Pros: With wide receiver Torry Holt (Jacksonville Jaguars) gone, Avery becomes the Rams' No. 1 wideout. With his speed and explosiveness, the 25-year-old Avery is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Last season, Avery caught at least four balls in seven games while averaging four catches for 51.9 yards per outing in 15 contests played.
Cons: Avery (foot) suffered a stress fracture in his foot but has since returned. A flare-up is always possible. The beleaguered St. Louis offense is in a state of transition, which could hold Avery's numbers down. The 2006 second-round pick also lacked consistency in 2008; he caught three or fewer passes in six games. Avery is not a great fit for the team's new West Coast offense and will have to compensate for his lack of height. With no other proven receivers on the roster, Avery will likely receive a lot of attention from enemy defenses.
Fantasy tip: Avery is obviously a high-risk, high-reward fantasy player with some noticeable upside, so you should select him for depth only if the value is right. You can target Avery starting as a high-end No. 4 wideout if you are willing to take on some risk for his upside.
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