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COLTS FAN CASEY: WEEK 16 FANTASY FOOTBALL BLOG

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on December 20, 2012 – 4:54 pm

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What’s up Colts Nation!? I’m back for one of my last fantasy football blogs and this is the time of year where every single point can matter. Scratch that, this is the time of the year where every tenth of a point can matter. This is for all the marbles. That is, unless you’re me, and you’re playing for the championship in the “loser” bracket. Nonetheless, I still will go down fighting!

A few things to keep in mind over the next few weeks of fantasy football. Luckily for us all, there seems to be a lot of teams in the hunt for playoff spots and playoff positioning. This means we’re not likely to see teams “resting” players over the next two games of the season. Also, there are teams still fighting to get into the playoffs so if you have players on those teams (Pittsburg, Minnesota, and Dallas come to mind) be sure to start them.

Now for my “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week.

Week 16 Start em: Let’s stay at home and go with our boy No. 12 Andrew Luck. Coming off his two lowest passing yard games of the season, look for Luck to bounce back with authority against a struggling yet talented defense of the Chiefs. This is a statement game for the Colts and I look for Luck to make a statement of his own.

Week 16 Sit em: This one is a toughie this week with so much post-season implications heading into this week. So let’s look at a game where neither team is in the playoff hunt and start there…. How about San Diego Chargers vs. New York Jets? I think Shonn Green will have a bad week against the Chargers, he’s your sit of the week.

That’s it for me today; don’t forget to check out my homepage on Colts.com to see what I’ve been up to! (Especially my tailgate videos)

Yours in Fantasy Football,

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COLTS FAN CASEY: WEEK 15 FANTASY BLOG

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on December 14, 2012 – 4:39 pm

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What’s up Colts Nation? As the fantasy season begins to wind down, by default my time on this blog is limited. As I mentioned in last week’s blog, all I had to do to earn a spot in the playoffs is to win and I was in. Well long story short, I didn’t do that, instead I got blown out by one of the best teams in my league.

The good news is that I have another league that I’m in where my team made the playoffs. The bad news is that team Colts Fan Casey is eliminated from playoff contention. My other team, “Make it Wayne on These Throws,” finished the season with a 10-4 record which is the inverse of team Colts Fan Casey’s record.

So now let’s take a moment to look forward to this week’s games. Despite the HUGE playoff and postseason implications present in matchups across the NFL this weekend, there are a lot of favorable fantasy pairings as well.

I’m going to show you guys a look at my other team’s roster for this week’s playoff game. It’s shown below.

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Now for my “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week.

Week 15 Start em: He happens to be my starting QB, but I think Matt Stafford is your go-to guy this week as the Lions take on the Arizona Cardinals who are coming off a 58-0 loss at the hands of the Seahawks.

Week 15 Sit em: I’m going with Bears running back Matt Forte. He’s had a good season on the fantasy circuit, but I found an astounding stat saying he hasn’t scored a touchdown in the last four games against the Packers. Sit Mr. Forte.

Week 15 Random Thought: Don’t just base your starting lineup off of projections. Look at oppositions, trends, how teams handle the run vs. how they handle the pass. Look outside of the projections made by a bunch of pencil pushers. You know football now show it!

That’s it for me today; don’t forget to check out my homepage on Colts.com to see what I’ve been up to! (Especially my tailgate videos)

Yours in Fantasy Football,

Blue_CFC_Logo_WhiteHorseshoe

 


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COLTS FAN CASEY: TITANS PRE-GAME BLOG

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on December 8, 2012 – 6:10 pm

What’s up Colts Nation? What a glorious day we have before us tomorrow! The Colts (8-4), yes the 8-4 Colts host the Titans in a divisional game where the horseshoe is looking for victory No. 9 and getting one step closer to the playoffs. I’m very excited for the game tomorrow and can’t wait to hear Lucas Oil Stadium rocking as always!

As far as football is concerned, I have a feeling the offense is going to perform very well this week. It’s the perfect setting for a good offensive game as Luck, Wayne and Co. have been rather impressive at home this year. I also think that T.Y. will continue to impress the league and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get his fifth 100+ receiving yard game of the season. My fantasy team hopes that as well J

I also look for the defensive front to get after Titans QB Jake Locker as their offensive line has endured some big injuries as of late. It’ll be beneficial for us to get them in third and long situations to allow Mathis, Freeney, and our stable of linebackers to get after the QB.

