First it was Peyton Manning. Now the Colts have continued their offseason house cleaning with the release Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Gary Brackett, Melvin Bullitt and Curtis Painter. The biggest fantasy names, of course, are Addai and Clark — both were once No. 1 options at their respective positions, at least up until recent seasons. Unfortunately, injuries and the loss and Manning might have put a nail in their respective fantasy coffins in 2011.
Neither player will warrant a ton of attention on the open market or in fantasy land, though a potential Manning and Clark reunion somewhere around the league could put the tight end back on the radar. In their absence, the fantasy value of Donald Brown, Delone Carter and Jacob Tamme (assuming he re-signs) will increase in Indianapolis, at least for now.
Brown, who showed flashes of potential last season, looks like the favorite to start at the current time. But I’d keep expectations low, as he’s not a tough runner between the tackles and won’t be a true featured back for coach Chuck Pagano. As for Tamme, he could turn into a popular option for the Colts’ new quarterback (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III?) if he returns to the team.
With so many players gone and more moves on the horizon, the Colts aren’t going to be a cornucopia of fantasy production like they were in the past with Manning at the helm.
Times, they are changing …