Colts Fantasy News

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) missed practice Friday. Wayne is just getting a day of rest.

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Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. With Allen out, Coby Fleener should get the start, though it’s tough to trust any of the Indianapolis players given their performance against Dallas last week. The Colts are locked into their playoff spot, so they don’t have anything to play for except for momentum.

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (triceps) will have surgery after the season

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 3:00pm

Terry McCormick, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts WR Reggie Wayne says he is dealing with the triceps injury that has plagued him. Says he will have surgery after the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Wayne has had a disappointing season and is a 2015 free agent. He said that he'll keep playing as long as it doesn't feel like a job.

Vikings release RB Ben Tate

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:15pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Ben Tate is back on the street.

The Vikings have released the veteran running back less than a month after claiming him off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, per the league's transaction wire.

Tate was cut free after amassing just 38 yards off 13 attempts over three appearances for Minnesota. His 2.9 yards per carry were even lower than the paltry 3.1 yards per tote he accounted for in eight games with the Browns, who surprised many by releasing the former Texans runner after Week 11.

Fantasy Impact:

The story points out that it's not a good sign that Tate has been shipped out of town by two teams in less than a month. Whispers of a bad attitude in Cleveland don't help, but even more concerning is the apparent on-field decline for a runner still just 26 years old. Tate hasn't been healthy this season, which has contributed to his ugly play. If the playoff-bound Colts and Cardinals don't come calling, a team may take a long look this offseason in order to find out if Tate is worth keeping around for 2015.

T.Y. Hilton back at practice Tuesday

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:24pm

Kevin Bowen on Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton back practicing.

Fantasy Impact:

The team said they are expecting Hilton to play in Week 17 and reports have said the Colts will also play other healthy starters in the game. It remains to be seen how long into the game they go, but at least early on it looks like the Colts will go with their first-teamers.

Jason Witten re-emerges in passing game

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 1:09pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Sunday's win against the Indianapolis Colts served as a reminder that tight end Jason Witten remains a threat in the passing game.

As the Dallas Cowboys racked up rushing yards during the season, most of Witten's praise has been for his blocking. He has played a big part in DeMarco Murray becoming the NFL's leading rusher.

"When you know your team is going a different direction and the thought is that it's going to be better for the football team, it's easy to buy into that but as the season unfolds there's tough times in there," Witten said. "You don't have as many opportunities. You take on a different role. You embrace that and buy into that. You still play a critical role in doing things, setting the edge in the run game, and being a complete tight end but at different times, it is hard."

Fantasy Impact:

In the last two weeks Witten has been a focal point through the air. He has caught 14 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown. He had a season-high 90 yards on seven catches against the Colts that included a 25-yard touchdown. On the opposite end of that, Witten has five games with two or fewer catches this season. The last time he had that many came in 2005, his third year in the league. His 14-catch run in the last two games is his best two-game total since Week 12-13 in 2012 when he caught 15 passes for 182 yards against the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.

Colts say they will play starters Week 17

Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:53pm

Stephen Holder on Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts are going to, generally speaking, play to win vs. Tennessee despite having nothing to gain.

Fantasy Impact:

The tweet added they need to build some 'steam' after a not-so-great performance against the Cowboys. Holder also added in another tweet the team is expecting to get WR T.Y. Hilton back for Week 17. In an article from Dec. 15, Holder quoted Pagano as saying the team is going to play 16 games, and he may rest starters who have been banged up, but indicated everyone else would play. All that said, it doesn't necessarily mean the starters will play the entire game in Week 17, but it could mean Colts offensive players can be considered fantasy options if your league has playoffs into Week 17.

T.Y. Hilton inactive for Colts

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:06pm

Colts Inactives
Jalil Brown DB
Gosder Cherilus T
T.Y. Hilton WR
Montori Hughes DT
Sheldon Price CB
Joe Reitz G
Hugh Thornton G

Fantasy Impact:

With Hilton inactive, Donte Moncrief draws the start and is a fantasy WR2 start with Reggie Wayne (PPR) and Hakeem Nicks having Sneaky Start appeal. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen also get a bump. Andrew Luck's ranking takes a slight hit with Hilton out, but he has enough weapons and should be able to manufacture plenty of fantasy points against Dallas.

Pagano: 'Don't count T.Y. Hilton out'

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:27am

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

It was pointed out to Colts HC Chuck Pagano that players who don't practice at all during a game week almost never play on Sunday. But Pagano was adamant he's not ruling T.Y. Hilton out.

"For some," Pagano responded. "This guy is pretty special. Don't count him out."

Fantasy Impact:

As we reported yesterday, those around the team consider him doubtful even though his official status is questionable. If he’s out, Donte Moncrief becomes a fantasy WR2 with Reggie Wayne (PPR) and Hakeem Nicks having Sneaky Start appeal. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen would also get a bump. Andrew Luck’s ranking takes a slight hit with Hilton out, but he has enough weapons and should be able to manufacture plenty of fantasy points against Dallas.

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is 'determined to play'

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:57pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Officially listed as questionable, unofficially Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is determined to play on Sunday against the Colts.

Murray, per a source with knowledge of the situation, declared even before having surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand on Monday that he will play in Week 16. At this point, it’s believed to be primarily a matter of pain tolerance and management.

Fantasy Impact:

His workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand, but he should be out there for fantasy owners. Murray is averaging 28.9 touches per game this season. We currently project him for 19.1 touches (including 16.3 carries) with Randle getting 9.4 carries in a larger-than-usual backup role. If Murray is active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season and the favorable matchup against Indianapolis (#21 in RB aFPA).

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Colts WR Josh Cribbs (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 16. The beat writers are describing Hilton as doubtful, though he’s officially questionable. We currently do not expect him to play, since Indianapolis doesn’t have a whole lot to play for. If he’s out, Donte Moncrief becomes a fantasy WR2 with Reggie Wayne (PPR) and Hakeem Nicks having Sneaky Start appeal. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen would also get a bump. Andrew Luck’s ranking takes a slight hit with Hilton out, but he has enough weapons and should be able to manufacture plenty of fantasy points against Dallas.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related, probable) missed practice Friday and is probable for Week 16. Wayne is probably just getting some rest. He is a sneaky PPR play if T.Y. Hilton is ruled out.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Colts WR Josh Cribbs (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Hilton was expected to return today. If he’s out, Donte Moncrief, Hakeem Nicks and Reggie Wayne would all see a significant bump in a nice matchup against Dallas. His absence would hurt Andrew Luck, but he’d still be a must-start given the matchup.

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