Odds are that most Stephen Hill owners were expecting to reap the rewards all season long after being among the first to pick up the New York Jets rookie wide receiver, who broke out for two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills.
Unfortunately, Hill has failed to record a single catch since that breakout performance vs. Buffalo and was listed as inactive in Week 4 because of a nagging hamstring injury.
Though that is truly depressing news for some unlucky owners out there, with options comes hope.
Let's take a look at some fantasy pickups that Stephen Hill owners should look to start in place of the injured wideout.
Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings
Jerome Simpson, best known for his incredible front-flip touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals last season, is a solid pickup for Week 5.
The Vikings wideout returned from a multiple-game suspension last weekend to record four receptions for 50 yards in Minnesota's win over the Detroit Lions.
The fifth-year player will have an excellent opportunity for a monster day in Week 5. The Vikings will host the Tennessee Titans, who rank 27th in the NFL defending the pass. Tennessee's secondary has also allowed 10 touchdowns through the air in just four games.
Simpson is owned in roughly eight percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, so he shouldn't be too tough to pick up this week.
Chaz Schilens, New York Jets
Never mind how dominant the Houston Texans defense has been in 2012—someone has to catch the ball for the New York Jets. With both Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes (likely lost for the season) injured, look for wide receiver Chaz Schilens to make an impact for the Jets on Monday night.
At 6'4", 225 pounds, Schilens is a big target who will use his size advantage to separate himself from defenders. Not to mention, he's available in just about all ESPN fantasy leagues.
Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess exploded for seven catches and 123 yards last weekend against the Arizona Cardinals. After Week 4's performance, Bess is on pace for his first career 1,000-plus yard receiving season.
The Dolphins will visit the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5. Although Marvin Lewis' defense has played well this season, it's mediocre against the pass, ranking just 16th in the NFL. Cincinnati has also surrendered six passing touchdowns this fall.
Bess has been targeted 32 times this season, eight times per game on average, and that's a great reason why fantasy owners should look to add him to their roster.
The veteran is owned in less than eight percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues.
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