Robert Mathis - LBPosted 8/25/15 8:13pm ET
Indianapolis Colts DE Robert Mathis (Achilles') believes he'll be ready for the regular season opener Sunday, Sept. 13, against the Buffalo Bills. Mathis returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: When we last saw Mathis, he was pacing the league with 19.5 sacks in 2013. He's now two years older and fighting off rust at age 34, but he'll still be a welcome addition to a Colts' defense which did tie for ninth with 41 sacks last season without him.
Donte Moncrief - WRPosted 8/16/15 2:12pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief (groin) did not play in the first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: The second-year wide receiver has been having a good camp and is thought to be in the lead to earn the No. 3 WR gig, but the competition is tight with first-round pick Phillip Dorsett and free-agent signee Duron Carter also in the hunt.
T.Y. Hilton - WRPosted 8/13/15 2:41pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton signed a five-year, $65 million extension Thursday, Aug. 13. He received $39 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Hilton, who's compiled the NFL's 12th-most receiving yards since entering the league in 2012 while also racking up the third-most 40-yard-plus receptions (17) during that span, is now the fourth-highest paid wideout in the league -- trailing only Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant in annual contract ($13M) and guaranteed money ($39M). He's a low-end WR1 in both standard-scoring and PPR leagues.
Vick Ballard - RBPosted 8/13/15 6:09pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 13. Ballard did not rule out playing in the first preseason game Sunday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Staying on the field is of paramount importance for Ballard, who is fighting to win the backup job in Indy after being limited to only one game over the last two seasons due to injuries.
Donte Moncrief - WRPosted 8/8/15 5:29pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WRs Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett and Duron Carter are candidates of the team's No. 3 wide receiver job, and all three have had positive moments during training camp.
Huddle Up: While all three receivers have been impressive and will have roles in the Colts' offense this season, look for Dorsett to have the biggest fantasy impact. The rookie is an explosive receiver who presents all kinds of mismatches for opposing defenses out of the slot.
Duron Carter - WRPosted 8/7/15 7:07pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Duron Carter caught four touchdowns during practice Friday, Aug. 7.
Huddle Up: Carter has loads of physical ability and upside but he's limited right now because of all the options in the Colts' offense. He's a great hold in dynasty leagues but Carter won't have much re-draft value this season unless the Colts suffer a couple of injuries to the receiver position.
Phillip Dorsett - WRPosted 8/5/15 9:30pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett is believed my many in Colts' training camp to have a skill set that is essentially a carbon copy of Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson's, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: Dorsett has an ADP of Round 14 because there's a belief there won't be enough targets to go around in the Colts' offense. However, Indianapolis didn't burn a first-round draft pick on the explosive receiver to have him sit on the bench. Expect to see a lot of Dorsett in his rookie season. He offers serious value later in your fantasy draft.
T.Y. Hilton - WRPosted 7/30/15 4:03pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has a good chance to receive a contract extension before the start of the regular season, according to owner Jim Irsay.
Huddle Up: You wouldn't think that Indy would be in a huge hurry to spend big money on a WR with Andrew Luck's mega-deal looming, but perhaps the Colts are counting on seeing if they can lock up the QB's favorite target with a team-friendly deal and getting that out of the way now.
Dwayne Allen - TEPosted 7/24/15 10:50pm ET
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen has started every game he has been healthy enough to play in, and Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star believes Allen's more complete skill set and the team's expanded receiving corps could lead to more snaps for Allen as the lone tight end in 2015.
Huddle Up: Allen is regarded as a better blocker than fellow 2012 rookie Coby Fleener, but the latter owns the better per-game receiving stats aside from Allen's higher average of TD receptions (.40-.32). Allen, though, has missed a combined 18 games over the past two seasons and needs to prove he can stay healthy.
Andrew Luck - QBPosted 7/19/15 3:03pm ET
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck recently worked out with some of his receivers at Stanford University in preparation for training camp.
Huddle Up: Luck easily established career highs in completions (380), yards (4,761) and TD tosses (40) last season, and his pass-catching weapons have only improved with the offseason additions of WRs Andre Johnson and rookie Phillip Dorsett so don't be surprised if he finishes on top of the fantasy QB points standings for a second straight year.
T.Y. Hilton - WRPosted 7/17/15 2:01pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton will likely command more than the $12 million per season that Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace receives, and Hilton could receive the franchise tag or become a free agent next year as the team works on an extension for QB Andrew Luck, according to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star.
