Andrew Luck Fantasy News
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:56pm
Hilton’s 10 100-yard receiving games after two NFL seasons are tied for the second most in league history.
The big question is will Wayne be ready for the opener, which would be just over nine months removed from a torn ACL. All indications are he will be, but will the Colts ease him back in? Either way, at some point all three should be on the field increasing the fantasy value of QB Andrew Luck. We have Hilton ranked 22nd on our WR list, which is highest among the Colts. Even with Wayne on the field, Hilton could still see a ton of targets. However, we admit Hilton could be limited in two tight end sets. There are going to be a lot of mouths to feed in the Colts offense...
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Monday, July 7, 2014, 8:25am
The Lions Matthew Stafford had a down year in 2013, in part to drops. But some of those struggles were the result of the quarterback's inconsistent mechanics and occasionally questionable decision-making.
With a coaching staff dedicated to refining Stafford's technique, and an improved arsenal of weapons, it would be stunning if the Lions' franchise quarterback didn't take a step forward with his accuracy this season, while dropping his interception rate.
Stafford's mechanics have often come under fire and we've seen mixed results throughout his career. Still, the weapons around him are tempting enough to take a chance on Stafford as your fantasy QB this season, especially if you're set on not taking one of the Big 3 early in drafts. We rank Stafford 5th on our list, and he is among that second tier of QBs along with Nick Foles and Andrew Luck.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:43pm
Physically, at 6-2 and 221 pounds, Moncrief also fits the mold the Colts were looking for at receiver.
“Donte is a big target. We needed to get bigger, too. We needed to get taller.” wide receivers coach Charlie Williams says.
“He runs good routes and he catches the ball, that’s the key. That’s the key.”
Hamilton: Colts to be a 'score-first' team
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 10:49am
New season, new mind frame from Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
"We’re going to be a score-first team," Hamilton said. "We’re going to do whatever we need to do to score one more point than our opponent."
Don’t kid yourself; Hamilton isn’t going to allow Andrew Luck drop back in the pocket and fling the ball downfield – even if he does have plenty of weapons at his disposal – 50 times per game. The Colts will still run the ball, which is why they have three backs they think will be able to carry the load.
But like Hamilton said, it’s all about scoring more points than the opponent and that will likely end up being with Luck doing what he does best: Using his arm.
The Colts threw the ball 582 times and ran it 409 times last season.
"Our mentality has not changed; we have to be physical at the point of attack. We have to try and knock people off the ball and wear them down physically," Hamilton said. "We have to have a sense of balance and still have a physical mentality, make up going into games so we can wear our opponents down how we see fit."
Luck has finished #8 and #6 in his first two seasons in the league and is locked in as a solid QB1 pick in 2014 fantasy drafts. He is currently the #4 QB off the board in the 4th round. The Colts wanted to utilize a run-first mentality in 2013, and ended up throwing the ball 58.7% of the time, which was in the middle of the pack as far as pass/run balance goes. With the addition of Hakeem Nicks and the return of both Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen, we would expect Hamilton to utilize the passing game more often in 2014.
Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:18am
Perhaps whatever incentives are in Hakeem Nicks's contract will do their job and remind him to put forth more effort than he did when the Giants needed him so badly in 2013. Perhaps what happened with Nicks in 2013 had more to do with the overall collapse of the Giants' offense, and the pass-happy Colts and Andrew Luck will pump his numbers back up and he'll get his big deal next year, when the salary cap is expected to rise significantly again.
Perhaps the one-year deal is merely a stepping stone to a longer deal, and if the Colts like him he could continue talks and sign an extension during the season.
Nicks has failed to score a TD in 17 straight games and his knees are a concern. Still, it's a low-risk move for the Colts, who are likely trying to look for a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne (torn ACL). The signing puts a small dent in T.Y. Hilton's upside, while Wayne's stock takes a bigger hit. As for Nicks, he has finished outside of the top 50 at his position for two straight seasons, but he's still just 26 years old and still has time to turn his career around, assuming he's fully healthy. His ADP in early drafts is in the 9th round and it might rise a bit with this change of scenery.
Trent Richardson plans to 'learn the system' this offseason
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 11:51am
“Learn the system, not just memorizing it,” Richardson said. “Learning the whole concept of the system. There's a difference between having it memorized and feeling comfortable with the system. I’m going talk to a lot of veteran players, talk to Adrian (Peterson), talk to (LaDainian Tomlinson) , talk to Emmitt Smith to make sure I’m the best I need to be next year.”
The Colts went from pulling off the biggest trade of last season when they acquired Richardson from the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick to currently having the move favor the Browns after Richardson only averaged 2.9 yards a carry. The thought of the dynamic duo of Richardson and quarterback Andrew Luck has yet to come together. Richardson ended up losing the starting running back position to Donald Brown on Dec. 1, 2013.
We're not terribly optimistic that T-Rich will be able to turn it around. Other than the 11 rushing TDs, he wasn't very good (3.6 YPC) in Cleveland. And while some would blame the Indianapolis offensive line for Richardson's struggles (2.9 YPC), Donald Brown (5.3 YPC) ran just fine behind the same unit. Brown is a free agent and should be re-signed, but the Colts appear to be "all in" on Richardson after giving up a first round pick for him.
