Indianapolis Colts versus Carolina Panthers Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 11-2-2015

Monday night football will feature the Carolina Panthers at home to meet the Indianapolis Colts. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to ESPN TV on November 2nd at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Carolina Panthers are back to back NFC South division champions and look for a third straight title this season. They are off to a perfect 6-0 start as they host Monday night football. Many of their wins have come against sub.500 teams and surprisingly the Indianapolis Colts fit that mold as they enter play with a mark of 3-4. One of the biggest wins for Carolina came two weeks ago with the team coming off their bye week. They went into a hostile stadium in Seattle and came away with the 27-23 road victory. Down three points late quarterback Cam Newton led a fourth quarter comeback with a touchdown pass in the closing seconds for the victory. That victory was meaningful as it gave the team some added confidence to carry them into the rest of the season. Newton is a dual threat quarterback and has been especially good on third downs with his feet. Carolina is the top rushing team in the NFL as they run for 144 yards per game. Under head coach Ron Rivera the Panthers play a very physical and discipline style of defense.  They are seventh best in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 18.3 points per game.

The Indianapolis Colts has struggled as the club is 3-4 this regular season. They enter play with consecutive losses at home to the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. Last week was frustrating defeat for the Colts as they spotted the Saints a 27-0 lead early in the third quarter and their rally fell short losing 27-21. Much of the blame has been placed on the Colts offense with Andrew Luck and his offensive line sharing it. The play of the Colts defense has been miserable as the club is surrendering 408 yards a game ranking 31st and second to last in the NFL for 2015. They rank 30th in defending the pass and is a bottom third club in defending the run.

Indianapolis Colts QB:

Andrew Luck

The Colts signal caller has been experiencing some injury issues this year with a shoulder problem. In the loss to New Orleans Luck hit on 52.3% of his throws for 333 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. On the season Luck has thrown 11 touchdowns with nine picks and a 56.2% shooting percentage.

Indianapolis Colts RB:

Frank Gore

The veteran running back has 98 carries on the year with 446 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.6 yards per run on the year. Gore has not rushed for 100 yards this year and has 20 or more carries in just one game.

Indianapolis Colts WR:

T.Y. Hilton

Hilton leads the team with 37 catches for 606 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 16.4 yards per catch on the year. He had has best day of the year with four receptions last week for 150 yards with two touchdowns with a long of 87 yards.

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

The Panthers gave Cam Newton a huge contract in the offseason showing a strong commitment to their quarterback. In 2015 he is completing 55.8% of his throws for 1275 yards with nine touchdowns and seven picks. Newton is a huge threat to run as he has rushed for 245 yards on 54 carries and four touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers RB:

Jonathan Stewart

Stewart has 103 carries on the year with 423 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.1 yards a carry. The veteran running back has not done much in the passing game this year with six catches for 30 yards. Jonathan Stewart had 24 carries last week for consecutive weeks with 20 or more run attempts. Stewart ran for 125 yards in their win at home to Philadelphia.

Carolina Panthers TE:

Greg Olsen

The veteran tight end has 27 receptions for 439 yards with three touchdowns. Olsen is averaging a career high 16.3 yards per catch average.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Cam Newton (Panthers)

RB: Frank Gore (Colts)

WR: T.Y. Hilton (Colts)

TE: Greg Olsen (Panthers)

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Week 7 NFL Value Picks


Andrew Luck (NO @ Ind): This is a matchup of strong pass oriented teams with weak secondary defense, everything aligning for a shootout. Both of these quarterbacks are coming off of shoulder injuries and may not be 100 percent but Luck seems to be less limited by his shoulder than Brees, as he is tentative to go for the long passes.

Projection: 28.2 Fantasy Points

Carson Palmer (Bal @ Ari): Palmer has been very consistent in the 18-26 fantasy point range so far this year but was hurt with 2 interceptions and only 1 touchdown last week despite throwing over 400 passing yards. Look for him to dominate this week against a very weak Baltimore defense.

Projection: 26.7 Fantasy Points

Phillip Rivers (Oak @ SD): Rivers is on a roll lately and his salary has yet to start reflecting his performance. Last week he threw for 500 yards and two touchdowns. With all the options he has at receiver, there is no reason to think he will stop throwing.

