Darrius Heyward-Bey to take bigger role in offense, will it be enough to give him fantasy relevance?

Andy Lyons

Darrius Heyward-Bey will be asked to step up for the Colts after Reggie Wayne went down for the year. We break down the fantasy implications.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is facing increasing pressure to produce for the team. They will need more results than he's given them after losing Reggie Wayne for the season with a torn ACL.

According to ESPN, head coach Chuck Pagano will go with some kind of committee at wideout, but Heyward-Bey is taking one of the starting spots. The rest of the depth chart is some mix of T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill and Griff Whalen. Heyward-Bey has been quiet this year, recording just 18 catches for 190 yards and one touchdown.

Fantasy impact: It's difficult to trust Heyward-Bey in any fantasy format--he cleared 50 yards in just one game this year--but the team needs him to step with Wayne out. For now, fantasy owners should consider Hilton the top pass-catching target and the one with the most upside. Heyward-Bey isn't much more than a WR4 until he proves that he can deliver more consistent production.

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