Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Replacements for Josh Gordon After WR Placed on Injured Reserve

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 29: Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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After making an early exit in Week 6 and sitting out with both knee and ankle injuries in Week 7, Josh Gordon has now been placed on the injured reserve (IR) list.

Is Josh Gordon Out for the Season?

This move likely spells the end of both Gordon's 2019 fantasy and NFL season, including the postseason. The New England Patriots have already used one of their two IR spots with a designation to return on rookie WR N'Keal Harry, and they are expected to use the other on Isaiah Wynn, meaning Gordon would not be eligible to return even if healthy.

This may leave Gordon's fantasy football players scrambling at the WR position. These three WRs, all owned in less than 60 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, can be added to help soften the blow of losing Gordon.

1. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (52% Owned)

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 20: Corey Davis #84 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the third quarter at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans' offense may have found new life with Ryan Tannehill at the helm. Tannehill impressed with 312 yards and two touchdowns through the air on 23-of-29 passing in his first start of the season, and Corey Davis benefited in a big way. Davis saw seven of those 29 targets, catching six of them for 80 yards and one touchdown. That gave him his second 20-point fantasy performance (PPR scoring) of the season, and his future could be bright with this new QB situation.

2. Kenny Stills, Houston Texans (45% Owned)

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - OCTOBER 20: Kenny Stills #12 of the Houston Texans signals for a first down after a play during the third quarter during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Kenny Stills might not offer value for the entire season, but Will Fuller is expected to miss multiple weeks, giving Stills plenty of upside for the near future. The two WRs play similar field-stretching roles, with the two highest average depths of target marks among Houston Texans' wideouts (14.3 yards for Fuller and 13.2 for Stills, with nobody else above 11.0), and Stills took advantage of Fuller's absence in Week 7. That game saw him turn only four receptions into 105 yards, showcasing the big-play ability that gives him a strong ceiling for fantasy production.

3. Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots (45% Owned)

FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Phillip Dorsett #13 of the New England Patriots carries the ball during the third quarter of a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
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The addition of Mohamed Sanu clouds Phillip Dorsett's role a bit in New England, but Dorsett was already showing some fantasy upside early in the season when playing behind both Gordon and Julian Edelman, so we can still expect him to offer value moving forward. Dorsett has only played five full games this season, but he has averaged 13.3 PPR points per game, actually outscoring Gordon (10.6 PPG in full games). The Patriots' offense is the highest-scoring unit in the NFL, and even if Dorsett loses some consistency with Sanu in town, he should continue to offer solid boom-or-bust upside on a weekly basis.

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