While you're prepping your roster for the upcoming fantasy football playoffs, you might need an extra spark or two for your squad. Luckily, two young players have come out of nowhere over the past two weeks to give you solid options for late-season adds.
WR Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers
All season, the San Diego Chargers have raved about rookie wide receiver Vincent Brown's work ethic, potential and outstanding hands. In the team's past two games, the San Diego State product has finally shown the world what he can do.
Last Thursday against the Oakland Raiders, Brown had a true breakout performance, snagging five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. He also had another touchdown catch called back after a questionable replay ruling.
Still, in the two games he has started for the Chargers, Brown has nine catches for 177 yards and one touchdown.
With the team's No. 2 wideout Malcom Floyd struggling with a hip injury, and All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates not performing up to his standards, Brown should continue to see his targets increase. Quarterback Philip Rivers has shown a lot of trust in his young receiver and I only expect that to increase over the next few weeks.
TE Ed Dickson, Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens may have finally found another weapon in the passing game, as second-year tight end Ed Dickson had a stellar game on Sunday. Dickson hauled in 10 catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns during the team's 22-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Finding a good tight end in fantasy football is really difficult, so Dickson's breakout performance could mean big things for your team. While quarterback Joe Flacco has struggled this season, the fact that he was looking for Dickson on a near-constant basis on Sunday could mean very good things.
The Oregon product has nice hands and could be a weapon if Flacco starts relying on him as a safety valve. Dickson is definitely worth a pickup in all leagues just in case Flacco keeps looking for him.