Cassel had his second straight solid game for the Patriots as he led them to a 23-16 win over St. Louis last week. Cassel completed 21-of-33 passes for 267 yards and a TD, although he did throw two interceptions. He now has four TD passes in the last two games, but he's still a risky fantasy play this week as the Colts rank second against the pass and have allowed just two passing TDs this year.
Faulk continues to see increased playing time in this offense and could be the featured back again this week if Sammy Morris and LaMont Jordan can't go. He had 13 rushes for 60 yards and had four catches for 47 yards and the game-winning TD catch late in the fourth quarter. He's a worthy fantasy play again this week if Jordan remains sidelined.
Green-Ellis was the top free agent pickup last week after he filled in during the Week 7 win against Denver and rushed for 65 yards and a TD. He disappointed with just 16 yards on nine carries, but he did score on a two-yard TD run. He could see action again this week as Morris will be sidelined for two more weeks, so start him if you need him because the Colts rank 26th vs. the run.
Moss had a season-high 7 catches last week in the 23-16 win over St. Louis as he added 102 yards, his third 100-yard game of the season. It was a good sign that Moss is still playing hard and willing to do what it takes to keep the Patriots winning. But the Colts rank second against the pass and they will double-team Moss all night long. Expect much lesser numbers in Week 9, but he will find paydirt again.
Welker continues to be a scoring machine in Point-Per-Reception leagues as he has had at least six catches in every game this season. Although he is still stuck on just one TD catch this year, Welker has 49 catches for 466 yards after catching seven passes for 79 yards last week vs. St. Louis. Look for similar results this week at Indianapolis, even though the Colts rank second vs. the pass.
The Patriots have 12 takeaways and 14 sacks in seven games after collecting two sacks and an INT last week, but that's still a far cry from what was expected from one of the top fantasy defenses of 2008.
Manning couldn't lead the Colts to a win at Tennessee on Monday, but he did enough to help fantasy owners. Manning missed some good opportunities, but still finished with 223 yards passing, two TDs and a 1-yard rushing TD. He now faces his nemesis in the Patriots, who rank 15th against the pass as the Colts can't afford another loss. Look for Manning to make things happen this week at home.
Addai has missed most of the last three games with a hamstring injury, but he stands a good chance of playing this week against the Patriots. Watch his progress closely this week in practice, but be ready for Addai to return in this big game at home.
Rhodes has filled in admirably for Joseph Addai these last three games as he's rushed 62 times for 216 yards and three TDs. On Monday night at Tennessee, Rhodes gained 70 yards on 17 carries and added 39 yards on eight receptions. He will be the backup and have no value this week if Addai returns to the starting lineup, so watch this situation carefully before starting Rhodes this week.
After dominating for the first five weeks of the season, Wayne has been slowed down considerably these last two weeks by opposing defenses. The Titans held Wayne to just three catches for 29 yards on Monday, and over his last two games Wayne has just five catches for 53 yards. The Patriots have had good success against Wayne in the past, but Manning will do everything he can to get him the ball this week in this "must win" game.
Like Wayne, Harrison was shut down by the Titans on Monday night as he was limited to just one catch for 12 yards. This marks the second straight week of poor numbers from Harrison as he now has three catches for just 23 yards over the last two games. He doesn't look like the same wideout and getting separation from defenders is very tough, so realize that the All-Pro numbers won't return anytime soon, if at all.
Gonzalez is a solid possession receiver for the Colts, but he's done very little for fantasy owners this year. He has yet to catch a TD pass on Monday night he was again limited to just four catches for 27 yards. He has 13 catches for 132 yards over his last three games, but that's still minimal production even in Point-Per-Reception leagues.
Clark was the only receiver who had his way on Monday night as he set season-highs with seven catches for 94 yards and two TDs. He scored his first TDs of the season on a pair of 10-yard passes from Manning before Tennessee rallied back for the win. He has another good matchup this week and should be a favorite of Manning again if the Patriots double-team Wayne.
The Colts rank second against the run and have forced 10 fumbles, but they have only five interceptions and 10 sacks on the season. That should change this week as they put plenty of pressure on Cassel.