Wide receivers in good matchups who put up big games can make all the difference. Just ask any fantasy football owner who played against Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery, or Eric Decker last week. While there may not be anyone who puts up those numbers this week, here are three options that aren’t always locked in as starters in fantasy leagues who should be able to step up and help you win in the playoffs this week.
Mike Wallace-Miami Dolphins
Wallace should be plenty motivated as he returns to Pittsburgh to take on his former teammates and match up with Ike Taylor for most of the day. Wallace is coming off a pair of nice games totaling over 200 yards on 12 catches and a touchdown in each game. Pittsburgh has been demolished lately through the air, and I think Wallace will stick it to his former team with a big game this week.
Kendall Wright-Tennessee Titans
Denver allows the 10th-most points to opposing WR’s, and Wright is a consistent part of the Titans passing attack. Wright has caught at least six passes in his last four games while going over 75 yards in each of those contests. Wright has only found the endzone once since week 2 and has only gone over 100 yards once all season, but he gets enough catches that against the prevent defense late in the game I think he’ll pile up some points for his owners.
Julian Edelman-New England Patriots
Edelman’s “minitron” moniker has proven accurate the last two weeks as he’s been targeted early and often by Tom Brady. He’s hauled in 18 passes for 211 yards and a pair of scores in the last two games against the Broncos and Texans. This week against the Browns, the Patriots may be without Kenbrell Thompkins as well as Aaron Dobson who will miss his second straight game. There’s always risk with Patriots receivers since there are so many that can be effective depending on gameplan, but Edelman has become Tom Brady’s newest safety blanket receiver who is also making his fantasy owners pretty happy.
Roddy White-Atlanta Falcons
While it was too late for many of his owners, White showed why he was considered a top-ten WR coming into the season by some. He finally may be healthy, which was a big reason for his reemergence this week. He had caught just six passes in the last six games before catching ten passes in Toronto against Buffalo on Sunday. He had 143 yards but didn’t find the end zone, but you know Matt Ryan trusts him and will get him the ball early and often as well as in the red zone if he’s up for it. The Falcons and White are in Green Bay this week against the Packers who allow the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing WR.
Nate Burleson-Detroit Lions
Even though he had a quiet holiday being targeted only once on Thanksgiving, I expect him to bounce back in what should be a much more competitive game this week against the Eagles. Burleson is a high-risk play, but there’s some serious upside as he takes on the Eagles who allow the most points in the NFL to opposing WR.
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