There were many injuries in Week 7 that will greatly impact fantasy football rosters in every format. None of these injuries compare to the hit that Reggie Wayne owners will fill for the rest of the season. On Monday, it was confirmed that the Indianapolis Colts‘ Pro Bowl receiver suffered a torn ACL. This injury will end Wayne’s season, and possibly his career.
For Wayne owners, this hit will be a tough one to take. You will obviously be trying to fill the roster spot owned by Wayne. If you are looking for a receiver that should have their numbers skyrocket because of this injury, it is former first-round draft pick, Darrius Heyward-Bey.
The Colts picked up Bey in the offseason to be a third receiver on their team with a lot of potential, but has never lived up to the hype that was once surrounded him. Now with Wayne out, Colts fans and anyone who adds Heyward-Bey this week are looking to see if that potential finally shines through.
Heyward-Bey did score a touchdown on Sunday night, and it makes many people believe that he can have some value in this Colts’ offense. I also believe he will have great upside in this offense. Just take these factors into consideration. First, Heyward-Bey will not be the focal point of the passing game. That title will belong to T.Y. Hilton. That means Heyward-Bey will see more one-on-one type coverages and should put up nice numbers because of it.
Also, the Colts will look to run the ball more with Trent Richardson and Donald Brown. So far this season, the Colts have not exactly had the best ground game. Someone has to catch the football for these Colts. Let’s just hope he does not get the case of the drops as he is known to get from time to time.
When Heyward-Bey was playing for the Oakland Raiders, teams were covering him with their no. 1 defensive backs. In Indianapolis, Hilton will get the best guy from the opposing team, leaving Heyward-Bey in line to get some seriously good looks from quarterback Andrew Luck.
If you need somebody to replace Wayne on your fantasy team, look no further than Heyward-Bey. Hopefully, this former first-round draft pick can finally live up to his potential for the Colts as well as for your fantasy team.