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Indianapolis' 29th-ranked pass defense will take on Tampa Bay rookie QB Jameis Winston in Week 12.
Winston is coming off an impressive five touchdown performance in Week 11, and has thrown just two interceptions in his last six outings. The Colts D/ST has forced nine turnovers over the last three weeks, but still has trouble slowing opposing offenses on a regular basis and won't be a startable fantasy option in Week 12. Nov 26 - 3:07 AM

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The Indianapolis Colts will enjoy a bye in Week 10 but face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11, who are fifth among NFL offenses with an average of 402.2 total yards per game.

The lack of success from the Indianapolis defense in 2015 in addition to the rough Week 11 matchup makes this group extremely difficult to roster in fantasy leagues at the moment. The fantasy playoff schedule looks good for the Colts D/ST (@ JAX, vs HOU, @ MIA), but this defense likely isn't good enough to make an impact in fantasy leagues down the stretch.
Nov 12 - 12:09 AM

The Indianapolis defense is 28th among NFL teams in run defense, allowing 124.9 yards per game this season.

Things have gotten worse recently for the Colts defense, as they have coughed up 146.3 rushing yards per game over their last three contests. Week 9 brings the Denver Broncos to Indianapolis, where Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson will look to take advantage of the Colts deficiencies in defending the run. Denver ran for 160 yards in Week 8 against Green Bay and is likely to have more success on Sunday, leaving the Colts D/ST as an afterthought in fantasy leagues.
Nov 7 - 3:31 AM

The Indianapolis Colts travel to Carolina on Monday to face the Panthers and the NFL's leading rushing attack.

The Carolina offense averages 144.7 yards on the ground each week and will be a difficult matchup for the Indianapolis defense that is not reliable in run defense. The Colts D/ST is allowing 122.7 rushing yards per game and 4.2 yards per carry this season, and will not be a viable Week 8 fantasy option.
Oct 29 - 1:29 AM

The Indianapolis Colts are 29th in total defense this season, allowing 401.8 total yards per game.

The Colts D/ST has allowed 430.5 total yards per game over the last two weeks as they are having trouble containing opposing offenses. The Indianapolis defense has also done virtually nothing in terms of sacks or forcing turnovers this season, and is a non-factor in fantasy leagues. The Colts D/ST should remain on the waiver wire this week when they host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
Oct 24 - 12:02 AM

The Indianapolis Colts D/ST will not be a viable Week 6 fantasy option as they host the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady and the Patriots offense lead the NFL in total yardage per game, stacking up 423.8 total yards each week, a number that could be even higher if New England hadn't been forced to ease off the gas pedal in recent weeks. The Colts are 28th in the NFL in defense and have just six sacks on the season, making this group a permanent fixture on the fantasy waiver wire.
Oct 17 - 1:05 AM

The Indianapolis Colts will face the Houston Texans and struggling quarterback Ryan Mallett in Week 5.

The Thursday night matchup may be what the Indianapolis defense needs to get back on track, as the group has struggled to begin the 2015 season. Although Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Marcus Mariota, and Blake Bortles haven't been the most fearsome opposition for the Colts through four weeks, Houston's Ryan Mallett has three interceptions in just over three games and has an absurd 51.8 percent completion rate. The Colts will be a middling Week 5 option despite the nice matchup.
Oct 8 - 3:27 AM

Indianapolis is set to face Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota, who was sacked seven times in Week 2 at Cleveland.

Mariota also lost two fumbles in the difficult Week 2 loss against Cleveland. The Colts D/ST has recorded just one sack in 2015, so perhaps this is a chance to get their pass rush on track. Despite the potential for sack production, the Indianapolis D/ST group won't be a reliable Week 3 fantasy option on the road, even with Vontae Davis cleared to play.
Sep 25 - 12:49 AM

The Indianapolis defense will be without two of their top three cornerbacks on Monday night against the New York Jets.

CB Greg Toler (neck) and CB Darius Butler (hip) have been ruled out for Monday's Indianapolis home opener, leaving Jalil Brown to start opposite star corner Vontae Davis. The Colts defense allowed a reasonable 195 yards through the air in Week 1 but will now be short-handed while facing Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets. The Colts defense should get a boost playing at home this week, but won't be a starting option in fantasy leagues.
Sep 20 - 2:05 AM

The Indianapolis Colts traded for defensive lineman Billy Winn to boost their depth along the defensive line.

The Indianapolis Star noted the inexperience along the Colts defensive front as the primary reason for the move. The Colts D/ST is expected to start two rookies on their D-line in Week 1, so the addition of Winn should provide much needed experience as the team travels to Buffalo to face the Bills. Despite the favorable matchup, Indy's D/ST is better off left out of fantasy lineups on the road this week.
Sep 11 - 11:02 PM

The Indianapolis Star tabbed rookie Henry Anderson as a player who could help contribute on the Colts defensive line after losing DT Arthur Jones to an ankle injury.

The Colts D/ST will be looking for numerous players to step up in Jones' absence, and this blow certainly hurts the chances of the Indianapolis D/ST being fantasy-relevant. The weakened Colts defensive line will be tested out of the gates as they travel to Buffalo to take on Rex Ryan's run-focused offense in Week 1.
Sep 2 - 8:46 PM

The Indianapolis Star labeled the cornerback position as one to watch as the preseason enters Week 3.

With CB Greg Toler nursing a neck injury, the Indianapolis Star believes that the Colts will be on the hunt for cornerback depth with the regular season drawing closer. Indianapolis will need some defensive back production alongside Vontae Davis after recording just 12 interceptions in 2014. The Colts D/ST is an interesting Week 1 option as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills and their perennially murky quarterback situation.
Aug 29 - 10:53 AM

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