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The Colts selected USC WR Michael Pittman with the 34th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6’4, 223-pounder impressed at the Combine with a 4.52-second 40 time and 36.5-inch vertical. He finished with an 86th percentile SPARQ score. Pittman improved his numbers in each of his 4 seasons at USC, culminating with a big 101-1,275-11 line in 2019. He ranked 4th in the nation in catches, 10th in receiving yards and 19th in TDs. His market shares — 28% of the receptions, 29% of the yards and 31% of the TDs — are just mediocre, though. And Pittman’s 2.32 yards per route run ranked 22nd among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects. He’s a strong route runner, especially for his size, and has a reliable pair of mitts, dropping just 2.8% of his catchable targets over the past 4 years. There’s just very little explosion to Pittman’s game, which would seem to limit his fantasy upside. He does have a clear path to a rookie-year role, though, with T.Y. Hilton the only established WR in Indianapolis.

The 49ers on Monday traded DT DeForest Buckner to the Colts for a 1st-round pick. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Indianapolis is also extending Buckner's contract at a $21 million-per-year average salary. The move obviously sets up Buckner as a keystone in what should be an improving Colts offense. We'll see how losing Buckner affects San Francisco's top-shelf defense.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz sustained a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday's Wild Card loss to the Seahawks. It shouldn't impact his offseason but is worth filing away in case of another head injury. This was Wentz's 1st documented concussion.

Colts CB Kenny Moore (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Jaguars.

The Weather.com forecast for East Rutherford, N.J., calls for the chance of rain ramping up in the 4 p.m. ET hour and then climbing every hour thereafter today. That, of course, is the home of MetLife Stadium, where the Giants will host the Eagles for the regular-season finale. The forecast doesn't call for much wind, which historically impacts passing games more than rain. But keep the conditions in mind if you're down to splitting hairs on a close decision or 2 for your fantasy football lineup.

Colts LB Darius Leonard returned to full practices Thursday and Friday and finished the week off the injury report. So he should be good to go for IDP lineups in Week 17. S Khari Willis (shoulder) is doubtful after missing practice all week. CB Kenny Moore (ankle) returned to limited practice Friday after missing the previous 2 days and is questionable for the game against Jacksonville. Moore makes for a shaky bet after missing the past 3 games.

The Colts have several defensive starters who sat out practice Wednesday and will bear watching this week. LB Darius Leonard (back) joined the injury report after not appearing on it last week. CB Kenny Moore remained out with the ankle injury that cost him the previous 3 games. DL Denico Autry remained out with the concussion that kept him out of Week 16. S Khari Willis (shoulder) sustained his injury in Sunday's win over the Panthers. All will bear watching on the IDP front, and their statuses could impact the outlook for the Indy team defense against the Jaguars on Sunday. With both teams playing for nothing this week, don't be surprised if Indy deactivates any starters with even minor injury questions

Colts HC Frank Reich said Wednesday that WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) avoided a setback in Monday night's loss to the Saints and will get more playing time in the final 2 weeks of the season. Hilton played just 52% of the offensive snaps in New Orleans but racked up 9 targets. Assuming he's closer to a full-go against the Panthers this weekend, Hilton will jump back into the fantasy-starter mix.

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Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) is active for tonight's game against the Saints. He's been dealing with this calf injury since October and only got in 2 limited practices this week. He's a risky fantasy play tonight.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) is "trending in the right direction" for Monday night's game against the Saints, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. A final decision won't come until pregame warmups, though. The last time we saw Hilton, he played just 37% of the Colts' offensive snaps and caught 3 of 6 targets for 18 yards. Don't expect him to be a full-go if he's active tonight.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Monday night's tilt with the Saints, HC Frank Reich said. Hilton didn't practice on Saturday after limited workouts the prior 2 days, but he told the media that it was a scheduled day off and not a setback. The late kickoff makes Hilton a tough guy to count on in Week 15 fantasy lineups. Even if he ends up playing, he'll be a shaky fantasy start at risk of being limited and/or aggravating the calf injury.

The Colts have ruled slot CB Kenny Moore (ankle) out for Monday night's game against the Saints. It'll be his 2nd straight missed game. CB Pierre Desir (groin) is questionable for the game. Desir was limited in practice Thursday and Friday but returned to full participation Saturday. If he's active, he'll carry bit IDP upside in likely shadow coverage on New Orleans WR Michael Thomas. If you need insurance to wait on Desir, check for Colts S Khari Willis, Colts CB Rock Ya-Sin, Saints S Marcus Williams or Saints CB Eli Apple on your waiver wire.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Friday. He appears to have a shot to return for Monday night's game against the Saints. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton will return to practice on Thursday. How his calf holds up to the workout figures to go a long way toward determining whether he'll play against the Saints on Monday night. We'll keep an eye on him, but fantasy owners still shouldn't be banking on Hilton in Week 15 lineups.

Colts WR Parris Campbell has been placed on the IR after breaking his foot in Sunday's loss to the Colts. It ends a rookie season that also saw Campbell deal with hamstring, hernia and hand injuries. We'll track his rehab this offseason. The Colts are down to WRs Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson and Ashton Dulin.

Colts S Malik Hooker (foot) and CB Rock Ya-Sin (ankle) are active for today's game against the Buccaneers. Neither is a high-level IDP, but there's upside to facing Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston.

The Colts and TE Jack Doyle have agreed to a 3-year, $21 million extension that can reach $24 million with incentives. It's a significant investment and makes it unlikely that Indy brings back TE Eric Ebron, who will be a free agent this offseason. Doyle has been his usual steady self this year and is averaging a career-high 10.5 yards per catch. He'll have TE1 potential in 2020 depending on what else the Colts do at the position this offseason.

The Colts have ruled CB Kenny Moore (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. As Indy's lead slot corner, Moore would have been in primary coverage on Bucs WR Chris Godwin. Moore's absence makes the matchup much more favorable for Godwin.

Colts WR Parris Campbell (hand) put in a full week of practice and will return for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. The rookie has been out since Week 9 and certainly isn’t a safe Week 14 fantasy play. But Campbell tallied 13 targets and 3 carries in 2 games without T.Y. Hilton earlier this year. And the matchup is right. He’s at least in play for DFS tournaments.

Colts RB Marlon Mack (hand) isn’t listed on the final injury report and will return for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. HC Frank Reich said Friday that he doesn’t expect to have Mack on a pitch count — but added that there will be “rotational usage” in the backfield. Mack comes with elevated risk in Week 14 fantasy lineups, especially vs. a tough Bucs run defense.

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