Most avid football fans play fantasy football every year. It is a way to interact with the league and change the way football is watched by the fans. The Colts definitely have value in terms of fantasy, from Andrew Luck to Adam Vinatieri. Here is an outlook on how these players should perform this season.
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T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Kamar Aiken, Phillip Dorsett, Chester Rogers
2016 stats: 1448 yards, six touchdowns, 91 receptions, 16 games started
Hilton, one of the most underrated players in the NFL, led the league in receiving yards last season. He is certainly the favorite target of quarterback Andrew Luck, and the number one option in a high volume pass offense, ranked sixth in the NFL in pass yards per game in 2016.
Hilton is a fantasy monster, especially in PPR formats, as Hilton catches a large amount of passes. He could easily be a late first round selection, and if he falls to the second round he should absolutely be selected. Hilton’s potential is a solid wide receiver one or elite wide receiver two.
2016 stats: 307 yards, seven touchdowns, 30 receptions, seven games started
Moncrief was sidelined due to injury last season, limiting his production on the field. Moncrief has failed to reach his full potential so far in his career. He has the potential to be a big time receiver in this league.
Entering his contract season in 2017, Moncrief needs to put up big numbers in order to get paid big money by the Colts, or any other team. He has a good amount of upside, and could be a solid sleeper pick if a receiver is a position of need for your team.
2016 stats: 328 yards, one touchdown, 29 receptions, six games started
Aiken saw his role diminish last season in Baltimore, as he had 600 less yards in 2016 than he had in 2015. The Colts scooped Aiken up this offseason on a one year deal to compete for a roster spot. Aiken’s 6’2” 213 pound frame could allow him to be decently productive.
Aiken will most likely compete for snaps with the likes of Phillip Dorsett and Chester Rogers. Look to see if Aiken is getting a decent amount of touches, and if not, look for another option at receiver.
2016 stats: 528 yards, two touchdowns, 33 receptions, seven games started
Dorsett has been unable to fulfill the potential he displayed when he played at Miami, which was the reason that the Colts drafted him in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. His blazing 4.33 second 40 yard dash at the draft combine is his most appealing asset; he can take the top off of the defense at any moment.
Dorsett recorded 10 touchdowns in his senior season at Miami. His 24.2 yards per catch in 2014 is an indication of his deep threat potential. Dorsett could turn into one of the best deep threats in the NFL, and a touchdown and fantasy point machine.
2016 stats: 273 yards, 0 touchdowns, 19 receptions, two games started
Rogers ended up making the 53 man roster as an undrafted free agent rookie last season, and played very solid for the role he was given. Rogers displayed solid consistency when filling in for the injured Donte Moncrief, and played better than Phillip Dorsett in the minutes he played when Moncrief returned from injury
Rogers has apparently been impressing in OTAs; he could definitely become an impact player on the Colts roster this season. His performance this past season and in OTAs should cement Rogers as an integral piece of the offense this season. But, unless he indeed breaks out this season, look elsewhere for receivers in the free agent pool.