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Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Football Keepers: Week One

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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 One players to start or sit.


Reggie Wayne, WR

Austin Collie doesn't seem likely to play, and if he does, his effectiveness will be limited. He's coming off his fourth concussion in two years, and is wearing yet another helmet to (hopefully) protect his noddle. This means Andrew Luck will likely target Wayne as his security blanket. Though their preseason chemistry wasn't great, Luck needs Wayne if the offense is going to score in the redzone. Wayne has reduced speed, but he is still a deadly route runner and an excellent receiver on fade routes towards the back corner of the endzone.


Donald Brown, RB

Last year, the Bears had the No. 5 rushing defense in football. However, they still allowed certain runningbacks to score solid fantasy days: Michael Turner in Week One (100), Ryan Grant in Week Three (93 yards), and Jahvid Best in Week Five (163 yards, 1 TD). To Chicago's credit, they tightened their run defense after Best ran all over them in Week Five last year. This year, Brian Urlacher has a gimpy knee, and defensive tackle Stephen Paea has a lingering ankle injury that could limit his play (or keep him out entirely). Donald Brown is looking to prove skeptics (like me) wrong, and Colts O.C. Bruce Arians wants to establish a ground game. Brown will get his touches.


Austin Collie, WR

Collie's situation is explained above. He might not play, and even if he does, he's likely to be limited. Right now, he's an unreliable fantasy receiver.

Other options worth keeping an eye on: Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, and Donnie Avery. The jury is still out on these guys as solid fantasy material. Allen looked solid in preseason, but nothing flashy. Allen showed virtually nothing, and Avery was hurt.