Colts Fantasy News

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.

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Colts still believe in Trent Richardson

Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:24pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

At last month’s league meetings, Chuck Pagano said the Colts will be relying on more than one back in 2014 but are looking for a “bell cow” to emerge.

With a complete offseason in a comfortable setting, Trent Richardson is primed to be that guy.

“It’s going to be very, very important for (Richardson) to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will,” Pagano said.

“He wants to be great. He’s got all the talent. He’s got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn’t believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign.”

Fantasy Impact:
Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #20 RB off the board in the 6th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:01am

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Giants OC Kevin Gilbride implied that he isn't sure Rueben Randle is a quality NFL starting WR. Coming to the defense of Eli Manning, Gilbride said, "There's been no deterioration of his arm strength, there’s been no lack of preparation and effort.” He added, "I think he’s going to be fine as soon as they solidify the offensive line. They certainly made a move to do that by bringing in three interior offensive linemen and as soon as they get somebody that’s going to be productive for them as an outside receiver. Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go match up, bump and run (and) go win for them.”

Fantasy Impact:
Gilbride didn't mention Randle, which is a bit worrisome for owners expecting him to assume a larger role in the offense with Hakeem Nicks out of the way. If the Giants take a receiver early in the draft, it may be bad news for Randle.

Reggie Wayne 'way ahead of schedule' in ACL recovery

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:19pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is on the fast track in his return from October surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Appearing on WNDE-AM in Indianapolis, Wayne said Tuesday that he expects to be cleared for football activities on April 25.

That date would put Wayne back on the practice field six months after suffering the injury.

"I'm way ahead of schedule," Wayne added. "I feel great."

Fantasy Impact:
It's good news for Wayne and his owners, though it remains to be seen if the 35 year-old lost another step due to the injury. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

Colts say Dwayne Allen is 'a beast'

Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:20am

Colts.com - [Full Article]

Dwayne Allen, the guy’s a beast,” said Colts GN Ryan Grigson at February’s combine. “Anyone who game plans against him or watches the tape, or Joe Fan that just sees him how he plays in the red zone, how he plays in traffic, how he blocks at the point of attack, the tempo he plays at and the ferocity he plays at, he’s a guy you want on your team."

“He’s doing very well and we look forward to him having a great year.”

Fantasy Impact:
Allen said that he feels like he's fully recovered from the hip injury that caused him to miss most of the 2013 season. He is an intriguing player, but his upside is somewhat capped by the presence of Coby Fleener. Allen played 78% of the snaps as a rookie in a full 16-game season, which is a good sign. But he was only 27th in targets among TEs that year, but that was in Bruce Arians' offense, and he's not known to feature the tight end position. Fleener was 11th in targets in 2013.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:24pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions have filled their backup quarterback vacancy by signing veteran Dan Orlovsky.

Yes, that Dan Orlovsky.

The Lions originally selected the quarterback out of Connecticut in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. He spent four years here, and started seven games, all of which came during the club's winless 2008 season.

Fantasy Impact:
He went on to play for Houston (2009-10), Indianapolis (2011) and Tampa Bay (2012-13). He started five games for the Colts - then coached by Jim Caldwell - but has attempted just seven passes since, and none in the past two years.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 1:58pm

Steelers.com - [Full Article]

The Steelers have signed wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract, the team announced today.

Fantasy Impact:
A former seventh overall pick of the Raiders, he was on the Colts last year and actually won the WR2 job from T.Y. Hilton. Eventually, DHB fell on the depth chart and wasn't really heard from much of the second half. At best, he'll be behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 12:46pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rams HC Jeff Fisher expressed confidence WR Tavon Austin would take the next step in 2014 and the team would have a better idea of ways to best use him.

“We’re not disappointed in what his production was last year at all," Fisher said. "One of the things that was misleading was he had two or three returns called back -- one against Dallas --and then he got hurt. I think another year in the program, in the offense, OTAs, training camp, you’ll see more production. I think we’ll do a better job of using him now that we know what he’s capable of doing. Kind of looking forward to see him improve from year one to year two.’’

