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Fantasy Football Sleepers 2012: Colts' Austin Collie Out, Enter WR LaVon Brazill

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 12: LaVon Brazill #15 of the Indianapolis Colts stretches for a first down after catching a pass against Josh Gordy #25 of the St. Louis Rams during a preseason NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 12, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Gary DavenportNFL AnalystAugust 22, 2012

The recent concussion suffered by Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie has left both the Colts in a predicament at the wide receiver position and fantasy owners who drafted Collie as a "sleeper" wideout in a similar bind scrambling to find a replacement.

The answer to both their predicaments may lie in a rather unlikely place: rookie wide receiver LaVon Brazill.

With wide receiver Donnie Avery sidelined by being Donnie Avery (in four seasons he's missed 25 games), the Colts' sixth-round pick has been getting a lot of work with the first-team offense, and as George Bremer of The Herald-Bulletin reports, Brazill has made a very positive first impression on coaches and fans alike.

Brazill has opened eyes and wowed fans with an assortment of one-handed catches, but he’s also shown the consistency coaches love. No dropped passes immediately spring to mind, and his pure speed is extremely difficult to ignore.

The 5'11" 191-pounder, who reeled in 72 passes for 1,150 yards and 11 scores at Ohio University last year, also has made the most of the snaps he's received in the preseason; Brazill has five catches for 63 yards in two exhibition contests.

Avery is set to play in Indy's third preseason game this week, but given his extensive injury history there's no telling how long that will last. With Collie out indefinitely following his fourth concussion in as many NFL seasons, someone is going to have to step up opposite Reggie Wayne in the Indianapolis passing game.

Granted, there's no guarantee that player will be Brazill, and this particular sleeper is geared more toward owners in deeper leagues or dynasty formats. However, if the rookie can continue his solid training camp and preseason performances over into the regular season, LaVon Brazill could provide a sweet little late-round gem for fantasy owners this season.

Hey, at this point a year ago, how many people had any idea who Victor Cruz was?

 

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