After spending much of the early season with the NFC East being "obviously" the NFL's worst division, the AFC South might have stolen the crown. The struggles of the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars have been well-documented, but the 5-6 Tennessee Titans and the 7-4 (aka the 4-7-but-for-the-grace-of-god) Indianapolis Colts aren't exactly hauling up their struggling brethren. The teams play their second matchup in three weeks Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Indianapolis.
Start in every league: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chris Johnson, Kendall Wright
Start if you're desperate: Justin Hunter, Delanie Walker
Bench: Nate Washington, Rob Bironas, Defense/special teams
Yes, by hook or by crook, Fitzpatrick is basically a must-start this week. He's score 20 or more points three times this season, including two of his last three games. Meanwhile, after holding opposing quarterbacks to less than 10 points a game in Weeks 1-4, the Colts have allowed almost 20 per since. ... It has been a disappointing season for Johnson, but he still somehow ranks as a top-10 fantasy running back, and scored 20 fantasy points in the game against Indianapolis two weeks ago. ... Wright finally broke through with another touchdown a week ago; he has at least 50 yards in 10 straight games, and gets a Colts secondary that has been gifting wide receivers week after week lately.
Hunter's stock rose a week ago, with his first hundred-yard game ever and his first touchdown since Week 4; if that continues, he could be a nice complement to Wright, but it has been only one game. ... Hunter's rise hurt Walker's stock, with Sunday registering as the tight end's worst game in three weeks. Just like Hunter's increased looks, if they happen, help him, they would hurt Walker.
Almost guaranteed to be hurt by Hunter's presence is Washington, who has fallen out of even worth of ownership. ... Bironas is only fantasy's No. 22 kicker. ... The Titans' defense hasn't scored double-digit fantasy points since Week 4; while the Colts have had implosion games twice in three weeks, it's not enough to count on Tennessee.
Start in every league: Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener
Start if you're desperate: Donald Brown, Adam Vinatieri
Bench: Trent Richardson, T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Defense/special teams
You get one more week, Luck. The quarterback has averaged less than 15 points per game in his last three weeks; he's not really the same guy without Reggie Wayne. But he still has huge upside, and it's too hard to get away from him quite yet. ... Fleener has finally been meeting his potential lately, with 10 or more points in two straight games. He's low-end TE1, but at least that is TE1.
Other than Ben Tate, Brown might have had the most disappointing game in the entire NFL a week ago, with two rushes for only one yard. It was a huge comedown for a running back that had scored 21 points the week before. But the team still can't trust its other running back, and Brown will get the most looks. ... Vinatieri scored double-digit fantasy points every week from Week 3 to Week 7, but has only done it once since. With the team struggling, his opportunities have faded.
It's been a miserable season for Richardson, who hasn't scored more than five fantasy points since Week 4. That's incredibly awful. ... Between Hilton's of-late struggles (seven combined fantasy points in his last two games) and the opposing defense (the Titans allow only 11.8 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, least in the NFL), this is a week to get away from him. ... Every week is a week to get away from Heyward-Bey, who has only nine fantasy points since Week 7. He's irrelevant at this point. ... The Colts' defense was decent early in the season, but has gotten progressively worse, and isn't worth starting basically anywhere right now.