Eric Ebron Injury Update Boosts Week 12 Fantasy Outlook vs Texans Following Return to Practice

Jason Schandl
Atlanta Falcons v Indianapolis Colts
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Eric Ebron played a season-high 61 percent of the Indianapolis Colts' offensive snaps in Week 10, but that mark fell to 43 percent when he suffered an ankle injury in Week 11. That leaves him questionable for a "Thursday Night Football" matchup with the Houston Texans in Week 12.

Ebron didn't practice on Monday or Tuesday, but was listed as a full participant on Wednesday, which is a good sign that he's trending toward suiting up this week.

Getting in a full practice certainly helps Ebron's fantasy outlook for the week, but it still doesn't mean he's an especially exciting play.

Before that Week 10 breakout, he was averaging just 3.9 targets, 2.3 receptions and 31.0 yards per game while playing 39 percent of the Colts' offensive snaps. That was closer to No. 3 TE Mo Alie-Cox (31 percent) than to No. 1 Jack Doyle (73 percent).

The increased role also came with both T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell on the shelf, leaving the Colts incredibly thin at WR and thus more reliant on two-tight end formations, while leaving plenty of extra targets to go around. Hilton was also a full participant on Wednesday, and he seems set to make a return this week.

There is still a bit of room for optimism with Ebron in Week 12, though. The Texans rank 25th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings, and Indy might also go with a more pass-heavy approach than usual while lead RB Marlon Mack is sidelined.

Ebron checks in at TE11 in our Week 12 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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