Week 13 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Colts vs Texans

Larry Rupp
Brandin Cooks' fantasy outlook points to WR1 production in Week 13.
Brandin Cooks' fantasy outlook points to WR1 production in Week 13. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts (7-4) will look to get back to their winning ways when they go on the road to take on the Houston Texans (4-7) in Week 13 NFL action. This AFC South battle has playmakers all over the field and will have an impact in both the NFL standings as well as fantasy football matchups.

If you need help with your fantasy football lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Week 13 Colts-Texans showdown.

T.Y. Hilton Fantasy

Start T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: T.Y. Hilton finally looked like the player fantasy football managers know and love in Week 12 as he hauled in 4 of 5 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. If he can maintain that level of chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers, Hilton could be a viable fantasy option heading down the stretch. He draws a decent matchup in Week 13 as the Texans have given up 15 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season (No. 30 in the NFL). The Colts have been using a heavy passing game plan lately, which only benefits Hilton even more. It may be risky, but starting Hilton in your FLEX spot could be something that wins you your matchup this week.

Brandin Cooks Fantasy

Start Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans: Brandin Cooks was already producing great numbers as the Texans' No. 2 receiver, but he now has major upside due to Will Fuller 6-game suspension. Cooks immediately slides into the role of quarterback DeShaun Watson's go-to option and should see even more targets than usual moving forward. Cooks has racked up 85 receiving yards in each of the past two games and could easily have a 100-yard day this week. The matchup isn't great as the Colts have one of the toughest defenses in the league, but someone has to take over the 6.8 targets Fuller was seeing each game. If you have Cooks on your roster, start him and don't think twice about it.

Zach Pascal Fantasy

Sit Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts wide receiving core has become deeper than expected and Zach Pascal may be the player that gets edged out. Pascal has had value in PPR leagues racking up at least 30 yards on 3-plus catches in five of the last six games. However, rookie Michael Pittman Jr. has emerged as a solid receiver and Hilton had his best game of the season last week. While Pascal is not going to disappear within this offense, he simply may not see even targets as the No. 3 receiver to be relevant in fantasy football. As long as you have other options, it is best to keep Pascal out of your starting lineup moving forward.

Duke Johnson Fantasy

Sit Duke Johnson, RB, Houston Texans: Duke Johnson was expected to have a lot of fantasy value taking over for David Johnson in the Texans' backfield, but that just hasn't been the case. Johnson has just 106 rushing yards on 33 carries (3.2 yards per carry) over the past three games as the starter. Whether or not David Johnson is able to return to play this week, Duke Johnson hasn't shown any signs of being a reliable fantasy football option. His value comes solely from the passing game, which is quite unpredictable for a running back. The Colts have only given up 296 receiving yards to opposing running backs all season (No. 6 in the NFL). Unless you are in dire need of running back help, it would be smart to bench Duke Johnson this week.

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