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The Indianapolis defense will face struggling Tennessee quarterback Zach Mettenberger in Week 17.
Mettenberger threw for just 234 yards on 51 attempts in Week 16, while leading the Titans to six points against Houston. On the season, Mettenberger has thrown six interceptions to just four touchdowns and makes the Colts D/ST an intriguing streaming option in fantasy leagues this week. The Colts have not been strong defensively by any means in 2015, but this matchup boosts them into the streaming conversation for fantasy owners looking for a boom/bust D/ST option in Week 17. Thu, Dec 31, 2015 11:03:00 PM

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In Week 16, the Indianapolis defense will face the slumping Miami offense that has averaged just 271.2 total yards in the last five weeks.

The Miami offense put up another clunker in Week 15 at San Diego, when they tallied only 231 total yards including just 44 yards on the ground. All parts of the Miami offense have struggled mightily in recent weeks, but the Indianapolis defense is no model of perfection either. The Colts have given up 37.3 points per game over the last three weeks and although the Indianapolis defense forced multiple turnovers in all three of those games, the Colts D/ST still won't be a trustworthy fantasy option on the road in Week 16.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 01:47:00 AM

The Indianapolis defense has allowed an astonishing 96 points over the last two weeks.

The Colts are struggling defensively, but have forced nine turnovers over the last four weeks. Week 15 brings a matchup with the Houston backup quarterback T.J. Yates, who will start in place of Brian Hoyer (concussion). Yates has thrown six touchdowns and seven interceptions in nearly five seasons, making the Colts D/ST worth a look as a potential streaming candidate if you're the gambling type.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 12:26:00 AM

The Indianapolis Colts travel to Pittsburgh in Week 13 to face the Steelers, who are fourth among NFL offenses in total yardage.

Pittsburgh is coming off an impressive offensive display last week at Seattle, where they racked up 538 total yards, 480 of which came through the air. The Colts and Chuck Pagano are well aware of the challenge facing them on Sunday night, as Pagano told the Indianapolis Star, "Get some good rest. Get your 5-Hour Energy." The Colts D/ST is not a recommended Week 13 fantasy option in this tough matchup.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 03:08:00 AM

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.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 03:07:00 AM

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.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 12:09:00 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.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 03:31:00 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.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 01:29:00 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.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 12:02:00 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.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 01:05:00 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.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 03:27:00 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.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 12:49:00 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.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 02:05:00 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.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 11:02:00 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.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 08:46:00 PM

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