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Week 7 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 42, St. Louis Rams 6


Indianapolis Colts

QB Peyton Manning, Pass: 23 - 34 - 235 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0

Peyton Manning was his usual self, which means he was dominant as a passer and in total command of the Indianapolis offense. Manning started fast, hitting Reggie Wayne four times for a combined 61 yards and the touchdown to cap the drive. Peyton had three touchdowns, the last of which came with under four minutes to play in a blowout -- which has to raise some eyebrows but not Jim Sorgi's value. Manning finished with under 300 yards passing for the first time all year, but the Rams were not a formidable opponent at all and the Indianapolis defense made short fields often for Manning. He remains arguably the best quarterback in the league.

RB Joseph Addai, Rush: 20 - 64 - 1, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0

Addai was splitting time about two-to-one with rookie Donald Brown in the first half until Brown left the game with a shoulder injury. Addai dominated touches the rest of the way but did not put up great numbers (20 carries, 64 yards) despite a very favorable matchup against the St. Louis Rams. Addai was able to walk into the end zone with an easy score of six yards in the second quarter. Addai eventually handed the duties off to third RB Chad Simpson in the fourth quarter, but everyone will be waiting to see if Donald Brown is able to get ready for next week's game against San Francisco. If he cannot, Addai should be in for a heavy workload again in Week 8.

RB Chad Simpson, Rush: 3 - 35 - 1, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0

Third string running back Chad Simpson closed out the game in Week 7 against the Rams for Indianapolis. Simpson broke a 31-yard touchdown right down the middle of the field in the fourth quarter, the final points of the day. Simpson rose one click up the depth chart once Donald Brown left the game with a shoulder injury. Should Brown or Addai get injured or miss time, Simpson would be next in line for touches.

RB Donald Brown, Rush: 2 - 58 - 0

Brown looked very fast and explosive, much more than Joseph Addai, whenever he had the ball in his hands. Brown had a great run down the left side in the first quarter, nearly scoring on a long 45-yard dash along the sideline. Brown punished defenders upon first contact, but one of those hits hurt Brown's left shoulder and he was forced from the game. With the contest well in hand, Brown was kept on the bench to avoid further injury.

WR Reggie Wayne, Rec: 7 - 83 - 1

Wayne opened the game quickly, getting plenty of targets and catches in the opening minutes. Wayne dominated the first drive, catching four balls for a combined 61 yards including his long for the day of 25 yards. Wayne finished off the drive with a short catch for the first Colts touchdown of the day. Wayne did tweak his groin and missed some of the rest of the first half, but he was able to return to action after halftime to collect some additional grabs. Wayne could have topped 100 yards if not for the Colts letting the backups play after the game was well in hand.

WR Austin Collie, Rec: 4 - 36 - 1

Collie caught four short balls against the Rams, picking up occasional yardage after the catch. He was able to break one of them for 17 total yards on third and long, but his biggest fantasy catch of the day came long after the game was decided. Collie's final catch was a red zone eight yarder for a touchdown with under four minutes to play in "garbage time" from Peyton Manning (who for some reason was still in there). Collie was the most productive wideout after Reggie Wayne, so he will see the most work until Anthony Gonzalez returns and may still be a contributor even after Gonzalez comes back.

WR Pierre Garcon, Rec: 3 - 24 - 0

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon surprisingly struggled against the Rams in Week 7, dropping several easier chances throughout the contest. He was targeted most in the second half with Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark taking some rest with the game well in hand, so do not read too much into his eight targets. Garcon will likely be sidelined and pushed down the depth chart once Anthony Gonzalez returns to action.

TE Dallas Clark, Rec: 3 - 44 - 1

Clark continued to take full advantage of favorable matchups, this time getting three grabs for 44 yards on five targets -- all in the first half. The Colts were up big in a hurry against the Rams and then went into cruise control, giving more snaps to the second string receivers in the second half. Clark was able to get into the end zone on a great catch behind two defenders on a seam route where Peyton Manning lobbed a perfect ball into his hands at the goal line for the score.

TE Gijon Robinson, Rec: 3 - 38 - 0

Robinson asserted himself as the true backup to Dallas Clark against the Rams, gathering in all three balls that came his way in Week 7. Robinson got started early with a nice 19-yard catch down the right side in Colts territory on second and long, followed by two shorter catches in the second half after the Colts were well ahead. Robinson is unlikely to see many targets most weeks but Dallas Clark is not extremely durable, so if he were to get injured Robinson would benefit the most.


