Colts Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:02pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. This is probably just a day of rest for Wayne, who doesn’t need the reps at this point in his career.

Monday, September 1, 2014, 6:01pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Andrew Luck and A.Q. Shipley started getting reacquainted at Monday's practice.

The cram sessions could take all week.

While this isn't how the Colts envisioned opening the season Sunday at Denver, plugging in yet another potential new starter at center, injuries have left them with no choice.

"Going through today, taking every snap with the first group out there, he was pretty much flawless," coach Chuck Pagano said. "It's not easy, but we can help him on our end."

Fantasy Impact:

The Colts are banged up on the O-line so protecting Luck is going to be key this year. It also could affect the running game with so many new pieces coming and going. Just another thing to keep an eye on if you're a Luck owner.

Broncos optimistic Wes Welker can be cleared this week

Monday, September 1, 2014, 11:47am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Out of the last 10 times Wes Welker has suited up for a game, he has had to leave the game early because of a concussion three times. The most recent concussion came in the Broncos’ third preseason game, leading to fears that his career may be in jeopardy.

But the Broncos don’t share those fears.

In fact, ESPN reported that there is optimism in Denver about Welker’s status, while the Denver Post reports that Welker is expected to practice on a limited basis today.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker was back at practice Monday and the Broncos are also optimistic that Welker could be cleared for a full practice later this week, and to play on Sunday night against the Colts, 15 days after he suffered the concussion, the story said. PTF also wondered if 15 days if enough time off for a player who has suffered his third concussion in less than a year. Welker is a high-risk own but could also be very valuable in PPR leagues. At this point, hopefully you have a good backup plan in place.

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The signs point to the Colts keeping six receivers, but Da'Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen, the likely candidates for that spot, can't take anything for granted in case they have a bigger need at another position on the roster. Whalen has the edge on Rogers if the Colts do decide to keep only five receivers. Rogers has shown flashes in the preseason -- a 45-yard catch against the New York Jets and touchdown against the New York Giants -- and has more potential than Whalen. But Whalen has been more consistent going back to training camp at Anderson (Indiana) University.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 12:10pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Broncos WR Wes Welker is making daily progress on his return from a third concussion in under a year.

"He's in the exercise mode right now. He won't be back out there until he's completely well," coach John Fox told KOA-AM radio Wednesday morning, via Broncos public relations vice president Patrick Smyth.

Players aren't allowed to be in "exercise mode" until symptoms have begun to subside, so that is a positive step. The veteran receiver still needs to clear concussion protocol before he can play in the Week 1 opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:39pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

On Monday's edition of the Around The League Podcast, we highlighted speedy Arizona Cardinals rookie John Brown as one of the few "hype bunnies" to successfully translate offseason praise to preseason production.

After Brown's impressive preseason debut, general manager Steve Keim raised expectations, suggesting the third-round wide receiver is capable of an impact on par with Anquan Boldin's stellar rookie season a decade ago.

After Sunday's game versus the Bengals, coach Bruce Arians estimated to TheMMQB.com's Peter King that Brown will be used on "60 percent" of offensive snaps this season.

For comparison's sake, T.Y. Hilton played 57 percent of the snaps in Arians' offense with the Colts in 2012.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown is obviously a name to keep an eye on once the season starts. He's not getting a lot of draft day action, but playing 60% of the snaps could get him noticed at least in deeper fantasy leagues. He's also drawn comparisons to former Colt Marvin Harrison.

Chuck Pagano: Indy running game 'work in progress'

Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano was asked about the team's running game and he said, "it's going to be a work in progress the whole season."

The whole season, and he's not even specifically talking about running back Trent Richardson. Pagano was talking about the whole unit.

The Colts will be fine when it comes to their passing game, but they need some kind of production out of running backs Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw and Daniel "Boom" Herron to keep the defense honest.

