Culpepper has thrown a TD pass in four straight games, but he's definitely not an option for fantasy teams this week against Indianapolis, which has allowed just four TD passes ALL YEAR. Culpepper threw for 220 yards and a TD last week against his old Vikings' team, but struggled in the red zone and will struggle again this week on the road.
Smith hasn't scored a touchdown in the last four games as he's had impossible matchups against Carolina, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Minnesota. He did a yeoman's job last week against the Vikings and still finished with only 63 yards in 22 carries, while adding 27 yards on two receptions. Be careful with this week's projections because the running game could be scrapped if the Lions fall behind early.
Johnson continues to add to his breakout season as he topped the 1,000-yard mark last week against Minnesota with three catches for 84 yards and a TD. His 70-yard TD strike from Culpepper last week was his ninth TD of the season as he's now scored a TD in seven of the last nine games. Look for another good game this week, but the Colts rank 5th in the NFL against the pass, so reaching paydirt will be tough.
One week after his worst game of the 2008 season, Manning was nearly perfect against Cincinnati, completing 26-of-32 passes for 277 yards and three TDs. Now he goes against a Lions' pass defense that ranks 17th and has allowed 19 passing TDs compared to four interceptions. Look for another blowout win as Manning puts up big numbers once again.
Addai is expected to play this week despite a shoulder injury and has an ideal matchup against the Lions, who rank 32nd in the NFL against the run, allowing over 173 yards per game. But the shoulder injury is a concern as last week he was held to 26 yards on 10 carries by Cincinnati. He could get off to a good start and then give way to Domenic Rhodes if the Colts jump out to an early lead, so be prepared.
Rhodes split carries with Addai last week and should take over for Addai this week once a big lead is secure. Look for Rhodes to finish with more carries than Addai this week against a very poor Lions' run defense.
Wayne hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 10 and he's had three straight clunker games of less than 50 yards each as his fantasy owners have limped to the playoff round. Wayne was held to five catches for 48 yards by the Bengals last week, but should put up better numbers this week. It's time for Manning to force the ball to Wayne and get this All-Pro going.
Harrison caught his fifth TD pass of the season last week against Cincinnati, a five-yard slant to the pylon. Harrison has now scored in two of the last four games as he finished last week with three catches for 78 yards. He's still a marginal play going forward, even in Point-Per-Reception leagues, and this week will yield only so-so results.
Gonzalez caught his fourth TD pass of the season last week against Cincinnati, a two-yard strike from Manning. He now has scored in two of the last three games as he finished last week with three catches for 27 yards. Gonzalez has had three or fewer receptions in three of the last four games, but he's still a worthy fantasy play this week if he can find the end zone as expected.
Manning got everyone involved last week in the romp over Cincinnati, throwing all three TD passes inside the 10-yard line. Clark caught his fourth TD pass of the season and had four catches for 29 yards, scoring from four yards out. Keep him in your lineup this week as more good things are coming against the woeful Lions.
Vinatieri was limited to five PATs last week against Cincinnati and has only 78 points through 13 games. Fantasy teams that are in the playoffs this week can do better than this veteran on their roster.
The Colts' defense was a fantasy delight last week against the bumbling Bengals as it registered five sacks and forced three turnovers, one that resulted in six points as Kelvin Hayden romped 85 yards with an INT for a TD. They should be productive again this week against the winless Lions.