Week 13 Sleepers: 5 Wide Receivers You Must Pick Up
Wide receivers are interesting players in fantasy football. While every team has one or two running backs who get most of the carries, a lot of NFL teams have three or four receivers who get consistent looks.
As fantasy football playoffs loom ever closer, getting consistent scoring from everyone on your roster can be the difference between receiving your league's trophy, or ending up in the ever dreaded toilet bowl matchup.
For the wide receiver position, there are five sleepers who can help take your team to the promised land.
1. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Justin Blackmon was highly touted coming in to the league this season. He was walking on to a Jacksonville team that really had nothing, especially in the receiving game.
Blackmon started out slow, but is finally starting to live up to his lofty expectations.
Justin is currently the number one most added wide receiver in fantasy football according to ESPN.com.
The first year wide receiver averages around 6.5 points per week, but has had a few explosions. In Week 11, against a very good Houston defense, Blackmon hauled in seven catches for 236 yards and a touchdown. Last week, he had 62 yards and a touchdown against the Titans.
Blackmon is a decent fantasy receiver at best, especially in a deep league, but just knowing that he has a chance to put up huge numbers, this late in the season, could be the difference between winning your league, or picking a new team name for next season.
As long as Chad Henne is taking snaps, look for Blackmon to get a lot of targets.
2. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
Danario Alexander went down in the Charger's game against the Ravens with a thigh injury late in the game.
Even with the injury Alexander led the Chargers in receiving for the fourth consecutive game. Alexander snatched five catches for 74 yards against a very good Ravens defense on Sunday.
A lot of fantasy owners would love to have a receiver go for 70-plus yards. This wasn't even a big day for Danario.
In Week 11, Alexander put up 96 yards and two touchdowns against the Broncos. In Week 10, he went for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Danario gets a lot of looks from Phillip Rivers, catching 17 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns in the last few weeks.
If he's still available in your league, snag him as soon as possible, even if it's just to make sure no one else can.
3. Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions
When you talk about the Detroit Lions receiving core, you usually stop at Calvin Johnson. In the last few weeks, another Lions wideout has started to make a name for himself.
Ryan Broyles blew up in Week 12 as the Lions took on Houston on Thanksgiving day. Broyles had six catches for 126 yards against a strong Texans defense.
Titus Young has been in hot water with the coaches, which led to him getting well acquainted with the bench on Turkey Day. Young could only watch as Broyles went off against Houston.
After seeing Broyle's potential, even Calvin Johnson has been praising the young wideout in the Detroit Free Press.
Broyles had a huge game against the Texans, and with a 4-7 record, what do the Lions have to lose?
Pick him up!
4. Mohamed Sanu, Cincinatti Bengals
If you watch any form of sports highlights on TV, you probably know who Mohamed Sanu is. Sanu made this amazing catch against the Raiders en route to a two-touchdown day in Week 12.
If that catch (and this one) isn't enough to sell you on Sanu, look at the numbers. Sanu has had four touchdowns in the last three games. He doesn't put up crazy yardage, going over 30 yards just once this season, but he scores.
Andy Dalton loves Sanu in the redzone, and as teams get more distracted by AJ Green, Sanu will get more looks.
If you're looking for a solid second or third option heading to the playoffs, go find Sanu before someone else picks him up.
5. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick up another Jaguar player? Surely, you must be kidding Daine?!
I'm not kidding and don't call me Shirley.
Cecil Shorts is going off. Shorts has seven games with at least 70 receiving yards. He has six receiving touchdowns this season.
While Blackmon took a few games to heat up, Shorts has been going all season. Shorts had 74 yards, and a touchdown in the first game of his sophomore season. In three of his last five games, he's gone over 100 yards.
Shorts is a great option at receiver, heading into the playoffs, and is only owned in 51.1 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues.
Wouldn't you like 10 more points every week? GET HIM.
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