Fantasy Football Week 1 Sleepers: You Feeling Indianapolis Colts' Delone Carter?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 9, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 13: C.J. Ah You #99 and Brady Poppinga #51 of the St. Louis Rams tackle Delone Carter #34 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of the NFL preseason game at Edward Jones Dome on August 13, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Peyton Manning drama continues to unfold. I wasn’t buying it at first. I think you can credit Brett Favre for that. I just knew he was going to play in Week 1.

So much for that thought.

Now I start to worry if the rumors are true that he won’t play this season. If that happens, is Joseph Addai’s run over?

I only wonder that because Addai has clearly lost a step, and one of his best attributes was being on the same page as Manning. Not only did he pick up the blitz as well as any running back in the league, but was a nice option near the goal line both catching and running the ball.

Addai is the type of player that seems like he’s been in the league longer than he has.

With fewer than 1,000 career carries and at just 28 years of age, you wouldn’t think it would be time for Addai to ride off into the sunset—and judging by the three-year deal the Colts signed with him, that won’t be the case, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he went to a third-down role.

With his hands and ability to pick up the blitz, it would be a nice fit.

It would open things up for Delone Carter, who at 5'9'', 225, is a more physical runner. He has already assumed the short-yardage duties and leapfrogged bust Donald Brown as Addai’s primary backup.

If Addai gets hurt again or the Colts struggle without Manning, the Colts could decide to see if Carter can handle the load.

Don’t play Carter ahead of Addai or even backups like Jonathan Stewart, Willis McGahee or Mike Tolbert. Not until he’s established a role and the Colts can show they can run block. If you have a spot, you may want to stash him away, because sooner or later, he could get his chance.

What are your thoughts on Delone Carter? 


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