NFL Draft Fantasy Preview for the Indianapolis Colts
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The 2017 season came down to one simple factor for the Colts, and that was the injury to Andrew Luck. The questions that continued to linger from the preseason to Luck’s eventual IR designation really put this team in a state of flux. It’s hard for a team to fully prepare if it’s not known whether their leader will be in the huddle in a given week. Without Luck in the lineup, this offense looked horrible with Jacoby Brissett under center. Frank Gore and T.Y. Hilton turned in very bad statistical years, which were headaches for Fantasy owners who drafted them. By season’s end, there was no player on this offense that you could start in a Fantasy lineup with confidence.
Team Needs: OL, ILB, DE
Projected Top Three Picks
First Round- Bradley Chubb, DE NC State
Second Round- Billy Price, OG Ohio State
Third Round- Da’Shawn Hand, DT Alabama
Heading into the draft, the uncertainty surrounding Andrew Luck looms large. As of this writing, Luck has just begun a throwing program as he continues to rehab the shoulder. This could cause new head coach Frank Reich some concern as to how to handle this offense as we get into offseason programs. Do you plan as though Luck will be your QB? Or do you put in the necessary contingency plan if he can’t come back? It’s priority number one for this team and something that needs to be established sooner rather than later.
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Looking at projected picks for the Colts, they may not be names that will jump off the page to Fantasy owners due to a lack of focus on skill positions, but each could come in and play right away for this team. Bradley Chubb is by far the best defensive player in this draft. His pass rushing abilities are in line with what we saw last year in Myles Garrett. He should make an impact early on with this defense as a player who will get to the quarterback but can also defend the run very well. Add Chubb with projected third round pick Da’Shawn Hand, and you have two big able-body defenders that will cause havoc in their rookie seasons. Hand will benefit greatly from the pressure that will be created by Chubb, as he is the type of tackle that gets through gaps quickly to disrupts plays in the backfield.
As far as second round pick Billy Price goes, he is an immediate upgrade to an offensive line that is in dire need of help. Price is a plus blocker in both pass sets as well as the run. His strength and drive allow him to open up gaps on the interior of the line. He has the ability to play at center or guard at the pro level. If the Colts can get this line to gel, it will only help the hyped Marlon Mack in the running game. Mack has the skills to become a low-end RB2 in PPR formats, but he can’t do it by himself. The selection of Price can go a long way to improving his stock.
But make no mistake about it, the Fantasy stock of the Colts in 2018 will turn on whether or not Andrew Luck is under center for 16 games. If he is back to full health, Luck will again be among the ranks of the QB1s in drafts. But it will also help the likes of T.Y. Hilton to regain his form in which he was a WR1 in 2016. Keep an eye out for any new information on Luck’s injury as we draw closer to training camp.