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Last Sunday, Saints WR Marques Colston suffered a torn ligament in his thumb and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Those who spent a precious draft pick on him were devastated by the news (God knows I was). So the question now is “How do I replace him?”. The sad truth is that a man of Colston’s talent is not easily replaced by any of the scrubs laying around your free agent pool.
So in order to remedy your empty WR slot on your team, maybe you should take a look at this Sunday’s matchups to see what WR can put up serviceable numbers in place of Marques Colston. Lucky for you, I have already done it for you.
Antwaan Randle El, Washington Redskins: Randle El hauled in 7 catches for 73 yds last week against the Giants thus proving his worth on the Redskins as a #2 threat. If Santana Moss is double covered then Randle El could see more looks like he did against New York.
Washington faces the New Orleans Saints in Week 2. The Saints gave up 221 yds and a TD to Jeff Garcia in Week 1. Even though Jason Campbell isn’t an elite QB, the Redskins still post more offensive weapons than the Bucs did and that makes their offense in Week 2 more apt to scoring. Plus, with Drew Brees and that offense combined with their mediocre defense, don’t be surprised if the game is a shootout.
Bryant Johnson, San Francisco 49ers: Bryant had a very quiet Week 1 with three catches for 48 yds. If nothing else, you can like him for being in a Mike Martz offense that made a 1,000+ yd receiver out of Mike Furrey in 2006 and a 943 yd receiver out of Shaun McDonald in 2007.
The 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks who let Trent freakin’ Edwards throw all over them in Week 1 with 215 yds and a TD. The Seattle D only sacked Edwards once which indicates very poor pass rushing. Johnson was the most targeted WR on the 49ers in Week 1 and seems to be J.T. O’Sullivan’s go-to guy.
Justin Gage, Tennessee Titans: With Vince Young out for Week 2, Kerry Collins will get the start. In Week 1, Collins came in for an injured Young and completed two passes, one was to Gage for 21 yds. Those 21 yds accounted for Gage’s 25 yds on the day.
The Titans face the Bengals in Week 2 which is looking like a blowout by the Titans. The Bengals D gave up over 350 yds to the Ravens last week and aren’t poised to do a complete 180 overnight and shut down Tennessee. Based on their brief connection in Week 1, I think Collins will see Gage as his #1 instead of TE Bo Scaife who was a benefactor of a scrambling QB.