Colts Fantasy News

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (groin, probable) missed practice Friday after taking full reps Thursday and is probable for Week 18. Wayne will be out there against Cincinnati, but he isn’t much of a fantasy option at this point.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 18. Allen makes his return this week. He is our #4 TE this week.

Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:04am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Marques Colston might be back with the New Orleans Saints next year. But just in case he isn’t, the Saints cherished his game-winning touchdown in Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for all it was worth.

Colston was awarded a game ball after turning a short pass into a 36-yard TD with 1:57 remaining. And the usually-stoic veteran even shed a tear, fellow receiver Robert Meachem told The Advocate.

“You couldn’t have scripted a better ending,” said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who acknowledged that assistant coach Joe Vitt had made the team aware of certain milestones they could reach in the season finale -- including the fact that Brees and Colston could move into fifth place in NFL history with 68 touchdowns as a duo (they broke a tie with Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne).

Fantasy Impact:

Brees, Meachem and receiver Kenny Stills all insisted that they expect Colston to be back in 2014, even though his future is in doubt since he’s due $7 million in salary and bonuses. But the emotion they all expressed made it clear that they’re prepared for the possibility Colston, 31, might be done after nine seasons with the Saints. Colston could take a pay cut to stay, the story pointed out, but Saints may want to move on with a healthy Brandin Cooks back next year to go along with Stills, who emerged this year after injuries slowed his start to 2014.

A.J. Green suffers concussion

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:33am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Bengals A.J. Green has entered the league's concussion protocol, per ESPN's Coley Harvey and Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer, after sustaining a blow to the head from Steelers safety Mike Mitchell late in the fourth quarter of the Bengals' 27-17 loss.

The hit came less than a second after Green hauled in a 17-yard pass and was wrestled down toward the ground by Antwon Blake, forcing a fumble. The result was a pivotal recovery by the Steelers, ending the Bengals' drive.

Fantasy Impact:

The blow to the head prematurely ended Green's night, in which the receiver caught six passes for 67 yards over his final two drives after a sluggish start. His status for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts is in jeopardy, depending upon his progression during the week. Mohamed Sanu would move back to the WR1 role but he had just one catch for 16 yards in Week 17. Giovani Bernard had a 7-56-1 receiving line in Week 17 and will likely continue to be a major factor in the passing game while Jeremy Hill gets the carries.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. The team would be wise to sit Hilton another week and let that hamstring rest, but it sounds as if they are considering playing him — at least a bit — in Week 17. Colts.com writer Kevin Bowen said that Hilton hasn’t fully opened it up yet and that would be the “ultimate test, whenever he returns to the field.” We’re expecting Andrew Luck and the other key starters to play a few series to see if they can get their offensive mojo back against a shaky Tennessee defense.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

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

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).

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