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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 9: Colts vs. Giants

Week 9 ends with two teams coming off losses. Who will get back to the good?

Things were looking up for the New York Giants a few weeks ago, when they were 3-2 and in the thick of things in the NFC East. Since then, they've lost two games and had a bye, and watched the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles distance themselves. The Indianapolis Colts, meanwhile, looked like world-beaters from Weeks 3 to 7, but then ran into the buzzsaw that was Ben Roethlisberger in Week 8 to fall to 5-3, though the Colts still lead the AFC South. Monday, the teams play against one another, capping off Week 9.

The Giants will be without running back Rashad Jennings again Monday, though the team is otherwise basically healthy from a fantasy perspective. The Colts, meanwhile, are basically healthy, with both running back Trent Richardson and wide receiver Reggie Wayne appearing to be back to full health after some downtime.

The Giants will host Monday's game at 8:30 p.m. ET. Let's look at the fantasy intrigue:


Start 'em: Even when the team got crushed last week, Andrew Luck got his, and he's one of the league's top quarterbacks. ... Ahmad Bradshaw keeps putting up numbers; the receiving touchdowns make his production look unsustainable in some ways, but as long as he's producing at this level he's a good start. ... T.Y. Hilton has made himself one of the league's top receivers, and is firmly in the upper tier. ... Dwayne Allen is the top name in that second tier of tight ends, the guys you probably will start but don't have to. ... As the league's oldest player, Adam Vinatieri would be forgiven if his production tapered off, but he's been spectacular all season. ... Before Week 8's meltdown, the Colts' defense had been really good for five straight weeks. I expect a return to form.

Start 'em?: Things have turned around for Trent Richardson, who keeps getting carries and is actually producing with them. Now that he looks healthy, he's a justifiable flex play.

Sit 'em: All signs point to Reggie Wayne playing Monday night, but he might still be held up a bit. With the timing of the game, you probably want to avoid him, and his return renders Donte Moncrief fantasy unhelpful again. ... If you're desperate, Coby Fleener might stumble into a touchdown, but you'd be better off looking elsewhere.


Start 'em?: There has been absolutely no consistency to Eli Manning's production this season, which makes him too much of a wild card to be a definite fantasy start, but he has enough upside to be a starter if you're stuck. ... Andre Williams has done basically nothing since taking over for the injured Rashad Jennings. In a week missing a lot of running backs, he's a reasonable flex play or low-end RB2, but he's far from a sure thing. ... It's hard to say which of Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. is the receiver to have with the Giants. It might be both, but who knows. They're strong flex plays. ... Larry Donnell belongs in the question-mark group of tight ends. If you have him, you can use him, but you are by no means locked in.

Sit 'em: It's been far more bad kicking games than good this season for Josh Brown. ... The Giants' defense is bad.


Start in every league: Andrew Luck, Ahmad Bradshaw, T.Y. Hilton, Dwayne Allen, Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis defense

Start if you're desperate: Trent Richardson, Eli Manning, Andre Williams, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr., Larry Donnell

Bench: Reggie Wayne, Donte Moncrief, Coby Fleener, Josh Brown, Giants' defense