Reggie Wayne Fantasy News

Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:41pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (ACL) on his return to practice:

"When you're out here and you're thinking and worrying — what if this and what if that? — that's when you get hurt," he said. "If you just come out here and do the things you've been doing ... everything's normal. That's how I felt today.

"Not one thing bothered me today. Not one time I went out there and I worried about my knee."

Fantasy Impact:

Wayne was the #19 WR in standard formats and the #17 WR in PPR through the first seven weeks prior to tearing his ACL. He's 35 and coming off of a major knee injury. He’s expected to play Week 1, but it's hard to envision him returning to his usual form in time for the 2014 season. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

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Reggie Wayne (ACL) cleared for camp
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:50am

Kevin Bowen, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts WR Reggie Wayne says he has been cleared.

Fantasy Impact:

Wayne was the #19 WR in standard formats and the #17 WR in PPR through the first seven weeks prior to tearing his ACL. He's 35 and coming off of a major knee injury. He has been cleared to play, but it's hard to envision him returning to his usual form in time for the 2014 season. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 5:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The addition of Colts WR Hakeem Nicks not only will be a plus for quarterback Andrew Luck, but his presence on the field will have a significant impact for T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne and the team’s tight ends. Hilton and Nicks can stretch the field on the outside, which in turn will open up the middle of the field for Wayne and the tight ends. What also can’t be discounted is that Nicks’ presence helps ease things for Wayne, who is coming off a torn ACL. Wayne doesn’t have to feel like he needs to dominate a game because he has Nicks, Hilton and the tight ends to help him out.

Fantasy Impact:

We're not crazy about the 35-year-old Wayne coming off of ACL surgery, and the arrival of Nicks will allow the team to ease Wayne in if he shows signs that he's not 100 percent ready to go.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:56pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

With the Colts Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks in the fold, it allows for T.Y. Hilton to move all over the offensive formations and ideally line up in advantageous situations.

Hilton’s 10 100-yard receiving games after two NFL seasons are tied for the second most in league history.

Fantasy Impact:

The big question is will Wayne be ready for the opener, which would be just over nine months removed from a torn ACL. All indications are he will be, but will the Colts ease him back in? Either way, at some point all three should be on the field increasing the fantasy value of QB Andrew Luck. We have Hilton ranked 22nd on our WR list, which is highest among the Colts. Even with Wayne on the field, Hilton could still see a ton of targets. However, we admit Hilton could be limited in two tight end sets. There are going to be a lot of mouths to feed in the Colts offense...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:43pm

Indianapolis Colts - [Full Article]

In the midst of minicamp, Colts QB Andrew Luck is impressed by the “smooth” Donte Moncrief and believes the newest Colts receiver will “do big things.”

Physically, at 6-2 and 221 pounds, Moncrief also fits the mold the Colts were looking for at receiver.

“Donte is a big target. We needed to get bigger, too. We needed to get taller.” wide receivers coach Charlie Williams says.

“He runs good routes and he catches the ball, that’s the key. That’s the key.”

Fantasy Impact:

Moncrief probably won't have much of an opportunity as a rookie if Reggie Wayne (ACL) is fully healthy, but the Colts are preparing for life after Wayne.

Reggie Wayne won't return until training camp
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:43pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Colts WR Reggie Wayne said he’s been cleared for football-related activities, but he won't return until training camp.

“He was ready to run in there at the end of that team drill. Looks great,” HC Chuck Pagano said. “We’re going to have to have plenty of security around so he doesn’t sneak out here in pads come training camp time and get in there too soon.

“We all know what Reggie’s made of and how he’s wired and what his DNA is. He’s champing at the bit to get back out there.”

Fantasy Impact:

Wayne was the #19 WR in standard formats and the #17 WR in PPR through the first seven weeks prior to tearing his ACL. He's 35 and coming off of a major knee injury. He may be able to play, but it's hard to envision him returning to his usual form in time for the 2014 season. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:22pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

With Reggie Wayne still rehabbing and T.Y. Hilton sitting out the first part of OTAs, Hakeem Nicks has gotten an extended run with the Colts first unit.

Fantasy Impact:

Whenever a receiver changes teams, developing a rapport with his new quarterback is key. While we're not loving Nicks's move to Indianapolis, there is some upside here, especially if Reggie Wayne isn't 100 percent by the time the season starts.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:20pm

Stephen Holder, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton was out last week with an undisclosed injury, but back today. Just made nice catch on deep route.

Fantasy Impact:

Prior to Reggie Wayne’s injury, Hilton played 63.1% of his team’s snaps. After Wayne tore his ACL, that number rose to 76.9%. With Wayne coming off of a serious injury, Hilton will be (or at least he should be) the primary target in the passing game in 2014. With Wayne sidelined, Hilton averaged 6.5-91-.45 over the final 11 games, including the playoffs. That equates to 11.8 fantasy points per game, or fringe WR1 numbers. The arrival of Hakeem Nicks and the return of Dwayne Allen (potentially leading to more two-TE sets with Coby Fleener) may limit Hilton's upside.

Reggie Wayne (ACL) running on the side at OTAs
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 11:51am

Colts.com - [Full Article]

Reggie Wayne is barely six months removed from ACL surgery, yet yesterday’s progress (running along the side) was another step in the right direction for the 14-year veteran trying to make a comeback in 2014.

Fantasy Impact:

Wayne tore his ACL in late October, so he'll be 10 months removed from the surgery by the time the season starts in September. We're not optimistic that the 35 year-old Wayne is going to look like his old self anytime soon. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

T.Y. Hilton (foot) missing OTAs
Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:51pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is missing OTAs with a foot injury.

Fantasy Impact:

The severity/nature of the injury is unknown, but it's something to monitor as the offseason wears on. Prior to Reggie Wayne’s injury, Hilton played 63.1% of his team’s snaps. After Wayne tore his ACL, that number rose to 76.9%. With Wayne coming off of a serious injury, Hilton will be (or at least he should be) the primary target in the passing game in 2014. With Wayne sidelined, Hilton averaged 6.5-91-.45 over the final 11 games, including the playoffs. That equates to 11.8 fantasy points per game, or fringe WR1 numbers. The arrival of Hakeem Nicks and the return of Dwayne Allen (potentially leading to more two-TE sets with Coby Fleener) may limit Hilton's upside.

Friday, May 30, 2014, 9:59am

Colts.com - [Full Article]

The Colts' third-round draft selection of Donte Moncrief was a move that added a young, physical talent to a receiving corps bursting with promise.

At 6-2, 224, Moncrief has the biggest stature of any Indianapolis receiver, and Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze feels his addition will reap dividends.

“(His) size, speed-ratio for a kid who’s of that size and strength,” said Freeze on why Indianapolis would have him so high on its draft board.

“He’s a phenomenal run blocker, as good as I’ve ever seen in that regard. He needs to be more consistent in route precision, but he can stretch the field vertically. He absolutely can. For a kid that size, it’s a pretty rare find.”

Fantasy Impact:

At the very least, Moncrief is buried behind Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks, but if he can learn to channel his world class speed, he may get on the field sooner than people think.

Hamilton: Colts to be a 'score-first' team
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 10:49am

ESPN - [Full Article]

New season, new mind frame from Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

"We’re going to be a score-first team," Hamilton said. "We’re going to do whatever we need to do to score one more point than our opponent."

Don’t kid yourself; Hamilton isn’t going to allow Andrew Luck drop back in the pocket and fling the ball downfield – even if he does have plenty of weapons at his disposal – 50 times per game. The Colts will still run the ball, which is why they have three backs they think will be able to carry the load.

But like Hamilton said, it’s all about scoring more points than the opponent and that will likely end up being with Luck doing what he does best: Using his arm.

The Colts threw the ball 582 times and ran it 409 times last season.

"Our mentality has not changed; we have to be physical at the point of attack. We have to try and knock people off the ball and wear them down physically," Hamilton said. "We have to have a sense of balance and still have a physical mentality, make up going into games so we can wear our opponents down how we see fit."

Fantasy Impact:

Luck has finished #8 and #6 in his first two seasons in the league and is locked in as a solid QB1 pick in 2014 fantasy drafts. He is currently the #4 QB off the board in the 4th round. The Colts wanted to utilize a run-first mentality in 2013, and ended up throwing the ball 58.7% of the time, which was in the middle of the pack as far as pass/run balance goes. With the addition of Hakeem Nicks and the return of both Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen, we would expect Hamilton to utilize the passing game more often in 2014.

Reggie Wayne unlikely to participate at minicamp
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 10:44am

Mike Wells, Twitter - [Full Article]

All indications point to Colts WR Reggie Wayne still making good progress from his torn ACL. He’s taking part in football activities again, but he likely won’t participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp next month. The Colts will likely wait until training camp before Wayne goes all out on the field.

Fantasy Impact:

His progress will have a big impact on the team's pecking order at WR, though we expect T.Y. Hilton to continue to build on two good productive seasons in the league. Hakeem Nicks is also in the mix.

Reggie Wayne 'way ahead of schedule' in ACL recovery
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:19pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is on the fast track in his return from October surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Appearing on WNDE-AM in Indianapolis, Wayne said Tuesday that he expects to be cleared for football activities on April 25.

That date would put Wayne back on the practice field six months after suffering the injury.

"I'm way ahead of schedule," Wayne added. "I feel great."

Fantasy Impact:

It's good news for Wayne and his owners, though it remains to be seen if the 35 year-old lost another step due to the injury. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:18am

SI - [Full Article]

Perhaps whatever incentives are in Hakeem Nicks's contract will do their job and remind him to put forth more effort than he did when the Giants needed him so badly in 2013. Perhaps what happened with Nicks in 2013 had more to do with the overall collapse of the Giants' offense, and the pass-happy Colts and Andrew Luck will pump his numbers back up and he'll get his big deal next year, when the salary cap is expected to rise significantly again.

Perhaps the one-year deal is merely a stepping stone to a longer deal, and if the Colts like him he could continue talks and sign an extension during the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Nicks has failed to score a TD in 17 straight games and his knees are a concern. Still, it's a low-risk move for the Colts, who are likely trying to look for a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne (torn ACL). The signing puts a small dent in T.Y. Hilton's upside, while Wayne's stock takes a bigger hit. As for Nicks, he has finished outside of the top 50 at his position for two straight seasons, but he's still just 26 years old and still has time to turn his career around, assuming he's fully healthy. His ADP in early drafts is in the 9th round and it might rise a bit with this change of scenery.