Who's healthy enough to start for your fantasy football team
The fantasy season is nearing its postseason. The weeks are winding down; the injuries are piling up. You need to stay ahead of everything in order to make that playoff push. Here’s some information on those that are on the Week 10 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, RBs, New York Giants vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is listed as questionable for today's game against Cincinnati while Andre Brown, who left last week's game early with a shoulder injury, is listed as probable due to said injury. Both will play today. The Bengals rank 26th against running backs in PPR scoring and allow an average of one TD a week to the position. Bradshaw is still going to be your bulk carrier (106 carries the last five games) while Brown has turned into the goal line back/vulture. I'm sticking with the bulk in Bradshaw and not taking the chance on Brown, who after bursting on the scene with back-to-back games of 17 and 28 points in a PPR has averaged 7.3 points in a PPR in the four games since.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
A back injury on the final play of the game against Atlanta last week has not landed Tony Romo on the injury report. Playing against the Eagles might, however. Romo has already been sacked 14 times this season — five times in the last two games — and been intercepted 13 times to 10 TDs thrown with two lost fumbles. Philadelphia is not as ferocious on defense as it used to be, ranking 30th in sacks (11), 15th in interceptions (seven) and 26th in fumble recoveries (three). The Eagles are on a four-game losing streak, allowing 25 points per game during the slide. This is not the Eagles' defense of old, but Romo's decision making is the equalizer. Dallas has no run game to speak of with DeMarco Murray on the shelf and that leaves Romo to guide a one-dimensional offense. If you think the Cowboys will work quickly on offense and try to limit the time Romo is back there, then he is a decent play. If you assume the questionable decisions by Romo and offensive game plan by the coaching staff continues to underwhelm, then look elsewhere today.
Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
Darren Sproles is out today against Atlanta with the fractured hand that will sideline him for a second straight game. For those trying to make a playoff push, the loss of the PPR/all-purpose fantasy player is as untimely as it can get. But it is par for the course for how RBs have fared in general in fantasy this season. However, if you survive to the fantasy postseason you should have Sproles back in time. Even missing a game, he is still ranked 19th in total fantasy points amongst RBs in a PPR — and that is with just 117 yards rushing and no scores on the ground. His 39 catches are still most amongst RBs as are his 323 yards and four scores. So if someone has dropped Sproles, go get him now and stash him before the transactions lock for this week.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter