Originally posted on Backyard Sports Blog  |  Last updated 11/8/12
The Thursday Night games are getting worse by the week, with few reasons to watch other than fantasy and gambling implications. Week 10's doesn't look to be much different when the Colts travel to face the Jaguars. The Colts have been a great story this year with the emergence of Andrew Luck and coach Chuck Pagano's inspiring battle with leukemia. Unfortunately, nothing about Jags football is inspired, so this game figures to be another one-sided stinker. Every week I'm profiling one sparsely-owned player from Thursday's game that you can (notice I'm not saying should) pick up and start. Ya know, get your Thursday night fantasy fix if you don't have a stud player going. So without further adieu, this week's player is... Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis Colts Colts starter Donald Brown is still banged up and didn't participate in Wednesday's walkthrough, so it looks like Ballard will get the bulk of the carries against the Jags porous run defense. Jacksonville is giving up the 5th most fantasy points in the past five weeks. But Ballard is no slouch himself, racking up at least nine fantasy points the past three weeks. He hasn't scored on the ground yet, his lone touchdown was a game-winning reception in which he went airborne, sticking the ball over the pylon. That should change this week. Jacksonville's run defense got gouged last week, giving up four TDs on the ground to the Lions, bringing their season total to 10. Look for the rookie from Mississippi State to add to that, punching in at least one from the ground while rushing for at least 75 yards. If Ballard is available in your league, pick him up and give him the start tonight. Hold on to him though, as Brown could be in and out of the lineup for the rest of the season. If you also need a defense, the Colts are a good option. Blaine Gabbert is always good for an INT and at least a couple of sacks. Consider them 'Pick-up and Start Option B.' -Kellen Check out our Home Page for more stories and follow us on Twitter and Facebook
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