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Colts coach Frank Reich said "there's definitely inherent respect for the starter returning" when asked about Marlon Mack's role in the team's backfield. (Source: 1075 The Fan)

Fantasy Impact: The Colts continue to talk up all three of their backs, including Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. Taylor is considered the most talented of the trio but Mack has the seniority and Hines has the best pass-catching ability. Mack might begin the season as the Colts' "starting" running back but it wouldn't be a surprise if Taylor usurps him sooner rather than later.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich plans to use Mo Alie-Cox more in 2020 as both a blocking and receiving tight end. Alie-Cox played 32.9% of the Colts' offensive snaps in 2020. (Source: Andrew Walker on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Colts allowed Eric Ebron to depart via free agency but brought in Trey Burton who will challenge Alie-Cox for snaps as the backup tight end behind veteran Jack Doyle. If the Colts go to more three wide receiver sets with T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, and rookie Micheal Pittman Jr. there may not be much room for the backup tight ends to see a lot of volume in this offense. Mo Alie-Cox, who is entering his fourth season in the league, has only caught 15 passes in his career and does not need to be on your fantasy radar entering the 2020 season.

Category: Rumors

After suffering four injuries in his rookie season and playing in only seven games Parris Campbell is now 100% healthy according to an interview with insider Jim Ayello of The Indianapolis Star. Campbell has been keeping himself on a strict routine in preparation for the 2020 season. (Source: Jim Ayello on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Parris Campbell is expected to be Phillip Rivers' primary slot receiver in 2020, flanked by veteran T.Y. Hilton and rookie Michael Pittman. It is imperative that Campbell makes a full return to health in his sophomore season, as last year his inability to stay on the field lead to Zach Pascal emerging as one of the Colts' more reliable wide receiver options (41-607-5).

Category: Injury Updates

In regards to Colts RB Nyheim Hines, head coach Frank Reich told reporters that it wouldn’t surprise him “if there’s a game this season that Nyheim Hines has 10 catches.” (Source: Joel Erickson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reich has a knack for integrating pass-catching backs into his offense. Look no further than his time in Philadelphia with Darren Sproles and his time in San Diego working with Danny Woodhead. Even with the addition of Jonathan Taylor, it sounds like Hines will have some fantasy value, especially in PPR leagues. It’s certainly possible that Philip Rivers utilizes Hines similar to how he utilized Austin Ekeler with the Chargers. Ekeler caught 92 balls last season in Los Angeles, and Hines has a combined 107 receptions in his two-year career. Look for Hines to be active in the passing game this season, and consider drafting him as an RB4 or RB5 in half and full PPR leagues.

Colts’ HC Frank Reich is “very optimistic” Philip Rivers will spend multiple years with the team. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Rivers signed a one-year deal with the Colts this off-season, but HC Frank Reich believes the veteran QB will be with the team for multiple years. “I can tell you I really believe it’s Phillip’s intent to play multiple years,” said Reich. “I’m very optimistic it will be a multiple year thing.” It remains to be seen if Rivers is a Colt beyond 2020, but the 38-year-old will be the team’s starting QB this upcoming season. Rivers threw for 4,615 yards with a 23:20 TD:INT ratio across 16 games for the Chargers last season. He is currently 22nd among all quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Former Washington QB Jacob Eason, pick No. 122 of the NFL 2020 Draft has signed his four-year rookie contract with the Colts. (Source: Indianapolis Colts on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Eason was sixth QB selected off the board in the 2020 NFL draft and will compete with Jacoby Brissett to backup starter Phillip Rivers. The fourth-round QB tossed for 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Huskies last season. Eason will learn under Rivers and could compete for the Colts’ starting QB job in 2021.

