This article is part of our Showdown/Single Game DFS Breakdown series.
At 1-3 with a below average quarterback and battered roster otherwise the Colts are unlikely to pose much of a playoff threat this year. If they lose this game, though, it becomes substantially less likely yet, so if coach Frank Reich has the players' attention they should show up focused and determined to play in this road game. The problem for the Colts – aside from the point that basically nothing is functional about the team through one month – is the Ravens tend to have one of the league's more notable home-field advantages, and whereas nearly everything is wrong with the Colts at the moment, the Ravens are only dysfunctional in some capacities. As the seven-point spread implies, the Colts might have to be clever to make a game of this. The over/under opened at 48 but is down to 46.
Lamar Jackson ($12600 DK, $17000 FD) is easily the star of the one-game slate, possessing regular 30-point upside in a game where only a couple other players are even vaguely capable of it. He faces a Colts defense that has struggled in 2021, arguably due in part to injuries. Indianapolis' defense should get better over the remaining part of the season, especially against the run, where the elite tackle tandem of DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart alone should dictate strong results. Whether that power on the interior allows the Colts to pose a containment effect to Jackson's rushing ability is less clear – Jackson's scrambling can take