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QB Matt Hasselbeck - Indianapolis Colts

6-4, 220Born: 9-25-1975College: Boston CollegeDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Hasselbeck is going to play safe and within himself, but that is good enough for a low ceiling/high floor option against a somewhat weak schedule. This week he faces Tampa in a game that should be good for a solid 12-18 points in most leagues at worst.

Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matt Hasselbeck did enough to defeat Atlanta last week - 23/32 for 213 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with both TDs going to Ahmad Bradshaw (four targets for 4/20/2 receiving). Donte Moncrief led the team in targets with eight for 5/41/0 receiving, while Frank Gore led in yards with five for 5/46/0. T.Y. Hilton, usually a favorite of Hasselbeck, had just four targets for 2/21/0 receiving on the day. The Buccaneers' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 234.6 net yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given out vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied for 15th) generated this year. Last week, Mark Sanchez threw 26/41 for 247 net yards, two TDs and three interceptions while taking three sacks for -14 yards from Tampa. Dallas threw 19/30 for 174 net yards, zero TDs and one interception with three sacks taken for -12 yards from Tampa two games ago. Over the past four weeks, the Buccaneers have allowed the ninth-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (17.6); the tenth-least fantasy points to opposing wideouts (18.7), and were 16th vs. opposing tight ends (8.9 fantasy points allowed per game on average). This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for Hasselbeck and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at ATL 64 23 32 213 2 2 3 8 0 0 17.45
12 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 22 37 * * * 2 * * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 24 38 * * * 5 * * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 25 35 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs ATL (23 / 32 / 213 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Though the Colts would embrace the Matt Hasselbeck hero narrative, the truth is that the veteran quarterback really struggled all game. With Atlanta stacking the box and daring the Colts to throw the ball down the field, Hasselbeck couldn't make them pay for most of the game. Outside of a 31-yard screen pass to Frank Gore on the game-winning drive and a 26-yard dig route by Coby Fleener, none of Hasselbeck's 34 drop backs went farther than 15 yards down the field. He also missed a few key open receivers, especially on a few important third downs. Still, with teams stacking the box going forward, Hasselbeck should be good for a couple passing touchdowns per game, as he was in this one. His interceptions were uncharacteristic, but they could continue if teams keep taking Frank Gore and the run game away, and Hasselbeck gets impatient.

2015 Week 5 vs HOU (18 / 29 / 213 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

The 40-year-old quarterback outplayed pretty much everybody's expectations on Thursday, but still finished with a middling 213 yards and two touchdowns. The Colts offense simply isn't going to produce a high-volume passer other than Andrew Luck. Still, it was a good example of how efficient the Colts' offense can be when running a quicker, more balanced offense. The Colts didn't have a single turnover on Thursday and never punted on consecutive drives. Still, Hasselbeck's job was to complement the running game with quick, accurate passes. Even if Luck remains out against the Patriots in Week 6, Hasselbeck will stay a limited fantasy quarterback.

2015 Week 4 vs JAX (30 / 47 / 282 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)

The Colts' backup quarterback didn't lose the game for Indianapolis, and that's really all the Colts could ask for while Andrew Luck was sitting this one out with a shoulder injury. That being said, Hasselbeck is clearly still a very limited quarterback, and the Colts employed an extremely short, quick passing game to limit his load. Hasselbeck was fairly accurate, but didn't get much help from his receivers, with several drops and a few mis-judged deep balls by T.Y. Hilton. Still, Hasselbeck threw 47 times at just six yards per attempt in Sunday's game, a volume that is not likely to continue. Even if Luck sits out the Colts' Thursday night game against the Texans, don't expect Hasselbeck to be efficient enough to put up big fantasy points.


Latest News

Colts | Ahmad Bradshaw catches two TDs (Sun Nov 22, 06:06 PM) - Indianapolis Colts WR Ahmad Bradshaw caught two touchdown passes from QB Matt Hasselbeck in a 24-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Our View: Bradshaw was responsible for six touchdown catches in ten games last year, and he is finally up to speed even though Andrew Luck is out. He's a flex play going into a matchup with Tampa.
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Colts | Matt Hasselbeck throws two TDs (Sun Nov 22, 05:25 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck threw for two touchdowns Sunday, Nov. 22, in a 24-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Hasselbeck finished 23 of 32 for 213 yards.

Our View: Hasselbeck took what the defense gave him, and got help from his own defense to get to 3-0 as a starter this year. He'll face the hot Bucs defense next week.
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