NFL fantasy football: Jake Locker to start vs. Dolphins

Locker ready for Week 10: Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker will be back in action for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins and is expected to start, according to head coach Mike Munchak. Locker hasn’t played since suffering a shoulder injury in Week 4. In his absence, Matt Hasselbeck has been serviceable, averaging nearly 13 fantasy points per game in Locker’s absence. Locker, on the other hand, was coming off a big performance when he was injured. The bad news for fantasy owners is that there will likely be some rust for Locker after missing more than month. The good news is that he faces a Dolphins defense that has been fairly forgiving against fantasy quarterbacks. Locker probably shouldn’t be started this week, but could be a nice matchup option down the road.

Jones to start for Raiders?: With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both missing practice — and unlikely to suit up this week — it could be time for Taiwan Jones or Marcel Reece to shine for the Oakland Raiders. Jones, who is reportedly seeing first-team reps at practice, has just one carry for two yards this season and has struggled with injuries in his brief NFL career. He and Reece will face a Baltimore Ravens run defense that has struggled this season. While the matchup is certainly favorable, there are too many unknowns surrounding this duo to give them any real fantasy consideration this week.

LaFell set to return: Carolina Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell says he will play this week after missing the team’s Week 9 game against the Washington Redskins. The third-year wideout has established himself as the No. 2 receiver in Carolina this season and is on pace to set career highs in receptions and yards. However, this week he goes up against a Denver Broncos defense that is allowing the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

— Marcas Grant
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