Fantasy Football Profiles: Kevin Walter, Ted Ginn, Jr., Donnie Avery, Jerricho Cotchery

Aug 19, 2009
Kevin Walter recorded his second straight 800+ yard season.  He doubled his TD output from 4 to 8 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 8th 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.  Two games later he caught 7 passes for 175 yards.  Ginn, Jr. is going around the 9th 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 8th 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 4TDs 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 8th round of fantasy drafts.  I expect 80 receptions for 950 yards and 4 TDs. 

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Chris Farmer
    August 19th, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    I wonder if Davone Bess will grab more balls this year than Ginn? They seem to like him running short routes and WR screens. He had 35 catches in the final 6 games last season.

  2. Chris Farmer
    August 19th, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    just adding a comment in order to check the ‘notify me’ box :)

  3. LestersLegends
    August 19th, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    He very well could have more catches than Ginn, especially if Pennington holds off Henne all year. Hard to say who Henne would go to. I think they will try to get Ginn more involved too though.

  4. Chris Farmer
    August 19th, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    I tuned out for Henne’s action the other night and fast fwd’d to Pat White. Do you think Henne has a chance to unseat him?

  5. LestersLegends
    August 19th, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    If they are winning, no. If they are losing, Pennington isn’t their long term answer.

  6. Chris Farmer
    August 19th, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    good point

  7. 2009 Third Year Receivers
    August 25th, 2009 at 4:52 am #

    [...] Ted Ginn, Jr. – Ginn had 34 catches for 420 yards as a Rookie and 56 for 790 last year.  He exploded for 175 yards in Week 8 against Buffalo so the big game potential is there.  I expect Ginn, Jr. to crack the 1000 yard barrier this year making him a nice breakout candidate. [...]

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