• Austin Pettis

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  • 209 lbs
  • 6' 3"
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Scouting report

by Anthony Stalter

STL WR Austin Pettis - Week 7, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7: Pettis vs. 49ers
Austin Pettis caught three-of-four targets for 15 yards in the Rams’ Week 6 loss to the 49ers. Pettis does a nice job finding holes in zone coverage and sitting down for passes in the short-to-intermediate range. That said, he doesn’t have the speed or explosion to be a home run hitter in the passing game and thus, he’s limited as a fantasy player. Leave him on your waiver wire.

by Anthony Stalter

STL WR Austin Pettis - Week 6, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6: Pettis vs. 49ers
Austin Pettis caught 2-of-2 passes for 33 yards and also had a pair of drops in the Rams' Week 5 loss to the Eagles. His first drop came on a crucial second down play late in the fourth quarter that could have put St. Louis deep into Philadelphia territory needing a touchdown to potential win the game. The second drop came a play later when he couldn't hang onto a pass along the sideline after getting drilled by a defender. Pettis doesn't hold much fantasy value because he doesn't see many targets and doesn't rack up yards after the catch. Leave him on your waiver wire.

by Anthony Stalter

STL WR Austin Pettis - Week 5, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5: Pettis vs. Eagles
Austin Pettis caught three of his four targets for 28 yards in the Rams' Week 3 loss to the Cowboys. While he's a solid option to bust zone coverages, Pettis doesn't have the speed to current big plays and is a touchdown-dependent fantasy player. Leave him on your waiver wire.

by Anthony Stalter

STL WR Austin Pettis - Week 3, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3: Pettis vs. Cowboys
Austin Pettis caught three passes for 46 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Buccaneers. One of the three catches was a 27-yard grab down the seam in the closing minutes on a 3rd-and-9 that eventually led to the team's game-winning field goal. Despite turning heads last week, Pettis still isn't on the fantasy radar. With Tavon Austin out with a knee injury, Pettis' playing time should increase. That said, Stedman Bailey will return from his shortened suspension this week, which will once again limit Pettis' opportunities. Leave him on your waiver wire.

by Anthony Stalter

STL WR Pettis Austin - Week 1, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1: Pettis vs. Vikings
Austin Pettis is buried deep on the Rams' depth chart and should remain on your waiver wire.

by Anthony Stalter

STL WR Austin Pettis - 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Pettis has a knack for finding open spaces in zone coverage, which makes him a trustworthy target inside the red zone. Despite not posting eye-popping numbers, he did catch a career-high 38 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns a year ago in the Rams' run-first offense. He also has the most experience of any receiver in OC Brian Schottenheimer's offense and appears to be a veteran favorite of coach Jeff Fisher's.

Fantasy Downside
Pettis is what he is at this point in his career. He's not a threat to rack up YAC yards because he lacks top-end speed and he's stuck behind Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey (four-game suspension) and Brian Quick on the depth chart. He also plays in a run-first offense.

Bottom Line
Pettis is undraftable in all formats and even if the Rams were to suffer injuries to their starters, he's limited from a playmaking standpoint. He just doesn't have the tools to be a bona fide No. 1 receiver and to put things in perspective, he had a career year in 2013 and still finished as fantasy's 69th receiver. Avoid him on draft day.