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Week 14 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 16, Jacksonville Jaguars 51

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Indianapolis Colts

The Colts offense is listless with Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback, and we saw that again on Sunday. There have been a few isolated incidences where the Colts have been able to move the ball, but overall, this season has been clear. The Colts have been especially bad in the red zone with Hasselbeck behind center, and they kicked three field goals in the red zone on Sunday. Frank Gore’s usage will remain high (but touchdown dependent) and T.Y. Hilton continues to make plays, but everybody else’s fantasy production will continue to suffer until Andrew Luck returns. Hasselbeck’s poor pocket awareness and imprecise ball placement are simply too much for an offense with an inconsistent offensive line to overcome.

Jacksonville Jaguars

It was a tale of two halves for the offense – Bortles especially. All of the skill position players were extremely productive and made huge plays seemingly every time they touchded the ball. But in the first half, Bortles was horribly inaccurate and spotted the Colts 6 points on a goofed fumbled snap. His first pass in the second half went for an 80 yard touchdown, and from there the rout was on.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Matt Hasselbeck, 58 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 35 - 252 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 10 - 0
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.

QB Charlie Whitehurst, 14 offensive snaps, Pass: 2 - 8 - 8 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0
If Matt Hasselbeck’s injury is serious Charlie Whitehurst will be forced to start against the Texans on Sunday. He replaced Hasselbeck for the majority of the fourth quarter on Sunday, the second consecutive game he’s finished for Indianapolis. He was spectacularly awful in both opportunities, however, and holds no fantasy value.

RB Frank Gore, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 60 - 0, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (5 targets)
There may not be a more sympathetic figure in Indianapolis than Frank Gore right now, who has been solid all season, but held back by the Colts’ quarterback and offensive line issues. Gore’s numbers weren’t spectacular on Sunday, but he ran well against a stout Jacksonville front, especially considering Matt Hasselbeck’s inability to provide any threat whatsoever through the air. Gore’s workload remains high, however, and if Luck returns at any point, Gore’s opportunities for touchdowns will dramatically rise.

RB Dan Herron, 12 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 16 - 0, Rec: 2 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)
Out-snapped and out-produced by Zurlon Tipton, Daniel Herron seems to have slipped into a timeshare (at best) for the backup running back role. Unable to make any big plays through the air or on the ground, Herron’s unspectacular performance ensured that he’ll continue to share snaps with Tipton for the foreseeable future.

RB Zurlon Tipton, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 4 - 50 - 0 (5 targets)
Out-snapping and out-producing Daniel Herron on Sunday, Tipton put forth his case for the backup running back spot with a 50-yard receiving performance, though he had just one carry. Tipton had 14 snaps to Herron’s 12, and was much more productive, particularly as a receiver. It really just ensures that neither will be usable fantasy assets as they split the role.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 132 - 0 (7 targets)
Though the Colts’ offense was once again stuck in neutral on Sunday, T.Y. Hilton was able to produce. As has been the case too often this year, Hilton was the only player able to make a play through the air, with a spectacular leaping catch and run for 57 yards in the first half. Even without that play, he would have led the Colts in receiving, even with Matt Hasselbeck’s struggles leading to just four catches for the speedy Hilton. Hilton is currently 10th among all wide receivers in yards this season, and is the only receiver in the league with at least 40 catches to average at least 17 yards per reception. Despite issues at quarterback, Hilton has produced all season as a WR1 and is one of the league’s premier deep threats. His ceiling remains sky-high when Andrew Luck is healthy, whether that is this season or in 2016.

WR Andre Johnson, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 19 - 0 (5 targets)
The veteran receiver continued his consistently poor season on Sunday with his fifth consecutive game with less than 50 receiving yards (a feat he’s accomplished just twice this year). Johnson’s role as the two-or-three-short-yardage-receptions-per-game receiver has been pretty constant this year, and he should not be on standard fantasy rosters at this point.

WR Donte Moncrief, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 52 - 0 (10 targets)
Moncrief continued is inconsistent second year with just his fifth 50-yard performance of the year, most of which came in the second half with the Colts down double-digits. Held to just nine yards in the first half, Moncrief reeled in a 33-yard catch and a 10-yard catch in the second half, but the Jacksonville secondary should have been more vulnerable. For example, Moncrief missed a huge opportunity for a big play down the right sideline in the second quarter, but couldn’t track the high-arcing pass, and it went right through his outstretched hands. Still, Moncrief had two of his best performances against the Jaguars this season, totaling 127 yards in two games. Against the Texans, the Colts’ next opponent, Moncrief has not had that kind of success, catching one pass for three yards in their Week 5 matchup.

