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2011 Team Outlook: Indianapolis

A fantasy football preview of the Colts this year. Profiled players include Peyton Manning, Donald Brown, Joseph Addai, Javarris James, and Pierre Garcon.

Austin Collie will enter the 2011 season as the Indianapolis Colts slot receiver. Collie started off the season as one of the league's biggest surprises, leading fantasy wide receivers in points after the first few weeks of the season. Collie's season was derailed by a concussion in week nine against the Eagles. When Collie returned to the lineup two weeks later, he was concussed again, leading to him missing the next three games. It looked like Collie would get his season back on track after catching eight passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of a week 15 games against the Jaguars, until a brutal hit late in the first half left Collie with another serious concussion. Collie missed the remainder of the season, and while he claims to be fully recovered from the concussions, one more big hit over the middle could bring an end to Collie's 2011 season or possibly his career. Fantasy owners can count on a healthy Austin Collie putting up good numbers, but he is going to be an injury risk heading into the 2011 season.

Reggie Wayne, like Peyton Manning, is one of the most durable and consistent players in the NFL and in fantasy leagues. Wayne caught a career high 111 passes for 1355 yards in 2010, but his touchdowns dropped from ten in 2009, to only six in 2011. Wayne should be primed to put up another big season in 2011, and as long as Peyton Manning is his quarterback, he will be one of the top fantasy wide receivers. Like Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne will likely be drafted in the early third round of fantasy drafts, with even higher potential in point per reception leagues.

Blair White should enter the 2011 season as a backup wide receiver for the Colts. White showed flashes of what he can do in 2010, but will simply not receive enough time on the field to make a major impact in 2011. White would need an injury to one of the Colts' starting receivers to be relevant in fantasy leagues for the upcoming season. While White probably will not be drafted in your fantasy league, he would be a hot pickup if the Colts' wide receiver corps get hit with the injury bug.

Jacob Tamme will enter the 2011 season as the Colts' backup tight end. After doing nothing for the first six games of the 2010 season, Tamme replaced an injured Dallas Clark and caught an impressive 67 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns in only ten games. With Clark returning for the 2011 season, Tamme will once again be relegated to a backup role, making his upside limited in fantasy leagues. Tamme would be a hot pickup if Clark were to go down with another injury during the season.

Dallas Clark will return to the starting lineup for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 after missing the final ten games of the 2010 season with an injury. Clark should bounce back as he is one of Peyton Manning's most trusted receivers, evident by the 100 passes he caught during the 2009 season. If Clark can stay healthy throughout the 2011 season, he should have no problem returning to the form that made him a top five fantasy tight end before his injury.