Projection: 26.3 Fantasy Points

Running Back

Todd Gurley (Cle @ StL): Gurley has been was in the limelight week 4 when he broke out with 146 rushing yards and then proved it was not a fluke in week 5 rushing for 156 against a strong Green Bay defense. While high ownership players are never good picks in Daily Fantasy NFL contests, my hope is he has been somewhat forgotten after the Rams Week 6 bye. Regardless, he is bound to have a big game against one of the worst rush defenses.

Projection: 22.8 Fantasy Points

Frank Gore (NO @ Ind): While I see this game becoming a shootout between Luck and Brees, Gore may still have some opportunity to score a few touchdowns in red zone situations or if the Colts get ahead early. Its hard to pass on such a reliable running back who’s salary still does not reflect his fantasy potential. New Orleans run defense is weak so if he gets the same number of attempts as he has recently, I expect him to be near 100 rushing yards with a touchdown and a couple receptions.

Projection: 17.9 Fantasy Points

Arian Foster (Hou @ Mia): All that Houston really has going for them is Arian Foster and Deandre Hopkins. While Hopkins has been dominant in fantasy this year, Foster has been slowly been increasing his workload. If he is healthy this weekend he could have a breakout performance as he has recently been getting a good number of rush attempts and pass targets— the formula for high fantasy value in a running back.

Projection: 22.8 Fantasy Points

Wide Receiver

Larry Fitzgerald (Bal @ Ari): Although Palmer likes to spread out the ball a lot, Fitzgerald has been the most reliable receiver for the Cardinals this year. A stack of Palmer and Fitzgerald could provide huge fantasy value this week if the Baltimore secondary performs as dismal as they have so far this year.

Projection: 29.6 Fantasy Points

Keenan Allen (Oak @ SD): Allen has had great chemistry with Rivers this year, he may not get the red zone targets but if he can get over 100 receiving yards and 10+ receptions, he will easily hit his fantasy value for the week.

Projection: 25.6 Fantasy Points

Donte Moncrief (NO @ Ind): Although Hilton is the primary receiver for the Colts, he has been somewhat inconsistent this year. Moncrief could be a valuable sleeper in this shootout matchup against the Saints.

Projection: 24.9 Fantasy Points

T.Y. Hilton (NO @ Ind): There can be a lot of value with Hilton as well if Luck can keep this level going. Though Luck and Hilton have been disappointing early in the season, things seem to be turning and Hilton has great chemistry with Luck.

Projection 24.2 Fantasy Points

Mike Evans (TB @ Was): Mike Evans has had a lackluster year so far but this looks to be the week he may turn things around. Last week he had a big performance coming off the bye week and there is no reason to think that will not be the case this year again. Tampa Bay is playing the redskins who have been ineffective against the pass.

Projection: 23.6 Fantasy Points

Tight End

Antonio Gates (Oak @ SD): While Rivers does seem to spread the ball around a lot, Gates is his favorite and most reliable red zone receiver. He could easily get a hundred receiving yards and a touchdown or two this week making him a valuable, yet pricey, pick at tight end. Could be a good stack with Rivers at quarterback.

Projection: 22.1 Fantasy Points

Delanie Walker (Atl @ Ten): If you are looking for a cheaper pick at tight end, then Walker is your man. He has a high upside as he has continued to perform as the rest of his team seems to be falling apart. Atlanta has been unable to stop tight ends so far this year and Walker may be overlooked in most Daily Fantasy Contests.

Projection: 17.2 Fantasy Points

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New England Patriots versus Indianapolis Colts

Sunday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks 10-18-2015

Sunday Night Football is a rematch of the AFC Championship from last season as the Indianapolis Colts will welcome into town the New England Patriots. NFL fantasy draft GMs can tune to NBC TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their roster league picks.

The New England Patriots are undefeated and an offensive machine this year. They are 4-0 on the young season and sport the number one total offense in the NFL by averaging 423 yards per game. They are also the number one passing team in the league and rank second best in scoring as they push across 37.2 points per game. The Patriots have scored no fewer than 28 points a game. It was a 30-6 victory on the road for New England against the Dallas Cowboys last week. It was a good defensive performance by the Patriots as they held the Cowboys to 264 yards of offense and had a +2 turnover margin in the game.

