The Week 2 matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos features one team trying to bounce back from a disappointing opening week while the other tries to prove their winning ways are not a fluke. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
As far as the fantasy community is concerned, quarterback Andrew Luck comes into this season was something to prove. After being arguably the top fantasy player in the NFL two years ago, Luck took a step back in 2015. Part of the reason for that was injuries, and it may also have been because defenses have simply figured out how to get under his skin. Either way, Luck and the gang are going to have to play better this week if they want to walk away from Denver with their first victory of the season. Of course, the fact the Colts lost last week doesn’t matter to most fantasy owners because playing from behind is what led him to throw for 385 yards and four touchdown passes. On the other hand, it’s going to be much harder to do that against a pretty solid Broncos defense.
Hopefully Luck can find a way to get the ball beyond the likes of Chris Harris and the rest of the Broncos secondary unit. When he does, wide receiver Donte Moncrief will likely find himself with a handful of receptions when all is said and done. He caught six passes last week for 64 yards and a touchdown. It seems that Moncrief is a bit more consistent week to week than teammate T.Y. Hilton. If Moncrief does well against the Broncos, it will only further instill fantasy owners’ confidence in the Colts’ number two receiver.
Now that future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning is retired, not too many people expected much from the Broncos coming into this season. Yet Denver managed to upset the Carolina Panthers. Yes, the team’s rookie quarterback Trevor Siemian held his own in the game, but the Broncos were able to win thanks to their rush attack and their defense. C.J. Anderson led the way for Denver. He rushed the ball 20 times for 92 yards and a touchdown and he also threw in four receptions for 47 yards and another score. Doing that against a team of Carolina’s caliber is pretty impressive and there’s no reason Anderson can’t continue his success this week against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL.
When the Broncos do need to switch things up, wide receiver DeMaryius Thomas will be the team’s number one option through the air. Thomas is currently dealing with a hip injury but he’s fully expected the play on Sunday. Perhaps his ailment is what helped limit him to just four catches for 48 yards against the Panthers. The good news for Thomas’ owners is that the Colts are dealing with injuries to their secondary unit, so even at less than 100% Thomas should be able to find the end zone and produce close to 100 yards this week.