Wide receiver always seems to be a position in flux outside of the a few elite options who always deliver. This week, your playoff or championship could very well be decided at this always volatile position. There are lots of reasons owners are hunting for WR sleepers this week: Wes Welker and Victor Cruz are out, Arizona takes on Seattle’s killer defense, and weather could again play a major factor in several games with rain, wind, and snow all in the forecast at various stadiums across the country.
With passing attacks rarely staying consistent, it’s always good to know some emerging options at the position. Here are my top ten fantasy WR sleepers for week 16 that could make the difference for your team this week:
Julian Edelman-New England Patriots
Edelman is still available in a third of ESPN leagues and needs to be owned in all formats if for no other reason than to block your opponent from grabbing Edelman and playing him against you this week. The last four weeks Edelman has 51 targets including a massive 19 targets against Miami this last week. While Edelman hasn’t hung gaudy yardage totals, he has totaled 414 yards and four touchdowns over that span.
With the rest of the Patriots receiving corps still ravaged by injury, there’s no reason to think the passes are going to stop coming Edelman’s way this week as the Patriots travel south to Charm City to take on the Ravens in what should be a great AFC game.
The Ravens D is too good to let Edelman surprise them and run wild, but I expect another solid game with a slew of catches over the middle and a decent yardage total for the diminutive but powerful “minitron.”