Fantasy Football: Sleeper WRs to Help Weather Injury Storm
Wide receivers are dropping like flies. Some are out for extended periods, while others carry the dreaded game-time decision. Luckily, there are some newcomers ready to pick up their slack.
These three receivers should help you get through Week 2 if those injuries have rattled your fantasy team.
Andre Roberts, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Owned in 0.3 percent of leagues
Week 2 Opponent: New England Patriots
Andre Roberts is the starting wide receiver no one has heard of playing next to the starting wide receiver everyone has heard of, Larry Fitzgerald. Roberts is not going to receive an excessive amount of defensive attention.
The third-year pro had a nice start to the season with a five-catch, 54-yard showing that included catching the game-winning touchdown.
Roberts is a wild card, but he is going against a New England Patriots squad that is still a work in progress against the pass, and he is readily available for fantasy players desperate for an option.
Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders
Owned in 89.6 percent of leagues
Week 2 Opponent: Miami Dolphins
Denarius Moore missed the Raiders opener, and the Raiders missed him as their offense was reduced to Darren McFadden and not much else.
Moore was a game-time decision for that game, and all indications point towards him being ready to roll in Week 2.
CBS tweeted out this bit of positive news regarding Moore:
WR Denarius Moore said he's 'ready to rock' against Miami after missing the opener with a hamstring injury. 'I’m very excited.'—Raiders RapidReports (@CBSRaiders) September 12, 2012
Moore is going to be thrown right into the fire as the Raiders and quarterback Carson Palmer will give him the No. 1 receiver treatment when he is on the field.
Robert Meachem, WR, San Diego Chargers
Owned in 93.9 percent of leagues
Week 2 Opponent: Tennessee Titans
Meachem had a modest start to his San Diego Chargers career. He had two receptions for 49 yards and no touchdowns. However, one of those catches came on a 46-yard bomb, and if you've spent any time watching Philip Rivers, you know that being a deep threat is a valuable position in the Chargers offense.
While Meachem just had the one long pass on Monday, thanks to the Raiders snapping woes, the Chargers didn't have the room to go deep very often.
Meachem is not going to be a premier receiver, but he will do just fine in a pinch, and he is going to have some huge weeks this year.
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