Fantasy Impact:
For the most part, Austin was a fantasy disappointment outside of a couple of games. He broke 50 receiving yards just one time last year, and that was his two-catch, 138 yard, 2 TD performance against the Colts. He had a rushing TD for 65 yards and another rush for 56 yards that didn't go for a TD, plus one kick return for a touchdown. He has a good chance to build on that this year assuming Fisher is correct about realizing how to use him.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 11:02am

ESPN - [Full Article]

In his media session Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin spoke of the departure of free-agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, and when the conversation turned to the question of replacing Nicks, the first name Coughlin mentioned was that of third-year wide receiver Rueben Randle.

"We have high expectations for Rueben," Coughlin said. "Rueben has to continue to develop, continue to become a better pro -- focus, concentration, production on the field, consistency, day in and day out. Practicing. You’ve seen the plays the guy can make. He’s made great plays ... We have a lot of belief and stock in his development."

But he also struggled at times to get on the same page as quarterback Eli Manning, and some of their difficulties in that regard led to interceptions.

Fantasy Impact:
Randle is a former second round pick and is poised for a huge leap in production this year if he can win that WR2 job. As the story points out, he delivered at times last year with six TDs to lead the team. But he also struggled at times to get on the same page as QB Eli Manning, and that led to interceptions. This year's Giants offense is expected to be more simple, which could also help Randle's cause.

Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:12pm

Mike Chappell, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts GM Ryan Grigson: Vick Ballard looks great, fantastic. Right on track. Felt good about Ahmad Bradshaw after talking with doctors. Good stable of RBs

Fantasy Impact:
Ballard will be in the mix behind starter Trent Richardson. Ahmad Bradshaw re-signed, so this could devolve into an ugly RBBC in 2014.

Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:18am

SI - [Full Article]

Perhaps whatever incentives are in Hakeem Nicks's contract will do their job and remind him to put forth more effort than he did when the Giants needed him so badly in 2013. Perhaps what happened with Nicks in 2013 had more to do with the overall collapse of the Giants' offense, and the pass-happy Colts and Andrew Luck will pump his numbers back up and he'll get his big deal next year, when the salary cap is expected to rise significantly again.

Perhaps the one-year deal is merely a stepping stone to a longer deal, and if the Colts like him he could continue talks and sign an extension during the season.

Fantasy Impact:
Nicks has failed to score a TD in 17 straight games and his knees are a concern. Still, it's a low-risk move for the Colts, who are likely trying to look for a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne (torn ACL). The signing puts a small dent in T.Y. Hilton's upside, while Wayne's stock takes a bigger hit. As for Nicks, he has finished outside of the top 50 at his position for two straight seasons, but he's still just 26 years old and still has time to turn his career around, assuming he's fully healthy. His ADP in early drafts is in the 9th round and it might rise a bit with this change of scenery.

Colts sign Hakeem Nicks to a one-year deal

Friday, March 14, 2014, 7:42pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Colts have signed WR Hakeem Nicks to a one-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:
Nicks has failed to score a TD in 17 straight games and his knees are a concern. Still, it's a low-risk move for the Colts, who are likely trying to look for a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne (torn ACL). The signing puts a small dent in T.Y. Hilton's upside, while Wayne's stock takes a bigger hit. As for Nicks, he has finished outside of the top 50 at his position for two straight seasons, but he's still just 26 years old and still has time to turn his career around, assuming he's fully healthy. His ADP in early drafts is in the 9th round and it might rise a bit with this change of scenery.

Chargers sign RB Donald Brown

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:28pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Donald Brown is signing with the Chargers, per source.

Fantasy Impact:
This is a strange signing considering the Chargers already have Ryan Mathews (who played well in 2013) and Danny Woodhead. Brown will likely serve as depth behind Mathews. He'll hold handcuff value this summer.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:21pm

NFL Transactionist, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts re-signed K Adam Vinatieri.

Ahmad Bradshaw re-signs with Colts

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:10pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Colts re-sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw to a one-year deal, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:
With Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard likely back, Bradshaw will join what could turn into an ugly committee. The team wants Richardson to carry the load, but it doesn't appear that he's capable of doing so. Bradshaw is a solid talent and it would not be surprising if he wins the starting gig like Donald Brown did a year ago. Speaking of Brown, this move indicates that the Colts won't be re-signing him.