He missed 17 games in his first two years because of a torn ACL and a hamstring injury. Now healthy, the year-old could play up to his potential.
While this all sounds good for Cook, fantasy managers must consider his spotty availability in the past. As shown above, Team 11 covered its injury-prone first-round pick Cook with Joe Mixon, a potential high-volume running back, in the second round, and Phillip Lindsay in the fourth round. In the best-case scenario, Team 11 will have two running backs set to handle a heavy workload.
If Cook goes down with an injury, Lindsay, who finished ninth in rushing yards 1, last year, could slide into the starting lineup.
Fantasy managers can use this strategy with top wideouts who have struggled with injuries in the recent past, such as Keenan Allen, too. No Top Wide Receivers Available?
Perhaps one of the few remaining lead wide receivers comes off the board a couple of picks before your turn. Don't reach for an alternative at the position.
Instead, focus on one of the top tight ends mentioned above. All three led their respective teams in targets last year.
Under standard settings, approach the tight end spot like an extra slot for a wide receiver. A top-notch player at the former position could compensate for a weak collection of talent at the latter.
Don't view the tight end position as an afterthought if you have the opportunity to snag a premier talent. Hilton and tight end Eric Ebron, who had a breakout year with the team in In place of Luck, Jacoby Brissett could have a serviceable year, but he's unlikely to distribute the ball to his weapons like his predecessor.
He started 15 games during the campaign, but the year-old has much room to grow heading into his fourth season. According to Football Outsiders , the Colts ranked fourth in run blocking last year; the offensive line averaged 4.
Indianapolis kept its front line intact, returning all five primary starters for the upcoming season. As a result, we could see significant growth from running back Marlon Mack.
Last year, Mack battled a hamstring injury that sidelined him four games early in the season, but he finished with rushing yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 4.
Backup running backs Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins may steal some carries and targets in the passing game. Nevertheless, Mack could eclipse 1, yards on the ground in the lead ball-carrier role behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Submit your questions and tune in every Sunday at a.