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.
Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Well, the banged up ribs and ineffectiveness did not seem to linger with Trent Richardson in Week 8’s game against San Diego. The rookie, coming off an 8-for-8 performance a week earlier, ran 24 times for 122 yards and one score last week. The ribs/chest injury has limited Richardson in practice but that is to be expected and he will start today against the Ravens. Baltimore is ranked 25th against fantasy RBs and has allowed at least one TD to opposing RBs in six of seven games this season. In his first game against the Ravens (Week 4), Richardson ran for 47 yards and a score and added four catches for 57 yards on six targets — the most a back has been targeted against the Ravens since Cleveland’s Chris Ogbonnaya had six against them in Week 13 last season.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
A knee injury has limited Titus Young this week, but is it not expected to keep him out of today’s game against Jacksonville and its 15th ranked fantasy defense in a PPR against receivers. Young is coming off a nine-catch, 100-yard, two-TD game on nine targets last week against a stingy Seattle defense. Now he gets a Jaguars defense likely down their top two cornerbacks in Rashean Mathis (groin) and Derek Cox (back). The Jags have allowed a receiver to go for at least 84 yards in six of seven games and have allowed a TD to the position in five of seven games.
Brandon Pettigrew, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
A knee injury has Brandon Pettigrew listed as probable, but he practiced Friday and is expected to play. However, the inconsistent tight end draws a Jacksonville team that is ranked fourth against fantasy tight ends as one of just two teams in the NFL (Miami) not to surrender a touchdown to the position this season. No tight end has eclipsed Kyle Rudolph’s 67 yards in Week 1 — 47 yards twice has been the closest — and Brandon Myers’ seven catches on 10 targets in Week 7 are season highs allowed in both categories against the position. Pettigrew has not had double-digit targets since Week 3. He is coming off his best fantasy game of the season (7-for-74 on nine targets) against Seattle, but outside of perhaps more targets coming his way with Calvin Johnson limited (knee), there’s little to suggest he gets going today.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter