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Sluggish starts have Colts, Texans looking to change course

Thu Oct 14 4:06pm ET
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

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Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich, left, talks with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


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Houston Texans wide receiver Chris Moore (15) is tackled by New England Patriots safety Adrian Phillips (21) and safety Devin McCourty (32) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)


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Houston Texans place kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn (7) reacts after missing an extra point against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)


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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton makes a catch as he runs a drill during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind., in this Thursday, July 29, 2021, file photo. Hilton was back on the practice field for Wednesday's, Oct. 13, 2021, light workout. The four-time Pro Bowler has been designated for return from injured reserve after having neck surgery in August and coach Frank Reich is optimistic Hilton will be cleared to play this weekend against the Houston Texans. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)


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Houston Texans safety Justin Reid leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Houston. The Patriots won 25-22. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) throws the ball under pressure from Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


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Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (3) kneels on the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


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Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) is sacked by New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts already have seen this scenario.

Five weeks into the season, they're three games under .500 and two games back in the AFC South. Little has gone right and their postseason hopes appear to be fading fast.

Again, they're coming off a multiple-game road trip to face another struggling foe, this time, division rival Houston.

And after beating the odds in 2018 to make the playoffs, the Colts believe they can do it again.

''There are similarities for sure - just the gut-wrenching, the disappointment, the head-scratching,'' Frank Reich said, recalling how his first season as Indy's coach started. ''We've done this before, we can certainly draw from that. Listen, everybody always talks about 1-0, but when you're 1-4 it means a little something more.''

Actually, the Colts were in worse shape back then, starting 1-5 in a 16-game season and falling two games behind three division teams.

But this is an older, more tested team that understands what it takes to win in the playoffs and that Sunday's opportunity may be their best chance to turn around this season.

Indy is back on its home turf for the first time in four weeks, facing the reeling Texans - losers of four straight.

''You cannot get overly concerned about a record,'' quarterback Carson Wentz said. ''Whether you're 4-1, 1-4, it's always just about the next week.''

Houston has followed a familiar script under new coach David Culley.

Like the Colts, the Texans have dealt with an assortment of injuries.

Davis Mills replaced quarterback Tyrod Taylor in Week 2 and is expected to make his fourth consecutive start this weekend. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil will miss about a month after undergoing surgery on his left thumb. Tight end Pharaoh Brown (shoulder) and center Justin Britt (knee), both starters, sat out of Wednesday's practice and starting linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill is dealing with a bad hip.

Houston has scored a paltry 89 points and been outscored by 52, both the fourth-worst marks in the league.

Yet the Texans, like the Colts, realize what a win this week would do for the locker room.

''The guys still here from last year, we know what it looks like when the locker room starts to fall apart,'' safety Justin Reid said. ''Right now, at this point, this year and where it was last year, it's completely different. The locker room has definitely held together much more closely this year, and we've just got to keep plugging away.''

MOORE PRODUCTION

The injuries gave receiver Chris Moore an opportunity to showcase his skills last week and Houston is hoping for an encore performance this week.

After promoting Moore from the practice squad last weekend, the six-year veteran caught his first pass since 2019 and finished with five receptions for a career-best 109 yards. He even scored on a 67-yard TD reception.

''This guy comes to work every single day,'' said Brandin Cooks, the Texans' top receiver. ''He works his tail off, he gets called up and his opportunity came, and he took advantage of it.''

HILTON WATCH

The Colts activated four-time Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton from injured reserve Thursday and he could play Sunday - about seven weeks after he had neck surgery.

The 31-year-old Hilton said he initially considered retiring following the procedure and even spoke with Andrew Luck before the pain subsided and he put his post-NFL career plans on hold.

If Hilton does play, his presence could give Indy's offense a huge boost. In 19 games against Houston, Hilton has 102 receptions, 1,803 yards, 11 TDs and eight 100-yard games including his only one last season.

''Everybody knows when 13 is out there, we're a different team,'' Hilton said with a smile.

NOT SO SPECIAL

Houston's special teams are looking to rebound from last week's rather dreary performance.

