Colts Fantasy News

Colts Beat: Dan Herron should have bigger role than Trent Richardson

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:07am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts beat writer Mike Wells was asked who would have a bigger role at running back this week - Dan Herron or Trent Richardson:

I'm going with Dan Herron. He spent most of the season as the Colts' third running back, then moves into the starting lineup against Jacksonville and rushes for 65 yards and has 31 yards receiving. Richardson, who everybody has been waiting to see get going, rushed for 42 yards and didn't have any catches out of the backfield.

The thought was coach Chuck Pagano started Herron over Richardson because Richardson missed a day of practice because he was sick. Turns out Pagano went with Herron because he outperformed Richardson in practice. I wouldn't be surprised if Herron starts at running back again this week against the Redskins.

Fantasy Impact:

Wells didn't mention anything about beyond this week, but reading into it a bit, it would sure seem like Herron could end up being the starter over Richardson. Herron didn't need a lot of time to out-perform Richardson in practice and move into the starting role. Richardson will still get his carries which will likely cap Herron's fantasy value, but Herron seems like the back to own between the two.

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Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. No worries here.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 13. Coby Fleener is locked in to heavy snaps with Allen out.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. This is typical for Wayne.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. We’re assuming Allen is out until he starts practicing. Coby Fleener was a disappointment last week, but he’s still a low-end TE1 against Washington this week.

Colts Beat: Dan Herron will continue to start at RB

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 3:21pm

Mike Wells, Twitter - [Full Article]

Barring a change, Colts RB Dan Herron will continue to start over Trent Richardson.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that the Colts have seen enough of Richardson and his 2.9-3.4 YPC that he's provided since coming over from the Browns. Herron carried the ball 12 times for 65 yards (5.4 YPC) against the Jaguars in Week 12, and added five catches for 31 yards for good measure. Herron looks like a premier add this week on the waiver wire.

Jay Gruden: 'Every intent' to start RGIII Week 13

Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:16pm

Redskins on Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said, "there's a chance at a lot positions" for re-evaluations. Clarifies there's "every intent" to start Robert Griffin III vs. Colts Week 13.

Fantasy Impact:

It's doesn't really rule out the team not starting RGIII, but there at least seems to be a good chance they will. The Skins travel to Indy and will likely need to score some points against Andrew Luck and company - something the team hasn't really done the last two weeks. RGIII is a risky play.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:13pm

Steve Andress on Twitter - [Full Article]

Coach HC Chuck Pagano says TE Dwayne Allen is trending in the right direction. Day-to-day.

Fantasy Impact:

Colby Fleener would get the nod again if Allen doesn't play. Even with Allen out in Week 12, Fleener didn't produce the fantasy numbers owners hoped for. The Colts host the Redskins in a pretty friendly matchup in Week 13.

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:28am - [Full Article]

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.

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 - [Full Article]

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.