Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Football Starters And Benchwarmers: Week Two

CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 09: Andrew Luck #12 and Donnie Avery #11 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrate after Luck's first touchdown pass against the Chicago Bears on September 9, 2012 during their 2012 NFL season opener at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bears defeated the Indianapolis Colts 41-21. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Every week, we shall post which Colts players you should or shouldn't play as you serve your completely unhealthy addiction to fantasy football. Here's our Week Two players to start or sit.


Donnie Avery, WR

With Austin Collie downgraded to "doubtful" Friday after not practicing all week, it looks as if Avery will work as the slot receiver for coordinator Bruce Arians and the Colts offense. Last week, Avery caught Andrew Luck's only touchdown pass of the afternoon against the Bears. 3 catches for 37 yards and one TD aren't great numbers, but they are a good indicator of how Luck is warming up to Avery. Also, keep in mind Luck was facing a tough Bears defense in Chicago. This Sunday, the Colts host the Vikings. Look for Avery to get more catches.

Reggie Wayne, WR

Wayne is a receiver you should start pretty much every week. He is Luck's trusted security blanket, and for good reason. He snatches nearly everything Luck tosses in his direction. Wayne had 9 grabs for 135 yards but no touchdowns. The lack of touchdowns wasn't because Luck stopped looking at Wayne in the redzone. Luck will continue to target Wayne all year, and the numbers No. 87 could put up consistently make him a "must start" player for many fantasy owners.


Austin Collie, WR

Once again, it looks like Collie will be a scratch. He was "cleared" to play by doctors, according to head coach Chuck Pagano, earlier in the week. However, despite the clearance, Collie never practiced [wrote this before remembering Collie practiced on Wednesday this week]. Until you see the words "full participation" next to Collie's name on the injury report consistently, keep him on the bench.

Colts Defense

Dwight Freeney is listed as out for Sunday. Last week, the defense looked very good with Freeney on the field. The moment he left, the defense unraveled. Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, and Matt Forte had a field day, and even Alshon Jeffery and Michael Bush got into the action as well. Vontae Davis and Jerraud Powers have looked awful so far in the secondary, and Justin King is close to being a disaster. Outside Robert Mathis, the Colts have no consistent pass rush. Christian Ponder could have a career day if the defense plays like they did last week.

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