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WR Hakeem Nicks - Indianapolis Colts

6-3, 212Born: 1-14-1988College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 1, pick 29

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Week 5: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Andrew Luck is guiding the NFL's top passing attack after four contests, with a season average of 326 yards passing per game, with 13 TD throws vs. just four interceptions given away. He's thrown almost 70% completions with 115/167 for 1,305 yards passing, 13 TDs and four interceptions, while also rushing for 13/53/1 on the season. His main targets are Reggie Wayne (33 targets for 23/307/1 receiving) and T.Y. Hilton (38 for 22/291/0) at wide receiver; Dwyane Allen (15 for 1/145/3) and Coby Fleener (19 for 10/109/2) at tight end; and Ahmad Bradshaw (16 for 14/134/4) at running back. Hakeem Nicks has also seen some quality opportunities during September (18 for 12/94/2). As you can see, Luck spreads the ball around widely, making it difficult to defense all the options on each down. The Ravens' pass D ranks 24th in the NFL averaging 260.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores allowed over four games, but only one interception (next-to-last in the NFL) and just four sacks (tied for 28th in the NFL) generated to date. They allowed 20/34 for 248 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to the Panthers last week (with two sacks for -20 yards) and gave Brian Hoyer 19/25 for 290 yards, one TD and zero interceptions with zero sacks two games back. This is a great week for Luck owners - he has a fairly easy matchup and a tough matchup in the rushing phase means Luck will have to throw early and often in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DEN 0 0 0 5 5 36 1 0
2 vs PHI 0 0 0 3 1 -4 0 0
3 at JAX 0 0 0 4 4 50 1 0
4 vs TEN 0 0 0 6 2 12 0 0
5 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
5 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
5 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs PHI (3 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)

Another disappointing outing for Nicks, who was on the field for less than half of the Colts offensive plays. Nicks was targeted just three times, and his lone reception came on a failed screen play. Nicks' struggles to get separation downfield is an issue that reared its head last season, and has been apparent through two weeks.

2014 Week 3 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 50 / 1 rec)

Catching his second touchdown pass of the season on a well-executed slant was a big plus for Nicks, who has been targeted in the red zone more than any other Colt receiver so far this year. But Nicks also was the recipient of a key third down conversion and a 29-yard dart from a scrambling Luck in the third quarter. Nicks' veteran presence was key on the latter, coming back to the ball and making a fantastic diving catch at the sideline. He's lower on Luck's priority list than Reggie Wayne or T.Y. Hilton, but if he keeps getting red zone looks, his strong release at the line will continue to earn him separation.

2014 Week 4 vs TEN (6 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Once again the third wheel to Hilton and Wayne, Nicks is relegated to a lot of low-percentage attempts: deep balls over the top, fades in the red zone, etc. Unless somebody else gets hurt, Nicks' fantasy production is going to be dependent on one of those deep balls connecting and occasional red zone touchdowns. On the positive side, Nicks did beat the corner on one of those deep balls Sunday, but a defensive pass interference kept the play from landing. Still, it was a win for the Colts' offense, even if it doesn't show up on the stat sheet.


Latest News

Bears | Wednesday practice report (Wed Oct 1, 05:59 PM) - Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs (knee), S Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), LB Shea McClellin (hand) and LB D.J. Williams (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. DE Jared Allen (illness), OT Jermon Bushrod (knee), C Roberto Garza (ankle), CB Sherrick McManis (quadriceps), DT Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and OG Matt Slauson (ankle) were limited, while S Chris Conte (shoulder) practiced in full.

Bears | Week 4 Inactives (Sun Sep 28, 11:34 AM) - The Chicago Bears have declared OT Charles Leno Jr., DL Jared Allen, DL Jeremiah Ratliff, OG Matt Slauson, C Roberto Garza, LB Shea McClellin, CB Sherrick McManis inactive for Week 4.

Our View: Allen isn't what he used to be, but it is still a blow to the Bears pass rush to lose him for this one.

Bears | Friday injury report (Fri Sep 26, 04:03 PM) - Chicago Bears C Roberto Garza (ankle), LB Shea McClellin (hand), CB Sherrick McManis (quadriceps), DT Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and OG Matt Slauson (ankle) have been ruled out for Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers. DE Jared Allen (illness) and S Chris Conte (shoulder) are questionable, while S Ryan Mundy (shoulder) and DE Trevor Scott (foot) are probable. Allen, Garza, McClellin, McManis, Ratliff and Slauson didn't practice Friday, Sept. 26. Conte was limited, and the others practiced in full.

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Bears | Thursday practice report (Thu Sep 25, 05:00 PM) - Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen (illness), C Roberto Garza (ankle), LB Shea McClellin (hand), CB Sherrick McManis (quadriceps), DT Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and OG Matt Slauson did not practice Thursday, Sept. 25. FS Chris Conte (shoulder) was limited. FS Ryan Mundy (shoulder) and DE Trevor Scott (foot) participated fully.

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Bears | Wednesday practice report (Wed Sep 24, 04:48 PM) - Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen (illness), FB Tony Fiammetta (hamstring), C Roberto Garza (ankle), LB Shea McClellin (hand), CB Sherrick McManis (quadriceps), DT Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and OG Matt Slauson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 24. S Chris Conte (shoulder) and S Ryan Mundy (shoulder) were limited.

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