Bay Packers) at $5,300 might be better options that will allow you to splurge elsewhere.

Betting analysis

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Jaguars as a nine-point home favorite. That has more to do with the season-ending injury to Joe Burrow than Etienne’s status. The fact that the Jaguars have struggled at times in front of the home crowd. But they are averaging a win margin of over 17 points at home against teams under .500. The Bengals are sitting at 5-6.