Colts Fantasy News

Reggie Wayne (ACL) running on the side at OTAs

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 11:51am - [Full Article]

Reggie Wayne is barely six months removed from ACL surgery, yet yesterday’s progress (running along the side) was another step in the right direction for the 14-year veteran trying to make a comeback in 2014.

Fantasy Impact:
Wayne tore his ACL in late October, so he'll be 10 months removed from the surgery by the time the season starts in September. We're not optimistic that the 35 year-old Wayne is going to look like his old self anytime soon. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

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Giants' new offense features mostly three-wide sets

Friday, May 30, 2014, 6:44pm - [Full Article]

There had been a lot of speculation about what the Giants' offense would look like under new coordinator Ben McAdoo. The belief was that it would be a West Coast offense in the mold of what the Green Bay Packers -- his former team -- run, with a sprinkle of coach Tom Coughlin's power game.

Until now, it was all talk.

But Thursday we were able to see that the Giants, in fact, have moved into the 21st century. They're installing a spread-'em-out offense that includes three wide receivers on almost every play. They ran a ton of screen passes (most unsuccessfully), quick-timing horizontal pass patterns and three-step drops. It appeared dissimilar to Coughlin and former coordinator Kevin Gilbride's vertical attack.

Fantasy Impact:
This is good news for both Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham, who should both see enough snaps to be fantasy relevant in 2014. Last year, Randle played 56% of the snaps behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz; that number should surpass 70% this season. More snaps typically lead to more fantasy points.

T.Y. Hilton (foot) missing OTAs

Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:51pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is missing OTAs with a foot injury.

Fantasy Impact:
The severity/nature of the injury is unknown, but it's something to monitor as the offseason wears on. Prior to Reggie Wayne’s injury, Hilton played 63.1% of his team’s snaps. After Wayne tore his ACL, that number rose to 76.9%. With Wayne coming off of a serious injury, Hilton will be (or at least he should be) the primary target in the passing game in 2014. With Wayne sidelined, Hilton averaged 6.5-91-.45 over the final 11 games, including the playoffs. That equates to 11.8 fantasy points per game, or fringe WR1 numbers. The arrival of Hakeem Nicks and the return of Dwayne Allen (potentially leading to more two-TE sets with Coby Fleener) may limit Hilton's upside.

Friday, May 30, 2014, 9:59am - [Full Article]

The Colts' third-round draft selection of Donte Moncrief was a move that added a young, physical talent to a receiving corps bursting with promise.

At 6-2, 224, Moncrief has the biggest stature of any Indianapolis receiver, and Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze feels his addition will reap dividends.

“(His) size, speed-ratio for a kid who’s of that size and strength,” said Freeze on why Indianapolis would have him so high on its draft board.

“He’s a phenomenal run blocker, as good as I’ve ever seen in that regard. He needs to be more consistent in route precision, but he can stretch the field vertically. He absolutely can. For a kid that size, it’s a pretty rare find.”

Fantasy Impact:
At the very least, Moncrief is buried behind Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks, but if he can learn to channel his world class speed, he may get on the field sooner than people think.

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 9:34pm

Phillip B Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts RBs Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and Vick Ballard (knee) are sitting out of OTAs.

Hamilton: Colts to be a 'score-first' team

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 10:49am

ESPN - [Full Article]

New season, new mind frame from Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

"We’re going to be a score-first team," Hamilton said. "We’re going to do whatever we need to do to score one more point than our opponent."

Don’t kid yourself; Hamilton isn’t going to allow Andrew Luck drop back in the pocket and fling the ball downfield – even if he does have plenty of weapons at his disposal – 50 times per game. The Colts will still run the ball, which is why they have three backs they think will be able to carry the load.

But like Hamilton said, it’s all about scoring more points than the opponent and that will likely end up being with Luck doing what he does best: Using his arm.

The Colts threw the ball 582 times and ran it 409 times last season.

"Our mentality has not changed; we have to be physical at the point of attack. We have to try and knock people off the ball and wear them down physically," Hamilton said. "We have to have a sense of balance and still have a physical mentality, make up going into games so we can wear our opponents down how we see fit."

Fantasy Impact:
Luck has finished #8 and #6 in his first two seasons in the league and is locked in as a solid QB1 pick in 2014 fantasy drafts. He is currently the #4 QB off the board in the 4th round. The Colts wanted to utilize a run-first mentality in 2013, and ended up throwing the ball 58.7% of the time, which was in the middle of the pack as far as pass/run balance goes. With the addition of Hakeem Nicks and the return of both Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen, we would expect Hamilton to utilize the passing game more often in 2014.

Reggie Wayne unlikely to participate at minicamp

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 10:44am

Mike Wells, Twitter - [Full Article]

All indications point to Colts WR Reggie Wayne still making good progress from his torn ACL. He’s taking part in football activities again, but he likely won’t participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp next month. The Colts will likely wait until training camp before Wayne goes all out on the field.

