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.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos
A concussion quickly sidelined Brandon LaFell's brief return to fantasy relevance for 2012. He is not on the injury report for Week 10 and it would be nice to see him build on the 3-for-88 day he had against Chicago in Week 8. A sleeper for many of us this season, the struggles of Cam Newton have trickled down to the struggles of LaFell as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Steve Smith. There is not much suggesting LaFell starts building this week against a Denver defense ranked 10th against fantasy receivers in PPR formats. Steve Smith is likely to have more success as the Broncos have allowed No. 1 receivers to score five TDs and average six catches for 76 yards. Antonio Brown (4-74 in Week 1) and Kevin Walter (3-73-1 Week 3) are the only non-No. 1 receivers to have any success against the Broncos this season.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
A tease to return in Week 8 in London, Danny Amendola (shoulder) is expected to return to the lineup this week for the first time since Week 5. At worst, a target magnet, at best a PPR juggernaut. His return comes against a pretty tough matchup against a 49ers team that is ranked second against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring. And their Week 8 performance before their bye is the perfect sample of what you might expect from Amendola. Three separate receivers had 11 targets for Arizona in Week 8 and none cashed in on a score and none turned those targets into more than Larry Fitzgerald's 65 yards. San Francisco, which has surrendered two scores to WRs this season, has defended four double-digit target players before Arizona's trio. The four combined for 46 targets, 29 catches, 280 yards and one score for an average of 15.8 in a PPR league. These numbers are right up Amendola's alley (a 16.9 PPR average this season), but is it worth the risk that he will return to those numbers in his first game against this defense?
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans
A knee, a quad, a Titans defense on the other side of the ball. Ryan Tannehill practiced this week, including Friday, and is listed as probable for today's juicy home matchup against Tennessee. The Titans are ranked 27th against fantasy quarterbacks and have allowed multi-touchdown games to the position in seven of nine games this season, and at least one TD in all nine games. The Titans are terrible against fantasy RBs as well, so the question is: Which position gets theirs this week? Tannehill is not a high-end start, but is bye-week or injury replacement worthy and certainly worth a start in two-QB leagues.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter