Who should fill in for Andre Johnson?

Texans coach Gary Kubiak assured fantasy enthusiasts when he said that WR Dre Johnson was going to miss “some time.” And by assuring us, I mean he could not have been more vague. The translation, of course is, “Fantasy enthusiasts are (expletive).”

Chad only does this in warmups, so drop him from your roster. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Oh well, hopefully Dre will start tweeting out MRI photos like his teammate Arian Foster did.

The biggest question is who should you add on your fantasy team to take over that space. The key is to divorce yourself from the familiar names. Remember that scene in “The Office” when Michael Scott says that the first thing he does when he goes to New York is to get a real New York slice of pizza? The comedic drop is that Michael is running into a Sbarro. The truth in that joke is that sometimes people like to rely on the familiar instead of trying the exotic.

The same holds true with your fantasy football team. Start breaking away from familiar and go with some other names that can help out your fantasy team. For instance, Eric Decker is owned in 41.8 percent of NFL.com fantasy leagues. By comparison, Chad Ochocinco is owned in 76 percent of leagues. Austin Collie and Mike Sims-Walker are owned in 67 percent of leagues. The biggest difference in those four players? Decker is the only one who will get your fantasy points this season.

Don’t be afraid to cut the cord and make a move on the waiver wire this week.

Now who has questions?

I’m in a bind with my team. I have a group of solid, if unspectacular WR (Nicks, Maclin, Holmes, S. Rice, L Moore) and Gore, Ray Rice, and McGahee. Unfortunately, I have the frustrating Eli Manning…. I don’t want to trade Ray Rice, but I need to find the best combo of Gore and a WR to trade for a QB upgrade. Help?!? — Reader Matt P. (via text message)

Thanks to John Harbaugh pulling that Kendall Hunter stunt, you really miss a chance to flip Gore when his value should be high. Try to package Gore and Maclin for a quarterback and see who bites. I don’t think you are completely horrible at running back with Rice and McGahee (if he remains the starter).

I have Matt Stafford sitting on my bench because I have Drew Brees…. Do you have enough confidence in Stafford at this point to move Brees to get a great RB or WR or is the market hot enough for Stafford to get that game changing RB/WR? — Jenny Rose (via email)

I would have confidence in both quarterbacks, so I would definitely flip either player for an elite receiver. If you have to part with Brees, so be it, because Stafford is playing at a high level right now. There are injury concerns, but every quarterback can get hurt.

So I have 3 decent quarterbacks (Manning, Hasselbeck, and Grossman) Should I trade someone? (I need a good #2 RB) — Spencer Murray

You do have a log-jam of decent quarterbacks. Manning and Hasselbeck should be your main rotation. Not sure what the trade market is going to yield for Rex Grossman, but I would advise you to grab Stevan Ridley off the wire, and he could be a good RB2 for you later in the season.

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