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Sometimes things just don't go your way and after an amazing 3rd season in the league in 2014 for Andrew Luck, the wheels completely fell off last season. He missed nine games due to injury but even in the seven games he played he was awful at times. He completed only 55% of his passes, tossed 15 touchdowns but 12 interceptions and his yards per attempt was a miserable 6.4. It was a disaster of a season and one that he is happy to have put behind him. His timing and anticipation on throws was lacking last year and he has to put in work this offseason to get it all figured out. The good news is he is just a year away from his 40 touchdown performance and he is still a young man. He will figure it out and return to his place as a top-ten fantasy quarterback where he spent his first three seasons including the 2014 campaign when he finished as the best fantasy quarterback. Last year was a fluke.
The Colts better hope Andrew Luck avoids injury this year as Scott Tolzien isn't very good.
Frank Gore, Robert Turbin:
Trey Williams, Jordan Todman, Josh Ferguson, Tyler Varga
The Colts are running a little thread bare in regards to their running back situation. Frank Gore has had an excellent career but at 33-years old there cannot be that much left in the gas tank. Robert Turbin has been ok in limited opportunities in the NFL but doesn't appear to be a consistent 20-touch per game starter. He only has 1 career rushing touchdown on 281 attempts. Trey Williams is undersized but explosive and he could surprise here if Frank Gore's tires fall off.
Brian Tyms, Josh Boyce
Hilton struggled along with the Colts offense last season but he did averaged a strong 16.3 yards on his 69 receptions and scored 5 times. At only 5'10 and 180 pounds, he needs to use his quickness and explosiveness to get open and he excels in that area. His first few steps are lightning fast and defensive players struggle to keep with him. To become an elite fantasy football weapon Hilton needs to add a few more receiving touchdowns to his stats but he is still trending upwards. I expect a return to 80+ receptions with 1200 yards and 7+ scores this season as Andrew Lucks finds his stride.
The rise of 3rd year receiver Donte Moncrief is just what the doctor ordered for Andrew Luck and the Colts passing attack. He has great size at 6'2 and 221 pounds and the former Ole Miss star is beginning to come into his own. He caught 64 passes a year ago for 733 yards and 6 scores and he should continue to improve this season. I would not be surprised at all this season to see 80+ receptions and 8 touchdowns from Moncrief. There is a lot to like here
As a rookie last season, Phillip Dorsett only had a few moments and really struggled to impact the game. However without Andre Johnson on the team anymore, there is a real chance here for Dorsett to become a playmaker for the Colts. His speed and quickness ratio is off the chart and he has a burst that allows him to reach full speed right away. He runs fast all the time and is good with the ball in his hands. He could improve his route running as he too often simply relies on that speed to get open. He should emerge in his 2nd season with 40+ receptions and 600+ yards.
Erik Swoope, Mike McFarland
In a somewhat shocking move this offseason, the team parted ways with Coby Fleener who was their go-to tight end and signed Dwayne Allen to a four-year $28 million dollar deal to stay in Indy. Dwayne Allen is a good player but he has been pretty quiet in the passing game since his rookie season although he caught a surprising 8 touchdowns on only 29 receptions in 2014. That said, the departure of Fleener leaves 50 receptions on the table and only Allen currently on the roster seems capable of picking most of those catches up at the tight end position. Expect a career best year of 55 receptions for 555 yards and 7 touchdowns for Allen this season.
Projected Starters: LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Le’Raven Clark (rookie), C Ryan Kelly (rookie), RG Denzelle Good, RT Jack Mewhort
Key Backups: Jonotthan Harrison, Hugh Thornton, Joe Reitz, Joe Haig (rookie), Le’Raven Clark (rookie), Austin Blythe
Other than rookie 1st round pick this year Ryan Kelly I don't see any elite talent in this group but they could exceed expectations. Anthony Castonzo is decent at left tackle while Jack Mewhort, a 2nd round pick last year is coming into his own at right tackle. I put rookie Le'Raven Clark into a starting role at guard as he is capable at guard or tackle but he will be in a battle with Jonotthan Harrison and Hugh Thornton for the starting job. Heck, even rookie Joe Haig may elevate to a starting role. If the youngsters can improve and grow together in a hurry, this could turn into a dependable line but more questions than answers at this point.
Veteran stud kicker who turns 44-years old at the end of this season just keeps marching on. Super accurate and reliable and is one of the best kickers, if not the best to ever play the game.