August 31, 2015

Indianapolis Colts

AFC South

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    IND @ DEN


    8:30 pm

  • Week 2

    PHI @ IND


    8:30 pm

  • Week 3

    IND @ JAC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    TEN @ IND


    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    BAL @ IND


    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    IND @ HOU


    8:30 pm

  • Week 7

    CIN @ IND


    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    IND @ PIT


    4:30 pm

  • Week 9

    IND @ NYG


    8:30 pm

  • Week 10


  • Week 11

    NE @ IND


    8:30 pm

  • Week 12

    JAC @ IND


    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    WAS @ IND


    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    IND @ CLE


    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    HOU @ IND


    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    IND @ DAL


    4:30 pm

  • Week 17

    IND @ TEN


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Indianapolis Colts - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Indianapolis Colts - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview 



Last year nine teams had three or more fantasy starters in the top 60 and it is likely that it’ll continue to be that way in 2014. This series: Dressed for Success, will look at NFL teams going into 2014 that have assembled the right players to be a treasure trove of fantasy studs.


We have to talk about the team with the easiest strength of schedule going into the 2014 season, the Indianapolis Colts. The whole AFC South received the top 4 easiest strength of schedule for 2014; drawing the NFC East and AFC South. Undoubtedly this schedule is deflated by the 2-14 Texans, 3-13 Redskins, 4-12 Browns, and 4-12 Jaguars (they don’t even have 16 wins combined!). Fortunately for the Colts, they appear to the only team in a position to take advantage of this schedule as the only team in the division that has a settled QB.


If history is any indicator, the team with the easiest SOS has almost always produced bountiful amounts of fantasy points; unless you’re the 2011 Arizona Cardinals and started Kevin Kolb as your QB. In 2012, the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady finished as the 3rd best QB in standard fantasy scoring, Stevan Ridley finished 10th at RB,  Wes Welker finished 12th at WR, and Rob Gronkowski finished 2nd at TE. The 2013 Broncos, needlessly to say, also ran away with the lead. But can the 2014 Colts make the cups of fantasy owners everywhere overflowth with fantasy points?


Andrew Luck hasn’t produced a great number of high passing games. Luck in 2013 had 3 games of 300 or more passing yards. By comparison, Carson Palmer had 5 games of 300 or more, Tom Brady had 6 such games, Drew Brees had 11, and Peyton had 12. Despite the low production, Luck still finished 7th at QB in standard fantasy scoring (345.2 FF Points), with a stat line of 3830 passing yards, 23 passing TDs, 9 INTs, 377 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs.


Andrew Luck underachieved in 2013 compared to 2012, when he scored 368.2 FF Points. That would have been good for 4th in 2013. In his last year at Stanford, Luck threw for only 313 less yards than he did in 2013. Some of that might be attributed to the lack of talent without Reggie Wayne.


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Without Reggie, Luck still produced near similar Fantasy stats. With that kind of consistency, a full complement of WRs and TEs going into 2014, plus the easiest schedule in the league, one has to believe that he has a fighter’s chance to break into the top three of QBs. This season is Luck’s chance to break into NFL’s elite echelon of QBs. As a fantasy owner, you should probably jump on this gravy train. The ranks of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning should best prepare itself for its uncouth compatriot.




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Luck is already the champion of GIF-able moments.  


Behind Andrew Luck, the skill positions for the Colts are quite a conundrum. Not for lack of talent, but because there is more talent on the team than in the past two years. All of the top three receivers have 1000 yard seasons.


With WRs, the initial question to ask is who will step into the number one, two, or three receiver positions on the team? The positioning of these receivers have played huge part in targets received. In 2013 TY Hilton received 138 targets, Coby Fleener received 88 targets, DHB received 62 targets. In 2012, Reggie Wayne received 194 Targets, Donnie Avery received 125, and TY Hilton received 91 targets. In years past the highest receiving target received about twice as many targets as the third best receiver, and the second receiver got about 30% more targets than the third best receiver. With a crowded WR group in 2014, TY Hilton, Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks and back-ups LaVon Brazill, Da’Rick Rogers, it’s hard to tell who will fall into what roles.


