There were a lot of devastating injuries last season, and fantasy football owners were greatly affected. Whether it was a top-10 running back or WR3, it hurts the team. One player on track to return better than before and has great sleeper value is Indianapolis Colts veteran receiver Reggie Wayne.
Wayne played in the first seven weeks of the season before suffering an ACL injury. In those seven weeks, Wayne caught 38 passes for 503 yards and two touchdowns. He was on pace for 86 catches for 1,150 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Andrew Luck relied heavily on Wayne as teammate T.Y. Hilton was still getting accustomed to the NFL-style of play.
In Wayne’s absence, Hilton exploded as Luck’s No. 1 receiver. Wayne will come back as the Colts No. 1 wide out and be used as a veteran security blanket.
With how deep the wide receiver position is this year, especially in PPR leagues, Wayne has fallen in rankings and drafts. His current ADP is 92.2, being drafted in the 10th round. He is ranked by ESPN as WR28, making him a WR3 in standard leagues.
As a result of the ACL injury, most fantasy owners will ignore Wayne in favor of a younger, healthier wide receiver. Wayne is healthy and has been running all of his routes in training camp. Despite turning 36 in November, Wayne still has a lot left in the tank.
I project Wayne to have 82 receptions for 1,009 yards and six touchdowns. Wayne has scored double-digit touchdowns only three times in his career, so it will be unlikely he will do it this season. He will be targeted early and often by Luck and will benefit in PPR leagues.
If you are looking for wide receiver depth in the later rounds, don’t be afraid to select Wayne as your third or fourth receiver.