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.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts
OK, Ryan Tannehill is probably one of the last QBs you'd be starting, even in two-quarterback leagues. He is currently 30th at the position in fantasy and an inconsistent producer as one would expect from a rookie QB. He has had four games above 200 yards and three games below, and he has only tossed TD passes in three games. A knee injury knocked him out of the Jets game last week, but he will start today. So this is more of a heads up that there are better options than Tannehill. One possible replacement could be his possible replacement in Matt Moore. And that is only because the Dolphins face a Colts team that has allowed five of seven opposing starters to throw for at least 236 yards and at least one score.
Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans vs. Buffalo Bills
Well, the Ben Tate as the ultimate handcuff, regardless if starter Arian Foster is playing or not, has not worked out this season. Tate has 178 yards on the ground with two scores and just nine catches for 48 yards. He is not the cheap flex on a run-based team we thought he would be. A hamstring injury will keep him out against a weak Buffalo run defense (ranked last against fantasy RBs) and that is not good coming off a Texans' bye. Tate has not sniffed double digits in fantasy since Week 2's 16-touch, 97 total yards, two-TD day. Might be time to cut, bait, er, Tate.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Bad hamstring. Missed game. No practice since missed game. A bye week coming up next week. The stars were not aligning for Jordy Nelson to play today against visiting Arizona. But, alas, he is active. Can you trust him, though? Can you throw a receiver in your lineup that relies on speed and has a bad hammy slowing him down? Ask Miles Austin how that has worked over the years. Randall Cobb and James Jones should be able to feast on a Cardinals team that has allowed four touchdowns to receivers in the last three weeks.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter