Condolences to those of you who lost Mike Evans, Calvin Ridley, and/or Marvin Jones last week. We’re here to help you sort through the shrinking pile of wide receiver sleepers to help you pull out some gold. For a player to qualify for as one of the weekly wide receiver sleepers, Yahoo! owners must deem them unrosterable in over 50% of leagues. For deep leagues, one of the wide receiver sleepers who is out there in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues. As always, check Waleed’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet first.
Darius Slayton versus Miami (48% Owned)
At this point, I’m not 100% certain why Darius Slayton is still on this list, but I am not going to argue with it. Slayton has 38 targets over his last four games and has taken great advantage of those targets. Over those four games, Slayton has 386 yards and four scores. If this took place in weeks 4-7, he would be over 80% owned. However, it’s the end of the season, so nobody cares anymore.
This week, he gets the Dolphins. It’s the Dolphins; you’re in the fantasy playoffs. I don’t need to say anything else about that matchup.
Danny Amendola versus Tampa Bay (25% Owned)
This is mostly a PPR floor play than a guy who is going to blow up for you, but if you’re this deep, you have to bet on targets. Since week seven, Amendola has at least five targets in all games but one, and at least eight targets in five-of-eight games in the same span. He’s struggled to turn that into consistent production, I will concede that. But, the loss of Marvin Jones Jr is going to wreak some havoc on the target distribution in Detroit. While they don’t play exactly the same role, I am anticipating more going to Amendola this week. And even if he doesn’t get more, he will do more with what he has.
Much like the Dolphins, I don’t have to tell you about the Bucs. They allow the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, including 35.9 to Zach Pascal and something called “Marcus Johnson” last week against Indianapolis.
Breshad Perriman at Detroit (4% Owned)
Well, well, well. Here we are, Breshad. A former first-round pick, who flamed out in Baltimore. Then flamed out in Cleveland. Now, he has an opportunity to prove that he was worth a first-round pick after everyone gave up on him. I call this move The DeVante. Over his last two games, he’s had eleven targets, and turned those targets into 157 yards and a touchdown. Now, he has no Mike Evans to contend with. Also, people are worried about “Justin Watson” and “Scotty Miller” as potential targets in this offense. Does that sound silly to anyone else? Mike Evans was on pace for 155 targets, and the vacated ones can’t all go to Chris Godwin since he was already on pace for 138. In steps Perriman into that vacancy. Perriman will get the extra opportunity against a top-ten matchup in Detroit. Why not?
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