Donnie Avery: Colts' WR Is Solid Fantasy Start vs. Jaguars

Darin PikeContributor INovember 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Donnie Avery #11 of the Indianapolis Colts looks for running room after a third quarter catch while playing the Miami Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indianapolis won the game 23-20. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Donnie Avery has been one of Andrew Luck's favorite targets this season. He had a big game on Sunday for the surging Indianapolis Colts, gaining 108 yards before leaving in the second half with a hip injury.

More of the same is the expectation for his Thursday night game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

ESPN.com is reporting "Avery was considered day-to-day early in the week but was able to get in two full practices Tuesday and Wednesday. It would appear, barring a setback, he will play Thursday night."

Avery is not on the list of players that are questionable for Thursday.

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That is good news for the Colts, their fans and for Avery owners in fantasy football.

Reggie Wayne has been getting most of the targets from Luck. He leads the NFL in receiving yards and is on target for a career year. But Avery is Luck's second target.

The Jaguars are surrendering 256 passing yards per game, good for 25th in the NFL. The Colts should be able to move the ball through the air despite being the road team on a Thursday night.

Donald Brown isn't expected to be productive in this game and may not even be active, as the Colts running back is still recovering from a knee injury. He attempted to play last week but had just one reception and no rushing attempts.

The absence of Brown will put Vick Ballard into the primary carrier role. In turn, this will turn up the pressure on Luck and his receivers to produce.

The factors in this game all point to Avery having a productive day. Fantasy owners will want to check the inactive list before game time, but should start him without hesitation if he's ready to play. 

 

Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.