Week 14 marks the first week of the playoffs in the vast majority of fantasy football leagues, meaning everything counts that much more at this point. What has happened over the past few months is essentially meaningless now as the only thing that matters is how your team performs this week.
Because of that, there will be some difficult lineup decisions to be made. Being complacent could mean the difference between a championship and a first-round exit. With that said, here are three under-the-radar wide receivers that should crack your lineup this weekend.
Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions
Although he is often overshadowed due to the presence of Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson has been a very productive receiver for the Detroit Lions this season. This has been especially true over the past four games as he has hauled in 25 passes from quarterback Matthew Stafford, whose finger injury seems to have healed sufficiently.
Burleson was targeted heavily last week against the New Orleans Saints as he made five grabs for 93 yards. He was also called for multiple pass interference penalties, so while he wasn't particularly disciplined, he was a focal point of Stafford and the offense.
It is clear that Burleson is never going to put up Johnson-esque numbers as he has only scored two touchdowns on the season, but he has developed into a very consistent contributor. The Lions will be facing the Minnesota Vikings' 26th-ranked pass defense this week, and with their running backs battered and bruised, they should be airing the ball out plenty with Burleson being a beneficiary.
Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Tabbed as a break-out candidate by many this season, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd hasn't quite lived up to expectations. Much of that has had to do with injuries that have held him out of several games and limited in others. Since returning a couple weeks ago, however, Floyd has been red hot.
Floyd has gone over 100 yards in consecutive games and added a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week as well. Quarterback Philip Rivers seems to be rounding into his annual late-season form, which is great news for every Charger receiver, but especially for the suddenly-fresh Floyd.
On the surface it may not seem as though Floyd has the greatest matchup this week against the Buffalo Bills and their 19th-ranked pass defense, but numbers don't tell the entire story. Teams have essentially moved the ball at will against Buffalo this season, whether it be through the air or on the ground. Buffalo has some smallish corners, so they struggle with big, physical receivers, and that is exactly what Floyd is.
Santana Moss, Washington Redskins
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A broken hand robbed Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss of a good portion of his season, but he has been back in the lineup for a couple weeks and things have been falling into place. The most recent development that will help Moss' fantasy value is the fact that tight end Fred Davis will miss the remainder of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
This means that Moss will be quarterback Rex Grossman's unquestioned No. 1 target moving forward. That starts on Sunday as Moss will draw the best matchup possible when he takes on the New England Patriots' leaky secondary which is ranked last in the league in terms of stopping the pass.
Not only that, but Washington figures to be playing from behind against the Patriots' explosive offense, meaning plenty of passing. Davis likely would have hogged many of the targets in this game, but with him out of the lineup, all the offensive focus will probably shift to Moss, giving him the potential for a monster game.