Adding to the complexity is Pagano’s stated preference to run a two TE scheme, which typically would only field two WRs at a time. The statistics show that Pagano in 2013 only ran two TEs about 158 times compared to one TE 499 times. Whether these stats hold water in 2014 is up in the air since starting TE Dwayne Allen was injured for most of the season.


TY Hilton is undoubtedly the future of the Colts at WR. Hilton did a good job stepping in as a second year receiver, but didn’t tremendously exceed his rookie year campaign. While TY had 33 more receptions in 2013, he produced a number of duds – 7 games of 6 points or less in standard. He also produced a similar amount of explosive games in 2012 as in 2013. He already h ad five 100+ yard receiving games in 2012 and only matched that number in 2013. In a worst case scenario, Hilton could stay at this level of production; in 2012 he was still second fiddle to Wayne and as a starter he maintained this level of production. But he has developmental upside and a better repertoire with Luck than either Nicks or Wayne now. The best case scenario is that he takes over as WR and with the plethora of offensive weapons, has more space to make big plays.

It is rare to see a 5’10” receiver be the number one receiver (ask Julian Edelman) and still be fantasy relevant in standard scoring, but Hilton showed flashes of success on the outside and between the numbers. As the number-two receiver in a two TE system, Hilton could shine, especially in a PPR league. If I draft a WR out of the three it would be TY. 


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His name is pretty much Thank You Hilton now right? 

When to pick up Wayne or Nicks is a tough question because a variety of reasons. Wayne is old and coming off an ACL tear meanwhile Nicks has never played a full regular season and is coming off a year where he failed to score any touchdowns. Am I convinced that the Colts offense can score enough points to support all three of them? Last year the Colts finished 14th in scoring, with 15 rushing TDs and 23 receiving TDs. Those numbers aren’t exactly bountiful amounts of TDs; if somehow all receiving TDs were split evenly by three people that would be about 8 TDs a person. Undoubtedly however, those TDs will be split amongst RBs and TEs as well, further diminishing the amount of fantasy points that Wayne and Nicks can score.

Going into next season, I think Nicks has significantly more upside than Wayne; he is playing for a contract, is playing against a weak division, is playing in a whole new conference, and is actually better than his stats have made him out to be. Former head coach Coughlin even suggested that Nicks needed a change. If you are feeling bold, pick him up to be a WR2 in the fifth round. I can’t say Wayne is done for, but I would’t pick him up.


I would avoid drafting any of the TEs on Indianapolis out of concern that there are too many receiving options. Coby Fleener, being the second best option on the team in 2013, mustered only 52 catches, ranking only 14th. Given a chance to shine, Fleener just didn’t seem to impress. While Dwayne Allen could emerge to be a good tight end, with this many receiving options, it’s hard to imagine Dwayne Allen emerging into a consistent fantasy starter.


Finally, there’s the curious case of Trent Richardson, who was atrocious last year. Running backs Rashad Jennings and Joique Bell both got 20 less carries than Trent, but both ran for nearly 200 more yards than Trent. Even with Donald Brown gone, Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard (That diving football player on the NFL mobile app loading screen) still remain and could easily out compete Trent for the starting job. Sure Trent might be the Colt’s 2014 first round pick, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a bust. If you end up drafting Trent let’s hope that Pagano does actually run the ball more and that Trent can take advantage of the soft schedule. Last year, even against favorable matchups, Trent failed to produce, perhaps an indicator that he is missing the natural talent to succeed at the next level. He’s not the greatest catcher and doesn’t have tremendous breakaway speed, but is really elevated by being the biggest name back in the Indy backfield. All Indy running backs also run a risk of having TDs vultured by Luck.

