Coach: Frank Reich
OC: Nick Sirianni
QBs: Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett, Chad Kelly, Phillip Walker
RBs: Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, Spencer Ware, Jonathan Williams
WRs: TY Hilton, Devin Funchess, Parris Campbell, Chester Rogers, Daurice Fountain, Zach Pascal, Deon Cain, Marcus Johnson, Steve Ishmael, Jordan Veasy, Krishawn Hogan, Penny Hart, Ashton Dulin
TEs: Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron, Mo Alie-Cox, Billy Brown, Ross Travis, Gabe Holmes, Hale Hentges
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 2, Pick 59 – WR – Parris Campbell – Ohio State
Round 7, Pick 240 – OT – Jackson Barton – Utah
Round 7, Pick 246 – C – Javon Patterson – Ole Miss
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
WRs – Penny Hart – Georgia State
WR – Ashton Dulin- Malone
TE – Hale Hentges – Missouri
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
QB – Chad Kelly
RB – Spencer Ware
WR – Devin Funchess
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/21, Veterans 7/24
Frank Reich proved to be a fantastic hire last year for the Colts, guiding them to 10-6 record and winning a playoff game against the Texans. Reich was previously the OC in Philly and also in San Diego before he came to Indy. He worked with his current offensive coordinator back in San Diego, Nick Sirianni. It’ll be Siranni’s second year as the Colts OC, so we should be expecting similar things from last year. The Colts finished 7th in total offense and 6th in passing. We saw significant improvement from the offensive line and even the defense, giving the Colts one of the best rosters in the league overall.
Andrew Luck returned to form last year after missing the entire 2017 season. A huge sigh of relief. Luck threw the ball a career high 639 times, completing 430 of those for another career high 67.3%. He finished as the QB4 with 4,593 passing yards and 39 TDs. He’s being drafted as the QB2 behind Patrick Mahomes, leaving little room for upside. If you want to secure a top five quarterback with QB1 upside, Luck is your guy. He just costs a 5th to 6th round pick. To make things more exciting, the Colts added more weapons this off-season with Devin Funchess and 2nd round draft pick Parris Campbell. I’m a huge Andrew Luck fan but I could make the argument that the Colts have one of the best roster’s in the league and should be winning more often than not, suggesting that Luck passes a little less this year.
Marlon Mack will be the lead back in this potent offense. I mentioned the possibility of the Colts passing less, which means running more. Mack would be the biggest beneficiary of this idea. Mack was fantastic down the stretch last season and could be in-store for an RB1 finish this year. He was the RB21 in PPR leagues last year and only played in 12 regular season games. He recored 20+ fantasy points in five games and had only four of those 12 games below double digit fantasy points. With those numbers, he might be a better best ball target. He is currently going in the third round in the RB18 range. If he plays more than 12 games this year, he will end up as a value for us. The only negative with Mack is his lack of targets in the passing game. Nyheim Hines gets the majority of third down work and should retain his role from last year. Hines is also a preferred best ball target for me. He finished as the RB28 last year and has an ADP around RB41 right now. If Mack were to miss any time, Hines would have the same role as he normally would, which means we need to watch the training camp battle for the RB3 spot. The Colts added Spencer Ware to compete with Jordan Wilkins for that role. Ware is the savvy vet and an under-rated receiving back, so I’d give him the edge.
TY Hilton headlines the receiver group. He finished as WR14 last year and will have WR1 upside for us again in 2019. He missed two games last year so he would have likely finished safely within the top 12. He was also fantastic in the playoffs, catching 5 for 85 yards against the Texans and then 4 for 60 yards and 1TD against the Chiefs. Hilton is a dark-horse to lead the league in yards and should finish north of 80 receptions. He sometimes falls into the early parts of the third round, presenting us with great value. Behind Hilton, I mentioned earlier the signing of Devin Funchess and second round draft pick Parris Campbell. Funchess will be the other outside receiver and can compete with Eric Ebron for the team lead in touchdowns this year. We need to watch his camp reports closely to see how he is jiving with Luck. He may have Flex value and up to WR3 value for us this year. Parris Campbell will get most of his work in the slot and should be moved around all over the formations. I’m not sure he’ll be consistent enough for us in redraft leagues, but he’s one of my favorite dynasty targets. Chester Rogers, Daurice Fountain, Deon Cain and Zach Pascal should round out the rest of the receiving group. This WR4 position will be the best camp battle to watch. UDFA Penny Hart should also be on the list of names you need to know.
Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron hold down the fort at the tight end position. Doyle is recovering from an early hip injury last season. He also had kidney surgery in November. He should be ready to go for camp, but I fully expect the Colts to take things slow with Doyle. He reportedly lost nearly 25 pounds this off-season from his surgeries and is slowing putting that weight back on. If Doyle avoids any setbacks and is on track to start Week 1, he will have TE1 streaming value for us in PPR leagues. Doyle is a superb blocker so he remains on the field the most. Eric Ebron is the clear pass-catching TE and benefitted from Doyle’s absence last year to a tune of 66 receptions, 750 yards and 13 TDs. His touchdown totals are basically guaranteed to come down, but if Doyle can’t stay healthy, Ebron has the opportunity to come close to his reception and yardage totals. Another factor in Ebron’s 2019 success will be Devin Funchess. If Funchess is not panning out, Ebron should be getting more opportunities as the big slot. There has been positive buzz for the Colts third tight end Mo Alie-Cox. If anything happens to Doyle or Ebron, he’ll be the next man up.
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