WR Darrius Heyward-Bey UP
I don’t know why, but Darrius Heyward-Bey seems to have beaten out TY Hilton for the starting job. He’s not that great, but the Colts passing offense could make him fantasy relevant. Donnie Avery was incredibly inefficient last season, yet he still managed 60 catches for 781 yards and 3 touchdowns. He’s worth a look as a depth receiver.
Projection: 57 catches for 850 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns (115 pts standard, 172 pts standard)
WR TY Hilton DOWN
It doesn’t look like TY Hilton is going to beat out veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey for a starting job. Hilton had 26 catches for 506 yards and 5 touchdowns in his final 8 games last season, despite making just 1 start, but the Colts are planning on using more two-tight end sets and fewer three-wide receiver sets this season with Bruce Arians gone and Pep Hamilton coming in. They also won’t emphasis the deep passing game as much as they did last season, when Luck led the NFL in pass attempts 20+ yards downfield through the air, which is where Hilton wins as a route runner. He could still beat out DHB at some point this season and I think he’d be a better pick for the starting job, but he’s being overdrafted at his current ADP in the 6th round.
Projection: 58 catches for 940 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns (130 pts standard, 188 pts PPR)
RB Lamar Miller UP
Lamar Miller looks to have locked up the starting job, after a scare last week from Daniel Thomas. Proceed as normal.
Projection: 230 carries for 1010 rushing yards 7 total touchdowns 25 catches for 180 receiving yards (161 pts standard, 186 pts PPR)
RB Joique Bell UP
Joique Bell has beaten out Mikel Leshoure for the #2 back job behind Reggie Bush, so he’s the handcuff you want for the injury prone Bush. He’s also worth a pick on his own merits because he’s an excellent pass catcher and underrated runner who will see touches on this offense. Leshoure isn’t worth drafting.
Projection: 110 carries for 520 rushing yards 4 total touchdowns 44 catches for 330 receiving yards (109 pts standard, 153 pts PPR)
WR Andre Roberts DOWN
With Floyd locking up the starting job, Andre Roberts will mostly just be the slot receiver this year. There’s still room for production with him in that role because the Cardinals will be passing a lot and passing out of 3-wide sets, but he’s just a late round pick.
Projection: 57 catches for 750 receiving yards 4 touchdowns (99 pts standard, 156 pts PPR)
WR Michael Floyd UP
Michael Floyd has locked up a starting job. He has big upside opposite Larry Fitzgerald in Bruce Arians’ offense.
Projection: 65 catches for 900 yards and 6 touchdowns (126 pts standard, 191 pts PPR)