Wide Receivers to Add
Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens
The lanky rookie had been quiet for a month, but he returned to fantasy prominence with seven catches for 92 yards and a touchdown, which gave him six on the season. You could make a case for Brown to be Joe Flacco's weapon of choice downfield, particularly in the red zone. The Ravens draw the Detroit Lions in Week 15, a team that has been the third worst in fantasy against wide receivers.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Golden Tate is Russell Wilson's No. 1 receiver, but Baldwin is a close second with Percy Harvin (hip) unlikely to impact fantasy the rest of the season. The New York Giants have played better against wide receivers in the second half of the season, but Keenan Allen did burn them for two touchdowns Sunday. Baldwin is a sleeper play, especially because Wilson is hot and certain to get someone in the end zone in an expected blowout.
Wide Receivers to Monitor
LaVon Brazill, Indianapolis Colts
If you are going to trust any Colts receivers at this point, it probably should be Brazill. T.Y. Hilton has been a bust for fantasy owners after Reggie Wayne (knee) went down, but Brazill is finally emerging after a slow start to the season. The problem is the Texans still have the second-best secondary in football against the pass.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
He enjoyed a breakthrough performance Sunday, reeling in five catches for a career-high 141 yards and a touchdown, but you still should not trust the raw rookie in fantasy crunch time, particularly with the shakiness of the Vikings' quarterback situation. Patterson at least looks like a future star now, but fantasy owners should still consider Greg Jennings and perhaps even Jerome Simpson as the more frequently targeted Vikings fantasy stopgaps down the stretch.
Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders
He has quietly had a productive season for the lowly Raiders, but the matchup against the Chiefs doesn't give us much faith in him as a fantasy starter in the playoffs. Denarius Moore (shoulder) still might return to steal targets, and we cannot entirely put faith on the right arm of undrafted rookie Matt McGloin.
Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans
Hunter reached the end zone and 100-plus yards for the second time in three games Sunday, but you cannot expect consistency out of this rookie receiver in fantasy crunch time. Sure, he is getting as many snaps as Kendall Wright and Nate Washington now, but trusting Ryan Fitzpatrick and Hunter against a Cardinals secondary that features shutdown corner Patrick Peterson is not advisable.
Ace Sanders, Jacksonville Jaguars
The rookie slot man has gotten more targets than Cecil Shorts in the past month, even if it has been Shorts getting the touchdowns. Sanders is an option in PPR formats, particularly against a Buffalo Bills defense that has been second worst in fantasy against wide receivers this season.
Wide Receivers to Ignore
Da'Rick Rogers, Indianapolis Colts
The rookie Rogers, who went undrafted and was cut by the Bills earlier this season, had the first catches of his NFL career Sunday to the tune of six for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He flashed some talent, but you have to believe the targets will go to T.Y. Hilton and even the aforementioned Brazill in future weeks. Rogers is more intriguing long-term—like 2014—than he is off waivers this week.
Andre Holmes, Oakland Raiders
He followed up his surprising Thanksgiving Day performance with a solid 63 yards, but McGloin is still likely to target Streater and perhaps Moore (shoulder) over Holmes in future weeks. The matchup against the Chiefs is not favorable either. If you're not using Holmes, there is no reason to own him right now.