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.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans
A shoulder injury has C.J. Spiller on the injury report but he practiced in full and should be good to go, if good to go is going against fantasy's third-best defense against fantasy RBs. Outside of Chris Johnson's inexplicable 141-yard day in Week 4, the Texans have not allowed a back to gain over 69 yards (Week 1) and have only allowed one receiving TD (Maurice Jones-Drew Week 2) and no rushing TDs to opposing running backs this season. The defense and the shared carries with Fred Jackson make it tough to start Spiller, particularly in a game the Bills should not be in. But he is Spiller and does have the CJ speed. So, perhaps, like CJ, he can bust one off or get garbage time yards and catches.
DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner, RBs, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sunday night)
The Falcons have been somewhat generous to opposing fantasy running backs (ranked 22nd against them), but Dallas has been as equally bad at the position (ranked 24th for them). The Cowboys are without DeMarco Murray tonight (foot) and Felix Jones (knee) has not been much help, either. Whether it is Jones the last couple of weeks or backups to the backup, Phillip Tanner or Lance Dunbar, no Cowboy back has eclipsed 44 yards since the Murray-Jones duo got 93 and 92 when Murray was injured against Baltimore in Week 6. We all wanted to see Jones make good on the opportunity, but he has held true to history and has not done that. There will be garbage-time in PPR or even in standard leagues throughout the game, but there's too much risk to take to start any of the four in any format.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, RBs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions
So Jennings has had two cracks at the starting running back role in the last two weeks and performed flex-like, particularly in PPR. The Jaguars can sure make games ugly for themselves and the opposition and have stayed in four of their seven games. Jennings has carried the ball 17 and 21 times the last two weeks for 59 and 44 yards — not good, but it's bulk — and he has really helped in the passing game with 13 catches for 114 yards on 17 targets. Regardless of whether the Jags stay in the game with the Lions or not, there is plenty to be had from starting Jennings — either in the form of a guaranteed bulk carrier or the catches and yards he provides (standard or PPR).
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter