Week 9 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Donnie Avery
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:
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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.
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