Now, onto the pre-game festivities as you all well know tailgating that is the only way to start a Colts game-day. There’s a busy day full of tailgating awaiting yours truly tomorrow.

Aside from my continued search for the best tailgate in Colts Nation, I am also going to be visiting the guys from Tailgate 32. These guys are living any football fan’s dream. They’re traveling to all 32 NFL stadiums this season in an RV and throwing their own tailgates at each stop.tailgate32 You MUST check these guys out! Not only their website and some of their webisodes, but their FREE, yes I said FREE tailgate tomorrow taking place in the Blue Crew lot. Full info is available here.

I know it’ll be cold tomorrow, but I should be hitting the lots around 10AM and I WILL be hungry! Think your tailgate has what it takes to win the “Tailgate of the Week” and be entered in the “Tailgate of the Year” promotion? Then let me know where to come this week on Twitter and Facebook.

Special thanks again to Colts Grille, Honda Generators/Reynolds Farm Equipment, and Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary Mix for making this all possible!

So if you’re throwing a tailgate, let me know, and if you’re not, join the guys from Tailgate 32 at their tailgate and show them why Colts Nation is the best place in the entire NFL to tailgate. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

And as always, GO HORSE!

Yours in food, fandom, and football,

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COLTS FAN CASEY: FANTASY BLOG WEEK 13

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on November 29, 2012 – 5:15 pm

What’s up Colts Nation!? There are some great games this weekend and a majority of them will have some sort of implications on our fantasy football rosters. What better way to get the fantasy week underway than a great Thursday night game between the Saints and the Falcons. I have Marques Colston on my team and I need a big game from him to help my chances this week.

I face off against one of the top teams in my league and I need a great performance from all of my players. A few transactions this week put me in a good spot as well. I went ahead and picked up Eagles RB Bryce Brown who everyone should know after last week’s Monday Night Football where he had 178 rushing yards and two touchdowns which added up to 33 fantasy points in my league.

You can check out my starting lineup this week and I don’t foresee any changes unless you think I need some. I’m always open for discussion just tweet me.

Now for my “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week.

Week 13 Start em: It seems like this guy had a coming out party on Monday Night Football versus the Eagles. Cam Newton is the start of the week. He heads into Arrowhead to face the 1-10 Chiefs. I look for Newton to have his way with their defense the way he did Philly.

Week 13 Sit em: I don’t usually go with two players from my own team, but I think that Ryan Mathews should ride the pine this week. He has only put up double digit (19) points once this season and that was against the New Orleans Saints earlier on in the year. He doesn’t match up well against  the Bengals defense which has been playing very well lately.

Week 13 Random Thought: If you’re making a decision between two players, select the one that plays a prime-time game. We’ve seen much higher performances over the weeks from players who have Monday, Thursday, and Sunday night games. There must be something about playing underneath the lights that makes everything better.

Yours in Fantasy Football,

 


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COLTS FAN CASEY: WEEK 12 FANTASY BLOG

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on November 27, 2012 – 4:08 pm

What’s up Colts Nation? Last night was a glorious night for myself and team “Colts Fan Casey” in the fantasy world. Finally, after 12 weeks, the man I drafted in the first round, Cam Newton, decided to reward me with a great 40 point performance in the Panthers 30-22 win over the Eagles.

Believe it or not, this win gets me back into the playoff hunt as we have two more weeks remaining before the playoffs start in our league. I need to win the rest of my games and need two people above me to lose out, but the good news is I play one of them in the final week so there’s a chance!

This week has been better for me in fantasy and I have to give credit to one of the best recent additions I made in Colts WR T.Y. Hilton. This guy did work for me in the New England game and gave me a solid 10 points this week as well. Too bad I didn’t get any points for his punt return, which would’ve been nice.

The best part about this week’s W is that not only did I score over 100 points, but I almost doubled the guy I was playing whose team name is “Domination.” Nothing dominating about his performance this week except that he got dominated.

I head into a tough match up this week, but I think I can stand a chance. I will be bringing you my sit ‘em and start ‘em picks of the week here in a couple days, but I had to fill you in on my great performance this week!