Category: Transactions

RB Jonathan Taylor, the No. 41 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has officially agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. (Source: Indianapolis Colts on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former Wisconsin running back enters into a great situation in Indianapolis. With one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, Taylor should find success immediately, even with fellow RB Marlon Mack getting his share of carries. Taylor offers more as a pass-catcher than does Mack, and should see opportunities early and often this season. Head coach Frank Reich has called Taylor and Mack a “1-1 punch” for the Colts in the backfield. Taylor comes in ranked #18 in the FantasyPros consensus rankings and Mack comes in at #35. Both hold fantasy value this season, with Taylor getting a major bump in dynasty leagues.

Category: Transactions

WR T.Y. Hilton told the media recently that he wants to be a “Colt for life,” but also that talks of an extension have died down due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Jim Ayello on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hilton and the Colts seem to have a mutual interest of getting a long-term deal done. The eight-year veteran is under contract only through this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Neither side wants to let that happen and Hilton has made it very clear he intends to retire after his next long-term extension is up with the Colts. For his career, Hilton has caught 552 balls for 8,598 yards, and 45 touchdowns. He’ll be expected to be the leader in the wide receiver room for youngsters Parris Campbell, Zach Pascal, and Michael Pittman Jr. Hilton and the rest of the crew will be catching passes this year from Philip Rivers, which should in theory help with their production. Think of Hilton as Rivers’ new “Keenan Allen.” He’s currently ranked #24 in FantasyPros consensus WR rankings, but could easily find himself as a top-15 WR should he stay healthy and build a chemistry early on with his new QB.

When asked about WR Michael Pittman Jr. and his role in the Colts offense, head coach Frank Reich told the media, “We envision Michael as being the ‘X’ receiver. We believe he can develop into that pretty quickly.” (Source: 1075 The Fan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Colts took Pittman Jr. with the 34th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, so they obviously see him as a guy that can make an immediate impact. It sounds like Reich is ready to have him operate as a full-time starter in the ‘X’ WR role. As Reich explained it, “the X receiver is the guy that you want to put [out wide], when you are in a trips right, he’s singled into the boundary and you can throw 1-on-1 to him. There’s a handful of routes you want to throw to him there. You think about those things when you pick a guy. Let’s put him in the boundary and throw 1-on-1 and expect him to win.” To fill out the rest of the receiving core, T.Y. Hilton is expected to play the ‘Y’ and Parris Campbell the slot. Zach Pascal should be the primary backup and can play in all three positions. With new Colts QB Philip Rivers at the helm, each receiver should see an uptick in production in 2020. It sounds like the coaching staff has high hopes for the rookie WR out of USC, and if Pittman Jr. can quickly develop a rapport with Rivers, look for him to be a viable fantasy asset this season. He’s ranked #59 in FantasyPros consensus WR rankings, but comes in at #43 in Dynasty rankings. He’s a player with a high ceiling in what should be a much improved offense in Indianapolis with the additions of Rivers and RB Jonathan Taylor.

The Indianapolis Colts will not pick up the fifth-year option on S Malik Hooker. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former 2017 first round pick out of Ohio State is now set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. In his three-year career with the Colts, Hooker has recorded 117 tackles and seven INTs in 34 games played. He’s missed 14 games in total due to injury. He should have a bit of extra motivation in a contract year this season to prove to a team that he’s worth a long-term contract extension.

Category: Transactions

Quincy Wilson traded to Jets

Sat, Apr 25th 5:22pm EDT
By Dan Harris

The Jets have acquired Colts cornerback Quincy Wilson in exchange for the 211th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. (Source: Rich Cimini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson, a second-round pick in 2017, has been on the trading block for the Colts for weeks. He will join Nate Hairston and Pierre Desir as cornerbacks for the Jets, and is unlikely to make a significant impact either as an IDP option or on the Jets D/ST.

Category: Transactions

Roosevelt Nix is signing a one-year deal with the Colts. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Nix was the highest rated fullback left in free agency and will boost the Colts' rushing attack. He is known as a good blocker and played five seasons for the Steelers. Nix made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and is also recognized for his outstanding play on special teams. The 28-year-old is not fantasy relevant, but his presence improves Colts starting RB Marlon Mack's value.

