Wide receiver is known as a deep position, but if you come into week 10 looking for a sleeper to start there are some solid options that aren’t weekly starters but are in a place to succeed this week. Here are five quick options to upgrade this week who I think could exceed expectations.
1. Golden Tate-Seattle Seahawks
Tate had a disappointing week last week against Tampa after Sidney Rice was lost for the season two weeks ago. Part of his struggle, though, was definitely due to being shadowed for much of the game by Darrelle Revis. This week he’s in a much more favorable matchup in Atlanta against the Falcons who allow the 10th-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. With no Percy Harvin yet and Rice on the IR, Tate is the top receiver for Russell Wilson in a favorable matchup.
2. Cecil Shorts-Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts is the top receiver for Jacksonville now that Justin Blackmon is gone for the season. He already was targeted a ton, but now should get even more looks making him a good play this week against the Titans even though they’ve played solid D against opposing WR this season.
3. Riley Cooper-Philadephia Eagles
Cooper had a moster week last week with Nick Foles going off against Oakland, and is in another favorable matchup this week as the Eagles head to Green Bay to face Packers who have allowed nine receiver TD’s in their eight games including two last week against the Bears. Cooper is a nice flex play or low-end WR2 this week as he and Foles look to keep their connection rolling.
4. Jerricho Cotchery-Pittsburgh Steelers
Cotchery is high-risk since he’s the third WR on his own team, but he’s a gamble that could pay off this week in Buffalo who allow the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. Last week, Cotchery had a huge week catching three scores against the Patriots and should have space over the middel to make plays again this week against the Bills.
5. Chris Givens-St. Louis Rams
As a deep sleeper, I like Givens to have a solid game against the Colts who were shredded last week by Andre Johnson and Case Keenum. Givens is the top receiver for the Rams and has a team-high 13 targets the last two games which were started by Kellen Clemens. He’s a home run threat, so there’s definitely risk involved in playing him. He’s a gamble that could pay off though if he can connect on a long reception or two.
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