Fantasy spin: Rams release WR Holt

Torry Holt, once considered an elite wide receiver in fantasy football, has been released by the St. Louis Rams.

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One of the league’s most consistent wideouts in his prime, Holt posted six consecutive seasons with 1,300-plus yards and scored double-digit touchdowns three times from 2003-2006.

He was also a prominent member of the “Greatest Show on Turf,” which included fantasy superstars like Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce.

Holt’s numbers did take a quick and decided fall in 2008, however, as he finished with his lowest statistical totals since his rookie season. The veteran wideout, who turns 33 in June, is clearly past his prime but will have his share of suitors on the open market.

The Giants and Titans could be at the top of the list of teams that look to add “Big Game” in the weeks to come.

Regardless of where he lands, it’s hard to envision a scenario where Holt would be considered more than a potential No. 3 fantasy wideout.

The Rams will now have to make some moves to increase depth at the position after the release of Holt and Drew Bennett. As it stands, Donnie Avery and Keenan Burton are the favorites to start next season.

Avery, a real burner who showed flashes of potential as a rookie, will now have more value. But in an offense that will look nothing like it did under former coach Mike Martz, Avery will lack a consistent level of production.

The value of Marc Bulger, who has been an immense fantasy disappointment in the last two seasons, takes a hit in a pass attack with no reliable options.

In fact, Steven Jackson is now the lone member of the Rams offense who warrants a prominent spot in 2009 drafts.

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