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Fantasy implications of Colts drafting WR Mike Strachan with No. 229 pick

The Indianapolis Colts drafted Charleston (WV) WR Mike Strachan with the 229th pick in the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

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Indianapolis Colts drafted former Charleston (WV) wide receiver Mike Strachan in 2021 NFL Draft. He joins a depth chart that includes T.Y. Hilton, Michael Pittman Jr., Zach Pascal, Parris Campbell, and Dezmon Patmon.

Strachan did not play this season because of on-going COVID-19 pandemic, but had a great 2019 season for Charleston (WV). The Division II All-American had 78 receptions for 1,319 yards and 19 touchdowns. With that type of production, its no wonder why the 6-foot-5 WR was on the radar of NFL teams. Strachan is a bigger wide receiver and knows how to use his height to make plays. However, he just isn’t a jump ball wideout as he can run good routes.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

Strachan is a long shot to make the roster as a seventh-round pick, especially with the Colts stacked at wide receiver. However, he would be the tallest wideout on the roster and could be a playmaker inside the red zone. We saw how Indianapolis use TE Mo Alie-Cox inside the redzone and put him in position to stretch the field and make plays. There aren’t many DBs who will be able to jump with Strachan in a one-on-one situation.

Long-term

With Hilton getting older, Pittman Jr. could be primed to be the Colts’ No. 1 wide receiver as soon as the 2022 season. Therefore, it could be an open competition for the No. 2 WR spot between Campbell, Pascal (if re-signed), and Strachan if he makes the team. He can make plays and showed at the D2 level that he can be a go-to guy. Maybe he becomes a WR3 in fantasy football down the road.