Colts Fantasy News

Colts Beat: Donte Moncrief could pass Hakeem Nicks for WR3 role

Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:46am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Indianapolis Colts are about to have to make a decision on who will be their No. 3 receiver behind T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne. The veteran Hakeem Nicks or the rookie Donte Moncrief?

If Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was any indication it should be an easy decision for coach Chuck Pagano.

With Wayne out because of an elbow injury, Moncrief stepped up and complemented Hilton by catching seven passes on a team-high 12 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown -- all career highs -- in the loss.

"Donte was running great routes, playing fast and he certainly doesn't play like a rookie," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "He's solid, he's steady and I'm happy for how well he played."

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the original thought was that the Colts would ease Moncrief, the team's third-round draft pick, into a larger role because of their depth at receiver this season. But his speed, athleticism and ability to make plays has accelerated the process. Moncrief showed off his skills when he made a leaping catch over Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen for a 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Nicks, who started the game as the No. 2 receiver, finished with only reception for 27 yards in the six times he was targeted, the piece added. Moncrief is a name to watch and could have some deeper league, flex value in this heavy-passing Colts offense.

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Trent Richardson active for Colts

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:01pm

Colts Inactives
Jalil Brown DB
Khaled Holmes C
Montori Hughes DT
Lance Louis G
Jamon Meredith T
Kelcy Quarles DT
Reggie Wayne WR

Fantasy Impact:

Trent Richardson (hamstring) missed practice all week and is a bit of a surprise active today for Colts. He should not be started for fantasy purposes. Dan Herron may still get some additional work. Hakeem Nicks will start in place of Reggie Wayne. Donte Moncrief will also be in the mix.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:48am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

RB Dri Archer's role with the Steelers is about to shrink even more.

Set to face the Colts on Sunday night, Pittsburgh has stripped Archer of his kick returning duties in favor of hammer-dropping running back LeGarrette Blount.

"Things didn't work out as well as they wanted before, so they switched it up," Blount said Friday, per The Associated Press. "(And) I'm excited about it. It's going to be fun. We're hoping that we can get everything done the way that we want to get it done, and we hope that we can be effective with it so we can keep it going."

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 8. The Colts play in the late round of games on Sunday, so it could be tough to capitalize on Richardson's absence. Bradshaw certainly gets a bump while Dan Herron could see 8-12 carries if Richardson is sidelined. Herron isn’t a bad Plan B for T-Rich owners who want to wait and see if he’s active.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8. Donte Moncrief played a bit more than Hakeem Nicks in Week 7, though Nicks has out-snapped Moncrief 277 to 96 on the season and 35 to 12 as recently as Week 6. Moncrief has offered a better FP/snap, per our Player Snap App. We'll keep our ear to the ground and try to determine which player would be the better desperation start in Week 8, though right now we would lean Nicks’s way, given his experience. Dwayne Allen might be the biggest beneficiary of extra work in the passing game.

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) ruled out for Week 8, Trent Richardson (hamstring) questionable

Friday, October 24, 2014, 2:01pm

Stephen Holder, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts WR Reggie Wayne has been ruled out of Week 8's game against the Steelers with an elbow injury. RB Trent Richardson is questionable after missing practice all week with a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

The Colts play in the late round of games on Sunday, so it will be tough to capitalize on Richardson's absence. Bradshaw certainly gets a bump while Dan Herron could see 8-12 carries if Richardson is sidelined. As for the receiving corps, Donte Moncrief played a bit more than Hakeem Nicks in Week 7, though Nicks has out-snapped Moncrief 277 to 96 on the season and 35 to 12 as recently as Week 6. Moncrief has offered a better FP/snap, per our Player Snap App. We'll keep our ear to the ground and try to determine which player would be the better desperation start in Week 8. Stay tuned.

Colts Beat: Discussing the defense

Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:09am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts beat writer Mike Wells on the team's surprising defensive prowess: I didn’t think this defense had a chance once linebacker Robert Mathis, last season’s sack leader, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. The unit appeared to be headed for a rough season after it had only one sack over the first two games. But defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has taken a hold-nothing-back approach with his defense. With two cornerbacks who can blanket receivers, Greg Toler and Vontae Davis, Manusky is loading the box and constantly blitzing. That is why the Colts have 20 sacks and nine turnovers during their five-game winning streak. They have also held their past four opponents to 4-of-41 on third down. People might not have respected the Colts' defense before, but now teams have to take notice.

