Opening day for the Colts and 26 other teams is just five days away. It sounds like Indianapolis' offense is coming together at just the right time.
Head coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that running back Ahmad Bradshaw will play in this weekend's game against the Raiders after not playing at all during the preseason to rest his surgically repaired feet. Pagano said he doesn't know how many carries Bradshaw will handle but that he does have a "number of plays" in mind for him.
Tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener appear to be following in Bradshaw's footsteps. Both players practiced Monday after missing time recently. Allen didn't play in any preseason games due to a foot injury, and Fleener suffered a mild knee sprain about two weeks ago.
"Who to start" questions are always tough to answer in Week 1 because we have no new-season data, and defenses change from year to year. But I'm pretty confident that the Raiders' defense is still hot garbage. Starting Bradshaw takes some faith because he may be worked back in slowly as Vick Ballard takes on the majority of the work. But I consider Bradshaw a solid flex play since I think he will get 15 touches. That should be enough for him against the Raiders to turn in a nice fantasy line.
Conversely, I would try to stay away from Allen and Fleener. There are many more dependable tight ends out there; you don't need to take a chance on a tight end with a teammate who caps his value. I'd rather have Allen, but I think both are clearly in the TE2 range.