THOUGH THE Colts have put together a five-game winning streak, they have remained relatively quiet as a fantasy force. That's about to change, because on the next two Sundays, Indianapolis will face the one-win Bengals and then the winless Lions. And while it's not as if you can pick up Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Joseph Addai or any other significant member of the offense, you still may be able to go to the waiver wire and grab kicker Adam Vinatieri, or better yet, the Colts' defense—a unit that has been coming on strong. Last week Indianapolis held the Browns to six points, sacked Derek Anderson three times and forced two turnovers, one of which was a fumble that defensive end Robert Mathis returned 37 yards for a touchdown. Expect the Colts to feast on two of the most inept scoring offenses in the NFL.
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As a result of accidentally shooting himself in the right leg last week, Plaxico Burress created an opportunity for his capable backup. Given the chance this season, Hixon has been a reliable target, with a 100-yard game starting for Burress in Week 5 against the Seahawks and five catches for 71 yards on Sunday against the Redskins. He will continue to produce as a full-time receiver in the league's top scoring offense.
As evidenced by his six-catch, 106-yard game against the Bucs last week, the three-year vet, who missed Weeks 2 through 6 because of injury, has life in him yet. Most encouraging, he had the big day against a Tampa Bay defense that had allowed only three other 100-yard games by wideouts this year.
Replacing the injured Greg Camarillo, who is done for the year, the undrafted rookie led Miami receivers on Sunday with six catches for 84 yards against the Rams. Expect more big numbers from Bess, who was the WAC's alltime leading receiver at Hawaii.
The league leader in dropped passes (16), Edwards is the only receiver to have had 100 balls thrown his way and caught fewer than half of them. The disappointing season for Edwards, who was expected to be a top-tier receiver, is about to get worse:With quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson sidelined by injuries, he will now try to catch passes from third-stringer Ken Dorsey.
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He left the Thanksgiving game against Seattle with a dislocated toe, and his status is day-to-day. That's not the best news, especially with Dallas about to play three teams whose run defenses rank in the top six—the Steelers, Giants and Ravens—allowing an average of 78.3 rushing yards per game.
He went into Sunday's game against the Giants as the league's leading rusher, but was held to a season-low 22 yards and briefly left the game with a neck injury. It's tough to sit Portis, but consider other options before starting the bruised back this week against the Ravens.
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