Two of the University of Richmond’s best baseball players are among five who have begun this season suspended for NCAA rules violations related to fantasy football involvement.

Right-hander Keenan Bartlett, a junior who Baseball America recognized in the preseason as the A-10’s third-best professional prospect, and senior infielder/designated hitter Kurtis Brown, a first-team all-A-10 choice last season, haven’t played for the Spiders. Bartlett is ranked among the top 100 juniors in the country after a strong summer-league performance. Brown batted .342 with 17 doubles and 35 RBIs last year as a Spider.

UR was 2-2 heading into Friday’s game at Pitt Field against Toledo. The five remain suspended as Richmond waits for the NCAA to address their status. Two sources said they were involved in fantasy football, an NCAA rules violation. The players’ fantasy football activity was reported directly to the NCAA, which contacted UR, the sources said.