The Kansas City Cheifs are moving forward with Donnie Avery as the #2 target for quarterback, Alex Smith. The newly acquired receiver started the offseason behind Jon Baldwin on the depth chart after missing Offseason Training Activities with a bum ankle. However, now that Baldwin has been banished to San Francisco and Avery is healthy, he’s already been plugged into the #2 wide receiver position by head coach Andy Reid.
Fantasy owners should still be wary of drafting the injury-prone Avery. The 29-year-old has a long history of injuries and has also struggled with dropped passes. Last year, Avery hauled in career highs in catches (60) and yards (781) with the Indianapolis Colts. However, this only amounted to 3 touchdowns and far too many dropped balls.
Despite this adverse past, Donnie Avery has a chance to succeed, entering a new system which will emphasize a passing attack. Reid is known to let the ball fly, so there will surely be plenty of opportunity thrown Avery’s way.
The negative is that Avery is a deep-threat receiver who plays with a quarterback who doesn’t have very much arm strength and has a problem throwing deep downfield. This is the 3rd straight year on a new team for Donnie Avery, who still hasn’t been able to find the right system to play in.