The Colts offense kept rolling last season. T.Y. Hilton led the NFL in receiving yards, while Frank Gore had another 1,000 yard rushing season. Andrew Luck had another strong season but the Colts fell short of the playoffs. With Luck coming back from offseason shoulder surgery, can the Colts return to their elite offensive status?

Andrew Luck has just begun a throwing program and is expected to miss the entire preseason. Without any major changes on offense, Luck shouldn’t need much time to get back into rhythm with his receivers. The only concern is the Colts inconsistent offensive line opening him up to hits.

With his offseason ADP at QB5, Luck is a great pick. The Colts have improved their defense but not dramatically, so expect some shootouts. Picking Luck at the end of round five allows you to fill up on skill position players and still get elite quarterback play.

Hilton

BUST: T.Y. Hilton

Don’t get me wrong, T.Y. Hilton will be a strong fantasy option, he’s just being drafted too high. Going at the end of round two, Hilton is being drafted before valuable running backs. You could draft Leonard Fournette or Isaiah Crowell and still get Terrelle Pryor or Alshon Jeffrey a round later.

Frank Gore has to start playing like his age soon. While he’ll still handle early down and goal-line work, Gore should begin to slow down this year. He should be drafted as a low-end RB2 but will be heavily touchdown dependent.

SLEEPER: Marlon Mack

The main reason Gore will lose value other than his age is Marlon Mack. With high-end speed and receiving ability, Mack could become the lead back in the second half of the season. His early season value will be mainly in PPR, but he’s worth a handcuff pick if Gore hits a wall or gets injured.

Donte Moncrief seems to tease fantasy owners every year. After a strong sophomore season, Moncrief dealt with injuries in 2016, only playing in nine games. Moncrief only had 30 catches but managed to score 7 touchdowns.

Moncrief has strong upside but is being overdrafted. With Larry Fitzgerald, Jamison Crowder and Jeremy Maclin on the board, you can wait and get a more reliable receiver.

Jack Doyle seems like a sleeper but he shouldn’t be. Any competent fantasy owner took notice during Doyle’s breakout season last year. With the Colts trading away Dwayne Allen, the job is his.

Doyle is being drafted after Zach Ertz and O.J. Howard, who figure to see less targets and scoring opportunities. Doyle is low end TE1 but in standard leagues is a strong pick late in drafts.

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