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The switch to QB Nick Foles did not work Monday night against the Chargers. The veteran backup tossed 3 INTs and took 7 sacks in the loss, compiling only 143 yards on 17-of-29 passing. TE Jelani Woods led the receiving with 43 yards, while WR Michael Pittman Jr. was the only Colt to catch more than 3 passes. Interim HC Jeff Saturday still said after the game that he has "no reservations" about switching to Foles and that he still plans to start the vet for the final 2 games.

Colts HC Jeff Saturday announced on Wednesday that the team will start QB Nick Foles in Week 16 vs. the Chargers. ESPN's Dan Graziano also reports the plan is for the team to bench Matt Ryan for the remainder of the 2022 season. Fantasy managers can consider Foles a fringe QB2 option this week, though better options are likely available. The Chargers rank as the 13th-toughest matchup in adjusted fantasy points allowed to QBs. Going from Ryan to Foles is essentially a lateral move fantasy-wise.

The Colts started QB Matt Ryan in the 1st game under interim HC Jeff Saturday, and he proved solid in the victory over the Raiders. Ryan completed 21 of his 28 passes for 222 yards (7.9 per attempt), 1 TD and no INTs. His lone TD pass went to WR Parris Campbell on a 35-yard pass and run. Ryan added an uncharacteristic 38 yards and a TD on the ground. The start came as a surprise because Saturday said at his introductory press conference that he planned to keep Sam Ehlinger in the lineup. The move back to Ryan should be good for Colts receivers, though Week 11 brings a tough matchup with the Eagles.

Colts beat writer Zak Keefer tweeted that it “appears” QB Matt Ryan will start today against the Raiders. Ryan was seen taking snaps with starting C Ryan Kelly in pre-game warmups. We’ve updated projections to account for the news.

Colts QB Sam Ehlinger remains the starter going forward, interim HC Jeff Saturday said at his introductory press conference on Monday night. Ehlinger's offense has produced just 19 points over the past 2 weeks. He was ok vs. Washington in Week 8 but face planted against the Patriots this past Sunday, completing 15 of 29 passes for 103 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. There are plenty of other issues in Indianapolis, but Ehlinger has not looked like the answer at QB for the Colts so far. QB Matt Ryan has been ruled out of the past 2 games with his right shoulder injury. We'll see if Indianapolis goes back to him once healthy.

The Colts have fired HC Frank Reich, according to multiple reports. It's a notable fall for a guy who finished 3 of his 1st 4 Indy seasons over .500. The Colts, of course, fell off late last season and missed the playoffs at 9-8. Then they imported a veteran QB for the 3rd straight offseason. Matt Ryan has proved even worse than Carson Wentz, getting yanked 2 weeks ago in favor of Sam Ehlinger. That switch hasn't helped an offense that ranks last in scoring and 27th in total yards. It's tough to see this move making much impact for fantasy football scoring this year. Indianapolis still has a trash QB situation, Jonathan Taylor running on a sprained ankle and a weak offensive line. We're hoping for a switch back to Ryan at QB to at least support target volume for the team's wideouts.

Colts QB Matt Ryan (shoulder) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Commanders. HC Frank Reich said earlier this week that the team planned on turning to QB Sam Ehlinger regardless of Ryan’s health. QB Nick Foles will be the backup this weekend.

Colts HC Frank Reich announced Monday that he'll start QB Sam Ehlinger next Sunday against Washington. It makes sense that Indy would want a change from Matt Ryan's poor play. It's surprising, however, that they're already turning from a high-priced veteran acquired just last offseason to a 6th-round pick from last year who has yet to throw a regular-season pass. Ryan is dealing with a shoulder strain, but Reich says, "Right now the move is for Sam to be the starter for the rest of the season," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ehlinger did go 24-of-29 passing this preseason for 289 yards (9.97 yards per attempt) and 4 TDs (13.8% rate). Ehlinger will make his starting debut against a Washington defense that has been 7th most friendly to QB scoring this season. We'll see how this goes.

Update: Ian Rapoport reports that it's a Grade 2 shoulder separation for Ryan. Reich, however, announced the plan as a replacement going forward rather than a fill-in assignment.

Despite throwing 44 passes and completing 75% of them, Colts QB Matt Ryan amassed just 243 yards and 1 TD in Sunday's loss to the Titans. He added a pair of INTs and took 3 sacks. It marked the 5th time Ryan has logged 2+ turnovers in 7 games this season. Next comes a matchup with Washington, which entered Week 7 as the 7th friendliest matchup for QB scoring (just 2 spots higher than Tennessee). Then comes a New England defense that has been more challenging for QBs.

Colts QB Matt Ryan threw for a season-high 356 yards and 2 TDs in Sunday's loss to the Titans. He spread the ball around. TE Mo Alie-Cox, WR Alec Pierce and WR Michael Pittman tied for the target lead with 6 apiece. Alie-Cox caught all of his for 85 yards and both TDs. Pierce caught 4 balls for 80 yards. Pittman was limited to 3 catches for 31 yards. TE Kyle Granson and WR Parris Campbell also hauled in 4 receptions apiece. Challenging matchups with Denver and Jacksonville lie ahead the next 2 weeks.

Colts QB Matt Ryan followed a shaky 1st outing with an even worse Week 2. He took 5 sacks and tossed 3 INTs in Sunday's 24-0 defeat at the hands of Jacksonville. Ryan completed just 16 of his 30 passes for only 195 yards. He was missing lead WR Michael Pittman and WR Alec Pierce against Jacksonville, which didn't help. WR Ashton Dulin led the team in targets (7), receptions (5) and receiving yards (79). Dezmon Patmon (6) and Nyheim Hines (5) were the only others to see more than 3 targets. Parris Campbell, meanwhile, drew just 2 looks and finished without a catch. He also doesn't need to remain on fantasy football rosters.

The Colts have downgraded WR Michael Pittman (quad) to out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. With Alec Pierce already out, Parris Campbell, Ashton Dulin and Mike Strachan suddenly look like the top 3 wideouts for Sunday's upside matchup with the Jaguars. The WR situation hurts QB Matt Ryan's fantasy upside but helps the target upside for Colts RBs and TEs. We still wouldn't have an Indy TE in play for most fantasy formats. But Nyheim Hines gets more interesting.

QB Matt Ryan racked up 352 yards in his Colts debut. He did so primarily thanks to 50 pass attempts, though (7.0 yards per attempt), completing 32 for 352 yards, with 1 TD and 1 INT (by EDGE Jerry Hughes on an attempted screen pass). It was not a great debut for Ryan, though fantasy drafters didn't hit the season expecting big things.

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