Indianapolis Colts versus Houston Texans

Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks 10-8-2015

The Houston Texans will be at home facing the Indianapolis Colts from Thursday Night Football. NFL fantasy GM’s can tune to CBS TV on October 8th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Colts are a 2-2 football team after back to back wins. They victories came against AFC South teams and were close results. In week three the team defeated Tennessee 35-33 and won because they successfully defended a two point conversion late in the game. With Andrew Luck out last week the Colts edged the Jaguars 16-13 at home in the overtime period. The Indianapolis run game didn’t get going with just 60 yards on 24 carries. They struggled in the red zone with just 1 of 4 conversions in the game. Andrew Luck is expected to play on Thursday night. Matt Hasselbeck in his start last week threw for 282 yards and a touchdown going 30 of 47 passing. Indianapolis has had trouble scoring this season as they push across just 18 points a game ranking 26th in the league.

It has been a disappointing year for the Houston Texans. The team is 1-3 with their lone win a 19-9 victory against Tampa Bay in week three. Last week was a bad one for Houston as they get crushed at the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 48-21. The Texans fell behind 28-0 at the half then it was 42-0 after three quarters. Houston committed four turnovers in the loss and took none from the Falcons. Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett and threw two touchdown passes after the game was no longer in doubt by the fourth quarter.

Indianapolis Colts QB:

Andrew Luck

The Colts starting quarterback has told reporters he expects to play on Thursday. He is completing 56% of his throws this year for 753 yards with five touchdowns and seven picks. The offensive line has not blocked well for Luck on the year.

Indianapolis Colts RB:

Frank Gore

The veteran running back leads the Colts by far in carries with 54 on the year with 227 yards and two touchdowns. He is averaging 4.2 yards a carry on the season. He rushed for just 53 yards last week against Jacksonville on 17 carries for 3.1 yards per run.

Indianapolis Colts WR:

T.Y. Hilton

Hilton has been targeted 41 times in the passing game but has caught just 22 passes for 294 yards with no touchdowns. He caught seven balls for 67 yards last week.

Donte Moncrief

The second year receiver has three touchdowns catches on the year. Has been targeted 35 times and caught 23 passes for 275 yards and averaging 12 yards per reception. In the win against Jacksonville Moncrief caught six balls for 75 yards.

Houston Texans QB:

Ryan Mallett

This is a sore spot for the Texans coaching staff. Brian Hoyer was the opening week starter and lost his job to Ryan Mallett after week one when Houston dropped a home game to Kansas City. Mallett has hit on 51.8% of his throws for 720 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.

Houston Texas RB:

Alfred Blue

With the injury to Arian Foster it has been Blue getting the bulk of the carries. Alfred Blue has run for 214 yards on 51 carries. In the loss against Atlanta on the road last week Blue rushed for 17 yards on six carries.

Houston Texas WR:

DeAndre Hopkins

He leads the Texans in targets by a wide margin with 61. Hopkins has 31 receptions for 409 yards with three touchdowns on the year. In the loss at Atlanta last week Hopkins was targeted 22 times and has nine receptions for 157 yards which averaged 17.4 points per reception.

Cecil Shorts

The fifth year wide out has caught 22 balls for 236 yards and a touchdown. Shorts was targeted ten times last week and grabbed six passes for 87 yards with a touchdown with a long reception for 42 yards.

NFL Football Real Money Fantasy Picks

QB: Andrew Luck (Colts)

RB: Frank Gore (Colts)

WR: T.Y. Hilton (Colts), DeAndre Hopkins (Texans)

TE: Coby Fleener (Colts)

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NFL Fantasy Sports Picks News 9-15-2015

Week 1’s NFL Top News Items

Dallas Wide Receiver Dez Bryant out 4-6 Weeks with a Broken Foot

The Dallas Cowboys will be without their talented wide out for a great deal of time. Up next for Dallas are the Philadelphia Eagles on the road in an NFC East battle.

Dez Bryant:

Last week against the Giants Bryant had five receptions for 48 yards. In 2014 the talented wide out caught 88 balls for 1320 yards with 16 touchdowns. He gained 15 yards per reception last year and that was a career high.

Terrance Williams:

The Cowboys starting wide out opposite Bryant may get more targets next week. Williams had five receptions against New York last week for 60 yards and three first down gains.

Matthew Stafford Elbow Problems

The Detroit Lions suffered an early scare when Matthew Stafford’s elbow made contact with the helmet of San Diego linebacker Melvin Ingram. Stafford has been dependable for the Lions but the signal caller was seen with a heavy wrap around his elbow following the game. This is something that fantasy football draft GM’s should stay on top of. The Lions are at Minnesota on Sunday.

Matthew Stafford:

Stafford in week one against San Diego went 19 for 30 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. The Lions are outscored 23-7 in the second half of a 33-28 defeat at the San Diego Chargers.

Dan Orlovsky:

Backup QB Dan Orlovsky is a veteran of already ten seasons in the league. He has seen action in 21 regular season games hitting on 58% of his passes with 14 touchdowns and 12 picks. The veteran last played in 2012 in mop up duty as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Josh McCown Suffers Concussion in Loss to New York Jets. Johnny Manziel will work with the First Team This Week.

McCown is under the concussion protocol and the Browns coaching staff indicating they are preparing to start Johnny Manziel on Sunday.

Josh McCown:

In week one in limited time before sustaining his injury McCown hit on 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards. He fumbled as he was trying to score a Browns touchdown near the end zone with the ball going out of the end zone as a touchback and going over to the Jets.

Johnny Manziel:

The second year quarterback completed 13 of 24 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown in relief of McCown. His downside was the three turnovers as he had an interception and two fumbles.

Arizona Starting Running Back Andre Ellington Could Miss 1-3 Weeks

The Cardinals starting running back has a PCL sprain that has been reported as mild. Ellington has not been ruled out for the Cardinals week two game at Chicago on Sunday.

Andre Ellington:

The running back is listed as questionable. Ellington had 12 carries against the Saints for 69 yards and a touchdown. He had one lost fumble.

Oakland Starting Quarterback Derek Carr’s Status Unknown for Sunday.

Derek Carr was forced to exit the Raiders loss at home to Cincinnati on Sunday with what has been reported as a bruised thumb.

Derek Carr:

In the week one loss to the Bengals Carr was 7 of 12 for 61 yards prior to exiting the game.

Matt McGloin:

McGloin in relief of Carr completed 23 of 31 passes for 142 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. He saw extended work in 2013 where he played in 7 games and completed 56% of his throws for 1547 yards with eight touchdowns and eight picks.

Houston Texan’s Starting Quarterback Up in the Air. Could be a Game Time Decision

Texan’s head coach Bill O’Brien indicated to the media on Monday that he undecided on his starting quarterback for Sunday. Brian Hoyer was ineffective last week in a loss to Kansas City at home while backup Ryan Mallet showed production in his six minutes of play last week.

Brian Hoyer:

In week one Hoyer went 18 of 34 for 236 yards with a touchdown and pick.

Ryan Mallett:

The fifth year pro in his limited time last week completed 8 of 13 passes for 98 yards with a touchdown.

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