Colts Fantasy News

Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:26pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Conor Orr on the team's WR pecking order: Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz will carry the offense, with Odell Beckham being put in a few different places in order to open up the defense. His speed will be more of an asset off the ball, and Randle should make big strides in '14.

Fantasy Impact:

Hakeem Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle and Beckham should both see starter’s snaps. Randle has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014, 11:29am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Beat writer Dan Graziano: "Odell Beckham was drafted to give the Giants the field-stretching threat that Hakeem Nicks did not provide last year, and the team believes he can outrun defensive backs and help open things up for Ben McAdoo's offense near the line of scrimmage. Of course, assuming they're right, Beckham can provide a big-play threat in his own right down the field. But their hope is that he has the speed to beat press coverage and stretch out defenses in a way that allows their offense to operate with a variety of quick-hitting options. I have my own concerns over how Beckham will react to big, physical cornerbacks, but there are plenty of people I talk to around the league who like him a lot and believe he'll contribute right away."

Fantasy Impact:

Beckham will likely start alongside Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle since OC Ben McAdoo is likely to call a lot of three-WR sets. If he plays 70 percent or more of the snaps, he should be fantasy relevant in 2014.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 2:01pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

With Colts TE Dwayne Allen back, that allows to use each of the tight ends to their specific strengths.

For Colby Fleener, that’s putting his 6-6 frame to work and that even comes with splitting him out wide at times.

For Allen, he’s shown an ability to excel in the backfield and as an in-line blocker, along with catching 45 passes during this rookie season.

The receiver group has gotten, and deservedly so, a ton of attention this offseason but the tight end duo of Fleener and Allen should only enhance the offensive production in 2014.

Fantasy Impact:

We rank Allen 19th and Fleener 35th among our TEs, which doesn't make either a solid starter in typical formats. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Indy these days, so this is a situation you might need to let play out. Allen could have some value in deeper leagues with multiple TE plays.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:56pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

With the Colts Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks in the fold, it allows for T.Y. Hilton to move all over the offensive formations and ideally line up in advantageous situations.

Hilton’s 10 100-yard receiving games after two NFL seasons are tied for the second most in league history.

Fantasy Impact:

The big question is will Wayne be ready for the opener, which would be just over nine months removed from a torn ACL. All indications are he will be, but will the Colts ease him back in? Either way, at some point all three should be on the field increasing the fantasy value of QB Andrew Luck. We have Hilton ranked 22nd on our WR list, which is highest among the Colts. Even with Wayne on the field, Hilton could still see a ton of targets. However, we admit Hilton could be limited in two tight end sets. There are going to be a lot of mouths to feed in the Colts offense...

Eli Manning 're-energized' by new system
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12:25pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

One offseason storyline in New York has been the influence of new Giants coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was imported when Kevin Gilbride retired after 10 seasons with the club.

Last month New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the new offense forced quarterback Eli Manning to do a lot of homework. The signal-caller agrees that learning the new scheme has refreshed him after his horrific 2013 season.

"It's re-energized me," Manning told the New York Daily News. "I'm trying to speed up the process of getting comfortable in the new system. I don't have 10 years. I have a few months."

Fantasy Impact:

Manning had a terrible year in 2013, but should bounce back this season. WR Hakeem Nicks is gone but WR Victor Cruz remains and rookie WR Odell Beckham should produce as well. This could also be a big year for WR Rueben Randle, assuming Manning does bounce back. We rank Eli 21st among our QBs, but he may not even get drafted in typical leagues. If you're counting on a bounce back and targeting him as a QB2, it looks like you can wait very late to get him.

Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:08pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Colts cut LaVon Brazill on Friday afternoon.

Trent Richardson will have to 'produce right away'
Friday, July 11, 2014, 9:46pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts RB Trent Richardson will likely get the first shot at starting over Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard because the latter two are coming off injuries that cost them almost all of the 2013 season. But Richardson will have to produce right away because it's unlikely the Colts will wait for him to get going if Bradshaw and Ballard are producing when given the opportunity.

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #22 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.

Monday, July 7, 2014, 8:25am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Lions Matthew Stafford had a down year in 2013, in part to drops. But some of those struggles were the result of the quarterback's inconsistent mechanics and occasionally questionable decision-making.

With a coaching staff dedicated to refining Stafford's technique, and an improved arsenal of weapons, it would be stunning if the Lions' franchise quarterback didn't take a step forward with his accuracy this season, while dropping his interception rate.

Fantasy Impact:

Stafford's mechanics have often come under fire and we've seen mixed results throughout his career. Still, the weapons around him are tempting enough to take a chance on Stafford as your fantasy QB this season, especially if you're set on not taking one of the Big 3 early in drafts. We rank Stafford 5th on our list, and he is among that second tier of QBs along with Nick Foles and Andrew Luck.

