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So even though Wayne was targeted fewer than 10 times (9) for just the second time this season, he was still able to catch seven balls for 78 yards and a touchdown last week against a porous Miami Dolphins secondary.
With Andrew Luck throwing for 433 yards in the game, you probably would have expected better numbers from a top-10 fantasy wide receiver, but it certainly wasn’t a poor showing for his owners.
However, this week has a chance to be a lot better for Reggie with the Jaguars pass D being pretty well decimated right now and susceptible to the big game as is.
Most of Reggie’s touchdowns come at home, but this Thursday night is looking like it could be the exception to the norm.
When these two teams faced off back in Week 3, Wayne caught eight of his 15 targets for 88 yards, but ended up with just a mediocre fantasy stat line as he was kept out of the end zone in the Jaguars lone win of the season.
With Andrew Luck in a groove right now, I expect Wayne to come out much better in this one and should be worthy of fantasy numbers somewhere in the mid- to low-end WR1 range.
Not that I didn’t expect it to ever happen again, but I think some sort of a party is in order for Donnie Avery after putting up his second 100-yard game of the 2012 season.
As shocking as it may be to hear, Avery is actually 18th in targets this season—and that’s with him already having his bye week.
To put that in perspective, he’s been targeted more than Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Andre Johnson and a whole slew of other big-name receivers in the league thus far, so it stands to reason that he’d have a few more nice fantasy games than he has.
Could this be the start of something worth paying attention to in the fantasy world? I wouldn’t count on it.
He’s a talent in this league, that’s for sure, but something seems to be missing and it looks like Andrew Luck knows it.
Avery will likely get right around 10 targets again this Thursday, but I wouldn’t expect more than his normal four catches for 40-60 yards.
I wonder if this last game against the Dolphins was T.Y. Hilton’s coming-out party, because six catches on 11 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown doesn’t sound like a fluky game to me.
Earlier this season against the Jaguars, Hilton had four catches on eight targets for 113 yards and a touchdown, so if there was ever a game to kick-start his career, this sure looks like the one to me.
Hilton is a pure slot receiver, so it's unlikely you'll ever see him put up those huge games like Reggie Wayne or A.J. Green or Brandon Marshall does. However, he’s talented enough to do what Wes Welker does for the Patriots, though maybe not for another year or two.
This week looks like a great time to take a chance on him as a flex play, though being a rookie, inconsistency marks his way more than anything else so I wouldn’t go skipping over a more steady play just for the hell of it.
The Colts other rookie WR had five targets this last week and is starting to catch Andrew Luck’s eye, but not enough to be truly considered just yet.
Keep an eye on him, but don’t be over-zealous.