The snap counts certainly suggest that the team was trying hard with Trent. Since being acquired by the Colts, he only rushed 20 times once, averaging about 11 carries a game. In his rookie season, Trent was nearly averaging 20 carries a game. This suggests that a lot of his 2013 draft stock could have been driven by volume. But if you consider that he can play all the downs, his potential for more attempts is higher than a lot of the two down backs in the league.

Trent is certainly no sure-fire back, so don’t overpay for Trent; the earliest I would pick him up is in the fourth round, but if I see some promise with the offensive line during the off-season, I would pick Trent in the third.


WTF andrew luck!


Andrew is ready for the 2014 Season. Get Lucky!






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The Great Don Shula

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The greatness that is Don Shula and his relationship with the Baltimore Colts started in a most unusual way. His first stint with the team began when he was traded from the Cleveland Browns in a 15 player deal.  There he started as the Colts corner back in 1953. He played four season in Baltimore, and in an era where passing was not readily used, Shula came away with three interceptions, but Baltimore finished with only a 3-9 record.  The following season, Shula had five interceptions, but again the Colts finished 3-9. In 1955, Shula again had five picks, and Baltimore finished with just a 5-6-1 record.  Don Shula missed the final three games due to a broken jaw. In 1956, was a low point in Don's career as he had just one interception, and was waived prior to the start of the 1957 season.  The Colts also finished the '56 season with another losing record.  It would not be long before Shula ended up being part of the Baltimore franchise once again, this time not as a player.

In 1963, Don Shula began his head coaching career in Baltimore.  The signing made him the youngest head coach ever in the NFL at the age of 33. In his first season he had a winning record finishing 8-6 for third place in the NFL West.

In 1964, he guided the team to a 12-2 record that won the NFL West, and put them in the NFL championship game, and even though they lost to Cleveland 27-0, Don Shula was named the NFL's Coach of the Year Award.

In 1965, the Colts finished tied with the Green Bay Packers (10-3-1), forcing a one game playoff to determine which team would be playing for the championship.  Baltimore ended up losing 13-10 in an overtime battle.

In the 1966 and 1967 seasons the Colts found themselves out of contention for a playoff spot, even though they finished 11-1-2 in 1967. Their only loss was a blow out to the Los Angeles Rams, which ended up being the tie-breaker to get into the playoffs.

In 1968, the Colts finished the season again with just one loss (13-1).  The Colts defeated the Vikings in the Divisional match-up, and eliminated the Browns in the conference championship the following week to get into the Super Bowl to face the New York Jets.  Even though Baltimore were large favorites, they ended up losing to Joe Namath and his guarantee stated victory.

Shula finished his coaching career in Baltimore in the 1969 season. The Colts finished with an 8-5 record and did not compete in the playoffs.  He finished with a 71-23-4 record, but only 2-3 in the postseason, including two losses where Baltimore was a heavy favorite.

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In February of 1970, Don Shula was lured away from the Baltimore Colts by Joe Robbie of the Miami Dolphins.  Shula received a long-term contract, a percentage of the ownership, and named Vice-President. Pete Rozelle the NFL Commissioner at the time, took this to be tampering and found the Dolphins guilty. The consequence was a forfeiture of their first round draft choice to the Baltimore Colts, where they selected running back Don McCauley out of North Carolina with the 22nd pick. McCauley had a solid career with the Colts, playing from 1971 to 1981. He finished with 770 carries for 2627 yards and 40 touchdowns, he also added 333 receptions for 3026 yards and 17 touchdowns, and was the Colts kickoff and punt returner for 10 of the 11 years he played.

