Sometimes when playing fantasy football, we let the love for our team blind us. Our bias engulfs our brains, and sometimes can cost you your whole fantasy season. Maybe you are one of those Jaguars fans who thinks that Blake Bortles is a good quarterback, or a Texans fan who swears by DeAndre Hopkins even though he has no quarterback. I know that I have selected Andrew Luck the past two seasons expecting the world, only do be sorely disappointed. The most important thing I can tell you is to draft with your brain, not with your heart.
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Here are a few general tips I can give:
Know the ins and outs of your league
Know the format(PPR, Standard), know all of the scoring rules, and all of the roster limits in order to optimize your draft strategy.
Reaching is OK
Do you have the 7th pick in your league but really want to draft a player such as Jordan Howard, who you are convinced will be amazing. If you have done your research, reach. Remember, rankings are only a rough guideline to follow.
Complete your draft
Too many fantasy players exit the draft room preceding the final few rounds, and that is a grave mistake. The last few rounds are a perfect time to take a flyer on some player with a high ceiling that might just break out. Players such as David Johnson, Jay Ajayi, and Dak Prescott were all late round picks that turned into stars.
There are some Colts that hold significant fantasy value, and some Colts with a decent amount of potential. We can start with Andrew Luck, who is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL when healthy. We look at his 2014 MVP type season where he put up 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns, leading the Colts to an AFC championship appearance. If Luck can stay upright in 2017, he will be a top fantasy quarterback, and great value around the fifth or sixth round of the draft.
Frank Gore is a solid player to pick up towards the middle or tail end of your draft. The 34 year old has shown no signs of slowing down, and with an improved offensive line should be able to replicate last season where he reached the 1,000 yard mark. I’m not sure that I would be confident with Frank Gore starting at running back for my team, though
T.Y. Hilton Led the NFL in receiving yards last season, and should only continue on his upward trend. If Hilton can eclipse his six touchdowns last season, that would go a long way for the Colts. Hilton is a surefire WR1, and a great late 1st or second round pick.
If Donte Moncrief can break out of his shell and become less touchdown dependent, he could be a steal. Jack Doyle is another late round steal, as he is one of the most reliable pass catchers in the NFL.
Lastly, I will give an example of a fantasy team that can easily contend for your league championship, and has plenty of Colts scattered throughout it. We will have the sixth pick in a 12 team league, with standard scoring.
Round 1: Mike Evans, WR
Round 2: T.Y. Hilton, WR
Round 3: Marshawn Lynch, RB
Round 4: Jarvis Landry, WR (FLEX)
Round 5: Drew Brees, QB
Round 6: Dalvin Cook, RB,
Round 7: Andrew Luck, QB
Round 8: Donte Moncrief, WR
Round 9: Kareem Hunt, RB
Round 10: Sterling Shepard, WR
Round 11: Jack Doyle, TE
Round 12: Vikings D/ST
Round 13: Adam Vinatieri, K
Round 14: Evan Engram, TE
Round 15: Chris Conley, WR
Round 16: Marlon Mack, RB
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts, and a national writer. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @doctortruthboi and @cover32_IND.