Andre Johnson caught 6-of-7 targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans.
T.Y. Hilton caught 5-of-9 targets for 88 yards in Indy's Week 5 win over the Texans.
Hilton was sitting on 45 yards before Matt Hasselbeck found him for a game-sealing 43-yard completion with 1:37 remaining. Hilton had his normal spring — he wasn't having trouble finding space — the Colts are just far less vertical without Andrew Luck at the sticks. That should change in Week 6, where Luck is expected to return against the Patriots. Hilton will be back in the WR1 conversation against New England's burnable secondary.
Arian Foster rushed 19 times for 41 yards in Houston's Week 5 loss to the Colts, and also caught 9-of-10 targets for an additional 77 yards.
The 28 touches were exactly what fantasy owners were looking for, but it was a mixed night for Houston's bell-cow back. He was evaluated for a concussion after a huge second quarter hit, and appeared to be operating without his typical burst. Foster was often patient to the point of paralysis, and just didn't have his usual speed through the hole. He still looked smooth, however, and was likely just getting back up to game speed after playing so little live football since early August. With 10 days to rest up and focus, Foster will remain a high-end RB1 for Week 6 against the Jaguars.
DeAndre Hopkins caught 11-of-14 targets for 169 yards in Houston's Week 5 loss to the Colts.
It was as good of a game as you will ever see a receiver play. Hopkins simply got open at will, creating his own space and making excellent grab after excellent grab even though he was dealing with Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Two of his missed connections were narrowly missed long completions. The only downsides were Hopkins' inability to get into the end zone and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the ball at a Colts defender. Hopkins has now drawn at least 14 targets in three straight games, and is on pace for a monumental 240 looks. He'll be a top-five WR1 in Week 6 against the Jaguars.
Ryan Mallett completed 7-of-10 passes for 50 yards and an interception before getting benched in the second quarter of Houston's 27-20, Week 5 loss to the Colts.
Playing his usual brand of "what the heck" football, Mallett had to check out after taking a legitimately huge shot to the ribs midway through the second quarter. He was almost certainly ticketed to come back in before Brian Hoyer immediately began moving the offense. Hoyer stayed hot until a disastrous decision on Houston's final series. All the while on the sideline, Mallett was caught pouting like a petulant teen. Hoyer is a bottom-barrel backup, but Mallett has proven to be even worse than that this season. We'd expect Hoyer to be under center in Week 6 against the Jags.
On in relief of an ineffective Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer completed 24-of-31 passes for 312 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Houston's 27-20, Week 5 loss to the Colts.
Mallett took a shot to the ribs midway through the second quarter, sending Hoyer onto the field for what was probably supposed to be a play or two. Instead, Hoyer immediately galvanized Houston's stagnant offense, moving it up and down the field as Mallett pouted on the sideline. Hoyer relentlessly peppered DeAndre Hopkins with targets, and found Jaelen Strong for two touchdowns (one of which was a lucky hail mary). True to form, Hoyer threw a mind-bogglingly bad interception late in the fourth quarter — it was a de facto punt in the face of the blitz — but we don't see how coach Bill O'Brien could turn back to Mallett. Hoyer is a sub-replacement level NFL quarterback, but Mallett is somehow far worse. Hoyer will be a bottom-barrel QB2 if he starts against the Jaguars in Week 6.
Matt Hasselbeck completed 18-of-29 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns in Indianapolis' 27-20, Week 5 win over the Texans.
Playing through a bacterial infection, Hasselbeck wasn't sure he'd be able to play all four quarters. Instead he not only led Indy to its second straight win without Andrew Luck, but revived Andre Johnson in the process. Hasselbeck has frighteningly-little arm strength at age 40, but made sure to lob his passes where only his wideouts could catch them, including a game-sealing 43-yard completion to T.Y. Hilton with 1:37 remaining. Barring a setback with Luck's shoulder, Hasselbeck will return to the bench for Indy's Week 6 showdown with the Patriots.
Arian Foster (head) returned to Houston's Week 5 game against the Colts in the third quarter.
Foster looked done before the break, but ended up passing his concussion tests. He had 12 carries in the first half, and could match that in the second.