Don Shula retired as Dolphins head coach at the conclusion of the 1995 season.  He led Miami into the playoffs with a 9-7 record, but was eliminated in their first game to the Buffalo Bills.  Shula finished his coaching career with 347 wins only 173 defeats and six tie games (.678 winning percentage). Only he and George Halas have 300 wins under their belt, and Don has coached in six Super Bowls, winning back-to-back in Super Bowl VII and VIII. He won the NFL Head Coach of the Year six times. Winning it from 1964-1968 and then again from 1970-1972.  In 1997, he was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame as a head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

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The Mayflower Move

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On the night of March 29, 1984 in the sleet of snow, a slew of Mayflower trucks, with the Mayflower emblem floated away from home of Baltimore Maryland to arrive in their new port of Indianapolis Indiana. Even though people of Maryland had heard complaints from owner Robert Irsay, nobody would believe that a professional team would deceive all fans, and leave in a stealth like move in the dead of night. Even if it was a deceitful move, was it justified? Could have it been halted?

Irsay never thought he was wrong for the move.  He believed that the mayor and city let him down. He wanted a new stadium, from his stand point the 1953 Memorial Stadium could no longer fill his needs for renovation. Carroll Rosenbloom who eventually sold the rights of the Colts to Irsay, called Memorial Stadium "Antiquated." Rightfully so, Rosenbloom had to share the stadium with the Baltimore Orioles, and when Baltimore mayor William Schaefer and state governor Marvin Mandel investigated the complaints in 1971, they found a messy situation. 

Some of the problems mentioned: 10,000 of the stadium's seats had views that were "less than desirable"; 20,000 seats were out-dated bench seats that had no back support; 7,000 so called seats were actually poorly constructed temporary bleachers that were installed for football games only.

There was not enough office space for the Orioles or Colts, much less both teams combined. Both teams had to share locker rooms, the upper deck of Memorial Stadium did not circle the field, ending instead at the 50-yard line.

Maryland decided to pull together to save the team in Baltimore, by creating a facility near the inner harbor and call it Camden Yards. The $78 million dollar project would keep all sides happy and keep the teams in Baltimore. Unfortunately, the proposal did not pass Maryland legislature.

Rosenbloom was tired of having to deal with the ultra financial conservative of the city of Baltimore and the rejection of the state to refuse to create bonds to invest in making Memorial Stadium a better place to be. In July of 1972, Rosenbloom decided to make a change of his own.  He decided to agree to let someone else inherit the mess, and made arrangements with Jim Irsay to sell the club.  The agreed deal would be: Irsay would buy the Los Angeles Rams for $19 million then trade the Rams and along with $3 million in cash to Rosenbloom for the Baltimore Colts. The situation never got any better.

In 1974, Irsay still remained patient and believed in the city to get things right. He went on to say "It's not a matter of saying that there will be no stadium. It's a matter of getting the facts together so everybody is happy when they build the stadium. I'm a patient man."

The Colts continued to be successful, as they made the playoffs from 1975-77, even though there was no step forward to making any kind of stadium  improvements. In 1976, Robert Irsay began a trek to shop his team to another location. He visited Arizona and Indianapolis, and also got bids from the Los Angeles Coliseum, and from cities in Tennessee and Florida.

In 1977, Irsay went on to say "I like Baltimore and want to stay there, but when are we going to find out something about our stadium? I'm getting offers from towns like Indianapolis to build me a new stadium and give me other inducements to move there. I don't want to but I'd like to see some action in Baltimore."

Jim Irsay even approached Maryland governor Harry Hughes with a request for $25 million in improvements, which was decreased to $23 million by the legislature. There were improvements in the seats, but the luxury boxes were ignored. The money toward the improvements were based on the Colts and Orioles management signing a long term agreement.  Neither owner decided to sign that long term contract, and as a result the funds never arrived.

Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, the Mayor Richard Lugar and then was proceeded by William Hudnut to make an investment in the city to become a 'Great American City'. The plan was also to attract a major sport team, and in doing so they created the Indiana Sports Corporation in 1979. In 1982, construction of the Hoosier Dome, renamed later to the RCA Dome, began.

