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—Andrew Luck, Brandon Weeden, Peyton Manning— or those stepping in for the injured.
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Oh, that thumb. We certainly didn't like seeing the best value draft QB in fantasy banging that against a Saints helmet in Week 8. But Peyton Manning practiced and fantasy's sixth-ranked quarterback should be good to go. He gets a defense in the Bengals that is 16th against fantasy QBs but sixth-best against receivers. Only Ryan Tannehill (Week 5) has not thrown a touchdown against Cincinnati and only Blaine Gabbert (Week 4) has not eclipsed 200 yards. Also, the Bengals don't turn QBs over that often, collecting just three interceptions this year to nine TDs allowed.
Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Groin and thigh problems have Brandon Weeden on this week's injury report, but he has practiced and is listed as probable for today's early game against visiting Baltimore. Weeden could be a decent spot start if you're battling injuries, byes or elected not to start Philip Rivers on Thursday night. Weeden's is fantasy's 21st-ranked QB and gets a Ravens team ranked eighth against the position in fantasy. Opposing QBs have averaged 308.6 yards and 1.2 TDs thrown in the last five games (not counting the awful Chiefs in Week 5). Weeden was part of that mix in Week 4 when he threw for 320 yards, no scores and one interception.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami Dolphins
If Peyton Manning was not one of your league's best draft values at the QB spot, then his replacement, Andrew Luck, certainly was. The No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL Draft, is fantasy's ninth-best QB thanks to three scores on the ground to counter the 1:1 TD-interception ratio. He is listed on the injury report as probably with a right knee but practiced this week. And today, Luck and the Colts get a Dolphins defense that is ranked 21st against fantasy QBs, allowing all seven starters they've faced to throw for at least 234 and all but one to throw for a TD.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter