We’re back to check out some sleeper wide receivers this week! If you are worried about your byes for your Jaylens Waddle, your Michaels Pittman Jr, or your Kendricks Bourne, we are here to help! Every week we check out the best streaming options at each position by checking out some sub-50% rostered guys! We also find one sleeper wide receiver available in at least 90% of leagues. Let’s check out some week fourteen wide receiver sleepers to help you make that final push into the playoffs!
Marquez Valdes-Scantling versus Chicago (36% rostered)
Don’t look now, but MVS has 19 targets in his last two games, which he turned into eight catches, 183 yards, and a score. While that catch rate isn’t exactly enthralling, he had a whopping 303 air yards in those two games, which speaks to his opportunity as much (if not more) than his target load. This week, Green Bay gets the Bears, who… let’s just say.. get Aaron Rodgers fired up. It should be a big day for the Packers, who will look to put their boot through the neck of their NFC North rivals this week. The Bears are a pretty neutral matchup; this is more to do with the opportunity MVS faces going into this contest.
K.J. Osborn versus Pittsburgh (28% rostered—Thursday Night Football)
Osborn saw his roster rate jump 25% during the waiver period, thanks to Adam Thielen’s high-ankle sprain and the short turnaround to Thursday Night Football for the Vikings. Osborn flirted with relevance earlier this season, notching at least six targets in four of the six Vikings games before the bye. He turned in three relevant games out of those four high-targeted contests, with his three-catch, 26-yard output representing his floor. With Thielen out once again, it’s Osborn time in Minnesota. He had 7 targets for four catches, 47 yards, and a score. And that was with the Vikings losing to the Lions.
This week, Osborn gets the Steelers on a short turnaround. The Steelers are top-ten in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers and have yielded at least 8 points to five different wide receivers in their last three games. With Minkah Fitzpatrick and the secondary doing whatever they can to stop Justin Jefferson, that leaves Osborn wide open. Thielen rode this formula to two touchdowns against the Niners, letting JJeff pull coverage away from him for an open score.
Josh Reynolds (6% rostered) & Amon-Ra St. Brown (9% rostered) at Denver
It seemed silly at first, but the Jared2Josh connection seems real. Reynolds and Goff played in Los Angeles, and Reynolds sought greener pastures in Tennessee. Now both are reunited on the Lions, and Reynolds has 12 targets, 7 catches, and 139 yards in the last two games. He also kicked in a touchdown. He should get peppered with targets. That is if there wasn’t a changing of the guard last week. Amon-Ra, a hot preseason sleeper, finished the game going 10-of-12 for 86 yards and a score. Personally, my money is on Amon-Ra. He’s a flat-out better player than Josh Reynolds.
Unfortunately, there won’t be a strong opportunity for production. The Broncos allow the ninth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season, but they have given up big games to Keenan Allen, Devonta Smith, Malik Turner, and DeAndre Carter recently. It’s a desperate, volume-based play only reserved for deeper PPR leagues.
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