The Indianapolis Colts did not enjoy their best offensive performance in week one. The battle of elite offense vs. elite defense went to the Buffalo Bills, who put constant pressure on Andrew Luck and kept Indy’s would-be explosive offense very much in check.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, injury was added to insult this past weekend, as star #1 wide receiver T.Y. Hilton went down with a bruised knee. Hilton won’t miss much time and it’s possible he doesn’t sit out of week two at all, but he’s currently listed as “day to day” and could end up being limited or sidelined this week. Hilton sitting would be a big hit to Indy’s offense, while Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief would be the top two starting wide receivers and would likely see expanded roles in the Colts’ passing attack.
Johnson struggled in his debut last week, catching just four of 10 targets and looking a little sluggish. It’s possible he could rebound in a big way on Monday Night Football, but expectations for him to do so could be tempered with a matchup against Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets. While the matchup looks ugly on the surface, Revis can only cover one Colts wide receiver at a time and that should free up room for Donte Moncrief and possibly Phillip Dorsett to make plays down the field.
The other thing working in Indy’s favor is the absence of #2 corner Antonio Cromartie, who suffered a knee injury in week one. Cromartie has not been ruled out, but he is fairly unlikely to play in week two. Cromartie sitting out or even being limited would be a huge break for the Colts, who could then have a serious advantage at the #2 and #3 wide receiver spots. If Revis sticks on Andre Johnson, that makes Moncrief and Dorsett major fantasy football sleepers heading into week two.
One may carry a little more upside than the other, and that’s probably Moncrief. Moncrief is far more experienced and was even productive in week one, hauling in six passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. He should be able to do something similar in week two if Revis isn’t on him, and possibly even if he is.
The real sneaky play is going to be Dorsett, as Revis certainly won’t be covering him all game. That puts the speedy rookie up against New York’s third and fourth best cornerbacks and could give him a real shot at cracking some big plays. Dorsett struggled in his pro debut, but it only takes one or two big plays for him to pay off. He’s a sneaky sleeper in season long leagues if you need wide receiver help, but a especially devious sleeper in daily fantasy football leagues due to a low price tag.
Tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener would obviously have a chance at seeing their snaps and production take a spike, as well. They’re slightly less appealing plays, however, as they split time on the field and Allen is usually in the game to block.