Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
School: Miami (Fla.)
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
Reggie Wayne was supposed to be done for, stick a fork in ’em. Well, not so much. Even without Peyton Manning and with a rookie quarterback, Wayne made his way back onto the highlight reel and re-established himself as one of the leagues’ premier receivers. He hauled in a whopping 106 catches for 1355 yards and 5 touchdowns. Andrew Luck is going to be a year older and wiser in 2013, but hopefully Wayne isn’t older and slower.
After seeing him have another monster season, it would be hard to believe that Wayne is going to significantly regress in 2013, especially when they’re really without a proven player to be the next top option in the aerial attack. However, Wayne is 34 years of age, which is especially troubling when you look at how he performed down the stretch. Older players tend to struggle keeping the level of play up when you get deep into the season and Wayne showed that down the stretch. In his last five games, he had 22 catches for 250 yards. Four out his last five games also ended up being his lowest yardage totals among last year as well.
Even though Wayne appears to be beginning to break down, he still needs to be viewed as a solid WR2, partly because they don’t have a bonafide second option to come in behind him and steal his catches. Even when he struggled down the stretch last year, Luck was still force feeding him the ball. That should remain to be the case this year.