When the Indianapolis Colts lost three of five games from Week 10 to Week 14, including blowout losses to the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, and Cincinnati Bengals, their place as a playoff team started to come into question. The team responded in a big way, though, closing its season with three straight wins, including a 30-10 beatdown of the Jacksonville Jaguars to finish off the regular season as the AFC South champions. The Colts outscored their opponents 78-20 in their last three games to finish at 11-5. For the Jaguars, the loss capped off another awful season, leaving them at 4-12 and in third place in the division. For fantasy players, there wasn't much in the way of huge production in the game:
Fantasy players who were worth it: Kenny Taylor, Marcedes Lewis
Fantasy players who weren't worth it: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jordan Todman, Ace Sanders, Mike Brown
The rookie Taylor hadn't done much all season entering Sunday's game. His season-high was four catches and 45 yards, but the wide receiver caught eight balls for 75 yards and a touchdown Sunday. For all intents and purposes, he went completely unused in fantasy Sunday, and with the team vacillating between Taylor, Sanders, and Brown down the stretch, it's hard to say what fantasy players could take from this performance for 2014. ... Lewis was held without a score Sunday -- his first time in five games not reaching the end zone -- but he caught three balls for a season-high 70 yards. It wasn't a fantasy-winning performance, but it wasn't a backbreaker either.
With 39 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards, Jones-Drew would have put up a marginally respectable eight fantasy points, had he not lost a fumble. As it is, he had six fantasy points in each of his last two games of the season, not a great harbinger for the free agent-to-be. ... Todman had a big Week 15, but Jones-Drew's return to action rendered him a non-factor. He had only three rushing yards Sunday, adding in 12 receiving yards. ... Sanders and Brown both struggled to get much going in the game, with Taylor dominating the touches. Sanders was targeted 14 times, but caught only six, going for 50 yards, while Brown caught three passes for 43 yards.
Fantasy players who were worth it: Andrew Luck, Donald Brown, Trent Richardson, T.Y. Hilton, Griff Whalen
Fantasy players who weren't worth it: Coby Fleener
No one on the Colts had one of those huge fantasy days, but there was a lot of marginal value to go around. Luck did just enough to help, with 282 passing yards on 26 of 37 passing, with one touchdown. He never turned the ball over, which helped. You'd certainly ask for more in an ideal world, but he was still helpful. ... Almost the exact same sentence could be said about the Colts' running backs, who both scored a touchdown and did almost nothing else. Brown ran the ball 12 times for 31 yards and a score, while Richardson had 25 rushing yards on eight carries to go with his own touchdown. Nine fantasy points apiece, which is fine, though once you saw the touchdown you had to hope for more. ... Hilton finally reminded the world of what he could do, setting season-highs in catches (11) and yards (155) Sunday. He didn't reach the end zone, but still, it was good to see he still had this in him. ... Whalen had his third straight above-average fantasy day to end the season, catching four balls for 32 yards and his second touchdown of the season. With Reggie Wayne likely back from injury next season and Hilton still in the fold, Whalen isn't likely to be any kind of top option, but he could have deep-league value.
Fleener flat disappeared down the stretch of the season. He put up 21 combined fantasy points in Weeks 10 and 11, then totaled 10 in his last five weeks, including only a single catch for 25 yards in the season finale. At the end of his second year, Fleener still has yet to prove he can be productive enough to be a team's top receiving tight end.