Answering Colts Fantasy Football Questions For 2019 Season

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Answering Colts Fantasy Football Questions For 2019 Season

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Answering Colts Fantasy Football Questions For 2019 Season

With the 2019 NFL season approaching, fantasy football drafts will be abundant. What are the fantasy football questions on the 2019 Colts?

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INDIANAPOLISAs we are just two weeks away from Training Camps starting all around the NFL, fantasy football owners are starting to do their own research.

 

The Colts are drawing plenty of eyes from those owners, with Frank Reich’s offense expected to be one of the best in the NFL this coming season.

 

With the amount of fantasy questions I get on a routine basis, let’s pile them all into one story.

 

Here are some answers to fantasy football questions on the Colts going into Training Camp:

 

-Is Devin Funchess the locked in No. 2?

 

For the Colts’ sake, he better be.

 

In all seriousness, Funchess is the heavy, heavy favorite to be the No. 2 wideout behind T.Y. Hilton. And he's looked like that at Training Camp.

 

Funchess gives you a unique, complementary skillset to Hilton and there’s really not a whole lot of serious challengers for a ‘starting’ wideout spot other than the 6-4 newcomer.

 

Parris Campbell is probably more of a slot/No. 3 type of guy. Chester Rogers is also best used in the slot. Deon Cain remains a bit of an unknown until we see him fully healthy and back on the field.

 

If the Colts were to open up in a base 2 WR/2 TE set tomorrow, Funchess would be the No. 2 wideout.

 

-How often will rookie Parris Campbell see the field?

 

The Colts used ’11’ personnel (3 wide receivers) the 5th most in the league last year.

 

That stat is a good sign for those wanting a lot of playing time for Campbell. But a hamstring injury has forced Campbell off the field for two weeks at camp.

 

Plus, the Colts love the speed dynamic trait Campbell brings, and how he absorbed things this spring.

 

Depending on how things evolve at camp, Campbell should see a usage similar to Eric Ebron last year. When those guys are on the field, defenses should take notice.

 

Campbell might not be playing 80 or 90 percent of snaps on a weekly basis, but he still should get enough touches to justify a fantasy draft pick.

 

-Is Marlon Mack the bell cow for the Colts?

 

In short, yes.

 

The Colts still view Marlon Mack as their feature back after he had a strong second half of the 2018 season.

 

If health cooperates, Mack should be looked at as a top-10 fantasy back. While he might not have a ton of targets in the passing game, Mack still received the bulk of the carries last year, including inside the 10-yard line.

 

Indianapolis will rotate backs, but this is a running back by committee with a definite lead guy.

 

-Will Jack Doyle be healthy and ready to play in Week 1?

 

That’s the hope, and the plan.

 

Doyle was seen running at (or very close to) full speed back in mid-June, while rehabbing during the end of the team’s offseason program.

 

By late May, Doyle had returned to his normal playing weight, after having off-season hip surgery.

 

-How will Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron split snaps?

 

When both were healthy last year, Doyle significantly out-snapped Ebron.

 

In the 4 games Doyle was fully healthy, he was on the field for 124 snaps more than Ebron. That’s a large discrepancy. Doyle was also targeted 10 more times than Ebron in those 4 games that he was fully healthy.

 

These are some notable numbers to remember, when Doyle returns to full health.

 

Will the Colts again heavily lean towards the versatile Doyle more than Ebron in 2019?

 

-How will Nyheim Hines be used in his second season?

 

The Colts really like Nyheim Hines and still label him as their ‘third-down back’ going into the 2019 campaign.

 

But Frank Reich has noted that the arrival of Parris Campbell will likely limit the slot receiver role that we saw from Hines last year, in which he caught the third most balls of any Colts player (63 catches for Hines as a rookie).

 

Hines knows he must improve as a runner (3.7 yards per carry last year), if he wants that running back role to expand this coming season.

 

-Will the injured Deon Cain get playing time this year?

 

This is a question we couldn't really gauge until Cain returned to the practice field at Training Camp. He has, and has looked very healthy at practice.

 

If Devin Funchess builds a rapport with Andrew Luck and then Parris Campbell shows he is ready to contribute from Day One, that’s going to limit involving another receiver though, especially when you think of the tight end usage that Frank Reich loves.

 

But the Colts remain very high on Cain. Maybe a fantasy owner takes a flier on Cain late in very deep leagues, especially if the second-year wideout shows more flashes in preseason games.

 

-Who are the wide receiver/running backs on the roster bubble for the Colts?

 

For those in the extremely deep fantasy leagues, the names to keep an eye as potential fringe roster cuts are these:

 

Running Back: Jordan Wilkins, Jonathan Williams, D'Onta Foreman

 

This will likely come down to how the Colts want to round out the running back position behind Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines. Unless an injury occurs to Mack, it’s really hard to justify any fantasy selection of Wilkins, Williams or Foreman.

 

Wide Receiver: Chester Rogers, Reece Fountain, Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson

 

Rogers is probably the most intriguing name on this list considering he caught 53 passes last year. Seeing those 4 names above battle it out for the 5th (maybe 6th, too) wideout spot could be the competition during camp.

 

At tight end, the full expectation is the Colts keep at least Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron and Mo Alie-Cox. In really deep leagues, keep a very close eye on Alie-Cox, especially if an injury occurs to Doyle or Ebron.

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