2018 Fantasy Football - Indianapolis Colts - Team Moves





By Chet Gresham - @ChetGresham
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Each offseason brings change to NFL rosters, and those changes often have fantasy implications. Below, I lay out the changes at the skill positions and how those moves impact the fantasy status of the new roster.


2017
    QB: Jacoby Brissett
    RB: Frank Gore, Marlon Mack, Robert Turbin, Josh Ferguson
    WR: T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Chester Rogers, Kamar Aiken
    TE: Jack Doyle


2018
    QB: Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett
    RB: Marlon Mack, Robert Turbin, Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, Josh Ferguson
    WR: T.Y. Hilton, Ryan Grant, Chester Rogers, Daurice Fountain, Deon Cain, Krishawn Hogan
    TE: Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron




Pre-Draft Offseason:

The most anticipated and helpful move would be getting Andrew Luck back as the starting quarterback. That has yet to happen, but supposedly that is going to at some point. As long as Luck is playing, we can feel much better about targeting Indianapolis offensive skill players like T.Y. Hilton and even some guys not named Hilton, but I'm not going to do that until I'm sure Luck is back.

The Colts let Frank Gore go, which makes sense. He wasn't done completely, but his speed and agility have taken too big a hit at this point. That leaves the door open for Marlon Mack to be a big contributor this season if they don't bring in a top back via the 2018 NFL Draft.

Donte Moncrief moved on to Jacksonville, and even though I still would like to see a healthy season out of him and Luck at the same time, it was just not meant to be. That should elevate Chester Rogers and place him clearly into the sleeper section of fantasy as long as Luck is healthy.

Jack Doyle was one of the few consistent players for the Colts last season, and they rewarded him by bringing in Eric Ebron! The plan is likely to use 2-TE sets, which Luck is very used to, but it's not the best for either tight end to reach their upside. It can be done though, and if Indianapolis can't get production out of Rogers and/or Ryan Grant, both tight ends will need to take on bigger roles. As it is however, I believe we'll need to see one tight end take over before he is a fantasy commodity.



Post-Draft Update

The Colts did upgrade their offensive line and defense with their first five picks. Their No. 1 pick of Quenton Nelson out of Notre Dame should go a long way to beefing up their line and protecting Andrew Luck, if he can ever play again.

Indianapolis' first skill player was running back Nyheim Hines from N.C. State, who was picked in Round 4. This team is a great spot for him, especially with the recent news that Marlon Mack will miss OTAs after shoulder surgery. Hines has the ability to beat Mack out and a similar but better skill set, as he has great burst and receiving ability. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Hines were to win the lead-back job, but there is a caveat here. Frank Reich, the Colts' new head coach, is a fan of spreading the wealth at running back, as you saw last season in Philadelphia, and the Colts also drafted Jordan Wilkins out of Ole Miss in the Round 5. Wilkins is a strong receiver and pass blocker, and he could earn snaps this year as well. Then, you have to add in Mack, who will be back despite the surgery, and Robert Turbin, who coaches like as a veteran presence.

With a dearth of wide receivers after T.Y. Hilton, the Colts took a couple of high-upside guys with Daurice Fountain and Deon Cain. Cain has the most upside of the two and has a clear path to snaps if he can beat out Chester Rogers. And as long as Luck is back to his old self, these rookie receivers have a chance, especially long term, to be fantasy assets.



2018 Fantasy Outlook:

Stud: T.Y. Hilton

Solid: Andrew Luck

Sleeper: Nyheim Hines, Deon Cain



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