Wide Receiver is always a deep position in fantasy football meaning there is hope for fantasy owners struggling at the position. Check your team for the next two weeks since 12 teams have their bye in week 8 or 9 meaning you may need some extra depth for those weeks.
If you need help at wide receiver these are my top seven widely available options.They’re listed in the rough order that I would pick them up in most formats. The Percentages in parentheses are the ESPN ownership as of Tuesday night.
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1. Keenan Allen-San Diego Chargers (6.7%)
Allen is the top WR pickup as he continues to emerge as a great option for Philip Rivers and the Chargers. He finished Monday Night Football with nine catches, a touchdown, and 107 yards. He’s found the end zone and gone for 100 yards the last two games and is clearly emergin as the Chargers top option after losing Malcom Floyd and Denario Alexander for the season. Allen is a great add to almost any team in any format as a WR and has huge upside for the rest of the season.
2. Jarrett Boykin-Green Bay Packers (0.1%)
Boykin isn’t here on this list based on his track record, but on his potential. He’ll be filling in for the next several weeks for the injured Randall Cobb as the third WR and possibly even the second at times in the Pack’s pass-heavy scheme. Aaron Rodgers is great at spreading the ball around, and Boykin was targeted six times this last week. He only managed to get one of those catches, but he took it for 43 yards showing some serious yards-after-catch ability. If he can work into a larger role, he has huge upside but does represent a greater risk than Allen.
3. Brandon LaFell-Carolina Panthers (3.0%)
LaFell is still inconsistent since he’s in the Cam-led Panthers offense which tends to have good weeks and bad weeks. Last week, LaFell’s numbers got a big boost from a 79 yard touchdown giving him his third score of the season. He finished with four catches for 107 yards and also added nine yards rushing. Last week, he was targeted 10 times but still only ended up with four catches for 47 yards. LaFell is a risky play at any point you have to put him into your lineup, but he’s a solid option to stash on your bench for depth when the bye weeks start rolling in. He and Carolina had their bye early, so he can help if you’re stuck with parallel byes with your other receivers.
4. Jacoby Jones-Baltimore Ravens (7.2%)
Jones is back after missing four weeks with an injury sustained in week 1. He was only targeted twice but he finished with 42 yards and a touchdown against the Packers. Jones was expected to be a big part of the Ravens offense this year and has big play potential, so he’s worth a look in deep leagues where yardage and big plays are rewarded more than number of catches.
5. Aaron Dobson-New England Patriots (4.6%)
Dobson continues to get looks in the Patriots offense and has been targeted 10 times or more in three of his five games this season. Last week, he hauled in six passes for 63 yards against the Saints although he continued to struggle with drop issues. This week he faces the Jets who he scored his only touchdown this year against as part of his three catches and 56 yards in week 2. He keeps getting looks from Brady, so makes a solid option if you need WR depth.
6. Riley Cooper-Philadelphia Eagles (1.7%)
Cooper had struggled all season with Michael Vick under center but had a huge breakout week last week against Tampa when Nick Foles took over. After just six catches all year for 93 yards, he ended up with four catches for 120 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Foles will most likely be back under center against the Cowboys this Sunday in what should be a crazy shootout of a game making him a solid one-week play. His long-term upside is limited, but he’s a good play this week.
7. Marvin Jones-Cincinnati Bengals (0.2%)
Jones is one of the receivers starting to emerge in Cincinnati to complement A.J. Green. He finished last week with a season-high 72 yards receiving and added 34 yards rushing as well as finding the end zone for the second time this season. The Bengals are looking for playmakers, and Jones is starting to become fantasy relevant as long as he keeps getting touches in the Cincinnati offense.
This list of WR’s is part of my weekly waiver wire focus. If you need further help constructing your team, check out my top ten waiver wire picks of the week as well as my top waiver targets at each of the following positions: QB, RB, TE, D/ST.