Joseph Addai Injury: What Is Fantasy Effect on Delone Carter, Donald Brown?

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIOctober 23, 2011

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 03: Running back Joseph Addai #29 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai missed the team's Week 6 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals due to a hamstring injury, but recent reports indicate that the sixth-year veteran will start Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints. 

Addai went through a full day of practice on Friday and should be ready to go tonight against the Saints. That means anyone who was hoping fellow running backs Delone Carter and Donald Brown could be solid fantasy producers is likely out of luck.

Carter rushed 14 times for 45 yards in Week 6, while Brown had five carries for 35 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for 16 yards. Both guys showed themselves to be talented ball-carriers in Addai's absence, but unless you're in a keeper league or think Addai will get injured again, there is no reason to hold on to either Brown or Carter.

While Carter and Brown definitely need to be removed from all fantasy lineups, Addai should also be considered a risky play. There's a strong likelihood that the Colts will divide up carries between the three guys, meaning that all of them will have virtually no fantasy value for Sunday night's game.

The Colts like Carter's potential and at some point would love Brown to prove he's not a bust. But with Addai averaging 4.4 yards per carry in the five games he's played in and the team still winless, the Colts will give the most carries to the guy they think gives them the best chance to win. Right now that's likely Addai.