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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. New England Patriots

Jack Doyle followed up a nice game against the Bucs with just one catch for 13 yards against the Texans before the bye last week. Doyle had a string of three five-plus-target games prior to the dismal game against Houston, so there’s still hope for him moving forward as a streamer or deep-league option at the position. The Colts didn’t throw the ball much in a 31-0 drubbing of the Texans, and you have to assume Doyle will get more targets in more competitive games.

This may not be the right week to assume that, however. Doyle faces a Patriots defense that ranks seventh in aFPA to opposing tight ends. In a bad matchup, in the midst of an inconsistent season, it’s too risky to trust Doyle in the fantasy playoffs. Sit him.

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Houston Texans

Don’t look now, but Jack Doyle has been fantasy relevant the last few games. After a couple of fluky touchdowns on Halloween and the following Thursday, he’s rattled off three straight games with at least five targets. Those aren’t big numbers but in the realm of the elusive fantasy tight end, it’s at least worth raising an eyebrow at. Additionally, he’s coming off six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers.

This week, Doyle faces a Texans defense that ranks 27th in aFPA to opposing tight ends. We don’t have Doyle ranked as a top-12 option this week, but if you’re desperate and need a streamer, you could do worse than Doyle. If he gets another five targets in a great matchup, he’ll stand a decent shot of finding the end zone again.

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 at Miami Dolphins

Jack Doyle teased us with a good Week 2 performance, only to come back with one catch and 10 yards against the Titans last week. Miami is seventh in aFPA to opposing tight ends this season and the Colts have been wildly inconsistent in their tight end usage in recent seasons, so fantasy managers should stay away from this situation. There should be better streaming options available.

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Tennessee Titans

Jack Doyle had a nice game last week, catching five of eight targets for 64 yards. Doyle alternated with Mo Alie-Cox and Trey Burton, getting occasional modest production throughout last season, but he has at least four targets in each of his first two games, bringing some hope to the situation. Still, hard to trust him, especially with a shaky quarterback situation, but he might have some sort of streaming relevance if he keeps getting targets. For now, leave him on waivers.

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Jack Doyle caught three of the four balls thrown his way last week against the Jaguars and ended up with 49 yards. Not a terrible day for a tight end, but certainly nothing to get too excited about either.

This week, Doyle faces Minnesota. The Vikings held the Packers’ tight ends to just one catch and 12 yards last week – about the only thing the Vikings did well defensively – but that’s hard to evaluate since Green Bay hasn’t featured the position regularly in quite some time. With some depth at the tight end position this year, it might be best to sit Doyle in most leagues and wait for just the right matchup. The Vikings have a couple of excellent safeties and talent at the linebacker spots as well.

UPDATE: Doyle is out this week, so be sure to get him out of your lineup. Mo Alie-Cox is an interesting desperation play with additional targets, but it's risky to go with someone so unproven.

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars

Jack Doyle has always been more impressive in theory than in actuality, but he’s always kind of been vying with other players for targets. This year, he should be the primary tight end. The last time he could say that was 2017, when he had 108 targets and 690 yards. Those numbers are very reachable with Philip Rivers at quarterback as long as Doyle can turn in another healthy season.

The Jaguars were ninth in aFPA to opposing tight ends last year, but they’ve lost so much on the defensive side of the ball, it’s hard to imagine they don’t take a step back across the board. Doyle isn’t an elite option, but for fantasy owners who waited until late at the position, he’s not a bad streaming option who should be a nice high-floor player to start the season.

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
The hope is that Jack Doyle’s 72 targets from last year will just add in Eric Ebron’s – now a Steeler – 52 targets to make Doyle a legit TE1 in 2020. Doyle has the talent to do that, and he’s been able to produce during the limited periods of time when he’s been the key tight end for the Colts. In 2017, he caught 80 balls for 690 yards and four touchdowns, and he had five touchdowns on 59 receptions the year before. Doyle was injured in 2018, but caught 43 passes for 448 yards and four touchdowns last season in a terrible offense. The addition of Philip Rivers – who has always made excellent use of his talented tight ends – should help Doyle, and could help him finish as a top-10 option at the position.

Fantasy Downside

Doyle just turned 30 and the Colts have used two tight ends regularly in the past, which might mean those 52 vacated targets could be spread around. Additionally, the Colts should be healthier at the wide receiver position after T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell missed a combined 15 games in 2019. The team also added Michael Pittman on the outside in the second round of the draft, a big-bodied receiver who could potentially steal away red-zone targets. If the increased talent at other positions gobble up the available targets, Doyle may struggle to improve on his numbers from last season.

2020 Bottom Line

The reward and high floor of Doyle vastly outweighs the risk associated with him in the 14th round of 12-team leagues. For fantasy owners who want to wait on the position, Doyle is an excellent low-cost option who can be a plug-and-play starter with the upside to become a top-10 and possibly even top-5 option at the position. If everything clicks with Rivers and the Colts’ offense as a whole, Doyle could see triple-digit targets again and become a massive steal. If he continues to put up steady, albeit unspectacular numbers, then he’s a quality option at a position of scarcity that won’t cost you much. Doyle should be on a lot of roster this year at such a low cost. According to ADP, he’s the 19th tight end off the board.

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