Description: Head coach Chuck Pagano called running back Frank Gore his every-down back.
Insight: That's bad news for backups Dan Herron, Vick Ballard and Zurlon Tipton. The 2014 Colts backs had just nine rushing touchdowns and Gore could get that by himself next season. Though Gore may still be able to carry the load, remember the Colts offense is Andrew Luck centric.
Description: Receiver Andre Johnson has signed with the Colts.
Insight: Indianapolis continues to add veterans, with Johnson being the latest addition. The Colts are a nice fit for him, as he will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. Johnson will be a WR3 heading into 2015.
Description: Colts running back Dan Herron was re-signed on Thursday.
Insight: Herron doesn't figure to be the Opening Day starter, but he'll be a handcuff to whoever is the starter. That guy probably isn't on the current roster. Herron played well in the second half of last season and into the playoffs.
Description: Wide receiver Reggie Wayne will not be re-signed by the Colts, the team he has played for over the past 14 seasons, announced the team.
Insight: Wayne is the franchise leader in regular season games played (211) and ranks second in receptions (1,070), receiving yards (14,345), receiving touchdowns (80), 100-yard games (43) and consecutive games with a reception (134). Even if he finds another job (Denver?), his fantasy value is likely very limited.
Description: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen had four catches for 30 yards and a touchdown in the AFC Division round versus the Broncos.
Insight: Allen caught all four of his targets from Andrew Luck and scored a touchdown halfway through the second quarter to give Indianapolis the lead for good. With his size, Allen is a great target for Luck in the red zone.
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton led the team in receiving on Sunday.
Insight: Broncos top cornerback Aqib Talib could not cover Hilton, and Denver had to switch its coverages to stop Hilton. It will be interesting to see how Hilton does on Revis Island next week. Hilton finished with four catches and 72 yards versus Denver.
Description: Colts running back Dan Herron had 23 carries and gained 63 yards versus the Broncos.
Insight: Herron had a terrible rushing average, but he gave the Colts just enough balance for Andrew Luck to have a lot of success in the passing game. Indianapolis didn't even dress Trent Richardson, so Herron is clearly the best fantasy option in the Colts backfield.
Description: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck came up big Sunday versus Cincinnati.
Insight: He went 31-of-44 for 376 yards and one score, and did not turn the ball over. Luck also rushed for 18 more yards. For owners in playoff leagues, Luck will be a fine option next week in Denver.
Description: Colts tight end Coby Fleener caught two touchdowns in Week 17.
Insight: Fleener has become a fantasy force since Dwyane Allen suffered his injury about a month ago. Fleener had five catches for 56 yards in addition to his two scores. He finished the season with eight touchdowns and should be targeted in the middle rounds next season.
Description: Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Indianapolis will play their starters in Week 17 versus the Titans according to the Indianapolis Star.
Insight: Indianapolis will either be a No. 3 or 4 seed for the AFC playoffs, so there is very little to play for in Week 17, but the Colts are likely trying to build some momentum heading into the postseason. The Colts stars will be in play for fantasy purposes.
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) said he's 50-50 to play this weekend.
Insight: That's not great news, considering the team needs him for the playoffs more than for Week 16. he could easily sit the weekend in favor of Reggie Wayne and Donte Moncrief. Hilton is likely a game-time decision.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson should probably not be in fantasy starting lineups anymore.
Insight: Richardson has been given every opportunity to prove he can be "the guy" in Indianapolis, but now he is losing playing time to Daniel Herron. Richardson had 32 yards on nine carries while Herron gained 60 yards on 11 attempts. Sit Richardson if you haven't already.
Description: Colts running back Dan Herron had another decent day at the office.
Insight: Herron rushed for 60 yards on 11 carries as he again outproduced the former first-round pick Trent Richardson. Herron added two catches and 12 yards in the passing game. He is a decent FLEX play moving forward.
Description: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had another slow start and didn't really recover in Week 15.
Insight: Luck threw a pick-six in the first quarter and did respond with two touchdown passes in the second quarter, but that's about it. Luck was 18-of-37 for 187 yards with the two scores and the interception. The Texans also sacked Luck twice.
Description: Colts tight end Coby Fleener may take a small step back in Week 14.
Insight: With Dwayne Allen returning from an ankle injury, Fleener may not see the action he was seeing over the past few weeks. However, his hot play has given him borderline TE1 status this week against the Browns.
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton had five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown but was the third best pass catcher for Indianapolis on Sunday.
Insight: Andrew Luck really shared the love versus Washington. Donte Moncief and Coby Fleener both had a pair of touchdowns, so Hilton's opportunities were somewhat limited. Still, owners will take the production.
