We are at the end my friends. Finding wide receivers to plug into the your lineup for the championship round isn’t easy. We’re scraping the bottom of the barrel. Last week we managed to find a few decent options; Demaryius Thomas, James Jones, and Doug Baldwin, and this week we have scraped up a few more – it was not easy.
Next to each player is each team’s remaining schedule through week 16. In GREEN are the favorable matchups against the 10 worst pass defenses that allow the most fantasy points to opposing Wide Receivers. In RED are matchups with the top 10 pass defenses allowing the least fantasy points to opposing Wide Receivers. You can probably figure out what BLACK means.
Greg Little (BAL) – This rookie has been among the most added and dropped fantasy players on the fantasy football waiver wires this year. Little has had the predictable ups and downs of a rookie, particularly one who sat out his last college season and is still learning the ropes. He’s also flashed the brilliance and potential that made the FFSpin team rank him as the third best rookie WR prospect. Little is coming off of his best performance as a pro (5 receptions, 131 yards, and 1 TD), but as we said, the pickings are slim and anyone on the wire is a bit flawed right now. Little doesn’t exactly have it easy this week facing the Baltimore Ravens. The good news is that the Ravens secondary has been exposed as the weakness of their defense and if the Browns can get Little lined up one-on-one with fellow rookie Jimmy Smith he could have a very good day. Little is not without risk but being that he is owned in only about 30% of leagues, he may be out there for you and we think he is a risk worth taking.
Jabar Gaffney (MIN) – This is about matchup. Gaffney gets to square off against a very poor Minnesota Vikings secondary. Last week Marques Colston and Lance Moore victimized the Vikings corners for a combined for 12 catches, 183 yards, and 2 TDs. This week Gaffney and Santana Moss will get their shot and we like both of them as low end WR#2 fantasy options. Gaffney’s ownership percentage has dipped to below 70% since the return of Santana Moss and if you need one WR to perform for you in the championship, Gaffney may be your man.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (KC) – This guy just might be doing enough to avoid the “bust” tag (maybe). The return of Denarious Moore may have helped last week and the addition of Carson Palmer has been very good for Heyward-Bey. Posting 8 receptions, 155 yards, and a touchdown against the Lions is one thing, however, but this week the Raiders face a tough Chiefs defense. Heyward-Bey is an emergency pick up and start, but if you’re reading this you might just be in a tight spot.