Week 15 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Texans vs Colts

Larry Rupp
TY Hilton's fantasy outlook points to continued production in Week 15.
TY Hilton's fantasy outlook points to continued production in Week 15. / Chris Unger/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts (9-4) will look to stay in the race for the AFC South title as they host a divisional opponent in the Houston Texans (4-9) in Week 15 NFL action. Indianapolis is attempting to win their third consecutive game and head into this one as 7-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 15 Texans-Colts showdown.

Keke Coutee Fantasy

Start Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans: Facing the Colt's defense is no easy task, but this seems like a positive matchup for Keke Coutee. The Texans' slot receiver caught 8 of 9 targets for 141 yards when these teams faced off two weeks ago. He has become a go-to option in the passing game for quarterback Deshaun Watson given the lack of depth the Texans are currently dealing with at the position. Coutee has also seen at least 1 red zone target in each of the last four games and scored a touchdown just last week. He's definitely a threat to do that once again and is a solid option at the FLEX position this week.

TY Hilton Fantasy

Start TY Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: TY Hilton has created a reputation of being a "Texans killer" and for good reason. He has torched them throughout his entire career and posted 110 yards on 8 receptions to go along with a touchdown the first time these two teams met this season. The matchup gets even better after seeing that the Texans' defense has given up 18 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season. That total ranks as the third-highest mark in the NFL. Hilton has had an up-and-down season from a fantasy football perspective, but he seems to have finally found his groove. Don't overthink it and slide Hilton right into a starting WR slot.

David Johnson/Duke Johnson Fantasy

Sit David Johnson/Duke Johnson, RBs, Houston Texans: It looks like David Johnson will be able to return to play this week, but he may be put on a limited snap count. Nevertheless, this is not a good matchup for him nor fellow running back Duke Johnson. The Colts' defense has been shutting down opposing rushing attacks all season as they are only allowing 99.2 rushing yards per game (No. 5 in the NFL). The Texans are expected to go down early in this game, which means they could end up passing he ball quite a lot. Unless you have no other options, it would be smart to leave these two running backs on your bench this week.

Michael Pittman Jr. Fantasy

Sit Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts: While Hilton remains on a hot streak, the opposite seems to be true for rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. He has been impressive in his rookie season acting as a solid No. 2 receiver, but he just isn't producing enough fantasy points to be relevant right now. He has had 19 targets over the last three weeks, but has just a combined 116 yards on 9 catches over that span. Plus, he has only scored 1 touchdown this season. The fantasy football playoffs are about starting players you know you can trust. The risk that comes with starting Pittman at this point is just not worth it.

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