If you’ve played fantasy football for any length of time, you’ve realized that wide receiver can be an incredibly lucrative position but also has an incredible amount of volatility from week to week. While I definitely think you need to “start your studs” in the playoffs, there’s also some fringe players that can definitely contribute to your playoff success. Here are five sleeper options that are set up well to exceed expectations based on their current situation and the matchups they have coming up:
1. Michael Crabtree-San Francisco 49ers
Just back from injury, Crabtree is the ultimate wildcard in this year’s fantasy playoffs. He looked a little rusty in his first game, but has the tools and the quarterback to make him a great option once he gets back to full speed.
He has a tough matchup this week against the Seahawks, and since he’s still working his way back it would be safest to sit him for one more week. After that, though, he has some solid matchups against the Bucs, Falcons, and Cardinals to finish the season. Tampa has allowed nine WR TD’s in their last five games and hasn’t held opposing receivers under 100 yards since all the way back in week 2. Atlanta’s defense has also struggled this season, but the Cardinals pass defense is pretty solid. However, Crabtree has the talent if he can get back into form to make all the difference for whatever owner grabs him fastest off the waiver wire.