Perhaps it is to early, but Indianapolis Colts WR , Reggie Wayne , has given me hope that he’s getting back to being a fantasy darling.
It is well documented that Wayne’s contributions were hindered in game-time and fantasy situations last season.
This is obviously because the Colts had lost QB Peyton Manning for the season. Therefore, Wayne, and the other core of receivers, suffered due to the play of Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky.
Many have suggested that Wayne has lost a step, and that might be true. But let’s remember, all any great wide receiver needs is a quarterback who can get him the football.
After what was a lost season for Wayne, he accumulated 960 receiving yards – not bad considering what he had to work with – and just four touchdowns.
With new franchise signal-caller, Andrew Luck , behind center, Wayne will become a more consistent playmaker in the end zone.
The chemistry is already visible. Last week, against the Chicago Bears, Wayne was targeted a whopping 18 times. He caught nine passes for 135 yards. That’s 13 points in ESPN standard scoring – not to mention, he didn’t even score a touchdown.
Wayne, and the Colts, will be squaring off, at home, against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon.
The Vikings secondary allowed Blaine Gabbert to play his best game as an NFL starting quarterback, last Sunday. The Jacksonville Jaguar receivers caught two touchdown passes, and the receiving yardage was spreaded out evenly.
Wayne is better than any of the Jaguar receivers - no disrespect to Justin Blackmon. If they can find the end zone, why wouldn’t he be able to?
Wayne has already established himself as the go-to guy for Luck. Usually tight ends are the security blanket for a young QB, but he is proving otherwise.
Start him while you still can.