In this weekly segment, we will explore the fantasy relevance of some Indianapolis Colts’ players heading into the week.
Projection: RB2 (PPR)
Marlon Mack in my opinion currently may be the most fantasy relevant player on the Indianapolis Colts. Shocker, right? Well, not so much. The fact that Marlon Mack is only owner in 2.1% of ESPN leagues, even after his week 1 performance, is appalling. Mack carried the ball 10 times and recorded 24 yards. Mack scored one touchdown, which should have been two. Mack also had a 21 yard reception. He is in the perfect position to take over as the Colts’ starting running back.
The Colts look to be one of the worst teams in the NFL until Andrew Luck returns; there is nothing to lose for the Colts to start Mack. Even in the event that Gore remains the long term starter, Mack still has value due to his receiving abilities. Mack outscored Christian McCaffrey in week one, and may continue to do so.
Mack can be picked up off of the waiver wire in most leagues. There is no reason not to stash him on your bench. In a PPR format, Mack is a must start. Find some way to fit him in your lineup, whether it be at RB2 or at FLEX. He is a great player to stash on the bench even in non-PPR formats.
Projection: High end WR2, Low end WR1
Coming off of a season where he led the league in receiving yards, he struggled to get anything going against the Rams. Hilton only caught three passes for 57 yards, and lost a fumble. Part of this may be due to his quarterback, Scott Tolzien, who is undoubtedly the worst starting quarterback in the NFL.
As long as Andrew Luck is out, Hilton’s fantasy value will continue to diminish. Even though Jacoby Brissett may be a better option than Scott Tolzien, he is still no Andrew Luck. The Colts play another against another stout defense in the Arizona Cardinals. Hilton will most likely see Patrick Peterson for most of the game, who is one of the best shut down corners in the NFL. Hilton can still be a WR1 in PPR formats, but in any other format, avoid Hilton like the plague.
If Hilton continues to underperform, he could be an interesting buy low candidate. When Andrew Luck returns, Hilton’s production will undoubtedly improve.
Trending: No Change
Projection: Bench, FLEX
Doyle only caught two passes on Sunday, but totaled 41 yards. Doyle will always be reliable and consistent, but without a quarterback, garners little to no fantasy value. Deone Bucannon is one of the best coverage linebackers in the NFL, and will most likely be the one marking Doyle for most of the game.
Once again, avoid Colts pass catchers as much as you can as long as Andrew Luck is on the sideline.
Father time finally may be getting the best of Adam Vinatieri. He shanked an extra point against the Rams, and missed a field goal. The 44 year old still plays in a dome, and still has a chance to bounce back, but at this point there are better options. If you are in need of a kicker, look at someone like Phil Dawson, Nick Folk, Graham Gano, or Giorgio Tavecchio.
Trending: No Change
Projection: FLEX, Low end WR2
Moncrief flashed potential in the fourth quarter against the Rams, as he caught a 50 yard bomb from Jacoby Brissett. If Brissett does start against the Cardinals, Moncrief could be a solid option, as they displayed some decent chemistry. He unfortunately continues his dependance on touchdowns and big plays, and will need to overcome that to become a more valuable fantasy asset. Moncrief will not be blanketed by Patrick Peterson; and will have a chance to make some big plays against Arizona.
If Scott Tolzien does start against the Cardinals, avoid starting him at all costs.
In the event that Brissett is announced the week 2 stater, he is an intriguing fantasy option. Brissett showed a willingness to throw the ball downfield, as displayed by his 50 yard throw to Donte Moncrief. Brissett engineered the Colts’ only touchdown drive of the game after taking over for Scott Tolzien.
Unless you are in a very deep league, a two quarterback league, or are in dire need of a quarterback, there are generally better options than Brissett.
Projection: Please, no
The Colts defense is undoubtedly the worst unit in the NFL. Without cornerback Vontae Davis, there are most likely college defense that would put up more of a fight. The Colts allowed the Rams to put up 46 points, and made Jared Goff look like Aaron Rodgers. Goff threw over 300 yards and one touchdowns, and a 117.9 passer rating. This is nearly double his passer rating from last season. If you are playing the Colts defense in any fantasy league, even a 32 team league, you may need to undergo some serious mental evaluation.