Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs after catching a pass during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 12 WRs to Start in Case of Emergency


Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater (80) is defended by Houston Texans cornerback Brandon Harris (26) on a 36-yard reception in the third quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver is always a position with plenty of depth, so if you’re looking for options for today, there are plenty of options to consider. Most owners stockpile some depth, but here are some players in favorable matchups if you are looking for an emergency option.

They are in the general that I would play them this week although it definitely depends on who is available in your league. If you have roster specific questions for this week, find me on twitter @ZT_Sports

Rod Streater-Oakland Raiders

Streater tops the list because of his new-found position as the Raiders top receiver. Last week, he was Matthew McGloin’s favorite target finishing with six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. McGloin earned another start this week and Streater should be in for another heavy dose of targets since Denarius Moore has been ruled out for this game. The Raiders play the Titans who have been good against the pass, but he’s still an option to consider for this week.

Michael Floyd-Arizona Cardinals

Floyd had his breakout game last week against Jacksonville, and he’ll face the Colts this week who have allowed eighth most points per game to opposing wide receivers. Floyd probably won’t get 193 yards again, but he should be a solid contributor for Arizona and his fantasy owners.

Brandon LaFell-Carolina Panthers

Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell (11) runs on to the field before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

LaFell found the end zone against New England on Monday Night Football finishing with seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. He gets plenty of targets leading the team with 35 the last three weeks. The Panthers take on the Dolphins this week, and they usually have a fairly conservative, run-first approach. When Cam Newton is forced to throw the ball, many times he is going LaFell’s way which is enough to make him a fringe flex start.

Nate Burleson-Detroit Lions

Burleson is finally expected to return for Detroit this week as they take on the Bucs passing defense who has struggled against receivers in the last few weeks. He’s a risky start this week since he’s just coming back but as the second receiving option in a high-powered offense he has plenty of upside.

Julian Edelman-New England Patriots

As the Patriots receivers and Gronk have returned healthy to the lineup, Edelman has faded into the background. This week that could change as he takes on his former teammate Wes Welker and the Broncos on Sunday Night Football. Denver has struggled against the pass this year, so gamble on Edelman this week to see if he steps in and contributes to your fantasy team.

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