Colts Fantasy News

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.

T.Y. Hilton has knee bruise

Sunday, September 13, 2015, 8:14pm

Kevin Bowen on Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts HC Chuck Pagano says WR T.Y. Hilton's X-Ray is negative. Knee bruise. Pagano says Hilton should be fine.

Fantasy Impact:

Owners can breath a sigh of relief. It wasn't a great performance by the Colts but Hilton had OK fantasy numbers and looks like he'll be good for Week 2 - a Monday night game at home against the Jets.

Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm

Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 1. Josh Robinson will serve as the primary backup to Frank Gore.

Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 1. Watkins should be good to go for a bad matchup with the Colts. There is talk that Vontae Davis may shadow opposing WR1s, which would be bad news for Watkins.

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm

Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. Watkins should be good to go for a bad matchup with the Colts. There is talk that Vontae Davis may shadow opposing WR1s, which would be bad news for Watkins.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:15pm

Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:15pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday. Watkins should be good to go for a bad matchup with the Colts. There is talk that Vontae Davis may shadow opposing WR1s, which would be bad news for Watkins.

Colts plan to put RB Frank Gore on a pitch count

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 2:40pm

Zac Keefer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts HC Chuck Pagano says that starting running back Frank Gore will be on a pitch count, at least to start the season. Need him for playoffs.

Fantasy Impact:

Now would be a good time to float an offer to the Gore owner in your league as this news has already caused a panic in the Twitterverse. We currently project Gore for 271 touches, which would be his lowest total in the last five seasons. He's still our #12 RB in standard formats and #9 in PPR thanks to the potency of his team's offense and his increased involvement in the passing game. Josh Robinson and Vick Ballard could be in the mix, but pitch counts have a tendency to be thrown out the window when a team is trying to win games.

Rex: Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is 'ready to roll' for Week 1

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 1:01pm - [Full Article]

Bills running back LeSean McCoy is "ready to roll," according to head coach Rex Ryan.

Despite a growing uncertainty that the franchise back would play in the season-opener against the Colts with a hamstring injury, it seems like Ryan is more than ready to unveil his new weapon Week 1.

When asked if McCoy would be on a pitch count, Ryan quipped: "Whatever, 100 (carries)."

Fantasy Impact:

We've moved McCoy up in our Week 1 rankings since the Bills didn't hesitate to say that he's ready to face the Colts.

Sammy Watkins thinks he's ready to play Week 1

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 6:33pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

When the Buffalo Bills take the field against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in the regular season opener, they hope to have their playmaking wide receiver Sammy Watkins out there. He's been dealing with a glute injury that sidelined him for most of the preseason and part of training camp, but he's been on track to play in Week 1.

According to Watkins, himself, he'll be ready to go against the Colts.

"I think I'm ready to play," Watkins said via the team's official website. "For the most part it's just about getting mentally and physically prepared for this game and enduring some physical battles. So I think I'm in shape. I'm ready to go.

"The coaches and staff have done a good job of just getting me in shape and now it's just about really grinding and having fun playing through the whole game."

Fantasy Impact:

Given the Bills' rash of injuries during training camp, getting Watkins back and healthy is a big step. He'll likely be Tyrod Taylor's favorite target for as long as he's the starter and has the talent to be a top receiver in the NFL. Robert Woods and Percy Harvin are also dealing with injuries, although they're expected to join Watkins on the field against the Colts. Now the Bills just need LeSean McCoy to get healthy and their offense will have the potential to be dangerous.

Boom Herron designated waived-injured

Sunday, September 6, 2015, 4:24pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Colts designated running back Dan Herron as waived-injured Sunday, ending his season unless he’s claimed by another team.

Herron suffered a shoulder injury in last Thursday’s preseason finale. The waived-injured designation means he will revert to injured-reserve with the Colts unless he’s claimed by another team.

Fantasy Impact:

Herron might have been the primary backup for Frank Gore this season if he’d been healthy; instead, the Colts figure to go with either rookie Josh Robinson or Vick Ballard, who’s played in just one game in the last two years due to injuries, behind Gore.

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