Indianapolis Colts 2021 Fantasy Preview

Indianapolis Colts

2020 Record: 11-5

2021 Over/Under: o/u 9

2021 Divison Odds : +180

2021 Super Bowl Odds: +3000

As you prepare for the fantasy season, whether it be your home league, a big money squad or with us at Champions Round, we want you to be as prepared as possible heading into the season. And most of all we want to see you win! 

The Indianapolis Colts come into the 2021 season with dreams of playing in the Super Bowl. The reality is more grim. The team is dealing with a rash of injuries, COVID concerns and a new QB who has dealt with both over the past 6 weeks. 

Last season the Colts almost took out the Bills in the playoffs with old man Phillip Rivers under center. With a rejuvenated Carson Wentz playing in Frank Reich’s scheme, coupled with a fantastic roster, one would have thought Indy could be legit contenders. We’ll see if those hopes come to fruition, but the early returns haven’t been ideal. 

That being said, there are some interesting pieces on the Colts from a fantasy perspective. Let’s dive in.

Champions Round “JUICE” Projections

2021 Expected Record: 10-7

2021 Expected Points Per Game: 26.2

2021 Expected Points Allowed Per Game: 22.9

QB

Carson Wentz - Rank: QB21

JUICE Projections: 352-568 Passing, 62% Completion, 3732 Passing Yds., 28 TD, 14 INT; 202 Rushing Yds, 3 Rush TD

Wentz looks like he’s going to be able to start Week 1, which was unthinkable 6 weeks ago. That’s great news for the Colts; however, Wentz hasn’t been able to spend time on the field actually practicing with his new teammates. Moreover, his offensive line, once thought to be one of the best units in the NFL, has been decimated by injuries. Oh ya, he also lost his top receiver in T.Y. Hilton for a good portion of the season.

The former Eagles signal caller still has something left to give to fantasy players. Reich is going to put Wentz in a position to succeed, regardless of who is on the field. He’s just a phenomenal offensive coach. Can Wentz take advantage? Time will tell. For now, he’s a low end QB2 in SuperFlex leagues and that’s about it.

RB

Jonathan Taylor - Rank: RB8

JUICE Projections: 254 carries, 1184 Rushing Yds, 13 Rush TD; 35 receptions, 262 Receiving Yds, 2 Rec. TD

Taylor had an incredible finish to the 2020 season and could be in line for another big season if the Colts offensive line gets healthy. The loss of T.Y. Hilton and potential for Wentz to struggle early on makes it more likely the Colts will see a ton of stacked boxes. It may be tough for Taylor to get off to a fast start in 2021. Still, he’s a surefire first round pick in most leagues.

Nyheim Hines - Rank: RB49

JUICE Projections: 47 carries, 193 Rushing Yds, 1 Rush TD; 44 receptions, 321 Receiving Yds, 3 Rec. TD

Hines is a great pick in Half or Full PPR leagues and should have a real role in the Colts passing game.

Marlon Mack - Rank: RB66

JUICE Projections: 81 carries, 324 Rushing Yds, 4 Rush TD; 7 receptions, 44 Receiving Yds

The early returns on Mack have been positive as he comes back from an Achilles injury. The list of running backs to return from an Achilles tear is bleak, but Mack is still young enough to have a future in the league. Unfortunately, he’s clearly the RB3 in Indy.

WR

Michael Pittman Jr. - Rank: WR33

JUICE Projections: 71 receptions, 865 Receiving Yds, 7 Rec. TD

Pittman is STILL being under drafted in fantasy leagues. He had a good rookie season and should turn into the WR1 in Indy this season. He’s a huge buy for me.

T.Y. Hilton - Rank: WR57

JUICE Projections: 38 receptions, 425 Receiving Yds, 3 Rec. TD

I wouldn’t touch Hilton in any fantasy league right now, unless it’s a super deep league and you have an IR spot. Still, I would rather overpay for Michael Thomas and stash him on the IR. 

Parris Campbell - Rank: WR54

JUICE Projections: 41 receptions, 515 Receiving Yds, 2 Rec. TD

Is this the year that Campbell puts it all together and becomes fantasy relevant? He’s still really young. It is possible. I wouldn’t bet heavily on it, but at the right price I would take a flyer on his upside.

Michael Strachan - Rank: WR103

JUICE Projections: 27 receptions, 389 Receiving Yds, 2 Rec. TD

The Colts L O V E Stachan, the 7th round pick from Charleston. He’s already 24 years old, which is incredibly old for a rookie. However, he has incredible size and playmaking abilities. He could be the WR2 on Indy by the time the season is over. Due to his age, he’s not an ideal dynasty league player, but he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on.

TE

Jack Doyle - Rank: TE26

JUICE Projections: 41 receptions, 397 Receiving Yds, 3 Rec. TD

I wouldn’t touch any of the Colts tight ends this season, despite the fact that Wentz loves throwing to tight ends. Doyle is a decent player but doesn’t have the upside you would want in fantasy. Keep an eye on rookie Kylen Granson. He could be something in dynasty formats.

TL;DR 2021 Indianapolis Colts

  • Jonathan Taylor could get off to a slow start. Could be a midseason buy.
  • Michael Pittman is being under drafted. Go get him.
  • Keep an eye out for Michael Stachan and Kylen Granson.

Thanks for reading and good luck in your drafts! Next Up: the Green Bay Packers!