A.J. Jenkins vs. Dexter McCluster: Fantasy Outlook After Donnie Avery's Injury

David DanielsSenior Writer IOctober 6, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 08:  Donnie Avery #17 of the Kansas City Chiefs scores a touchdown during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 8, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Donnie Avery entered Week 5 as the Kansas City Chiefs’ most productive wide receiver, but an injury will offer A.J. Jenkins and Dexter McCluster a shot at that title, depending on the extent of Avery’s shoulder damage.

Reid Ferrin of KCChiefs.com reported that Avery would not return against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5.

Donnie Avery (right shoulder) out for the rest of the game. #KCvsTEN

— Reid Ferrin (@KCChiefs_Reid) October 6, 2013

Avery finished the game with three receptions for 91 yards. The performance marked his second-best outing of the season behind his seven-catch, 141-yard effort against the Philadelphia Eagles. If Avery is out for an extended period of time, Jenkins and McCluster have fairly large shoes to fill.

Jenkins only had one catch for six yards entering Sunday’s action, and McCluster had 17 for 106. Neither player finished Week 5 with a reception, with Jenkins having been targeted once and McCluster three times.

While Avery’s injury will have a significant impact on the Chiefs, its fantasy implication is minimal outside of his own outlook. Barring an unexpected breakout performance from either player—something neither has shown he is capable of this year—they aren’t worth a fantasy start, let alone a roster spot.  

However, between the two of them, McCluster is more likely to have that breakout performance. Unlike Jenkins, he was already involved in Kansas City’s offense prior to Avery’s injury. McCluster has also shown some PPR value in the past, catching a total of 98 balls the past two seasons.

If you're interested in filling a spot with one of these players, McCluster is the one to add, though expectations should be limited and he shouldn't be started in lineups at this time.


David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor of Wade-O Radio.