As long as it took the NFL’s opening week to get here, it was gone in a flash. Now, I feel odd already writing something for Week 2, but here we are.
When you lose by 37 points, there’s a lot of evaluation to be done. When it comes to fantasy football, we already knew that Colts players would have little value without quarterback Andrew Luck, but this was pretty rough stuff on Sunday. In the spirit of evaluation, we’ll now take a look at the Colts’ fantasy stock.
Keep in mind, this is not a preview of this week’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. That will come later this week.
QB Scott Tolzien: ↓
Last week: 9-of-18 passing (50%), 128 yds, 7.1YPA, 0 TD, 2 INT, 33.8 rating, 2 carries, 2 yds (1.0 avg)
Tolzien, and the offense as a whole, was just so bad on Sunday. He threw two pick-sixes, both poorly-thrown to the boundary. There is now a pretty good chance that Tolzien gets replaced as the starter this week by Jacoby Brissett, and Brissett doesn’t even know the playbook yet. Plain and simple, Tolzien is not a starting-caliber quarterback, and him being on the field zaps the offense’s potential.
RB Frank Gore: ↔
Last week: 10 carries, 42 yds (4.2 avg), 1 catch (1 tgt), 10 yds (10.0 avg)
If the Colts weren’t down by multiple scores pretty much the entire game Gore would have seen more touches, so I’m not going to hold that against him. He ran with a ton of determination, as always, and got 4.2 yards per carry.
RB Marlon Mack: ↑
Last week: 10 carries, 24 yds (2.4 avg), 1 TD, 1 catch (1 tgt), 21 yds (21.0 avg)
Mack was one of the lone bright spots for the Colts on Sunday. In the box score, it just looked alright. However, we all know by now that he should have had his first touchdown counted. Plus, he had both a carry and reception go for over 20 yards. He was met in the backfield often, which led to his 2.4 yards per carry. Mack saw the same amount of carries as Gore and was on the field for just two fewer snaps. Mack was on the field for two more snaps than Robert Turbin, who he may have now supplanted as the Colts’ second running back.
RB Robert Turbin: ↓
Last week: 2 carries, 7 yds (3.5 avg), 1 catch (1 tgt), -4 yards (-4.0 avg)
As I just mentioned, Mack might have passed Turbin as the Colts’ second back. Turbin barely saw any touches, but in his defense, the entire offense was a mess all game. This situation bears monitoring but we can’t avoid the fact that Mack saw snaps that probably would’ve been Turbin’s in the past.
WR TY Hilton: ↔
Last week: 3 catches (7 tgt), 57 yds (19.0 avg)
If anybody can succeed without Luck, it’s Hilton. He coughed the ball up on one possession and had another intercepted right in front of him by a terrible throw. Other than that, he was able to make the most of his opportunities. Assuming the Rams game was as bad as it gets, I’m not docking Hilton for last Sunday.
WR Donte Moncrief: ↓
Last week: 1 catch (4 tgt), 50 yds (50.0 avg)
It’s probably safe to assume that Moncrief would have been held without a catch if it weren’t for Brissett’s bomb to him in the fourth quarter. Tolzien had some pretty bad targets Moncrief’s way. Despite Tolzien being a big issue for Moncrief, something we all wanted more of from Moncrief was consistency outside of the red zone. That hasn’t happened yet.
TE Jack Doyle: ↔
Last week: 2 catches (3 tgt), 41 yds (20.5 avg)
I expected Doyle to be Tolzien’s security blanket on Sunday, and it looked that way early. The only person that Tolzien ever looks comfortable throwing to is Doyle, but unfortunately, all of Doyle’s impact came in the first quarter.
K Adam Vinatieri: ↓
Last week: 1-of-2 FGA, 0-of-1 XPA, 3 points
It’s become commonplace in recent seasons for Vinatieri to start out slow, whether that begins during training camp or Week 1. However, the Colts needed their leadership to step up on Sunday, and Vinatieri failed to do that. He was far from the reason the team lost, but with so few chances for the offense to score, he missed twice.
Colts Def/ST: ↓
Last week: 373 YA, 46 PA, 1 sack, 1 FR
The Colts defense actually did much better than what the box score would indicate. They were stout against the run (held RB’s to 2.1 YPC), but a solid game plan from the Los Angeles coaching staff and no pass-rush from the Colts got them gashed through the air. Regardless, this is about fantasy stock—allowing your opponent into the neighborhood of 400 yards and 50 points is going to kill a fantasy Def/ST every time.