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WR Hakeem Nicks - Indianapolis Colts

6-3, 212Born: 1-14-1988College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 1, pick 29

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Week 8: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Andrew Luck has thrown for 312 yards or more in six out of seven games this year, and has at least two TDs in six out of seven games (with three or more in four of seven). Start him every week and smile. T.Y. Hilton has gone crazy over the past two weeks, with nine targets for 7/107/0 receiving vs. Cincinnati last week and nine for 9/223/1 receiving at Houston two weeks ago. Dwayne Allen has three catches per game over the past two contests (six for 3/52/1 last week; seven for 3/49/0 two weeks back) and is getting enough opportunities to post even more production. Ahmad Bradshaw has caught a TD in each of the last two games (six for 3/25/1 two weeks ago and three for 3/36/1 last week). Reggie Wayne has hit a dry page (eight for 4/15/0 vs. Cincinnati last week; nine for 4/35/0 at Houston two weeks ago), but otherwise the Colts' passing attack is going great guns entering week 8. The Steelers' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 230.9 net yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores given out vs. four interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and 10 sacks (tied for 23rd) generated to date. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit them for 21/32 yielding 261 net passing yards, two TDs and one interception last week (with one sack taken for -1 yard), while Brian Hoyer was also sacked just once for -7 yards two weeks back (8/17 for 210 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions). An outstanding passing attack takes on a so-so pass D in this one - advantage, Indianapolis.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 vs TEN 0 0 0 6 2 12 0 0
5 vs BAL 0 0 0 6 3 29 0 0
6 at HOU 0 0 0 7 2 18 0 0
7 vs CIN 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
8 at PIT PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
8 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
8 at PIT PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Nicks was once again relegated to spot duty as the Colts' third receiver, and was used largely in a possession role. Luck did heave two deep to Nicks down the middle, but there was a safety rolling over to him each time, and the two were unable to connect. Nicks simply isn't a big enough part of the game plan to warrant big fantasy numbers.

2014 Week 6 vs HOU (7 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

The disappointing season, which follows to disappointing seasons, continues for Nicks, who has eclipsed 30 yards just twice all season. Nicks dropped two balls on Sunday as well, leading to an increasing clamoring for rookie Donte Moncrief, who has looked more explosive and reliable than Nicks so far this year.

2014 Week 7 vs CIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Nicks' nightmare stretch over the last few weeks continued on Sunday, as he played just 19 snaps and was targeted one time. The coaches seem to be losing faith in Nicks, as it was his third-consecutive game where his snaps decreased. He's not winning one-on-one battles, and Luck has other options to throw to. Nicks has had 40-plus yards in just one game this season, and isn't worth owning at this point.

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Latest News

Colts | Reggie Wayne could miss a game or two (Tue Oct 21, 12:45 PM) - Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne's (elbow) injury isn't believed to be serious, but it could cause him to miss a game or two, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Head coach Chuck Pagano hasn't revealed the results of Wayne's MRI exams, however. Wayne said his injury wasn't serious after the Week 7 win. He finished the game against the Cincinnati Bengals with just four catches for 15 yards, and he had two drops. WR Hakeem Nicks could receive a heavier workload if Wayne needs some time to heal from his injury. Nicks had zero catches on one target against the Bengals after catching just two passes for 18 yards the previous week.

Our View: We're way more excited about rookie Donte Moncrief than we are Nicks. With Wayne out, we could see Moncrief get a real opportunity to impress in one of the league's more robust passing games. He's a big target who can make plays above the rim because of his size, wingspan and leaping ability. Fantasy owners in deeper leagues need to take a look at Moncrief.
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Schedule

8@ Pittsburgh Steelers
9@ New York Giants
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs New England Patriots
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs Houston Texans
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17@ Tennessee Titans