Fantasy Football Free Agency: Devin Funchess & Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy Football Free Agency: Devin Funchess Signs With The Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts did not really have a second wide receiver for all of 2018; Devin Funchess helps alleviate that problem for the 2019 NFL season. Some gawked at the 10 million dollar contract with up to 3 million in bonus incentives. There are a few reasons why this deal makes sense for the Colts. The first is that it does not tie up their salary cap for years in the future and they have one of the largest available amounts of salary in 2019. The second is that Funchess has shown flashes of being a quality X wide receiver which is something this offense needs.
In 2018, the Colts distributed 217 passing targets (or 33% of their total targets) to Chester Rogers, Ryan Grant, Zach Pascal, Dontrelle Inman, and Marcus Johnson. Not a single one of those players is part of the Colts long terms plans at the wide receiver position. Furthermore, none of those players are even average NFL wide receivers. Devin Funchess is quite different from the wide receivers that were on the Colts roster last year. He is a full-time X or flanker wide receiver, standing 6'4" and weighing 225 pounds.
Funchess will be able to play on the perimeter while T.Y Hilton plays out of the slot, on the opposite side or goes in motion. Funchess had a reasonably productive time in his first four seasons in Carolina with 161 catches for 2,230 yards with a yards per catch of 13.9 and 21 touchdowns. His only season of full playing time as a starter with no injuries was in 2017 when he had 111 targets, 840 yards, and 8 touchdowns. He was a real fantasy football asset that season and it is likely that he will be a fantasy football asset in 2019.
Devin Funchess 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook
Leaving Andrew Luck with flotsam at wide receiver was a disservice to the Colts star quarterback and to the massive amounts of cap space that the team had available. It is likely that the introduction of Devin Funchess will cut down the redzone target share of Eric Ebron and the total target share to the teams tight ends. Funchess has often profiled like a hybrid wide receiver/tight end in the sort of routes that he runs. That fits well with what Andrew Luck and the Colts offense did last season. In projecting Funchess for 2019, I have scaled back the projections for Ryan Grant, Dontrelle Inman, and Zach Pascal while giving Funchess a 17% target share. That 17% target share should make Funchess a borderline fantasy football WR3 with pretty significant touchdown upside as T.Y Hilton has never been a true redzone threat.
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