Well, the Indianapolis Colts haven’t been able to make much happen on the scoreboard through these first two games, but that doesn’t mean that some of their players don’t have some semblance of fantasy football value. This week’s evaluation:
QB Jacoby Brissett: ↑
Last week: 20-of-37 passing (54%), 216 yds, 5.8 YPA, 0 TD, 1 INT, 60.2 rating, 6 carries, 22 yds (3.7 avg)
Well, would you look at that? The Colts put a new QB under center and the offense shows signs of life. At the time of Brissett’s start last Sunday, he had only been around the team for a week. Now, he’s got another under his belt. Including his relief work in Week 1, Brissett has been very solid.
RB Frank Gore: ↔
Last week: 14 carries, 46 yds (3.3 avg), 1 TD, 0 catches (2 tgt)
Gore didn’t see much time in the Colts’ Week 1 blowout loss, but the team hanging with Arizona in Week 2 allowed him to see more work. Gore saw 13 more snaps than in Week 1 and had three more touches, resulting in his first TD of 2017. Unfortunately, Gore’s fantasy success is very TD-dependent.
RB Marlon Mack: ↔
Last week: 6 carries, -3 yds (-0.5 avg), 1 catch (1 tgt), 11 yds (11.0 avg)
Mack’s Week 2 performance was very disappointing considering how well things went for him in Week 1. He was on the field for six fewer snaps, and was 17 behind Robert Turbin, and 21 behind Gore. That’s an enormous difference considering what Week 1 looked like. On top of that, Mack was met in the backfield on many of his carries, which resulted in a whopping -3 yards rushing. However, considering the Colts basically featured him in Week 1, I am keeping Mack’s stock even for now.
RB Robert Turbin: ↑
Last week: 3 carries, 11 yds (3.7 avg), 1 catch (1 tgt), 8 yds (8.0 avg)
Surprisingly, Turbin looked like the odd man out during Week 1. I would have thought that if any RB was going to carry the load during a blowout, it would have been him. Instead, the Colts gave Mack 17 snaps and 14 to Turbin. They rectified that in Week 2, as they were able to play situational football in a much closer game. Just knowing that Turbin isn’t being phased out yet is enough to give him the ‘up’ arrow.
WR T.Y. Hilton: ↓
Last week: 4 catches (6 tgt), 49 yds (12.3 avg)
Hilton hasn’t been able to overcome his QB situation yet. Not with Scott Tolzien, and not with a much better Brissett. Hilton isn’t the only upper-level NFL WR struggling right now, but I’d like to see him have more than 7 catches for 106 yards and 0 TD through two games. I would also like for it to seem like chemistry matters.
WR Donte Moncrief: ↓
Last week: 2 catches (8 tgt), 18 yds (9.0 avg)
For the second week in a row, Moncrief’s stock is heading downward. You could actually make a case that this is the lowest that his fantasy stock has ever been, save for last year when he missed half of the year with a fractured shoulder blade. Brissett and Moncrief are not on the same page, and it’s painfully evident. Moncrief has only caught 3-of-11 total targets so far.
TE Jack Doyle: ↑
Last week: 8 catches (8 tgt), 79 yds (9.9 avg)
Someone on the opposite side of the pass-catching spectrum is Doyle, the guy has caught 10-of-11 targets in two games, including 8-of-8 last week. In PPR leagues, Doyle’s value is a little better, as it’s not so certain that the Colts will be scoring TD’s often until Andrew Luck returns.
K Adam Vinatieri: ↔
Last week: 2-of-2 FGA (100%), 1-of-1 XPA (100%), 7 points
In Week 1, Vinatieri failed to meet the expectations that the Colts needed from their veterans. Already getting stomped, he missed a field goal and an extra point. Then, last Sunday, he made up for it by converting all three of his kicks. Vinatieri has been slow out of the gate in recent years, so maybe this is just another example of that.
Colts Def/ST: ↑
Last week: 389 YA, 16 PA, 4 sacks, 1 INT
Against the Rams, the Colts gave up 46 points. There’s no way around it. However, the defense actually only gave up 30 of those points, the offense giving LA two pick-sixes and a safety. No team wants to give up 30 points, but a silver lining is that they did hold the Rams’ RB’s to just 2.1 yards per carry. Because of how poorly the offense was doing, the Colts defense was constantly on the field, and they were gassed.
I tell you all of that to tell you this—I actually started the Colts’ Def/ST in one of my leagues in Week 2. I had a feeling that they’d be able to get at least one takeaway and a sack and that they would be able to keep Arizona’s offensive yardage and points in check. The Colts Def/ST had a good matchup against that shaky, banged-up Cardinals offense, and they actually exceeded expectations. 7.00 points isn’t all that much, but I was feeling ballsy and wanted to give it a shot. Honestly, I’m doing it again this week against a much less-productive Cleveland Browns team.