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COLTS FAN CASEY: WEEK 6 FANTASY BLOG

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on October 12, 2012 – 3:20 pm

What’s up Colts Nation!? Well it happened. I went to 0-5. I never thought I would be this low in my fantasy football career but I am in a deep valley. There’s nothing that I did this week that led to my demise. Instead, my opponent had Tom Brady, Victor Cruz, and Ahmad Bradshaw who combined for 71 points so that didn’t help my cause. You can see my scoring below.

So heading into this week I had to make a change. My philosophy heading into the season was to get top players regardless of their team, but that has seem to backfire on me a bit as the players aren’t getting the opportunity they should because their team is not in position to best utilize them.

Let’s look at Trent Richardson for example. He has been putting up decent numbers, but almost all of his points come in the first half. He had 15 points at halftime last week and ended the game with a total of 18. That’s because when his team is down, they’re passing the ball not running.

This prompted me to make a game changing trade and I did. I gave up Trent and Dwayne Bowe for Marques Colston and Stevan Ridley. I know what you’re thinking, “a Patriots guy!?” but I had to do it. He has been putting up great numbers.

Now for my “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week.

Week 6 Start em: I’ve never been really hot on this guy, but I think this is the week he gets it done. I am going to go with Phillip Rivers as your starter for the week. He’s projected big points, but he seems to play better when pressure is on him, and it’s getting pretty high after the loss to New Orleans last week.

Week 6 Sit em: Just because San Fran is playing so well right now, I think you should sit Eli Manning as long as you have a solid back up. I think the 49ers will be able to get pressure on him and maybe even force a few turnovers.

Week 6 Random Though: Beware who you start in your flex spot. You should use this as a way to get 10-20 extra points every week. Don’t just base it off projections, look at the opposition and how someone can match up against them. Use your flex player to help you solidify a victory week in and week out.

That’s it for today. Don’t forget to visit my homepage and watch some of my tailgate videos.

Yours in Football,


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HICKMAN AND HUGHES STILL IN THE FOLD

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:41 am

For almost the entire first three games of the season, Colts outside linebackers Justin Hickman and Jerry Hughes were apart of filling the void missed by Dwight Freeney’s absence.

With the return of Freeney to the lineup against the Packers, those minutes for Hickman and Hughes seemed to be dwindling.

However, life in the NFL is lived on a week-by-week and the loss of outside linebacker Robert Mathis means the duo will continue to play significant roles.

Next man up?

“That’s what coach Pagano has been teaching since day one so I just have to come ready on Sunday,” Hickman said.

The past two games, Hickman has come ready to play contributing five tackles from his outside backer position.

Hughes has been productive as well with 10 tackles on the season including a sack against the Vikings.

The two were able to play more than normal during the regular season as the Colts rested Freeney and Mathis and their combined 21 years of NFL experience.

With the Pro Bowl duo in the lineup against the Packers, the Colts defense sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers five times on Sunday.

“We haven’t had Robert (Mathis) and Dwight (Freeney) out there at the same time except for six plays in the first game, and of course we got them out there in this past game,” defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said. “It’s always a pinch and that’s what the National Football League is. Those backup players have got to step up and they have to perform at a high level and that’s what we’re looking for.”

The scrip has flipped a bit with Hickman and Hughes now opposite Freeney, not Mathis, on Sunday.

Freeney will obviously miss Mathis, who has five sacks in four games this season, against the Jets and he knows that he will need to be a bit more vocal this weekend.

“I think the big thing is just communicating more with the other guy, whoever it is on the opposite side,” Freeney said.

“When Rob’s out there, there is not much that needs to be said. He understands what to do, where to be, we kind of mesh together pretty well. Whoever is going to be on the other side, it’s going to be kind of a rotation deal probably. I’ll probably and communicating a little more.”

Hickman knows the resume of the man missing from the Colts defense on Sunday and he looks at this weekend as simply another opportunity for a 27-year old man who made his NFL debut this season.

“I can’t fill his shoes obviously he’s been doing it for over a decade,” Hickman said. “I’ve got to come in, do my assignments, play hard and try and make some plays.”


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