For the fantasy owners that took a fantasy long-shot on troubled Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt, an ankle injury will keep the star off the field Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Titans WR Kenny Britt is not playing due to an ankle injury.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2012
After serving a suspension and recovering from offseason knee surgery, Britt was in the process of returning to form after catching six passes for 55 yards in Week 3.
Now the rising star has fallen back to earth with this ankle injury.
As a fantasy owner, it is imperative that you find a viable replacement fast. Whether it is from your bench or the waiver wire, stash Britt for when he is healthy and pick up one of the following players.
Brandon Stokley, Denver Broncos
While Peyton Manning hasn’t been playing well with the Denver Broncos so far in 2012, the perfect remedy for any struggling QB is the Oakland Raiders’ porous defense.
Veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley is down in the pecking order for the team, but Manning has a rapport with his former Indianapolis Colts teammate. With that built-in trust, Manning has continued to lean more and more on the veteran.
With a lack of defensive backs that can make big plays, Stokley will find a niche in the middle of the field and carve the Raiders up for six catches and 80 yards.
Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
After Monday’s debacle in the Seahawks vs. Packers game, it has become clear that undersized Seattle wideout Golden Tate is one of rookie Russell Wilson’s favorite targets.
With three receptions in each of the last two games and a pair of touchdowns as well, Tate is a last-second option in standard-to-deep leagues. If Kenny Britt put you in a bad spot, it may be Tate that bails you out.
If last week’s performance wasn’t enough, the matchup against the St. Louis Rams should feature Tate grabbing at least five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions
While Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson scared many fans with his one-catch Week 2 performance, he has 16 catches in the two other contests not against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Lions have a favorable matchup against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, and there is no doubt that this game could turn into a shootout like the one Detroit was involved in last week against the Titans and Britt.
If the ailing Titans star is killing you with his ankle injury, it’s time to play the Lions’ No. 2 receiver in Burleson. Expect five to seven catches for 70-plus yards and a touchdown.
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