Colts Fantasy News

T.Y. Hilton officially ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, September 21, 2015, 7:14pm

Colts Inactives
Darius Butler CB
Denzelle Good OT
Nate Iriving LB
Zach Kerr NT
T.Y. McGill DT
Jonathan Newsome LB
Greg Toler CB

Fantasy Impact:

T.Y. Hilton will play in Week 2 despite suffering a knee injury against the Bills in Week 1. Perhaps the extra day helped to make Hilton available in what could be a tough matchup against the Jets. Darrelle Revis is expected to matchup with Andre Johnson.

Monday, September 21, 2015, 5:15pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

There's been plenty of discussion about the 59 passes Tom Brady threw in yesterday's 40-32 win over the Bills. If you include the two sacks, it made for a ratio of 61 pass plays compared to 15 runs.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained how that ratio unfolds during a conference call today.

"We go into each game and that may change a bit based on how the game's going situationally and what the matchups are and what's working and what isn't," Belichick said. "I think when you look around the league, there were maybe two teams in the league, maybe one, I don't know how many, threw the ball less than they ran it. So every team was over 50 percent passing. Some teams were around 70 percent if I remember. The Bears, teams like that. That was last year.

"But, you know, that was kind of a general trend in the league. A lot of plays are based upon run, pass, checks in the league. Teams get into more coverage-type positions and that invites the run and vice versa. It's really hard to go and do this this many times or do that this many times. Each game is different and as you get into the game it just depends on how the game's unfolding, the score and the situation, but also how the matchups are working with the personnel you're facing and what type of defenses or coverages or pressures, how you want to attack those.

Belichick referenced games in the past in which the weather conditions dictacted a more run-based approach. He used past Bills games as examples, but he could have also referenced every Colts game since the 2013 season in which the Pats ran the ball more than they threw it to great success. It depends on the situation.

"It's kind of a long answer to a short question, but the bottom line is that if it works out that we're balanced, then it's great. And if it works out that we're favoring more of one than another, that's fine too."

Fantasy Impact:

You never know what you're going to get form the Pats. The fantasy negative to Julian Edelman was he didn't score TDs and he had two in Week 2. Dion Lewis wasn't put in the doghouse after a fumble and had more work than LeGarrette Blount. The Pats will continue to be one of more unpredictable offenses outside of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.

T.Y. Hilton will play Monday night

Monday, September 21, 2015, 1:23pm - [Full Article]

T.Y. Hilton will take the field as the Indianapolis Colts attempt to avoid an 0-2 start to the season.

The wideout will be active Monday night versus the New York Jets, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of Hilton's status. Hilton was officially listed as questionable. NBC Sports first reported the news.

Hilton left last week's loss with a bruised knee and did not return. The Colts' No. 1 wideout practiced on limited basis on Saturday, leading coach Chuck Pagano to say Hilton "looked good" and was optimistic he could play Monday.

In Week 1, Hilton led the Colts with seven receptions for 88 receiving yards on 14 targets. In three career games on MNF, Hilton has 14 receptions, 179 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact:

How hindered the speedy wideout will be is something to monitor early in the contest. If his game-breaking speed is sapped, it could cramp the Colts' offense against Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine and the rest of the Jets' secondary. Hilton comes with risk tonight and on top of it his presence should also put a dent in Donte Moncrief's fantasy value as Moncrief was expected to start if Hilton was unable to go.

Colts optimistic T.Y. Hilton (knee) can play Week 2

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 3:52pm - [Full Article]

T.Y. Hilton returned to the practice field Saturday and is officially questionable for Monday night's contest versus the New York Jets.

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he's optimistic that Hilton will play this week.
Every game, all season

"He looked good. Still got two days," Pagano said of his star receiver, via Indy Sports Central's Mike Chappell.

It was the first practice of the week for the Colts' No. 1 receiver after leaving a Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter with a bruised knee. Despite the early exit, Hilton led Indy with seven receptions for 88 yards on 14 targets.

"Depends on how my knee reacts tomorrow." said Hilton, via the Indy Star. "It's a great thing we play Monday."

Fantasy Impact:

Getting an extra day of rest should help Hilton's availability Monday night. If Hilton isn't full-go, Andrew Luck will rely on Donte Moncrief and rookie Phillip Dorsett to fill his shoes alongside veteran Andre Johnson. Moncrief, it was said earlier in the week, could get the start to take pressure off the Dorsett.

MNF Injury Report: T.Y. Hilton, Chris Ivory QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 3:48pm

LB Lorenzo Mauldin (concussion), QB Geno Smith (jaw)

CB Darrin Walls (hamstring)

CB Antonio Cromartie (knee), RB Chris Ivory (groin)

DE Stephen Bowen (knee), G James Carpenter (back), G Willie Colon (knee), T Breno Giacomini (biceps), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (shoulder), T Brent Qvale (finger), LB Trevor Reilly (finger), WR Devin Smith (ribs)

CB Darius Butler (hip), CB Gregory Toler (neck)

WR T.Y. Hilton (knee), LB Robert Mathis (achilles), LB Jonathan Newsome (hamstring)

G Todd Herremans (shoulder), LB D'Qwell Jackson (toe), LB Bjoern Werner (knee)

Fantasy Impact:

Ivory was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. He tweaked his groin earlier in the week during practice. If he can't go, Bilal Powell would make a handcuff option for Ivory owners. For the Colts, Hilton was held out of practice all week but was limited on Saturday and is also questionable, perhaps a sign he's at least trending upward. Neither player may be 100-percent for the game if they are active. Donte Moncrief seems on track to take Hilton's place if he can't go.

Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm

Jets RB Chris Ivory (groin) took limited practice reps again Friday. Ivory is expected to play in a good matchup on Monday night. The Colts have struggled against the run for years. Bilal Powell is a capable Plan B.

Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (knee) missed practice again Friday. Hilton was hoping to do some work at practice on Friday, but it didn’t happen. Hilton may be a game-time decision for Monday night, which will put owners in a tough position. Hopefully, we’ll have more clarity after the Colts practice on Saturday. Donte Moncrief or Phillip Dorsett both qualify as a Plan B. The same goes for Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, if they happen to be on the bench.

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:09pm

Jets RB Chris Ivory (groin) took limited practice reps Thursday. Ivory should be fine to face the Colts. If he can’t play, Bilal Powell would have an expanded role.

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:09pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (knee) missed practice Thursday. Hilton may be a game-time decision for Monday night, which will put owners in a tough position. Hopefully, we’ll have more clarity over the weekend.

Texans Beat: Arian Foster on track to return in Week 5

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 11:43am

John McClain, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans beat writer John McClain: Arian Foster will miss his 2nd game Sunday. He has to practice a couple of weeks before he can play. I still think he'll miss four games and return for the Colts.

Fantasy Impact:

This would mean Foster would return in Week 5. His recovery timeline has been all over the map. A national writer said he could even return as early as this week, but McClain is a respected, plugged in beat writer, so we tend to believe him.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 8:29pm - [Full Article]

The injury struggles for Vick Ballard has forced him off the Colts 53-man roster.

On Tuesday evening, the Colts waived/injured Ballard.

If Ballard clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts injured reserve.

With the open roster spot, the Colts elevated Josh McNary from the practice squad to the team's active roster. McNary has played in 20 career games (4 starts) with the Colts.

After knee and Achilles injuries ended Ballard’s previous two seasons, the fourth-year running back battled hamstring injuries throughout Training Camp and the preseason.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 10:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins was held without a catch in Sunday's 27-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts, an occurrence that coach Rex Ryan believes will be rare.

"Is it rare that Sammy [Watkins] is going to go without a catch?" Ryan said Monday. "Yeah, that will probably happen once this season. Our thing is our focus is trying to win the game, whatever the means, however we can do that, to give ourselves the best chance that is what we are going to do."

Fantasy Impact:

Watkins wasn't targeted until early in the fourth quarter and was credited with three targets in the game, however. For the points the team put up, it is a surprise Watkins wasn't more involved. The good news is team's usually will make it a point not to let that happen again so Watkins may be benefit from some early targets in Week 2 to get him more involved. But coming into the season, the Bills passing offense was going to be an up-and-down experience.

Colts want to get Frank Gore going

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 10:13am - [Full Article]

It was not the start Frank Gore envisioned in a Colts uniform, rushing for 31 yards on 8 carries (3.9 yards per carry) at Buffalo week 1, and that’s something the offense wants to fix moving forward.

“I feel like you have to run the ball. You have to do both. If the run is there, it’s there. If the pass is there, it’s there. We gotta do both to win in this league,” said Gore after the game Sunday. “We did have things going, but big penalties. We can’t do that.”

The Colts reached midfield on their opening drive, before a holding penalty and false start backed the offense up to its own 35 to make it 1st and 25. The drive would only go two more yards after that.

“We have to get the run game going,” said right guard Todd Herremans after the loss. “There’s no other way around it. If we don’t get that going, then our pass game is going to suffer, because of it.”

That was the case in the 1st half, when the Colts offense was shutout by Buffalo. Indianapolis called just 7 rushes compared to 26 passes, including a streak of 18 consecutive pass plays, after the Colts ran it 3 of the first 6 plays with Gore for 13 yards.

“Still got to be able to run it more,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano after the game. “You’re not going to survive by the pass only. I think everybody understands that.”

Fantasy Impact:

Part of the reason for the lack of run plays could have been what Andrew Luck was seeing across the line of scrimmage. Built into the Colts offense is the ability to read the defense pre-snap and choose from a few options, the story said. Indy will host the Jets at home on Monday night in Week 2 and it's another tough matchup for Gore owners. But the good news is the team should be focused on running the ball.

Colts Beat: Donte Moncrief would start if T.Y. Hilton misses time

Monday, September 14, 2015, 8:51pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Second-year receiver Donte Moncrief would likely start opposite of Andre Johnson if T.Y. Hilton doesn't play Week 2.

Fantasy Impact:

The reasoning, according to the story, is not having Hilton would put more pressure on rookie Phillip Dorsett, who would become the team's third receiver. Dorsett fumbled two punts -- losing one -- and had two receptions for 45 yards against the Bills. Hilton's timetable is up in the air, it's going to depend on how he feels, but some in the organization think he could miss some time, the story said.

T.Y. Hilton day-to-day, but could be held out

Monday, September 14, 2015, 12:18pm - [Full Article]

The Indianapolis Colts could be without their No. 1 receiving threat for a couple weeks.

T.Y. Hilton is day-to-day with a knee bruise, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the team will be cautions with their top target. Hilton could miss one to two games, depending on how the wideout feels, per a source informed of his condition.

Hilton injured his knee during the fourth quarter of the Colts 27-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Despite the early exit, Hilton led Indy with seven receptions for 88 yards on 14 targets.

The Colts face the New York Jets in Indy next Monday night and travel to Tennessee Week 3.

Fantasy Impact:

If Hilton misses time, the Colts need first-round pick Phillip Dorsett -- two catches, 45 yards -- to step up. Donte Moncrief's role will expand on the outside in Hilton's absence and Andrew Luck will need more from Andre Johnson, who was unimpressive in his first game as a Colt.

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