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About Taylor Maxston - RotoBaller

Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, I have been fortunate enough to have played, coached, and analyzed football while learning from some of the most influential people in my life along the way. Those experiences have inspired a passion for fantasy football that I hope to share with readers and other content creators!

Taylor Maxston - RotoBaller has written 633 articles so far, you can find them below.


Colts GM Admits Andrew Luck’s Week 1 Status is Uncertain

In an interview on NFL Network, Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard told reporter Tom Pelissero that it’s still to be determined if quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) would be ready to start Week 1. Among all the conflicting messages surrounding Luck’s status, this is the first time that someone within the Colts organization has openly... Read More

2 years ago

Donte Moncrief Makes His Return to Practice

After taking some time away from training camp to nurse an AC sprain in his shoulder, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief made his return to practice on Wednesday, per team beat writer George Bremer. Wednesday was as good a day as any for Moncrief’s return, as the Colts were working in helmets and shorts... Read More

2 years ago

Still No Timetable to Return for Andrew Luck

In answering questions about injury concerns surrounding Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder), head coach Chuck Pagano stated “we are where we are with that… there’s no timeline,” per ESPN staff writer Mike Wells. “When [the trainers] say he’s healthy and ready to go, we’ll get him out there,” Pagano added. It’s not surprising that... Read More

2 years ago

Robert Turbin Shining in Camp, Should Have Expanded Role

Zak Keefer of the Indy Star reports that despite not being mentioned very much, Indianapolis Colts running back Robert Turbin has “been terrific this camp” and “has to have an expanded role this season.” All the buzz about Turbin this offseason has been positive, starting from the hefty praise offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski gave for... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Luck’s Week 1 Status Becoming More Questionable

In an appearance on Jeff Ratcliffe’s Sirius XM fantasy show, ESPN NFL insider Adam Shefter echoed concerns over Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s (shoulder) ability to start in Week 1, saying that there is a “chance he isn’t ready to open the season.” Various sources have already expressed fears that Luck wouldn’t be at the... Read More

2 years ago


C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE, HOU) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

By virtue of the position they play, the value of tight ends in fantasy football is often downplayed. Some of them can get similar target shares to top wide receivers (see the Travis Kelces and Kyle Rudolphs of the world), yet the production for most fantasy tight ends is largely predicated on two things: their... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Luck Doing On-Field Rehab Drills with Teammates

Zak Keefer of the Indy Star reports that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) suited up in a red non-contact jersey for the team’s open practice on August 5 and participated in a team stretch/rehab session with other injured players. This is the first time Luck has done so since undergoing offseason surgery on his... Read More

2 years ago

Donte Moncrief Misses Second Straight Practice

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief (shoulder) was among several injured players who sat out the team's open practice on Saturday evening, Zak Keefer of the Indy Star reports. This was more of a precautionary measure, as Moncrief suffered an AC sprain in his shoulder during training camp on August 3 after landing awkwardly while... Read More

2 years ago

Marlon Mack Turning Heads at Camp

ESPN staff writer Mike Wells stated in a training camp report on Indianapolis Colts rookies that running back Marlon Mack “is making sure he’s not a forgotten player in the team’s draft class.” He also earned praise from head coach Chuck Pagano, who said, “[Mack]’s a talented guy… he’s going to be a special player.”... Read More

2 years ago

Phillip Dorsett Looking Strong on Downfield Catches

In reflecting on Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Phillip Dorsett’s performance in training camp so far, Zak Keefer of the Indy Star reports that he has “looked really strong” with “lots of downfield completions.” Unfortunately, the competition for the No. 3 wide receiver role in the Colts offense will not be producing a relevant fantasy asset... Read More

2 years ago


Donte Moncrief Suffers Mild AC Sprain in Shoulder

After falling awkwardly during one-on-one drills Thursday, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief is reportedly dealing with a mild AC sprain in his shoulder, per Kevin Bowen of Colts.com. His injury is being considered day-to-day. Although Moncrief hadn’t missed a single game through his first two NFL seasons, he had to deal with nagging shoulder... Read More

2 years ago

Erik Swoope Making Plays on Day 4 of Camp; Possible Deep Sleeper?

Zak Keefer of the Indy Star called Indianapolis Colts tight end Erik Swoope “a guy with a huge ceiling” after watching him make an exceptional back-shoulder touchdown catch on Day 4 of training camp. “He’s approaching [this year] with a little more accountability,” Keefer said, “they’re going to need him.” While No. 1 tight end Jack... Read More

2 years ago

Colts Confident in Current Quarterback Group

When asked about whether he would like to have a veteran quarterback in training camp, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski stated that he "feels good about what they've got," per Zak Keefer of the Indy Star. Chudzinski appears to have at least some faith in second-string quarterback Scott Tolzien's ability to run the offense,... Read More

2 years ago

Kamar Aiken Having an Unimpressive Camp

In discussing the performances of Indianapolis Colts wide receivers during training camp, team reporter Stephen Holder described offseason acquisition Kamar Aiken as a player who he is “still waiting to flash” and hasn’t “seen much of anything from." Aiken was signed by the Colts in the 2017 offseason with the expectation that he would compete... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Luck Expected to Come Off PUP Before Regular Season

