"Colts RB Joseph Addai said today he is a long shot to play Sunday at Cincinnati. Hamstring will keep him out, IMO."
For a quick fantasy football opinion, Rotoworld Fantasy Sports doesn't think RB Delone Carter is worth starting this week:
"Coach Jim Caldwell refuses to rule Addai out, but the writing is on the wall. Neither Delone Carter nor Donald Brown is a viable fantasy option while splitting touches against a stout Bengals defense."
So, with all this in mind, how will this affect your fantasy team if you have either Carter, Addai and/or QB Curtis Painter?
Let's begin with Addai and work our way down, shall we?
Although he's not the main focus here, his status must be addressed.
Addai is the best RB option for the Colts, but coach Caldwell won't rule him out because he has to make sure the Bengals defense doesn't know.
There's no reason to rule Addai out until game day. The later Caldwell does, the less Cincinnati can prepare for Delone Carter and/or Donald Brown.
It's a strategy move that must be done in order to give his team the best chance to win.
As for Addai in fantasy, just bench him. Even if he does play, he's not going to be very effective against a Top 10 defense.
It's not going to matter whether Carter receives more carries/catches than Donald Brown this week, because the Bengals are going to shut him out regardless.
However, just the chance of him splitting any number of touches/targets with Brown alone should remove him from your starting lineup.
It's simply been an unfortunate season for the Colts so far. Although they're giving a valiant effort for 60 minutes every week, they simply are lacking talent, health, experience and confidence.
Carter is no exception to that. Even if he is the main RB on Sunday, he's not going to account for more than 50 total yards.
Bench him and try to find someone else with a more favorable matchup, because those 50 yards are best-case scenario with Delone this week.
From the viewpoint of Colts fans, Curtis Painter being under center does give them the best chance to win.
However, from a fantasy football perspective, Painter should remain on the bench. The Bengals seventh-ranked pass defense is going to cause him mass confusion.
In addition, Cincy has the No. 3 ranked rush defense.
Not only are they going to shut down the ground game, but they will make the play-action obsolete.
Painter hasn't thrown a pick yet this season, and he is very careful with the ball. However, if there's going to be a week where his true inexperienced colors show, it's this week.
Maybe if you're in a league that starts two QBs, Painter may be a backup option if your No. 2 QB is on a bye-week. Anything other than that is a stretch.
Once he gets more acclimated to the game and has more proof that he can be a halfway decent fantasy starter, Curtis Painter will be an option to start. Until then, he should remain on the bench as a last resort.
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