This post comes from Justin Becker of FantasyFootballOverdose.com. You can follow him on Twitter @NBAandNFLInfoor on the Fantasy Football Overdose Google+ Page, and for more NFL Fantasy Projections visit Fantasy Football Overdose
The Indianapolis Colts weren't quite their elite selves in week 12, but they should get back on track this week when they take on the Washington Redskins.
They probably will need to find a way to muster up some sort of a rushing attack to do so, while also protecting Andrew Luck a lot better than they did a week ago. Still, at least on paper, this is a matchup that favors Indy.
To gauge which of their players are the best bets in fantasy football, let's rank their top options and see what they're in for this week:
Andrew Luck (QB)
Luck got sacked a ton in week 12 and was surprisingly average at home against the Jaguars. Look for him to rebound against a shaky Redskins pass defense, though. He's dipped under 300 passing yards just twice all season, so another 300+ yard passing day and 2-3 scores should be in order.
T.Y. Hilton (WR)
Hilton put his only four catches to good use in week 12, as he rambled off 122 receiving yards and a long touchdown. He's been great all season long and should make for an elite WR1 play against a bad Redskins pass defense.
Trent Richardson (RB)
T-Rich wasn't completely healthy last week, yet he still managed to plow in for a touchdown and pile on 42 yards on 13 totes. His role should only increase as he feels better, but Dan Herron might be a permanent thorn in his side. He still has RB2 upside in any given week, but is shaping up more as a high-end Flex play. That may not be the case this week, though, as he goes up against a stiff Redskins run defense.
Reggie Wayne (WR)
Wayne seems to have lost a step at 36 years old, but few can blame him due to his age and the fact that he's fresh off of a torn ACL. The end is near, but he still gets the job done in fantasy football as a moderate PPR weapon. He's at worst still a WR3 most weeks, and that should definitely be the case with a nice matchup against a bad Washington pass defense in week 13.
Dwayne Allen (TE)
Everyone knows by now that Allen is a hit or miss TE1 on a weekly basis, and his value is merely dependent on finding the endzone. That's fine, considering he's scored seven touchdowns in 10 games. He sat out last week and is considered day to day, but should once again be a solid play against a beatable matchup with the Redskins.
Dan Herron (RB)
Herron took over the Ahmad Bradshaw role last week and got a little more work than anyone expected thanks to Trent Richardson not feeling quite 100%. That equated to 17 total touches and 96 total yards, but he failed to score. That exact touch count can't be relied upon just yet, but that might be the goal each week. He's not the worst Flex play going forward, although week 13 isn't the time to use him against a pretty stout Redskins front line.
Coby Fleener (TE)
Fleener was supposed to destroy the Jaguars with Allen out last week, but instead he disappointed with just two receptions and no scores. He can jump out with a big game at anytime (as evidenced by a huge week 11), but his big games are unpredictable and he probably needs Allen out again to be a safe play. Obviously if Allen does miss a second straight game, though, Fleener makes for a sneaky TE1 play.
Donte Moncrief (WR)
Moncrief needs Reggie Wayne to go down to have any serious fantasy value, but he's at least getting more snaps than Hakeem Nicks. He's not the worst WR4 flier in the world for week 13, but he's definitely not a safe play, either.
Hakeem Nicks (WR)
Nicks has been a free agent bust for the Colts and aside from a random touchdown here or there, you really can't trust him in fantasy circles. He's on the field less than a rookie wide receiver and Andrew Luck mostly confides in his top two receivers. You can forget about him this week.
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