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Fantasy Football 2013: Colts at Texans Week 9 Preview

Indianapolis Colts (5-2) at Houston Texans (2-5)

Sunday, November 3, 2013: 8:30 PM (ET)

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TV: NBC

The Week 9 edition of “Sunday Night Football” will provide a very important matchup for fantasy owners. The Colts will be heading to Houston to take on their division rival Texans, and anything could potentially happen in this one. Indianapolis (5-2) is coming in fresh, as they had a bye in Week 8. Houston (2-5), meanwhile, will be equally well-rested, as their bye happened to fall last week as well.
This game is loaded with fantasy considerations, and it could make or break your team this week. Let’s take a look at the key contributors on both sides so that we can get an idea of what to expect.

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: It’s been a while since we’ve seen Luck and the rest of his Colts teammates, so let’s refresh our memories. The second-year QB posted a season-high four touchdowns (three passing; one rushing) in Indy’s win against Denver in Week 7, so he’s coming in on a roll. He hasn’t exactly been lighting it up as far as yardage--he’s only topped 300 once this season--but has been serviceable for the most part. One glaring question mark is how well he’ll do without his go-to guy Reggie Wayne, who is out for the season. Realistically, we expect okay, but not great, numbers here.

Fantasy Football 2013: Colts at Texans Week 9 Preview

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Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans: Schaub missed out on the team’s Week 7 loss to Kansas City due to an ankle injury, and now that he’s healthy, he’s ceded his starting job to backup Case Keenum. It makes sense; Schaub was dreadful in the team’s four straight losses, with just two touchdowns compared to six interceptions. The jury’s still out on Keenum, but stay away from any Houston QB if you can. For the record, he posted 271 and a score last week on 60 percent passing, so he might be okay for a low-end option. 

Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: One of the biggest fantasy disappointments of the season so far has to be Richardson. Owners were all smiles when he was traded to Indianapolis, but through some combination of poor blocking and meager utilization, he’s been putting up crummy numbers. Richardson put up just 37 rush yards and no catches in the victory against Denver, which was a new low in fantasy production this year. As long as the Colts keep winning, we don’t expect it to change, but you might see a slightly higher reliance on the run now that Wayne is gone.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: Foster posted four carries for 11 yards during the Texans’ first series, then had to leave the game due to an aggravated hamstring injury. It would bring to an end a string of three straight 100-plus-yard performances and dismay fantasy owners everywhere. We’ll have to keep an eye on Foster in practice this week to see how he does, but for the record he said he’d be playing this week. We know; injured athletes always say that, but it’s an encouragement all the same.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: With Wayne out, Hilton (and also Darrius Heyward-Bey) is now the major focal point of the Indianapolis offense. He got a team-high 11 looks against the Broncos, but could only haul in two for 27 yards. The dynamic receiver has been an all-or nothing option, as he’s posted less than 50 yards in five of seven games thus far. Still, Hilton will keep getting chances, and if he can break a couple, he’ll make your fantasy week.

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: Here’s an unsettling stat on Johnson: he has 48 catches this season, but none has gone for a touchdown. He’s currently on a nine-game end zone drought, with no end in sight. The good news is that his yardage totals have been decent for the most part, with 177 in just the last two games. For that reason, he’s still a solid start every week, despite the lack of TD production.

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