Colts Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Allen is expected 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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Colts WR Josh Cribbs (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This a new injury for Hilton, but since he’s already practicing (albeit limited), he should be fine to face Cleveland.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Wayne is the #60 WR in PPR formats since his big game against the Titans in Week 4. He’s averaging 4.4-47-.14 in that span.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Allen is expected 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.

Glazer: Brian Hoyer will remain the Browns' starter

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 11:43am

Jay Glazer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns QB Brian Hoyer will remain the starter over Johnny Manziel.

Fantasy Impact:

This is somewhat surprising given Hoyer's recent play, but it's more of the status quo in Cleveland. If Hoyer doesn't play well against the Colts, then we may be going through this again early next week.

Colts RB Dan Herron emerging as a viable fantasy starter

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 10:52am - [Full Article]

In the last two weeks, Colts RB Dan Herron has played just under 50 percent of the offensive snaps, piling up 153 yards on 20 carries.

Herron’s 49-yard touchdown run against Washington was the longest for the team since Week 16 of last season.

“He's a talented, talented guy and I think we've seen that out of him,” HC Chuck Pagano said after Herron’s 88-yard outing against Washington.

“He's quick, he's fast to hit the hole and once he gets outside, he's got some long speed. I think we all found that out (Sunday). It's always nice to be able to get outside and get those guys loose in the secondary and have a guy that can take it the distance."

Fantasy Impact:

Herron has quickly become the top fantasy back in Indianapolis with Trent Richardson continuing to struggle running the ball. Over the past two weeks, T-Rich has gained 54 yards on 21 carries (2.57 YPC) while Herron has gained 153 yards on 20 carries (7.65 YPC). Even when Herron's 49-yard TD run is removed, he's still averaging 5.47 YPC in the last two games. He should continue to see his role increase, though Pagano has said that he's not ready to give Herron the majority of the touches. For now, Herron is a low-end RB2 due to his limited workload.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen expected to play Week 14

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8:45pm

Mike Chappell on Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts TE Dwayne Allen expected back Sunday at Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact:

Allen was "trending up," according to HC Chuck Pagano, as of Monday, and Tuesday the Colts released TE Weslye Saunders. Colby Fleener's value will take a hit after a monster game in Week 13.

Colts not ready to reduce Trent Richardson's workload

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 9:28am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts backup running back Daniel "Boom" Herron has outplayed starter Trent Richardson in the past two games. But coach Chuck Pagano is not ready to make a switch and give Herron the majority of the workload in the backfield.

"We're not there," Pagano said. "You guys might be, but I'm not."

Still, Pagano is sticking by Richardson, who returns to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, because he has "no level of concern with how he's playing."

"He's a professional, he understands," Pagano said. "None of us can ever get away from working at our craft regardless of the circumstance, regardless of adversity, just keep grinding, just keep working, just keep swinging the ax. If he keeps swinging the ax, the tree will fall. If you put the ax down, the tree is never coming down. Just keep chopping wood and good things will happen."

Fantasy Impact:

Herron has rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown in the past two games. Richardson has only rushed for 54 yards in the past two games. He gained 12 yards on eight attempts against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and that performance came two weeks after he didn't rush for any yards on six attempts against New England. Herron looks like the better fantasy back to own and it didn't take long for him to emerge over Richardson. It seems like Richardson is still going to get his work for now though.

Pagano: Dwayne Allen 'trending in right direction'

Monday, December 1, 2014, 8:28pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, who has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain, could return to practice Wednesday, coach Chuck Pagano said Monday.

“Trending in the right direction,” Pagano said about Allen. “Looks like we could have him available for practice on Wednesday, which would be great. They’re going to take him out and test him and run him and move him around. He’s doing well.”

Fantasy Impact:

Allen could end up being eased back in Week 14, but that remains to be seen. He could also go back to splitting up targets with Colby Fleener. Fleener, of course, busted out for a monster game against Washington in Week 13. Either way, it appears Allen is on track to play Week 14, but we'll continue to update his status this week.

Donte Moncrief moves into Indy's WR3 role

Monday, December 1, 2014, 9:57am - [Full Article]

It's no coincidence that Andrew Luck's big game came on the same day that WR Donte Moncrief finally pushed past Hakeem Nicks on the depth chart.

With Reggie Wayne losing a step, the Colts need Moncrief's playmaking ability as an alternative to T.Y. Hilton. The third-round rookie has the size and athleticism to become a star with Luck as his quarterback.

Fantasy Impact:

While it may have just become official this week, it's no surprise Moncrief is now the team's WR3. We had a news item on Saturday that said it remains to be seen if he passes Reggie Wayne for the WR2 role. The item said that Wayne is still a security blank for Luck, but there's no denying Moncrief's big-play ability. He's certainly worth a pickup, at least in deeper leagues, but owners should probably still consider him boom or bust at this point. However he's one big play away from giving owners very nice fantasy numbers.