Huddle Up: The 2012 third-round pick's receiving yards have increased by at least 200 yards in each of the last two seasons, but Indy just (surprisingly) spent it's first-round pick on a similarly speedy wideout in Phillip Dorsett and could be forced to move on from Hilton in getting Luck locked up long-term. The franchise tag -- $12.8 million this year -- could even be too pricey so definitely don't be surprised if Hilton is wearing a new uniform next fall.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 7/17/15 11:59pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore faced eight-plus defenders in the box more than any other running back in his final season with the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Not to go too far out on a limb, but we just don't see opposing defenses stacking the box as much in Indy with a QB named Luck throwing the pill.
Dwayne Allen - TEPosted 7/15/15 8:36pm ET
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen plans to play at 255 pounds, which is 13 pounds lighter than he was last season.
Huddle Up: Allen is already a tough task for defenders; if the slimmer frame allows him to be a little bit faster he'll be even more difficult to cover.
Andrew Luck - QBPosted 7/10/15 12:32am ET
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck and Co. are expected to spread the field more this season with three-and four-wide receiver sets.
Huddle Up: Luck hit career highs with his 4,761 passing yards and 40 TD tosses last season to pace all fantasy QBs, and now he's even surrounded by more weapons -- WRs Andre Johnson and Phillip Dorsett and RB Frank Gore -- so it's hard to forecast anything less than a top-three fantasy QB season.
Donte Moncrief - WRPosted 6/28/15 5:18pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief is a candidate to return kicks this season, according to special teams coach Tom McMahon.
Huddle Up: With the signing of free agents Andre Johnson and Duron Carter and the first-round draft pick used on Phillip Dorsett, the 2014 third-round pick has the appearances of a man caught in the middle. Moncrief did show some definite flashes last season with 32 catches for 444 yards and three TDs, but his upside is basically capped by his environment with all the offensive mouths to feed in Indy. The Colts seem to realize that and are looking at ways (special teams) to get Moncrief some additional touches.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 6/27/15 12:42am ET
Indianapolis Colts TE Coby Fleener said he wants to be a more consistent player and is looking to limit his mistakes on the field. 'Your flubs are aired in front of the whole world. Whether you're sitting at a desk all day or whether you're playing football, nobody wants to make the 'Not Top 10.' Unfortunately I've been there, and I'm trying to limit that as much as possible.'
Huddle Up: Fleener did hit career highs in 2014 with 774 receiving yards and eight scores on 51 catches, but those figures might not be repeatable given the new pass-catching weapons (WRs Andre Johnson & Phillip Dorsett) and if fellow TE Dwayne Allen is able to stay healthy (for a change) for a full season.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 6/16/15 2:13pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore was in attendance for nearly all of the team's voluntary workouts, and he displayed a dedication that is not necessarily expected of such an established player. He appears fresh and is as motivated as ever.
Huddle Up: At 32, Gore is among the elder statesmen of the league's RBs but is coming off his lightest load (255 rushes and 266 total touches) in his last four seasons. He also finished with 1,217 total yards and five TDs -- his lowest totals since his rookie season of 2005 -- but don't be shocked if the move to Indy and pairing with Andrew Luck rejuvenates the veteran back.
Vick Ballard - RBPosted 6/14/15 4:32pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') has been able to participate in some individual drills this offseason. Ballard has not received medical clearance at this point but believes he can return to the field by August 1.
Huddle Up: The 2012 fifth-round pick made a first-year splash with 966 yards from scrimmage but has played only one game since then due to injury. If he can he get his health in order, he has the opportunity to make a contribution with 32-year-old Frank Gore, Dan Herron and Zurlon Tipton currently topping the Indy RB depth chart.
Robert Mathis - LBPosted 6/5/15 12:57pm ET
Indianapolis Colts OLB Robert Mathis (Achilles') has shifted his timetable from being ready for training camp in August to preparing to be ready by the season opener in September.
Huddle Up: Now 34, Mathis is going to require a little extra time to heal as he looks to return for the first time since leading the league in sacks (19.5) in 2013.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 6/1/15 9:47am ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson said he has regained his passion for the game because of the opportunity to play with QB Andrew Luck, and he called Luck 'smart as hell.'
Huddle Up: Johnson gets a big upgrade in quarterback moving from Houston to the Colts, and all signs point to a career rejuvenation. The only issue is the number of mouths to feed in the Indy passing game, but if Luck's volume stays high there should be plenty to go around.
