We continue! The Team Talk series rolls on to Indianapolis to talk Colts football. Adam Filadelfo is back to share his thoughts on the blue and white. You can follow him on Twitter: @Frostt24.
The Colts went from missing the playoffs by a mile in 2011 to advancing to the "second season"
in 2012. Along the way, they found not only key NFL contributors but
fantasy contributors as well. This year the Colts could provide even more
value for fantasy owners.
Andrew Luck - For a rookie last year, Luck not only carried his Colts but
also his fantasy owners. Many are expecting even bigger things in his second
season. He's becoming one of the quarterbacks that are being targeted
as a fantasy starter as opposed to the backup he usually was last season. He's
got a new offensive coordinator he's familiar with from his days at
Stanford. Once the top tier quarterbacks have been drafted, feel confident
having Luck as your starter each week.
T.Y Hilton - Hilton had a great fantasy season last year and I expect him
to repeat his success again this year. He's got value not only as a
receiver but in the return game as well. He's got the trust of his
quarterback and can make big plays downfield. Before long, T.Y Hilton
could become a household name to fantasy football players. He should be
drafted as your third receiver now but could very well produce like a
second receiver by the end of the season.
Reggie Wayne - He's getting up there in age but that didn't stop Wayne
from outproducing his ADP last year. He was a gem in PPR leagues but I
wouldn't count on a repeat performance again this year. While he will
hold value to his fantasy owners, don't draft him expecting the huge
numbers. Make sure you have depth at the receiver position if you draft
him just in case last year was his last year of fantasy glory.
Vick Ballard - Ballard will not start the season as the starting tailback
unless Bradshaw isn't healthy (which could very well happen) but it's
only a matter of time before he does. Bradshaw as shown he cannot stay
healthy which will open the door for Ballard to get his share of
carries. You can feel comfortable drafting Ballard as your fourth
running back but don't count on him to lead your team to a victory in
the weeks that he starting. He's good to have as depth at the tailback
position but not much more than a running back three at this point when
Ahmad Bradshaw - We all know Bradshaw will not stay healthy for the
entire season. We also know that when Bradshaw is playing he could be
useful for fantasy owners. While he is effective and will help your
fantasy team, don't reach for him in your draft. You will not get a
full season from him and you'd probably be better off grabbing a player
who can be counted on every week. If he does end up on your team (which
wouldn't be a bad thing), have depth to ensure you don't have to rely on
him every week.
Coby Fleener - Last year Fleener was a late round sleeper in drafts due
to his connection with Andrew Luck. Both played at Stanford together so
that connection made sense. That never came to fruition as Luck went on to
have a successful season while Fleener was an afterthought. It's possible this year
could be better for Fleener but he's currently dealing with a
concussion and I don't see him as more than a waiver wire pickup.
Even though the tight end position is said to be very thin this year,
there are a lot of other tight ends that should be taken well before