A.J. Green’s fantasy football owners watched in horror Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver was carted off the field with a hamstring injury.
The injury is believed to be a significant hamstring tear, per NFL Media’s Ian Repoport. The timing couldn’t be worse, either, as many fantasy football league playoffs begin in Week 12 or Week 13.
Here are five fantasy replacements for Green owners to target on their league’s waiver wire.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
Beasley has five or more receptions in seven of Dallas’ 10 games this season, in addition to 50 or more receiving yards in nine of those 10 matchups. He had another good game Sunday with five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown against a good Baltimore Ravens defense. He’s definitely worth a pickup in all types of leagues.
Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans
Matthews is the latest beneficiary of Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota’s improved play of late. The young wideout set season highs with nine receptions and 122 yards on 13 targets in a Week 11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Matthews also has scored four touchdowns in Tennessee’s last four games and six TDs in its last seven games.
Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Boyd has failed to meet expectations as a second-round draft pick in April, but he did catch six passes for 54 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. He’s the most likely Bengals wideout to receive an uptick in production if Green misses games.
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Thielen hauled in five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown on five targets in Minnesota’s win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. He now has touchdowns in back-to-back games and averages 14.2 yards per catch. He’s not a bad flex option, especially in PPR leagues.
Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams
Britt had 109 yards on seven receptions in Week 10, and he’s scored three touchdowns over the last four games. Rookie quarterback Jared Goff’s entrance into the Rams’ lineup should allow Britt to be productive as a flex option going forward.
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