QB Matt Hasselbeck - Free Agent
|6-4, 220||Born: 9-25-1975||College: Boston College||Drafted: Round 6|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 16 vs MIA (8 / 15 / 99 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Colts' 40-year-old backup quarterback continued his streak of 40-year-old-backup-quarterback-worthy play, struggling to put together just 99 passing yards on 16 dropbacks before a shoulder injury knocked him out of the game late in the second quarter. Hasselbeck's ball placement continued to be streaky, at best, while he often failed to get rid of the ball before an inconsistent pocket collapsed. Hasselbeck's availability for Week 17 is in doubt, due to what appears to be an AC sprain in his shoulder. Even if Hasselbeck plays, however, there isn't any reason he'd be a usable fantasy asset, at least not after how he's played over the last month. Given the Colts' unsettled quarterback situation (Charlie Whitehurst was placed on IR on Monday), Hasselbeck may have to play Sunday even if not fully healthy.
2015 Week 15 vs HOU (17 / 30 / 147 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Turns out, Matt Hasselbeck didn't get any younger since the last two weeks' debacles. Beaten up and lacking the ability to consistently drive down the field any longer, Hasselbeck may have put up his worst performance of the season against the Texans, with an abysmal 66.9 passer rating and less than six yards per attempt. With Hasselbeck struggling, the Colts once again failed to move the ball down the field, with their 10 points all coming in the first half in drives that started in Houston territory. In the second half, the Colts offense was rendered completely useless. Hasselbeck did have to leave the game momentarily after being pushed out of bounds in the second half, but would return to finish the game, including throwing the game-ending interception. If Andrew Luck cannot play next week, Hasselbeck will likely be questionable.
2015 Week 14 vs JAX (18 / 35 / 252 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Another week, another reminder of what Matt Hasselbeck is. The strong performance in the second half of the team's win over Tampa Bay in Week 12 seems like an age ago. The 40-year-old backup quarterback is playing like a 40-year-old backup at this point, and what's happening should be no surprise. Hasselbeck has been especially bad in the red zone, where the Colts have consistently wasted opportunities this season. His passer rating of 66.8 in the red zone this season is one of the league's worst, only Sam Bradford, Ryan Mallett and Nick Foles have worse (for QBs with at least 10 RZ attempts). On Sunday, the Colts went 0-for-3 in the red zone, and Adam Vinatieri kicked field goals of 25, 21 and 32 yards. Hasselbeck did suffer a rib injury in the fourth quarter, and his status for next week is currently unknown.
2015 Week 13 vs PIT (16 / 26 / 169 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Against a vulnerable Pittsburgh pass defense, Matt Hasselbeck reverted back to the 40-year-old backup that he is, rather than the passable play we saw against Tamp Bay last week. Not only did Hasselbeck's inconsistent accuracy and inability to make plays outside the pocket hurt him, but he failed to make simple, basic quarterback processes. Whether it was getting delay-of-game penalties, missing wide open underneath receivers on 3rd-and-short or tripping his own running back, Hasselbeck had a nightmare of a day. On the bright side, this simplifies things for Andrew Luck owners, ensuring that he will return as soon as possible, potentially for the last two or three weeks of the season. Hasselbeck does get a better matchup next week in Jacksonville, who he had 282 yards and a touchdown against in Week 4.
2015 Week 12 vs TB (26 / 42 / 315 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
After last week's poor showing against Atlanta, Hasselbeck bounced back against Tampa Bay with his best game of the season, his first 300-yard passing performance since 2011. Hasselbeck struggled for the first half against Tampa Bay, but the play-action game worked to perfection in the second half, and the Colts were finally able to get some downfield passing going. Hasselbeck hit T.Y. Hilton for gains of 31, 29 and 19 yards as well as Moncrief for 31 yards. For the game, Hasselbeck threw for 11.7 yards per attempt on play action, and it helped the Colts score 19 unanswered points in the second half. Every secondary won't be as vulnerable as Tampa Bay's, but if the Colts continue to use play action effectively, Hasselbeck can be a decent fantasy asset.
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.
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