The Detroit Lions may have found an answer at the No. 2 receiver position, and fantasy football owners might just have a legitimate option on the Week 13 waiver wire.
Rookie receiver Ryan Broyles, starting in place of the inactive Titus Young against the Houston Texans on Thursday, caught six passes for 126 yards and looked like the future for the Lions opposite Calvin Johnson.
Among Broyles' six catches were 37 and 40-yarders, plus a third-down conversion that helped extend an eventual scoring drive for the Lions on the offense's first series. He caught 6-of-12 targets to improve his season statistics to 21 catches for 307 yards and two touchdowns.
Considering the kind of attention Johnson warrants and the volume of passing the Lions employ every week, Broyles immediately has fantasy value.
In fact, any receiver that can stay on the field for the Lions is probably going to merit some kind of fantasy attention. But for Broyles, who looked very comfortable in his new role Thursday, that value should skyrocket.
A sharp-route runner, Broyles consistently found himself open against a banged up Texans secondary. And considering how often the Lions throw the football, production should continue to follow Broyles over the final five games of the 2012 season.
Overall, no team has attempted more passes or amassed more passing yards than the Lions this year. Quarterback Matthew Stafford finished Thursday with his sixth game of 300 or more yards passing.
One would have to assume Broyles will remain a starter.
Although Young will likely be back next week, Broyles did enough Thursday against the Texans to solidify his spot as a starting receiver in the Lions offense.
Better yet, Broyles will be available across a wide spectrum of formats and league sizes. At ESPN, Broyles is owned in just 1.3 percent of leagues. That number will increase significantly between now and the start of Week 13.
Receiving options like Broyles come and go as the weeks drag on, but his situation looks like one that could have some staying power down the stretch. If you're in need of an addition at receiver or want more flex options, Broyles should be a smart fantasy pickup in the coming days.
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