Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings 2013: Underrated WRs You Must Target

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJanuary 4, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 30: T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts heads toward the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown reception against the Houston Texans during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Texans 28-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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If you're still playing fantasy football during real-life playoffs, chances are pretty good that you're playing some type of salary cap game and have your choice of the game's elite players. 

However, if you don't want to pass up Adrian Peterson—and if you pass up Adrian Peterson I don't want to be friends with you—or Alfred Morris, you're probably going to have to find some under-the-radar wide receivers who don't cost much.

It's a good thing I'm here for you.


3. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

The Baltimore Ravens are always tough at home in the playoffs, but this is a defense that can be exploited.

Especially by Andrew Luck, who will probably end up throwing the ball about 65 times.

Granted, the talented rookie quarterback tends to spread the target love around, but Hilton is quickly establishing himself as one of Luck's go-to receivers.

In the past five contests, the rookie out of FIU has pulled in 17 catches on 34 targets for 373 yards and two touchdowns. That's a solid 3.4 catches and 74.6 yards per game. 

Hilton is the high-risk, high-reward option on this list. There's a solid chance Luck spreads the ball around, Baltimore's defense proves to be too much for the Colts and he finishes with two catches for 20 yards.

But there's also a good chance he erupts for five catches, 120 yards and a touchdown. 

For as cheap as he'll come, that's a risk I'm willing to take. 


2. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

The Washington Redskins have looked better in the secondary as of late, but this is still a unit that is giving up 7.4 yards per attempt (24th in the NFL), 282 passing yards per game (30th) and gets hardly any pressure (23rd in sacks) on the quarterback. 

That frees up a—get ready for it—golden opportunity for Tate.

Ugh. Sorry.

Seattle's dynamite wide receiver isn't going to rack up targets or receptions, but Russell Wilson has clearly built a rapport with the fellow shorter-than-six-footer. Tate is almost always good for one or two long receptions per game—he has had five games in his last seven with a catch more than at least 30 yards—and multiple looks in the red zone.  


1. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens

Boldin often gets overlooked in fantasy because he's basically an old geezer at 32-years-old and also because he would rather go over the middle for a crucial chains-moving catch than pull in an 80-yard score. 

But I advise you to go with the non-sexy. It will win you many fantasy matchups.

Over his last six games, Boldin has received 49 targets (8.2 per game) and pulled in 25 of those (even counting a zero-catch performance against Denver) for 372 yards (62 per game). He has also racked up four touchdowns in that span. 

Throw in a matchup against a mediocre Indianapolis secondary, and Boldin is primed to severely out-perform his face value.