If you had the Colts’ defense in fantasy football last year, you probably didn’t take home the trophy.
Indianapolis ranked 30th in the league in opponent points per game, 31st in sacks, and finished 19th in takeaways per game.
The Colts did change their coaching staff next season, which will bring a new defensive scheme to town. New defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus will be running a 4-3 defense in 2018.
If Eberflus runs a similar scheme as the Cowboys did when he was in Dallas, Indianapolis will probably be more of a “bend don’t break” defense. The Cowboys weren’t extremely aggressive with the blitz, and we could see a similar philosophy with the Colts next season.
That type of scheme usually doesn’t lead to many sacks or turnovers, which are obviously essential in becoming a good fantasy football defense.
The Colts’ best defensive player, Jabaal Sheard, gets a good amount of pressure and does a good job in run defense. But he only racked up 5.5 sacks in 2017. Indianapolis didn’t add any dynamic pass rushers to immediately improve their sack numbers from last season.
Indianapolis could improve their takeaway numbers with a healthy Malik Hooker in 2018.
Hooker picked off three passes in just seven games as a rookie, and he broke up an additional four passes. The second year safety should be able to make some plays again next season, and his mere presence in the secondary could be enough to cause a few more interceptions.
Overall, I would steer clear of the Colts’ defense in fantasy football drafts. However, they might be worth picking up for a week if they’re facing a struggling quarterback.