Fantasy Football Profiles: K. Walter, Ginn, Jr., D. Avery, J. Cotchery

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IAugust 19, 2009

GREEN BAY - DECEMBER 7:  Kevin Walter #83 of the Houston Texans stretches to catch the ball during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 7, 2008 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Kevin Walter recorded his second straight 800+ yard season.  He doubled his TD output from four to eight though, which gave him significantly more fantasy value.  His is pretty much the choice when defenses are forced to pick a poison.

With Andre Johnson, Steve Slaton, and Owen Daniels attracting so much attention, Walter is able to do his thing.  Consistency is his big issue. 

He had nine games with fewer than 50 yards, and only one of those games did he salvage with a TD catch.  He also disappeared down the stretch with just 5 catches for 48 yards in Weeks 15-17.  You hate to see a player end on such a low note, but that could help you land him at a discount. 

He’s going around the eighth round of fantasy drafts and is best used as a WR4 for spot starts and bye week fill-ins.  I think he’ll see a slight dip in his production as his TD total goes down, but he should still catch 60 passes for 800 yards and 5 TDs.

Ted Ginn, Jr. made a big leap last year going from 34 catches for 340 yards to 56 catches for 790 yards.  He also ran for 73 yards and two scores.  Even with those two rushing TDs, Ginn, Jr. had just four last year, a number he’ll need to improve on if he is going to rise in the ranks of fantasy WRs. 

Consistency was also a problem he had with nine games with less than 50 yards, including a game where he finished with -1 yards.  Not only did he not score any points for those who started him, but he actually took .1 away. 

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Two games later he caught 7 passes for 175 yards.  Ginn, Jr. is going around the ninth round in fantasy drafts.  He is not a reliable WR3, but makes a decent WR4 or WR5.  I expect him to continue to improve in his third season with 70 catches for 1000 yards and 5 TDs.

Donnie Avery’s stock is slipping a bit because of he’s out the rest of the preseason with a foot injury, and Marc Bulger’s broken pinkie.  Avery had a nice Rookie season with 53 catches for 674 yards and 3 TDs. 

It’s tough to pick a second year player without seeing how he’s progressing and with a questionable QB situation at best.  Marc Bulger is not and won’t be the player we once figured him to be.  Kyle Boller, his backup, doesn’t have the best track record. 

I would take Avery as a WR5, but would not want to rely on him as my main backup.  Avery has been going around the eighth round of fantasy drafts, but that number is bound to drop with the aforementioned injuries.  I expect 65 catches for 725 yards and 5 TDs for Avery.

Jerricho Cotchery played better without Brett Favre.  He averaged 82 catches for 1045.5 yars and 4 TDs in the two years before Favre’s arrival and had 71 catches for 858 yards and 5 TDs without him.  Laveranues Coles moved on to Cincinnati leaving Cotchery as the main weapon for whoever wins the Kellen Clemens/Mark Sanchez battle. 

I like him a little more if Sanchez is his starting QB.  Either way he should be targeted early and often.  Cotchery makes a nice WR4, going in the eighth round of fantasy drafts.  I expect 80 receptions for 950 yards and 4 TDs. 

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