Marques Colston: Fantasy Stats to Expect from Injured Saints WR vs. Chiefs

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Fantasy owners everywhere can rejoice, as New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is expected to play on Sunday against Kansas City, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network

As I said on FOF, Marques Colston told me he will be available today. Foot injuries can be problematic, so Saints will test it pregame.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 23, 2012

... But Colston is expected to go. Played through the foot problem in Carolina last week, too.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 23, 2012

Rachel Nichols of ESPN, who is in New Orleans for the game, is reporting that Colston is good to go for this game. 

Saints WR Marques Colston will be active today

— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) September 23, 2012

This has been a trying season for the usually reliable Colston—at least is has been through two games. He only has 120 yards on 11 catches with no touchdowns and a lost fumble so far. For a player who has averaged 78 receptions and 1,080 yards the last three years, there are reasons to be concerned. 

Add in the fact that Colston is dealing with a foot injury—which makes it incredibly difficult to turn and run routes—and things are not looking good for his fantasy prospects. 

On the plus side, the Chiefs could be the cure for what ails both Colston and the Saints. They have allowed 75 points in their first two games, including 35 to a Bills team that looked helpless in Week 1. 

So what should fantasy owners expect from Colston against the Chiefs?

Sadly, I don't think the expectations should be that high for Colston right now. He is no longer Drew Brees' favorite target. Brees likes to spread the wealth a lot more now than he ever did because there are more toys to play with. 

Jimmy Graham and Lance Moore have surpassed Colston on the receiver totem pole, and Darren Sproles is getting a lot more looks as a receiver out of the backfield.

Right now, Colston is fourth on the team in targets with 15, behind Graham (23), Sproles (22) and Moore (16). 

Also, given the way the Saints have run their offense this season without the same level of success, I would expect them to try to run the ball a lot more against a marshmallow-soft Chiefs run defense. 

With fewer opportunities to make plays, not to mention the lingering foot injury, Colston's production is likely to drop from its already low level. Until we are sure that he is healthy and able to cut the way he is used to, it is hard to assess his fantasy potential. 

For now, err on the side of caution and look for another option to plug into your starting lineup, because Colston is not going to be the answer for you.