Colts Fantasy News

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) missed practice Friday. Wayne will likely play despite a torn triceps. He’s not an appealing play given his recent production. We prefer Donte Moncrief at this point.

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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 CB Vontae Davis may play in Week 15

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 11:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis appears to be heading back into the lineup for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

Davis practiced Wednesday, albeit with a non-contact red jersey, because he's still going through the NFL's concussion protocol. He missed last weekend's game against the Cleveland Browns because he still hadn't been cleared from the concussion suffered against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 30. The plan, according to coach Chuck Pagano, is for Davis to practice again Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

This is important because it will impact the Houston receivers. Davis covered Andre Johnson for most of the previous matchup, but that was before Hopkins established himself as the Texans' top receiver. Johnson is recovering from his own concussion and is iffy for Sunday. if he's out, Davis will very likely spend a lot of time covering Hopkins.

Reggie Wayne playing with torn tricep

Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:01pm - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:49am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Colts running back Trent Richardson has been a major disappointment since he was traded early last season from Cleveland to Indianapolis. But Richardson says he’s still the same player who was once viewed as an elite running back prospect.

Richardson, who is preparing to face his former team on Sunday, says he has the confidence to brush off the people who point out that he’s come up short in Indianapolis. That confidence stems from his own belief that he’s still the same guy who was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

“When I hear people talk down about me, I just laugh at them and I say, ‘God bless you,’” Richardson said. “I want everybody to see and know that I’m still that running back, I’m still that guy that Cleveland chose with the third pick. A lot of people are saying Trent is a mistake and he was bad and he was that, but I’m telling you folks now, watch these next four weeks and see what happens.”

Fantasy Impact:

Whether it's true or not, it seems like Dan Herron has passed Richardson after just one week, and despite fumbling. As the story points out, through Richardson's first 27 games as a Colt, he has averaged 3.05 yards a carry and 33.5 yards a game.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Colts WR Josh Cribbs (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 14.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14. Hilton will be good to go for Sunday.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Wayne should be fine to face the Browns. We’re not expecting much given his recent output.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 14. Allen will be back this week, and his return will put a big dent in Coby Fleener’s fantasy value. Allen was the #7 TE prior to his injury, so he should return to TE1 status in Week 14.

Pettine: 'There's a chance' RB Terrance West is inactive vs. Colts

Friday, December 5, 2014, 2:05pm

Mary Kay Cabot, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns HC Mike Pettine said "there's a chance" Terrance West won't be active versus the Colts because of fumbling, but he's responded well this week.

Fantasy Impact:

We doubt he's inactive given Isaiah Crowell's questionable tag. Pettine did say that West responded well this week, so we believe he'll suit up against the Colts.

Colts CB Vontae Davis (concussion) OUT for Week 14

Friday, December 5, 2014, 1:28pm - [Full Article]

Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Friday that Vontae Davis has been ruled out for Sunday's game with the Browns after missing his third straight practice on Friday with the concussion he suffered last week against the Redskins.

Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said Thursday that he believed Davis would play, but without him the Colts will lean on Darius Butler across from Greg Toler.

It's a boost for Brian Hoyer and the Browns, who will look to unleash wideout Josh Gordon in a must-win game for Cleveland. Stopping Andrew Luck and Indy's high-octane passing game is another story.

Fantasy Impact:

As the article notes, this is a boost for Brian Hoyer and (more importantly) Josh Gordon. Owners should start Gordon with extreme prejudice.

Browns WR Josh Gordon: 'I'm playing catch-up.'

Friday, December 5, 2014, 10:49am

News Herald - [Full Article]

Brian Hoyer threw an interception on a pass intended for Josh Gordon that went directly to Buffalo safety Da’Norris Searcy 19 yards downfield at the Bills’ 46 with 1:02 left in the second quarter on Nov. 30. Clearly, Hoyer either threw to the wrong spot or Gordon ran the wrong route.

Hoyer was yanked after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter, and that led to head coach Mike Pettine debating whether to start Johnny Manziel against the Colts on Dec. 7 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Pettine decided to stick with Hoyer.

“I was supposed to make an in cut; the interception was on me,” Gordon said on Dec. 4 in his first session with the media in more than two weeks. “Me and Brian talked about it during the game, actually, but we knew this is part of the game. Sometimes it happens — miscommunication — but Brian has persevered through a lot and that’s not going to be the interception with his downfall, definitely not, and we’re ready to climb back and get on top of it.”

“I was definitely running the wrong routes (Nov. 23 vs. Atlanta),” Gordon said. “Now I know all the routes. Now it’s just when some of the plays we have that aren’t tagged for you, you’ve got to know what to do.

“I think we’re real close to where to need to be, but I know in my mind I’m not where I want to be because I’d like for it to be just second nature and for me to not have to think about it. I’d hear half the play in the huddle and still know what to do. But it’s not like that right now so I have to compensate and study a little more than everybody else. I’m playing catch-up, so I’m not happy where we are, but it’s getting better.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon revealed that he wasn't allowed to attend meetings even though part of the policy change was that he was allowed to attend meetings. It's not clear why or how this happened. If the Browns didn't allow him to attend positional meetings when he was eligible to under league rules, then it will go down as one of the most mind-numbing decisions this season. If that's the case, then the Browns only have themselves to blame for the miscommunication between their quarterback and star receiver.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo reveals that he's been playing through a broken rib

Friday, December 5, 2014, 10:37am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tony Romo has been dealing with the effects of back surgery this past offseason and two transverse process fractures, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback let it slip Thursday night that he also has been playing through a broken rib for the better part of two months.

Romo said he was not sure in which game he suffered the injury, either Sept. 21 against the St. Louis Rams or Oct. 5 against the New Orleans Saints.

"I took a [pain-killing] shot this week," Romo said. "I didn't last week in the Eagles game, and that was a poor decision I think."

Fantasy Impact:

Setting aside the problems with the NFL injury reporting system (where this can go unreported for two months), the revelation may be encouraging to his owners who were worried about his poor play against the Eagles on Thanksgiving. He faces the Eagles and the Colts in the final two weeks of the fantasy playoffs.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. This a new injury for Hilton, but since he’s already a full participant in practice, he should be fine for Sunday.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Wayne should be fine to face the Browns. We’re not expecting much given his recent output.