The wide receiver slot is the most unpredictable position in fantasy football. Just ask Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant owners who got absolutely nothing from either one of these marquee players during Week 1.
However, if you are thin at the wide receiver position and didn’t grab Julian Edelman or Brian Hartline off the waiver wire this week, there are still some hidden gems out there that could give your fantasy team a real boost.
Marlon Brown’s stock went up quite a bit once the Baltimore Ravens announced that Jacoby Jones would miss 4-6 weeks with the knee injury he sustained week 1 against the Broncos. Brown could see quite a few targets with defenses keying in on Ray Rice and Torrey Smith.
Brown could prove to be a great weapon for Joe Flacco in the Red Zone with his 6′ 5″ 218 pound frame. Brown is a bit of a reach since he’s still unproven, but he might be worth taking a flyer on to see how he pans out over the next two weeks. If Brown can produce right away, Jacoby Jones might not get his starting job back when he returns from injury.
Roddy White is questionable to play this week with his high ankle sprain turning out to be more serious than most people thought. White’s teammate, Harry Douglas, could be a nice play this week against the Rams pass defense. He was very productive during week 1 against the Saints with 4 catches for 93 yards and his productivity could increase in the coming weeks depending on the health and mobility of White.
The fact many Roddy White fantasy owners understand is that White probably SHOULD NOT have played last week. Sure he got into the game, but he later admitted that he was unable to make any cuts on his bum ankle. He’s likely to play on that bad ankle again which makes Douglas an attractive fill-in option.
Andre Roberts had a very productive week 1 with 8 catches for 97 yards against a stingy St. Louis defense. Roberts Week 2 match-up is much more favorable as he lines up against the Detroit Lions. With his all star counterpart Larry Fitzgerald nursing a hamstring injury this week, Roberts production and targets may even increase if Fitzgerald is not 100% by Sunday.
Roberts is a decent play this week if you need some help at wide receiver and he’s available in more than 60% of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues. Think about grabbing Roberts off the board as a free agent because if he produces big numbers in week 2, you will have to use a waiver wire pick to get this guy on your team.