• Jack Doyle

  • TE
  • , Indianapolis Colts
  • 31
  • 258 lbs
  • 6' 6"
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Scouting report

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.

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars

Jack Doyle has struggled the past three games with just a pair of receptions in each of them. Last week, the Colts got up early on the Panthers and were able to run the rest of the way, but Doyle remains a player with upside given he’s the clear-cut number one tight end on the roster since Eric Ebron went on injured reserve.

The Jaguars rank 19th in aFPA to opposing tight ends this season and allowed seven catches and 82 yards to Austin Hooper last week. The Jaguars look like they barely have a pulse lately, giving Doyle significant upside to finish up the year. We have him as a fringe-starter this week and an excellent streaming option.

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Carolina Panthers

Jack Doyle struggled last week against the Saints with only two catches and 21 yards as the Colts got beat in virtually every aspect of a lopsided defeat. Doyle has upside as a primary target in the passing game for the remainder of the season, but he’s definitely a notch below the consistently productive elite options at the top of the rankings each week.

The Panthers have actually been very good against the tight end this season. They rank fourth in aFPA to the position and held Jacob Hollister to just 23 yards on three receptions last week. Doyle’s likely targets still give him upside, but move him down to “fringe-starter” status in a surprisingly difficult matchup.

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at New Orleans Saints

Jack Doyle was disappointing last week, catching just two of the six balls thrown his way for 27 yards. Doyle was coming off three touchdowns in his previous four games however and he’s the clear number one option at the tight end position in Indianapolis with Eric Ebron lost for the season. He should rebound moving forward.

This week, we have Doyle as a top-10 option against the Saints. New Orleans is tied for 18th in aFPA to opposing tight ends this season and they allowed a touchdown to George Kittle last week. Doyle should continue to get significant targets, making him a viable option just outside the elite tight ends in all leagues. If he’s somehow still on waivers, definitely grab him.

by Brandon Niles

IND TE Jack Doyle - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With Eric Ebron on injured reserve, Jack Doyle led the team with 11 targets last week against the Colts, catching six balls for 73 yards and a touchdown. Doyle now has a touchdown in three of his last four games and should be considered a viable starter in all league formats for the remainder of the season.

This week, Doyle is extra appealing in a terrific matchup. Only the Packers and the Cardinals rank lower in aFPA to opposing tight ends than the Buccaneers, and Doyle should be able to take full advantage. Doyle should be active in all leagues, and we have him ranked just behind the top tier of elite fantasy tight ends this week.

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