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Austin Collie Week 1 Status Boosts Fantasy Football Stock

INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19: Austin Collie #17 of the Indianapolis Colts scores a touchdown while defended by D.J. Johnson #29 of the New York Giants during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 19 2010 in Indianapolis Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Colts believe Austin Collie will be ready to play in Week 1 of the regular season. We break down the fantasy implications.

Despite suffering another concussion on August 19 against the Steelers, Austin Collie is expected to be ready to play when the regular season begins, according to Chuck Pagano. Collie's notable history with concussions is always a concern, but he is recovering well after his recent injury.

Analysis: Collie looks good with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck so far. The two already display good chemistry, and Luck looks for Collie often. However, it is a serious risk drafting Collie too early. He continues to be prone to concussions, and there's no telling how healthy he really is as some critics have even suggested he should retire. If he can stay on the field, Collie could be a solid WR3. Reggie Wayne takes the majority of Collie's targets if he remains on the sideline, but Wayne looks like he takes a backseat if both of the two are healthy.

For more on Collie and the Colts, check out Stampede Blue.

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