Ka'imi Fairbairn missed two extra points and a field goal, but the worst mistake came when Cameron Johnston's punt bounced off the back of teammate Terrence Brooks for zero yards and gave the Patriots great field position.

The Texans expect better results in Fairbairn's third game back since suffering a leg injury.

NEW KICKER

The Colts signed veteran kicker Michael Badgley to the practice squad Thursday, just three days after Rodrigo Blankenship missed an extra point and two late field goals in Baltimore.

Blankenship had an MRI on his hip Tuesday and Reich said doctors found a ''little something there.''

Badgley was in training camp with the Colts in 2018, but didn't make the team and wound up playing three seasons for the Chargers. He also played with Tennessee in Week 1 this season.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Dec 7 9:20am ET
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Adrian Phillips Dec 7 9:00am ET
Adrian Phillips

New England Patriots defensive back Adrian Phillips (knee) exited Monday's game against the Buffalo Bills early with a knee injury and did not return. The 29-year-old suffered a knee injury late in the game. He racked up five solo tackles before leaving. The severity of his knee injury is unknown at this time, and he's considered day-to-day. Phillips has been solid this season, recording 64 tackles, four interceptions, a forced fumble, and a touchdown across 13 games in 2021. The Patriots have a bye in Week 14, Phillips will have an extra week to rest. If Phillips were to miss any games, Sean Davis would see an uptick in sna

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Devin Funchess Dec 7 8:50am ET
Devin Funchess

The San Francisco 49ers released wide receiver Devin Funchess (undisclosed) from the practice squad injured list Monday. He was placed on the 49ers practice squad injured list last Tuesday and ultimately released from the team on Monday. Funchess hasn't played a game since 2019 and has now been released by two teams in 2021. The Packers released the 27-year-old from Injured Reserve with an injury settlement during the offseason. Funchess will look to latch onto another team, searching for receiver depth purposes.

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Deebo Samuel Dec 7 8:40am ET
Deebo Samuel

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said wide receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) remains "day-to-day," and the team is hopeful he can play in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 25-year-old was ruled out in Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks with a groin injury. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor the situation throughout the week. Samuel has been terrific this season, hauling in 56 catches for 1,006 yards and five touchdowns on five targets while also seeing 25 carries for 203 yards and five more touchdowns. 49ers tight end George Kittle and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk would see an uptick in targets if Samuel cannot suit up for Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Stay tuned.

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Melvin Gordon Dec 7 8:20am ET
Melvin Gordon

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said that "he expects Melvin Gordon III (hip, shoulder) to practice at some point during the week." He missed practice last week and was ultimately ruled out ahead of Sunday night's contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. Broncos explosive rookie running back Javonte Williams rushed 23 times for 102 yards while adding a team-high six receptions on a team-high nine targets for 76 yards and a receiving score in Gordon's absence in the Week 13 loss. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor the situation, but if Gordon cannot suit up in Week 14, Williams becomes a surefire RB1 in a plus matchup against the Detroit Lions.

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Emmanuel Sanders Dec 7 12:40am ET
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders saw an uptick in targets during the Week 13 matchup against the New England Patriots. Recently, the veteran wideout hasn't been much of an option in the passing attack. However, this week he hauled in three of his six targets for 22 yards in the loss. Obviously, this wasn't a good performance, but the weather was a huge factor. The wind made it difficult for either team to pass the ball at all. Those six targets were the most for Sanders since Week 9. Hopefully, Sanders can remain involved next week for the potential shootout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He'll be on the WR4 radar for that favorable matchup.

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Dawson Knox Dec 7 12:40am ET
Dawson Knox

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox had an awful game versus the New England Patriots in Week 13. He hauled in two of his six targets for 14 yards in the loss. To be fair, the wind made it almost impossible for either team to pass the ball. However, Knox dropped two catchable passes and committed a huge false start on the Bills' final drive. There isn't much positive to take from his performance in this one. Luckily, he has a fantastic rebound opportunity against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week. Fantasy managers should consider Knox a TE1 for that matchup.

