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The Indianapolis Colts were supposed to rebound from a few lethargic weeks and produce in week 16. With everything on the line in your fantasy football league, Andrew Luck and co. face-planted. Hopefully you were lucky enough to escape Luck's firestorm of ineptitude to make it to your league's title game this week, or better yet, didn't have to use him at all.
Whether you've made it to your final or are gearing up for week 17 in daily leagues, you may be wondering which Indianapolis Colts can be trusted in fantasy football. To find out who you can trust, let's break down Indy's matchup in their regular season finale:
Time to Air it Out?
Andrew Luck can't possibly be as bad as he was last week, so fantasy owners needing a big game out of him this week will probably get it. He draws the Tennessee Titans to cap the year, and while they've been a middle of the pack unit against fantasy quarterbacks, they're still giving up a healthy 16+ fantasy points per game to the position. They've also routinely gotten shredded and gave up six touchdowns to Ryan Fitzpatrick, of all people.
The lone concern is going to be rest, as Indy can't get a first round bye and really is playing for some minor seeding. It sounds like Luck will start and play a normal game, but be sure to keep a close eye on any news that could reveal Indy's hand.
If Luck's a go, so are his weapons. T.Y. Hilton sat out last week due to a sore hamstring, but returned to practice this week and could be able to play. It's highly doubtful the Colts force him into a full snap count, but they'll want to get him back into a groove for the playoffs. Regardless, if he's active you have to use him. Reggie Wayne and Donte Moncriefare worth a shot either way, but they obviously would receive a major target boost if Hilton is out, so stay on top of the status reports leading into Sunday.
Dwayne Allen has been missing practice this week due to a sore knee and head coach Chuck Pagano has already admitted the team will likely hold him out of the finale. That puts Coby Fleener in line for a nice dose of targets. Tennessee gives up over eight fantasy points per game to tight ends, so he'll make for a strong TE1 play if Allen is indeed out.
Pound the Rock
While the Titans certainly can be beat through the air, they specifically are awful against the run. On the year, they rank 31st in the league in fantasy production given up to opposing running backs. Daniel Herron and Trent Richardson aren't going to scare the Titans, but both could be solid flier plays if you're hard up at running back. T-Rich scored on them last time, but we all know by now that Herron is going to see more snaps and is the better play. He's a pedestrian talent, but this is a matchup to die for.
Fire Up Indy's D
Tennessee is a mess, so even if the Colts rest some of their key defensive starters, you can fire up their fantasy team defense with major confidence in week 17. Charlie Whitehurst has actually had some surprisingly decent outings off the bench, but he's a backup for a reason and won't enter this matchup with the odds in his favor. Tennessee's biggest hope to stay in this game is to pound the rock, and judging off of the last meeting (Colts dominated, 41-17), even that won't be enough. Indy should roll in this one and their defense should obviously benefit immensely.
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