The Indianapolis Colts are a 3-2 football team and reside in first place in a weak AFC South division. They are on a three game win streak after beginning the year at 0-2. Their wins have come against Tennessee, Jacksonville and Houston who combine for a 3-11 record. On a Thursday night the Colts went into a desperate Houston Texans team and came away with the 27-20 road victory. Indy was able to shut down the Texans run game and held Houston to 1 of 3 inside the red zone. The Colts were efficient in the red zone coming away with a touchdown three of four times and won the turnover battle by a +2 margin. Backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has started the past two games for the Colts are resulting in victories. Andrew Luck was sidelined with a partially separated shoulder but is expected to play on Sunday night. Pass protection has been a major issue for years with the Colts. It is something that has been neglected in the draft by the organization. They have had success competing in a very weak division. On the year the Colts sit in the lower third of the league in several key offensive categories. They sit 23rd in total offense gaining 334 yards per game and are 24th in scoring by averaging 19.8 points per game.

New England Patriots QB:

Tom Brady

The Patriots signal caller has completed 72% of his throws for 1387 yards with 11 touchdowns and no picks. In the win against Dallas Brady hit on 74% of his throws for 275 yards two touchdowns.

New England Patriots RB:

Dion Lewis

When the Patriots allowed Shane Vereen to leave in free agency many wondered who would be the back who could contribute both on the ground and in the passing game. The fourth year pro has emerged as that guy. Lewis has 36 rushes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He has 23 catches out of the backfield for 238 yards with a receiving touchdown. Dion Lewis is averaging 10.3 yards per catch.

New England Patriots TE:

Rob Gronkowski

Gronk has 20 receptions on the year for 375 yards with four touchdowns. He has not had a touchdown reception in his past two games.

New England Patriots WR:

Julian Edelman

The seventh year veteran leads the receiving unit with 34 catches for 399 yards and three touchdowns. He made big plays in the passing game last week as he caught four balls for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Indianapolis Colts QB:

Andrew Luck

Luck is expected back on the field on Sunday. On the season he has completed 56% of his throws for 753 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. The offensive line has come under heavy scrutiny for Luck’s miscues.

Indianapolis Colts RB:

Frank Gore

Gore was acquired in free agency from the 49ers last year. He has 76 rushes for 425 yards and three touchdowns. Last week in the win against Houston Gore had 22 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown.

Indianapolis Colts WR:

T.Y. Hilton

Hilton has been targeted 50 times and has grabbed 27 passes for 382 yards with no touchdowns. He is averaging 14.1 yards per catch. Last week in the win at Houston Hilton caught five balls for 88 yards for over 17 yards per reception.

NFL Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks

QB: Tom Brady (Patriots)

RB: Dion Lewis (Patriots)

WR: Julian Edelman (Patriots), T.Y. Hilton

TE: Rob Gronkowski (Patriots)

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Indianapolis Colts versus Houston Texans

Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks 10-8-2015

The Houston Texans will be at home facing the Indianapolis Colts from Thursday Night Football. NFL fantasy GM’s can tune to CBS TV on October 8th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Colts are a 2-2 football team after back to back wins. They victories came against AFC South teams and were close results. In week three the team defeated Tennessee 35-33 and won because they successfully defended a two point conversion late in the game. With Andrew Luck out last week the Colts edged the Jaguars 16-13 at home in the overtime period. The Indianapolis run game didn’t get going with just 60 yards on 24 carries. They struggled in the red zone with just 1 of 4 conversions in the game. Andrew Luck is expected to play on Thursday night. Matt Hasselbeck in his start last week threw for 282 yards and a touchdown going 30 of 47 passing. Indianapolis has had trouble scoring this season as they push across just 18 points a game ranking 26th in the league.

It has been a disappointing year for the Houston Texans. The team is 1-3 with their lone win a 19-9 victory against Tampa Bay in week three. Last week was a bad one for Houston as they get crushed at the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 48-21. The Texans fell behind 28-0 at the half then it was 42-0 after three quarters. Houston committed four turnovers in the loss and took none from the Falcons. Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett and threw two touchdown passes after the game was no longer in doubt by the fourth quarter.

Indianapolis Colts QB:

Andrew Luck

The Colts starting quarterback has told reporters he expects to play on Thursday. He is completing 56% of his throws this year for 753 yards with five touchdowns and seven picks. The offensive line has not blocked well for Luck on the year.

Indianapolis Colts RB:

Frank Gore

The veteran running back leads the Colts by far in carries with 54 on the year with 227 yards and two touchdowns. He is averaging 4.2 yards a carry on the season. He rushed for just 53 yards last week against Jacksonville on 17 carries for 3.1 yards per run.

