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 9 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins
Just as Brandon LaFell resurfaced on the fantasy map with seven catches for 141 yards and a score the last two weeks, a concussion will keep him sidelined this week. And of all the weeks to miss, it is the Washington Redskins on the other side of the ball. They are the 31st-ranked team against fantasy receivers. Until last week against the Steelers, Washington had allowed at least one receiver to reach at least 94 yards each of the first seven weeks. It's bad news for LaFell owners, but may be good news for Steve Smith and Greg Olsen owners as the receiving pool is thinned out. Louis Murphy would step in for LaFell, but that trade with the Raiders has netted nine catches for 131 yards on 24 targets this season.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans vs. Chicago Bears
Kenny Britt is listed on the injury report with a knee, which is certainly not something you want to see for a receiver already coming off season-ending knee surgery a year ago. Teammate Nate Washington is also listed as probable with a knee injury. This is not good news for a Titans receiving corps that has to take on fantasy's 12th-best team against receivers and sixth-best against QBs. Steve Smith had seven catches for 118 yards on 16 targets last week against the Bears. Smith is more along the lines of a Washington than he is a Britt. Outside of Smith last week, Dez Bryant in Week 4 (8-for-105 on 13 targets) and Reggie Wayne in Week 1 (9-for-135 on 18 targets), only Miles Austin has eclipsed 15 points in a PPR against the Bears (4-57-1 on six targets). Britt has only received double-digit targets (11) once this season and then it took him the next two weeks to combine for 11. Washington received 10 targets the same week Britt had 11 (Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh) and has combined for 14 the last two weeks. These two are just too inconsistent to rely on and add in the Bears' pass defense and it's going to be a rough day for all Titans.
Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks
Percy Harvin was back at practice on Friday after an off-the-field matter and his hamstring does not appear that it will limit his ability to play. Will the Seahawks? That's a different story. Seattle has been gashed by two moveable receivers two of the last three weeks in Wes Welker (10-for-138 and a TD on 14 targets) and Titus Young (9-for-100 and two TDs on nine targets). No receiver had eclipsed 63 yards prior to Welker. On that day Brandon Lloyd added 80 yards on six catches and Ryan Broyles added a TD. That's four TDs in three weeks to receivers. If Harvin is playing then you are starting him and hoping he can emulate Welker and Young.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter