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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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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NFL Value Picks Week 4

Quarterback

Tyrod Taylor has been very consistent over the past 3 weeks. He has averaged 238 passing yards and has had very high efficiency in his passing game completing 82.7 percent of his pass attempts. He had an off day week 2 when he threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball twice against the Patriots, but his fantasy value that week was still high as he managed 242 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 43 rushing yards, and a rushing touchdown. He comes among the cheapest of all starting quarterbacks and is facing a Giants Defense that has allowed over 300 passing yards to all their opponents this year.

Although Aaron Rodgers tops the salary chart for week 4, it looks like he will still be able to exceed his fantasy value this week against a weak San Francisco defense. He has thrown for 10 touchdowns over the first three weeks and thrown no interceptions. Whether or not Devante Adams takes the field, he has the weapons he needs to dominate the 49ers.

Running Back

The star of last week at the running back position was Devante Freeman. He ran for 141 yards last week for 3 touchdowns as well as caught 5 receptions for 51 yards in his breakout performance against the Cowboys. Atlanta is somewhat limited in its offensive weapons so if they get ahead or Julio isn’t open, then Freeman is the go to guy. His salary is somewhat adjusted since last week but he is still a bargain in terms of fantasy value this week.

One of the most important things to look at to predict a breakout performance is attempts. A running back who gets plenty of attempts but has not been prosperous in fantasy value as of yet is just waiting on the right opponent. Melvin Gordon has gotten between 14 and 16 attempts over the first three weeks yet has failed to exceed 90 rushing yards. With this number of attempts and a weak Cleveland Defense, this could be the week for Gordon.

Receiver

T.Y. Hilton has been very unimpressive this season compared to his performance last year, but the blame for his fantasy struggles should not necessarily be placed on him. Andrew Luck, arguably the most consistent fantasy performer last season, has struggled in the early parts of this season. Week 4 may be both of these players time to shine against Jacksonville.

Mike Evans missed the first two games of the season but had a nice performance last week against the Texans. He caught 7 passes for over 100 receiving yards. If he can match that performance next week while adding in a touchdown or two against Carolina, he could be a huge fantasy value and a necessary addition to a winning lineup.

Tight End

Jordan Reed was limited from hitting big last week due to the failure of his quarterback Kirk Cousins. He potentially could have had over 100 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns but was limited to 6 receptions for 96 yards due to Cousins misfires. This makes him a prime sleeper candidate for a big performance this week that is not on most peoples radar.

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