"I don't think it's where we want it," Pagano said about their ground game. "I think we're headed in the right direction. ...We're still working at it. We've had some lineup changes, obviously, on the offensive line. We went through a whole season last year with that, from a continuity standpoint getting those guys together. We got (tight end) Dwayne (Allen) back."

Fantasy Impact:

Pagano doesn't sound the least bit positive about the running game, but it could be a motivational tool. Indianapolis is averaging 3.5 yards a carry as a team in the preseason while also dealing with injuries at center and right guard in the preseason. Starting center Khaled Holmes has missed the past two games with an ankle injury and guard Jack Mewhort missed a game with a knee issue. Richardson and Bradshaw have some mid-to-later round potential depending on your league format.

Broncos encouraged by Wes Welker's initial exam

Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:03am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

The Broncos were encouraged by the initial examination on WR Wes Welker, believing that, for now, he could be available for the Sept 7 season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

The sobering reality, however, is that Welker has suffered three concussions in 10 months, all serious enough to force him to exit a game. He will undergo the mandated concussion protocol and must be cleared by the Broncos' medical staff and an independent doctor before practicing.

"I believe he's going to be good," said receiver Demaryius Thomas, who spoke to Welker on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker makes a living on underneath routes that turn him into a human pinball, as the story puts it, and it's a frightening number of concussions in a short period of time. Welker has potential to put up huge numbers, especially in PPR leagues, but the treat of losing him for weeks at a time means you need to back yourself up. Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer could be guys to keep an eye on as possible pickups, with the rookie Latimer having a higher upside.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:09pm

Philadelphia Magazine - [Full Article]

It’s possible that the Eagles’ kicker for the 2014 season is not currently on their roster.

They are obviously not totally sold on Alex Henery, who has missed from 47 and 31 yards this preseason.

Cody Parkey was acquired from the Colts for running back David Fluellen on Wednesday and will get a brief tryout for the job. If the team isn’t satisfied with either option, they’ll look to the outside for help.

Fantasy Impact:

There are some big names available should the Eagles decide to go that direction. Mentioned on the list were Rob Bironas, David Akers and Rian Lindell among others. It's a situation to keep an eye on because the Birds will put up points this season, and place their kicker in situations to put up points, too - but they'll have to trust him first.

Reggie Wayne makes his return

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:49pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Reggie Wayne was back.

The Indianapolis Colts veteran receiver didn’t have any catches -- the two he made were taken away because of penalties -- but he was back on the field for the first time in 10 months. That’s all that matter Saturday night against the New Orleans Saints.

“It was good to catch the football and get a real live game under my belt,” Wayne said. “There’s no way you can simulate that. That’s what I said last week. It was an opportunity for me to go out there, and there was some real live bullets flying at me so it was good. One down.”

Fantasy Impact:

Wayne, who tore his ACL in Week 7 last season, and wasn't sure he was going to get playing time in the preseason. He's looked good all through camp and it looks like he passed his final test before the regular season. Wayne is shaping up to be a nice, middle-round option in fantasy drafts. Recovering from an ACL injury could mean a slow start but Wayne is poised for a big workload again in the Colts offense.

Jets WR Eric Decker (quad) looks sharp in return

Friday, August 22, 2014, 11:39pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Jets WR Eric Decker had barely played in this preseason. He missed last week’s game at the Bengals with a quad injury. He got just 12 snaps in the preseason opener against the Colts. But he appears to be establishing chemistry in the Jets’ offense just fine. Decker caught three passes for 34 yards, with a long of 27. In the third quarter, Decker caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Michael Vick. Decker actually had just one catch from presumptive starting quarterback Geno Smith. His other two were from Vick. Still, this is the sort of positive game that could put Decker in a good rhythm to start the regular season.

Fantasy Impact:

There’s no doubt that Decker is going to see a downgrade at QB going from Peyton Manning to a combination of Geno Smith and Michael Vick. But as the Jets’ clear WR1, he should see enough targets to become a fantasy starter even if his per target production is likely to drop.