Jason Avant Fantasy News

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 12:53pm

The Morning Call - [Full Article]

Jeremy Maclin was signed to anchor the group, and the Chiefs lavished a third-round pick on Chris Conley, a rangy speedster out of Georgia who could become their No. 2 wide receiver.

The rest of the position group is a crapshoot. Albert Wilson is quick but undersized, Jason Avant is 32-years old and on the downward side of his career, and Da'Rick Rogers, Armon Binns and Kenny Cook are among those fighting for a roster spot who have yet to accomplish much.

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin and TE Travis Kelce are the only dependable options in the Kansas City pass offense at this point. The team is hoping that QB Alex Smith can be more aggressive by pushing the ball downfield.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12:29pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Panthers brought veteran wide receiver Jason Avant in as a mentor.

But after sharing his opinion on the way things were going, they may have decided he wasn’t sharing the right things.

Avant’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, just tweeted out what appears to be news that Avant is no longer a Panther.

“Much better things ahead and role for Jason Avant. Definitely deserves better,” he wrote.

Fantasy Impact:

Avant hasn't had much of a role in the offense as of late. He has just two catches over the team's last four games after being more involved early on. Avant should catch on somewhere else as he's always had good hands. However, he hasn't really ever been a consistent fantasy option.

DeAngelo Williams, Jerricho Cotchery OUT for SNF

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:16pm

Panthers Inactives
Tre Boston SS
Jerricho Cotchery WR
David Foucault T
Andrew Norwell G
Joe Webb QB
Fozzy Whittaker RB
DeAngelo Williams RB

Fantasy Impact:

Jonathan Stewart becomes a sneaky start against a suspect Steelers run defense. Expect a lot of Kelvin Benjamin with Jason Avant and possibly some Philly Brown or Brenton Bersin in the mix. Mike Tolbert is active.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Panthers WR Jason Avant (thigh, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 3.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Panthers WR Jason Avant (thigh) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Panthers WR Jason Avant (thigh) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:44pm

Panthers.com - [Full Article]

Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant's lack of preseason production in limited action doesn't concern head coach Ron Rivera one bit.

"Everything Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant have done for us is exactly what we're looking for," Rivera said. "We're looking for very consistent football players who run good routes and know where they need to be. They can handle things and control things in the classroom and on the field, and that's what those two guys bring to the table."

In three preseason games, Cotchery has just one catch for eight yards and Avant has one reception for 25 yards.

"Go back and look at the targets – that's the biggest thing," Rivera said.

Cotchery has been targeted just three times and Avant only two.

All that said, Cotchery cautioned those who read too much into preseason production.

"I don't put too much stock in it as far as what your numbers look like, because I've seen guys catch 100 yards every game in the preseason and then in the regular season you wonder where the production is," Cotchery said. "For that matter, (preseason) is a focus of just getting better individually and staying on top of your assignments."

Fantasy Impact:

Carolina's WRs are a big question mark coming into the season. WR1 Kelvin Benjamin has looked good but is a rookie. Cotchery quietly had 10 TDs last season and Avant has very good hands as a slot receiver. But Newton has been banged up with ankle and rib issues, and as the story points out, there wasn't a lot of live work in the preseason games. Benjamin is a sleeper-type addition later in fantasy drafts and Newton's stock has fallen a bit to a lower-end QB1 with now some injury issues.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:01am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Panthers are including WR Tiquan Underwood in their first round of cuts.

The Panthers were hoping he could add some speed on a budget, but he never caught the ball consistently in training camp, and didn’t make many plays in the preseason to make them keep him.

Fantasy Impact:

The Panthers started from scratch at the position this offseason, and rookie Kelvin Benjamin’s playing well, even though they haven’t gotten much from Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant this preseason.

Friday, August 22, 2014, 12:37pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Panthers signed free agent wide receiver Tiquan Underwood to a two-year deal after losing their top four receivers from 2013. You don't do that unless you expect him to make the roster. As of now he's on the outside looking in. The top three are Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant. If the season started today, because of his return duties, undrafted rookie Philly Brown would be the fourth. Brenton Bersin would be the fifth in the team activated five. Odds are Carolina won't keep more than six receivers on their 53-man roster. HC Ron Rivera continues to harp that he wants to see one or two outside the top three step up. Underwood is one of those because of his elite speed, something the top three don't have and another reason Brown's stock has risen. That the opponent is New England is a bit ironic because the Patriots released him the night before their Super Bowl loss to the Giants during the 2011 season. Rivera is going to give the young receivers more opportunities. If Underwood doesn't step up, he could be in danger of being cut for the ninth time in his career.

Eagles Beat: TE Zach Ertz needs to see 'more time' with first team

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 4:22pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Of the Eagles’ pass catchers, Zach Ertz made the biggest impression during three scrimmages with the Patriots this week.

Most of the tight end’s work came against the second team defense. But when the Eagles went with two or three tight-end sets against New England’s starters, Ertz got open nearly as much.

His play through all of training camp -- which ended with Thursday’s light practice -- and the first preseason game has suggested that Ertz needs to see more time with the first team.

But whether Eagles coach Chip Kelly needs to see improvement in the second-year tight end’s blocking, or he doesn’t yet want to promote him over veteran Brent Celek, or he’s waiting to unveil an offense that is heavy with two tight ends, Ertz will have to wait.

