The landscape of the 2012 NFL season has already taken shape as we are already a quarter of the way through the schedule.
Fantasy football owners are trying to find a rhythm with lineups while those leading their leagues are looking to string together multiple wins to gain separation from the pack.
Finding replacement plays this week with several fantasy studs on bye weeks will be critical to putting together a winning streak or turning around a losing season.
Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay are all off this week.
A perfect one-week only solution at wide receiver for those in need of a replacement for Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Vincent Jackson is New York Giant Domenik Hixon, who will continue to see an increased workload while Hakeem Nicks continues to nurse an injury.
Hixon has great value this week against the Cleveland Browns defense, which ranks 30th in the league in defending the pass.
Hixon caught six balls for 114 yards a week ago against Philadelphia.
Though he doesn't have a touchdown this year, that could very well change Sunday at home against Cleveland.
Expect Eli Manning to slice the Browns up and down the field and for Hixon to get his fair share of targets.
While Hixon is a better one week only solution, Arizona Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts is the better solution for fantasy players looking to replace Santonio Holmes, who is rumored to potentially miss the remainder of the regular season with a foot injury.
Roberts has four touchdowns in four games this year and is earning consistent red zone targets as opposing teams double Larry Fitzgerald inside the 20-yard line.
Owned in less than 2 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, Roberts is out there and waiting to be picked up.
Many fantasy experts are excited about Brian Hartline this week.
How he is still available in any league is baffling.
We argued for owners to acquire him two weeks ago, and Hartline continues to impress.
There is zero chance he will be around after this week’s waiver period after his 12-catch, 25-3 yard game that included a touchdown.
Hartline is one target shy of the league high, and he will continue to see plenty of passes his way.
Owners who have to bench Brandon Pettigrew or Jason Witten will have tough luck finding a quality option on the waiver-wire if in a deep league.
But Bills’ tight end Scott Chandler is still available in many leagues and, as always, I recommend picking him up and feeling free to give the guy a start.
Several starting kickers will be off this week as well, making St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein all the more likely to get picked up.
Last week, Zuerlein became the first kicker in NFL history to convert on 50- and 60-yard field goals in the same game.
That gives him insane fantasy value, especially at home in the Rams’ dome.
Zuerlein has yet to miss a kick and has 52 fantasy points in four games.
Simply put, get Zuerlein immediately.
If you are in need of a defense, feel free to give the Vikings defense a look.
The Minnesota special teams unit has been solid to date, and the Vikings face a good matchup defensively this week against the Titans, who will likely be without Jake Locker.
Matt Hasselbeck turned the ball over three times in place of Locker last week, and Titans running back Chris Johnson has been anemic, despite going over 100 yards last week.
Minnesota has been solid against the run, so don’t expect Johnson to repeat last week’s effort.
This week' survivor pool lock of the week is the New York Giants at home against the Cleveland Browns.
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John Livingston is the sports editor of The Daily Times and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association member.