The emotional roller-coaster of being an Indianapolis Colts‘ fan is certainly not one to be too envious about. Take last season as a perfect example. The face of the franchise, Andrew Luck was missing all season, the run game was about as mediocre as a vanilla thickshake and T.Y Hilton looked like a lost sheep at times on the field. That’s not even mentioning the offensive line that had more holes than Swiss cheese and a defense marred with injuries left, right and center. Having said all of this, there were also some glimmers of light that managed to be the silver lining on what has been a pretty miserable 2017 campaign for the Colts.
Jacoby Brissett had a fairly solid year (3,098 yards, 13 TD’s with 7 INTs) and established himself as a solid backup option that is able to move the ball through the air and the ground competently. Adding to his 81.7 passer rating was the ability he has by using his legs. As we know in fantasy football, having a Quarterback that has a decent floor when using his legs get’s you a leg up on your opponents. Brissett racked up 260 rushing yards with 4 rushing touchdowns over the season and finished QB 20 in fantasy last year with 205.9 points in accordance with ESPN scoring leaders. Over the course of the season, Brissett struck up a healthy and productive rapport with tight end Jack Doyle.
Doyle was a key part of the little success that Indianapolis had last season and saw him draw 29% of the teams receptions, far more than any other receiver on the roster including main wide threat T.Y Hilton (20% reception share). In fact, only Kansas City and Tennessee had a higher percentage of receptions thrown to tight ends and Travis Kelce was the only tight end finishing with more receptions (83/80). Not only was Doyle the team leader in receptions for Indy, he also topped the charts for Yards After Catch too with 323. All of this translated admirably in fantasy football too where he finished TE 7 in PPR scoring.
In the last two seasons, Doyle has clearly won coaches over at Lucas Oil. The tight end position has always been exploited, first by Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark, then by Luck with Coby Fleener. Considering both Fleener and Dwayne Allen were allowed to leave the team in recent years, trust must have been high in Jack Doyle. He hasn’t disappointed either as the last two years has seen him convert 139 receptions for 9 touchdowns with a 41.2 yards per game average and 76.4% catch rate.
Surely then, the 28 year old out of West Kentucky should be targeted as a locked in starting tight end in fantasy teams? Well, not exactly. For the last two seasons, competition has been very lack-luster for him in Indianapolis. Brandon Williams didn’t offer too much in 2017 before having his season ended in week 10 with a concussion, Erik Swoope missed the whole season with a knee injury and rookie Darrell Daniels managed a meager 23.1% catch rate. This off season saw the Colts acquire former Dertoit Lion, Eric Ebron– which will surely………….
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By Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller
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