Johnson will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. It’s a big upgrade from a quality-of-quarterback standpoint, as he has never played with one as good as Andrew Luck. His targets are likely to take a hit, however. He averaged 9.7 T/G in 2014, while Hilton and Reggie Wayne led the Colts with 8.7 and 7.7 T/G, respectively. So this looks like a case of the targets dropping but the quality of those targets increasing. After finishing in the top 10 (in PPR) in five of his previous six seasons, Johnson finished #28 in 2014. He’s turning 34 this offseason, so it may be foolhardy to expect a huge bounceback season, but low-end WR2 numbers in PPR formats seem reasonable. His arrival puts a big dent in Donte Moncrief's prospects.
CFL WR Duron Carter has generated interest in dynasty leagues since signing with Indianapolis, but general manager Ryan Grigson made it clear he hasn’t done anything yet in the NFL. 2nd year WR Donte Moncrief has already showed fantasy potential as a rookie. Head coach Chuck Pagano said he expects a “big second year” from Moncrief and the “sky is the limit”. In the early offseason, Moncrief is definitely ahead of Carter in the fantasy pecking order, with both obviously behind T.Y. Hilton.
Moncrief played at least 50 percent of his team’s snaps in six games as a rookie. In those games, he averaged 3.0 catches for 50 yards and 0.50 touchdowns, but that split includes both huge games (3-134-2 vs. Washington, 7-113-1 vs. Pittsburgh) and disappearing acts (a goose egg vs. Houston, 2-5 vs. Dallas, 3-16 vs. Tennessee), so his production was all over the place. With a year of growth and (potentially) starter’s snaps, Moncrief is a breakout candidate in 2015, provided he can hold off Carter.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. The team would be wise to sit Hilton another week and let that hamstring rest, but it sounds as if they are considering playing him — at least a bit — in Week 17. Colts.com writer Kevin Bowen said that Hilton hasn’t fully opened it up yet and that would be the “ultimate test, whenever he returns to the field.” We’re expecting Andrew Luck and the other key starters to play a few series to see if they can get their offensive mojo back against a shaky Tennessee defense.
With Hilton inactive, Donte Moncrief draws the start and is a fantasy WR2 start with Reggie Wayne (PPR) and Hakeem Nicks having Sneaky Start appeal. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen also get a bump. Andrew Luck's ranking takes a slight hit with Hilton out, but he has enough weapons and should be able to manufacture plenty of fantasy points against Dallas.
"For some," Pagano responded. "This guy is pretty special. Don't count him out."
As we reported yesterday, those around the team consider him doubtful even though his official status is questionable. If he’s out, Donte Moncrief becomes a fantasy WR2 with Reggie Wayne (PPR) and Hakeem Nicks having Sneaky Start appeal. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen would also get a bump. Andrew Luck’s ranking takes a slight hit with Hilton out, but he has enough weapons and should be able to manufacture plenty of fantasy points against Dallas.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 16. The beat writers are describing Hilton as doubtful, though he’s officially questionable. We currently do not expect him to play, since Indianapolis doesn’t have a whole lot to play for. If he’s out, Donte Moncrief becomes a fantasy WR2 with Reggie Wayne (PPR) and Hakeem Nicks having Sneaky Start appeal. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen would also get a bump. Andrew Luck’s ranking takes a slight hit with Hilton out, but he has enough weapons and should be able to manufacture plenty of fantasy points against Dallas.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Hilton was expected to return today. If he’s out, Donte Moncrief, Hakeem Nicks and Reggie Wayne would all see a significant bump in a nice matchup against Dallas. His absence would hurt Andrew Luck, but he’d still be a must-start given the matchup.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
The Indianapolis Colts had a bit of good news today, when it was reported that the team received a clean bill of health regarding wide receiver T.Y. Hilton‘s sore hamstring. The 3rd-year wideout apparently tweaked his hamstring in Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans. He received the results of his MRI today, which came back with positive results.
While it wasn’t visibly noticeable during the game, Hilton was fairly quiet after catching 3 passes in the 1st quarter. Perhaps, it was a direct result of his hamstring injury, as he finished with just 4 receptions for 50 receiving yards and 0 touchdowns, the story pointed out. He looks promising for a game in Dallas in Week 16, but we first have to see if he can practice this week. The team is hoping he can by Wednesday or Thursday.
His production on the other hand did take a marked plunge after a strong start to the game.
Hilton didn't shed anymore info on the injury other than he was quoted as saying he's scheduled for an MRI. It's perhaps at least a little good news at this point in the week that he remained in the game but could be a reason for a drop in fantasy production.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 15. Hilton will be fine for a great matchup against Houston. In his last five games against the Texans, Hilton has averaged 6.2-122-1.2. That’s 25.6 fantasy points in PPR formats.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Hilton should be fine for a great matchup against Houston. In his last five games against the Texans, Hilton has averaged 6.2-122-1.2. That’s 25.6 fantasy points in PPR formats.
Colts HC Chuck Pagano on how much HC Reggie Wayne has left:
“I know he’s got more. How much that is? I don’t know how much that is, but I know he’s got more. He’ll deliver. He’ll be back.”
Following the game on Sunday, Pagano on Colts postgame radio said that Wayne was playing through a “torn tri” that he suffered in the Cincinnati game earlier this season. On Monday, Pagano reiterated that Wayne is battling through nagging injuries.
Against Cleveland, Wayne had just one reception in eight targets and did drop a few balls he might normally catch if healthy. He’s averaged three receptions for 37 yards in the games since his elbow/tri injuries as T.Y. Hilton has really emerged. Wayne’ s presence within the Colts offense is still key and Pagano clearly feels that No. 87 will continue to make plays for this team. Sunday would mark the 209th career game for Wayne, breaking the Colts franchise record.
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