Hakeem Nicks wasn't going to receive more than a one-year "prove it" contract after a couple of sub-par seasons with the Giants. He has gotten his chance to prove it in Indianapolis as the Colts have signed the 26-year-old. It's going to cost them only $3.5 million.
Nicks caught just 56 passes in 15 games in 2013 and was held out of the end zone. However, when he did catch the ball, he made a stellar number of big plays. He registered 10 plays of 25 yards or more last season, the same total as Calvin Johnson. His yards-per-catch average of 16.0 ranked 11th in the league.
Just on paper, a trio consisting of Nicks, T.Y. Hilton and the recovering-and-hopefully-still-able Reggie Wayne looks fantastic. However, lower-body injuries have nagged Nicks consistently -- he has never played in 16 games -- and he is facing concerns over whether he is fully invested into being the great NFL player he can be. Andrew Luck can help Nicks find his past glory, when he was a low-end WR1 in fantasy. And Nicks provides Luck with another outstanding talent on the outside. I really can't guess on who gains and loses targets here; it could be that all three guys steal value from each other. But if Nicks stays healthy and gives it his all, the sky is the limit. Upon hearing the news, our Ben Standig called Nicks his top fantasy WR sleeper for 2014. That's not a bad call. And that contract value means Nicks could be a steal in both fantasy and reality.
Meanwhile, Luck certainly won't be hurting for options. His stock definitely continues to rise.