In February of 1983, business relationships between Irsay and the city of Baltimore had deteriorated, and Mayor Schaefer asked the Maryland General Assembly to approve renovations, the legislature finally approved a $15 million reconstruction, but half would go towards the Orioles' and at that time the lease had expired on the Colts.

In March of 1983, the NFL owners voted to give Irsay the permission to move where he felt was the best situation for his team. In January of 1984 Mayor Schaefer announced that there would be a new stadium.  Schaefer stated: "We're not going to build a new stadium. We do not have the bonding capacity. We don't have the voters or taxpayer who can support a $60 million stadium. One-third of the people in Baltimore pay taxes. Unless private enterprise builds it, we won't build it."

In March of 1984, the Maryland Senate passed legislation to Baltimore, giving the city the right to seize the Colts through eminent domain.  This move put an extreme amount of pressure on Irsay, and cities such as Phoenix removed their offer. Irsay then called Mayor Hudnut and the city of Indianapolis offered the Colts owner a $12,500,000 loan, a $4,000,000 training complex, and the use of the brand new $77.5 million, 57,980 seat Hoosier Dome. This set a chain of events into motion that would bring about the move.

After the phone call Hudnut called his neighbor and friend, John B. Smith, after the deal was finalized, and Smith happened to be the chief executive officer of Mayflower Transit. Upon direction from Hudnut, Smith sent fifteen Mayflower trucks to Owings Mills, and they arrived at the Colts' facility at 2:00 AM the following morning. The reasoning for the late hour of the move was out of fear that the Maryland House of Delegates would also approve the eminent domain bill the State Senate had, which would have resulted in the team being seized the next morning once Maryland Governor Harry Hughes signed the bill into law. Workers loaded all of the team's belongings and the trucks left for Indianapolis. Within eight hours of the Mayflower trucks' arrival in Owings Mills, the Colts were completely gone from Baltimore. Even though the eminent domain bill got signed by a favor of 103-19, and Governor Hughes signed it into action, it was too late to enforce.

To make it more difficult for Maryland State Police was that each Mayflower van took a different route to Indianapolis, and therefore keeping the state from using their powers to keep the Colts in Baltimore through the newly signed legislation. March 30, 1984 became a proud day for the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis as the Colts became an official part of the sports rotation.

In December 1985, a U.S. District Court judge threw out the lawsuit which sought to return the team to Maryland, though the city of Baltimore was allowed to keep the Lombardi trophy for winning Super Bowl V.

The Colts’ final game in Baltimore was played on December 18, 1983 against the Houston Oilers, which they beat Houston 20-10.

Punter Rohn Stark was the last active NFL player who played for the Colts while in Baltimore, retiring after the 1997 season. Stark will also be the only player to play for the Baltimore Colts and against the Baltimore Ravens.



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Stephen Holder on a conference call with Chuck Pagano, mentioned that he "Expects TY Hilton back Sunday at Tennessee. Gosder Cherilus still undetermined"

Pyro's take: Hilton being back will be the utmost importance for the Colts offense and your fantasy championship. Make sure you put him in before he gets mistakenly forgotten (Ya, Ive done that).

12/22/14, 05:50 PM CST by Vaaal-verde

Playing Week 17

The Colts are marching out their normal starters for week 17, and that includes Andrew Luck. According to Stephen Holder via twitter The Colts "are going to generally speaking play to win vs Tennessee despite having nothing to gain. They need to build some steam"

Pyro's take: After getting blown out by the Cowboys on Sunday, its important to move on and get a solid start once the playoffs begin. How much Luck plays is another question. They are not going to want to risk his health, so if they have the game in hand, they will probably begin to pull the starters. Good news for those in a Championship game in week 17.

12/22/14, 02:32 PM CST by Vaaal-verde

Hilton Out

T.Y. Hilton will be out against the Cowboys today. Hilton has not been at practice this week with his hamstring injury. He is the Colts leading receiver with 82 grabs for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns.

