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The Indianapolis Colts are awesome again. It only took one so-so performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars to get every fantasy football league manager in a huff, but the Colts totally redeemed themselves with a huge week 13.
Just like that, Andrew Luck and co. were back atop the NFL fantasy world, where they belong. One big question is, will they be there when week 14 is over, as well?
It’s a fair question given their opponent, as they travel to Ohio this week to take on a Cleveland Browns team that boasts a fairly strong defense. That defense is particularly stingy against the pass, especially when you look at the fantasy numbers.
To see if any of your Colts fantasy options might be in trouble this week, let’s rank them and analyze their upside for week 14:
Andrew Luck (QB)
There isn’t much to say about Luck. Even when he’s bad like he was in week 12, he still gets you 250+ yards, 1-2 scores and some rushing stats. When he’s at his best, he’s a top three fantasy passer, if not the best one you can use. The Browns have been holding fantasy quarterbacks below nine fantasy points over their last four games, but this is Andrew Luck we’re talking about. He needs to be in your lineup in week 14 and really every other week, as well.
Daniel Herron (RB)
Herron is a pedestrian talent, but unlike Trent Richardson, he runs hard, is decisive and effectively takes what is blocked for him. He needs to learn to take better care of the football (lost fumbles in back to back games), but is otherwise pretty safe and easy to trust. He’s ahead of T-Rich and is in line for another game of at least 10 touches.
T.Y. Hilton (WR)
Hilton is as explosive as it gets and has been absolutely sensational all season long. Truly, he’s only turned in one true "dud" performance on the year, as he has just one game below five receptions and just two under 60 receiving yards. Even if Joe Haden keeps him from going nuts, he’ll probably still do enough to keep him in your starting lineup. Either way, he’s just not the type of player you can afford to sit.
Dwayne Allen (TE)
Allen is practicing in full this week and should be back in front of Coby Fleener as Luck’s main tight end. His blocking helps the offense a ton, while his mere presence on the field gives him a shot at a touchdown in any given week. Cleveland is a middling unit against tight ends, so he has a fine enough shot at producing this week.
Trent Richardson (RB)
I’m not enamored with Richardson for a lot of reasons, but he is going up against the team that traded him away last year. The revenge factor could easily be alive and well. Tying your week 14 hopes to him is dangerous due to a shaky role, but it’s not the worst shot in the dark.
Reggie Wayne (WR)
Wayne can’t separate or explode at age 36, but he remains a threat in PPR formats. This week’s matchup isn’t ideal, but with Joe Haden almost certainly working on Hilton, Wayne should see a few more targets in week 14. He’s a solid WR3 if you need him.
Coby Fleener (TE)
Fleener had his best outing of his career last week, and had he not dropped a wide open touchdown, it would have been even better. He individually isn’t that great, but Luck loves going to him (or just the tight end position in general) so he has a shot at producing every week. The return of Dwayne Allen doesn’t exactly bode well, however.
Donte Moncrief (WR)
Moncrief has virtually made Hakeem Nicks an after thought at this point, as evidence by two huge blow up games over the past five weeks. It’s still impossible to know when he’s going to go nuts or do nothing, though, so just know you’re taking a risk with him against a tough pass defense on the road.