Week 15 Sleepers: Underrated Wide Receivers in Line for Huge Performances

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 13, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 02:  Greg Little #15 of the Cleveland Browns in action against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on December 2, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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If you're going to pick a position to stream in fantasy football, you better make it wide receiver.

After all, you don't see running backs as irrelevant as Joe Morgan, Michael Spurlock, Lestar Jean and LaVon Brazill breaking out every single week.

Teams are now throwing 78 times per game (real stat, don't fight it), so there are always under-the-radar guys available on the wire who will have useful performances in any type of league. 

Predicting those under-the-radar guys isn't quite as easy, but if you're in an extremely deep league or are desperate for a flex option, checking out the wide receivers is a smart move. 


Kris Durham, Detroit Lions

I feel bad for Kris Durham. Being a starting wide receiver for the Lions is obviously a curse (except, of course, for that guy who was supposed to be cursed at the beginning of the year). Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles and Titus Young have all found themselves on the injured reserve list in 2012.

As long as he can avoid that pesky injury bug, Durham is clearly going to get all the opportunities he can handle—he got nine targets last week.

Oh, and he's a former Georgia teammate of Matthew Stafford, who is sort of important to his fantasy success this week. 

He only turned those nine targets into four catches for 54 yards, but against an Arizona squad that has seemingly given up, I'm expecting 80 yards and a score opposite the quadruple team that Megatron will undoubtedly see this week.


Dwayne Harris, Dallas Cowboys

This one obviously depends on the health of Dez Bryant, but if a fractured finger is indeed enough to keep out the man who has a knack for dropping passes even when he has 10 healthy digits, look for Harris to pick up the slack.

Who else do the Cowboys have?

Jason Witten becomes the obvious No. 1 option, but Miles Austin has struggled with inconsistency and the Kevin Ogletree has stopped growing. 

Cole Beasley is a hustler, but I expect Harris—who has seen seven or more targets in two of his past three games and has big-play potential—to be the one to benefit from Bryant's absence. 


Greg Little, Cleveland Browns

Little has really tailed off after a strong rookie season, but he's still the No. 2 wide receiver in Cleveland.

That may not be saying much, but the former North Carolina star has received 71 targets on the year (a solid 6.45 per game) and has quietly racked up 117 yards over the past two games.

Against the Washington Redskins, owners of one the league's worst secondaries, Little is set up perfectly for a big day.