That’s it for me today; don’t forget to check out my homepage on Colts.com to see what I’ve been up to! (Especially my tailgate videos)

Yours in Football (real or fantasy),

 


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COLTS FAN CASEY: BILLS PRE-GAME BLOG

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on November 24, 2012 – 5:23 pm

What’s up Colts Nation!? After a two-game road stint, yours truly hits the pavement again this week still in search of the best tailgate in all of Colts Nation. My last outing was pretty solid with a big victory coming from the Colts Tailgate Response Unit.

Sunday looks like it will be one of the coldest tailgates of the season which means I’ll be looking for something to warm me up. As always I’ll have some Hoosier Momma Spicy Bloody Mary Mix to help you guys stay warm.

I should get things started around 10 AM tomorrow and I WILL be hungry! Think your tailgate has what it takes to win the “Tailgate of the Week” and be entered in the “Tailgate of the Year” promotion? Then let me know where to come this week on Twitter and Facebook.

Special thanks again to Colts Grille, Honda Generators/Reynolds Farm Equipment, and Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary Mix for making this all possible!

Yours in Food and Football,


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COLTS FAN CASEY: WEEK 8 FANTASY BLOG

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on October 25, 2012 – 4:11 pm

What’s up Colts Nation? So I’m going to try a different approach for my weekly fantasy football blog presented by Taco Bell. Typically I talk about the previous week and a little about the upcoming week. So for this blog, I am going to talk about the upcoming week as you can guess I didn’t have great success last week.

This is a great week for me! The only bad thing, aside from having a bunch of Patriots on my team, is that Houston is on a bye and their defense has been very solid for me this year. It seems like a lot of my players are facing favorable oppositions this week which should bode well for my squad. Below I’ve attached my starting lineup for this week.

I feel really strongly about Big Ben as my QB against a Redskins defense that is giving up a lot of points. I also thing this should be a good week for Ryan Mathews who faces the Browns. I picked up Martellus Bennett prior to last week’s game and he has been a steal so far. I think he will put up good numbers against the Cowboys this week.

Now for my “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week.

Week 8 Start em: I’m keeping this one at home. I’m going with Colts QB Andrew Luck. I think that he’s done enough to prove that he’s a legit fantasy starter in almost every league. I’m even hearing a lot of people say that he should be your fantasy starter for the rest of the year. That’s fine with me. The Titans have been giving up double-digit points to every QB they’ve faced this year and I think this week is no different.

Week 8 Sit em: I’m going with Michael Turner of the Falcons and here’s why… The Eagles have been rather stingy with their rushing defense, not to mention Turner’s carries have diminished lately, and add in that Matt Ryan is playing the best season of his career. I think it’s safe to sit him.

Week 8 Random Thought: I look for tight ends to have a big weekend for fantasy teams. There’s a lot of good tight ends out there playing teams with subpar short yardage and interior pass defense, so look to get some points from your tight ends this week and if you have two really good ones, do some research on if you should start the other one in the flex spot if your league allows that.

That’s it for me today, don’t forget to check out my homepage on Colts.com to see what I’ve been up to! (especially my tailgate videos)

Yours in Football,


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COLTS FAN CASEY: VIKINGS TAILGATE

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on September 21, 2012 – 11:14 am

What’s up Colts Nation!? What a beautiful day to be a Colts fan. We’re coming off a big win over the Vikings in front of the home crowd and heading into another game at Lucas Oil Stadium in front of our great fans.

I had a great game day this past Sunday! I was able to get down there early and head out to a couple tailgates. I made my first stop at the Terre Haute Colts Bus where they feature a cuisine common in that area of the state known as Sati Babi.

The second stop was at the Colts Disciples tailgate where they know how to party! Their motto is “We do it bigger” and boy do they do it big!

I’m going to be pretty brief with this blog because I want you guys to check out the webisode on Colts.com featuring the tailgate of the week winner.

Do you think the Terre Haute Colts Bus has what it takes to beat the Colts Disciples? There’s only one way to find out… Check out the video here!

Special thanks again to Colts Grille, Honda Generators/Reynolds Farm Equipment, and Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary Mix for making this all possible!

Think your tailgate has what it takes to win the “Tailgate of the Week” and be entered in the “Tailgate of the Year” promotion? Then let me know where to come this week on Twitter and Facebook.

