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Some would say that, after the Indianapolis Colts released Marvin Harrison this offseason, Wayne’s value might jump. I happen to not be part of that group.
While Wayne did put up good numbers last year without Harrison (82 receptions, 1,145 yards receiving, and six touchdowns), they were nowhere near his numbers from 2007 with Harrison (104 receptions, 1,510 yards receiving, 10 touchdowns).
In fact, other than 2007, Wayne has only had one other season with double digit touchdowns.
With Harrison gone, teams only have to worry about Dallas Clark in the middle of the field and Wayne on the outside.
Sure, Anthony Gonzalez isn’t bad, but I don’t think too many teams are going to be concerned with a guy that has 1,240 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in 29 career games.
The talent level around him, besides Peyton Manning, isn’t the only problem either. The Colts have had one of the busiest offseasons in the NFL.
Not with free-agents, but their coaching staff.
Offensive line coach Howard Mudd, head coach Tony Dungy, and probably the biggest loss for the Colts offense, offensive coordinator Tom Moore, are all gone. This will be the first year Manning, and Wayne, play without Moore as their offensive coordinator since coming into the league.
That doesn’t spell fantasy greatness to me, and pushes Wayne down my list of top wide receivers to draft, moving him into the early to mid third round.
2009 Fantasy Projections: 1,169 receiving yards, eight total touchdowns