Colts Fantasy News

Donte Moncrief moves into Indy's WR3 role

Monday, December 1, 2014, 9:57am

NFL.com - [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.

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Redskins to stick with Colt McCoy

Monday, December 1, 2014, 8:05am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

After a slow and shaky start, Redskins QB Colt McCoy threw for a career-high 392 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s 49-27 loss at the Indianapolis Colts.

In Coach Jay Gruden’s mind, it represented enough of a spark for McCoy to retain his hold on the starting job he assumed after the coach benched Robert Griffin III following three consecutive losses.

“Colt competed,” Gruden said following the defeat, which dropped Washington to 3-9 and assured a losing season. “There are some things I wish we would have done differently — play calls and execution-wise. But I feel like he competed and did a nice job out there.”

Fantasy Impact:

Although McCoy earned a passer rating of 113.1 in his second start this season, he was sacked six times and had one of four fumbles — the only one Washington failed to recover — returned for a touchdown. The offense’s first-half showing was particularly disappointing, producing just three points off of three turnovers. Under McCoy’s direction, the unit converted just one of seven third downs in the first half. Six of the seven third downs were third-and-10 or longer, the story said. McCoy and the Skins offense host St. Louis in Week 14, who is coming off shutting out the Raiders in Week 13.

DeSean Jackson has bruised fibula

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 4:52pm

Washington Times - [Full Article]

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson was helped off the field with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter of the Washington Redskins‘ game against Indianapolis with bruised right fibula.

Jackson was streaking down the left sideline past Colts cornerback Josh Gordy when he fell to the turf and immediately grabbed his right leg. Though Gordy was flagged for pass interference on the play, it did not appear as though Gordy was responsible for Jackson’s injury.

Fantasy Impact:

After a brief examination on the sideline, Jackson was taken by a cart to the locker room. Jackson actually missed a few plays earlier in the game because of the injury but he never returned after being carted off. Despite being in catchup-up mode, WRs like Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts weren't really factors. TE Jordan Reed ended up hauling in nine catches for 123 and RB Roy Helu finished with a 4-61-1 receiving ilne.

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 4:00pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Colin Kaepernick has attempted more deep passes than anyone in the NFL. Yes, more than Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, and, heck, almost twice as many as Aaron Rodgers.

Failure with the long ball has helped turn the 49ers (7-5) into long shots at a playoff berth.

Kaepernick went 0-of-10 on throws of at least 10 yards in Thursday night’s 19-3 flop against the Seattle Seahawks, and both of Richard Sherman’s interceptions came on two such passes.

“It’s not an evolved passing game. It doesn’t seem like cutting edge,” said Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton, an all-time great deep threat.

Fantasy Impact:

There’s no doubting Kaepernick has one of the league’s strongest arms. That helped make him such a fascinating prospect when he replaced Alex Smith in the midst of a 2012 run to the Super Bowl the story said. Kaepernick’s accuracy, however, ranks 20th when it comes to passes of 20 yards or more, the story continued. He’s attempted a league-high 61 passes in that range, and he’s completed 20, with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:13am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts beat writer Mike Wells answered a question about Donte Moncrief and the WR2 role on the team:

T.Y. Hilton will hold onto the torch for a number of years before Donte Moncrief gets hold of it. Hilton has unofficially taken the torch from Wayne as Andrew Luck's big-play target. Wayne is still Luck's security blanket, but the days of him outrunning the defense for a 50-yard touchdown have passed. Wayne knows it, too.

But I'll still take Wayne over most defensive backs when it comes to getting open on short to intermediate routes. Moncrief will become the Colts' No. 2 receiver sooner than later. It just won't happen until Wayne decides to call it quits on his likely Hall-of-Fame career.

Fantasy Impact:

According to Wells it looks like Wayne may hold the WR2 role a little longer. But Moncrief at least appears to be poised to steal WR3 targets away from Hakeem Nicks. By next year, it looks safe to assume Moncrief will be the clear WR3.

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.

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

Colts.com - [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.