Fantasy Impact:

The unit has averaged 12.9 FP per game over the last five weeks, but has had the benefit of facing Chad Henne/Blake Bortles, Charlie Whitehurst, Ryan Fitzpatrick and an A.J. Green-less Bengals team. Starting with Week 12, the Colts defense has a pretty nice schedule to close the season.

How the Colts plan to replace Reggie Wayne, if necessary

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:16pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Colts WRs Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief have one thing in common: Both could take on greater roles if Reggie Wayne is out of the lineup.

"I think the ball is being spread around, and (Nicks') opportunities are going to come," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "The more (defenses) adjust to take away certain receivers, tight ends or whoever it may be, it's just a matter of time before a pro like Hakeem has an opportunity to capitalize on the right matchup."

Regarding Moncrief, Hamilton said coaches have already gained enough confidence to play him in key situations without fear of the moment being too big.

"He's ahead of schedule," Hamilton said. "He's a guy that we feel like at any given moment we can plug him in and he'll be ready to go out there and perform at the level that's expected."

Fantasy Impact:

There isn't a clear cut winner if Wayne is sidelined, but Moncrief did out-snap Nicks in Week 7, while Nicks has far more experience.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Richardson’s injury isn’t deemed serious, but this is something to monitor. Dan Herron would get a significant amount of snaps if T-Rich can’t play.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) missed practice again Thursday. The Colts are calling Wayne “day to day,” so he could play through the injury this week. If not, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief would see additional playing time. Moncrief actually out-snapped Nicks in Week 7.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Richardson’s injury isn’t deemed serious, but this is something to monitor. Dan Herron would get a significant amount of snaps if T-Rich can’t play.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) did not practice Wednesday. The Colts are calling Wayne “day to day,” so he could play through the injury this week. If not, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief would see additional playing time.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:39pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills are signing former Dallas Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner, according to a league source.

The Bills needed help at running back with injuries to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Tanner has visited the San Francisco 49ers this year and previously worked out for the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.

Tanner spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys and rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine receptions for 93 yards. He recorded 21 special teams tackles.

Fantasy Impact:

Tanner will be behind Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.

Source: Reggie Wayne could miss a game or two

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:14am

rtv6 - [Full Article]

A source with knowledge of the situation said that while the injury to Reggie Wayne’s left elbow doesn’t appear to be serious, it could force him to miss a game or two. Coach Chuck Pagano didn’t reveal the results of a MRI on Wayne’s elbow during his Monday press conference.

Wayne suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s 27-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He went up for a pass from quarterback Andrew Luck and was knocked off balance by Bengals cornerback Adam Jones. Wayne cushioned his fall by using his left arm.

Fantasy Impact:

This keeps getting worse. Wayne eventually came back into the game last week after hurting the elbow, but then said after the game the injury wasn't a big deal. We had a report about the MRI on Monday. Hakeem Nicks could step into a bigger workload if Wayne misses time.

Rashad Jennings on track heading into bye week

Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:08pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants RB Rashad Jennings sprained the MCL in his left knee two weeks ago against the Falcons. He's eyeing a return when the Giants take the field next on November 3 against the Colts.

"As the doctors said, they think I'm right on track to be back here soon and it's going to be a day to day [situation]," Jennings said.

The Giants leading rusher wouldn't commit to anything. He's taking it step by step. Next on the schedule is to hit the field during the bye week and begin running and cutting on the knee. He has not yet done anyone running outside the water.

"I'm going through my checkpoints. I want to see where it lays," said Jennings, who has 396 yards on 91 carries (4.4 ypc) in five games.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants have struggled to run the ball in his absence and the team doesn't practice again until next Monday. That gives Jennings a week to see if he can make enough progress to be out there with his teammates for the light workout. As the story pointed out, coach Tom Coughlin hinted it's not going to be easy. Jennings has some serious strides to make here in the next week. The injury he suffered was significant. Looking ahead to Week 9, the Giants host the Colts on Monday night. It could be a tricky situation if Jennings ends up being a game-time call. For those who own both Jennings and Andre Williams, it may be a good idea to keep Williams for now, at least for a security blanket for Monday night Week 9.