Kenny Britt: Underrated Fantasy Pickups to Start in Place of Injured Titans WR

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans reacts after a play during a 16-14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars during their season opener at EverBank Field on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Banged-up Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is a must-bench in Week 5, whether he plays by some miracle or not. 

According to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt via Twitter, Britt's chances of playing Sunday at Minnesota are "not looking so good":

#Titans WR Kenny Britt on his chances of playing: "It’s not looking so good right now as we stand, but we have two days."

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 5, 2012


Britt has played in just two games this season and has seven receptions for 60 yards. If he does make his way onto the field with a bum ankle this Sunday, don't expect any significant fantasy production from the Titans veteran. 

Instead, you should avoid Britt's drama altogether and pick up one of these underrated fantasy WRs in Week 5.


Domenik Hixon, New York Giants

The Giants wide receiver has a phenomenal matchup in Week 5, as he'll be going up against the Cleveland Browns at home. Cleveland ranks 28th in the NFL defending the pass this season.

Hixon, who has caught 10 passes for 181 yards through the season's first four games, is available in more than 88 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues this weekend and should produce solid numbers with Eli Manning throwing him the ball.

Manning has 1,320 yards and seven touchdowns through the air with 12 regular-season games still left to play. With Hakeem Nicks still being hampered by a bad knee and foot, look for Hixon to stretch the field for New York against Cleveland in Week 5.

He did last week, catching six balls for 114 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. 


Greg Little, Cleveland Browns

In that same Browns-Giants matchup, I like underrated Cleveland wideout Greg Little to shine. Although Little has hurt his reputation with untimely drops, he is the team's leading receiver and has been targeted 25 times in four games.

Little has 11 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown this season, but is coming off a four-catch, 77-yard effort at Baltimore in Week 4. That said, he is still owned in less than 20 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues heading into Sunday's matchup.

I don't expect Little to go wild against the Giants' secondary, but considering New York ranks just 20th in the league against the pass, it's not far-fetched to suggest that he'll flirt with a 100-yard receiving game in Week 5.


Chaz Schilens, New York Jets

Though New York Jets wide receiver Chaz Schilens is slightly more under-the-radar than underrated, he's primed for a breakout effort this week against the Houston Texans. With Santonio Holmes lost for the season, and rookie Stephen Hill struggling to cope with an injured hamstring, someone has to step up for Mark Sanchez.

The good news: Schilens caught three passes for 45 yards last week against the San Francisco 49ers, and is owned in less than one percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues heading into Week 5. So, he's an easy pickup for virtually anyone out there.

Schilens has six receptions for 69 yards and has been targeted just seven times this season. Clearly, he is the riskiest pickup for Week 5, but nonetheless still a solid start in place of Kenny Britt.


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