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Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Football Preview

Marlon Mack
Marlon Mack of the Indianapolis Colts is due for a big year. Check out what players on the Colts are destined to break out in 2020.

By Craig Forrestal

This isn’t your usual Colts write up. They have a new QB again. They have a new RB. They added a new WR. They have a few new pieces on defense. and now the question is how will it all come together? Philip Rivers isn’t the same guy he once was and the team has 3 RBs that will all factor into the weekly game plan. The defense is one of my sleeper picks and a defense I will be targeting in my league draft.

Schedule

  • Week 1: @ Jaguars
  • Week 2: Vikings
  • Week 3: Jets
  • Week 4: @ Bears
  • Week 5: @ Browns
  • Week 6: Bengals
  • Week 7: Bye
  • Week 8: @ Lions
  • Week 9: Ravens
  • Week 10: @ Titans
  • Week 11: Packers
  • Week 12: Titans
  • Week 13: @ Texans
  • Week 14: @ Raiders
  • Week 15: Texans
  • Week 16: @ Steelers
  • Week 17: Jaguars

Players To Know

  • Philip Rivers-QB: Rivers isn’t overwhelmed with weapons but the Colts offensive line is really good. In addition to that O-line, this is expected to be a run-first attack. Rivers has looked like an old QB at times over the last couple of seasons but with a better O-line, his upside is limited because of the rushing attack. 4050 passing yards and 25 TDs.
  • Marlon Mack-RB: Frank Reich is committed to running the ball and the Colts have talked up all three RBs. Mack is the returning starter and has been referred to as the starter by Colts staff this offseason. Mack is in the final year of his rookie deal and they drafted Jonathan Taylor early. Taylor and Mack are expected to split carries with Taylor eventually becoming the feature guy early on if not out of the gates. Mack is talented and will have to make the most of his touches. 725 rushing yards and 4 TDs.
  • Jonathan Taylor-RB: THe Colts have a really good offensive line when healthy and if Jonathan Taylor can get 250ish carries in this offense lookout. Yes, 250 carries aren’t insane given the Colts run-heavy philosophy. Taylor could flirt with backend RB1 territory if he logs 250 carries. However, I see it more so around 925 rushing yards and 7 TDs.
  • Nyheim Hines-RB: There is nothing Philip Rivers loves more than a pass-catching RB. And that’s exactly what Nyehim Hines is. Hines could see a breakout season with Rivers at QB. He likely will not see many carries because of Mack and Taylor but he could see 70 catches on the high side. 65 catches for 525 yards and 4 TDs.
  • T.Y. Hilton-WR: Hilton might fall victim to the addition of Michael Pittman Jr. Hilton is a smaller WR but Pittman Jr. is the type of big target that Rivers has tended to favor throughout his career. If Rivers does gravitate to Pittman Jr., then that leaves fewer targets for Hilton who is starting to battle constant injuries. He will need to stay healthy to provide any real value and Hilton may now be more of a borderline WR2/3 moving forward. 75 catches for 1125 yards and 6 TDs.
  • Michael Pittman Jr-WR: So Indianapolis doesn’t have much WR depth and that was shown as injuries hit the unit. Pittman steps into a situation where he should be the WR2 and see all the targets he can handle. He is big WR which Rivers likes so there is a lot to like about him. Pittman Jr. offers a ton of upside due to the lack of other WRs on the roster. 55 receptions for 750 yards and 5 TDs.
  • Jack Doyle-TE: Rivers has also thrown a lot to TEs in his career and it just so happens that the TE position is an important one in the Colts offense. While Doyle isn’t a gamechanger like Travis Kelce he is a solid TE that stands to be fantasy relevant at a weak position. Consider Doyle a sleeper TE for the season. 55 catches for 550 yards and 5 TDs.

Defense

This was a good defense last season and they added DeForest Buckner to the defensive front. Darius Leonard is a phenomenal LB and is seen as one of the emerging young stars at the LB position in the NFL. The secondary added Xavier Rhodes and while his name doesn’t pack the same punch it once did he is still much needed for a unit that struggled against opposing WRs last season. I like this defense as a sneaky pick to land in the Top 5 at seasons end.

Potential Breakout Players

  • Nyheim Hines-RB

Rookies To Know

  • Jonathan Taylor-RB
  • Michael Pittman Jr- WR
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