Category: Transactions

The Colts are releasing quarterback Brian Hoyer. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Hoyer was released by Indianapolis on Saturday. The Colts recently signed Phillip Rivers to be the team's starting quarterback, and ultimately decided to move on from Hoyer. The 34-year-old threw for 372 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions across four games in 2019. The veteran QB will look to latch onto another team.

Category: Transactions

Colts CB Pierre Dessir is being released by the Indianapolis Colts. Dessir was owed almost $7M this year after being paid $9M in 2019. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dessir spent three productive seasons in Indianapolis, recording 161 tackles and five interceptions in 37 games. The former 2014 fourth-round pick will now become a free agent, and should draw some interest from a handful of teams looking for help in the secondary.

Category: Transactions

The Colts are releasing veteran DT Margus Hunt, a starter over the last three seasons. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hunt has been decent in his three years with the Colts, but obviously not enough for them to honor his $3.5M due this season. The Colts are shedding some cap space as they are openly in the market for a new quarterback. Hunt isn't great, but his size and ability to break through the line will garner some attention in free agency. Expect the eighth-year defensive lineman to play a limited role elsewhere in 2020.

Category: Transactions

When discussing his QB situation for 2020, Colts owner Jim Irsay indicated that all options remain open, including sticking with incumbent starter Jacoby Brissett. (Source: George Bremer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Much of the offseason rumors are around veteran Philip Rivers signing with the Colts to take over under center. Of course, the team just signed Brissett to an extension ahead of last season, and given some of the flashes he's shown on the field and the state of QB play around the league he could also end up starting elsewhere. At this point, he's a volatile player to own in fantasy, and he's not someone that you can count on starting at QB in 2020.

Category: Rumors

Colts owner Jim Irsay isn't sure if veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri will be back with the team in 2020. (Source: Indianapolis Star)

Fantasy Impact: Vinatieri is currently a free agent, and while the team hasn't officially ruled out a return, they are not committing to the veteran at this point. It has continued to be an up-and-down period for Vinatieri, who only made 68% of his field goals and missed six of his 28 attempted PATs in 2019.

Category: Rumors

At his season ending press conference Colts general manager Chris Ballard said the team would “probably move on” from Eric Ebron when asked about the tight end’s expiring contract. Ebron played two seasons with the Colts, appearing in 24 games for the club, catching 97 passes for 1,125 yards with 16 touchdowns. Ebron saw 52 targets in 2019, down from 110 the year prior. (Source: Mike Chappell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Until Ebron finds a new home any potential departure would have the most immediate impact on Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox. In the five games Ebron missed to close out the season Doyle caught only 13 passes on 30 pass attempts for 144 yards with one touchdown. Mo Alie-Cox caught only eight passes all season. Despite the vacated snaps and targets left by Ebron there does not seem to be much fantasy upside for Jack Doyle in 2020.

Category: Rumors

Anthony Walker recorded 12 solo tackles and four assisted tackles in a 38-20 loss to the Jaguars last Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Walker came on strong in the second half of the season, even outperforming All-Pro teammate Darius Leonard in some games, at least from a statistical perspective. Though the Colts didn't have the season they had hoped for, they can at least be satisfied with having one of the top, young linebacker duos in the league.

Category: Game Recaps

Darius Leonard registered three solo tackles, three assisted tackles, one TFL, one pass defended, and one INT in a disappointing, 38-20 loss to Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Despite missing three games earlier this season, Leonard was still a dominant force in the middle for this middling Colts team. It would have been hard for him to exceed the unreal year he had as a rookie, but he did at least solidify his undeniable talent and production. Leonard will rightfully be one of the most coveted IDPs next season and is firmly in the conversation as the highest-ranked defensive player.

Category: Game Recaps

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