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RB Matt Jones - Indianapolis Colts

6-2, 231Born: 11-17-1992College: FloridaDrafted: Round 3

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General News (Thu Dec 14): has been declared inactive for Week 15.

Week 15: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Tough matchup. After a season of near-invisibility, we've finally seen back-to-back weeks of productivity from the Colts run game. Frank Gore, who still holds a vice grip on the lead job, has posted 191 yards on 49 attempts over the last 2 weeks. He's not setting the world afire with his season-long 3.63-yard average, but he's at least proving fantasy-viable as the team muddles along in the passing game. Where Gore is at a real fantasy disadvantage is in the touchdown column. With no Andrew Luck and a near-toothless offense around him, Gore carries a minuscule 1.4% touchdown rate, which makes sense - he's only taken 2 carries from inside the 5-yard-line, fewer than the likes Jamaal Charles and Theo Riddick. (Consider that Robert Turbin, whom the Colts put on IR eight weeks ago, still has more than that.) Gore doesn't bring any dynamism to the table, but his recent stretch has at least been encouraging. Rookie Marlon Mack has hit a productivity wall, with no more than 7 rushes in any of the last 4 games; he's only reached 30+ yards once since Week 6. The Denver run defense, long considered impenetrable, has definitely shown some cracks of late. Over the past 5 weeks they've allowed uncharacteristically strong rushing performances to Dion Lewis (55 yards and 1 touchdown), Marshawn Lynch (67 and 1), and Kenyan Drake (120 and 1). The personnel remains generally strong, though losing end Derek Wolfe was an underrated blow. It appears that this unit is merely buckling under the pressure of a team-wide collapse. It's still a stout group, allowing the league's second-lowest yardage per carry and third-fewest touchdowns. But when forced to bear the weight of a turnover-prone offense, they're just as susceptible as any run defense. This is no longer a unit we should run from in setting our fantasy lineups.

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Latest News

Colts | Week 15 inactives for Colts (Thu Dec 14, 07:06 PM) - The Indianapolis Colts have declared TE Darrell Daniels, WR Donte Moncrief, RB Matt Jones, CB Nate Hairston, CB Rashaan Melvin, C Ryan Kelly, OT Tyreek Burwell inactive for Week 15.

Colts | Week 14 Colts inactives (Sun Dec 10, 11:41 AM) - The Indianapolis Colts have declared TE Darrell Daniels, WR Donte Moncrief, DL Hassan Ridgeway, RB Matt Jones, CB Rashaan Melvin, C Ryan Kelly, OT Tyreek Burwell inactive for Week 14.

Our View: Chester Rogers gets the start in a potential audition to be the Colts #2 receiver next year with Moncrief entering free agency.

Colts | Matt Jones back with Indy (Mon Dec 4, 06:15 PM) - Free-agent RB Matt Jones (Colts) re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts Monday, Dec. 4. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also officially placed CB Pierre Desir (shoulder) on the Reserve/Injured list.

Our View: The Colts just add a player that knows the system and can provide depth behind Frank Gore and Marlon Mack. Jones was with the Colts earlier this year but only appeared in two games.
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