Manning led the Colts to a critical 18-15 win over New England last week by completing 21-of-29 passes for 254 yards and two TDs. He now has two or more TD passes in four of his last five games and he's topped 215 yards passing in all eight games this year. But now he faces the No. 1 ranked passing defense in the NFL on their home turf and nothing will come easily. Expect similar numbers, but scores will be tough to come by.
Addai returned from his hamstring injury last week and wasn't effective against New England, rushing 17 times for 32 yards. The Colts didn't block well and Addai didn't run well, but things won't get any easier this week against the Steelers' third ranked rush defense. Addai isn't a recommended fantasy play this week unless you have few options because of the bye week.
Wayne failed to catch a TD pass last week for the third straight game, although he did catch a two-point conversion against New England. He finished with five catches for 65 yards and now has only 10 catches for 118 yards over the last three games. This is a far cry from his past five seasons, but it's obvious that teams are rolling the safety his way more this year. This is another tough matchup this week at Pittsburgh, but keep Wayne in your lineup as he will find a way to get it done.
Harrison hasn't caught a TD pass during the Colts' last three games, and in fact he's been a liability for much of that time. He had four catches for 50 yards last week vs. New England, but over the last three weeks he's caught seven passes for just 73 yards. He no longer has the burst to get past defenders and is easily being covered by just one guy. Don't feel compelled to start him every week as there are better wideouts who can start ahead of him.
After failing to catch a single TD pass during the Colts' first seven games, Gonzalez caught two TD passes against the Patriots last week. He finished with four catches for 55 yards and caught TD strikes from 12 and 9 yards out. He's becoming a much better option than Harrison and will be the No. 2 WR here soon. Just don't expect the same results this week at Pittsburgh as the Steelers have the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL.
Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury on Monday night at Washington and could be sidelined this week. QB Byron Leftwich filled in admirably and led the Steelers to the 24-6 win, completing 7-of-10 passes for 129 yards and a TD. This could be a game-time decision, but either way it's a tough matchup as the Colts rank third in the NFL vs. the pass, having allowed just two TD passes this season and an average of 181 passing yards per game. Big Ben will likely start, but even if he does his numbers will be minimal as the Steelers control this game on the ground.
Parker returned after missing the four previous games with a knee injury and ran hard at Washington, gaining 70 yards and a TD in 21 tough carries. He looked good and appears to be a worthy start as long as that knee holds out. The Colts rank 25th in the NFL vs. the run, so this is a good matchup for Parker this week.
Moore is back on fantasy reserve lists this week after the return of Parker. Moore won't get near the amount of touches with Parker back and on Monday night at Washington he rushed for minus two yards on four carries, while adding 45 yards on three receptions. Expect the touches to be limited again this week against Indianapolis, but there will be a few more carries and Parker and Moore hammer the Colts' 25th-ranked rushing defense.
Ward failed to get in the end zone for the second straight week, but he was less than a yard away to end the first half. That catch set up the go-ahead touchdown for Pittsburgh and led to the 24-6 win. Ward finished with just three catches for 39 yards, but is a worthy fantasy play every week, even this week against a tough Colts' pass defense that ranks third in the NFL.
Holmes returned to the starting lineup last week at Washington after a one-game suspension and caught his first TD pass since Week 4. He finished with only three catches for 30 yards, but the TD strike more than made up for it. Keep him in your starting lineup again this week as Holmes could score again.
Washington had his streak of games with a TD catch snapped at three as he failed to score at Washington. But he finished with two catches for 59 yards and his long bomb to start the third quarter set up a big score for the Steelers. Washington now has 11 catches for 275 yards and three TDs over the last four games and is a worthy bye week fill-in if you need one for Week 10.