Indianapolis Colts Breakdown

Peyton Manning is gone, as are several other key contributors to the successful Colts teams of the past, Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon, Joseph Addai, Bob Sanders… all gone.  Who is there?  Perhaps the surest fire bet to be a superstar quarterback in the NFL since Peyton Manning himself came out, Andrew Luck.

Luck will have his hands full trying to bring a dysfunctional offense out of the doldrums and back to the NFL glory that the city and team have known for the past decade.   The Colts defense is still lacking any dominate secondary help to allow the front four time to make a play.  Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney as the only real threats on the D-line and no notable players in the secondary, from a fantasy standpoint there is not much happening in Indy.

There will be several fantasy players that leap early to take Luck, which may not be a bad move, if you’re in a keeper league.  For this season however, Luck is going to be well over-rated.  The Colts offensive line has lost key contributors (Jeff Saturday), the Running game has lost a key player (Joseph Addai), the receiving corps lost not only Garcon, but also Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme.  Luck will be relying on a compliment of small sized receivers and one ancient playmaker in Reggie Wayne.  The one solid young player that Luck will lean on will be former Stanford Tight End, Coby Fleener.  Fleener runs smooth routes has above average hands and has the intelligence to pick up the offense. 

The brightest fantasy light will shine on Fleener; expect 600 yards and 7 TD’s.  Luck will struggle, as all rookie QBs do, expect 3,100 passing yards, 22 TD’s and 25 INT.  The running game is a non-factor going into the season.  Stay away from Colts Defense.  Even Adam Vinatieri is no sure fire bet this season.

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