Update: It's official, Kenny Britt tore his ACL and is out for the season.
Kenny Britt was having a great season. Until he turned awkwardly on his knee after a catch against the Broncos and apparently tore his ACL and MCL on a freakish play where he didn't hit or touched.
Britt will have an MRI today to confirm the bad news that the Titans fear (there's still a slight chance that he just injured his knee, but it doesn't look good), but fantasy owners had been enjoying a breakout season by the Titans troubled wide receiver for the first two games. Britt was one of the leading receivers in the NFL who produced solidly and had developed a rapport with new Titan quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
So if you're a Britt owner, what do you do now? Here's five players to go after on your waiver wire so you don't drop to the bottom of your standings.
Titus Young, wide receiver, Detroit Lions
It looks like there's enough of the Detroit offense to go around. After Young went without a catch on week 1, he had five receptions for 89 yards in week 2 and 4 catches for 51 yards in week 3. And it should be said that the Lions didn't play particularly well in week 3, but they were also down most of the game, forcing them to throw more often than they normally would have. But either way, the signs are encouraging that Young is clicking with Matthew Stafford. Pick him up as he could be a grow into a dependable WR3, and if Nate Washington or Calvin Johnson miss an time with injury, he could shoot up to a WR1.
Jason Avant, wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
I know what you're thinking: Isn't Michael Vick out for the next month? He is, but Vince Young should be a more than capable back-up who can come in and run the Eagles pass-heavy offense. But what makes Avant so intriguing is that Jeremy Maclin is likely out for week four, leaving many more looks to Avant, who has played pretty well already this season. Pick him up because that Eagles passing offense is very fantasy friendly. And if you can get a piece of it for even a little while, it will pay dividends. Steve Smith could also play a role in picking up Maclin's slack, but Avant knows this offense better.
LaVelle Hawkins, wide receiver, Tennessee Titans
Whenever a star player goes down, the most obvious target is the guy replacing him. But the problem with the Titans is that's not so obvious. LaVelle Hawkins and Damian Williams will be vying for time, but it looks like LaVelle Hawkins will be the guy to get the first shot at filling in for Britt's shoes. Keep a close eye on this because if it doesn't look like Hawkins can get it done, Williams will quickly get his own chance.
Torrey Smith, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey went off on Sunday with 5 receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns. The one thing we know for sure, he will never put up these kinds of numbers again in his life. And he will most likely be a waiver wire darling this week. But if you can snatch him, hey, it's always worth a flyer to see if Flacco has found a new favorite target. Expect something closer to a 2 catches for 47 yards line for the rest of the year, but you can't win if you don't gamble on guys like this. He's exactly what the wiaver wire is for.
Randy McMichael, tight end, San Diego Chargers
Well, Antonio Gates minor foot injury that he was expected to play through just got a lot worse. It's now a torn plantar fascia. No one knows exactly what this is going to mean to Gates season (or if he's even going to play next week.) McMichael doesn't have a great history of blowing up for fantasy owners, but the San Diego offense is a powerhouse, and if he's half of what Gates is, then he's worth starting in your 12+ team leagues every week.