Description: Colts tight end Coby Fleener is proving any owner who picked him up to be a genius.
Insight: Alright, that might be a bit of a stretch, but Fleener did catch four passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. For a position that is very inconsistent with production, Fleener has been a solid pickup for fantasy owners and should remain in starting lineups until Dwyane Allen returns.
Description: Colts tight end Coby Fleener is a borderline must-start again with Dwyane Allen out this Sunday.
Insight: Fleener caught just two passes for 28 yards last week but the prior game, he had seven catches for 144 yards. In Week 9, he scored a touchdown. As long as Allen is out, Fleener is a borderline TE1 in 12-team leagues.
Description: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle) is still day-to-day, according to coach Chuch Pagano.
Insight: Pagano added that he was unsure if Allen would be able to practice this week, so for now, it seems very iffy that Allen will be able to suit up in Week 13. Owners need to monitor his progress throughout the week.
Description: Colts tight end Coby Fleener could be a top fantasy tight end in Week 12 if Dwayne Allen isn't active.
Insight: Allen has already missed the first two practices of the week and it isn't looking very good for him to be ready by Sunday. The Colts can likely beat Jacksonville without Allen so if he's a borderline call they may play it conservatively.
Description: Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw may have broken his ankle in the Sunday night game against the Colts
Insight: We await further word on Monday. It's a disaster for Colts fans and fantasy owners who have enjoyed a solid season from Bradshaw, particularly from his receiving efforts. Trent Richardson will have to step up.
Description: Colts QB Andrew Luck threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns as the Colts demolished the New York Giants.
Insight: Luck and the Colts didn't bother to run the ball in this one and Luck's fantasy owners enjoyed his seventh consecutive 300-yard passing day. He remains the overall points leader in fantasy football.
Description: Colts SS LaRon Landry will not play Monday against the Giants.
Insight: He is eligible to return from his four-game suspension, however Indianapolis will use a one-week roster exemption on him. Landry will most likely be activated by Tuesday, and should return to the starting strong safety spot.
Description: Colts cornerback Vontae Davis will play Monday against the Giants, according to head coach Cuck Pagano.
Insight: Indianapolis gave up 522 yards and six touchdowns to Ben Roethlisberger and company in Week 8, as Davis sat out most of the game with a knee injury. However, he looks ready to roll, after he was able to practice this week. Davis has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in 2014.
Description: Colts rookie WR Donte Moncrief stepped up and produced when called on last weekend and coach Chuck Pagano specifically called his name out when saying he'd like to get him "as many touches as possible."
Insight: Moncrief was way ahead veteran Hakeem Nicks as a No. 2 option, but Reggie Wayne is on track to return Monday night against the Giants and that would hurt his chances for a big game.
Description: Colts rookie WR Donte Moncrief stepped up and produced when called on last weekend and coach Chuck Pagano specifically called his name out when saying he'd like to get him "as many touches as possible."
Insight: Moncrief was way ahead veteran Hakeem Nicks as a No. 2 option. He caught seven balls for 113 yards and a touchdown and looked as fast as anyone on the field. Don't hurry back Reggie.
Description: Colts wideout Hakeem Nicks caught just one of six targets for 27 yards.
Insight: Nicks should be able to see the handwriting on the wall. He's fallen well down the depth chart and isn't going to get many opportunities. Fantasy owners can safely drop him, if thay haven't already.
Description: With Colts starter Reggie Wayne (elbow) missing Week 8, rookie Donte Moncrief stepped up and produced.
Insight: Moncrief was way ahead veteran Hakeem Nicks as a No. 2 option. He caught seven balls for 113 yards and a touchdown and looked as fast as anyone on the field. By next season he'll be starting opposite Hilton on a regular basis.
Description: Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw became a good fantasy option with Trent Richardson likely sideline by a hamstring injury.
Insight: Bradhaw combined for 87 yards and a touchdown, despite seeing just six carries. The Colts abandoned the run early after falling behind 21-3 in the second quarter or Bradshaw would have been a much better option.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson (hamstring) is surprisingly active Sunday against the Steelers.
Insight: He was unable to practice all week, and most reports indicated Richardson would sit out Week 8. However, he will take the field, but will most likely be on a snap count, making him an RB3 at best. Ahmad Bradshaw is still in line for a heavy workload.
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (elbow) is out for Week 8's matchup against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Wayne has only posted fantasy-worthy numbers once this season and is more security blanket for Andrew Luck than fantasy asset. Donte Moncrief is likelt to see more of an increase than Hakeen Nicks.
Description: If Colts starter Reggie Wayne (elbow) misses Week 8, rookie Donte Moncrief could see additional work.
