Reggie Wayne Fantasy News
Arians targeting 100 receptions, 10-15 TDs for Larry Ftzgerald
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:34pm
“It was a down year, and it’s nice to see him on a mission right now to get back to where he was, and rightfully so. He’s a premier player and we need to have him back up over 100 catches and 10-15 touchdowns.”
Under Arians, Colts WR Reggie Wayne finished 2012 with 106-1355-5, but Wayne was also helped by the arrival of QB Andrew Luck. Fitzgerald should also see an improvement in QB with Carson Palmer under center. Palmer is no savior, but he should provide at least mediocre play at QB which will be a big improvement from the three-headed monster of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. We're expecting a bounce-back season for Fitzy, who still is among the most-talented WRs in the NFL.
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Colts WR depth chart unclear
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:39am
It will be interesting to see how the Colts line up in two wide-receiver sets. This much is certain: Reggie Wayne starts. Somebody asked on Twitter if that could be stated as fact. Yes, it can. Wayne is still a Pro Bowl WR. You don’t sit him.
The early hunch is Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton will alternate at the other starting WR slot when they are in two-receiver sets. This is why the team has training camp and preseason games. Such roles sort themselves out.
“We feel good about acquiring a talented player in Darrius Heyward-Bey,” GM Ryan Grigson said in a team release. “He’s big, strong and shows toughness in traffic and after the catch. He’s got elite finishing speed that’s as good as there is in the NFL.”
We're expecting Hilton to emerge as the solid starter opposite Wayne with DHB coming in on three-receiver sets. Hilton showed too much promise in his rookie season to take a back seat to Heyward-Bey, though only time will tell.
Colts sign Darrius Heyward-Bey
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:28pm
The Colts have agreed to terms with ex-Raiders wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey, the team said Monday night. Owner Jim Irsay, who had made no secret that the club had zeroed in on a wideout, linked to the announcement on Twitter.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Heyward-Bey’s deal is for one year and as much as $3 million.
The 26-year-old Heyward-Bey caught 41 passes for 606 yards and five TDs for Oakland in 2012.
Heyward-Bey was very solid for the Raiders in 2011, catching 64 passes for 975 yards and four TDs. In fact, he averaged 84 yards in his last 11 games that season. His targets declined from 7.5 per game that year to 5.3 in 2012, which is the main reason he had a down season. (His FP/target actually increased from 1.08 in 2011 to 1.13 in 2012.) He is likely to fill the WR3 role behind Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, so his targets probably won't be consistent week to week. At just 26-years-old, the Colts could view him as a long-term solution at WR once Wayne retires.
Bruce Arians thinks Larry Fitzgerald can bounce back
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:08pm
Reggie Wayne, the Colts’ veteran, had statistics (75-960-4) in 2011 that mirrored what Larry Fitzgerald dealt with in 2012 (71-798-4). But when Bruce Arians came in to Indianapolis as offensive coordinator before the 2012 season, one of his goals was to make Wayne the impact player he had always been. Now that Arians is head coach of the Cardinals, he has the same plans for Fitz.
“As a receiver, you can’t hand it to them, you have to throw it to them,” Arians said. “They can double-cover him, and you don’t throw it to him if he is double-covered and someone else is single-covered. You’ve got to take what is there as a quarterback, but you do have to get him the ball because he is such a tremendous talent.
“When I first met with Reggie, Reggie had been on the left side for 10 years. The first day of spring I put him over there on the right, and he looked like he had palsy. I said, ‘It’ll come. You have to retrain your body here. Wait until I put you in the slot.’ There was buy-in.”
Now, Fitzgerald is ahead of the curve there. The Cardinals have been moving him around for a while now, just to get him open. Wayne’s resurgence not coincidentally benefited from the arrival of Andrew Luck at quarterback, and as of today, it doesn’t look like a Luck-type will end up behind center for the Cardinals this season. But Arians understands the ball must end up with Fitz more often than it did last season.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 9:19pm
"We're too young to rest," the veteran receiver said. "We probably need to put everybody out there and have them continue to play. I don't think we can afford (to rest).
"I can't speak for everybody, but I'm built to play."
While Wayne is set to play, that may not be what the team decides. The Colts are locked into the number-five seed in the AFC so there's a pretty good chance someone like Wayne may not see a full work day. We should know more as the week goes on.
Monday, September 10, 2012, 11:10am
On a Colt roster that is thin at wide receiver, and on a team that's trying to groom a promising young quarterback, WR Reggie Wayne has become something of a comforting blanket. When things break down, it's natural for quarterback Andrew Luck to look to him.
He provided that comfort during a 41-21 loss to the Chicago Bears, catching nine passes for 135 yards.
All offseason, the team had been lining Wayne up in different spots, trying to create mismatches and get him open for the young Luck. With the Colts likely playing from behind a lot this season, good numbers could be the norm for Wayne and is someone to at least consider playing in a flex role.
