Jason Avant, WR, Panthers
|WR - #72||CAR||Active||9 years||30||6'0||212|
2013 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jul-28-2013 by Ben Standig
Update (7/27): The Eagles confirmed Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee and will the miss the entire 2013 season. No Maclin means defenses can regularly keep a safety over the top on Jackson, as the expected drop-off to Avant or Riley Cooper is significant. Not exactly a playmaker, Avant has caught at least 51 passes in three straight seasons, but only two touchdowns in that span. Perhaps his fantasy value receives a modest boost, but except another receiver (or tight end) to emerge as Philly's second pass-catching target. The mystery surrounding what the heck will happen with Chip Kelly's offense, now more mysterious.
Profile - Under the previous administration, owning Avant was often the same: catch just enough passes to intrigue, not enough to use. Last season in 14 games, the 6-foot target (plays bigger than his listed height) averaged 3.8 receptions and 46 yards. There were some games where he was close to becoming fantasy viable, but there were none where Avant actually scored. Over the last three seasons, he only scored two touchdowns total. There's the rub, or has been. Perhaps the Eagles' new look will boost Avant's numbers, but there are plenty of mouths to feed. Outside of the truly deep leagues, Avant is waiver wire option (but is an option to consider if DeSean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin miss games).
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/14 - Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams: I'm a first-round fantasy pick because 'we have no receivers'
4/8 - Panthers add to their WR corps with Jason Avant
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