The stars seemed to be aligning for Colts wideout Anthony Gonzalez this season. He was entering his third season, a year many a wide receiver has broken out. With Marvin Harrison riding off into the sunset (or something like that), Gonzalez was set for increased playing time. Hey, somebody has to be on the other end of all those Peyton Manning touchdown passes, right? Gonzalez seemed like a perfect fantasy football sleeper candidate.
And then Week 1 happened. Gonzalez went down with a knee injury before he could catch a pass. He wouldn't return. Some feared it was season ending, but Colts prez Bill Polian quickly shot down those reports. Still, Gonzalez is going to miss significant time.
Now what? Who's catching the Manning touchdowns that don't go to Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark?
For the answer, I turned to Sports Illustrated's NFL preview. In it, Gonzalez says this:
"People come up to me and say 'Hey, have a big year. I've got you in my fantasy league,'" said Gonzalez. "I tell them, 'trade me for Pierre, you'll be a lot happier.'"
The Pierre he's talking about is Pierre Garcon, a second year receiver out of Division III powerhouse Mount Union. As a rookie, Garcon caught just four passes for 23 yards. He basically equaled that in Week 1.
Against the Jags, Garcon caught three passes for 24 yards. If some had him ticketed to break out before Gonzalez's injury, he should be on everyone's radar now.