Top 5 Indianapolis Colts Players To Target In Fantasy Football

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Indianapolis Colts Players To Target In Fantasy Football

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Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

The Indianapolis Colts lost Peyton Manning before the 2011 season. Manning didn't play the whole year and the rest of the team suffered by having the worst record in the league that year. As luck would have it (no pun intended) the Colts fell into the No. 1 overall pick in a draft that had both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. The Colts went with Luck and the early results were better than anyone could have hoped for.

In 2012, the Colts were the 18th ranked offense, certainly a number not worthy of excitement, but they were ranked seventh in passing. The Colts defense was pretty bad and gave up a lot of points, so the Colts had to throw a lot to catch up, which is good for fantasy purposes obviously. The Colts didn't make any earth shattering signings on defense over the offseason, so the defense should still be pretty bad this year.

On offense the Colts added the speedy Darius Heyward-Bey to an already good group of receivers. They also signed Ahmad Bradshaw to hopefully improve a not very good rushing attack from last season.

I can tell you all now that I won't have Bradshaw or Vick Ballard on my list. Bradshaw has had problems staying healthy recently and Ballard is a good back, but nothing special. Basically, I don't really trust either guy, and they'll be taking carries away from each other. My advice is to stay away from the Colts running backs.

Which Colts players should you target, though? Read on my friends.

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Coby Fleener

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Andrew Weber-USA Today Sports

Yeah, I realize that Dwayne Allen had better stats at tight end last year, but Fleener did get injured and missed four games. I still like his potential, though he's a big target that could really develop into a special player. Draft Fleener late and keep him stashed on your bench, it could be worth your while down the road.

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Darius-Heyward-Bey

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Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

Nice pickup for the Colts. Heyward-Bey never really worked out with the Oakland Raiders, but who does these days? DHB should really thrive playing in the dome at Lucas Oil Field. Like most deep threats in the league, DHB will be hit and miss every week. Get him late and spot start the heck out of him.

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T.Y. Hilton

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Brett Davis-USA Today Sports

I was surprised when I found out that this dude's name was T.Y. and not Ty, like I thought at first. I knew his name by the end of the year though. In his first year he caught 50 balls for 861 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had a punt return for a touchdown. Hilton reminds me slightly of Percy Harvin, a little dude that's fast, shifty and capable of scoring on any given play. Hilton could be in store for a nice breakout season. Play him confidently as your flex.

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Reggie Wayne

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Brain Spurlock-USA Today Sports

Old man Reggie Wayne can't produce anymore, right? Except for the fact that he had over 100 receptions eclipsing 1,300 yards. Wayne is the elder statesman of a young receiving group, but he's still the best. Wayne will continue to put up big numbers. Draft him confidently as your No. 2 wide out.

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Andrew Luck

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Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

No surprises. Here is Andrew Luck. In his rookie season Luck threw for an amazing 4,374 yards and 23 touchdowns. The 18 interceptions were a bit troubling, but that number should definitely be down this season. Luck is always going to put up some nice stats. Luck is the present and the future of fantasy football. It's only a matter of time until he gets into that upper echelon of fantasy QBs.

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Indianapolis Colts Players To Target In Fantasy Football

colts
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

The Indianapolis Colts lost Peyton Manning before the 2011 season. Manning didn't play the whole year and the rest of the team suffered by having the worst record in the league that year. As luck would have it (no pun intended) the Colts fell into the No. 1 overall pick in a draft that had both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. The Colts went with Luck and the early results were better than anyone could have hoped for.

In 2012, the Colts were the 18th ranked offense, certainly a number not worthy of excitement, but they were ranked seventh in passing. The Colts defense was pretty bad and gave up a lot of points, so the Colts had to throw a lot to catch up, which is good for fantasy purposes obviously. The Colts didn't make any earth shattering signings on defense over the offseason, so the defense should still be pretty bad this year.

On offense the Colts added the speedy Darius Heyward-Bey to an already good group of receivers. They also signed Ahmad Bradshaw to hopefully improve a not very good rushing attack from last season.

I can tell you all now that I won't have Bradshaw or Vick Ballard on my list. Bradshaw has had problems staying healthy recently and Ballard is a good back, but nothing special. Basically, I don't really trust either guy, and they'll be taking carries away from each other. My advice is to stay away from the Colts running backs.

Which Colts players should you target, though? Read on my friends.

2 of 6

Coby Fleener

coby
Andrew Weber-USA Today Sports

Yeah, I realize that Dwayne Allen had better stats at tight end last year, but Fleener did get injured and missed four games. I still like his potential, though he's a big target that could really develop into a special player. Draft Fleener late and keep him stashed on your bench, it could be worth your while down the road.

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Darius-Heyward-Bey

Bey
Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

Nice pickup for the Colts. Heyward-Bey never really worked out with the Oakland Raiders, but who does these days? DHB should really thrive playing in the dome at Lucas Oil Field. Like most deep threats in the league, DHB will be hit and miss every week. Get him late and spot start the heck out of him.

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T.Y. Hilton

ty
Brett Davis-USA Today Sports

I was surprised when I found out that this dude's name was T.Y. and not Ty, like I thought at first. I knew his name by the end of the year though. In his first year he caught 50 balls for 861 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had a punt return for a touchdown. Hilton reminds me slightly of Percy Harvin, a little dude that's fast, shifty and capable of scoring on any given play. Hilton could be in store for a nice breakout season. Play him confidently as your flex.

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Reggie Wayne

wayne
Brain Spurlock-USA Today Sports

Old man Reggie Wayne can't produce anymore, right? Except for the fact that he had over 100 receptions eclipsing 1,300 yards. Wayne is the elder statesman of a young receiving group, but he's still the best. Wayne will continue to put up big numbers. Draft him confidently as your No. 2 wide out.

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Andrew Luck

luck
Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

No surprises. Here is Andrew Luck. In his rookie season Luck threw for an amazing 4,374 yards and 23 touchdowns. The 18 interceptions were a bit troubling, but that number should definitely be down this season. Luck is always going to put up some nice stats. Luck is the present and the future of fantasy football. It's only a matter of time until he gets into that upper echelon of fantasy QBs.


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