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Week 1 vs. SEA
Rushing: 1 / 8 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 46 / 0 on 8 targets
Avery only made catches close to the line of scrimmage (comebacks and screens), and he opened the game with a fumbled kickoff. There was no chance to see if his speed is intact coming back from the broken bone in his foot, but there were no apparent signs of lingering problems with the injury. Avery also got an end around, but dangerously tried to hurdle a defender at the end of his run. He's still fine in PPR leagues, but his potential is obviously limited by the offense.
Week 2 vs. WAS
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 6 targets
The Redskins took Donnie Avery out of the game in Week 2, letting him catch just one of his six targets. Avery's only catch would have been better to have been a drop for the Rams as he fumbled the short grab over the middle and it killed the Rams' best drive deep in Redskin territory and took away their only real chance to score in the second half.
Week 3 vs. GB
Receiving: 3 / 12 / 0 on 7 targets
Donnie Avery was not even targeted in the first quarter. After Laurent Robinson left the game, Avery was thrown to more often but had nothing to show for it, save for his three catches of 3, 4, and 5 yards each. He was rarely open and did not appear to be used on the deep routes that made his rookie campaign successful. He also left late in the game, with an apparent rib injury.
Week 4 vs. SF
Receiving: 3 / 47 / 0 on 4 targets
Donnie Avery did the best he could against San Francisco in Week 4 as the clear top wideout for the Rams, but he faced long odds. His normal starting quarterback (Marc Bulger) was out, and both the elements (windy) and the tough 49er defense stared him square in the face. Avery only had four targets as Kyle Boller faced a ton of pressure, but Avery made the most of the chances, converting three for 47 yards to lead all Rams' receivers. Avery's first catch of 22 yards was the longest St. Louis play of the game. Avery needs Marc Bulger to get healthy and other receivers to step up and draw coverage away from him to really elevate his chances to perform, as for now Avery is a fantasy WR3 or flex option at best.
Week 5 vs. MIN
Receiving: 5 / 87 / 1 on 7 targets
Avery had his first good game for the Rams this season. Unfortunately most of his stats were accumulated during garbage time on the final two drives. Marc Bulger clearly favors Avery over others and went to him on the long bomb for a TD late in the game. The pass was a little short, but Avery came back to make the catch and spin into the end zone. On the final play of the game, Bulger hit Avery on a 19 yard sideline pass that was high but Avery went up to make a nice catch. Boller also hit Avery earlier in the game on a nice designed roll out pass that found Avery deep down the sideline on 3rd and long. Avery is Bulger's go to guy and with Bulger in the starting lineup next week, Avery's stats should improve.
Week 6 vs. JAX
Receiving: 1 / 17 / 1 on 3 targets
Avery got open easily in the back of the end zone on the only offensive TD for the Rams, and he also got a step deep later in the first quarter, but Bulger underthrew him and the ball was intercepted. In the second quarter, Avery came down hard on the same hip he injured last year, and had to leave the game.
Week 7 vs. IND
Receiving: 2 / 58 / 0 on 4 targets
Avery showed that he really was ready to go after his hip injury, getting open deep early in the Week 7 contest against Indianapolis on a flea flicker that resulted in a 50-yard catch for Avery in the first quarter. Of course, Avery then again had to take some time off after that big gainer, but he was able to get right back in the lineup after missing one series. Avery did little the rest of the afternoon against the Colts, getting just one short ball for eight yards the rest of the game. Avery is still the best wideout the Rams have, but that does not make him more than a fantasy WR3 at best most weeks.
Week 8 vs. DET
Receiving: 1 / 15 / 0 on 5 targets
Avery was targeted a few times throughout the game, but his only reception came on the opening series --- a short catch and run for 15 yards. He also had several key drops throughout the game. For the most part, Avery was a non-factor in the game.
Week 10 vs. NO
Receiving: 4 / 67 / 2 on 6 targets
Avery was able to make the most of a banged up Saints secondary in week 10 as he caught multiple TD's for the 1st time this season. His 2nd TD catch was a thing of beauty as he made a nice over the shoulder catch in the front corner of the end zone. Avery's main job was the stretch the field, and he did a fine job doing just that. He totaled 67 yards and just 4 catches. This was the Avery that fantasy owners were licking their chops to draft in the pre-season. There is really nothing wrong with Avery's game at this point, he just plays on an offense that has issues getting him the ball frequently.
Week 11 vs. ARI
Rushing: 1 / 4 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 65 / 0 on 7 targets
Donnie Avery struggled to get open against the Cardinals for most of the game, finally getting some space later in the contest once the defense started to respect Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola. Avery added 50 yards to his sparse yardage total in the final minutes to make his numbers look far better than they were for the first three periods. Avery gets a better matchup next week against Seattle.
Week 12 vs. SEA
Receiving: 4 / 48 / 1 on 11 targets
Avery was Boller's top target in the clutch, but disappeared for stretches. He was used effectively on catch and run plays, and caught one touchdown reception, a sneaky red zone play that had him in motion and starting out of the backfield.
Week 13 vs. CHI
Rushing: 1 / 15 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 30 / 0 on 8 targets
Avery did break free deep once, but a sprawling breakup prevented a long TD catch. He looked fast on an end around, and also made a tackler miss in the open field on a reception. Avery ran tough after the catch and could have had a bigger day with better throws by Boller on a few of his sideline targets. His best gain came on a reception in the Rams desperation drive as they never got in any kind of rhythm in the passing offense.
Week 14 vs. TEN
Receiving: 2 / 14 / 0 on 6 targets
Avery's season has been a disappointment to most fantasy owners and Sunday's game against the Titans won't do much to change that perception. Avery was covered much of the game by Courtland Finnegan, a physical cornerback excellent in coverage. Finnegan was winning the battle at the line of scrimmage with Avery and by the time Avery was able to get clear of Finnegan and in to his route, the Titans pass-rush was already on top of Keith Null. He finished the day with two catches for 14 yards, only one of which resulted in as much as first down.
Week 15 vs. HOU
Receiving: 4 / 32 / 0 on 6 targets
Avery had yet another disappointing game. On routes where he was sent deep, the Texans pass rush had crashed the pocket long before quarterback Keith Null could look for Avery. His 4 receptions were all for under 10 yards, mostly coming on bubble-screens and quick curl patterns. Avery did, however provide a number of key blocks in the running game including on Steven Jackson's 35 yard run to the right sideline.
Week 16 vs. ARI
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 24 / 0 on 4 targets
Avery got a deep target only to see DRC sky and take it away before it even got to him. Otherwise, he worked the sidelines on some short to intermediate routes. There will be no sign of the deep threat we saw last year until the Rams pass protection and QB play improves.
Week 17 vs. SF
Receiving: 2 / 23 / 0 on 4 targets
Avery had a nice downfield catch in the first half, but suffered a concussion to make it happen. It's starting to feel like he'll be on the injury report for most of his career.