St. Louis Rams

QB Marc Bulger, Pass: 14 - 26 - 140 - 0 TD / 2 INT

Bulger is doing all he can with limited options on offense once again for the 2009 version of the Rams. After RB Steven Jackson, the only real threat left is WR Donnie Avery, giving Bulger little to work with to move the ball. His offensive line also does him no favors, forcing him to move around in the pocket most of the time and also to throw on the run. Rarely does he get decent time in the pocket. His Week 7 performance against the Colts was highlighted by a 50-yard flea flick to Donnie Avery, but that was the only completion over 15 yards for the afternoon. Bulger can be an average-to-good quarterback if he has decent targets and time to throw, but that's not the case this season.

RB Steven Jackson, Rush: 23 - 134 - 0, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0

Jackson was the workhorse yet again in Week 7 against Indianapolis, leading all Rams with 24 touches against the Colts. He fought all game for every yard, picking up a ton of his 134 rushing yards after initial contact as he cannot get any help it seems from his blockers. Jackson to leave the game briefly in the first half, with Kenneth Darby filling in at tailback. Jackson is very likely to remain the best producer for the Rams all season, but without a decent supporting cast his upside is minimal.

RB Samkon Gado, Rush: 4 - 5 - 0

Gado had minimal carries against the Colts in Week 7, getting the leftover touches after Steven Jackson and Kenneth Darby got their share. Needless to say, but the third RB for the Rams is not fantasy material.

RB Ken Darby, Rush: 3 - 16 - 0

Darby spelled Steven Jackson briefly in the first half when Jackson had to leave the game, but Darby did very little with his chances. Most of his output came on a strong 11-yard run up the middle, but that was just about it for Darby in Week 7. Darby appears to be next in line on the depth chart behind Steven Jackson, but even if Jackson gets injured it is unlikely that Darby can put up Top 30 RB fantasy numbers if he does get a start this year for St. Louis.

RB Mike Karney

Fullback Mike Karney had just one target in Week 7 on a deep pass, but even though he could have produced a nice play he is a non-factor for fantasy production.

WR Danny Amendola, Rec: 5 - 39 - 0

Amendola is probably not high on your "must own" waiver wire list, but he deserves some attention. The diminutive receiver for the Rams has bounced around the league a bit but has finally a home with St. Louis, getting his fair shot to contribute on offense and as a kick returner. Amendola converted all five of his Week 7 targets into catches against the Colts including grabs of 14 and 13 yards. He shows good speed after the catch and works well as a slot receiver, so if the Rams can ever find a consistent option to line up outside, Amendola could be a nice possession guy and third wideout for the Rams.

WR Keenan Burton, Rec: 3 - 28 - 0

Burton lined up as the second wide receiver for the Rams in Week 7, but he was at best the third reciever both to the naked eye and on the stat sheet against the Colts. Burton grabbed three of the five balls that came his way for very short yardage, making little headway after the catch. The Rams need to find someone better than Burton or else Burton must produce better to remain the starter, but for now Burton benefits from the Rams' lack of options for a sizable wideout to line up outside of Danny Amendola (who looked better than Burton) in three-wide sets.

WR Donnie Avery, Rec: 2 - 58 - 0

Avery showed that he really was ready to go after his hip injury, getting open deep early in the Week 7 contest against Indianapolis on a flea flicker that resulted in a 50-yard catch for Avery in the first quarter. Of course, Avery then again had to take some time off after that big gainer, but he was able to get right back in the lineup after missing one series. Avery did little the rest of the afternoon against the Colts, getting just one short ball for eight yards the rest of the game. Avery is still the best wideout the Rams have, but that does not make him more than a fantasy WR3 at best most weeks.

WR Tim Carter

Carter resurfaced as a St. Louis Ram, but his career should have been over by now. Two targets and no grabs for the Rams tells you all you need to know about his current fantasy worth.

TE Randy McMichael, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0

McMichael is still the starter for St. Louis, but his targets are eroding a little of late with Daniel Fells also getting some tight end looks. McMichael had just three targets, all of the short yardage variety and all in the second half against Indianapolis long after the game was decided. His minimal targets and production on those plays makes him a reach even as a fantasy TE2. You should be able to find better options.

TE Daniel Fells, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0

Fells is getting some work as the second tight end for the Rams, especially when they try and create maximum pass protection. Fells runs a few underneath routes a week, this time catching a short seven yard grab against the Colts in Week 7. His fantasy value is next to none with so many other tight end options this year.