Colts Fantasy News

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 6:55pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has multiple ways of deploying TE Coby Fleener while TE Dwayne Allen has doubled as an extra tackle as he did when the Colts came out running on the Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 3 loss.

"Their versatility is something we value in our offense and help Andrew know he has two guys who are big, fast and explosive matched up against linebackers and safeties in the middle of the field," Hamilton said. "Dwayne is an every-down tight end who can hold the point of attack in the run game and is fast enough to create separation from man coverage and stretch the field vertically."

Fantasy Impact:

Against the Eagles, Allen had just one target without a catch, but has had a TD in each of the three other games. He has 11 catches for 145 yards while Fleener has 10 catches for 109 yards and two TDs. While the two have been usable fantasy options, they continue to take away opportunities from one another keeping their fantasy value capped a bit. We still see Allen as the guy to own here, and have him ranked 14th on our TE list in a tough matchup against the Ravens.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:05pm

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

The Colts have taken an unstructured approach to how RBs Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw are used, and that's yielding results.

"One guy starts breathing a little bit heavy and I look at him and he looks a little bit tired, I say, 'Hey, why don't we get (Bradshaw) in the game?' " coach Chuck Pagano said. "So Trent comes out, (Bradshaw) goes in, rips off a 10-yard gain, catches a touchdown pass. Trent goes in, runs a touchdown right on the goal line."

So far, there's been plenty of room for both to thrive.

"It takes care of itself," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "There are times where we have specific plays for Trent and then we have certain plays that we would prefer to have Ahmad run. But at the end of the day, we understand that when you run 82 plays in a game, you want to keep your guys fresh."

Fantasy Impact:

The committee situation makes both players flex plays most weeks. This week, even in a tough matchup, Bradshaw is ranked 22nd and Richardson 32nd in standard formats. Bradshaw, of course, has more value in a PPR league and gets a bump to 20th in our rankings. The Ravens are 2nd in allowing fantasy points to RBs so start either with caution this week.

Ravens Beat: Steve Smith seeking revenge on the Colts as well

Friday, October 3, 2014, 11:10pm

Jamison Hensley, ESPN - [Full Article]

After Ravens WR Steve L Smith got revenge on the Panthers on Sunday, a teammate says Smith wants similar payback this Sunday against the Colts. It was only two years ago that Smith and Colts cornerback Vontae Davis got in a heated scuffle, with both ending up on the ground. Smith has had this game circled, even though it hasn't been as publicized. He could be in store for another monster outing.

Fantasy Impact:

One concern we have about Smith this week is a possible letdown after a very emotional outing against the Panthers in Week 4, but it sounds as if Smith has a chip on his shoulder when it comes to the Colts as well. Smith owners should be happy to hear that.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Bradshaw will be fine for a tough matchup with the Ravens.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 5. Pierce was held out of Week 4 after practicing fully last week. He may have fallen behind Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro on the depth chart, but we won’t know for sure until we see what happens against the Colts.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Ravens WR Steve L Smith (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 5. Smith should be fine for a not-so-great matchup against the Colts. Still, he’s playing at a very high level though we’re a bit concerned that he suffers a letdown after an emotional game against the Panthers in Week 4.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. No worries here. Wayne will be out there for a mediocre matchup against the Ravens.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 5. Daniels will continue to play heavy snaps for the Ravens. The Colts are #22 in TE aFPA.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. This was a typical veteran’s day off for Bradshaw.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. This is typical for Wayne.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett is leading the NFL in yards per carry

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 12:45pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back Justin Forsett first caught the attention of Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh during an offseason workout in the spring.

"When you first saw him come out here, it’s like, 'Whoa, he’s good.' He’s better than his reputation," Harbaugh said. "He’s underrated. You could see that right away. [He] had such a great feel for the offense. But I don’t know if I really could have guessed that he’d break tackles like he does. He’s really doing a great job in yards after the hit. That has been a strength, and you wouldn’t assume that just looking at him."

Forsett not only is an unexpected starter for the 3-1 Ravens but also is leading all qualified NFL running backs in yards per carry (5.8). Last season, the Ravens' top two running backs, Ray Rice (3.1) and Bernard Pierce (2.9), ranked in the bottom four in the league in rushing average.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett is currently our #21 RB in standard formats, so we're expecting a solid week of production in a good matchup against the Colts. One thing working against him is the murkiness of the Ravens' backfield, but it sounds like he has carved out a nice niche for himself.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. This is a typical veteran’s day off for Bradshaw.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

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

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:47pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Indianapolis Colts have parted ways with Da'Rick Rogers.

Coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday that the team has released the second-year wide receiver for conduct detrimental to the team.

Pagano told reporters that it would be "inappropriate to speak further" on the matter, per Mike Chappell of RTV6.

Rogers was arrested early Monday morning for operating a vehicle while intoxicated on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Rogers' BAC was between 0.08 and 0.14, according to police.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:19am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Through three games in this young season Colts RB Trent Richardson is in a comfort zone that allows him to play freely and have fun again, something he hasn’t experienced in a few years.

After averaging only 2.9 yards a carry last season, Richardson has increased his average to 3.8 yards this season while basically sharing the backfield load with Ahmad Bradshaw. Richardson had long runs of 15 and 27 yards in each of the past two games.

Too often Richardson was met by multiple defenders behind the line of scrimmage and went down on initial contact last season. He has improved on that. Ninety of his 156 yards rushing have come after initial contact.

And when teams have put eight players in the box? Richardson has rushed for 45 yards on 11 attempts for a 4.1 average when that has happened this season.

Richardson credits the improved offensive line and playing with Bradshaw, who is averaging 6.0 yards a carry.