Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 15: Texans vs. Colts
Can the Colts clinch the division Sunday?
The Indianapolis Colts can clinch the AFC South title with a win Sunday. That is in part because the rest of the division has been bad-to-worse. They play Sunday’s game against the 7-6 Houston Texans, the only other South-division-team in either conference with a winning record, and a win over the Texans would put the division out of reach.
The Texans will have running back Arian Foster active Sunday despite his injury concerns. Wide receiver Andre Johnson is much more of a question mark, as he has yet to clear the league’s concussion protocol. Tight end Garrett Graham isn’t expected to play. On the Indianapolis side, wide receiver Reggie Wayne was seen as pretty doubtful early in the week with a triceps injury, but he’s participated in practice as the week went on, and might play Sunday.
Looking to clinch, Indianapolis gets to be the home team Sunday, with the game scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Let’s look at the fantasy names to consider:
Start ‘em: It’s nice seeing Arian Foster healthy. A healthy Foster is a must-start Foster. … DeAndre Hopkins has made himself an every-week must-start, a fine WR2.
Start ‘em?: We’ve seen enough out of Randy Bullock to use him most weeks as a low-end starting kicker. He’s had seven or more fantasy points in six of his last seven games.
Sit ‘em: Right after his career game, Ryan Fitzpatrick felt right back to 12 fantasy points, with no touchdown passes. You can’t use him. … Now that Foster is back and apparently 100 percent or close, Alfred Blue is back to being only a handcuff. … Even if Andre Johnson gets cleared to play, the best bet is to steer clear of him; he doesn’t have the upside. If he’s out, the replacements — DeVier Posey and/or Damaris Johnson — aren’t worth a look either. … Ryan Griffin has offered basically nothing this season. … The Texans’ defense is decent, but not much more than that, and the Colts’ offense is too good to run a “decent at best” defense out there against them.
Start ‘em: It’s pretty unanimous this week that Andrew Luck is the best fantasy quarterback option. … T.Y. Hilton has vaulted himself into the top-top tier of receivers this year. … You have to assume another week will help get Dwayne Allen back to healthy, and that makes him a starting tight end. … Adam Vinatieri‘s so dang good.
Start ‘em?: It’s hard to fully love Dan Herron, with 8.3 fantasy points per game in his last three, but he’s clearly the best running back in Indianapolis, and sometimes that’s enough. … The return of Allen makes Coby Fleener much harder to trust in fantasy. … The Colts’ defense has improved dramatically of late. That’s a No. 2 defense, but with some upside, especially with Vontae Davis back on the field.
Sit ‘em: Why are you considering starting Trent Richardson? Why is he even on your roster? … If Reggie Wayne plays or doesn’t play, you can’t use him, and the question marks make it really hard to trust Donte Moncrief, either.
Start in every league: Arian Foster, DeAndre Hopkins, Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Dwayne Allen, Adam Vinatieri
Start if you’re desperate: Randy Bullock, Dan Herron, Coby Fleener, Indianapolis defense
Bench: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alfred Blue, Andre Johnson, DeVier Posey, Damaris Johnson, Ryan Griffin, Houston defense, Trent Richardson, Reggie Wayne, Donte Moncrief