Beat: 'Don't sleep on' Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw
Saturday, July 5, 2014, 8:20pm

Mike Wells, ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts RB Trent Richardson will get the first shot at starting, but don't sleep on Ahmad Bradshaw. It only took one game for Bradshaw to be the Colts' most productive running back last season when he rushed for 95 yards against San Francisco in Week 3. Richardson had production issues last season, but Bradshaw (neck) and Vick Ballard (knee) have health questions.

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #22 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.

LaVon Brazill suspended for one year
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 7:12pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill has been suspended for at least one year without pay for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, reports NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

After failing multiple drug tests, Brazill was tagged with a four-game ban to start the 2013 season. He acknowledged last summer that it was time to choose between "money or marijuana."

Fantasy Impact:

The suspension helps to clear up the Colts' WR battle for roster spots. Griff Whalen's chances of making the team look much better with Brazill out of the picture.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 3:22pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

Colts.com Craig Kelley was asked how much rookie WR Donte Moncrief will play this year: "It’s tough to tell with a crowded position group, but my hunch is he will see the field a decent amount. Donte is a worker whose ethic matches his physical size and tools. It’s not out of the question that he will find a home in the return game as well. Donte had a very solid spring and showed exactly why he was so high on our draft board. I doubt it will be hard to find him on the field this year."

Giants WR coach says Rueben Randle is 'locked in'
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 3:49pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Giants WR Rueben Randle has had some bright moments in his first two seasons, but he faded in and out of the offense alongside Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Wide receivers coach Sean Ryan wanted to see more consistency from Randle this spring and says he saw progress from his pupil.

“For me, the battle with him is consistency, and I think he’s addressed it in this offseason in the way he approaches his job,” Ryan said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “I’ve seen a difference in his seriousness towards his work. This spring, I thought he was locked in. I thought he did a good job learning the new offense. Like I said, he’s got some football intelligence to him. Things come to him. He sees things pretty well. But I thought he really worked hard at being locked into the meetings and on the field as well. I noticed a difference in him.”

Randle may be helped by making fewer adjustments to routes that call for him to be reading things the same way that quarterback Eli Manning reads them, something that bedeviled the pair last season and led to interceptions. Ryan said that Randle will still have to make some of those reads and the Giants will need him to make the right ones on a weekly basis for the offense to rebound from last season.

Fantasy Impact:

Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Odell Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle should see starter’s snaps. He has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time.

Monday, June 23, 2014, 10:18am

Mike Wells, ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts RB Trent Richardson will be given the first shot at starting partially based off his talent and because not starting would be another sign of a failed trade by GM Ryan Grigson. But don’t be shocked if Ahmad Bradshaw ends up starting if Richardson struggles early. The Colts aren’t in the position to be waiting for Richardson to find his rhythm.

Fantasy Impact:

The team is happy with Richardson's offseason and are even talking about him being a three-down back in 2014. He was hesitant last season and lacked burst, but could potentially turn it around if he's fully comfortable in the offense. Bradshaw is the better runner but hasn't been able to stay healthy.

Trent Richardson could become a 'three-down player'
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 10:51am

Mike Wells, ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts beat writer Mike Wells was asked who would start at RB: "You can't count out Ahmad Bradshaw based off how he played in his brief time on the field before getting injured last season. ESPN NFL Insider Jim Trotter had an interesting nugget recently. He wrote on Twitter that Trent Richardson, according to coaches, is relying more on his instincts when running instead of thinking it through and he has a chance to be a 'three-down player.' I'd say at this point -- and mind you, so much can change over the next few months -- that you have to think Richardson and Bradshaw are the frontrunners."

Fantasy Impact:

Wells doesn't provide much clarity by naming two of the three RBs in contention (along with Vick Ballard) for the starting job, but it is interesting that Richardson may become a three-down player this season given the way he ran last season.

Giants say Rueben Randle can 'definitely' be the team's WR2
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:01am

New York Daily News - [Full Article]

Giants WR Rueben Randle, who spent two years miscommunicating with Eli Manning in the worst possible moments, enjoyed a solid camp, and receivers coach Sean Ryan said he “definitely” can serve as the team’s No. 2 receiver behind Victor Cruz.

Randle caught a beautiful deep TD pass from Manning on the second day of minicamp, and he said he finds Ben McAdoo’s new playbook “easier.”

“That battle with him is consistency,” Ryan said. “And I think he’s addressed it in this offseason in the way he approaches his job.”

It’s a transition the Giants needed Randle to make. Jerrel Jernigan and first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. could also be options, but neither offers the physicality that the 6-2 Randle brings.

Fantasy Impact:

Hakeem Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Odell Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle should see starter’s snaps. He has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time.