2020 Indianapolis Colts Outlook
RB Jordan Wilkins, --- - Low Potential
Over his first two years in the NFL, Wilkins gained 5.8 yards per carry with a minimal opportunity in the passing game. His best game in 2019 came in Week 16 (9/84/1) while only receiving over ten chances in one game (56 combined yards with two catches on 13 touches).
In his final and best season at Mississippi, Wilkins did show more upside as a receiver (26/241/1). Looking like the odd man out in 2020 with RB Jonathan Taylor added to the roster.
WR Michael Pittman, IND - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
Injuries (ankle and shoulder) cost Pittman playing time in his sophomore (23/404/2) and junior (41/758/6) seasons at USC. When given a chance to shine while being healthy in 2019, he delivered a stud wide receiver season (101/1275/11). He broke through in Week 4 (10.232/1) against Utah, ending in November with three exceptional games (13/146, 11/180/1, and 13/104/1).
There's a lot to like here, and I expect him to be drafted higher than his scouting ranking. I would fight for him on draft day as I expect him to develop into a complete player with a 100/1300/10 skill set.
Fantasy owners haven't given him much respect as he is a bit of a fantasy afterthought. I see a starting point of 46 catches for 614 yards and a chance at five touchdowns.
WR Parris Campbell, IND - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
For all the fantasy owners looking to bet on the 2019 draft class, they should look no further than Campbell to see the possible downside of a young receiver. He missed nine games due to four injuries (broken hand, hamstring, broken foot, and sports hernia).
Campbell came into the league with a high catch rate (80.4) in his final year at Ohio State while working as a possession type receiver with scoring ability. His challenge in 2020 is finding enough targets to be relevant while beating out incoming rookie Michael Pittman on the depth chart. Don't dismiss.
Must follow this summer while expecting him to start the year as the WR3 for the Colts. I set his early protection to 43 catches for 522 yards and four TDs.
WR Zach Pascal, PHI - Deep-league Only
At times in 2019, Pascal had the look of an upside WR2 for Indy. His breakthrough game came in Week 7 (6/106/2) while also looking playable in three other starts (5/76/1, 7/109, and 5/74/1). The Colts had him listed as a starter in 13 weeks, but he finished with fewer than 20 yards receiving in eight of those games. More of a WR4 in this offense in 2020 if WR Parris Campbell emerges as expected.
WR T.Y. Hilton, --- - Solid/Safe Pick
Over the first three games in 2019, Hilton caught 20 passes for 195 yards and four TDs on 25 targets. He missed Week 4 with a quad issue, and then another five contests with a calf injury. Hilton caught only 15 balls for 195 yards on 28 targets over his final five games.
He gained over 1,000 yards in his last five seasons with QB Andrew Luck behind center.
Last year the Colts' WRs only caught 155 passes for 1,891 yards and 15 TDs over 258 targets. The change to QB Philip Rivers should create more long play-action passes while being an excellent player over the short areas of the field. Trending toward a WR2 in PPR leagues with a floor of 78 catches for 1,062 yards and about eight TDs while being a value gamble due to many factors (age, injuries, new QB).
TE Trey Burton, --- - Deep-league Only
Burton flashed in 2017 with the Eagles (23/248/5), earning him a starting job for the Bears the next season. He finished 8th in TE scoring (148.10) in PPR leagues in 2018, but Burton only had one impact game (9/126/1).
Last year he missed Week 1 with a groin issue and the final seven games with a hip injury that required surgery in December. In his eight weeks of action, Burton failed to gain over 20 yards in any contest while failing to score a touchdown. A dark horse TE2, while needing Indy to attempt more overall passes to help his chances.