NFL: What to Make of the Indianapolis Colts' RB Situation This Week?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 29, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 17:  Running back Mike Hart #32 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by London Fletcher #59 of the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on October 17, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Colts won the game 27-24.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Both Joseph Addai (shoulder) and Donald Brown (hamstring) missed practice again today, increasing the likelihood that both running backs will miss Monday’s rematch with Houston.

If they are unable to go, Mike Hart will make the start for the Colts. Hart had 11 carries in each of the past two games, running for 50 and 43 yards respectively. He had a TD in the Week 5 game against the Chiefs.

If you have alternative options, by all means use them on Sunday. It’s a real gamble waiting on a game-time decision on MNF. You’re better off playing it safe than taking the risk.

In one of my leagues I’m forced to take on that risk. It’s a PPR league so I’m receiver heavy. Michael Turner and Brandon Jacobs are on bye. I have Joseph Addai and Mike Hart. At this point I’m rolling with Hart (along with Felix Jones) at RB. The alternatives are not very inspiring (Tolbert, MB3, Sproles).

If you have to take the risk (like me), Houston is middle of the road in run defense. Their yards allowed per game is 13th at 104.3, but that is in part because they have been torched through the air. They are allowing 4.2 yards per carry so whoever gets the nod should be able to find running lanes. They are tied for 25th in the league with six rushing TDs allowed.

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