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Gabriel Davis Dec 7 12:30am ET
Gabriel Davis

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis is normally not someone who is significantly involved in the passing attack. However, he hauled in two of his four targets for 30 yards and one touchdown in the Week 13 loss to the New England Patriots. The young wideout hauled in a 14-yard score, which was the only passing touchdown between the two teams. It was a game where the weather made it nearly impossible to pass the ball. Despite a decent performance, Davis isn't someone who should be trusted in fantasy formats. He'll be a desperation deep league PPR option in what is a potential shootout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week.

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Cole Beasley Dec 7 12:30am ET
Cole Beasley

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley posted another dud performance during the Week 13 matchup versus the New England Patriots. To be fair, this wasn't really Beasley's fault since the weather was awful. The veteran wideout hauled in one of his three targets for 11 yards in the loss. Fantasy managers have seen Beasley's production declining over the last four weeks. Possibly, the return of Dawson Knox has hurt Beasley's target share. Regardless, he does have plenty of bounce back potential against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week. He'll be a boom-or-bust PPR option for that matchup.

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Zack Moss Dec 7 12:20am ET
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Matt Breida Dec 7 12:20am ET
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Buffalo Bills running back Matt Breida has seen an increased role in the offense over the last three weeks. However, that came to an end versus the New England Patriots in Week 13. Breida rushed one time for three yards and hauled in one reception for five yards in the loss. The weather played a huge factor in this game. Neither team could pass the ball and Breida normally gets a majority of his production as a receiving back. Possibly, Breida bounces back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Although, he won't be worth trusting more than a low-end PPF flex option in deep leagues.

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Stefon Diggs Dec 7 12:20am ET
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs was fairly quiet during the Week 13 matchup against the New England Patriots. He hauled in four of his seven targets for 51 yards in the loss. It was a game where the weather played a significant role The wind made it difficult for either team to pass the ball. The fact Diggs was able to accomplish four receptions is impressive. He'll have a fantastic matchup ahead of him against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. A game where he should be considered an elite WR1.

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Devin Singletary Dec 7 12:10am ET
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Jonnu Smith Dec 7 12:00am ET
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New England Patriots tight end Jonnu Smith is normally a forgotten man in the offense most weeks. That remained the case during the Week 13 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. Smith hauled in his lone target for 12 yards in the win. To be fair, the weather was awful in this game, so the Patriots rushed the ball almost the entire game. Quarterback Mac Jones only had three passing attempts throughout this contest. Despite that, it's hard to imagine Smith actually bringing more to the table than that one reception. He remains someone who can be left on the waiver wire or a desperation deep league option.

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Josh Allen Dec 7 12:00am ET
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Kendrick Bourne Dec 6 11:50pm ET
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Nelson Agholor Dec 6 11:50pm ET
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Hunter Henry Dec 6 11:50pm ET
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New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry has been a touchdown-dependent option all season long. Fantasy managers are used to getting little production from him, but he gave them a goose egg on Monday. In Week 13, Henry was not involved at all during the win over the Buffalo Bills. The conditions were awful, which led to the Pats running the ball basically all game. Quarterback Mac Jones only had three attempts during the entire game. The Patriots have a bye next week, but Henry will remain a touchdown-dependent TE2 the rest of the way.

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Brandon Bolden Dec 6 11:40pm ET
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New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has seen an inconsistent role in this offense all season long. In Week 13, Bolden rushed four times for 28 yards and hauled in one reception for seven yards in the win over the Buffalo Bills. It was a quiet game from Bolden, but it wasn't all his fault. The Patriots normally use Bolden as a receiving back and only threw the ball three times during the entire game. This was a fluke due to the poor weather conditions. Bolden will have the week off next week while the Pats have a bye. However, he is only a desperation PPR option in deep leagues going forward.

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Jakobi Meyers Dec 6 11:40pm ET
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New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers was not involved in the passing game at all during the Week 13 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. It was a blizzard game where the Patriots ran the ball almost exclusively. Meyers was not targeted at all and the Patriots only threw the ball three times all night in the win. Fantasy managers shouldn't blame Meyers and consider this a fluke. He should remain on the WR4 radar for Week 15 after the Patriots comes off their bye.

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