Editor’s Note: This analysis is the first contribution by Member Corner Author, Scott Daniel.
It sounds bad folks. We won’t know exactly how bad for a few more weeks, but I’m guessing a mid-season return would be very optimistic. Given that, what is the value of the rest of the Colts starters? I’m sure the immediate reaction is to write them all off, but they’ve still got to play games and there is some talent remaining on the rosters.
Joseph Addai – Short-term, I’m sure the Colts will run a little more frequently than they have in the past few seasons. So as long as Addai can hold up, I’d pencil him in for low RB2 type numbers. I don’t think he’ll have very many TDs, but I think the yardage will be there and he’ll catch some passes. Collins doesn’t have Manning’s pocket presence, so I’d expect a few more check-downs. If the season goes south in a hurry, we could see an extended audition for Delone Carter.
Reggie Wayne – Wayne’s value takes a small hit as the Colts won’t score as many TDs, but I still think he’s too talented not to be an every week starter in a 2 WR league. I’m thinking 80-90 catches for 1,000 yards and 7 or 8 TDs sounds about right.
Dallas Clark – Another guy who should be fine. He won’t catch 100 passes, but Collins has used his TEs effectively in the past. I doubt he performs at 2009 levels, but I’d expect 60-80 catches to 10-11/ypr with 5-8 TDs.
Pierre Garcon & Austin Collie – Here’s where I see the damage. These guys were options due to Manning’s terrific ability. Without him, they are bye week fill-ins at best.