Going into Week 2 of the NFL schedule, there are key issues facing fantasy owners who own high profile wide receivers. Dez Bryant, TY Hilton, and Julio Jones have fantasy owners scrambling for options. Julio is dealing with a hamstring injury following an outstanding Week 1 performance, TY Hilton has knee problems, and Bryant has a broken foot that will cost him at least 3 games and probably more. Here are three fantasy options to help take the sting out of these early season injury issues.
Johnson is known to most for his tenure on the Buffalo Bills, but after being traded last year to the 49ers, Johnson has found a new home in San Diego. Production has lessened lately for the veteran receiver, but Stevie could turn out to be Phillip Rivers’ best option (after Keenan Allen) for the season. Johnson may have to watch out for Pacman Jones of the Bengals this week after the cornerback was fined for slamming rookie Amari Cooper’s head into his helmet.
Most people are thinking that with Dez Bryant out, Terrance Williams is the obvious choice to fill in as a number one target for Tony Romo. But Beasley will probably have even more production in the coming weeks. With Bryant gone, most defenses the Cowboys face will focus their attention on the running game, Jason Witten, and Terrance Williams. This should leave the 5’8” slot receiver open for opportunities. Although Beasley fumbled last week against the Giants, he was the undisputed MVP of Dallas’ training camp as he was virtually uncoverable. Look for Beasley to get some shine these next few weeks.
The young receiver is set to try and fill the big shoes of TY Hilton in Indy. Moncrief has a good chance to see plenty of targets and gain deep yards with opponents focusing on newly acquired Andre Johnson. With Andrew Luck looking to redeem his dismal performance against the Bills last week, owners of Moncrief could see a lot of fantasy points from the second-year player.