Colts Fantasy News

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:28am

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Leading 24-0 with 8:30 left in the Bengals game, the Colts turned to Daniel “Boom” Herron to milk the clock.

Herron’s drive of five carries for 37 yards ended in a field goal for the Colts and offered another glimpse of what the team’s third running back could provide the offense.

Now, with Ahmad Bradshaw placed on injured reserve, those mop-up carries could become much more meaningful.

“It’s time for Boom Herron to step up, which everybody on the team has full confidence in,” Reggie Waynesays.

The longest extended look Colts fans have gotten of Herron was at this year’s Training Camp in Anderson. With Bradshaw and Trent Richardson dealing with injuries, Herron got plenty of first team work throughout camp and the preseason.

“He’s done it in practice. He did it in the preseason. When he’s gotten his chances in the games this year, he’s done a heck of a job,” Andrew Luck says of his “110 percent” confidence in Herron.

Fantasy Impact:

In the preseason, Herron was the team’s leading rusher (22 carries for 112 yards) and leading receiver (11 catches for 55 yards). The hope his Herron slides right in as a result of learning the offense during the preseason and camp with all the injuries. Richardson hasn't been all that impressive, so it seems possible Herron has a decent chance to put up fantasy numbers, perhaps especially in the passing game. He's certainly worth grabbing, at least in a little deeper PPR leagues.

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Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (left wrist, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Bortles is expected to face the Colts, and could see a lot of garbage time if Jacksonville falls behind early. Bortles made his NFL debut in the second half of the Jaguars’ previous meeting with the Colts, and he threw for 223 yards and two scores in two quarters of play.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Colts RB Trent Richardson (illness, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 12. Richardson is in line for a big workload, though the team may elect to give most of Ahmad Bradshaw’s carries to Dan Herron. T-Rich is a fairly safe RB2 this week.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 12. Wayne will be fine for a pretty nice matchup against the Jaguars.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. Coby Fleener can be dialed up as a top 5 option against the Jaguars. Fleener has gained 64-plus yards and/or scored a touchdown in six of his last eight games, and is the #8 TE over that span.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 12. Midweek downgrades due to new injuries typically result in a missed game and the doubtful tag confirms that he’s likely to miss Week 12. There are no good alternatives in Miami, though owners could pickup and start someone like Coby Fleener, Niles Paul or Marcedes Lewis.

Colts WR Reggie Wayne on TE Coby Fleener: 'He's growing up.'

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:06am

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Colts WR Reggie Wayne on TE Coby Fleener's big game...

“I told Coby numerous times during the game, ‘Great play. Great play.’ And even after the game I said, ‘You grew up tonight, man. You grew up. You had a great game.’ It was the Coby Fleener that we all see in practice show up in the game. A lot of people don’t understand his speed and his size and his height. He can be a mismatch. There’s no way he shouldn’t be listed in the elite group of tight ends,” Wayne said on his weekly radio show.

“There’s no going back from here. He’s growing up,” Wayne says of Fleener.

“We’ve seen this in Coby in spurts. But like I told him, ‘There’s no going back. There’s no going backwards. From here on out, you just set the standard. You just set the table so now everybody is going to expect you to perform this way every week. Coby is to the point now where everything should be going and we believe it is. He showed that the other night.”

Chuck Pagano took notice of what Fleener gave the Colts offense last Sunday.

“(Fleener) played big (Sunday). He played physical,” Pagano said on his weekly radio show. “He made two of the finest catches that I’ve seen a tight end make. We had another tight end that we were defending on the other side of the field that was pretty damn good but Coby went up and made some great plays, great catches. It’s good to see his production coming through. He’s more than capable and now he’s just got to keep it there.”

With Dwayne Allen missing the first two days of practice this week, Fleener’s role on Sunday against the Jaguars could rival that of what we saw in 2013.

Fantasy Impact:

Dwayne Allen's injury was initially described as a high-ankle sprain, and although he has indicated that it's not serious, he has been unable to practice this week, so Fleener is a Sneaky Start in a solid matchup with the Jaguars. Fleener posted #13 TE numbers last season after Allen was lost for the year. We currently have him ranked at #4 in standard formats for Week 12.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (left wrist) took full practice reps again Thursday. Bortles is expected to face the Colts, and could see a lot of garbage time if Jacksonville falls behind early.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Colts RB Trent Richardson (illness) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Richardson should be fine to face the Jaguars. He’ll likely see a larger workload with Ahmad Bradshaw done for the year. Dan Herron should serve as his backup.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Edelman landed hard on his shoulder, but stayed in the game against the Colts. The thigh injury probably won’t keep him out of a tough matchup against the Lions.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Wayne is just getting his usual rest.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Allen probably isn’t going to play in Week 12, which means Coby Fleener can be dialed up as a top 5 option against the Jaguars.

Colts Beat: Trent Richardson will be the 'workhorse' in Indianapolis

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:18am

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Beat writer Mike Wells on Trent Richardson's opportunity as the "workhorse" back for the Colts: It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for Richardson. He shared the workload with Bradshaw in the nine games they played together, but now he’ll be the workhorse in the backfield. That’s kind of a scary thought when you take into account that Richardson rushed for zero yards on seven carries against the Patriots last weekend. Richardson and general manager Ryan Grigson have a lot on the line, because there’s no excuse for Richardson not to be effective. He has been in the system for more than a year and no longer has to split carries. Produce and it will soften the blow of Richardson’s inconsistent play the past year. Struggle and the questions continue as to why Grigson gave up a first-round draft pick for a player who hasn’t been worth it so far.

Fantasy Impact:

Dan "Boom" Herron will move into a backup/complementary role behind Richardson. The split will depend on how each player performs. Given Richardson's recent history of low production, it wouldn't be surprising if Herron worked his way into a Ahmad Bradshaw-type role.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (left wrist) practiced fully Wednesday. Bortles is expected to face the Colts.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Colts RB Trent Richardson (illness) did not practice Wednesday. Richardson should be fine to face the Jaguars. He’ll likely see a larger workload with Ahmad Bradshaw done for the year. Dan Herron should serve as his backup.