By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)
It's time to take a look at the defending AFC South champions, the
Indianapolis Colts. The Colts had quite a few fantasy relevant players
in 2013 and took a big step forward in providing fantasy owners with
players to look for in fantasy drafts. Fantasy owners are hoping for
more of the same from the Colts in 2014.
Andrew Luck- Fantasy owners knew from the moment he was drafted that
Andrew Luck would be a successful fantasy quarterback sooner rather than
later. Luck took another step forward in 2013 and gained the trust of
fantasy owners everywhere in the process. Luck averaged over 21 fantasy
points per game and proved to owners that he could be a starting fantasy
quarterback every week. With Hakeem Nicks in the fold for 2014, owners
can expect another step forward from Luck this year.
Ahmad Bradshaw- Bradshaw's first season in Indianapolis was not what
fantasy owners were expecting. An injury cut his season short as he
appeared in only three games in 2013. Fantasy owners can take solace in
knowing that in those three games Bradshaw did appear in, he averaged
over 11 fantasy points per contest. If healthy in 2014, Bradshaw should
provide value to fantasy owners in the mid to late rounds of drafts.
Vick Ballard- Ballard appeared in only one game in 2013 and needs to
prove to fantasy owners he's worth drafting or even looking at on the
waiver wire. The backfield is rather crowded in Indianapolis this season
and Ballard will have to differentiate himself from the rest of the
pack. Where Ballard may hold value is if Trent Richardson has another
bust of a season and Ahmad Bradshaw goes down to another injury. Other
than that, Ballard doesn't hold much value heading into the season.
Trent Richardson- Trent Richardson was as pedestrian as running backs
come in 2013. The trade has worked out better for the Browns than it has
for the Colts up until this point. Trent Richardson needs to prove
himself to fantasy owners this season in order to be considered a top
back in fantasy circles again. His seven fantasy points per game was
enough for some fantasy owners to stay a away from him in 2014.
TY Hilton- Hilton was one of the more maddening fantasy players in
2013. His inconsistency made it difficult for owners to start him on a
weekly basis. One week he'd show signs of him becoming a fantasy stud,
while the next week he would have fantasy owners shaking their heads in
disbelief. If Hilton could become more consistent this season, he could
be in store for a monster 2014. He seems to have all the tools to be a
successful fantasy wideout but the inconsistency is holding him back. He
did have a productive 2013 catching 82 balls for over 1,000 yards and
scoring five touchdowns so owners know the talent is there.
Reggie Wayne- Wayne was well on his way to having another good fantasy
season when a knee injury cut that short. Before Wayne went down to the
injury, he played in seven games and averaged nine fantasy points per
game. If healthy in 2014, there's no reason to write Wayne off as he
should provide fantasy owners with another stellar season.
Hakeem Nicks- Coming over from the Giants last season, Nicks had a very
disappointing 2013 not finding the end zone even once. Most fantasy
owners are expecting a better season for Nicks being that he's getting a
fresh start in Indianapolis and is playing with a better quarterback in
Andrew Luck in a pass heavy offense. Owners should temper expectations
a bit early on as Nicks is playing in a new offense for the first time
in his professional career. Nicks is a better receiver than he showed in
2013 and a bounce back season should be in the books for Hakeem Nicks
Da'Rick Rogers- Rogers came out of nowhere last season and in the four
games he played in, averaged just under eight fantasy points per game.
Rogers is buried on the Colts depth chart and won't provide much fantasy
value unless an injury causes receivers ahead of him to miss time.
Coby Fleener- Fleener is another of those inconsistent fantasy players.
Just when owners thought it was safe to cut bait with him, Fleener would
have a good game. Then owners would put him in their lineup and he'd
have a dud of a game. Fleener did manage to finished the season with 52
catches for over 600 yards and four scores. He averaged just over five
fantasy points per game and still doesn't look like he could be a
starting fantasy tight end on a weekly basis. Maybe 2014 is the breakout
season fantasy owners have been waiting for but the inconsistencies are
too much to trust Fleener each week.
Dwayne Allen- When Allen was drafted along with Fleener, some fantasy
owners thought both could be the next Gronk/Hernandez. So far, Allen has
been a bigger disappointment than Coby Fleener. Appearing in only one
game in 2013, Dwayne Allen provides no fantasy value whatsoever heading