Fantasy Player Projections

 
Indianapolis Colts
Reliant Stadium | Sunday, September 12 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Colts 31, Texans 24
Houston Texans
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBPeyton Manning
335 pass yards, 3 pass TD, 1 INT
Manning threw for three touchdowns last year at Houston and has 37 touchdowns in 16 career games against the Texans. No reason to think that trend will change in 2010.
RBJoseph Addai
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Addai averaged 93 yards rush + receiving yards and a touchdown in last year's games vs. Houston. As the No. 1 RB again, we'd expect similar production.
RBDonald Brown
1 rec, 15 rec yards, 30 rush yards
Brown enters the season as Addai's backup and looks set to get about 35 percent of the touches.
WRReggie Wayne
7 rec, 90 yards, 1 TD
Wayne had just three receptions in last year's win at Houston, but he has 8 career TDs in 16 games against Houston.
WRPierre Garcon
5 rec, 60 yards, 1 TD
Garcon had 60 and 63 yards receiving in the two games against Houston last year with one touchdown. He's No. 2 on the depth chart even with Anthony Gonzalez back, so expect similar numbers.
WRAustin Collie
5 rec, 50 yards
Collie enters the season splitting time with Anthony Gonzalez in the slot, so it may be best to watch a game or two and see where he fits in the offense.
WRAnthony Gonzalez
1 rec, 30 yards
Gonzalez is listed as No. 3 or No. 4 on the depth chart, so it may be best to see where he fits into the mix in Week 1 after coming back from last year's knee injury.
TEDallas Clark
4 rec, 75 yards, 1 TD
Clark says he's healthy despite missing all four preseason games with a left leg injury. Clark had 14 receptions in one game vs. HOU last week, so he should produce if healthy.
KAdam Vinatieri
4 PATs, 1 FG
Vinatieri looked healthy this preseason after missing most of last season with a knee injury. Take note he's he's made just two FGs from 50-plus yards in the last seven years.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
The Texans scored 27 points at home against Indy last year, but the Colts are fully healthy with safety Bob Sanders back. Expect some improvement as a result.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Schaub
300 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INT
While Schaub averaged just under 300 yards per game last year vs. Indy, he's thrown just four touchdowns in three career games against Indy's tough pass defense.
RBArian Foster
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 40 rush yards
No player's stock improved more in the preseason than Foster, who looks to be the primary ball arrier for a top offense and will be used at the goal line. Although Houston has struggled against the Colts, the Indy defense gives up rushing yardage.
RBSteve Slaton
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 25 rush yards
Slaton enters Week 1 as a backup and will be used on kickoffs. He's also coming back from a toe injury, so don't expect much.
WRAndre Johnson
6 rec, 110 yards, 1 TD
Johnson averaged 85 yards receiving in two games vs. Indy last year but was kept out of the end zone. He begins 2010 with one of the best pass defenses in the league.
WRJacoby Jones
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
It remains to be seen who'll get more targets between Jones and Kevin Walter opposite Andre Johnson, but neither is a great option this week against Indy's tough pass defense.
WRKevin Walter
4 rec, 40 yards
See above.
TEOwen Daniels
4 rec, 40 yards
Daniels may be limited to 15 to 20 plays as he comes back from a ACL injury. Given Indy's pass D, this may be one week to avoid starting Owens.
KNeil Rackers
3 PATs, 1 FG
Rackers wont the starting kicker job with Kris Brown on IR with a foot injury.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT, 0 Fumbles, 0 TD
Peyton Manning has had the whole offseason to stew over the Super Bowl loss to the Saints. Look for other options.
 
 
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