Colts Fantasy News

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. We feel that Bradshaw is the best fantasy start of the Colts running backs despite his limited role alongside Trent Richardson.

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Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 2. Jeffery is very iffy for Sunday night. Jeffery owners who want to wait should consider picking up Santonio Holmes to start in case Jeffery is a scratch. Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Hakeem Nicks play in the Monday night game and could be used as Plan B-types for Jeffery owners.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 2. Marshall is no sure thing for Sunday night, but the feeling is that he will play. Marshall owners who want to wait should consider picking up Santonio Holmes to start in case Marshall is a scratch. Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Hakeem Nicks play in the Monday night game and could be used as Plan B-types for Marshall owners.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. Wayne was just getting a veteran’s day off. He’s good to go for a great matchup with the Eagles.

Colts Beat: Defense struggles against tight ends with speed

Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts beat writer Mike Wells: Tight ends with speed, like Julius Thomas and Jimmy Graham, give the Colts problems because they don’t have linebackers capable of lining up out wide to defend them. D’Qwell Jackson doesn’t have the speed to keep up with fast tight ends and fellow middle linebacker Jerrell Freeman is dealing with a hamstring issue. If Nick Foles is smart, he'll take a page out of Peyton Manning's book from last week and find a favorable matchup and keep going to that player.

Fantasy Impact:

The player that springs to mind is Zach Ertz, who can stretch the field with solid speed in the seam. Ertz turned five targets into a 3-77-1 line in Week 1 and we're expecting the Eagles to use him again in Week 2.

Colts RB Trent Richardson expecting a 'good, equal load' with Ahmad Bradshaw

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:41pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

When the Colts finally are able to achieve the healthier play-selection balance they seek, you can expect to continue to see both Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw combining efforts in the offensive backfield.

In fact, Richardson – who the Colts traded a first-round pick to Cleveland to acquire last season – would prefer it that way.

"I think it's going to be a good, equal load," Richardson said. "Ahmad knows that once I get tired or once I'm winded, when I look to that sideline or he looks to the sideline, we know how to complement each other. It can be a drive where we have it going. I might have to look to the sideline and say, 'Come get me.' And I know if he does that to go get him. We work well together."

"From game to game, it'll be different depending on the score and how we're using different personnel groups," coach Chuck Pagano said.

"They're both more than capable of being every-down backs. They're both good in pass protection. They're both good out of the backfield. Whether it's Ahmad out there or Trent out there, I feel good about both those guys."

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting Bradshaw to outproduce Richardson because he's the better running back. He's also injury prone, so he's not dependable, but as long as he's active and healthy, he holds RB3/flex appeal.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related) took limited practice reps Thursday. Bradshaw will get rest throughout the season. He should be fine to play in Week 2.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) missed practice Thursday. Wayne was just getting a day of rest.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:35pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Colts needed some depth in the backfield and they picked up running back Dion Lewis to fill a pair of roster spots.

Lewis was also a fifth-rounder, from the Eagles in 2011. In two years there, he didn’t get much of a chance to run, but was an acceptable returner before being traded to the Browns.

Monday, September 8, 2014, 11:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw was also making his debut after having his 2013 season end after Week 3.

Bradshaw averaged 5.0 yards on his three carries and contributed 70 yards on five receptions out of the backfield against the Denver Broncos.

“I just want to increase my role and help the team out as much as I can,” Bradshaw said. “It felt great getting out there again trying to help the team.”

Fantasy Impact:

Bradshaw didn’t play like a player who was coming off neck surgery. He embraced taking hits instead of avoiding contact by going out of bounds if the opportunity presented itself. He'll have some PPR value for now but it will be interesting to see if his role increases.

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 7:13pm

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 1. Sanders will be leaned on heavily with Wes Welker suspended and we love him this week against the Colts.

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 1. Wayne is good to go, though we suspect the knee injury is not 100 percent behind him.

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:23pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Wayne was just getting a veteran’s day off; he should be fine to face the Broncos.

Free agent RB Mikel LeShoure visiting the Colts

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:02pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson made it clear last month that sluggish running back Trent Richardson "needs to answer the bell" this season.

If Richardson can't improve upon his preseason average of 2.6 yards per carry, Grigson will need to explore alternatives beyond injury-prone veteran Ahmad Bradshaw and unproven Dan "Boom" Herron.

To that end, the Colts are meeting with free agent Mikel Leshoure, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Fantasy Impact:

Leshoure would provide more depth at running back after Vick Ballard's season-ending injury. He could also push Richardson to be the primary back if T-Rich continues to disappoint. Bradshaw would still be the most talented back in Indianapolis, but his neck injury makes him unreliable as a bell cow.