Rosenfels had a quality game last week replacing the injured Matt Schaub as he passed for 294 yards and a TD in the loss to the Ravens. The Colts' pass defense has been stingy for most of this season but Ben Roethlisberger passed for 284 yards last week against them so this isn't a matchup to be feared given Rosenfels' ability and the talent he has to work with in the passing game. He'll likely need to throw it a lot to keep up with Peyton Manning as well so everything is set up for him to deliver a strong game. He's looking good this week if you need him.
Slaton appears to be wearing down and the Texans are doing what they can to lighten the load on the undersized RB. He rushed for only seven yards last week against the Ravens and has been held under 65 yards rushing each of the past three games. The good news is the Colts' run defense still has major issues -- even with Bob Sanders back. Mewelde Moore scored twice on them last week and nearly had a third TD so Slaton has some upside this week. He'll likely lose carries to Ahman Green and he's best started as a flex play given his recent struggles. But he has a chance to do well so he's worth the gamble.
Green saw limited action last week as he returned from his leg injury, rushing four times for 19 yards. If he has a good week of practice, he could see his workload double and possibly triple this week as the Texans will try to establish the running game against an Indy run defense that gives up 133.8 yards a game. Green rushed for 47 yards on 12 carries in the first meeting against the Colts this year so he's not a bad reach as a flex play in larger leagues. He should be good for 10-15 carries again with an outside shot at a touchdown.
Johnson had a solid game last week against the Ravens, catching seven passes for 66 yards. He tore the Colts up in the Week 5 meeting, catching nine passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. The Colts lack the talent in the secondary to match up effectively with Johnson so the Texans will have no trouble getting him the ball frequently on Sunday. He's one of the premier WRs in the game today and he'll deliver a big-time fantasy outing on Sunday.
Walter had another productive game for his fantasy owners last week, catching four passes for 85 yards, including a 69-yard TD. He's one of the top No. 2 WRs in the game and this matchup should feature plenty of passing by both teams. That makes Walter a strong WR3 as usual so start him there with plenty of confidence.
Daniels was extremely quiet last week as Rosenfels struggled to get him the ball. Daniels caught only one pass against the Ravens but his production should be much stronger against a soft Indianapolis secondary that he has done well against in the past. He caught five passes against the Colts in the first meeting this season and has 14 receptions against Indy in the last three matchups. Look for him to bounce back and deliver a strong fantasy outing for his owners on Sunday.
Brown owners were wondering if he was ever going to kick a FG again. After failing to attempt one in his previous two games, Brown drilled a pair last week in the loss to the Ravens. The Texans should have no trouble moving the ball this week against the Colts and that gives Brown plenty of value again this week. If you need him, he's worth starting in larger leagues.
This is not a good week to go with the Texans. Peyton Manning is rarely sacked and playing at home he should be able to dictate the game with ease. Houston gives up a staggering 28.2 points per game and other than Mario Williams, they lack quality talent on that side of the ball. Look elsewhere for a fantasy defense this week.
Manning looks to be rounding into form. He had a strong game in Week 10, passing for 240 yards and three TDs in the win at Pittsburgh. He's now thrown seven touchdowns in his last three games and has accounted for eight overall including his rushing TD against the Packers. Houston gives up only 198.7 passing yards a game, but Manning got them for 247 yards and two TDs in the first meeting. There's no reason to sweat this matchup this week. He'll deliver big numbers.
Addai looked like garbage again last week, rushing for only 32 yards and being outplayed again by his backup, Dominic Rhodes. There are unsubstantiated whispers that Addai may have re-injured his hamstring so his practice work this week should be monitored closely. On paper, this is a great matchup as Houston gives up 130.7 rushing yards a game. But Addai is not an elite talent and he's having a horrible season so you can't project him to go off against anyone at this point. Consider him a flex play this week and hope he can produce decent RB2 numbers. Better yet, find a sucker in your league who still thinks he's worth something and unload this pile of garbage on him. You'll be happy you did.
The Colts need to use Rhodes more and Addai less given how Rhodes is running hard and giving them more productivity. He outperformed Addai again last week and he caught the game-winning TD from Manning against the Steelers last week while Addai stood idly by on the sidelines. If Addai is injured, Rhodes' value will soar. Even if he isn't, there's no reason to think at this point that Addai will play well so Rhodes could deliver a solid game against a bad Houston defense. He's worth a look as a flex play given his upside this week and the appealing matchup.
Wayne had a big game last week against the Steelers, catching six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. He's increased his reception total each of the past two games and he gets to face a Houston defense he lit up in Week 5. In that win, Wayne seven passes for 97 yards and a TD. He has topped 80 yards receiving in each of his last four games against the Texans and will find the end zone again this week.
Harrison looks old and tired and washed up. He dropped two potential TDs last week and after the game the Steelers were talking about how they wanted the Colts to throw to him. It's safe to say Harrison's game has reached an all-time low when defenses no longer fear his ability on the field. There's no reason they should given how bad he's looked at times this season. This is a fine matchup for the Colts but Harrison is only a WR3 in PPR leagues right now and even there, he isn't the safest starter you can find. Tread carefully and don't be afraid to sit him if you have someone producing better.
Gonzalez should probably be starting ahead of Harrison at this point but the Colts will stick to the veteran. That lowers Gonzalez's fantasy value although he still finds a way to deliver solid numbers most weeks. He caught four passes for 26 yards last week and he's best used as a WR4 in PPR formats this week despite the tantalizing matchup.
Clark only caught three passes last week against Pittsburgh but one of them went for a touchdown. He's scored all three of his touchdowns this season in the past three games and is looking real good this week against a Houston defense which gave up 5-81-0 to him in Week 5. He's caught three TDs in his last three games against the Texans and is a good bet to find the end zone again this week. He's a great fantasy starter as usual.
Vinatieri had a solid game last week, converting one FG to go along with three extra points in the win over Pittsburgh. For the season, he has attempted only 10 FGs, making seven. He'll get more chances this week in a game which will see the Colts move the ball at will. Look for at least two FGs and 7-plus points from Vinatieri this week.
The last time the Colts faced Sage Rosenfels they spun him in the air like a top, forced several turnovers and staged one of the most improbable come-from-behind wins of this season. At home, they're looking good against him again. Rosenfels has the weapons to make plays through the air and the Colts remain vulnerable against the run. But Rosenfels will turn the ball over and the Colts will bring plenty of pressure and force him into some mistakes. If you're looking for a defense with upside this week, Indy is a good place to turn.