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Jonathan Taylor (toe) returned to practice for the Colts Thursday. (Source: James Boyd on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor missed practice for the first time in his NFL career Wednesday. The star running back has struggled over the last two weeks and is looking to get back on track against the Titans in Week 4. It will be worth monitoring his status on the injury report for the next few days, but all signs point to Taylor likely suiting up in Week 4.

Category: Injury Updates

Chase McLaughlin converted on both of his field goal attempts and both of his extra point attempts in the Colts' 20-17 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: McLaughlin's longest of the day was a 51 yard field goal. The 26-year-old is perfect through his first game as he looks to give the Colts a much needed boost at the kicker position. The Illinois product can be considered in leagues where kickers are rewarded for 50+ yard field goals as he is already 1/1 in such a category.

Category: Game Recaps

The Colts D/ST forced a key interception with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs threatening for a field goal to tie the game. They also added on sack en rout to the Colts' 20-17 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: The Colts defense has had a rocky start to the season as they were ran over in both Week's 1 and 2 by teams with subpar offenses. The Colts defensive unit will look to get one of their key leaders Shaquille Leaondar back for the team's Week 4 tilt against the Titans at home in Indianapolis, a game in which the defense can be streamed as a potential boom play against an offensive unit that has struggled so far this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Jelani Woods caught two of his three targets for 13 yards and two touchdowns en rout to the Colts' 20-17 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Woods caught both of the Colts only touchdowns on Sunday as he flashed his fantasy potential with a clear nose for the end zone. The 23-year-old is the clear number one tight end for the Colts as he has seemed to leapfrog both Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson. The Virginia product can be considered in deeper leagues as he is seemingly a threat for red-zone production, however managers should still be cautious with the young tight-end as he has not yet proved he can be consistent in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Alec Pierce caught three of his five targets for 61 yards on Sunday as the Colts went on to beat the Chiefs in a 20-17 game.

Fantasy Impact: Pierce has played in just two games so far this season with Sunday being his first game with a catch. The 22-year-old has seen just seven targets over two games, and he has recorded just three receptions along the way. Pierce is nothing more than a bench option at the moment, he should be on waivers in anything other than dynasty leagues or deep 14-team leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Mo Alie-Cox caught one of his three targets for nine yards on Sunday as the Colts went on to beat the Chiefs in a 20-17 game.

Fantasy Impact: Cox saw just three targets Sunday, which was outpaced by six other pass-catchers on the Colts which showed his ranking on the totem-pole. The 29-year-old was out-shined Sunday by Jelani Woods, who caught both of the Colts only touchdowns. The Virginia Commonwealth product should not be streamed or rostered in any league types at the moment as he has seen an average of just 2.75 targets per game.

Category: Game Recaps

Parris Campbell caught two passes for 10 yards on two targets en rout to the Colts' 20-17 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Campbell has had an extremely slow start to the season as he has seen just eight total targets over three games played in, and he has caught just five of his eight total targets. At the moment the 25-year-old is best left on waivers or benches league wide, at least until he sees a boost to his target share or if an injury to another receiver were to occur.

Category: Game Recaps

Ashton Dulin caught just one pass for seven yards on one target in the Colts' 20-17 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Dulin was nearly irrelevant on Sunday as nearly every other pass-catcher for the Colts had either more yardage or a higher target share. The 25-year-old receiver likely saw a smaller target share this week due to the return of Michael Pittman Jr. The Malone product should not be started at the moment even in the deepest of 14-team leagues, the only time managers should look his way is if Pittman were to miss more time with another injury.

Category: Game Recaps

Nyheim Hines carried the ball three times for seven yards on Sunday. He also added five catches on six targets for 23 yards en rout to the Colts' 20-17 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Hines workload stayed consistent in the Colts win Sunday, as he saw very few carries out of the backfield but saw more targets than any other running back for the Colts. The Colts pass-catching back has seen 17 targets over all three of his games played so far this season. The 25-year-old should be viewed as nothing more than a low-end FLEX play and only in PPR leagues as he provides little fantasy value outside of his receiving work.

Category: Game Recaps

Michael Pittman Jr. caught eight of his nine targets for 72 yards on Sunday en rout to the Colts' 20-17 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Pittman Jr. bounced back after missing Week 2 to show managers he will remain as consistent as they come at receiver in PPR leagues. The Colts' star wideout has now seen 22 targets over his first two games, having caught 17 of them while going for 193 yards on the season thus far. The 24-year-old is clearly one of the biggest threats in the Colts offense outside of Jonathan Taylor, and he will continue to garner the vast majority of Matt Ryan's attention on a game-to-game basis. Pittman Jr. should plug in as a WR1 going into a Week 4 matchup against a Titans team that just gave up 303 air yards to the Raiders.

