Leonard Hankerson's Expanded Role Increases Week 3 Fantasy Value

Aug 25, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (85) is introduced before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Leonard Hankerson could have an expanded role this week. We break down the fantasy implications.

Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson could see his value go up on Sunday against the Bengals with news that Pierre Garcon will miss another game with a foot injury. The Redskins are really hurting to find a solid receiving option for Robert Griffin III with Garcon out and Hankerson did have a 68-yard touchdown in week 2. Aldrick Robinson got the start last week, but did not have an impact.

Fantasy Analysis: Hankerson was a 3rd round pick in 2011, so there is some expectation there that he'll be more than just a role player and he did have 8 catches for 106 yards against the Dolphins in week 9 last season. There haven't been many highlights outside of that and now could be his chance to earn more playing time. The Bengals are a good opportunity to play against as they've given up over 300 yards passing each of the first two games, with four touchdowns allowed. Hankerson could be a sneaky flex play if you're hurting for options.

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