Draft Zone: 20th Ranked Wide Receiver – Colts Reggie Wayne

Production expected to dip for Reggie Wayne in 2013

Production expected to dip for Reggie Wayne in 2013

Indianapolis Colts Reggie Wayne is the 20th ranked wide receiver in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 54, he’s likely to be taken sometime in the sixth round of most fantasy drafts.

Wayne hauled in 106 receptions for 1,355 yards and scored 5 touchdowns in 2012.  He was the 15th highest scoring wide receiver in standard fantasy leagues last season, and was a force in PPR leagues as he finished 6th in the NFL in receptions.

Last season, Wayne finished 2nd in the NFL in targets with 194. Quarterback Andrew Luck attempted to get Wayne the ball at every possible opportunity. Unfortunately, that may not still be the case this season.

This year Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener will reunite with former Stanford offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton, in Indianapolis. Fleener was one of Luck’s favorite targets at Stanford, so expect Hamilton to try to reinforce this connection once again.

With wide receiver T.Y. Hilton emerging last season and showing the Colts that he can make big plays, the team might try to get the ball in his hands more often. The Colts also acquired another solid wide out in Darrius Heyward-Bey in the offseason, giving another reason for Luck to spread the ball around.

As the Colts attempt to get the ball to Fleener, Hilton, Heyward-Bey and others, this could very well eat into Wayne’s targets. Less targets will mean less yards and receptions for the veteran receiver. He will still line up as the Colts number one receiving option, but he’s not going to put up such great numbers.

Though Wayne will turn 38 years old this season, he’s still a talented wide receiver who can get it done. He has played in every Colts game since 2002, and is not much of an injury risk. Though he’s no longer a number 1 receiver in fantasy, Wayne can be a solid number 2 or a safe flex option this season.

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