Insight: Moncrief actually saw more snaps than veteran Hakeem Nicks. Still, he's not likely going to be fantasy worthy. The Colts use tight ends like wideouts and it's more than likely that Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener would see increased targets than the rookie.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson will have an MRI on the hamstring that forced him out of Sunday's game.
Insight: He's said it was just a tweak and nothing serious, but the results of the MRI will tell us more. Richardson led the Colts with 14 carries and 77 yards in Week 7. If he out for any length of time Ahmad Bradshaw becomes a very good fantasy option.
Description: Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored two touchdowns against the Bengals in Week 7.
Insight: Bradshaw scored a rushing and receiving touchdown. He now has seven scores on the season. Richardson still receives more touches, but Bradshaw gets all the scores, which makes him the better fantasy play.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson led the Colts with 14 carries and 77 yards in Week 7.
Insight: Richardson is still running with a purpose, and the Colts are rewarding him by keeping him their top back despite the production from Ahmad Bradshaw. Richardson still needs to consistently find the end zone though in order to be considering a true RB1.
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton exploded for the first time this season, posted nine catches for 223 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: It was Hilton's first touchdown reception of the season, though he's caught at least five balls in all six games. The yardage total was one short of the franchise record held by Raymond Berry.
Description: Colts QB Andrew Luck rebounded from a rare off game against Baltimore with a good one Thursday night versus division rival Houston.
Insight: Luck went 25-of-44 for 370 yards and three touchdowns. It's his fourth game of throwing for 370 yards or more. He has offensive weapons everywhere and this production level has come to be expected.
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne saw a team-high 12 targets in Week 5 for 77 yards.
Insight: That's two solid games in a row. He had a better day in Week 4 against Tennessee with seven catches for 119 yards and a score. We think he'll only get better as he gets further from the knee injury.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson finds end zone in Week 4.
Insight: He still is not producing on the ground (20 carries, 47 yards), but did get his first score of the season. Ahmad Brashaw was not much better today (nine carries, 32 yards). Neither guy holds great upside in fantasy.
Description: Colts QB Andrew Luck continues his hot play in win over Tennessee.
Insight: He had four more touchdowns, and now has eight over the past two games. Luck also had 393 passing yards and one interception. He is arguably the MVP through the first four weeks of the season.
Description: Indianapolis running back Ahmad Bradshaw has become a valuable fantasy asset because Andrew Luck seeks him out near the goal line.
Insight: He's caught three touchdown passes this season, all from inside the 10-yard line.
If Bradshaw can stay healthy, he'll be the primary pass receiver out of the backfield and he runs as well as Trent Richardson. It's just you can't overwork him.
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton was dealing with a slight groin injury, but is active as expected.
Insight: Hilton was targeted 11 times in Week 2, but posted just six receptions for 65 yards and no touchdowns. He's usually been much better indoors at home, but faces a weak defense and should be a viable fantasy option.
Description: Colts wideout Hakeem Nicks, who questionable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville due to illness, is active.
Insight: Nicks had missed the last two practices, but will be in uniform. He hasn't been a WR1 for years (2011) and he's not getting enough work so far this season to be anything but an emergency bye-week fill-in.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson finally showed a bit of life Monday night against the Eagles.
Insight: Richardson ran for 79 tough yards and totaled 95 from scrimmage. Still, when it was time to put the ball in the end zone, the Colts went to Ahmad Bradshaw who caught two short touchdown passes.
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton was targeted 11 times in Week 1, but had little to show for it - five receptions for 41 yards.
Insight: We're beginning to see a trend with the third-year receiver. He's a much better play at home than on the road. He averages 78.2 ypg in Indianapolis and 48.9 yards in road contests. The Colts host the Eagles Monday night so he's a solid play against a mediocre Philadelphia defense.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson was a disappointment in Week 1, rushing just six times for 20 yards.
Insight: An even worse sign is Richardson played 29 snaps and backup Ahmad Bradshaw was out there for 44 plays. Hopefully, the Colts won't fall behind the Eagles in Week 2 and Richardson can get equal time.
Description: Indianapolis running back Ahmad Bradshaw proved to be a valuable asset in the season opener with five catches for 70 yards to go along with 15 yards on the ground.
Insight: It appears that Bradshaw will be the guy in passing situations and the two-minute offense and Trent Richardson will be the primary runner. If Bradshaw can stay healthy, of course. He was limited in Thursday's practice, but is expected to be ready to go in Week 2.
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne did not practice on Thursday.
Insight: There is no cause for alarm. Wayne is just getting rest for his knee, and he looked very strong against the Broncos on Sunday night. The matchup against the Eagles, however, is not as strong as one might expect. Wayne will play in the slot in three-wide sets and Philadelphia's best cornerback, Brandon Boykin, will likely cover him.