WR Phillip Dorsett, 25 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Despite being on the field for 26 snaps in his return from injury, the Colts’ first-round pick saw just two targets and zero receptions. Dorsett’s injury and the Colts’ shaky quarterback situation has hurt his development, and he’s currently little more than a deep threat, something that’s completely wasted with Matt Hasselbeck running the offense.

WR Griff Whalen, 8 offensive snaps
With Phillip Dorsett back in the mix, Whalen saw his role diminish, with just eight snaps and zero targets on Sunday. Once a deep-league waiver-wire add, Whalen should be unrostered at this point in the season.

TE Dwayne Allen, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - -3 - 0 (3 targets)
Dwayne Allen’s surprising lack of involvement this season continued on Sunday, with a six-yard catch and a loss of nine on a screen. The screen play was particularly bad because he was also penalized for holding on the play. Allen is unusable as a fantasy asset.

TE Coby Fleener, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (4 targets)
Though Matt Hasselbeck did miss a wide-open Fleener down the left sideline early in the game, Fleener’s lack of production is to be expected with the season he has had. Still, the Colts had three red zone opportunities in this one, and Fleener didn’t even get a target. With the Colts offense looking listless, so is Fleener’s fantasy outlook.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Blake Bortles, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 30 - 250 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 17 - 1
Bortles took some bad sacks in the first half, especially in the two-minute drill where he didn’t notice a late blitzer and fumbled after the team had been driving downfield. He also contributed to spotting the Colts a touchdown when he dropped a slightly off target shotgun snap deep in his own territory, and the Colts recovered in the endzone. He hrew a touchdown pass on his first play of the second half, a beautiful corner route into a very tight window to Allen Hurns, where Hurns broke the tackle and took it 80 yards. With a corner underneath and a safety right over the top, this was a high-degree difficulty throw – one that most quarterbacks wouldn’t even attempt. From there, Bortles was patient, accurate, and efficient, with his most impressive play being a strike to Rashad Greene after making multiple subtle movements in the pocket to buy time and find a platform to throw from. He scored his rushing touchdown on a quarterback sneak after a Colts interception was returned to the one very late in the game.

RB Denard Robinson, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 75 - 1, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)
Robinson was electric in this game, starting the day off with a 15 yard run that was unfortunately negated by a holding penalty. He subbed in for an injured Yeldon again in the third and seemed to go for 10+ yards almost every time he touched the ball in the run or pass game. He made up for the negated 30 yarder in the first half with a 30 yard run in the second, where he weaved through both the first and second level. He also displayed more violence in finishing his runs and delivering the blow to the tackler than I’ve ever seen from him in the NFL. He was rewarded for his work with a one-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

RB T.J. Yeldon, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 62 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)
Yeldon made a statement very first drive – he got solid blocking running to the right side on the first level and broke tackles on the second level to break off two 10+ yard runs. Yeldon was getting big runs almost every time he touched the ball. As explosive as Robinson was after replacing Yeldon when he exited the game with injury in the third quarter, Yeldon still finished the game as as the leading rusher.

WR Allen Hurns, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 105 - 1 (4 targets)
Hurns started the rout in this game, taking the very first pass of the second half to the house. He ran a corner route and broke the defensive back’s tackle (contact came almost immediately after the catch), and outran the defense for 80 yards. He also started the game off with a back-shoulder fade for a nice gain on the first drive. Bortles also tried to throw an endzone fade to him, but it was well defended by Vontae Davis.

WR Rashad Greene, 15 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 18 - 0 (4 targets)
Greene made his second huge special teams play of the season, returning a punt back for a touchdown early in the third quarter.

WR Marqise Lee, 15 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 21 - 0 (4 targets)
Lee was once again awful. He dropped his first two targets – one an off-target screen that was Bortles fault,. The second one was blatant drop on a hitch. After the dropped hitch, they went right back to him on a slant in the hurry up, and he broke a tackle and got some nice YAC. He also misjudged a well-thrown deep ball up the sideline that probably would have gone for a touchdown, but at least drew pass interference on the play to put them in the redzone.

WR Allen Robinson, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 4 - 1 (4 targets)
Robinson was shut out in the first half and through most of the third quarter, but made his first (and only) touch count, scoring on a filthy double move from the slot in the redzone for a four yard touchdown.

TE Julius Thomas, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 54 - 1 (7 targets)
Thomas was steadily involved in the offense in terms of targets throughout the day. He had a big catch-and-run in the two minute drill on a slant where he was lined up in the slot, 30 yard gain. He got targeted multiple times throughout the drive he ended up scoring on. His touchdown came inside the five where the Jaguars split him out wide on the backside and let him run a slant, where he could just use his body to box out the defensive back for an easy touchdown.