Another week of NFL football, another huge fantasy loss. Rest in peace to Titan’s WR Kenny Britt’s right knee, as he tore both his ACL and MCL during this play against the Denver Broncos last week. The worst part is, Britt was having one of the best seasons of any receiver thus far, totaling 289 yards and three touchdowns in three and-a-half weeks of play. We all know what that means right? What was once everyone’s trash may now be one lucky man’s gold. Here are our top pickups of the week:
Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans
Washington is the obvious pickup this week, with Britt going down. Washington was already have a productive season before the injury, garnering 21 catches (third in the NFL) for 258 yards and a score. Washington’s most impressive showing came after Britt’s injury, where he caught a season-high eight passes for 92 yards and his lone touchdown. QB Matt Hasselbeck has been slinging the ball well lately, and Washington would make a good number two or possibly a number one on teams that lack any stud receivers.
Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens
If you didn’t hear about rookie Torrey Smith’s record debut on Sunday, then you most likely live under a rock. Smith’s first three catches went for scores, and they weren’t goal line catches either (74 yards, 41 yards, 18 yards). Don’t expect Smith to go off again like this anytime soon, and is a cautious pickup only for teams in desperate need of a wideout. This may have been a fluke day for him.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
If you miss out on any of the other two WR pickups, Cruz may look like a good start if WR Mario Manningham can’t play once again due to concussion issues. Cruz lit up a talented but struggling Eagles’ secondary for 110 yards and two scores.
Bernard Scott, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
With Cedric Benson’s potential three game suspension looming, Bernard will get the majority of carries. Although the Bengals entire offense is iffy in fantasy, Scott could surprise. He’s facing relatively weak defenses in Buffalo, Jacksonville and Indianapolis in the upcoming weeks.
Kendall Hunter, RB, San Francisco 49ers
After Frank Gore’s horrible performance last week, Hunter looks like a viable pickup in deep leagues. He won’t be starting over Gore anytime soon, but if Gore keeps having fumble troubles look for Hunter to get more and more carries as the season progresses. He’s also worth holding onto since Gore is about as durable as jello.
Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
Like Hunter, Ridley is another rookie running back beginning to get more touches as the season progresses. Ridley had a solid 7.0 yards per carry average against the Bills, rushing six times for 42 yards. He’s worth a look in deep leagues, as New England has a committee of backs that includes BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead.
Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Chicago Bears
It seems as if QB Jay Cutler has established a rapport with his rookie receiver from Ohio State. Sanzenbacher is coming off of back-to-back weeks with touchdowns and inclining targets. He may not be worthy of a pickup just yet, but keep him on your radar.