Fantasy Football 2013: Colts at Titans Week 11 Preview
Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5)
Thursday, November 14, 8:25 PM (ET)
TV: NFL Network
Kicking off the Week 11 action in the NFL on “Thursday Night Football” will be a pretty solid matchup between two up-and-coming AFC teams when the Indianapolis Colts head down south to take on the Tennessee Titans. They’re both coming off rather embarrassing performances in Week 10, so there’s a lot to prove on both sides. The Colts (6-3) were flat-out destroyed by the Rams, while the Titans (4-5) gained the unwanted distinction of giving the lowly Jaguars their first victory of the season.
As usual, there will be plenty of fantasy considerations in this game. Let’s take a look at some of the recent performances and stats from the each team’s key players so that we can get a better idea of what to expect from our fantasy lineups.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Luck and the rest of the Colts should be glad it’s a short week. They’ll be able to forget Sunday’s game quickly, which is probably for the best. Luck had a miserable outing, going 29-of-47 for 353 yards, one TD and three interceptions. To be fair, he had to fling it more than he would have liked, as Indy was down pretty much the whole game. He also led the team in rushing (17 yards), which should tell you something. Owners should do the same as the Colts are doing: just move on and try to forget this game ever happened.
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Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: The Titans’ Week 10 game against the Jaguars was just an all-around ugly day. On top of the defeat, the team also lost Locker to an injury. He hurt his right foot during a run in the second quarter and couldn’t return to the game. By most indications, it’s a pretty serious injury, so there’s little doubt he’ll be out for Thursday’s game. (The early word is that it’s a Lisfranc injury and could be season-ending.) Filling in will be Ryan Fitzpartrick, who went 22-of-33 for 264 and two scores. He might be a low-end QB option if you’re in the market.
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Given the big deficit for the majority of the Rams game, the Colts didn’t even try to mess with the run. That’s more bad news for Richardson owners, as he produced just two yards on five carries. His only saving grace was his trio of catches for 33 yards. That said, Indy used Donald Brown in the passing game even more, as he tallied five grabs for 64 yards. We know it’s rough trying to fight through Richardson’s statistical struggles. If you’ve got another option at all, it might be time to bench him.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans: Like Richardson, Johnson didn’t do much of anything on the ground in Week 10 either. He managed just 30 yards on 12 attempts, but was able to contribute through the passing game with five grabs for 43 yards. It’s unfortunate; many fantasy owners (us included) thought he’d have a great day against the Jags. Things could brighten up for Johnson on Thursday. With a backup QB in the mix, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a heavy reliance on the rush.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton’s performance was one of the few bright spots for the Colts in Week 10. He posted seven receptions for 130 yards, a number buoyed by Indy’s constant quest for big yardage and scores. Hilton owners should hope every game is a blowout, as he makes his living on the deep pass. As usual, he’s a solid fantasy start and should remain in your lineup at all times.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans: Like Hilton, Wright benefited from the lopsided score. He racked up seven receptions for 78 yards, but was held out of the end zone once again. Wright hasn’t scored since Week 2, but has been putting up reasonable--if unspectacular--fantasy performances. He’s a decent play if you’re not expecting a mind-blowing game.
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