Colts Fantasy News

Trent Richardson plans to 'learn the system' this offseason

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 11:51am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts RB Trent Richardson spent too much time thinking when he took the handoff than running with the type of speed and force that made him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

“Learn the system, not just memorizing it,” Richardson said. “Learning the whole concept of the system. There's a difference between having it memorized and feeling comfortable with the system. I’m going talk to a lot of veteran players, talk to Adrian (Peterson), talk to (LaDainian Tomlinson) , talk to Emmitt Smith to make sure I’m the best I need to be next year.”

The Colts went from pulling off the biggest trade of last season when they acquired Richardson from the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick to currently having the move favor the Browns after Richardson only averaged 2.9 yards a carry. The thought of the dynamic duo of Richardson and quarterback Andrew Luck has yet to come together. Richardson ended up losing the starting running back position to Donald Brown on Dec. 1, 2013.

Fantasy Impact:
We're not terribly optimistic that T-Rich will be able to turn it around. Other than the 11 rushing TDs, he wasn't very good (3.6 YPC) in Cleveland. And while some would blame the Indianapolis offensive line for Richardson's struggles (2.9 YPC), Donald Brown (5.3 YPC) ran just fine behind the same unit. Brown is a free agent and should be re-signed, but the Colts appear to be "all in" on Richardson after giving up a first round pick for him.

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Reggie Wayne is 'ahead of schedule'

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:23am

Indianapolis Colts - [Full Article]

It’s an anniversary that Reggie Wayne doesn’t want to be celebrating but he knows brighter days are ahead. A week from Saturday will mark three months since Wayne had surgery for his torn ACL.

Wayne is looking forward to Jan. 25, as it will be the next phase in his rehab process. “I’m going to do straight ahead running (then),” Wayne said on his weekly radio show on WNDE.

“I’m looking forward to doing that. I’ve been walking quite often lately. I get to run on a treadmill and that’s basically it.” Through the early phases of Wayne’s rehab, the 13-year veteran says that he’s “ahead of schedule”.

Fantasy Impact:
It's hard to get excited about a 35 year-old WR coming off of an ACL tear, but Wayne is a pro and could return to a solid possession role in the Indianapolis offense. He's entering the final year of his contract, which means it will likely be his last year with the Colts.

Colts say T-Rich is 'not going anywhere'

Friday, January 17, 2014, 11:55am

Mike Chappell - [Full Article]

Colts GM Ryan Grigson: Trent Richardson. Showed some progress. It's all about comfort level and confidence. We have patience. He's not going anywhere.

Fantasy Impact:
Soon-to-be 27 year-old Donald Brown is the better player, but he's a free agent and the Colts may not have the resources to bring him back. If Brown is out of the way, T-Rich will have his supporters based mainly on his (probable) high workload.

Kenbrell Thompkins (concussion) limited

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 4:46pm

Shalise Manza Young, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots injury report confirms Kenbrell Thompkins suffered concussion vs. w/ concussion/hip.

Fantasy Impact:
Since he's already "limited," Thompkins should get cleared for Sunday's game.

Dwayne Bowe wants to play leaner in 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 11:03am

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

There’s a belief that Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 221 pounds, could take a major step toward doing just that by having a strong offseason of conditioning, something that Bowe himself acknowledged during the radio interview.

“One thing I want to work on — my endurance,” Bowe said. “I was really, really tired that last game.”

Bowe said he plans on changing the way he eats, though he didn’t provide details. He said he played this year between 212 and 214 pounds but hopes to report to camp a little lighter to better fit the offense.

“I probably want to play at 208 and try to be as quick and swift as possible, because that’s the kind of receivers that Andy had when he was in Philly,” Bowe said. “I’d like to be more explosive and faster than I was this season. I just want to work on my work ethic a little more and become quicker and faster so I can be like DeSean Jackson and those speedy, quick guys.”

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.) Bowe also posted 8-150-1 against the Colts in the Wildcard round of the playoffs, so there is some reason for optimism heading into 2014. Bowe also revealed that he has a small crack in his foot (which he calls a third-degree sprain) that won't require surgery.

Lions tag Ravens OC Jim Caldwell as new head coach

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 2:19pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions are hiring Jim Caldwell as their head coach, per a league source.

Fantasy Impact:
Caldwell coached for the Colts while Peyton Manning was there and guided the Ravens offense to a Super Bowl win during the 2012 season. Last season's offensive struggles are a concern, but the Lions obviously feel like his resume is strong enough to justify the hire.

Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:16am

George Bremer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts RB Vick Ballard's rehab has gone well. Believes he'll be ready to take the field for OTAs.

Fantasy Impact:
The Colts will have to decide if they want to let their most productive RB (Donald Brown) go in favor of Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard. Brown is a free agent and played well in a somewhat limited role this season.

Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:04am

Tom James, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts TE Dwayne Allen says his hip surgery was more intensive than originally planned. Made four month rehab into a six month rehab.

Fantasy Impact:
If Allen is good to go to start the season, he and Coby Fleener will each once again cap the other's upside.

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 7:52pm

Colts Inactives
Daniel Adongo LB
Deion Branch WR
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR
Khaled Holmes C
Josh Lenz WR
Sheldon Price CB
Joe Reitz G

Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:33pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (right shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Brady will play in a very nice matchup with the Colts.

Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:33pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (groin, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Vereen is good to go for a nice matchup with the Colts (#21 in RB aFPA).

Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:33pm

Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Amendola will be fine to face the Colts, who are #27 in WR aFPA.

Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:33pm

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 19. Kenbrell Thompkins will likely get the start against the Colts, though he’ll be the fourth option in the passing game after Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen.

Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:33pm

Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 19.

Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:33pm

Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 19. Thompkins will get the start with Aaron Dobson out against the Colts.