Indianapolis Colts WR:

T.Y. Hilton

Hilton has been targeted 41 times in the passing game but has caught just 22 passes for 294 yards with no touchdowns. He caught seven balls for 67 yards last week.

Donte Moncrief

The second year receiver has three touchdowns catches on the year. Has been targeted 35 times and caught 23 passes for 275 yards and averaging 12 yards per reception. In the win against Jacksonville Moncrief caught six balls for 75 yards.

Houston Texans QB:

Ryan Mallett

This is a sore spot for the Texans coaching staff. Brian Hoyer was the opening week starter and lost his job to Ryan Mallett after week one when Houston dropped a home game to Kansas City. Mallett has hit on 51.8% of his throws for 720 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.

Houston Texas RB:

Alfred Blue

With the injury to Arian Foster it has been Blue getting the bulk of the carries. Alfred Blue has run for 214 yards on 51 carries. In the loss against Atlanta on the road last week Blue rushed for 17 yards on six carries.

Houston Texas WR:

DeAndre Hopkins

He leads the Texans in targets by a wide margin with 61. Hopkins has 31 receptions for 409 yards with three touchdowns on the year. In the loss at Atlanta last week Hopkins was targeted 22 times and has nine receptions for 157 yards which averaged 17.4 points per reception.

Cecil Shorts

The fifth year wide out has caught 22 balls for 236 yards and a touchdown. Shorts was targeted ten times last week and grabbed six passes for 87 yards with a touchdown with a long reception for 42 yards.

NFL Football Real Money Fantasy Picks

QB: Andrew Luck (Colts)

RB: Frank Gore (Colts)

WR: T.Y. Hilton (Colts), DeAndre Hopkins (Texans)

TE: Coby Fleener (Colts)

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New York Jets versus Indianapolis Colts

Monday Night Fantasy Football Picks 9-21-2015

From Monday Night Football the Indianapolis Colts will be hosting the New York Jets. Fantasy NFL GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their fantasy draft.

The New York Jets opened up their season with a convincing home victory against the Cleveland Browns winning 31-10. The Jets scored the final 17 points of the game as they shut out the Browns in the second half of their game. The Jets ground game was effective as they rushed for 154 yards. They were efficient in the red zone converting 4 of 6 touchdowns in their opportunities. Turnovers were a key in the win as New York forced four Browns turnovers and the Jets committed just one miscue for the game. Defensively the Jets held the Browns offense to 0 of 2 tries inside the red zone.

The Indianapolis Colts went into Buffalo in week one and were soundly defeated 27-14 in a game that was nowhere near as close as the score indicated. Buffalo was up 17-0 at the half and held a 27-8 lead with eight minutes left in the game. Turnovers were a big key for Indianapolis as they committed three for the game and forced none way from the Buffalo Bills. The Colts have suffered through a lack of a run game for years and there were hoping that their offseason acquisition of Frank Gore would help but the veteran back was ineffective in the opener. The Colts finished with 64 yards rushing for the game on their 17 runs from scrimmage. They did produce a 2 for 2 inside the red zone.

New York Jets QB:

Ryan Fitzpatrick:

The veteran journeymen will lead this team under center as long as the Jets are winning and he stays away from costly turnovers. Last week he completed 15 of 24 passes for 179 yards with two touchdowns and one pick.

New York Jets RB:

Chris Ivory:

The veteran running back led the Jets with 20 carries for 91 yards and two rushing touchdowns. The Colts defense appeared soft last week in their loss to the Bills so expect to see a lot of Ivory on the ground on Monday Night. He averaged 4.6 yards a carry last week with five first down gains and a long of 19 yards.

Bilal Powell:

Powell received 12 carries in the opener for 62 yards. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry and had a long gain of 21 yards. As long as the Jets are within range of winning this game, the game plan will most likely call for 30-35 running plays like last week. The key is for the Jets defense to contain Andrew Luck and the playmakers in their passing game.

New York Jets WR:

Brandon Marshall:

The new addition out wide for New York had six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. He had a long gain of 18 yards. Marshall is eyeing big plays so the intermediate safe routes will be a change for him in New York for a while until the coaching staff has more confidence in Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Indianapolis Colts QB:

Andrew Luck

It was not a good Week 1 for Andrew Luck. Much is expected out of this Colts team in 2015 after an AFC Championship Game elimination last season. Luck was 26 of 49 last week for 243 yards with two touchdowns and two picks.

