Fantasy Football Sleepers 2012: Most Underrated Points Per Reception Receivers
Not every NFL wideout can be the points per reception fantasy god Wes Welker is, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few supremely underrated and certainly viable PPR receivers worth considering in your fantasy draft this year.
These players are not household names, even in the fantasy world, but they are capable of piecing together steady seasons in 2012 and won't be forced to have over 100-yards receiving with two touchdowns to positively impact your lineup.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
In 2010, the shifty Amendola broke out in Sam Bradford's rookie season to the tune of 85 catches, 689 yards and three touchdowns on a respectable 123 targets.
He injured his arm and shoulder early in 2011, and was lost for the season.
Now, he's fully recovered, and according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch "remains the clear No. 1 receiving target."
The Rams did draft wideout Brian Quick with the first pick in the second-round of the 2012 draft, but coming from FCS Appalachian State, there's a good chance he'll have a steep learning curve.
Because of that, and the lack of another truly established receiver on the roster, expect Amendola to garner upwards of 130 or 140 targets in 2012.
Those targets make him points per reception wideout with outstanding value.
Washington had 74 receptions for 1,023 yards with seven touchdowns in 2011. He amassed those numbers on 121 targets. Many didn't see such a resurgence from a 28-year-old veteran, but he was integral to the Titans' offense last year.
Sure, guys like Jared Cook and Kendall Wright will take away targets from Washington, but there's a reason to keep your faith in the former Pittsburgh Steelers wideout.
The emergence of Cook and easily transition to the NFL for Wright are simply speculation at this point. Washington proved himself as a pass-catching commodity with Tennessee last season.
He's a comfortable target for Matt Hasselbeck and should be reliable for Jake Locker as well if the 2011 first-round pick takes the reins of the offense during the 2012 campaign.
He may not receive 121 targets again, but he has a career yards per catch average of 15 and has scored at least six touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
A late-round WR No. 3 you'll be happy to have on your fantasy team this season.
Any Detroit Lions offensive players are worth considering in your fantasy league in 2012. Well, the quarterback and the wide receivers, that is.
Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford will be gone before Round 4, and next in line to draft is the second-year wideout from Boise State.
Veteran Nate Burleson may be ahead of Young on Detroit's depth chart this season, but the smaller wideout will absolutely wreak havoc out of the slot with all the weapons around him.
He didn't have a ton of catches as a rookie (48), but he reeled in 17 catches and four touchdowns in the last four games of 2011.
There will be even more attention paid to Megatron and tight end Brandon Pettigrew this year, so expect Young's targets to jump from 84 to around 100 this season.
Remember, no team attempted more passes than the Lions in 2011, another good sign for Young.
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