The Indianapolis Colts visit the Houston Texans in this week’s Thursday night NFL game, with the Texans sitting at 3.5-point favorites in a game with an over/under of 46.5, according to Vegas oddsmakers. The salaries are pretty high for some favorites like Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Jacoby Brissett this week, so we’ll have to dig deep to players like Will Fuller for value, and to squeeze out decent lineups. Here’s our list of players to consider tonight.
Will Fuller V, Texans WR
Although Fuller has battled an injured hamstring, he’s expected to play Thursday night. Prior to missing the past three games, Fuller caught 34 passes for 450 yards and three TDs on the season. A healthy portion of that came in just one game against Atlanta, but that also demonstrated how Fuller is capable of going off and breaking a slate. It doesn’t hurt that the Colts pass defense is ranked in the lower half of the NFL.
Jonathan Williams, Colts RB
Marlon Mack fractured his right hand early in last week’s contest against the Jaguars, and Williams entered the game to put up big numbers – 13 rushes for 116 yards, and one catch for 31 yards. While Coach Frank Reich says Williams and Jordan Wilkins will be in a timeshare at running back, Williams’ Week 11 performance combined with Wilkins’ somewhat gimpy ankle would point to Williams seeing most of the work.
Darren Fells, Texans TE
Fells had a slow couple of weeks, with just two catches, which might put many DFS players off of him tonight. Look closer though, and you’ll see he actually leads the NFL among tight ends with six touchdown catches. The Ravens demolished the Texans last week 41-7, and no receiver put up big numbers for Houston. Oddsmakers expect the Texans to put up about 25 points this week, and it wouldn’t be hard to fathom Fells reaching the end zone again.
Zach Pascal, Colts WR
With the Colts depleted receiving corps, Pascal has seen increased volume in recent weeks, with 20 targets in the past three games. It’s worth monitoring the injury report leading up to the game, as T.Y. Hilton may play Thursday night, which would take away some of Pascal’s value. Still, with Parris Campbell and Devin Funchess out, Pascal is worth consideration for a roster spot beside Jonathan Williams.