Last season was the revival of Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. In 2012, Reggie Wayne is going to come back with a strong performance.
Before 2011, Wayne had seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He was one of the top wide receivers in the league when he had Peyton Manning throwing to him.
This past year, Wayne went missing when he did not have Manning. He was catching passes from scrubs including Kerry Collins, Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky.
Those quarterbacks are so horrible that the Colts might have been better off playing without a quarterback last year. Luckily, those three managed to be horrible enough to win them the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes.
Luck is going to be in a very familiar situation as Cam Newton was with the Panthers. Luck has no one else to throw to besides Wayne, just like Newton only had Smith. Dallas Clark was released and Pierre Garcon went to the Redskins.
Expect Wayne to bail Luck out of a ton trouble and to put up huge fantasy numbers. Luck is going to have his rookie struggles, but he is going to be targeting Wayne almost every time he drops back.
For years, Wayne was a No. 1 wide receiver in fantasy. 2012 will be the year where he gets back to that status.
Prediction: 90 receptions, 1,350 receiving yards, eight touchdowns