Pyro's take: With Hilton sidelined, look for Donte Moncrief to have an expanded role with Hakeem Nicks backing him up. Moncrief may make a solid play, especially against a Dallas defense that ranks 21st against the pass, allowing 250 yards per game.

12/21/14, 02:27 PM CST by Vaaal-verde


TY Hilton who suffered a slight hamstring injury was not at practice today. This according to Mike Chappell via twitter "Also no sign of #colts TY Hilton (hamstring)" He had an MRI on his hamstring, and everything came back clean.

Pyro's take: This is more precautionary than serious, but keep an eye out for his status as the week goes on.

12/17/14, 11:38 AM CST by Vaaal-verde


When Frank Gore tried to block Seattle line backer Bobby Wagner, he suffered a concussion. With the 49ers being out of the playoffs, this may be the last game for Gore. "Gore does not have a contract for next season. And he could not play a role in the second half of a game the 49ers needed to remain alive in the NFC playoff race."

Pyro's take: This is hard blow for an all-ready depressing season for the 49ers. If you own Gore, and planned to play him. look to your league waiver wire, or use the "Next man up!" system.

12/17/14, 11:15 AM CST by Vaaal-verde

Taking Over

Donte Moncrief had a 50-18 snap differential compared to Hakeem Nicks. It seems as though that Nicks one-year contract will come to an end, as will his number three role on the team.

Pyro's take: Moncrief has garnered exactly four targets in three straight games now, volume that leaves him only a midst the WR3/4 range heading into Week 15 against the Texans.

The bigger situation is if Moncrief will eventually take over Reggie Wayne's role now. Wayne has been ineffective all-season, and is better suited for the number three wide receiver role than Moncrief.

He needs to be owned in all competitive formats.

12/08/14, 12:26 PM CST by Vaaal-verde


Dan Herron has the case of fumblitis, as he has fumbled once in each of his last two games. Mike Wells reports that Dan Herron mentioned on his fumble issues "Have to keep working on it," Herron said. "It's one of those things. You hate for it to happen. You just have to keep working on it in practice. Make sure the guys are going after the ball [in practice]. Keep it high and tight. It's terrible it happened again. I hate it, but you have to learn from it and keep moving forward."

Pyro's take: Dan Herron finished the game with eight carries for 88 yards and one touchdown, a 49-yard blast down the left side. He has made a great impact for the team, and is making Trent Richardson expendable. Dan Herron makes an excellent pick-up in PPR leagues.

12/01/14, 05:50 PM CST by Vaaal-verde


TY Hilton father's a baby girl then goes and bitch slaps the Jaguars out of the playoffs. He had only three hours of sleep leading into the game, but he exploited the Jacksonville Cover 2 zone for a 73-yard touchdown reception. He went over 1,000 yards for the second straight season with his four-catch, 122-yard performance.

He wiped away the memories of last week's game being shut-down by the Patriots and Revis Island.

Pyro's take: TY Hilton has been a top five performer all season, and even though the long-ball is his bread and butter, he gets involved in intermediate and short routes as well. He is the better side of Torrey Smith, and should continue to play top five football through the season. Keep him in your line-up.

11/24/14, 01:34 PM CST by Vaaal-verde


Ahmad Bradshaw was injured against the Patriots on Sunday Night Football. He left the game and did not return in the second half, due to a lower leg injury. Details on the severity are not known at this time. He was spotted on crutches in the locker room.

Pyro's take: Bradshaw is a talented player, his biggest issue has always been injuries. This led to the Giants releasing him instead of paying a big contract deal, and here we are again. Bradshaw having a strong year and again injured.

If he is out look for Trent Richardson to get the majority of the playing time, while Dan "Boom" Herron spells him in relief.

11/17/14, 12:05 AM CST by Vaaal-verde

Knocked Out

Not only did the Colts lose to the New England Patriots, they lost out on Dwayne Allen. He suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and was carted to the locker room. He was later noticed in a walking boot, yet, there are no other details on his progress.

