It’s championship week and time to cash in on all those hours of fantasy research. Wes Welker and Jordan Cameron are out with concussions and no owner should start Larry Fitzgerald even if he ends up playing against Seattle.
Owners need to correctly start a WR3 or Flex to ensure a fantasy championship and we have a few under the radar guys that can help owners bring that trophy home. Greg Jennings, Doug Baldwin and Andre Caldwell lead the crop of Week 16 WR sleepers.
Greg Jennings (WR – MIN)
Greg Jennings had his first monster game of the year last week hauling in 11 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. Jennings has had no fantasy value most of the season, with the inconsistent play at the quarterback position but he seems to have found new life with Matt Cassel at quarterback.
Jennings appears to have a bad match-up on the surface facing a Bengals defense with a lot of talent but they have suffered several key injuries in recent weeks and have been giving up a lot of touchdowns through the air. Jennings is a nice filler for owners looking for replacements for Welker or Fitzgerald.
Doug Baldwin (WR – SEA)
Doug Baldwin has been quietly producing decent fantasy numbers for the last six weeks. He doesn’t get much press playing for a team that’s known for their defense and power run game but Baldwin has scored double-digit fantasy points in five of his last six games in PPR leagues.
Baldwin also doesn’t appear to have a great match-up facing a stingy Arizona defense but Golden Tate will likely be matched up with Patrick Peterson most of the day and Baldwin might have a field day in the slot working against a defense that lost their best slot defender (Tyrann Matthieu) for the season.
Baldwin doesn’t have a high ceiling or a low floor but he’s almost a lock to get between 11 to 19 points in PPR formats and has scored four touchdowns in his last six games. Baldwin is a nice WR3 and Flex play in 12 plus team leagues.
Andre Caldwell (WR – DEN)
Andre Caldwell was a hot pickup off waivers this week after he caught six passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against the Chargers. With Welker out for the rest of the regular season, Caldwell will have plenty of fantasy value the next two weeks.
Several factors point towards Caldwell having an opportunity for another big game on Sunday. For starters, Peyton Manning is three touchdowns shy of tying Tom Brady’s all-time record of 50 touchdowns in a season and the Broncos will want him to break that record this week. Additionally, the Broncos defense appears to be getting worse every week and the Texans should be able to hang with the Broncos for a few quarters. As long as the game remains competitive, Manning will continue to throw the ball and Caldwell will get plenty of single coverage throughout the day.
Caldwell is a low-end WR3 or Flex play this week with a good chance to find the end zone this week in Houston.