The NFL season approaching means that fantasy football season is almost here! Most leagues won’t draft until preseason but rosters are mostly set. The Colts don’t have any fantasy studs (besides a healthy Andrew Luck) but there is some value to find. With that being said, here are the top seven Colts’ players you should acquire in fantasy.
Honorable Mention: Andrew Luck
No doubt, Andrew Luck is an incredibly risky investment in fantasy. He still hasn’t thrown a football, making him a massive risk in your draft. We all remember his monumental 2014 season where Luck posted 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns. Luck could easily replicate this production if he is on the field but that is a big if. Last year, I wasted a draft pick on Luck in the fifth round. He should be available well beyond that this year in most leagues. Given his potential to be a top fantasy quarterback, risking a pick on Luck late in your draft is a gamble worth taking.
7. Deon Cain, WR (Rookie)
2017 College Stats: 58 receptions, 734 yards, six touchdowns
The Colts have a major hole at receiver opposite T.Y. Hilton. To help remedy this, they added Clemson’s Deon Cain in the sixth round. If it wasn’t for his questionable hands and maturity Cain could have been a third-round pick. His combination of size, speed, and route running could make him an immediate threat in the NFL. With a good camp and preseason, Cain could find himself as the Colts’ number two receiver across from T.Y. Hilton during week 1.
6. Adam Vinatieri, K
2017 Stats: 29/34 FGM, 5/6 50+ yards
Adam Vinatieri is always a solid bet in fantasy football at the kicker position. The 45-year-old is arguably the greatest kicker of all time and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. His value will be lowered if Andrew Luck is off of the field but the Colts’ offense found opportunities for him last season and they should again this year. With everyone craving a Justin Tucker, Greg Zuerlein, and Stephen Gostkowski, you probably will be able to find Vinatieri late at a great value, especially if Luck is healthy.
5. Nyhiem Hines, RB (Rookie)
2017 College Stats: 1,113 yards, 12 touchdowns
The Colts drafted the dynamic rookie back in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. Hines has electric speed and quickness and great hands. Hines’ fantasy value comes from his big-play potential and his receiving ability. During OTAs, Frank Reich has lined up Hines all over the field, feeding him touches. Hines has very good hands and an advanced route tree for a running back. Without a true bell-cow back, we could see Nyhiem Hines put up big fantasy numbers in his rookie year.
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4. Jack Doyle, TE
2017 Stats: 80 receptions, 690 yards, four touchdowns
The Jack of all trades has become one of the most reliable tight ends in the NFL over the last few seasons. He isn’t exactly flashy but has very good hands and is a favorite target of Andrew Luck. His great blocking ability also gives him the chance to be on the field often. Doyle doesn’t have crazy upside as a receiver but his consistency gives Doyle good fantasy value.
3. Eric Ebron, TE
2017 Stats: 53 receptions, 573 yards, four touchdowns
Eric Ebron is absolutely the Colts’ tight end with the most fantasy value. He is not as consistent as Doyle and hasn’t lived up to his top 10 pick status. That being said, he is incredibly athletic and has the chance to be a dynamic receiving threat. The Colts have made it a priority to get Ebron the ball during OTAs, even lining up as a receiver. Frank Reich has experience with great receiving tight ends and will look to turn Ebron into a Zach Ertz type player.
2. T.Y. Hilton, WR
2017 Stats: 57 receptions, 966 yards, four touchdowns
Last season, T.Y. Hilton was the model of inconsistency. Hilton has three games with at least 150 yards receiving and 10 games with under 50 receiving yards. His 2017 campaign was rocky but he nearly reached 1,000 yards with a backup quarterback all season. We all know what Hilton can do when he has Andrew Luck, as shown by his 91 catch, 1,448-yard season in 2016. Hilton’s fantasy value isn’t absolutely contingent on Andrew Luck’s health but it diminishes significantly if #12 is not on the field.
1. Marlon Mack, RB
2017 Stats: 93 carries, 353 yards, three touchdowns, 225 receiving yards
Mack didn’t have a very productive season last year but he was playing behind Frank Gore. In his limited time, Mack showed flashes of high-level ability, such as his essentially game-winning run against the 49ers and his bone-crushing stiff arm against Jadeveon Clowney. With Gore out of town, Mack has the reins to the Colts’ running game. Mack is obviously very elusive and has the ability to gain yards in bunches but showed some power running between the tackles last season. Running behind a much improved offensive line this season, Mack has the potential for a breakout fantasy season in 2018.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.