Category: Game Recaps

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-37 pass attempts on Sunday, throwing for two touchdowns, while fumbling the ball twice en rout to the Colts' first win of the season, a 20-17 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Ryan managed the game better this time around in Week 3 as he came away without having thrown an interception, he does however need to maintain a better handle on the ball as he fumbled twice. The Colts quarterback finished Sunday's game with a QB rating of 105.9, his best of the season as he had averaged a rating of 31.4 through the previous two weeks. The 37-year-old should still not be streamed in standard leagues, he is really only worth a look in 2-QB leagues or Super-flex leagues as he has thrown more interceptions on the season (4) than he has touchdowns (3). Ryan and Co. will next take on the Titans in a home game for Week 4.

Category: Game Recaps

Shaquille Leonard (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leonard has been dealing with a back injury that has sidelined him for a while, and it's unclear when he will be able to return. He is arguably the most impactful player on this defense, and his absence will continue to hurt the already-struggling Colts' defense.

Category: Injury Updates

DeForest Buckner (hip) is active for Week 2 against Jacksonville. (Source: Zak Keefer on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Buckner was listed as questionable heading into Week 2. With the Colts missing Shaquille Leonard again on defense, and the injuries to the wide receivers on offense, Buckner and the Colts’ defense will need to be stout against Jacksonville Sunday.

Category: Injury Updates

The Colts called up WR Keke Coutee from the practice squad ahead of their game Sunday with Jacksonville. (Source: Kevin Bowen on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: With both Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce sidelined with injuries, the Colts needed to add some depth to the WR group for Sunday. Coutee only appeared in two games last season, catching his lone target for five yards. Coutee likely will not have any fantasy value this weekend or moving forward.

Category: Transactions

Kenny Moore II (hip) is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Jaguars. He upgraded to a full participant during Friday's practice session. (Source: Aaron Hancock on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moore played 70 snaps last week and racked up seven tackles. He is one of the league's most underrated corners and remains a key piece of the Indianapolis defense.

Category: Injury Updates

The Indianapolis Colts waived kicker Rodrigo Blankenship Tuesday. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Blankenship struggled in Sunday's tie with Houston, missing a potential 42-yard game-winner and driving two kickoffs out of bounds. The Colts will be on the lookout for a new kicker prior to their Week 2 matchup with Jacksonville.

Category: Transactions

The Colts and Quenton Nelson agreed to a four-year contract extension averaging $20 million per year, with $60 million guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nelson is now the highest paid guard in NFL history. For a team that has one of the best running backs in the league, it makes sense to pay a premium for arguably the best guard in the NFL. Nelson signing with the Colts long term should boost the value of Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr. in dynasty leagues.

Category: Transactions

Sam Ehlinger is expected to remain on the 53-man roster as the third quarterback for the Colts. (Source: Stephen Holder on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ehlinger had an excellent preseason, completing 83% of his passes and tallying four touchdowns. While he is not the direct backup to Matt Ryan, the Colts clearly felt there would be interest elsewhere and decided to keep him on the final roster.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Indianapolis Colts are releasing RB Phillip Lindsay. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lindsay made the Pro Bowl back in 2018 as an undrafted rookie, opening his career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and 10 and seven total touchdowns, respectively. Since then, he has bounced his way around rosters in both Houston and Miami. Lindsay could be a claim candidate, but will likely be behind both RBs Sony Michel and Kenyan Drake in team’s priorities.

Category: Transactions

Kwity Paye suffered bone bruise

Thu, Aug 25th 12:35am EDT
By Jordan Epp

According to Stephen Holder of ESPN, edge rusher Kwity Paye, a 2021 first-round pick, suffered a bone bruise at practice on Wednesday, dodging a serious knee injury. (Source: Stephen Holder on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Paye's injury isn't believed to be serious, fortunate news for the Indianapolis Colts. In 2021, he had 32 tackles and three tackles for loss with 10 quarterback hits and a forced fumble while playing 66% of the team's snaps. Paye should be able to return soon, adding depth to the Colts' pass rush while they wait for a sophomore surge from the Michigan product.

Category: Injury Updates