Fantasy Impact:
His progress will have a big impact on the team's pecking order at WR, though we expect T.Y. Hilton to continue to build on two good productive seasons in the league. Hakeem Nicks is also in the mix.

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 12:03pm

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

After missing so much time last year, Colts TE Dwayne Allen been healthy enough to participate in the on-field drills the offense is conducting. Turns out, he needs it.

"It takes that everyday grind to really come back," said Allen, who caught 45 passes as a rookie in 2012. "I've really had to teach myself how to run again. Once I got back going after the first couple of days, it was getting back into my timing with the quarterback. But it's going well. It's getting better and it's about not getting discouraged when you have a setback."

Friday, May 16, 2014, 11:50pm

Adam Caplan, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts announced that LB Robert Mathis has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

"I'm not at a 100 percent compared to what I was before my surgery,'' Peyton Manning said during his segment on The Late Show with David Letterman. "But I have made strides each season and this year felt a lot better than I did the year before. These nerves just go at their own pace.''

Manning also discussed how he tried to regain the feel in his throwing motion and the differences in the player he is now compared to the 13 seasons he spent with the Indianapolis Colts before his surgery.

"I used to sit in the mirror and just sort of go through my throwing motion trying to get the feel back the way I'd always thrown before,'' Manning said. " ... Maybe I can't throw the 100 mile-an-hour fastball any more, but I can still strike you out, picking my spots, working the plate. I don't make the same kind of throws I used to make, I try to use the cerebral part, use my experience.''

And as he said in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, Manning said he has no intentions of retiring. He has participated in the Broncos' offseason program and is set to enter the third season of a five-year contract.

Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts RB Vick Ballard, who tore his ACL in practice during Week 2 of the season, is close to a 100 percent.

Eli Manning has begun 'some light throwing'

Monday, May 5, 2014, 10:37am

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

According to Eli Manning’s older brother Peyton, the Giants’ franchise cornerstone has already started throwing the football.

“He feels good,” Peyton Manning said of Eli. “He was doing some light throwing the other day, obviously just kind of upper-body stuff.”

Peyton seemed to indicate that Eli wasn’t stepping into his throws, but it’s all progress, and it’s part of swift progress from the QB. When the injury first happened, Manning said doctors told him it might be six weeks until he was running, and Giants sources indicated the club would take things slowly. Just last week, Giants GM Jerry Reese announced that Manning would sit out the entire spring.

But his rehab seems to be going well. Last week, in a promotional video released by Steiner Sports, the quarterback declared that he was off crutches and out of his walking boot, and that he’d started running. And he’s apparently keeping his arm prepared for action, too.

Fantasy Impact:
Manning's value may be at an all-time low. After eight straight seasons of top 15 finishes, he was the #21 QB in 2013, and he's currently the #20 QB off the board in early fantasy drafts. That puts him behind Alex Smith and Ryan Tannehill. He'll be an interesting player to monitor this offseason as he learns a new offense and deals with the loss of Hakeem Nicks.

Friday, April 25, 2014, 11:37am

Indy Star - [Full Article]

This week, as the Colts began offseason workouts, Ahmad Bradshaw went into some detail on the procedure and gave a better sense of where he is on his road back.

"I'm six months after surgery. I feel great," Bradshaw said. "Getting stronger. I'm just glad to be back here and be a part of this team."

But Bradshaw, 28, isn't all the way back. This surgery was hardly minor. He said his doctors fused two vertebrae in his neck, something he believes will strengthen the area. Bradshaw initially contemplated addressing the problem with rest before settling on the surgical option.

"They say (the correction) is permanent," Bradshaw said. "I think it makes it stronger. They fused the bone, the C3 and C4. It's two vertebrae working together now, so I think it makes it stronger. And (the doctors) think so, too. Everything's coming along. I'm getting stronger. I'm starting to touch the field and run a lot more. It's all upside for me."

Fantasy Impact:
If healthy, Bradshaw will push Trent Richardson for snaps, though Richardson seems to have first dibs on that RB1 job at this point.

Dwayne Allen (hip) fully cleared to practice

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:41am

Kevin Bowen, Twitter - [Full Article]

Dwayne Allen said today he has been cleared to participate in everything. Said it felt great running around today, catching the ball.

Fantasy Impact:
Allen is a sleeper at the tight end position, but his upside is capped by the presence of Coby Fleener.

Monday, April 21, 2014, 3:06pm

Terez A. Paylor, Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe said he hired a nutritionist and personal trainer for the first time in his career. He's been working with them for two months.

Fantasy Impact:
Bowe finished the season as the #44 fantasy WR, but was the #26 wideout from Week 11 to Week 16. (The Chiefs rested their starters in Week 17.) He had the 34th-most targets on the season, and he posted 8-150-1 against the Colts in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, so there is some reason for optimism heading into 2014.