Tears were shed over Santonio Holmes’ injury on Sunday.
New York Jets fans were joined in their mourning by the receivers’ fantasy football owners.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that Holmes, who had to be carted off the field against the San Francisco 49ers, didn’t break anything. However, that doesn’t mean he didn’t suffer a serious injury. He tweeted:
X-rays on Santonio Holmes' foot were negative, I'm told. Not sure if there's ligament damage though. #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) September 30, 2012
If Holmes is on your fantasy team, you’re likely looking for a replacement. Here are three underrated wideouts who are respectable starting options (Owned percentages via Yahoo! Sports).
3. Jeremy Kerley
If Holmes can’t play, Kerley will become the Jets’ No. 1 wide receiver.
Through four weeks, he’s recorded 10 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers aren’t impressive and neither is the quarterback that’s throwing Kerley the ball. Nevertheless, he is too explosive and will receive too many targets to not put up solid numbers.
He’s only owned in 27 percent of leagues.
2. Andrew Hawkins
Hawkins is owned in 55 percent of fantasy leagues, but if he’s still a free agent in your league, you must sign him.
One of the season’s greatest surprises at the position, Hawkins has reeled in 15 receptions for 247 yards and two touchdowns. The more A.J. Green dominates, the more opportunities Hawkins will have to take advantage of single coverage.
1. Andre Roberts
Roberts is another receiver that benefits from playing across an all-world No. 1 wideout. While Larry Fitzgerald is the name everyone knows, Roberts has been no slouch this season.
He’s caught 15 balls for 229 yards and four touchdowns. Against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4, he showed his ceiling, going off for 118 yards and two scores. What's more, he's only owned in nine percent of fantasy leagues.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.