Colts receivers provide valuable depth
September 25, 2012 @ 12:08:32 PDT
The Indianapolis Colts won't make the playoffs this year, but that doesn't mean they can't be of help to your fantasy football squad. They're 1-2 now after a close loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but No. 1 pick Andrew Luck has looked polished in the early going of his rookie voyage, tossing for 300-plus yards in two of his first three games.
One of those 300-plus yard efforts came against a respectable Chicago Bears defense, too. Be happy if you own Luck as your backup; he will put up some solid numbers in the right matchups this year. Be ecstatic if you were fortunate enough to grab him in your keeper league. This kid will be great in the long run.
As we've already witnessed, the Colts' D is vulnerable and will give up points to the opposition at will this year, forcing Luck to throw early and often. It should come as no surprise then that Reggie Wayne has a league-high 40 targets after three weeks. He's caught 23 of those looks for 294 yards and one touchdown. Wayne will be a nice second or third receiver for you all year.
Austin Collie's injury-plagued career took another hit when the team pronounced him out for the season with a ruptured patella tendon. He'll need surgery. At least his head is alright, but you gotta feel for the guy.
Who'll benefit? Well, Wayne will continue to, and if you haven't heard his name already or wrote him off as dead after his mildly productive two seasons with the St. Louis Rams, Donnie Avery is a must own for receiver depth. He's been targeted 27 times by Luck, good enough to be tied for 15th in the NFL with the likes of Roddy White and Vincent Jackson through Week 3.
My rookie deep sleeper pick T.Y. Hilton, who caught four passes for 113 yards and a score in the loss to the Jags, will be more involved as well. Don't forget about LaVon Brazill and Marlon Moore, either, if you're scrounging in, say, a 15-team league.
Another wideout to target if you're looking to build depth is Jerome Simpson of the Minnesota Vikings. Simpson is a pretty good athlete. If you forgot, refresh your memory by watching his incredible TD leap in Week 17 last year. He's finished off his three-game suspension and will enter an offense that looked surprisingly efficient against the mighty San Francisco 49ers last week.
Christian Ponder has grown leaps and bounds since 2011, and Adrian Peterson looks great - nothing to fear there regarding his offseason knee surgery. This offense could continue to surprise, and Simpson will give Ponder the deep threat they've been lacking.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program. Follow @keithdez27
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