Thursday, August 31, 2023

Indianapolis Colts 2023 Fantasy Football Projections

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Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Indianapolis Colts.

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Anthony Richardson475.82853354.418.5614.51119690.24.64276.26
Gardner Minshew44.227.53161.990.997.920.50.1621.63

Anthony Richardson: Indianapolis was arguably the ideal landing spot for Richardson. After all, new coach Shane Steichen tailored Philadelphia's offense to best suit the skill set of Jalen Hurts. Ups and downs should be expected for Richardson, but his elite athletic profile gives him enormous rushing upside from the start.


Jonathan Taylor148.7691.54.6120.6154.20.8127.33
Zack Moss107.7473.92.5815.3121.10.686.23
Deon Jackson76.93231.6516.4128.50.767.45
Evan Hull41.5178.50.914.738.50.230.71

Jonathan Taylor: There is a lot of uncertainty with Taylor heading into 2023, but one thing is certain — he will miss a minimum of four games. Even though the self-imposed deadline to find a trade partner has passed, will he be dealt at some point before the official trade deadline (Oct. 31st at 4 p.m. ET)? If he's not traded, is he really physically unable to perform? Can we count on Jim Irsay to not make a bad situation even worse (again) over the next four-plus weeks, even though GM Chris Ballard says that "relationships are repairable"? Will he pull a Le'Veon Bell if he's still a Colt after Oct. 31st? If he plays and gets banged up, will he shut it down? On the other hand, if we knew that he'd only miss four games, he'd be a top 10 fantasy running back from Week 5 on.

Zack Moss: Given the current tension between Taylor and the team, it potentially opens up significant opportunities for the team's other backs even beyond Week 4. Moss should be the team's top non-J.T. back (based on the current roster) when he's healthy, but he's been out with a broken arm. It's unclear if he'll be available for Week 1, but Shane Steichen says Moss is "trending in the right direction."

Deon Jackson: Jackson had five games with double-digit touches in 2022 including one with double-digit carries (12) and double-digit receptions (10) in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. With Taylor (PUP) out and the uncertain status for Moss, Jackson could be in line for a sizable Week 1 role against the Jaguars.


Michael Pittman Jr.72.8926.85.14.437.40.18164.5
Alec Pierce47.5666.23.5000111.37
Josh Downs40.9506.52.800087.9
Isaiah McKenzie27.53231.96.736.20.3463.11

Michael Pittman Jr.: Pittman set a career high in receptions (99) while averaging a career low in Y/R (9.3) in 2022. While he should lead the receiving corps across the board, fantasy managers should expect some week-to-week inconsistency from Pittman as his rookie quarterback adjusts to the NFL.

Alec Pierce: As noted with Pittman, the offense (and passing game in particular) will likely go through some growing pains, and week-to-week inconsistency is reasonable to expect from Indy's pass catchers. That said, the former second-round pick has the potential to build upon last year's solid rookie numbers (41/593/2, 14.5 Y/R). Both Pierce and Anthony Richardson's strengths align in the vertical passing game, which makes Pierce an intriguing late-round stack with Richardson in best ball formats.


Jelani Woods33.4407.42.500072.44
Kylen Granson13152.30.900027.13
Mo Alie-Cox12146.80.900026.08
Will Mallory6.778.90.500014.24
Andrew Ogletree1.620.20.10003.42

Jelani Woods: Woods (hamstring) will unfortunately begin the season on IR, which means he'll miss at least the first four games of the season. An outstanding athlete (4.61 40-yard dash) at his size (6-7, 259), he had some sleeper appeal in an offense that would have likely spread tight end snaps and targets around less than recent coaching staffs. I still expect him to lead the tight end group once he's able to return, but he's best left on the waiver wire in fantasy drafts.

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