Donte Moncrief and Corey Coleman were two of the fantasy community's favorite breakout wide receivers this year, both are done for a month or more. Moncrief with a broken shoulder blade, Coleman with a broken hand. Jones, another sleeper darling, needs to be encased in bubble-wrap and protected at all costs.
There are already reports the team could move to more two-tight end sets and if that's the case there is reason to be optimistic about Doyle, a player that the team apparently loves to death.
A fourth-year player out of Western Kentucky, Doyle is a big target (6-foot-6, 265 pounds) with great hands (81 percent career catch rate). Then there's this: Colts' offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is a former tight end and spent nine years in various places as a tight end's coach. He's coached the likes of Antonio Gates, Greg Olsen and Gary Barnidge.
Dwayne Allen will see a bump as well obviously, but is known primarily as a blocker and has never had more than 45 receptions or 521 yards in a season. For tight end-needy teams, I would legit add Doyle and see what happens.
Bold prediction: Doyle breaks out and posts Coby Fleener-type numbers (800 yards, 8 TD) by year's end.
More news and notes:
NEWS: Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested early Friday morning on a DUI charge in Tampa. The arrest happened at around 4 a.m. and he remained in jail as of 9 a.m. (later released on bail). He was not seen at practice according to multiple reports. Seferian-Jenkins then tweeted out that he his time with the Bucs has come to an end. Seferian-Jenkins was previously arrested for a DUI charge back in 2013 when he was still playing for the University of Washington.
- Fantasy spin: It's disappointing news for ASJ as he was starting to put it together on the field. He faces a possible multiple-game suspension even if he signs with another team.
- Bottom line: Cut ASJ, obviously, but Cameron Brate is worth at least a look if you're desperate for a tight end.
- Fantasy spin: Rex Ryan didn't officially rule him out for Sunday's home game against the Cardinals but said, "odds probably not real good that he plays." With Watkins out, Tyrod Taylor will see a potential downgrade in production and it's possible the team will run the ball even more given that one of their best receiving options is unlikely to play. LeSean McCoy will likely see more work but whether that translates into more production is questionable at best against a scary-good Cardinals defense.
- Bottom line: All the signs are pointing in the wrong direction meaning you should be looking to replace Watkins in your starting lineup.
- Fantasy spin:T.J. Yeldon has been ineffective on the ground thus far averaging a meager 2.4 yards per carry through two games so Ivory will be a welcome sight for the Jags offense. The Ravens have been pretty average against the run allowing 105 rushing yards per game with 4.5 yards per carry. Don't be surprised if Ivory ends up with between 15-20 touches and he'll get nearly all of the team's goal-line work.
- Bottom line: The touchdown upside makes Ivory a solid flex play even on limited touches.
- Fantasy spin: Gehlken also reported that rookie tight end Hunter Henry has had a good week of practice although I'm not sure he's worth a look. If Gates is out, both Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams get a boost in targets. The team has been ravaged by injuries but Philip Rivers is still a solid start versus a Colts defense that has been equally mangled by injuries.
- Bottom line: Given Marshall's track record I would be surprised if he doesn't play, and if he goes it'll be awfully hard to sit him.
- Bottom line: Jackson is still the No. 1 wide receiver option in a pass-crazy offense, and on volume alone, is almost a must-start flex play in standard leagues.
- Bottom line: Keep an eye on the game-time injury report but if Alshon plays, you almost have to play him.
Other news and notes:Tyler Eifert was back at practice this week in a limited capacity, if he is for some reason available on waivers, pick him up immediately.