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Indianapolis Colts
Alltel Stadium | Thursday, December 18 | 8:15 p.m. EST (NFL Network)
Pick: Jaguars 29, Colts 27
Jacksonville Jaguars
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBPeyton Manning
250 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
In the Week 3 23-21 loss to Jacksonville, Manning was still recovering from knee surgery and was less than 100 percent. He completed only 15-of-29 passes in that game for 216 yards, a TD and two INTs, but he's been solid recently. He completed 28-of-37 passes for 317 yards and a TD last week against Detroit and now has 15 TD passes and only five INTs in his last eight games. He will excel against a Jaguars' pass defense that has already given up 22 passing TDs.
RBJoseph Addai
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 50 rush yards
Addai didn't play last week against Detroit because of a shoulder injury, but the Colts believe he will be ready to go this week against the Jaguars even though it's a short week. Addai hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 11 and remains an iffy play during Championship Week because Dominic Rhodes is sure to share playing time with him. Be careful.
RBDominic Rhodes
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Rhodes was a great fill-in last week for fantasy owners as he replaced Addai and ran for 86 yards against Detroit and two TDs, while adding four receptions for 30 yards. That was a solid 27.6 point week for Rhodes owners, but that won't happen again as Addai will return to share the load on Thursday night. Still, look for Rhodes to be the more productive back this week and to put up solid numbers while finding the end zone once again.
WRReggie Wayne
5 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD
Wayne topped the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth straight season as he topped 100 yards last week for the third time this year. Wayne had seven catches for 104 yards vs. Detroit, but he failed to score a TD for the fifth straight game and still has just one TD catch in his last nine games. Wayne caught three passes for 74 yards in the Week 3 loss to Jacksonville, but he will solve the Jaguars better this time around.
WRMarvin Harrison
3 rec, 35 yards
Harrison scored his first touchdown of the season in the Week 3 loss to Jacksonville when he had four catches for 40 yards and a score, but he's a real fantasy liability lately. He had only two catches for 22 yards last week vs. Detroit and in the last three games he has only eight catches for 127 yards and a TD. Proceed with caution here as Harrison is getting fewer targets with each passing week.
WRAnthony Gonzalez
3 rec, 30 yards
One week after catching his fourth TD pass of the season, Gonzalez was a non-factor in the offense against Detroit, catching just one pass for six yards. In his last three games, Gonzalez, has just six catches for 46 yards, so keep him out of your lineup this week on the road.
TEDallas Clark
6 rec, 60 yards, 1 TD
Clark was a star for fantasy owners in their playoffs as he set career highs last week against Detroit with 12 catches for 142 yards and a TD. That 32.2 point day likely led many fantasy teams to victories in Week 15 as Clark has been big down the stretch, catching 51 passes for 531 yards and five TDs over the last nine games. Keep him in your starting lineup as he should have good success against a Jaguars' pass defense that ranks 14th in the NFL.
KAdam Vinatieri
3 PATs, 2 FGs
If you are in the fantasy playoffs, odds are that you have a kicker other than Vinatieri. He has been a dud thus far with only 85 points, having scored seven points last week and only 16 in the last three games.
Defense
1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Colts' defense hasn't been stellar for fantasy teams this year -- not with only 24 sacks and 14 INTs -- but it's been outstanding overall with only five passing TDs allowed through 14 games.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBDavid Garrard
180 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 30 rush yards, 1 INT
Garrard had his best game since Week 10 last week against the Packers, completing 21-of-33 passes for 238 yards and two TDs, while rushing five times for 31 yards. The Packers offered no pass rush and Garrard picked them apart easily. He was less daring in the Week 3 win at Indianapolis as he completed 16-of-22 passes for 167 yards and no TDs and will likely have less success this week against a solid Colts' pass defense that ranks seventh in the NFL and has allowed just five TD passes in 14 games.
RBMaurice Jones-Drew
6 rec, 60 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Jones-Drew had another big game against the hapless Packers, rushing for 48 yards and a TD and adding another score and 59 yards on four receptions. The Jaguars passed more often than they ran last week, but that won't happen this week as Jones-Drew will be the main focus of a ball-control attack. Look for 20-plus touches this week and another big game from Jones-Drew, who now has 14 total TDs on the season.
WRDennis Northcutt
3 rec, 40 yards
Northcutt hadn't topped 50 yards all season, but he did that on one pass reception, topped 100 yards for the game and scored his first TD of the season all against the bungling Packers' secondary. He finished with five catches for 127 yards and a TD as he was the No. 1 receiver with Matt Jones out for the season. Northcutt will be No. 1 again this week, but don't expect the same type of production against the Colts.
WRReggie Williams
3 rec, 30 yards
Williams had four catches for 31 yards against the Packers last week, but no fantasy team that has made it this far should have him active in their starting lineup this week.
TEGreg Estandia
2 rec, 20 yards
The Jaguars went with a lot of two-TE sets last week against Green Bay, and as a result, Estandia had four catches for 36 yards. Forget about him this week.
TEMarcedes Lewis
2 rec, 20 yards
Lewis had two catches for seven yards last week vs. Green Bay and shouldn't be active in any fantasy lineups during Championship Week.
KJosh Scobee
2 PATs, 2 FGs
Scobee missed from 51 yards last week and was held to two PATs vs. Green Bay. He has only 83 points on the season and only 17 points in his last five games. Keep him on the sideline during Championship Week.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Jaguars had three sacks and an interception against Green Bay last week, but for the most part this season they've been average at best for fantasy teams, with only 26 sacks and 13 INTs in 14 games. Look for the Jags to struggle this week against Indy and Peyton Manning.
 
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