The Colts’ receiving corps has one sure thing in T.Y. Hilton surrounded by a bunch of wild cards heading into 2018. That could lead to some opportunities to find a sleeper or two on this roster during your fantasy draft.
General manager Chris Ballard didn’t make many moves during free agency, but he did bring in Ryan Grant to help bolster the Colts’ receiver depth chart.
Grant had an interesting tenure in Washington that featured years of both feast and famine.
The feast included a strong showing in his second NFL season in 2015 with 268 yards on 23 receptions and 2 touchdowns, and he had the best year of his career last season with 573 yards receiving on 45 catches with 4 touchdowns.
The famine included two seasons (2014 and 2016) of less than 100 yards receiving despite being healthy for all 16 games.
So which Ryan Grant will we see next season?
The fact that Chris Ballard liked Grant enough to go out and get him in free agency bodes well for him in Indianapolis. Also, despite Grant’s unspectacular career numbers, he is the most accomplished receiver on this roster outside of Hilton.
At worst, I think Grant will enter the season as the third wide receiver on the Colts’ depth chart. That would make him a borderline fantasy draft pick depending on a couple of scenarios.
The first determining factor will be Andrew Luck’s health and the second will be how often Frank Reich features the third wide receiver in his offensive system where he likes to get tight ends and running backs involved in the passing game.
If Ryan Grant earns the number two spot on the depth chart, I’d consider spending a late-round draft pick on him. However, the Colts’ receiving corps will need to be sorted out during training camp.