Fantasy Football Sleepers: Three Colts You Should Draft


Aug 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) reacts to scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s nearly time for the Indianapolis Colts’ regular season to start, and that means that Fantasy Football season is in full swing.

If you’re like me, you’ve already drafted for multiple teams. If you’re one of those who likes to wait, you’re a lot more patient than I am, and you’re probably a bit wiser since injuries happen all the time in the pre-season.

If you are one of those people who still have yet to draft, or are thinking about which players to keep on your roster for this season, I’ve got three Colts players you need to take a look at in the 2013 NFL season that can make an impact for your fantasy roster.

1. WR T.Y. Hilton

I’ve said this all offseason, but I’m extremely high on the second year player out of Florida International. Hilton has excellent speed, is capable of taking punts to the house at any given time, and he is going to be one of the featured players in what appears to be an explosive Colts offense.

Hilton has been outstanding at OTAs, training camp, and in Colts pre-season games, and he should absorb quite a few of the targets that Donnie Avery left behind.

I think as a slot receiver and occasionally playing on the outside as well as being a punt returner, Hilton is one of the players on the Colts’ roster that I think has the most upside. I really like his fantasy potential this year and I feel like he could emerge as a high end WR2, though he’s still not going to put up as many points as Reggie Wayne I don’t think.

2. TE Coby Fleener

Fleener was looking incredible at Colts training camp in the early goings, but after a concussion he took a step back and wasn’t as impressive in the pre-season.

There’s no denying Fleener has the size and athletic ability to be an elite NFL tight end, the question is whether or not Pep Hamilton will bring an offense that plays to Fleener’s strengths. So far, that appears to be the case.

The plan this offseason has been to involve both Fleener and last year’s star TE Dwayne Allen, who also battled injuries this offseason. Fleener has a big frame and has the speed and athleticism that some wide receivers would envy. If Hamilton’s offensive gameplan is to get Fleener more involved, he could break out as a legitimate TE1 option this season.

3. RB Ahmad Bradshaw

Bradshaw isn’t getting drafted very highly in the drafts I’ve been a part of, but I think he has a chance to be a really solid pickup. He is a big time third down back who can catch passes out of the backfield, and he should be the Colts’ featured back from day one.

Bradshaw rushed for over 1,000 yards last season with the Giants pretty quietly, and in the Colts’ offense, he could really flourish. I think he’s a solid RB2 or at worst a really good FLEX option for Fantasy Football in 2013.