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If you drafted Titans receiver Kenny Britt, chances are you were doing well in your fantasy league. That is, until Week 3.
Britt was placed on injured reserve this week with a torn ACL and MCL, ending both his season and his fantasy value. New quarterback Matt Hasselbeck seemed to form a nice connection with Britt. In the first two games of the year, Britt totaled 271 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He had three catches for 18 yards against the Broncos before the injury. Britt looked like a fantasy stud during his brief season, but now his teammates must pick up the slack.
Nate Washington now becomes the No. 1 receiver in Tennessee. While he has been overshadowed by Britt’s success, but he has put up solid numbers this season. Washington has 258 yards receiving this year, including 191 yards and one touchdown in the past two games.
Washington will now face more attention from opponents’ secondaries, but it is clear that Hasselbeck has no problem throwing his way.
The others in the receiving corp. are relatively unknown. Former USC Trojan Damian Williams will now start opposite of Washington. This is Williams’ second NFL season after being drafted by Tennessee in the third round.
Lavelle Hawkins, a fourth round pick, has 277 receiving yards in his four year career with no touchdowns. He will now be moved into the third receiver spot.
While Williams and Hawkins are not likely to be on a fantasy roster, Washington will fill in nicely for those looking to replace Britt. Washington will not put up Britt numbers, but as a No. 1 receiver he has fantasy value.
The injury to Britt may also open up opportunities for tight end Jared Cook. Many thought this could be Cook’s breakout season. Thus far, he has not lived up to those expectations, hauling in just five catches. The athletic tight end will likely see more targets with the loss of Britt.
A sleeper pick-up for later in the season could be receiver Donnie Avery. The Titans signed Avery this week after placing Britt on IR. Avery has blazing speed, something that will be missed with the absence of Britt. If Avery can pick up the playbook, he may have success in this offense.