2017 Outlook: Following four years as essentially a solid No. 2 fantasy receiver, Hilton took his game to a new level in 2016. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound playmaker caught 91 of 153 targets for 1,448 yards, all of which were career highs. Hilton averaged 9.5 yards per target (10th best) and finished as a top-10 fantasy receiver during 38 percent of his outings (sixth best). Hilton isn't a great source of touchdowns, averaging exactly six per season since entering the league, but he makes up for it with heavy volume and high-end efficiency in the Colts' pass-heavy, Andrew Luck-led offense.
2017 Outlook: Gore dodged Father Time yet again in 2016 and has finished as a top-21 fantasy back in 11 consecutive seasons. The 34-year-old hasn't missed a game since 2010. Gore was limited to four rushing scores on 263 carries (seventh) last season, but he made up for it with a career-high four touchdown catches. Gore finished 12th at the position in fantasy points, but he was limited to two top-10 fantasy weeks and averaged 1.49 yards after contact per attempt, his lowest mark since we began tracking in 2009. Gore has very little upside, but he's still positioned for a high-volume role in a productive Colts offense.
2017 Outlook: Moncrief has finished his three NFL seasons ranked 79th, 36th and, most recently, 75th at the position in fantasy points. The former third-round pick failed to post a single weekly fantasy finish better than 14th (his only top 20), and he was extremely touchdown dependent last year. Moncrief scored exactly one touchdown in seven of his nine games and finished the other two weeks 110th among fantasy receivers. He averaged an underwhelming 6.1 targets per game, and he's ranked in the bottom 15 percent at the position in yards per target each of the past two years. Of course, Moncrief is still only 23 years old and has a ton of fantasy upside as Andrew Luck's No. 2 target. His underwhelming usage and effectiveness are red flags, but he's worth post-hype flex consideration.
2017 Outlook: Luck, 27, has struggled with injuries (10 missed games during the past two seasons) and a poor supporting cast, but he has still managed plenty of fantasy production when active. He has finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback during three of the past four seasons. Last season, he ranked eighth in passing yards, fifth in passing touchdowns and seventh in rushing yards among quarterbacks. He averaged 7.8 yards per attempt, which was fifth best in the league. AFC South defenses are improving, but Luck is one of the league's most talented and highly efficient passers and works in a pass-first offense. He's a top-end QB1 option.
2017 Outlook: Doyle was one of the top breakout players in fantasy last season. The 2013 undrafted free agent took advantage of Coby Fleener's departure and Dwayne Allen's struggles by catching 59 passes (11th-most at the position) and scoring five touchdowns. He finished 13th in fantasy points at the position and paced tight ends with a 79 percent catch rate. Doyle signed a three-year extension and Allen was traded to New England during the offseason. In the past 10 years, head coach Chuck Pagano (23 percent) and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski's (26 percent) offenses have directed a minimum of 20 percent of the targets to the tight end position. Doyle is atop the depth chart and positioned to play a major role in an offense led by Andrew Luck. He's a TE2 with upside.
2017 Outlook: Vinatieri's 87.1 percent field goal conversion rate last season is his lowest since 2012, but the average distance of his attempts (43.2 yards) was second highest in the league and, by far, the highest of his career. Considering the circumstances, Vinatieri's efficiency was outstanding. He finished third among kickers in fantasy points, and has finished top five during three of the past four seasons. Vinatieri turns 45 in December, but he's still going strong and working in a quality offense. He's a solid, high-floor option.
2017 Outlook: The Colts' defense was not very good on paper last season and injuries only exacerbated the problem. The Indianapolis D/ST finished bottom-four in interceptions (eight), tackles for loss (61), yards allowed (6,126) and passes defensed (60) en route to finishing 28th in fantasy points. New general manager Chris Ballard did his best to overhaul the unit during the offseason, scooping up Jabaal Sheard, John Simon, Sean Spence, Margus Hunt, Johnathan Hankins and rookies Malik Hooker, Quincy Wilson and Tarell Basham. Weak spots remain at every level, but the Colts are better off than they were in 2016.