At the boom-or-bust position of wide receiver, there are always good sleeper choices for your fantasy team. Identifying those sleepers isn't always an easy task. However, each week there receivers who exceed expectations and leave owners thinking, "I knew I should have started that guy."
In hopes of alleviating those regrets, I've identified three sleeper wide receivers who are worth a start.
I tried to offer up players at different levels of availability. So even if you're in a big pinch and scouring the waiver wire, you should be able to pull a starting gem out of this article.
Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego Chargers
Vincent Brown is rapidly losing his sleeper status. He's playing with the San Diego Chargers, and quarterback Philip Rivers has regained the form that made this offense a fantasy juggernaut for years.
Also, the Chargers defense is terrible, so Rivers is going to be putting the ball in the air often.
Brown currently leads all Chargers receivers in targets and is second in yards.
He's also coming off of a monster game against the Raiders where he grabbed eight catches for 117 yards. He now has 15 grabs from his last two games.
He has the speed and ball skills to get deep, and Rivers loves to throw the deep ball.
Brown is going to prove to be worthy of a regular starting spot, and I wouldn't be afraid to start him this week even though he will be facing the Colts' sixth-ranked pass defense. More on that next.
Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers
Since I've got two Chargers on this list, I figured I'd save some team-specific info for Keenan Allen. As I said, the Colts have been playing quality pass defense. However, Indianapolis hasn't faced the strongest of passing games.
The Dolphins, with their ability to hit for deep passes, are the closest thing the Colts have faced to what the Chargers will offer. Ryan Tannehill threw for 314 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions against the Colts. I fully expect Rivers to eclipse those numbers.
In that game, receivers Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline combined for 14 catches for 183 yards and a touchdown. Allen and Brown, despite Eddie Royal also getting his share of grabs, will at least equal those numbers.
Allen looked fantastic against the Raiders, and the rookie is seeing an increasing number of targets. Last week, Rivers threw his way nine times, and Allen caught six of the passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Allen will continue to impress this week.
Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers:
Ted Ginn is a start 'em with a caveat: this is a hit-or-miss selection. If you're looking for someone you can count on, go a different route.
However, I like Ginn's chances this week.
The first reason is that he will be facing the awful secondary of the Minnesota Vikings.
The other thing is that Brandon LaFell continues to play his way out of targets for the Panthers, and Ginn is going to benefit from this. Ginn has just 11 catches this year, but he also has at least 62 yards receiving in each of his last three games, and he has two touchdowns in that span.
There's no doubt that Ginn is a risky start, but he has a chance to go big against the terrible secondary of the Vikings.
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