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Indianapolis Colts

Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium | Coach: Chuck Pagano
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st100.0 (22nd)436.0 (1st)
Defense30th150.0 (27th)363.0 (31st)
2014 Draft
Rnd#PlayerPos.School
259Jack MewhortOTOHIOST
390Donte MoncriefWRMISS
5166Jonathan NewsomeOLBBALLST
6203Andrew JacksonILBWKY
7232Ulrick JohnOTGAST

Last Game

Thu, August 28
Paul Brown Stadium
Indianapolis Colts
at
Cincinnati Bengals
IND7Final35CIN

Game Leaders

IND
Passing: C. Harnish (13-24, 102)
Rushing: D. Fluellen (17-53)
Receiving: W. Saunders (2-22)

CIN
Passing: J. Campbell (13-16, 123)
Rushing: J. Hill (20-90)
Receiving: C. Hamilton (3-74)

Schedule

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Thu Aug 7
L 13 - 10at NYJ
Recap
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Sat Aug 16
L 27 - 26NYG
Recap
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Sat Aug 23
L 23 - 17NO
Recap
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Thu Aug 28
L 35 - 7at CIN
Recap
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Sep 7
at DEN
8:30 pm EDT
Mon Sep 15
PHI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 21
at JAC
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 28
TEN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 5
BAL
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 9
at HOU
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 19
CIN
4:25 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
at PIT
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 3
at NYG
8:30 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
NE
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
JAC
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
WAS
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
at CLE
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
HOU
4:25 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
at DAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
at TEN

Standings

AFC
South
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Houston0-0-00-0-0
Indianapolis0-0-00-0-0
Jacksonville0-0-00-0-0
Tennessee0-0-00-0-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1409683376
Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener cancel each other out
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Dwayne Allen's return from hip surgery means the Colts basically have two starting ends. That's good for Indy and problematic for Fantasy players.

A Colts tight end is a strong bet to catch a touchdown any given week -- good luck trying to predict which one. Until this situation clarifies itself, or until one gets hurt, keep Allen and Coby Fleener reserved in all but the deepest leagues.

If you have to start one Week 1 at Denver, Allen gets the nod as the better all-around talent. Jamey Eisenberg ranks Allen 14th, while Dave Richard pegs him 18th among tight ends.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1409682501
Hakeem Nicks not a starting option yet
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Colts wideout Hakeem Nicks started slowly this preseason but came on to catch eight of nine targets for 86 yards. The team plans to use their free-agent acquisition in all three-receiver sets and some two-receiver sets as well, according to Stampede Blue.

That said, Nicks isn't worth starting until his role crystallizes. Consider him a WR4 for Week 1 at Denver.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1409679617
T.Y. Hilton a divisive figure Week 1
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

T.Y. Hilton is the Colts' most explosive receiver and he opens the season with a projected shootout in Denver. Indy will throw plenty to keep up with Peyton Manning, making Hilton an easy start, right?

Senior Fantasy Writer Dave Richard thinks so, ranking Hilton 13th among wideouts. Colleague Jamey Eisenberg isn't on board.

Eisenberg buries Hilton at 41st in his rankings, noting Hilton's struggles when playing outdoors. Hilton averages 79.9 receiving yards in indoor games, 48.6 yards outside. Hilton averages 7.3 yards after the catch indoors, 4.5 yards outdoors. But he's scored the same number of touchdowns, six, in each setting.

Hilton ranked 16th in the NFL last year with 138 targets; that will be tough to duplicate this season with a healthy Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen and Hakeem Nicks' arrival.

But in this game, with Andrew Luck expected to throw 40 times, consider Hilton a high-end WR3 with the potential to go off.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1409676974
Real test for Reggie Wayne comes Week 1
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, 35, looked sharp in training camp in his return from a torn ACL. The comeback continued in the third preseason game, when Wayne suited up for the first time and caught two passes for 11 yards and was targeted a third time. (Both receptions were negated by penalties).

"It felt good," Wayne told reporters. "Everything felt normal and that's what I expected. Coach tells you you've got about 8-10 plays and you feel like that's the perfect number, but once you go out there and start playing and getting involved, you feel like that's not enough.

"It was good to get a real live game under my belt," Wayne added. "There is no way you can simulate that."

Wayne didn't play much, however, and it will be interesting to see if he plays a full complement of snaps in Sunday night's anticipated shootout in Denver. Wayne caught five of eight targets for 50 yards against the Broncos in Week 7 last year before reaching for an underthrown pass midway through the fourth quarter and ripping up his right knee.

Wayne appears ready to reclaim his spot as Andrew Luck's chain mover, but watch his usage closely. Keep expectations in check and start him as a WR3.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1409673541
Trent Richardson a dull flex option
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

We know Colts running back Trent Richardson has talent -- we just haven't seen it in a while. After averaging 2.9 yards per carry last season following his trade from Cleveland, Richardson actually fared worse this preseason, gaining 51 yards on 20 totes (2.6 ypc).

Ahmad Bradshaw will eat into Richardson's touches and could supplant him if he keeps struggling. Coming off a neck injury, Bradshaw got his feet wet in the third preseason game, rushing three times for 2 yards and catching an 11-yard pass.

The Colts' offensive line is suspect. Indy bolstered its receiving corps and will rely more on Andrew Luck's passing this year. It's hard to envision a sudden Richardson revival.

If you start Richardson as your flex Sunday night at Denver, the best-case scenario is about 75 total yards and a short rushing score (he managed three rushing TDs last year). Not the most exciting way to start a Fantasy season.

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