Fantasy Impact:

This is our primary concern with Ertz -- playing time. He averaged 2.8-32-.56 over the final nine games of the season (including the Eagles' sole playoff game) and that included two goose eggs in Week 10 and Week 14. That equates to 6.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Martellus Bennett averaged as the #10 TE in fantasy football. With Jason Avant and DeSean Jackson gone, Ertz could play a lot in the slot, though the arrival of WR Jordan Matthews may limit Ertz’s snaps there. If he can take a step forward in the blocking department, it will help his overall fantasy outlook.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz a 'mismatch nightmare' for the defense

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:34pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles TE Zach Ertz had a very good day, as the Patriots defense struggled sticking with him. Want to cover Ertz with a linebacker? Good luck. Want to go nickel when Ertz is in there? Prepare to get pounded with the run. The Eagles have three players who can be mismatch nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators: LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, and Ertz.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz averaged 2.8-32-.56 over the final nine games of the season (including the Eagles' sole playoff game) and that included two goose eggs in Week 10 and Week 14. That equates to 6.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Martellus Bennett averaged as the #10 TE in fantasy football. With Jason Avant and DeSean Jackson gone, Ertz could play a lot in the slot, though the arrival of WR Jordan Matthews may limit Ertz’s snaps there. For Ertz to break out in 2014, he needs to play more snaps.

Top-three WRs emerge in Carolina

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 5:45pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Carolina Panthers have settled some questions at wide receiver.

Coach Ron Rivera said rookie Kelvin Benjamin, a first-round draft pick from Florida State, and veteran newcomers Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant have emerged as the team's top three wide receivers.

"Those three guys have really stepped up and have really showed that they've meshed very nicely," Rivera said Tuesday as the Panthers wrapped up their 20th training camp at Wofford College.

Fantasy Impact:

Benjamin is going to start creeping up draft boards this summer and continues to get great press for his impressive first perseason game and camp performances. Cotchery quietly had 10 TD catches last year and Avant is a very good slot receiver with great hands. While Cotchery and Avant won't be on a lot of fantasy teams, Benjamin is ranked 39th with an ADP of the 11th round, but you'll likely have to take him before that.

Eagles plan to use TE Zach Ertz to create mismatches

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 10:59am

Philadelphia Eagles - [Full Article]

Eagles TE Zach Ertz played in 41 percent of the team's offensive snaps - 450 out of 1,104 - as a rookie in 2013. He played an additional 23 snaps (out of 58) in the playoffs. Pegged as an ascending player, will Ertz be on the field more in his second seasons? Ertz's improvement as a blocker will help dictate that.

"I think Ertz is a guy defenses (watch) - now you start adding the down and distance to it. You put Ertz in the game with (Brent) Celek, and we tighten him down. I think he's improved as a blocker on first down," offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. "But if you put Ertz in the game on second and third down maybe where it's more of a pass-first type scenario to the defense for whatever reason, then we can spread out Ertz. Now you have to decide are you going to cover him with a linebacker or are you going to commit to putting maybe a third defensive back in the game?"

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz averaged 2.8-32-.56 over the final nine games of the season (including the Eagles' sole playoff game) and that included two goose eggs in Week 10 and Week 14. That equates to 6.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Martellus Bennett averaged as the #10 TE in fantasy football. With Jason Avant and DeSean Jackson gone, Ertz could play a lot in the slot, though the arrival of WR Jordan Matthews may limit Ertz’s snaps there. If he can take a step forward in the blocking department, it will help his overall fantasy outlook.

Eagles Beat: TE Zach Ertz could lead team in touchdown catches

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 6:00pm

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Sheil Kapadia...

TE Zach Ertz had a strong day. It would not surprise me one bit if he led the Eagles in touchdown receptions this season. He's going to be a tough matchup in the red zone.

On one play, Foles slings a bullet high to Ertz in the middle of the end zone. He stretches his arms up high and makes a beautiful hands catch above his head. Among all the Eagles pass-catchers, Ertz is the best at making contested grabs.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz averaged 2.8-32-.56 over the final nine games of the season (including the Eagles' sole playoff game) and that included two goose eggs in Week 10 and Week 14. That equates to 6.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Martellus Bennett averaged as the #10 TE in fantasy football. With Jason Avant and DeSean Jackson gone, Ertz could play a lot in the slot, though the arrival of WR Jordan Matthews may limit Ertz’s snaps there. It sounds as if the team plans to use him heavily in the red zone, however.

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) day-to-day with a knee bruise

Monday, July 28, 2014, 1:29pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Losing Kelvin Benjamin would be a potential disaster for the Panthers.

So the fact they’re not freaking out about his “precautionary MRI” is probably a good sign.

Benjamin was sent back to Charlotte for tests after banging knees with a teammate Sunday afternoon. He finished practice and signed autographs afterward, so there was no early sign of panic.

“It could just be one of those things where if he had iced it right away and not finished [Sunday’s] practice, maybe it would have been better,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said, via Black and Blue Review.

Fantasy Impact:

The result of the MRI is just a bruise. Benjamin is expected to play a pretty big role in the Panthers offense after losing both Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell in the offseason. Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery are next in line in terms of WRs. It will be important for Benjamin to get back and continue to get his reps.

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