Fantasy Football 2015: Colts at Steelers Week 13 Preview
Indianapolis Colts (6-5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)
Sunday, December 6, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the Sunday Week 13 NFL schedule, we had an AFC matchup between the Colts and the Steelers. Indianapolis (6-5) got a victory in their last appearance with a 13-point win over the Bucs. Pittsburgh (6-5) dropped a game to the Seahawks in Week 12.
There will be plenty of fantasy football contributors out on the field for this game, so let’s look at a few key names and see what we might be expecting from our rosters.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Hasselbeck looked pretty good in his Week 12 appearance, posting 26-of-42 passing for 315 yards and a pair of touchdowns. More importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over.
That’s four touchdown passes in two weeks for Hasselbeck, who has turned into a decent low-end start in fantasy. He’ll have his work cut out for him this week with a hard-hitting Steelers defense, but should be able to put up decent numbers.
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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Roethlisberger threw for the most yardage the Seahawks have ever allowed in Week 12, with 456 yards on 36-of-55 passing. The bad news is that he threw two picks and just one touchdown.
Roethlisberger was replaced late in the Week 12 game by Landry Jones; it looked like he was going through concussion protocol. Owners will want to keep tabs on him this week in practice to make sure he’s okay. If so, he’s got a nice matchup here.
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Gore had a pretty cruddy game against the Buccaneers, logging just 24 yards on 19 carries and two catches for 13 yards. Fellow RB Ahmad Bradshaw didn’t do much better, with six yards on four carries and three receptions for 20 yards.
Hmm…that’s two straight weeks Gore has 34 rush yards or fewer. He’s still getting a decent amount of touches, but has been doing nothing with them. He’s a low-end flex at this point, and may not even be fully healthy.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Williams didn’t do too well on the ground against the Seahawks, which isn’t really that surprising. He put up just 29 yards on eight carries with a touchdown, but did add seven grabs for 88 yards.
Williams is usually a pretty good bet in fantasy, especially around the flex level. If he gets around 20 touches, we should see another double-digit performance.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton had a great fantasy day in Week 12, posting six receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns. It was a great bounce-back from his two-grab, 21-yard Week 11.
Hilton is a perpetual home-run threat, and can come up with huge games (like Week 12) or complete stinkers (like Week 11). As long as you’re good with that, keep him in your fantasy lineup.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Brown was something of a disappointment in Week 12, putting up six catches for just 51 yards. He was overshadowed greatly by Markus Wheaton, who had nine receptions for 201 yards and a score.
Brown’s Week 12 line is definitely a letdown following his series of double-digit performances. Still, he’s an automatic start in every league and should do well here.
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