Fantasy Football 2014: Colts at Giants 11/3/14 Week 9 Preview
Indianapolis Colts (5-3) at New York Giants (3-4)
Monday, November 3, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
Wrapping up the Week 9 schedule on the next installment of “Monday Night Football,” we have a solid matchup looming between the Colts and the Giants. Indianapolis (5-3) is coming off a shootout loss to the Steelers amid Ben Roethlisberger’s record-setting day, while New York (3-4) should be well-rested after their bye in Week 8.
There will be lots of potential fantasy targets out there on the field, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the notable names and see what we should be expecting from our rosters this week.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Considering his draft position, Luck has been one of the best fantasy values at QB so far this year. He’s coming off another three-touchdown day in Pittsburgh, with 400 yards passing and 26 rushing to his credit in the eventual loss.
Luck now has multiple touchdowns in every week so far this year, and he’s been one of the most consistent fantasy plays at the QB position. He’s an every-week starter, obviously, and should find success here as well.
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Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: It’s been a couple of weeks, so Manning’s three-touchdown, 248-yard effort against the Giants isn’t necessarily fresh in the memory. He’s been up and down so far this season, but has really limited the mistakes after tossing four picks in his first two games.
You know pretty much what you’re getting with Manning. If he’s playing well, he’ll be middle-of-the-road and suitable for a bye-week band-aid. If not, you’d better hope the rest of your lineup picks up the slack.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Amid the aerial display in Week 8 against the Steelers, Bradshaw didn’t get a chance to do a whole lot on the ground. He did finish with 87 yards and a score, but with the absence of Trent Richardson that’s a little disappointing.
T-Rich will likely be back in there this week, so temper your expectations a bit and hope that Bradshaw breaks a couple of big runs to make his presence worth your time in fantasy.
Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants: In his last two starts, Williams has been pretty underwhelming. He’s coming off a 51-yard effort on 18 carries in Dallas, and before that had just 59 on 17 carries in Philly.
Williams isn’t much of a patient runner, and that’s something he needs to work on. That said, he’s the guy right now with Rashad Jennings sidelined (and it doesn’t look like he’ll be back for this one either), so he’ll get his share of touches.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton is the most explosive player on the Colts’ offense, and it’s not even close. He racked up 155 yards and a score in another big-time performance against the Steelers, further cementing his status as a must-start fantasy prospect.
Hilton has at least eight fantasy points in each of the last six weeks, and at least 20 points in two of his last three. There’s little doubt he should be a constant presence in your lineup every game.
Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: There’s not a whole lot to get excited about in the Giants’ receiving corps, but Randle has found a place over the past few weeks. He had 74 yards on six grabs against the Cowboys, which gives him at least 7.4 fantasy points in three of his last four games.
Randle doesn’t seem like a bad option this week, especially with all the byes going on. He’s somewhere in the range of a WR3 or maybe a flex this week, depending on your league size.
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