Waiver Wire Week 5: Jacoby Jones and 3 Possible Replacements for Andre Johnson

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2011

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 02:  Cornerback Keenan Lewis #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tips a pass intended for wide receiver Jacoby Jones #12 of the Houton Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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That noise you heard Sunday afternoon was the sound of every Andre Johnson fantasy owner groaning as they saw their fantasy star limping off the field.

Later, it was found that he had a hamstring injury. That sounds innocuous enough, but hamstring injuries can linger. Just ask Arian Foster. He dealt with a hamstring injury for the better part of two months before he came back healthy this week against the Steelers.

There's no word on Johnson's availability for next week. There's no way to truly replace the production that Johnson gives you, but there are some players out there that can help pick up the slack in his stead. The following are three of those players.


Jacoby Jones, Houston Texans

Jones was widely owned to begin the season, but owners have been steadily dropping him as his role within the offense lessened.

Now, he'll have a chance to step up again if Johnson misses any time. Like Johnson, he is capable of making big plays. He knows the offense well and he should fit right back in easily.

It also helps his value that he returns kicks and punts.


Bryant Johnson, Houston Texans

As you can see, the Texans have plenty of in-house options to replace Andre Johnson if he misses time.

Bryant Johnson hasn't seen much of the field thus far, but that would change if Andre Johnson is out. He is a veteran who will give you a professional effort.

He doesn't have the big-play ability of a Jacoby Jones or an Andre Johnson himself, but you know what you will get from him.


Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Like Jones, Cobb was widely-owned early on. His two-touchdown performance in the opening week of the season had fantasy owners excited about what looked like a rookie star.

Since then, Cobb hasn't been as big a part of the offense and fantasy owners have begun to give up on him.

Lately, though, Cobb has begun to be more a part of the offense in Green Bay. This week against the Broncos, he had two catches for 75 yards, including one catch that went for 61 yards. Cobb is nothing if not a big-play receiver.