The Bengals couldn't get anything going last week at Baltimore as they were completely overmatched. Fitzpatrick completed only 12-of-31 passes for 124 yards as several passes were batted down at the line of scrimmage, but he did lead the team with 29 yards rushing. This franchise is a mess and Fitzpatrick won't do anything this week against a Colts' pass defense that ranks 6th in the NFL and has allowed only four passing TDs all season.
Benson gained just 17 yards on 10 carries last week at Baltimore, but the Bengals will have to run the ball well this week to have any chance at Indianapolis. The Colts rank 25th in the NFL vs. the run and the Bengals will try to exploit that with Benson. He won't have much success, but just enough to consider as a Flex play in Week 14.
Houshmandzadeh has been shut down the last two weeks by Pittsburgh and Baltimore, compiling just eight catches for 84 yards. The Ravens held him to four catches for 64 yards last week and this week doesn't get any easier against a Colts' pass defense that ranks sixth in the NFL. Keep him in your lineup, but realize that the pain will continue through the rest of the season.
After a one-game suspension, Johnson returned to the starting lineup last week against Baltimore and had four catches for 45 yards. He's a questionable start each week going forward because the passing game is so bad right now in Cincinnati. Look for the tough Colts' pass defense with S Bob Sanders back in the lineup to easily shut down Ocho Cinco and Co.
Manning had his worst game of the season last week vs. Cleveland, completing 15-of-21 passes for only 125 yards, no TDs and two interceptions. It was a terrible outing, but the good news is that he had thrown 11 TD passes in the five previous games and now the Bengals come into town. They have already allowed 18 TD passes and Manning will add to that total with a big, big game.
Addai fumbled his first carry last week against Cleveland and was a non-factor in the second half as he finished with just 57 yards on 15 carries and one reception for six yards. He's been a disappointment this season, but he should bounce back with a good game against the Bengals, who rank 24th in the NFL against the run. Start him this week and watch the good times return.
Rhodes is getting more and more playing time these last three weeks, but he's still not a worthy fantasy play with Addai healthy. Rhodes had 11 carries last week vs. Cleveland for 35 yards and two receptions for six yards. He should top those numbers this week against a weak Bengals' defense.
Wayne hasn't seen the end zone in the last three games and has been held to just six receptions for 80 yards in the last two games. He had just four receptions for 46 yards last week vs. Cleveland, but he should have a bustout game this week against a Bengals' defense that gave up 304 passing yards last week to Baltimore.
After two straight solid games, Harrison had a clunker last week against the Browns, catching just three passes for 27 yards. The entire Colts' offense was out of sync last week as it failed to score a touchdown. Expect better results from the entire receiving corps this week as the Bengals will be no match for Harrison & Co.
After catching six passes for 95 yards and a TD the week before at San Diego, Gonzalez seemed like a solid play last week against the Browns. But he struggled along with the rest of the Colts and finished with only two catches for 13 yards. Don't sit him based on that performance as he should rebound nicely against a porous Bengals' secondary.
Clark just can't get it going this year like he did last year as he remains stuck on just three TD receptions. He hasn't found paydirt in the last three games and last week he was limited to just two catches for 24 yards by the Browns. That won't happen again, however, as Clark should have a big game this week against Cincinnati.
After scoring 26 points in the two previous games, Vinatieri was limited to four points last week against Cleveland. He's been a disappointment all year, but this should be one game in which he will be a solid fill-in.
The Colts' defense won last week's game as DE Robert Mathis returned a 37-yard fumble for a TD in the fourth quarter. The Colts had three sacks last week and should have a field day against the Bengals this week.