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2012 Team Outlook: Indianapolis

A fantasy football preview of the Colts this year. Profiled players include Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton, Donald Brown, Vick Ballard, and Deji Karim.

Mewelde Moore has a chance to serve as the Colts' third down back this season. If Donald Brown is unable to handle picking up the blitz, Moore may slide in to protect Andrew Luck and catch passes out of the backfield. Even if Moore is successful in overtaking Brown for this position, his lack of time on the field will make it unlikely that he makes any fantasy impact this season.

Rookie Ty Hilton is unlikely to play a major role in the Colts offense this season. The backup wide receiver will probably fit best in the slot, but with Austin Collie already locked into this role, Hilton probably will not see the field much as a rookie. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a late round wide receiver.

Donnie Avery has the chance to surprise as the Colts' replacement for Pierre Garcon. Avery has the talent to be a good fantasy wide receiver, but he was unable to stay healthy in 2011; with the Colts offense likely to struggle in 2012, his prospects to be a major fantasy asset are not good. If Andrew Luck can develop quicker than expected (and Avery can stay healthy), he does have a slight chance to suprise as a fantasy receiver. Take a chance on Avery in the last round of your fantasy draft.

Austin Collie should be the Colts' number 2 wide reciever in 2012. Collie was able to play in all 16 games in 2011 (following numerous concussions that ended his 2010 season), but was unable to come close to the numbers he was on pace for before the injuries. With the Colts offense now being a shell of its former self, Collie will not have the opportunity to return to his 2010 pace. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for production at the wide receiver postion this season.

Reggie Wayne returns to the Colts as the lone offensive star from the Colt's glory days. The veteran wide receiver has a big name, but fantasy owners need to realize that despite Andrew Luck now running the Colts offense, Wayne will not put up the same numbers he did with Peyton Manning. The former Pro Bowler should be considered a low end WR2 or high end WR3 for the upcoming season. He should lead the Colts in targets and receiving yards.

Rookie Coby Fleener could be a value pick as a high upside backup tight end this season, with the potential to be a fantasy starter in the future. Fleener and fellow rookie Dwayne Allen will both be key components in the Colts offense this season, but they will cut into each others production, making it unlikely that either will be a quality fantasy starter. Fleener should be the first tight end off the board in rookie drafts.