Kenny Britt Injury: Why You Need to Sign Nate Washington off Fantasy Waiver Wire

Hal NicholsCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 25:  Nate Washington #85 celebrates with Daniel Graham #86 of the Tennessee Titans after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos at LP Field on September 25, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.   The Titans defeated the Broncos 17 to 14.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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With Kenny Britt’s 2011 season now in doubt following an ugly knee injury in the 2nd quarter of the Titans and Broncos game today, fantasy owners who got their hands on the young rising star would be wise to look for Nate Washington on their league’s waiver wire.

Though Britt was obviously the big gun in the Titans passing arsenal, Nate Washington has been a silent, but deadly second option. In Britt’s absence, Washington quickly stepped up as the No.1 option, pulling in nine catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Even when Britt was healthy the first two weeks, Washington was getting a comparable number of targets from QB Matt Hasselbeck. With Britt out of the lineup, Washington will be given the responsibility of carrying the torch for the passing game.

Thus far this season, he has looked up to the challenge.

Nate Washington has always had the speed to be a very good NFL wide receiver. However inconsistency catching the ball has slowed his production significantly in the past. This season tough, it would appear that Washington has finally gotten his focus right on catching the ball before trying to take off running, and the results have been a pair of 90+ yards receiving games in the last two weeks.

Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck put up his second straight 300+ yard passing game today, with only 18 yards coming from Kenny Britt. With Chris Johnson still struggling to get up to speed with the new coaching staff, the Titans will have to continue to try and open the game up with the passing game. Nate Washington will be the centerpiece of that effort in the absence of Kenny Britt, and that makes him a great waiver wire pick up for those looking for a new fantasy wide receiver.