Contrary to a previous report, Indianapolis Colts beat writer George Banner has reportedly been told by the team that quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) is expected to come off of the Physically Unable to Perform list before the regular season begins, much like what general manager Chris Ballard had stated last week. The roller coaster news around... Read More

2 years ago


Andrew Luck Could Open Regular Season on PUP

In an article discussing how Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) has remained sidelined during training camp, CBS Sports NFL columnist Jason La Canfora stated that he has “heard plenty of rumblings about [Luck] starting the year on the Physically Unable to Perform list” as the team emphasizes “the process” with his injury. Luck would... Read More

2 years ago

Boom or Bust - Quarterback Projections for 2017

Ahhh… the question of when to draft a quarterback in fantasy football… a dilemma as old as time itself. Is it better to take a stud quarterback early on or to take your chances with depth at the position later? If you find yourself agreeing with the second option, you aren’t alone. It seems that... Read More

2 years ago

Donte Moncrief “Owns the Day” at Colts Training Camp

In recapping the events of Day 2 of Indianapolis Colts minicamp, Indy Star reporter Stephen Holder called wide receiver Donte Moncrief “the best player on the field” after observing him score three touchdowns in various parts of practice and show reliable hands on tough catches. After his sensational practice, Moncrief told reporters that “this year, being... Read More

2 years ago

Chester Rogers Occupying No. 3 Receiver Spot for Colts

For the second straight day of Indianapolis Colts training camp, second-year wide receiver Chester Rogers has been filling the No. 3 receiver spot on the first-team offense, per Zak Keefer of the Indy Star. Rogers has been on the rise ever since the start of training camp, drawing rave reviews from the team and reporters. A... Read More

2 years ago

Frank Gore Dealing With Ankle Injury

Zak Keefer of the Indy Star has reported that the Indianapolis Colts are currently monitoring an ankle issue with starting running back Frank Gore, who is still practicing but having his workload scaled back as a precautionary measure. It’s not surprising to hear that age might be catching up to Gore, as he has averaged... Read More

2 years ago


TY Hilton Aiming for Double-Digit Touchdowns in 2017

In an interview with NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver TY Hilton stated that his personal goal for 2017 is to “get double-digit touchdowns.” Although Hilton also made a point of saying he could eclipse last season's league-leading 1,448 receiving yards, the thought of more touchdowns to accompany the yardage is extremely... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Luck Will Not Commit To Week 1 Availability

When asked about the timeline for his return from injury during a question period at Indianapolis Colts training camp, quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) said that he is not ready to commit to playing in the regular season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, per Dakota Crawford of the Indy Star. "It's hard for me to... Read More

2 years ago

“No Reason to Freak Out” About Andrew Luck’s Shoulder

In responding to a question from Indy Star reporter Gregg Doyel about how his rehabilitation process from offseason surgery is going, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) told the media that there is “no reason to freak out” and that he will be “better coming out of it.” More assurance from Luck that his recovery... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Luck Throwing; Opens Training Camp on Physically Unable to Perform List

Although Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) has started his offseason throwing program, he will open training camp on the preseason Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, according to Colts.com writer Kevin Bowen. Amid questions about Luck’s progress in rehabbing from offseason surgery, general manager Chris Ballard made it clear that “Andrew [Luck] has not... Read More

2 years ago

Ameer Abdullah (RB, DET) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

When it comes to fantasy football, the decision to draft a player is often heavily influenced by a ‘what have you done for me lately’ bias. Owners often place a greater stock in the most recent successes or failures of players than they do the much larger picture. Consider Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker,... Read More

2 years ago


2017 Player vs. Player - Jordy Nelson vs. Michael Thomas

Fantasy football draft season is upon us and RotoBaller is here to help! In this series, two RotoBaller experts will discuss the merits of two players with similar value and average draft position (ADP). Remember that situations will change for all players over the course of the summer and it may impact where they are... Read More

2 years ago

Chris Conley (WR, KC) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

As you are nearing the back-end of your draft, it becomes time to take fliers on players with uncertainty surrounding how productive they will be. Properly using your late round picks involves accepting the fact that even though the player you are selecting could develop into a serviceable fill-in or even a starter, it is... Read More

2 years ago

Which 2017 Rookie Tight End Should Be #1 On Your Draft Board?

The rookie tight end class heading into this year’s draft was one of the deepest since 2010 when Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, and Dennis Pitta entered the league. Only one tight end was drafted in the first round that year, namely Oklahoma Sooner Jermaine Gresham, compared to 2017 where three tight ends were drafted in... Read More

2 years ago

Fantasy Spin - Eric Decker to the Titans

After playing three seasons with Gang Green, veteran wide receiver Eric Decker was released on June 12 by the New York Jets in what has been an offseason of cleaning house for general manager Mike Maccagnan. Despite a rather unproductive 2016 season where he played only three games due to a partially torn rotator cuff,... Read More

2 years ago

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