Plug and Play: 5 Receivers You Can Use in Place of Percy Harvin This Week
Percy Harvin, arguably the top fantasy wide receiver in the league for the first half of the season, may not be ready to play this Sunday. His ankle sprain will probably keep him sidelined. Add that to the fact that bye weeks have kicked into high gear in the NFL, and some fantasy owners may be scrambling to find another player to plug into that vacated receiver hole.
But don’t fret. I have come up with a list of five wide receivers who should be available in your league and can have an impact in your lineup this coming weekend. While I can’t promise you a Percy Harvin-like fantasy point total, these guys will help you fill the void left by the superstar.
Hopefully Harvin will play this Sunday, but if he doesn't, here is a list of five receivers that should be primed for a decent performance this weekend.
5. Ryan Broyles
Broyles is available in 84% of Yahoo fantasy leagues right now. The Lions are primarily using him to stretch the field, but he saw the most targets out of the Lions receivers not named Calvin Johnson this past weekend.
The Lions face the Vikings this weekend in Minnesota, so temper your expectations, but he’s still worth a flier if you are in a bind. There are better options on this list, but Broyles made the cut for Week 10.
Fantasy Outlook: 5 receptions, 75 yards
4. Kevin Ogletree
Similar to Broyles, Ogletree is available in 84% of Yahoo fantasy leagues. Ogletree only hauled in three passes last week, but he went for 96 yards and managed to score a touchdown.
Ogletree is a risk versus reward play. He’s the wild card on this list. You can risk playing him and end up with zero fantasy points, or he could repeat last week's performance.
It’s worth noting that Dez Bryant has a bad hip, so if he is limited, it would bump Ogletree’s value. Monitor the Dez Bryant situation, especially if you have Bryant and Harvin both on your team. Ogletree would become a must-have this weekend in that case.
Fantasy Outlook (if Bryant is full strength): 4 receptions, 110 yards
Fantasy Outlook (if Bryant is limited): 7 receptions, 160 yards, 1 TD
3. Emmanuel Sanders
Sanders is available in 85% of Yahoo fantasy leagues and, with the injury to Antonio Brown, could be primed for a breakout game on Monday night against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs are giving up an average of 221 yards per game against the pass, so Sanders will have some opportunities.
Fantasy Outlook: 5 Receptions, 80 yards, 1 TD
2. Davone Bess
Believe it or not, Bess is available in 73% of Yahoo fantasy leagues. In most scoring systems, he is the highest scoring receiver that has not scored a touchdown this season.
The Dolphins face the Titans this weekend. The Titans are currently ranked 27th in the league against the pass, allowing almost 275 passing yards per game. It sounds like Bess has a shot at scoring his first TD this weekend.
Fantasy Outlook: 7 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD
1. T.Y. Hilton
Not only is Hilton a good play as a replacement for Harvin this week, but he is a solid sleeper candidate for the second half of the season. He’s available in the majority of fantasy formats, and worth taking a look at. It may be wise to pick him up, and just stash him on your bench so nobody else in your league can use him against you.
But he may not remain on your bench for long.
Hilton is currently third on the depth chart, but the rookie seems to be building a nice rapport with Andrew Luck. Even with two receivers ahead of him, with the way Luck is spreading the ball around, don’t be frightened to stick him in your lineup.
By the way, the Colts play the Jaguars this weekend. Cha-Ching!
Fantasy Outlook: 9 receptions, 125 yards, 1 TD