The Indianapolis Colts are even with the Tennessee Titans at 8-4 and will look to stay in the race to win the AFC South by topping the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 14. The Colts managed to hold off a weakened version Houston Texans on Sunday and it appears like the Raiders will be missing a key weapon in this matchup.
Philip Rivers has thrown a touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton in back-to-back weeks and the passing game is starting to flourish. The WR1 seemed to be all washed up but has found life as of late to give the Colts a much more explosive offense. While getting consistency from wideouts is important, Indianapolis’s ground attack could lead the way against Las Vegas. The Raiders have given up the second-most rushing touchdowns in the NFL and the Colts have three viable backs with different skill sets.
Derek Carr is coming off a monster game in which he had to throw a game-winning pass to top the Jets. He didn’t have Josh Jacobs available on Sunday because of an ankle injury and the second-year back isn’t on track to play in Week 14. Carr and Darren Waller will have to lead the Raiders’ offense against one of the most well-rounded defenses in the NFL.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 13
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Philip Rivers, QB, $5,900
Rivers cracked 18 DKFP in back-to-back games for the second time this season in Week 13 and is set to matchup up against a Raiders defense that forked up 28 points to the Jets on Sunday. His receiving corps is starting to come around, and that makes his versatile running back group more dangerous in the passing game.
Jonathan Taylor, RB, $5,800
Taylor notched a season-high 22.5 DKFP on Sunday. While he didn’t get 20+ carries like he did in Week 11 rush for at least 90 yards in a second straight game. His PPR upside isn’t on par with Nyheim Hines’s but he’s a threat to eat up yardage in the open field as well.
Derek Carr, QB, $6,000
Carr had one of the best fantasy games of his career in Week 13. He threw for 381 yards and three scores and ran for another to tally 35.74 DKFP. The Colts aren’t the Jets by any means but Deshaun Watson managed to get two wideouts over 100 receiving yards on Sunday despite not having his usual WR1.
Darren Waller, TE, $6,800
No team defends tight ends better than Indianapolis on DraftKings, but not every tight end is Waller. Waller caught 13 passes for 200 yards and two scores in his latest outing and is only second to Travis Kelce in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and scores at his position. Carr will find a way to make use of his top weapon. It’s risky to pay up this much for a tight end, but no other Raiders pass-catcher can match his ceiling.