Colts Beat: Donte Moncrief could pass Hakeem Nicks for WR3 role

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Indianapolis Colts are about to have to make a decision on who will be their No. 3 receiver behind T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne. The veteran Hakeem Nicks or the rookie Donte Moncrief?

If Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was any indication it should be an easy decision for coach Chuck Pagano.

With Wayne out because of an elbow injury, Moncrief stepped up and complemented Hilton by catching seven passes on a team-high 12 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown -- all career highs -- in the loss.

"Donte was running great routes, playing fast and he certainly doesn't play like a rookie," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "He's solid, he's steady and I'm happy for how well he played."

Fantasy Impact: 

The story said the original thought was that the Colts would ease Moncrief, the team's third-round draft pick, into a larger role because of their depth at receiver this season. But his speed, athleticism and ability to make plays has accelerated the process. Moncrief showed off his skills when he made a leaping catch over Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen for a 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Nicks, who started the game as the No. 2 receiver, finished with only reception for 27 yards in the six times he was targeted, the piece added. Moncrief is a name to watch and could have some deeper league, flex value in this heavy-passing Colts offense.

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