It’s that time of year again where all the armchair general managers start building their teams for this season. Let’s take a look at the names you might want to familiarize yourself with before you huddle up with your buds and start claiming your perfect team.
Carson Wentz: Miss out on Mahomes, Lamar, or A-Rod? Wentz is so intriguing due to his shoulder. There is no denial that Wentz arm talent is top tier but he has struggled the last few seasons. That performance in recent years makes him a high risk yet high reward because, as I mentioned in a previous article, Wentz has upgrades everywhere around him. Everything is there for Wentz to carry your fantasy team the question is can he put it all together with his old OC Frank Reich. Wentz is a QB you want on that roster.
Jonathon Taylor: The year end explosion from Taylor helped many fantasy teams clinch gold as he went beast mode week 17 and set several franchise records as he topped 250 yards. Taylor has already started flying off the board early, lasting in a lot of drafts only until the 2nd round. If Taylor is one of your targets, make him your 1st. All signs point for the 2nd year man to continue his upward trend with Frank Reich already naming him the starter and the teams emphasis on running the ball. No brainer.
Marlon Mack: Marlon is an stash and pray player. If you were lucky enough to draft Taylor you need to grab Mack later in the draft. Stash him and pray Taylor stays healthy but this is your insurance right here. Mack is a proven rusher with over 2,000 yards in the last 3 seasons. If Taylor falters and Mack becomes the hot hand your team is still set. BOGO sale here
Nyhiem Hines: Hines time in the backfield may be short with the logjam of Taylor and Mack but he shines as a pass catcher. Hines has explosive speed combined with great hands to make him a major weapon running routes. Last season he was the 2nd most targeted pass catcher on the entire team, behind only TY Hilton. While the QB change may have an effect on his numbers the scheme the team runs keeps those numbers up. Hines is a boom or bust fantasy guy. He eclipsed 18 points 3 times last year but held solid around 7-10 per game. Need a bye week replacement? Hines is your guy. Late round stash or waiver wire pickup
Colts WRs: T.Y. was simply unplayable last season until week 12. The 1st 11 weeks he averaged 2.4 fantasy points per game. The last 6 weeks of the season he took off averaging 12.5, which was top 10 during that time frame for WRs. Despite that wild fantasy outlook he still lead the club in targets and receptions. If that trend continues he will be a great waiver wire pickup later in the year. Pittman had a few big games but fantasy wise was too unpredictable to roster a spot. Pascal has improved year after year but has yet to attain every week starter status. Parris Campbell needs to actually play. Bottom line is the Colts WR room leaves a lot to be desired. Waiver wire at your own risk.
Colts TEs: Jack Doyle will be the number 1 guy to start the season but that’s not the name to look at. Mo Alie-Cox has the potential to be a breakout star with his size and athleticism. Think 2018 Ebron level of breakout. Reich loves to use his TEs and Wentz best friend in Philly was Zac Ertz. Mo is the sleeper here. Look for him to start the season slow and build towards the middle. Dynasty guys a name to look for to stash and look for later is Kylen Granson. Reich pounded on the table for this guy and looks for him to be a prominent player in the years to come.
Colts Defense: Some leagues have defensive players and there are only 3 guys that are rosterable from Indy. Darius Leonard, Deforest Buckner, and Kenny Moore. Leonard has been a tackles machine with a nose for turnovers while his in game speed gets him sacks. He’s ranked as the 4th best LB by ESPN and lives that up on every snap. Buckner was also ranked by ESPN and he comes in as the 3rd best interior DL on that list. His long arms combined with his non-stop motor makes him a problem every snap. The league loves the slot WR and with the passing game numbers always climbing it pays for you to have the best slot corner in the game. That man is Kenny Moore. Kenny shows a willingness to tackle the ball carrier by leading all slot corners with 80 tackles which gives him fantasy value in the running game as well. He’s a defensive player you want week in and week out. The Colts defense has a top 4 player at each level and with the addition of Kwitty Paye the front looks to be even better. The Colts defense is incredibly draftable and may end up being one of the top in the league by the time fantasy playoffs start.