Fantasy Football 2014: Patriots at Colts 11/16/14 Week 11 Preview
New England Patriots (7-2) at Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
Sunday, November 16, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
Looking at the Week 11 NFL schedule, there’s one game that really jumps out ahead of all the others. That’s the “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Patriots and the Colts. New England (7-2) heads to Lucas Oil Stadium fresh off a bye in Week 10, but Indianapolis (6-3) had the week off as well, so both teams will be rested.
Obviously, there’s no shortage of fantasy talent out on the field for this game, so let’s check out some of the notable names on both sides who will be having an impact on your roster.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: After a string of four straight down-weeks to start the season, Brady has lit a fire under the Patriots team. Over his past four games, he’s thrown for a total of 16 touchdowns and a 330-plus yards three times.
Brady is cruising right now, and there’s no sign of him slowing down. Expect another big performance here.
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Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Luck has been on fire as well this season, and he’s been invaluable to fantasy owners thus far. He posted four more touchdown passes against the Giants in Week 9, surpassing his previous season-high with several games left to play.
Luck has hit at least three touchdown passes six times this season, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t finish the year strong. He’s going to help win a lot of fantasy leagues.
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: Vereen was limited in the Colts’ Week 9 game, but he ended up with okay fantasy numbers thanks to 67 total yards and a touchdown. It was a nice bounce-back after a down-week.
Vereen is still the most reliable option in the Patriots backfield, and since he should be coming into this one well-rested there’s no reason to doubt him.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Of the two main Colts backs, Bradshaw has been the better performer, and it’s paying off in fantasy. He managed 10 touches for 79 yards in Week 9, but wasn’t able to get into the end zone as he had the previous three weeks.
Bradshaw has lots of value both as a runner and a receiver, so he’ll always be in the gameplan mix in Indianapolis every week. Trent Richardson will encroach on his touches, but Bradshaw should still be effective.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Gronkowski’s draft status slipped a bit this year due to injury concerns, but he’s rewarded faithful owners with some outstanding play. He already has eight touchdowns this season, and he’s eclipsed the 90-yard mark four times in the last five games.
With Gronkowski healthy, it’s opened up an entirely new dimension for the Patriots offense, and the record reflects that. He’s one of the best tight ends in fantasy once again.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton has proven himself to be one of the most dynamic and exciting players on the Colts’ offense, sparking the team to new highs. He’s coming off a 71-yard game that contained his fourth touchdown of the year, giving him at least eight fantasy points in every game since Week 3.
Hilton is easily one of the best fantasy wide receivers in the game, and it’ll be interesting to see what he can do this weekend. Make sure you get him back in your lineup.
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