Shark Bites

Colts insider Stephen Holder came away from a conference call with new GM Chris Ballard believing the team is "VERY bullish" on TE Erik Swoope. "Wants to see his ceiling," Holder added. A converted basketball player, Swoope didn't hit the stat sheet in either of his first 2 NFL seasons. But he hauled in 15 balls for 297 yards (19.8 YPC) and a score this past year. TE Jack Doyle turned in an efficient 2016 as Indy's lead TE and landed a 3-year, $19 million contract this offseason. But he's not the type of elite talent that is impossible to leap on the depth chart. Swoope will be a name to closely monitor this summer.

WR Kamar Aiken is set to sign with the Colts, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Aiken disappeared in Baltimore last year but tallied a 75-944-5 line in 2015. He turns just 28 in May. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief are locked in as Indy's top 2 WRs, but Aiken could certainly push Phillip Dorsett for the #3 gig. Dorsett has disappointed since being selected in the 1st round of the 2015 draft, totaling just 51 catches, 753 yards and 3 TDs through 2 seasons.

The Colts have re-signed TE Jack Doyle to a 3-year, $19 million contract. It's a hefty sum for a guy who entered this past season with just 35 career catches. Doyle had something of a breakout 2016 campaign, though, hauling in 59 balls for 584 yards and 5 TDs. He's a mediocre talent but seems to have forged a strong rapport with QB Andrew Luck, hauling in an impressive 78.7% of his targets last year. Staying in Indianapolis is good news for Doyle's fantasy value, but he's still unlikely to score as more than a TE2 in 2017.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Colts QB Andrew Luck is looking at 6 months of rehab for a "full return." He's expected to resume throwing in 3 months. The 6-month timeline takes us into mid-July, right around the start of training camp. So barring setbacks, Luck should be ready to roll well ahead of the start of the 2017 season. But this was clearly a significant procedure to his throwing shoulder. It'll be a situation to track all offseason.

Colts owner Jim Irsay revealed via Twitter on Thursday that QB Andrew Luck recently underwent surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder. The issue didn't cost him any games this past year -- he missed 1 with a concussion -- but Luck was a regular on the injury report and often limited in practice early in the week. Irsay says the shoulder injury has "lingered since 2015" -- presumably when he suffered a sprain in Week 3 of that year and missed the following game. Luck is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 campaign, according to Irsay, but we'll be looking for more information on the procedure Luck had and exactly how long he'll be sidelined.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) didn’t practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game vs. the Jaguars. He won’t play. That’s good news for WR T.Y. Hilton, who’s averaged 10 targets in the 8 games Moncrief has missed all or part of this year.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. We're not expecting him to play in this weekend's meaningless finale against the Jaguars, leaving WR T.Y. Hilton as a target monster.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief was knocked out of Saturday's game against the Raiders with a shoulder injury. He's been banged up for much of the season and will probably be held out of the team's meaningless season finale. That'd move Phillip Dorsett back into the #2 WR spot.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) is not listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. The hammy shouldn’t be a concern. Moncrief is a TD-dependent fantasy play, but he’s a good bet for a score in what should be a shootout in Oakland.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday. That seemingly puts him on track to play against the Raiders this weekend. Moncrief is a TD-dependent fantasy starter but is a strong bet for a score in what should be a shootout in Oakland.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He didn't practice all week and certainly isn't a lock to be back for Week 16. Phillip Dorsett will step into the #2 WR role but failed in that spot earlier this season. He's not a recommended fantasy play vs. the #2 WR defense.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) missed practice again on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to play against the Vikings this weekend. That'd move Phillip Dorsett into the #2 WR spot. He didn't do much there earlier this season, averaging just 32 yards and .25 TDs in 4 games.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) was sidelined for Wednesday's practice. HC Chuck Pagano labeled him"day to day" earlier this week, but fantasy owners should be planning as if he won't play against the Vikings on Sunday. That'd move WR Phillip Dorsett into the #2 WR role, where he struggled with Moncrief out earlier this season.

The Colts on Monday placed S Clayton Geathers on IR with the neck injury that cost him the past 3 games. Indy signed former Bills S Duke Williams to fill the roster spot. Rookie S T.J. Green has played a minimal role even with Geathers out, as the Colts have started 3 CBs. Mike Adams is the only full-time safety and the only IDP consideration at the position for the team. Geathers was on a roll stat wise before his injury and will carry plenty of fantasy intrigue into next season.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano labeled WR Donte Moncrief "day to day" with the hamstring injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to the Texans. It sounds like he avoided a serious injury, but we'd still consider Moncrief no better than 50/50 for this weekend's game against the Vikings. We'll track his status throughout the week.

Colts T.Y. Hilton racked up 9 catches for 115 yards and a score in Sunday's loss to the Texans. The catches and yards led the team, as did his 13 targets. The highlight of Hilton's day was a 35-yard score off a beautiful double-move. He set that up with a juggling 13-yard catch just a couple of plays earlier. Hilton has now gone over 100 yards in 2 straight games and 5 times overall this season. The TD was his 6th, putting him just 1 shy of his career high. He gets a tough Week 15 draw against the Vikings next week, which will downgrade him to WR2 status.

Colts RB Frank Gore totaled 74 yards and a score in Sunday's loss to the Texans. Most of that damage -- 33 yards and the TD -- came in the passing game. Gore took a screen pass and weaved through traffic for an 18-yard score in the 3rd quarter. He fared fine on the ground, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. But the Colts only fed him 10 times in a game they trailed for most of. Gore has been steady for fantasy owners all season, posting 11+ PPR points in 10 of 13 games. He travels to Minnesota next week to face a Vikings team that's allowed 4.3 yards per carry to RBs over the last 6 games.

Colts QB Andrew Luck completed just 24 of 45 passes (53.5%) for 276 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs in Sunday's loss to the Texans. He also lost a fumble. Luck looked out of sync for much of the afternoon, but the Texans defense also deserves credit for a strong outing. RB Frank Gore did most of the work on Luck's 1st TD, taking a screen pass 18 yards to the house. The 2nd score was a deep ball to T.Y. Hilton from 35 yards out. Bouncing back won't be easy in Minnesota next week against the league's 2nd-ranked QB defense. Consider Luck a lower-end QB1 for that one.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief suffered a hamstring injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans. He's officially questionable to return. Moncrief went catch-less on 4 targets before exiting.

The Colts have ruled S Clayton Geathers out with the neck injury that cost him Week 13.

 
 
 

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