The Colts are having a three way competition for Pierre Garcon’s old job as the starting receiver job opposite Reggie Wayne, between Austin Collie, the incumbent slot receiver, Donnie Avery, a free agent acquisition, and LaVon Brazill, a rookie 6th round pick. Brazill is interesting because he is similar to Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, two later round selections who had great success in Bruce Arians’ offense in Pittsburgh. Arians is the new offensive coordinator in Indianapolis.
Collie, meanwhile, seems like he’d be best remaining in the slot, so Avery makes the most sense as the starter opposite Wayne. Avery has only caught 3 passes in the last 2 seasons thanks to injury, but he had 100 catches for 1263 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2 seasons combined in 2008 and 2009 on a bad passing offense in St. Louis. Now seemingly healthy, he’s a good fit for the Colts’ offense, and there’s some upside with Avery in fantasy football, who would be the major beneficiary of a Wayne decline, a strong possibility as he heads into his age 34 season.