Yours in Football,


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Donnie Avery

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 27, 2012 – 10:23 pm

by Kevin Bowen

It was match that seemed too could to be true.

The Colts were looking for a receiver that could stretch the field and Donnie Avery wanted a fresh start to showcase his speed that made him the first receiver chosen in the 2008 NFL Draft.

That combination turned into a free agent signing for Avery and the Colts. Avery said the dedication by the Colts staff outweighed his other four suitors in ultimately deciding on Indianapolis.

“Chuck (Pagano), the head coach, he called me about four or five times and told me how he could get me back to my early years in the NFL, how I can look up to Reggie Wayne and the rest of the guys and how I can fit in the offense,” Avery said.

Avery entered the NFL in 2008 and caught a total of 100 passes in his first two seasons with the St. Louis Rams.

A preseason knee injury would sideline him for the entire 2010 season and Avery then played in eight games for the Tennessee Titans last season.

“This is a great start overcoming from the injury in 2010,” Avery said. “I feel like it is a great start with the organization, with the coaches, just feeling good about coaches that want me, that want me again.”

In getting back that speed, Avery worked with Olympic Track Coach Allan Powell during last season’s lockout and has seen the benefits.

“He got me back up to speed. Had me do a lot of long distance running,” Avery said. “When I saw long distance, I mean 100s and 200s at full speed to train myself, to train those fast-twitch nerves to get back working.”

One of the many reasons that sold Avery on playing in Indianapolis was a chance to learn from one of the franchise all-time leading receivers Reggie Wayne.

Avery, although not the most vocal person, said he won’t bother Wayne too much for advice but you can be assured he will be paying close to the Pro Bowl receiver’s every move.

“I just like to sit back and observe and pick up everything they do; how they carry themselves on the football field and how they recover from a drop or how they block or come out of their breaks and stuff. It is going to be awesome just getting a first-hand look at that.”

With new faces across the board on the Colts offense, Avery said he feels as though everyone will be on the same page as he looks to get back to the player he was in St. Louis.

“I feel like I am on level ground because of the new offensive coordinator coming in, you know, so everybody is learning the playbook at once,” Avery said. “Going into OTAs you get to build chemistry with the quarterbacks, you know that foot memory with running your routes.”


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Drew Stanton

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 8:23 pm

             by Kevin Bowen

It has been a whirlwind past 10 days for quarterback Drew Stanton.

After singing with the New York Jets on March 16 and believing his new home would be in the AFC East, Stanton has now found a new home in Indianapolis when the Colts traded for the former Michigan State quarterback on Friday.

Stanton spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions but after an interesting past few weeks he is starting to settle into being in Indianapolis.

“The circumstances change every single day with the dynamics involved in this league,” Stanton said. “It was a domino effect or almost circular in the fact that everybody flipping places and moving over one.”

The dominos fell to Indianapolis for Stanton and he heads into a team with many new faces moving into the 2012 season.

“It’s a unique situation I think, especially with a new coach and (general manager),” Stanton said. “They thought enough (of me) to trade for me and I’m really excited about the opportunity that exists there.”

At 6-foot-3-inches and 230 pounds, Stanton has the physical tools that helped him become a second round draft pick by the Lions back in 2007.

He has started four games in his NFL career including winning his final two starts in 2010.

“Drew is a big, athletic and strong armed quarterback that has the intangible package we are looking for at the position,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He is a young, but seasoned quarterback that has won games in this league and we look forward to seeing him contribute to this team and our collective vision for the future.”

One particular aspect of the Colts organization that Stanton is looking to forward to working with is his new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Since 2007, Arians has been the offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers but now he has made the switch to the Colts and that is something that intrigues Stanton.

“I’m excited to see what (Arians) offense is all about,” Stanton said. “When you look at the numbers Ben’s (Roethlisberger) been able to put up and the success he’s had. And the receivers (Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown) last year.”

For right now Stanton joins Trevor Vittatoe as the only Colts quarterbacks on the roster and Stanton knows that no matter what happens between now and the start of the season he has to practice as the starter.

“I think that’s just the mentality you have to take in this league,” Stanton said. “We put so much time and effort into our profession behind the scenes. If you’re not preparing that way, then you’re doing yourself and your team an injustice.”


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