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The Indianapolis Colts have been one of the most fun teams to use players from in fantasy football. Andrew Luck has been the poster boy for the fantasy scene in 2014, as he's easily been the top quarterback to use in season long and daily fantasy action.
Of course, as hot as Luck has been, he and his Colts take on a quarterback in Tom Brady this week that could rival him. As luck would have it (pun not intended), the Colts get to take on Brady's New England Patriots this week, with both teams fresh off of bye weeks.
With a huge potential shootout on the docket, let's break down this matchup and see how Luck and the other top Indy fantasy weapons will fare in week 11:
New England's Stingy Pass Defense
New England has slipped a bit against the pass when it comes to fantasy points given up, and that's at least partially due to facing Peyton Manning before their bye. Still, the numbers don't lie, as the Pats have given up over 20 fantasy points to quarterbacks on average over the past four weeks. New England still ranks in the top half of the league against fantasy quarterbacks on the year, but against Luck we probably don't need to pay any mind to those numbers.
Luck has eight 400+ yard outings and he's got this offense smoking right now, so you're going to use him, regardless. It's the wide receivers and tight ends we may have to think about before deploying in fantasy lineups in week 11.
On the year, New England ranks #3 overall against wide receivers, which could be a troublesome finding for T.Y. Hiltonowners. Darrelle Revis isn't a lock to shut him down, but that's certainly a possibility. If that happens, though, that should leave Reggie Wayne open to run freely around the field, while third receiver Donte Moncrief could also get loose, as well.
Tight end has been a fairly weak position on the year, but the Patriots don't defend it at an elite level. You can safely use Dwayne Allen like usual, but just remember that he's pretty inconsistent, regardless of who he's facing. He'll need a touchdown to return value.
In regards to Hilton, you know you can't sit him, but be ready for less production than what you've been seeing with this matchup. While Hilton could be slowed down a bit, Luck should still be ablaze and Indy's offense should still be able to put up the points at home.
Run, Ahmad, Run!
New England is fifth worst against running backs in fantasy football on the year, so naturally you'll want to use Ahmad Bradshaw freely in fantasy leagues. He still doesn't have a true featured role thanks to Trent Richardson, but he's an elite Flex play and should even return RB2 value in week 11. Richardson is a tentative Flex play with this matchup, as well, but no one ever truly feels good about using him. The good thing is if you have to, at least you can take solace in the fact that he's at home and the Pats aren't stopping the run at all. Richardson could find his way to a score, so he wouldn't be a complete waste.
Indy's Defense Can't Be Trusted
While New England isn't stopping the run very well, their defense has still been pretty nasty at times. They did make the Broncos look like an amateur group at times before their bye, and they also shut down the Bears. That's probably not happening to the Colts on their home turf this week, but you don't even have that possibility if you're thinking about using the Colts' team defense.
Indianapolis has had some strong defensive efforts, but those are largely against trash offenses. New England has proven to be one of the best teams in the league and they're not going to get manhandled by the Colts. After seeing the Steelers hang 51 points on this Indy defense, it's going to be tough to trust in them anytime they face even a decent offense.
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