Pyro's take: Dwayne Allen is key to the Indianapolis Colts offense. He is the second half of the tight end package that the Colts utilize, so his health is paramount.

If he is to miss time, look for the Colts to rely heavily on Coby Fleener, and use a more spread offensive attack, which means more of Hicks and Donte Moncrief.

11/17/14, 12:00 AM CST by Vaaal-verde

Taking it In Moncrief

Kevin Bowen, writer, stated via twitter that, "With Reggie Wayne out of the lineup, the wide receiver snaps were as followed: Hilton (65 of 66), Nicks (60), Moncrief (40) and Whalen (13)."

This was the most snaps that Moncrief was involved in all-season, and as weeks go by, the Rookie becomes more involved in the offense.

Pyro's take: Donte Moncrief will see limited action as long as Reggie Wayne is in the offense, but he keeps getting better, and looks like the real-deal. Who knows how long Wayne will continue to play, but once he decides to hang-them-up, Moncrief will become a player worthwhile drafting.

10/27/14, 03:45 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Moncrief Targeted

Donte Moncrief may see an increase in production. Kevin Bowen, writer for, has stated via his twitter "Hamilton on Donte Moncrief: “He’s ahead of schedule. He’s a guy that we feel like at any given moment we can plug in and he can perform." This is great news from Pep, and this rookie continues to perform.

Pyro's take: With Reggie Wayne out one-to-two weeks, The Colts are going to have to rely on Moncrief more than they have had to. Which is good, because this will give him more experience.

10/23/14, 01:06 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Old but Still GIant

Andre Johnson just needed a little Colts in his life to up his playing skills. As usual he torched the Colts. He caught 7 receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown. The first score for him this season. The bad news is that he fumbled away the game, on the second-to-last drive of the game.

Pyro's take: Andre Johnson is clearly a PPR reciever only. He has never caught 10 touchdowns in a season, but has caught many 100+ receptions. He is practically useless in standard leagues because of this. Keep him locked in as a flex or third receiver in your PPR leagues.

10/10/14, 12:37 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Exploding in Hilton

TY Hilton finally exploded as the last few games he just couldnt get there. He made a beautiful catch on a long pass, as he bent back to catch the ball behind him looking as though he was using a lounge chair to get the job done. He then scored a touchdown on a long dive for the football, but the Texans lucked out as the defenders knee grazed the foot of Hilton calling him down. Eventually, he ended up in the end zone. He finished the game cracking the 200-yard mark for the first time in the regular season, and one-yard shy of breaking Raymond Berry all-time Colts yardage mark. Hilton has He has 604 receiving yards through six games.

Pyro's take: Hilton looks like a solid number two or flex play for most rosters as he will have a game or two where he dominates like this. They way Luck is passing, Hilton will always be involved in the passing game, as the Colts are slowly phasing Reggie Wayne out, and going more and more to TY Hilton.

10/10/14, 12:28 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Any Stopping Luck

Andrew Luck has been tearing up the NFL this season, and has been getting fans cheering for him and his MVP status. On Thursday Night Football, he didnt disappoint.

Once again he threw for over 300 yards, making it the fourth straight game in doing so. He also added three touchdowns making that the last four of five games of hitting that mark.

On the season Andrew Luck, has thrown for 1,987 yards and 17 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He has also rushed for 93 yards and two scores.

Pyro's take: He continues to improve and as far as progression goes, he has outdistanced Peyton Manning comparably to his first three years as a pro. Keep in mind they didn't throw as much as they do now. but still impressive.

I shouldn't have to tell you that Luck should continue to be your only quarterback at this point, and should continue to do so when he faces the Bengals next week.

10/10/14, 12:16 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Ankle Problems

Due to it being a Thursday game, Andre Johnson may not be able to play because of his ankle injury and time to rest it. He has not participated in any of the team's walk-through, as Houston did not practice.

