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Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Football Starters And Benchwarmers: Week Three

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Every week, we shall post which Colts players you should or shouldn't play as you serve your completely unhealthy addiction to fantasy football. Here's our Week Three players to start or sit.


Austin Collie, WR

Collie has been out since he sustained his fourth concussion in two years against the Redskins last month. He did practice every day this week, and all signs point to him playing. During preseason, Andrew Luck and Collie developed a strong chemistry. When Luck needed a first down, it seemed like Collie was his go-to man. If Collie plays (and I think he will), look for Luck to get him the ball in critical situations, such as in the red zone. Last year, Collie played all 16 games, caught 54 passes, and scored one touchdown. That was with Curtis Painter as his QB. With Luck, those numbers will go way up this year.

Donnie Avery, WR

Avery didn't have a touchdown last week, but Luck targeted him on several key plays, including a deep throw in the first quarter. Avery seems to be the deep option for Bruce Arians and the Colts offense. He could have another big play in him against the Jaguars.


Donald Brown, RB

The Jaguars defense has given up 339 rushing yards and four touchdowns so far this season. Matt Grecco's The Winning Stats ranks Jacksonville dead last in run defense. However, the Colts have not been able to sustain any sort of consistent ground game this year. In two games, Brown has 93 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown. This is Indianapolis' "bell cow?" Brown's issues all throughout his career have been consistency. Also, last year, Brown struggled against Jacksonville, who swept the Colts in 2011.

Coby Fleener, TE

Everyone, including me, thought that Fleener and Luck would start off strong together. Hasn't happened. Fleener has 8 catches of 98 yards, but no touchdowns. Last week, he dropped an easy score near the goal line. Right now, Fleener looks a little lost, and he hasn't shown the athletic, playmaking ability he showed at Stanford. If he figures things out, Fleener can be a great fantasy option. Right now, sit him.