I waited as long as I could to write the intro to this, but Nevada and Arizona outlasted me. Here are some wide receiver sleepers for week nine. Now, if you’ll excuse me, back to frantically refreshing my news feed. To make this list, these wide receiver sleepers must be rostered in 50% or fewer of Yahoo! leagues, with one deep dive available in at least 90% of leagues.
Corey Davis versus Chicago (50% rostered)
I’m not actually advocating playing Corey Davis this week as one of my wide receiver sleepers. I’m advocating GOING OUT AND GETTING COREY DAVIS. Davis is a top-20 WR this year in fantasy points per game (but he missed some with COVID-19, remember COVID-19?). Davis has evolved into the WR we all hoped he would be when the Titans took him in the first round way back in 2017. This week is an absolute mess for him going up against the Bears, but you should absolutely go out to get him. He is a great player who is rounding into shape in his fourth year.
Laviska Shenault versus Houston (28% rostered)
I have been a big fan of Laviska Shenault this season. Unfortunately, he’s had his targets dry up in Jacksonville’s last game. Prior to that, however, Shenault had at least six targets in four-straight games. While that was with Gardner Minshew, I expect that same sort of thing to continue with Jake Luton. Luton will need a middle-of-the-field binky, and that fits Laviska Shenault to a T. He is already serving in that role, and it will be an even more necessary role as Luton develops.
Darnell Mooney at Tennessee (7% rostered)
Darnell Mooney has been bubbling under the surface for a while now. The rookie wide receiver has steadily gaining snaps, going from 65% four weeks ago to 93% last week. He’s also the preferred deep threat for Nick Foles, posting an astonishing 15.7 average depth of target this season. Those two things conspired to get him five catches, 69 yards, and a touchdown last week. This week, Mooney and the Bears get a Tennessee Titans defense that can’t stop bleeding fantasy points to wide receivers. They give up the third-most points to the position on the season, with nine different wide receivers scoring at least 9 fantasy points against them since their week four bye. Given the nature of his usage, he’s a very boom-bust play, but if you need to swing from your heels, he could be your man.
Sterling Shepard @ WAS (45%), Keelan Cole v HOU (29%), Tim Patrick @ ATL (19%), Randall Cobb @ JAX (17%)
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