This past week was a disaster for any fantasy football fan that owned either of the Green Bay Packers wideouts that were injured. WR Randall Cobb and WR James Jones both exited the game with knee injuries, and while Cobb’s injury forced him to go on IR, Jones will also likely be out this weekend. To help you fill that void, here are some of the best replacements for Jones on the waiver wire in Week 7.
WR Donnie Avery, Kansas City Chiefs (10.5%) – The emergence of WR Donnie Avery in KC has all but killed the fantasy value of WR Dwayne Bowe. Avery has had two games with over 90 receiving yards this year and he has become QB Alex Smith’s only target downfield. Kansas City plays a beat-up Houston Texans’ defense this weekend that has allowed four passing touchdowns in the last two games alone. Avery isn’t a weekly starter by any means, but he could be a valuable replacement for Jones in Week 7 with the favorable matchup.
WR Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers (3.0%) – While WR Steve Smith may be QB Cam Newton’s number one target downfield, LaFell is certainly his number two option. LaFell has caught three touchdowns over his last three games and has averaged a very impressive 12.3 fantasy points per contest over that span. He may not be a long-term solution, but he should be a strong flex starter in Week 7 against a St. Louis Rams’ defense that has allowed 12 passing touchdowns already this season.
WR Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers (0.1%) – The injury to Jones and WR Randall Cobb leaves the team in need of a playmaker on the outside. Boykin showed last week that he has big play potential by hauling in a 43-yard bomb from QB Aaron Rodgers. Granted, the youngster did drop two passes, but it may have been attributed to nerves. Boykin will get every opportunity to make plays for fantasy owners this Sunday, so if you need a replacement for Jones the most obvious choice may be his teammate.