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The Colts have reached agreement with QB Philip Rivers on a 1-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's been a long-anticipated move that should upgrade the QB play for Indy. Of course, Rivers is 38 and coming off 1 of his worst seasons -- both of which surely factor into the Chargers letting him go. Rivers over Jacoby Brissett should help WR T.Y. Hilton and TE Jack Doyle, but we're not sure about him leading an enormous rebound for the Colts offense on whole. Over the past 4 years, Indy has ranked top 10 in scoring and yards in the 2 seasons Andrew Luck has played; 25th or worse in yards and 16th or worse in scoring in the 2 years Luck missed. Colts HC Frank Reich does have experience with Rivers, coordinating his Chargers offense in 2014 and 2015, and spending 2013 as the QBs coach. San Diego finished 2014 ranked 17th in scoring and 18th in yards; 2015 found the Chargers 9th in yards but just 26th in points.

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.

The Chargers have "moved on" from QB Philip Rivers, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Rivers has spent the past 16 seasons with the franchise after being traded from the Giants during the 2004 draft. The 38-year-old reportedly wants to continue playing, so we'll see who he draws interest from in free agency. The Chargers, meanwhile, are now obviously a candidate to take a QB in the 1st round of April's draft. They currently hold the 6th overall pick.

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

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.

Colts CB Pierre Desir is active for tonight’s game against the Saints. If you waited for him, keep him in your IDP lineup

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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 K Adam Vinatieri will undergo surgery on his injured knee and be placed on IR, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. This could be the end of the line for the 46-year-old, who's missed 8 FGs and 6 XPs this season. Chase McLaughlin will continue kicking for the Colts.

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.

 
 
 

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