New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks continues to deal with a knee injury, putting his playing status for Sunday's game in jeopardy. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports he missed practice again on Thursday.
In fantasy football terms, that means it's time to start looking for free agents capable of filling the void for another week. Since Brian Hartline has already been picked up in most leagues, let's take look at some other good options for Week 5.
With Santonio Holmes out for the season and Stephen Hill struggling to recover from a hamstring injury, Kerley is in line to start seeing a lot more targets for the New York Jets. It's key fantasy news even in New York's struggling offense.
To this point, Kerley has been an inconsistent fantasy producer with two double-digit scoring games and two games totaling just five points. He should be able to provide more balanced production with an increased role in the passing game.
The Jets offense has been out of sync, but it's important to remember they have faced some of the league's best defenses. Mark Sanchez is still averaging 32 passes per game and Kerley should be the target on a lot of them in Week 5.
The Cleveland Browns have been passing a lot more than expected with rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden under center. Playing from behind has played a major role, but fantasy points still count even if they are earned in garbage time.
Little leads the team with 151 yards, and should have a lot more if not for a series of drops. If he can start becoming more reliable in that aspect of the game, his numbers will skyrocket and so will his fantasy value.
There's no doubting Little's talent. He has big-play ability, which bodes well against a shaky Giants secondary this week. He's been on the verge of a breakout game for the last few weeks, making him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Hixon exploded for 114 yards on six catches last week. As long as Nicks remains out, he should be given enough opportunities to remain a solid option at the flex position thanks to the high-powered Giants passing attack—especially after fellow wideout Ramses Barden was diagnosed with a concussion this week.
The most impressive thing for Hixon was the chemistry he illustrated with Eli Manning despite being used on a limited basis in recent seasons. They were on the same page right away last week and it led to a huge game for the veteran wideout.
He should be in line for another solid fantasy performance against the Browns. Cleveland's defense wasn't able to slow down anybody during the season's first month and that's unlikely to change against the Giants.