Pyro's take: Andre Johnson has struggled thus far, as his receptions are low and he has not caught a touchdown through the first five weeks. For instance, this time last season he had 10 more receptions and 77 more yards. He was also targeted 14 more times.

Even though Johnson's ankle may very well be a culprit to his declining stats, it is also maybe his age. Sometimes players get banged up so bad, that there is no fixing the dent in the fender. Even if he does play, he has a tough match-up against the Colts defensive backs, and should only get the start, if your looking at him as a bye-week filler.

10/08/14, 02:55 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Texans Look at Luck

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien knows where the Colts rely on their success, and in this he states: “Everything that they do offensively, to me, is impressive," O'Brien said on Monday. "It all goes through Andrew Luck."

O'Brien went on to list eight reasons why he believed Andrew Luck is such a great quarterback:

1. "He’s a very bright guy."
2. "He’s a guy that is leading the league in a lot of different categories or he’s in the top five at least."
3. "A very accurate passer."
4. "The thing that is really impressive about him is—aside from his intelligence and all that—is his playing strength."
5. "He’s a very strong player."
6. "He’s very difficult to sack."
7. "He’s a guy that stands in the pocket."
8. "He’s a very tough guy."

Pyro's take: Andrew Luck is all these things, and is having the best year of his short career. He should continue to do what he does, and remain in your starting line-up.

Luck completed 32-of-49 passes for 312 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Colts' 20-13, Week 5 win over the Ravens. He made a couple of bad decisions and had a hard time throwing to the flat, but overall, was solid. This week he faces the Texans, another tough defense, but he should remain your starting quarterback.

10/06/14, 07:58 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Luck is for the Irish

Andrew Luck made the Jaguars look foolish on Sunday. He absolutely tore into them for 370 yards on 31 of 39 passing, and four touchdowns. Leading the Colts to their first victory, and avoiding a disasterous 0-3 start. He has a 9:3 TD-to-INT ratio, and will look to improve on that against the Titans in week four.

Pyro's take: Luck has been tremendous this year, his touchdowns and passing yards keep climbing, and there shouldnt be much difference against Tennessee, he is easily a number one quarterback for your fantasy team.

09/24/14, 04:49 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Raiders sign Brown

The often injured Vincent Brown is now a Raider. He played in 30 career games (16 starts) in three seasons for the San Diego Chargers, and caught 60 passes for 801 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders currently have five receivers on their roster, which includes Rod Streater, Denarius Moore, James Jones, Andre Holmes and Brice Butler. Last Sunday, Streater suffered a hip flexor, and wasn't able to finish the game.

Pyro's take: Vincent Brown should be on your radar, he has plenty of talent, and if he can stay healthy could put up some nice numbers. He isn't a priority of a pick-up. but he very well could be in a few weeks.

09/16/14, 07:13 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde


Ahmad Bradshaw will be getting more carries this week, and it looks like the Colts are going to be using a 50-50 split on carries. Bradshaw outperformed Trent Richardson last week, and last year as well. Trent Richardson went on to say about the split "I think it's going to be a good, equal load," Richardson said of the backfield plans, via The Indianapolis Star. "Ahmad knows that once I get tired or once I'm winded, when I look to that sideline or he looks to the sideline, we know how to complement each other. ... We work well together."

Pagano mentioned how he felt about the split "From game to game, it'll be different depending on the score and how we're using different personnel groups," coach Chuck Pagano said. "They're both more than capable of being every-down backs. ... Whether it's Ahmad out there or Trent out there, I feel good about both those guys."

Pyro's take: Ahmad Bradshaw has always been a good back, and he is young too. The issue has always been when not if he is going to get hurt. When he is out there he performs all tools of duty, and he does it well.

If Bradshaw is on the waiver wire, try to get him, he should have a solid night as he faces the Eagles defense, and should be considered a flex option in all PPR leagues.

09/12/14, 02:18 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde


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