Dexter McCluster: Players Who Can Replace K.C. WR on Your Fantasy Team

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Andrew Hawkins #16 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball in for the winning touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 23, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Bengals defeated the Redskins 38-31. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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If you're a Dexter McCluster owner, you need to start searching for a replacement.

According to CBS Sports, McCluster left Sunday's game with an apparent shoulder injury. It was an injury that required a cart, meaning it's possible he could be out for a while.

Here are some replacements for your fantasy team:

*All fantasy scoring via ESPN Standard Leagues

Andrew Hawkins

Dexter McCluster hasn't been that productive this season, posting weeks of 8.2, 3.2 and 3.3 during the first three weeks of the season.

Andrew Hawkins of the Cincinnati Bengals, however, has caught a TD pass in back-to-back weeks and has emerged as the No. 2 wideout alongside A.J. Green in Cincinnati.

Hawkins and QB Andy Dalton have had great chemistry this season, as evident by Hawkins' 12 receptions, 208 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

Of course, Hawkins isn't going to net you the rushing yards that McCluster will, but at this rate, he's an improvement over McCluster.


Ramses Barden

There's a new No. 3 wide receiver in New York and it's Ramses Barden.

Barden's Thursday night showcasing all but assures him of locking down the third wideout spot with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz being the top two guys.

Barden had nine catches for 138 yards against the Panthers in Week 3 and was a big target for Eli Manning.

Even once Nicks returns to the Giants, Barden will be a viable fantasy option because of his 6'6" frame.

Grab him while you can.


Brandon Gibson

Brandon Gibson established himself as the clear-cut No. 2 wide receiver on the St. Louis Rams through the first two weeks of the season.

He put up back-to-back weeks of at least 11 fantasy points in Weeks 1 and 2, scoring a touchdown in consecutive weeks, but had a rough Week 3 matchup (two receptions for 19 yards).

Overall, it wasn't a pretty showing for the Rams' offense, as they failed to score a touchdown against a tough Bears defense.

Moving ahead, I like Danny Amendola to draw most of the coverage against St. Louis, leaving Gibson a solid option at WR.


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