Andrew Luck - QBPosted 5/26/15 1:36am ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett has impressed QB Andrew Luck with his ability to quickly learn the offensive scheme. 'It's definitely not too big for him,' Luck said. 'He fits in very, very well.'
Huddle Up: Dorsett gives Luck a dazzling array of weapons, the problem from a fantasy perspective being there are so many options it's tough for one to consistently stand out. Still, anything Dorsett can do to draw Luck's attention is a good thing.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 5/24/15 1:04pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson will play a significant part in the Colts' offense this season, according to ESPN.com's Mike Wells.
Huddle Up: While the soon-to-be 34-year-old Johnson certainly isn't as explosive as he once was, it's easy to foresee the the wideout filling the 2012-13 Reggie Wayne role and leading the Colts in targets and receptions having caught at least 85 passes in six of his final seven seasons in Houston.
Phillip Dorsett - WRPosted 5/23/15 12:15am ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett is expected to compete with WRs Donte Moncrief, Duron Carter and Vincent Brown for the No. 3 wide receiver job during training camp. Dorsett is also expected to be a candidate for the kick and punt returner jobs.
Huddle Up: The Colts will be sure to get the speedy first-round pick involved, but don't expect too many fantasy points out of the Indy No. 3 wideout slot given the team's overall abundance of offensive weapons.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 5/22/15 4:11pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore was made a 'pretty seamless' transition to the Colts' offense and is displaying strong knowledge of the playbook, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.
Huddle Up: A player to definitely keep an eye on as having just turned 32, Gore could be a little undervalued come fantasy draft time because of his age and departure from the only NFL home he's ever known.
Dwayne Allen - TEPosted 5/14/15 3:37pm ET
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen is missing the first four weeks of the Colts' offseason program as part of his plan to play as many as 20 games in 2015. "The high ankle sprain (from 2014) lingered a little longer then I wanted it to. I talked to (Coach Pagano) about it and there was an understanding. I've been out here for two months, just grinding, getting my body in good shape so that I can go out and the team can depend on me. Getting late in the year (2014), I had a banged up knee and a banged up ankle. They didn't feel, I didn't feel, that they could depend on me and that was frustrating because I feel as if, in every situation throughout the season, they can count me," Allen said. Allen expects to rejoin the team Monday, May 18, for the beginning of organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Allen has missed 18 of Indy's 32 regular-season games over the last two seasons, but still has been productive with nine TD catches among his 30 receptions during that span and has some definite fantasy value once the top TEs are off the board in your fantasy drafts.
Phillip Dorsett - WRPosted 5/8/15 10:34pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett has received early praise from QB Andrew Luck. 'I know Phillip's going to be a stud,' Luck said. 'Runs like the wind, tracks the ball in the air, makes big plays.'
Huddle Up: Dorsett's speed will sure to be put to good use -- including kick returns -- but he's going to be hard pressed to have the fantasy impact he would've had most anywhere else given the wealth of pass-catching weapons already in place in Indy.
Jeff Demps - RBPosted 5/4/15 12:44pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Kadron Boone, DE Gannon Conway, RB Jeff Demps and OT Matt Hall were waived Monday, May 4.
Huddle Up: Demps' Olympic speed has yet to translate to the gridiron, and with at least three teams in his rear view mirror there's a pretty good chance it never will.
Phillip Dorsett - WRPosted 5/3/15 4:29pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett will be the team's kick returner in addition to his role on offense.
Huddle Up: Strictly as a fantasy WR, the curious pick by Indy -- given the team's other needs -- doesn't have as clear of a path to playing time as his fellow first-round WRs given the abundance of weapons in the Colts' passing game.
Phillip Dorsett - WRPosted 5/1/15 1:02am ET
Miami (Fla.) WR Phillip Dorsett was selected 29th overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30.
Huddle Up: Don't look now, but fantasy's No. 1 QB last season has a new weapon in the speedy Dorsett whose stock soared after he clocked a 4.33 40. That means double trouble for opposing DBs as Dorsett will be paired with speedster T.Y. Hilton to give the Horseshoes dual downfield threats.
Dwayne Allen - TEPosted 4/22/15 12:29am ET
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen's contract talks will not begin until after the season. He has been given permission to train with his own trainer this offseason.
Huddle Up: Allen has certainly produced when he's played -- witness his eight scoring receptions a season ago -- but therein lies the rub as as he's missed a combined 18 games over the last two seasons, and Indy most likely to see how Allen holds up in 2015 before it makes a longer-term commitment.
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