Player Outlook
The Colts lost a key piece to their defense (inside linebacker Bobby Okereke) this offseason and they will be installing a new defensive system, but they return one of the NFL's elite interior defensive lines, and a healthy Shaq Leonard should be a big boost. They averaged the 15th-most Fantasy points per game in 2022 and are best left undrafted, but could be worth streaming as early as Week 2 against the Texans.

Fantasy News

  • Isaac Taylor-Stuart: Will be out of action

    Taylor-Stuart (undisclosed) was placed on the Colts' practice squad injured list Thursday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Taylor-Stuart will be sidelined for at least the next four weeks before he'll be able to return to practice. In a corresponding move, the team signed guard Dakoda Shepley to its practice squad.
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  • Colts' Julian Blackmon: Racks up 10 tackles Week 2

    Blackmon logged 10 tackles (seven solo) against the Texans in Sunday's Week 2 victory. Blackmon ranked second on Indianapolis in stops behind Zaire Franklin, who tallied 13. Blackmon has played on every defensive snap for the Colts through two weeks and has totaled 15 tackles. He set a career high with 50 stops over 14 contests last season.
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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Leads Colts with 13 stops

    Franklin racked up 13 tackles, including one for loss, in Sunday's Week 2 win over Houston. Franklin has played every defensive snap for Indianapolis through two weeks and leads the NFL with 30 tackles. The star linebacker set a franchise record with 167 stops last year and could challenge that number based on his output so far in 2023. Franklin is among the top IDP assets in fantasy.
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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Gets first sack of season

    Speed had six tackles, including a sack and an additional tackle for a loss, in Sunday's win at Houston. Speed worked as the team's strong-side linebacker but comes off the field when the team deployed a nickelback. He played on 45 of the defense's 84 snaps while logging another 26 on special teams.
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  • Colts' Cameron McGrone: Limited to special teams

    McGrone played 10 snaps on special teams in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville but didn't have a tackle. McGrone will have a reserve linebacker role but may be limited to special teams. The 2021 fifth-round draft pick played in one game last season and had one tackle while playing 14 snaps on special teams.
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  • Colts' Jake Martin: Limited role in season opener

    Martin had one assisted tackle in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Martin played on 10 of the defense's 70 snaps as he'll have a limited reserve role on the defensive line. Martin played in 13 games with the Broncos and Jets last season, recording 14 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, while forcing a fumble in those contests.
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  • Colts' Dayo Odeyingbo: Part of DE rotation

    Odeyingbo didn't have a tackle but batted down a pass in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Odeyingbo played on 35 of the defense's 70 snaps, as the Colts had a rotation among defensive ends. He didn't provide much pass rush, however, with no quarterback pressure stats.
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  • Colts' Tony Brown: Grabs interception in season opener

    Brown had an interception on his only play on defense in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville, catching a pass that deflected off Tank Bigsby's hands. Brown played 18 snaps on special teams where he's a key player as the gunner on the punt coverage unit. He'll get some time as a reserve cornerback as well.
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  • Colts' Grant Stuard: Limited to special teams

    Stuard had a tackle while playing 18 snaps on special teams in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Stuard didn't play any snaps on defense as he'll be limited to a special teams role unless there are injuries in the linebacking corps.
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  • Colts' Eric Johnson: Part of DT rotation

    Johnson had two tackles while playing 18 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Johnson will be a reserve but part of the rotation on the interior defensive line for the Colts. He had three tackles in 14 games last year in limited playing time, so his role on the defense is increasing.
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  • Colts' Nick Cross: Limited to special teams

    Cross had two tackles while limited to special teams in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Cross played 18 snaps on special teams but didn't play on defense. He'll be a depth safety and special teams player barring injuries in the secondary.
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  • Colts' Samson Ebukam: Two tackles in Sunday's loss

    Ebukam started at right defensive end and had two tackles and a tackle for a loss in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Ebukam played on 37 of the defense's 70 snaps as the Colts rotated along the defensive line. He looks fully healthy after missing some time during training camp due to a hamstring injury.
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  • Colts' Taven Bryan: Works in reserve role

    Bryan had three total tackles in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Bryan played on 24 of the defense's 70 snaps as he'll get some time as a reserve interior lineman. He's mostly a run stuffer with 8.5 sacks in six seasons.
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  • Colts' Rodney Thomas: Three tackles in loss

    Thomas started at strong safety and had three total tackles in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Thomas was a revelation for a struggling Colts secondary last season as he moved into the starting lineup. He missed time with a toe injury during training camp, but looks fully healthy. He and fellow starting safety Julian Blackmon played all of the defense's 70 snaps at safety against the Jaguars.
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  • Colts' Kenny Moore: Three tackles in season opener

    Moore started as the slot defender and had three tackles in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Moore was effective as a tackler with a stop, according to Pro Football Focus, but allowed four of five targets aimed his way to be completed for 31 yards. Still, he looks healthy after missing some time in training camp due to an ankle issue. Moore missed the final five games of 2022 while dealing with an ankle injury.
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  • Colts' Darrell Baker: Struggles in start at cornerback

    Baker started at cornerback and had four tackles in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Baker had a strong training camp and emerged as a surprise starter with 2023 second-round draft pick Julius Brents struggling during the preseason. Baker struggled in coverage during his debut, however, by allowing four receptions on six targets for 59 yards and a touchdown, according to Pro Football Focus. He'll need to improve to keep his starting role.
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  • Colts' Dallis Flowers: Five tackles in Sunday's loss

    Flowers had five total tackles and returned a kickoff for 19 yards in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Flowers started at cornerback and also worked as the team's kickoff returner. He didn't work as the punt returner, however, as Isaiah McKenzie fielded both punt returns. Flowers will be counted on as a starter in the secondary after being used mostly on special teams last season.
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  • Colts' Julian Blackmon: Five tackles in season opener

    Blackmon started at strong safety and had five tackles in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Blackmon had an off day in coverage by allowing three receptions on four targets for 42 yards, according to Pro Football Focus. However, he enters the regular season healthy after missing time in training camp to a hamstring injury. Blackmon played all 70 snaps on defense. A return to full strength is a good sign since he's struggled to stay on the field. The 2020 third-rounder was limited to six games in 2021 due to an Achilles injury, and last season he missed three games and parts of another due to an ankle injury.
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  • Colts' Grover Stewart: Five tackles in season opener

    Stewart had five total tackles and a tackle for loss in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Stewart had two QB hurries and a QB hit as well, according to Pro Football Focus, as he was effective in the pass rush. He's an interior lineman who had mostly been thought of as a run stuffer (four sacks last season), so he's worth watching.
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  • Colts' Kwity Paye: Gets sack in season opener

    Paye had four tackles, including a sack and an additional tackle for loss, in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Paye started at defensive end and had a productive game rushing the passer while playing on 46 of the defense's 70 snaps. Paye improved last season with six sacks in 12 games and could be ready to take a leap as a pass rusher.
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