Saturday, August 25, 2012, 8:27pm
Colts WR Collie suffers possible concussion
Monday, August 20, 2012, 12:30pm
Colts WR Austin Collie’s situation makes you hope for the best while fearing something more ominous. He was whacked by Steelers’ cornerback Ike Taylor on a second-down pass from QB Andrew Luck. Collie wobbled to the sideline, then was taken to the locker room where he was evaluated for concussion symptoms.
In 2010, Collie suffered two concussions that ended his second season. He continues to tell me the only time he thinks about head trauma is when the media asks him about it, but Sunday only will fuel the fire and the concern over Collie’s long-term well being.
It’s doubtful we’ll see him the rest of the preseason.
Collie's concussion history is the real concern here, but from a fantasy perspective it could mean Donnie Avery, assuming he can get healthy, gets more time. It also would appear Reggie Wayne could see a lot more action as a go-to receiver. Avery is ranked 80th while Wayne is 34th on our WR chart. Wayne's ADP is the 9th round, but that could start to go up. LaVon Brazill and T.Y. Hilton could also be in the mix, and Brazill has already been working with the first team.
Monday, August 6, 2012, 9:07am
Wayne, in fact, is moving all around the formation. On passes over a congested middle where a linebacker or safety lurks, it's imperative the quarterback deliver on time to help minimize major collisions and turnovers, and maximize big-play opportunities.
Wayne is ranked 31st and Collie 48th on our WR list. Moving these guys around should help to create better matchups for rookie QB Andrew Luck, but the fantasy value of all three will pretty much depend on how Luck develops.
Saturday, August 4, 2012, 9:25am
While stationed in Indianapolis for the Colts’ training camp, ESPN.com’s John Clayton says not to be “modest” about QB Andrew Luck’s potential.
“As pass-catchers, the Colts should be better than anticipated, and Luck is as billed. He has the look of being the most complete quarterback talent to enter in the NFL in decades. He makes all the throws. He's mature beyond his years. He's the real deal. And the Colts have weapons. Peyton Manning entered the NFL in 1998 with Marshall Faulk at halfback, Marvin Harrison at receiver, Ken Dilger at tight end and Adam Meadows and Tarik Glenn at tackles. He threw for 3,739 yards in a season the Colts went 3-13. To give Luck dependable targets, the Colts retained Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie. Third-round selection T.Y. Hilton is in development. The surprise in camp is fifth-year veteran Donnie Avery, who could emerge as a deep threat.”
Monday, July 30, 2012, 8:55am
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was sharp Sunday, completing 27-of-32 passes with two interceptions (one on a deflection) in 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 work. There were few obvious errors, only one dropped pass.
Colts sign first round pick QB Andrew Luck
Thursday, July 19, 2012, 6:36pm
The Colts signed Luck, who was taken with the first overall pick in the April draft, to a four-year, $22.1 million contract, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The deal is fully guaranteed, with no offset language, a source told Schefter. According to the Indianapolis Star, the deal also includes a $14.5 million signing bonus.
The Colts hold an option for a fifth year, the Star said. Indianapolis' rookies report to training camp on Wednesday.
We have Luck ranked as a low-end QB2 option, but he's likely to get taken higher than that in your draft. As a rookie he's a risk, of course, and there are better options. He does have some interesting weapons as the team resigned WR Reggie Wayne and drafted college teammate, TE Coby Fleener. He's at least likely to be useful in certain matchups.
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 1:14pm
After flying back to Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday, QB Andrew Luck won't return to the Colts complex until June 8, the day after he finishes classes. League rules prohibit rookies from working out with their new teams until classes end, with the exception of one three-day mini-camp.
That doesn't mean Luck won't be working on something.
He's hoping to work out with receiver Austin Collie in California between now and June and has offered to travel to Miami so he can work with perennial Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne and rookie receiver T.Y. Hilton, a third-round pick. If Luck can make all those plans work, he thinks he'll be a lot more comfortable when he returns to Indy next month.
Source: Colts tell Andrew Luck that he'll be top pick
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 12:55pm
It's unclear precisely when the Colts informed Luck, but a league source said the team has known for weeks that Luck would be its pick. His style most closely resembles that of former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, and he is the player Indianapolis wants to rebuild around, the source said.
With much of the drama seemingly removed from the top two picks, the attention turns to what the Minnesota Vikings will do at No. 3. With multiple needs, they could consider moving down to assemble more picks, or they could start to fill those needs by selecting someone such as USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil to protect young quarterback Christian Ponder.
Luck is considered to be as close as a sure thing as there has been at his position in the last decade. He's tough, accurate and has a great grasp of the game. He finished 31-7 as a starter at Stanford. His arm strength is good, but not elite. He's not the athlete that RGIII is, but his 40-yard time (4.67) ranked 4th amongst the 14 QBs that ran at the combine, so he has the speed of a Sam Bradford (4.70) or Tim Tebow (4.72), and has proven capable of making plays outside the pocket. Fantasy-wise, Luck will be a factor immediately, especially if he picks up the pro game as quickly as expected. If he lands with the Colts, he'll have an experienced receiving corps that will feature Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie. Consider him a low-end QB2 with upside, but remember rookie QBs are risky fantasy picks.