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Colts Being Disrespected by 2020 NFL Season Win Total Despite Key Offseason Additions

David Kaestle
T.Y. Hilton will be the Colts top receiver once again in 2020.
T.Y. Hilton will be the Colts top receiver once again in 2020. / Rob Leiter/Getty Images
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The Indianapolis Colts ended 2019 with a disappointing 7-9 record. However, when you consider their franchise quarterback Andrew Luck suddenly retired just a few weeks before the regular season kicked off, things have been a lot worse.

Jacoby Brissett stepped in and performed admirably under the circumstances, but not well enough to keep his job. The Colts decided to sign Philip Rivers to be their new starting quarterback, for at least next season. With the addition of Rivers and others, Indy should feel disrespected by their projected 2020 win total, which FanDuel Sportsbook has set at an over/under of 8.5.

On top of adding Rivers, the Colts also made a blockbuster trade with the San Francisco 49ers for star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. Adding to the emphasis on defensive line, the Colts also signed defensive tackle Sheldon Day, who with Buckner will give Indy a formidable interior line.

The addition of Xavier Rhodes may not pan out well, but he does bring veteran experience to a very young group of cornerbacks, which should bring value in itself.

Additionally, looking at the Colts division, both the Jaguars and the Texans saw their rosters get worse on paper this offseason, and their win totals show it, with Jacksonville's total set at a league-low 5 wins and Houston sitting at 7.5, a full win below the Colts.

When you pair all of that with the addition of Rivers at quarterback, it's hard to think this team isn't 1.5 wins better than they were in 2019.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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