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Fantasy Football 2013: Broncos at Colts Week 7 Preview

Denver Broncos (6-0) at Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

Sunday, October 20, 2013; 8:30 PM (ET)

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In the Week 7 edition of “Sunday Night Football,” we’ll be treated to one of the year’s most intriguing matchups. Peyton Manning will be returning to Indianapolis as a Bronco to take on the Colts, which is sure to make for some very interesting pre-game dialogue in the days leading up to the game. His undefeated Broncos (6-0) are coming off a relatively tame Week 6 win against the Jaguars, while the host Colts (4-2) posted a lackluster effort in a loss to San Diego on Monday night.
As you may expect, there are all sorts of fantasy considerations involved in this game, and many matchups will be won or lost on the Lucas Oil Stadium field. Let’s take a closer look at the main fantasy players involved on both teams, and see what we should be expecting from the game.

Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: With his surgical precision on the field, Manning has been an absolute fantasy animal thus far. He’s got a whopping 22 touchdowns this season, compared to just two interceptions. In Week 6, the Broncos tapped the brake pedal a little bit, opting to utilize the run game after Manning tossed a pair of touchdowns against the Jaguars. We expect the same old Peyton in this one; the familiar surroundings will likely make it seem like a home game to him. He’s a no-duh fantasy start.

Fantasy Football 2013: Broncos at Colts Week 7 Preview

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Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: You may be looking at the stats from Luck’s Week 6 performance and gagging, but it’s not all his fault. His 202 yards and no scores were mostly the victim of a lost time-of-possession battle and five big drops by his wide receivers. It’s disappointing for sure, as the San Diego defense had previously been very generous to opposing quarterbacks. Still, we expect Luck to bounce back in Week 7. Keep him in there.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos: Last week, Moreno was the beneficiary of the Broncos seemingly not wanting to embarrass the Jaguars. The team went to more of a run-based approach later on in the game, and he was able to punch in three touchdowns. Not only did Moreno pick up 42 rush yards, but added another 62 on seven catches. After that strong performance, he’s a nice fantasy play against the Colts on Sunday.

Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Owners who spent a high pick on Richardson--then got excited when he was traded to a competent offense--have to be getting frustrated now. He posted just 40 yards on 10 carries against the Bolts, adding a single 13-yard reception. He hasn’t scored or reached 60 rush yards since Week 4. We’re not sure what the issue is here specifically, but we think you should still leave Richardson in your lineup. Given the top-10 pick, you almost have to.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Those owners who had the foresight (or the good fortune) to draft Thomas have reaped the benefits this season. Even on a relatively low four targets and three catches, he still came up with 78 yards. That’s pretty good for an “off” game. Thomas usually seems to be Manning’s favorite target overall, so he’ll get his share of balls from week to week. He’s an obvious must-start.

Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts: One notable happening in the Colts’ Week 6 game was the fact that Wayne became the ninth member of the NFL’s 1,000 career receptions club. That said, he was held out of the end zone once again and finished with 88 yards on five grabs. Wayne is still getting targets--he tied T.Y. Hilton for the team lead with nine--and should find pay dirt sooner rather than later. Week 7 seems like an opportune time.

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