It’s not just the Colts’ first game this weekend, it’s also the start of fantasy football. Here are the key players from both teams you should start and sit.
The Colts play a tough game to start out their 2019 season. They face the Chargers in L.A. It’s also a tough start for fantasy players that have drafted Colts players because they aren’t sure what the offense is going to look like with new QB Jacoby Brissett under center.
To start out, I would not start Brissett. Brissett is most likely a backup in many leagues anyway, and should not be started until he can prove he can produce. The same should be said for new Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, who is filling in for Melvin Gordon.
T.Y. Hilton should only be started in a flex spot in deeper leagues. Again, this is more of a wait-and-see move to see if Brissett can get it to Hilton. Same goes for Jack Doyle, who isn’t as good of a start at tight end as his teammate Eric Ebron.
Ebron is a must start this week. He is coming off a career year and will be one of Brissett’s top targets. Brissett loved throwing to tight ends in 2017 and that could mean big numbers for Ebron. Marlon Mack should be started too, as he will get a lot of looks running the ball.
On the Chargers’ side, Keenan Allen deserves a start. He is Phillip Rivers’ top target and produces when he stays healthy. He’ll be going up against a revamped Colts secondary though, so he should only be WR2 start this week.
Rivers should be started as well. He could be a QB1 option this week because of the uncertainty of the Colts’ offense. If Indy’s offense doesn’t perform well, he will have the ball in his hands a lot more. Plus he should be throwing more with a backup running back behind him.
Because of the uncertainty of the Colts’ offense, the Chargers defense might be worth a play as well. They were pretty good a year ago, and are fully healthy now. If you are looking for a defense with a decent matchup, this one could go your way.
We will know more about each Colts player’s fantasy value in week 2. But this week involves a lot of questionable starts.