Darrius Heyward-Bey questionable, expected to play; fantasy value iffy

Andy Lyons

Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed as questionable but is expected to play on Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury on the official injury report heading into the team's Week 9 matchup against the Houston Texans. But head coach Chuck Pagano said that he expects Heyward-Bey to play, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

Heyward-Bey was injured during practice on Thursday, and was held out of Friday's session. Hamstring injuries are worrisome, as playing on one that isn't fully healed can lead to significant further injury. It's unclear if Heyward-Bey just needed a rest day or if the team will be going with him due to a lack of receiving options on the team.

At this point, it would be surprising to see Heyward-Bey take a full load on Sunday, and if he does, it would be even more surprising to see him targeted to any significant extent. The Colts could wind up using him as a decoy.

Fantasy Impact: T.Y. Hilton and tight end Coby Fleener could be in for big days on Sunday. If Heyward-Bey plays, fantasy owners should probably avoid starting him given the likelihood that he's still injured. It's hard to imagine him shouldering a full load on Sunday, so fantasy owners should go with someone else as their WR2 or WR3 at this point.

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