Wide receiver is the deepest position in fantasy football, so if you’re looking for wide receiver depth or a bye-week fill-in, there are some nice options on the wire. Here are the top ten who are available in over half of ESPN leagues. If you need wide-out help, these are the top names to know:
1. Riley Cooper-Philadelphia Eagles (8.9%)
Cooper has huge games when Nick Foles starts while disappearing with Michael Vick under center. It’s a good thing for Cooper’s potential owners that Vick has already been ruled out for week 10′s matchup with the Packers and that Foles should get a nice long look after throwing seven TD passes last week. Three of those scores were to Cooper who had 139 yards to go with his trifecta on five catches. While he probably won’t reach those lofty numbers again this week, the Packers have struggled to contain WR giving him a great matchup and vaulting him to the top of this list
2. Keenan Allen-San Diego Chargers (41.6%)
Allen has clearly emerged as the Chargers top receiver and has 100+ yards and a touchdown in three of his last four games. Last week, he started slow but finished with 128 yards and a score. The Chargers like to throw the ball a lot and plenty will keep coming Allen’s way. He’s a solid WR2 the rest of the way and has WR1 potential this week against the Broncos who have been great offensively but have been beaten by WR on the defensive side of the ball.
3. Mario Manningham-San Francisco 49ers (1.8%)
Manningham is a risky play this week, but a really nice long-term pickup. The 49ers are desperately looking for a second WR option so getting Manningham back could really open up the passing game for Collin Kaepernick who has the ability to make receivers fantasy-relevant. See how Manningham does this first week back before you start him, but he’s a nice stash with plenty of upside if you’re looking for a rest-of-season option.
4. Aaron Dobson-New England Patriots (4.8%)
He won’t help you this week on the Pats bye week, but one of the receivers primed to give you good numbers down the stretch is the rookie out of Marshall who is able to give New England a down-the-field threat which is open with Amendola and Gronk healthy and working mostly underneath. Dobson has three TDs the last two weeks finishing Sunday with a pair of scores on five catches for 130 yards. If you can afford to wait a week, stash Dobson since he makes a solid option the rest of the season.
5. Mike Brown-Jacksonville Jaguars (0.0%)
Mike Brown may not even be in some leagues as a WR option, but he’s worth a look as he continues to grow in his role for the Jags. Justin Blackmon is out for a long time which should get Smith more targets. In his last two games, he has scored his first NFL touchdown (last week in London against the Niners) and turned in his first 100+ yard game (agaist San Diego three weeks ago). He should be often-targeted and makes a nice sleeper look for the coming weeks starting Sunday against the Titans.
6. Kendall Wright-Tennessee Titans (34.5%)
Wright continues to get plenty of looks in the Titans passing game and will eventually break out and go over 100 yards. This week against the Jags could be that week, and he’s produced consistently between 50-100 yards every week since week 1.
7. Doug Baldwin-Seattle Seahawks (6.0%)
For a one-week fill-in, Baldwin is a nice option since Percy Harvin is still not expected to play this week and the Seahawks need help from their receivers after losing Sidney Rice for the season. Baldwin was targeted 10 times against Tampa last week after two straight weeks with just a single target in each game. He also found the end zone for just the second time this season. However, against the Falcons, he’s a decent play for this week only since Atlanta is in the top ten for most points allowed per game to opposing WR. Long-term there are better options, but if all you need is a week give Baldwin a look.
8. Brandon LaFell-Carolina Panthers (5.7%)
LaFell is in a tough matchup as the Panthers travel west to take on the 49ers who are coming off their bye after a trip to London. LaFell is up and down since he relies on big plays, but he did catch a team-high six passes in the Panthers last game while going for 74 yards. He’s a boom or bust play that could pay off if you’re desperate this week.
9. Jerricho Cotchery-Pittsburgh Steelers (1.7%)
Coming off a three-touchdown performance at New England, Cotchery now takes on the Bills who allow the second-most points to opposing WR’s. The problem with Cotchery is that he’s the third or even the fourth target in the Steelers’ passing game so his numbers are going to be inconsistent. He’s a gamble if you need a one-week hitter who can pay off, but he’s hard to count on on a weekly basis.
10. Mohamed Sanu-Cincinnati Bengals (0.8%)
Sanu is part of a suddenly potent Bengals passing attack where the ball gets spread around. He was out of nowhere targeted nine times on Thursday night catching six passes for 62 yards. If you’re this deep on the list, Sanu is a gamble with upside as the Bengals take on their division rival Ravens.
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.
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