Description: Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis suffered a torn Achilles' tendon while working out in Atlanta last week and is out for the season.
Insight: Mathis was in Atlanta working out because of his suspension for the first four games of this season for violating the substance abuse policy. The Colts looked like they missed him as they put very little pressure on Peyton Manning Sunday night. Indianapolis will have to look for a pass rush somewhere else without Mathis this season.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson ran the ball for 14 yards on four carries.
Insight: After struggling in the first two preseason games, Richardson seemed to run with a purpose on Saturday. He ran for five and eight yards on his first two carries, but then ran for one yard in his next two carries combined. He is still a risky pick in the fifth round, which is his ADP.
Tell me if you have heard that before. Through the first two preseason games he's carried the ball 14 times for 34 yards. That's a 2.43 ypc average. Remind me why you would want him on your fantasy roster.
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne started in Saturday's preseason game but failed to catch his lone target.
Insight: Wayne still looked good in his first game action since tearing his ACL in Week 7 last year. Wayne caught two passes that were negated for penalties. There is a good chance he leads Indianapolis in catches this season and is a quality flex play in most leagues.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson rushed for 21 yards on nine carries in the Colts second preseason game.
Insight: Tell me if you have heard that before. Through the first two preseason games he's carried the ball 14 times for 34 yards. That's a 2.43 ypc average. Remind me why you would want him on your fantasy roster.
Description: Hakeem Nicks caught five balls for 53 yards Saturday night, his best performance of the preseason, by far.
Insight: Nicks is working as the No. 3 receiver behind returning veteran Reggie Wayne and budding star T.Y. Hilton. It's hard to predict how much fantasy value Nicks can produce, but he certainly looked healthy. Nicks hasn't been a WR1 since 2011 and doesn't figure to get back to that status in Indy.
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, cleared for training camp, isn't likely to see action in the preseason opener.
Insight: Wayne tore his ACL in Week 7 and at 35-years-old won't see much work in the preseason. This shouldn't change his fantasy value as he knows all the plays and where to be. This should give rookie Donte Moncrief and veteran Hakeem Nicks more snaps.
Description: Hakeem Nicks is working as the No. 3 receiver behind returning veteran Reggie Wayne and budding star T.Y. Hilton.
Insight: Nicks has yet to show much in training camp, according to the Colts blog Stampede Blue. Until we see him in a game, it's hard to predict how much fantasy value Nicks can produce. Nicks hasn't been a WR1 since 2011.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Insight: Richardson hadn't practiced since last Thursday. The Colts need big things from him this season after trading a No. 1 pick for him last year and letting backup Donald Brown go in free agency. The Colts are going with the narrative that Richardson didn't have time to grasp the offense last year and has studied hard this offseason, but we're skeptical he'll live up to his fifth-round ADP.
Description: Indianapolis running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson appear to be the only backfield options and both should have fantasy value this season.
Insight: The Colts backfield took a hit over the past week with the loss of Vick Ballard (knee injury) and Chris Rainey (cut for off-the-field reasons). If Richardson falls on his face again, Bradshaw could end up being an RB2 or better.
Description: Colts tight end Coby Fleener could get on the field with Dwayne Allen more often this season, according to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star.
Insight: Both are talented tight ends with receiving ability, though we like Allen a little bit more than Fleener. With the return of Reggie Wayne and the addition of Hakeem Nicks both tight ends may actually see reduced targets.
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles during Friday's practice and will likely miss the rest of the season. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: Ballard played one game in 2013 before tearing his right ACL during practice. With only injury-prone Ahmad Bradshaw and former sixth-rounder Dan Herron as backups, the Colts really need Trent Richardson to come through in 2014.
Description: Indianapolis running back Ahmad Bradshaw has been cleared to practice, according to an Indianapolis Star report.
Insight: Bradshaw has always been a solid fantasy option, when healthy, but he's part of a three-man backfield including Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard. Richardson should get the most carries, though after averaging 3.0 yards per rush last season, there's little reason to be confident in him. Fantasy owners may be better off avoiding all three.
Description: The Colts expect to have receiver Reggie Wayne (knee) back for the start of training camp, according to Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.
Insight: Coach Chuck Pagano said he would be "shocked" if that didn't happen. Wayne tore his ACL last October and missed OTAs, but he's been cleared for football activities. Draft the 35-year-old as a WR3 due to his age and lack of touchdowns the past three years (11 TDs in 39 games).
Description: Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Insight: Mathis had 19.5 sacks in 2013 and finished as the runner-up to Luke Kuechly for Defensive Player of the Year. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mathis tested positive for a male fertility drug that is on the NFL's list of banned substances.