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:45am
Colts want to get T-Rich the ball 'out in space'
Friday, November 1, 2013, 5:10pm
It's been talked about on a weekly basis now, but having running back Trent Richardson find his rhythm will help ease some of the burden on Andrew Luck and the receivers. ESPN's Jeff Chadiha wrote a story Thursday about how the Colts will regret making the trade for Richardson. He's averaging 3.0 yards a carry and his long is 16 yards in five games with the Colts.
"I have to do a better job of finding ways to get Trent out in space," OC Pep Hamilton said. "I have to do a better job coming up with schemes that not only give our offensive line a chance to be successful, but of course create holes for Trent and create schemes that compliment his wealth of talent. That's one of the things that we spent time as an offensive staff looking at during the bye week."
Richardson only has two catches in five games with the Colts after catching 51 balls in 2012. It sounds as if Hamilton recognizes that he should be catching more passes, but it shouldn't take five games to realize this.
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 2:58pm
Indianapolis wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who signed a one-year, $3 million contract after being released by the Raiders to avoid paying a $7.7 million salary, got rave reviews from Pagano and quarterback Andrew Luck.
"He's been outstanding from the first day he walked in the building until this morning's walk-through," Pagano said. "He's been unbelievable. He's an extremely hard worker who did not miss a day of our offseason program.
"I'd be shocked if he doesn't have an outstanding season."
Said Luck on a conference call: "He's a really awesome teammate. A tireless worker. It's been very impressive. I think he's going to do great things for us this season."
Sunday, August 25, 2013, 10:17am
The Indianapolis Colts' no-coast offense sliced and diced the preseason darling Cleveland Browns Saturday night. In the midst of wrapping sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck in a praise blanket, Colts coach Chuck Pagano pointed to the one thing that could doom his offense in 2013.
"He's running way too much," Pagano said after the Colts' 27-6 victory. "I know that. He's running way too much. We've got to do a better job of keeping him clean."
Keeping Luck safe was a goal heading into the offseason, but those efforts might have been hindered when left tackle Anthony Castonzo left Saturday's game with a right knee sprain, according to the story. Luck actually ran 62 times last season, collecting 5 TDs. If the team has its way, those perhaps forgotten numbers by fantasy owners, may take a hit.
Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:33am
“He had two back-to-back really good days,” coach Chuck Pagano told reporters on Thursday, “so I think like anything else, you make a catch here, you make a catch there and yesterday opened with a big play and so I think from there he is just starting to obviously feel more comfortable in the offense terminology-wise, all the play calls, things like that and then he’s making plays whether it is big plays down the field, underneath, so I think from a confidence standpoint, a mental standpoint he is just getting more comfortable and obviously the chemistry is starting to grow between him and [Andrew Luck].”
RGIII has Redskins 'astonished'
Monday, July 15, 2013, 2:03pm
His long speed is back, he's cutting again and Griffin even walks without any sign of a limp when the brace is removed from his surgically repaired knee.
A source acknowledged that whatever test the team's medical staff puts before Griffin, "he completely smashes it." According to the source, the Redskins are "astonished" by his progress.
The story does point out that the Redskins have yet to set a time or date to clear RGIII, according to the same source. We rank RGIII 8th on our QB list with an ADP of the 7th round. The injury should perhaps stay in the back of your mind, but it seems like all systems go if you were targeting Griffin for your fantasy team. You could do far worse waiting that far into a draft to pick your QB, but it looks like Matt Stafford, Andrew Luck and Tony Romo could also be options in that same round.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 10:43am
For the first time in years, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is studying at night in the off-season, although with new HC Bruce Arians, Fitzgerald is never sure what’s going to be on the test the next day. Fitzgerald might study his usual position, the “X,” then be asked to do something completely different, like play the “Z” (flanker), or the “F,” which is sort of a slot position.
QB Tyler Wilson impresses at rookie camp
Monday, May 13, 2013, 9:42am
Wilson showed off a strong arm, placing balls right on target time and again, be it swing passes, throws over the middle or well downfield.
“Obviously, picking up a new system, there’s a little bit of rust there,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Wilson. “But throwing the ball, he’s done a nice job. I don’t have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy.”
Arians targeting 100 receptions, 10-15 TDs for Larry Ftzgerald
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:34pm
“It was a down year, and it’s nice to see him on a mission right now to get back to where he was, and rightfully so. He’s a premier player and we need to have him back up over 100 catches and 10-15 touchdowns.”
Under Arians, Colts WR Reggie Wayne finished 2012 with 106-1355-5, but Wayne was also helped by the arrival of QB Andrew Luck. Fitzgerald should also see an improvement in QB with Carson Palmer under center. Palmer is no savior, but he should provide at least mediocre play at QB which will be a big improvement from the three-headed monster of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. We're expecting a bounce-back season for Fitzy, who still is among the most-talented WRs in the NFL.