Indianapolis Colts RB:

Frank Gore ran just 8 times for 31 yards in week one. He had two first down gains and had a long of nine yards. Gore averaged 3.9 yards a carry and will be running against a pretty good Jets defense. At home expect the Colts to pass quite a bit with Gore needing at least 5 yards a carry to get past 12 carries per game.

Indianapolis Colts WR:

T.Y. Hilton:

Hilton was targeted 14 times and caught seven passes last week for 88 yards. He is questionable for Monday with a knee issue.

Andre Johnson:

Johnson came over in free agency from the Texans and was rather displeased with his time in Houston the past few weeks and let everyone know of it. He was targeted 10 times last week but caught just four balls for 24 yards.

Monday Night Football One Day League Fantasy Picks

QB: Andrew Luck (Colts)

RB: Chris Ivory (Jets)

WR: Andre Johnson (Colts), Brandon Marshall (Jets)

TE: Coby Fleener (Colts)

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Seattle Seahawks versus St Louis Rams NFL Fantasy Preview

The Seattle Seahawks will look to recover from a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss as they must contend with a division opponent in week one in the St Louis Rams. They meet in this NFL game on Sunday September 13th and fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters.

In their 2014 meeting the clubs split winning at home. The game held in St Louis was won by the Rams 28-26. Seattle outgained St Louis by 188 yards as they piled up 171 rushing and 292 passing yards on the Rams defense. The difference was the Rams got a touchdown on special teams and went 3 for 3 inside the red zone. Seattle was 3 of 5 inside the red zone and neither team had a turnover.

Russell Wilson:

The Seahawks quarterback was given a new contract over the offseason. With Wilson paid it will impact the amount of depth the Seahawks can provide on both sides of the ball. In 2014 Wilson completed 63% of his throws for 3475 yards with 20 touchdowns and 7 picks.

Marshawn Lynch:

Lynch was productive in 2014 as he ran for 1306 yards and 13 touchdowns with 4.7 yards per carry average.

Jimmy Graham:

The tight end was a new acquisition for the Seahawks coming over from New Orleans in free agency. Graham a season ago caught 85 passes for 889 yards with ten touchdowns.

Tre Mason:

The Rams running back was once again held out of practice due to a hamstring problem.

Todd Gurley:

The Rams first round running back will not play in week one as he recovers from knee surgery in his final year in college.

Benny Cunningham:

Looks like Cunningham would get the start at running back if Mason can’t play in week one. The third year back rushed for 246 yards last year with three touchdowns and 3.7 yards per carry average.

Miami Dolphins versus Washington Redskins Daily Fantasy Draft Preview

The Washington Redskins will look to rebound from a poor 2014 season as they open up against the Miami Dolphins. Fantasy GM’s can tune to CBS on Sunday September 13th to follow up on their roster picks.

Not much series history in this AFC versus NFC battle.

Ryan Tannehill:

Miami made a long term financial commitment to Tannehill. Last year he threw for 4045 yards with 27 touchdowns and 12 picks.

Lamar Miller:

Miller was productive running back for the Dolphins as he ran for 1099 yards and 5.1 yards per carry. He scored eight touchdowns and had 57 first down gains.

Greg Jennings:

Wide receiver Greg Jennings with Minnesota in 2014 grabbed 59 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns.

Indianapolis Colts versus Buffalo Bills What Fantasy Draft Managers Need to Know

The Rex Ryan era begins in Buffalo on Sunday September 13th as the Bills host the Indianapolis Colts at 1PM Eastern Time on CBS TV.

The latest meeting between these teams was in 2012 with the Colts winning 20-13 at home.

Andrew Luck:

The four year starting quarterback had 40 touchdown passes last year. He completed over 61% of his throws for 4761 yards. He would like to cut down on the 16 picks from a season ago.

Frank Gore:

The former San Francisco 49er was acquired in free agency from San Francisco. He ran for 1106 yards last year with four touchdowns and 4.3 yards per attempt.

Andre Johnson:

The former Houston Texan came along with Gore in free agency. He is a 13 year pro who has seen his production dip considerably last season.

LeSean McCoy:

The Buffalo Bills running back is expected to play on Sunday despite a hamstring problem that sidelined him in much of the preseason.

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