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.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Jacob Tamme is listed on the injury report as probable with a hip but practiced Friday and is expected to play against the Bengals today. The Bengals are the sixth-best team against the tight end position in fantasy, but they have allowed one touchdown to the position in three of the last four games. Unfortunately, for Tamme he has just one TD this season and it came in Week 1. The week-in, week-out between Tamme and Joel Dreessen makes it impossible to trust either. There Dustin Keller or Jermaine Gresham, who are at least guaranteed all of the targets at the position.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sunday night)
A hip injury has Dez Bryant listed as questionable for tonight's game against Atlanta. He suffered the injury making the touchdown catch called back against the Giants last week. Atlanta is ranked seventh against fantasy receivers this season, having allowed just four scores to the position this season. Jeremy Maclin's six catches for 33 yards was the highest catch total against the Falcons since Demaryius Thomas's eight in Week 2. It looks like it will be a total crapshoot, outside of Jason Witten, for all of the Cowboys you could start tonight — Bryant, Miles Austin or the foursome of lackluster running backs.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami Dolphins
The Stanford Connection has just not happened this season between QB Andrew Luck and Fleener as we hoped it would. One reason is because Luck has been able to incorporate receivers into the game and the other is Dwayne Allen. Fleener has 21 catches for 222 yards and no scores on 36 targets this year and is now out for today's game against Miami with a shoulder injury. It would be nice to say take a flier on Allen, but chances are he stays in and blocks against a run defense that is ranked seventh against fantasy running backs. Fleener was a nice flier to take late in your draft, but like Tamme and Dreessen in Denver, it is likely time to cut bait on Colts TEs for 2012.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter