Fantasy Football Profile: Reggie Wayne
Reggie Wayne had a “down year” with just 82 receptions for 1145 yards and 6 TDs. After averaging 1271.3 yards and 9 TDs the past four years and 1410 yards and 9.5 TDs the past two years, the 2008 numbers were a bit of a letdown. I fully expect him to bounce back in a big way, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Wayne was the top scoring WR this year. The Colts run a timing based offense, and with Manning missing so much time in the preseason it was like he and Wayne never got off on the right foot. Knowing how intense and dedicated Peyton is, I am confident they will be on the same page from the jump. The addition of Donald Brown in the running game should make Indy a more balanced attack on offense. That’s when Manning and Wayne are the most dangerous.
The fear of the Colts running away with the division and sitting their key players in the fantasy playoffs no longer remains. Tennessee should remain a contender despite Albert Hayneworth’s departure, Houston should continue to push towards a playoff spot, and Jacksonville should be improved. Wayne will get snatched up in the second round in most fantasy drafts. He’s a perfect choice if you have a pick late in the first round to pair with Fitz or Andre Johnson, especially in PPR leagues. I’m predicting 1400 yards and 10 TDs from Wayne, production you’ll have a hard time finding from a RB in the slot Wayne is going.