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.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
A full week of practice with the hip injury is a lot better than not practicing at all last week with the injury. Now the question is whether we can fully trust Dez Bryant or his QB, Tony Romo. The Eagles are ranked 14th against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring, and have only faced four double-digit target receivers this season; all four produced double-digit days. The Eagles have allowed four receivers not targeted at least 10 times to also have double-digit PPR days — and all four have happened in the last three games. The Cowboys have no run game without DeMarco Murray, so if Dez Bryant is worth at least a flex and a low-end WR2 with potential (as is every week) to lead the week in WR scoring.
Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans vs. Chicago Bears (Sunday night)
A hip injury could slow down Owen Daniels' resurgent in 2012. It's been a season where the Wisconsin product has become a top-two tight end. But if there was ever a week for OD to miss and make a TE decision easier (if you have a back up or cull the waiver wire) then it is against this Chicago defense. The Bears are ranked 23rd against the TE position in fantasy. A lot of that came from Jason Witten's 13-for-112 and one-TD game in Week 4. The Bears have surrendered just one other TD (Tom Crabtree, Week 2) and no TE has come close to Witten's 112. Coby Fleener had 82 yards in Week 1 and Chicago has not surrendered more than 37 yards to the position outside of those two games. The questionable hip, the strong defense and the Sunday night start should have you looking elsewhere today.
Steve Johnson, Donald Jones, WRs, Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Steve Johnson suffered a bruised thigh last week and is questionable for today's game against New England. Perhaps he is limited and perhaps Donald Jones steps in for another big game against the Pats. A 2-for-23 performance for Johnson against New England in Week 4 does not necessarily scream optimism, either. Jones, meanwhile, had 90 yards and a score against the Patriots in Week 4. Maybe Jones draws No. 1 coverage, but the Bills, with or without Johnson, are going to have to throw the ball to hang around because of their own defense against the powerful Pats offense. New England won 52-28 in Week 4. Jones has come on the last few weeks. He has received 14 targets for 10 catches 112 yards and one score.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter