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Fantasy Football: What happens now with Eric Decker injury?

Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a pass in front of Buffalo Bills defensive back Nickell Robey (21) during the second half at New Era Field. The Jets beat the Bills 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a pass in front of Buffalo Bills defensive back Nickell Robey (21) during the second half at New Era Field. The Jets beat the Bills 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
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In recent years, Eric Decker has been an integral part of any fantasy football lineup.

Last year, wide receiver Eric Decker was in the top 50 fantasy football scorers coming in at No. 34 in the NFL. Week after week Decker would bring home double-digit fantasy points per game. He averaged about 17 fantasy football points per game totaling a little over 252 points for the season.

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This season, if you were lucky enough to draft Decker you were rolling in the points. Week 1 and 2 offered a combined total of almost 45 points. And then, the nightmare became a reality; Decker injured his shoulder.

Decker tore his rotator cuff and has been listed questionable for Week 4. Unsure of what the future would hold for him, fantasy owners were left with unanswered questions and a difficult decision; drop or bench Decker.

It’s now Week 6 and the New York Jets have placed Decker on injured reserve. He will undergo surgery that will take approximately six to eight months to heal from. Although this is horrible news for fantasy football owners, you can now cut the dead weight from your roster.

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What should owners do now? First and foremost, drop Decker, he’s still owned in almost 60 percent of leagues; he’s not coming back and you’re wasting a spot on your team.

As for a replacement,  unfortunately, they’re not too many options left on the wire waiver.

If you didn’t handcuff Decker with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, now is the time to draft him. He’s only owned in about 20 percent leagues and has consistently earned double-digit fantasy points per game all season.

Keep in mind Enunwa is only a WR3 fantasy option so it’s best to keep working the waiver wire to find suitable replacements on a weekly basis.

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Overall, it’s unfortunate for Decker and owners hoping he would replicate what he did last season. Now, owners are advised to cut their losses now and hope they find a hidden gem from here on out.

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