Tamme the new ‘it’ man in Indy

Posted Nov. 08, 2010 @ 3:20 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

No Dallas Clark, no problem. All the Colts need to do is plug somebody into the lineup and he'll produce. Right now, that guy is Jacob Tamme.

Replacing Clark, who's out for the season following wrist surgery, Tamme has been a fantasy gem. After catching six passes for 64 yards and a TD in Week Eight, the little-known third-year player followed it up with an even better performance, hauling in 11 balls for 108 yards and a score on Sunday at Philly. And here's what's even more amazing: He was targeted 17 times.

QB Peyton Manning has proven before that it really doesn't matter who's catching passes from him — they're going to put up numbers. The Colts have cycled through quite a few receivers over the years, and almost all of them have been productive. With injuries hitting their receiving corps hard in 2010, they have absolutely had to do so this season, and yet Manning is still rolling along.

With Clark and WR Anthony Gonzalez on injured reserve and Austin Collie now dealing with a concussion, Tamme is going to be Manning's favorite inside target for the foreseeable future. Since defenses aren't going to pay serious attention to him when Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon are lined up outside, all those savvy enough to have scooped up Tamme probably have a No. 1 fantasy TE for the rest of the season.