Week 9 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Donnie Avery

By Jeric Griffin

The Buffalo Bills‘ defense is awful, specifically in the secondary. This unit couldn’t cover a newborn baby with a blanket, much less NFL receivers. All year long, opposing offenses have torched the Bills’ defensive backs for tons of catches, yards and touchdowns, which means anytime you have a receiver or quarterback facing Buffalo, you should start them. However, there are specific stats that make Kansas City Chiefs receiver Donnie Avery a dark horse fantasy football sleeper in Week 9.

The Bills have given up a total of 111 catches for 1,746 yards and 15 touchdowns on 262 to opposing receivers this year, which is typical for a team with a defense like Buffalo’s. But the Bills have specifically given up lots of fantasy points to the No. 2 receiver on opposing teams, which is where Avery comes in.

The Chiefs’ No. 2 option hasn’t done much this year aside from a one-game flash in Week 3, although he does have more fantasy points than Dwayne Bowe in 2013. However, he’s a dark horse sleeper in Week 9 because of the stat lines put up by No. 2 receivers against the Bills this year:

Name Receptions Yards TDs Targets
Julian Edelman 7 79 2 9
Ted Ginn Jr. 3 36 1 8
Stephen Hill 3 108 1 6
Marlon Brown 4 34 1 8
Greg Little 3 71 0 5
Marvin Jones 3 71 1 5
Brian Hartline 6 69 0 11
Kenny Stills 3 129 2 4

Put simply, opposing No. 2 receivers have done a lot with a little against the Bills this year and considering Bowe garners most of the defensive attention anyway, Avery could be in for a big day in Week 9.

Even more importantly, Avery provides fantasy owners with a solid bye week fill-in option with six more teams off this week. If you’re hurting at WR3 or flex, you could do a lot worse than Avery in Week 9.

Jeric Griffin is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JericGriffin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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