Jack Doyle isn't very flashy, nor is he consistent, but any tight end catching passes from Andrew Luck is worth a look. In non-PPR leagues, Doyle has notched seven-plus Fantasy points in only nine of 31 games. He's a little bit better in PPR, averaging 9.7 Fantasy points per game in that format and getting 10-plus PPR points in 14 of his past 31. Those numbers could dip a little bit with Eric Ebron joining the Lions this offseason -- he would theoretically take some of those over-the-middle targets away from Doyle. Indianapolis also added a bunch of other receivers to spread the ball around. Truly, Doyle's value is in the red zone, where if he's not catching touchdowns he's a problem for your team. Luck's return will help, but don't expect big things from Doyle. He's decent as a start-of-season tight end, especially in PPR formats. If you take him before Round 10, you're doing something wrong.
Doyle secured his only target for nine yards in the Colts' 19-17 preseason win over the Seahawks on Thursday. The veteran tight end connected with Andrew Luck on the latter's final completion of the night. Doyle is facing some competition from offseason acquisition Eric Ebron, although Ebron did not log any snaps Thursday. Following a breakout 59-reception, 584-yard, five touchdown effort in 2016 with Luck at the helm, Doyle took it to the next level last season (80-690-4) while arguably serving as Jacoby Brissett's most trusted target. Considering the major upgrade a healthy Luck represents, Doyle could be in for new career highs across the board if he can prevent Ebron from making too much of a dent into his opportunities.
The Colts signed Eric Ebron to join Doyle at tight end, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports. While the addition of Ebron will make it difficult for Doyle to match last year's career-high marks of 80 receptions and 107 targets, the expected return of Andrew Luck (shoulder) should provide the 27-year-old with more scoring opportunities, not to mention the potential for improvement on sub-par 2017 marks of 8.6 yards per catch and 6.4 per target. The Colts figure to make heavy use of two-TE formations, which should help compensate for a lack of talent at running back and wide receiver. New head coach Frank Reich previously served as coordinator for an Eagles offense that distributed 185 targets to tight ends in 2016 and 163 in 2017, accounting for 29.7 percent of the team total in his two-year tenure. Luck recently progressed to throwing footballs and could begin working with his teammates as soon as late April.
Doyle had four receptions for 38 yards on five targets, including a six-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over Houston. Doyle was one of the few things working well for the Indy offense in 2017 as he finished with 80 receptions for 690 yards and four touchdowns. His production could get a boost if Andrew Luck is able to return from a shoulder injury in 2018.
Doyle had five receptions for 41 yards on 10 targets in Saturday's loss at Baltimore. Doyle figured prominently into the passing game even if he was only able to connect half the time with Jacoby Brissett. He had eight receptions for 63 yards the last time the Colts faced the Texans, who they play again in Week 17.
Doyle had two receptions for four yards on three targets, including a three-yard touchdown, in Sunday's loss at Buffalo. Doyle had a season low in targets, yards and receptions, but it's hard to read too much into his performance given how much the passing game was limited by playing in a heavy blizzard. He should get more action in the passing game next week against Denver.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/05||@New England Patriots||15||6.42|
|6||10/14||@New York Jets||23||7.25|
|16||12/23||New York Giants||32||10.69|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||66||50||449||3||24||8.98||60|