TE Eric Ebron - Indianapolis Colts
|6-4, 265||Born: 4-10-1993||College: North Carolina||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
Week 15: at New Orleans Saints
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jacoby Brissett delivered in a sweet spot matchup last week against the Buccaneers, bouncing back relatively well from an unfortunate string of poor performances throughout the second half of the season. Brissett managed to throw for just two touchdowns in the five games leading up to last week when he passed for two touchdowns and 251 yards. However, Brissett did miss on quite a few throws as he completed just 52.8 percent of his passes in last week's game. He showed a nice deep ball connection with receiver Marcus Johnson, who has now seen six and seven targets for 55 and 105 yards in his past two games. The slew of injuries to Colts wide receivers has afforded guys like Johnson an opportunity to step up, but it also has contributed to the lack of consistency displayed from this passing offense as a whole. T.Y. Hilton is rehabbing towards a potential return this season, but it is unlikely to be this week. This should set up Zach Pascal and Jack Doyle as the top options for Brissett yet again. The Colts also reunited with Dontrell Inman this week, but it would be hard to expect much from him with just a few days back on the team. The Saints defense has been mediocre against the pass on paper this season, but that is primarily due to how well this team as a whole has played to force opposing offenses into pass-heavy game scripts. This New Orleans team has some solid contributors on defense, starting with a fearsome defensive line that ranks tied for fourth in the league with 43 sacks. Edge rusher Cameron Jordan leads the way here, ranking third in the league with 13.5 sacks. The combination of Jordan and Marcus Davenport will be one of the toughest challenges faced by these top-tier Colts offensive tackles, but even with as strong as the Saints defensive line is, they still project to be a relatively even matchup for the equally-elite Colts offensive line. In the secondary, the Saints have one of the best safeties in football with Marcus Williams over the top. Williams has been an excellent asset to help what has, at times, been a middling cornerback group. Marcus Lattimore has elite talent, but he has taken a step back this year after his breakout 2017 campaign. Still, Lattimore will offer a difficult matchup for Zach Pascal in shadow coverage this week. Tight ends have actually got the best of this defense in recent weeks, as an opposing tight end has exceeded 40 receiving yards or scored a touchdown in six straight games--a great stat for the likes of Jack Doyle coming into a game that should afford him plenty of volume.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Eric Ebron's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 12 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Ebron was mostly used as a check down option for Brissett. Early in the game Ebron had a potential 20 yard reception skip off his finger tips as he went low to secure the pass. It was a catch he probably should have made. Ebron made a 3 yard catch on 3rd and 5 a few plays later. Ebron made a catch in the flat and picked up 14 yards. A few plays later Ebron got open down the seam and went low to make another 14 yard catch. Ebron picked up 13 yards on a check down to the flat.
2019 Week 11 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron made some plays underneath despite battling an illness. Ebron made a very impressive 14 yard catch along the sideline as he absorbed a hit. Ebron did a nice job of working to get open as Brissett scrambled and did well getting his feet in bounds on the play. Ebron made a 7 yard catch running a curl over the middle. Ebron picked up 6 yards on a check down from Brissett. Ebron had a 13 yard catch negated by penalty.
2019 Week 10 vs MIA (12 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron had a 9 yard touchdown in his hands but a Dolphins defender stole the ball from him with one hand as he went to the ground and intercepted the pass. It is the second time this season Ebron has had a potential touchdown taken out of his hands. Ebron picked up 8 yards running a quick out route. Ebron picked up 13 yards on shallow crossing route. Ebron beat man coverage across and down the field and made a nice catch for 23 yards. Ebron made a 4 yard catch on 3rd and 3.
2019 Week 9 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron hardly saw any looks from Brian Hoyer. Ebron converted a 3rd and 6 with a 7 yard reception. Ebron fought off his defender long enough to pick up the first down. Ebron picked up 9 yards on a dump off in the flat from Hoyer.
2019 Week 8 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron was not very involved against the Broncos but made some plays underneath. Ebron picked up 9 yards running a curl over the middle. Ebron made a 5 yard catch running a quick out route. Ebron picked up 12 yards running a shallow crossing route.
2019 Week 7 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 70 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron played his best game of the season against the Texans. Ebron came wide open running a quick out route and escaped downfield for 17 yards. Ebron made a catch crossing the middle of the field and hurdled a defender on his way to a 16 yard gain. Eric Ebron made a spectacular 1 handed catch in the back of the end zone for a 4 yard touchdown. Ebron not only had the ball stick to his hand like glue but showed amazing awareness and body control to get both feet in bounds. Ebron found a huge hole in the Texans' defense running a deep crossing route for a 33 yard catch and run.
2019 Week 5 vs KC (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron's first target was intercepted as Brissett failed to see a defender underneath Ebron. Ebron had his second target in his hands for a potential 10 yard gain but had it knocked away as he went to the ground. Ebron made his first catch running a curl for 8 yards.
2019 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 1 / 48 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron dropped his first 3 targets in the first half and wasn't targeted again until the Colts final play. Ebron had a potential big play hit him in the hands and fall incomplete. Ebron had a defender closing in on him at full speed as he tried to secure the catch. Ebron's second target again hit him in the hands and fell incomplete. Ebron dropped his 3rd target running a slant over the middle. Ebron made his first and only catch on the Colts final offensive play of the game. Ebron crossed the middle of the field and secured a contested catch before racing to the end zone for a 48 yard touchdown.
2019 Week 3 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron ran an in breaking route lined up as a wide receiver and converted a 3rd and 5 with a 9 yard gain. Ebron beat his man running a deep crossing route and caught a bullet from Brissett along the sideline for a 30 yard gain. Ebron drew a 13 yard pass interference penalty on 3rd and 9. Ebron made a catch in the flat and picked up 8 yards. Eric Ebron had one catchable downfield target go through his hands with a defender in tight coverage.
2019 Week 2 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 25 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron was more involved against the Titans but still only saw 3 targets. Ebron will continue to be a red zone threat but the lack of efficiency from Brissett makes it hard to trust Ebron for fantasy from week to week. Ebron caught a pass in the flat and made a nice run after the catch to gain 13 yards on 3rd and 12. Ebron motioned across the formation post snap and caught a shovel pass from Brissett for a 3 yard touchdown. Ebron made a 9 yard catch running a curl over the middle.
2019 Week 1 vs LAC (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron dropped what should have been an 11 yard touchdown. Ebron initially caught the pass but bobbled it as he went to the ground in the back of the end zone.
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