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2021 Fantasy Football Indianapolis Colts Preview

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Football Indianapolis Colts Preview, I will be going over one of the best young teams in the league. The Colts ended the season second in the division to a tiebreaker (11-5) with the Tennesse Titans, with the Titans having the better division record. After losing in the first round to the Buffalo Bills, fans should have a lot of hope after seeing Phillip Rivers retire and bringing in a humbled Carson Wentz.

It seemed like last year the Colts relied too heavily on their defense and didn’t have that explosion on offense to take them over the top. If Wentz has a bounce-back season the Colts are talented enough to have Super Bowl hopes, if he continues to play awful as he did in Philidelphia then Indy will be looking for a quarterback in next year’s draft.

With the great running core the Colts have, and arguably one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, I expect the Colts to run the ball a lot and mix in play action. Look for the Titans and Colts to battle for the AFC South title again, with the Jaguars and Texans still rebuilding.

2021 Fantasy Football Indianapolis Colts Preview

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Quarterbacks

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  • Carson Wentz
  • Jacob Eason

It seemed like the writing was on the wall for Carson Wentz after the Philidelphia Eagles drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round in the draft last year. Wentz started the season as the starter but was benched by the end of the season for Hurts due to his bad play and the losing season. Everyone knew it was time for a fresh start at the end of the season and what better place for Wentz than with coach Frank Reich, with who he had his best season as the offensive coordinator with the Eagles.

Wentz will be behind a better offensive line and better weapons than what he had last year so he should have a much better year, being familiar with Reich’s system already. I expect him to play in the Baker Mayfield game manager type role this season, with his biggest weakness being turnovers. Wentz is a serviceable QB2 on fantasy rosters with the upside of more.

Jacob Eason was the third-string quarterback last season and isn’t expected to see the field unless Wentz goes down, which is possible given his injury history.

RUNNING BACKS

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Marlon Mack was the starter going into Week 1 last season but he ruptured his Achilles in the opening game which ended his season. Jonathan Taylor proved he was worth the hype as he ended the season with 1100 yards and 11 touchdowns. The first-round pick ran for 110 yards his first start in Week 2 but struggled after that until the end of the season. He ended the season with a bang, running for 253 yards against the Jaguars in the season finale. The only thing that is working against Taylor is that Mack and Hines will also get snaps because he isn’t a strong receiver out of the backfield. Taylor is a must-draft in all leagues, especially dynasty.

Coming off the injury Mack resigned with the Colts on a one-year deal, which will be a prove-it deal for other teams to see that he is still the same back that he was before the injury. Because Hines and Taylor stepped up in his absence he now has to split time which will limit his snaps. Mack could be a good stash in case of injury to Taylor, but he doesn’t have any worth other than that.

Nyheim Hines is the only pass-catching back on the roster so he holds some value but he shouldn’t be on any rosters unless there was an injury to Hines or Mack.

WIDE RECEIVERS

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T.Y Hilton is coming off his worst season and while it wasn’t all his fault, he is turning 31 and resigned on a one-year deal.  Hilton ended the season with 762 yards, his lowest in a full season. Wentz had his best season when he had a deep threat and Hilton will fill that void. With Hilton being the only proven receiver on the roster, I think he has the potential to be a WR3 on fantasy rosters and will have a bounce-back season.

Michael Pittman Jr. didn’t have the rookie season he hoped, mostly due to injury. He ended the season with one touchdown and 503 yards but I expect him to be heavily featured in the offense this season as Hilton is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. At 6’4 and 223 pounds, Pittman Jr. will be a huge factor in the red zone, and look for him to compete with Campbell for the second option after Hilton. Pittman Jr. has the body and athleticism to be a factor in the future and is definitely a name to keep an eye on in dynasty drafts.

Parris Campbell was selected in the second round in the 2019 NFL Draft but hasn’t lived up to expectations due to injury.  Campbell may have a couple of games where he explodes because of his blazing speed but will most likely fall behind Hilton and Pittman Jr. as the WR3 on the team.

Zach Pascal took advantage of opportunities due to injury and ended the season with a career-high 629 yards. Pascal won’t have many opportunities this season if the other receivers stay healthy and he will go undrafted.

TIGHT ENDS

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The Colts’ offense seemed flat last year and their tight end group was one of the reasons why. Doyle will be the starter by default because of the lack of depth, but he shouldn’t be on your fantasy roster. Doyle gave promise after the 2019 season, ending with 690 yards but he hasn’t followed that type of production since.

Mo-Alie Cox has the potential to end the season with more fantasy points than Doyle, despite being the backup. The former college basketball player is more athletic and could see more targets this season with the absence of Trey Burton.

Neither tight end should be on your roster but they could come into play on a bye week or injury replacement.

FINAL VERDICT

All eyes will be on Wentz when it comes to the Colts this season and I expect him to play with a chip on his shoulder this season. I expect him to drop in drafts due to his past season but I believe he can be an excellent sleeper to grab late.

Wentz excels in the play-action game which compliments this talented running back core, led by Jonathan Taylor. The one area I am concerned about is the lack of proven outside weapons besides T.Y Hilton. It will be important for Pittman Jr. and Campbell to take that next step if the Colts plan on fulfilling their promise.


I expect the Colts to make the playoffs again, finishing second in the division at 10-7.


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About Desrick Rhooms Jr.

Desrick loves fantasy sports, almost addicted. His favorite teams are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Carolina Panthers. Desrick likes to listen to music, watch sports, and spend time with close ones during his free time.

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