I’m ready to get a fishing line in the water. Here are the final wide receiver pickups of the year.
Rod Streater (@ CAR), WR Oakland Raiders
He led the team in targets and yards in Week 15 (6 targets for 62 yards). Coach Allen has held true to his word and started playing the young guys a lot more. Streater has been the primary beneficiary the last three weeks. A span in which Streater is averaging 10.6 ppg. He should see plenty of opportunities at Carolina.
Brandon Gibson (@ TB), WR St. Louis Rams
As we’ve noticed all season, when Danny Amendola is in the lineup Chris Givens disappears. Not Brandon Gibson. He still saw 8 targets for 76 yards upon Amendola’s return in Week 15. Gibson had 16 points the week before that. Ride the momentum as he gets one of the best possible matchups for fantasy receivers at Tampa Bay.
Golden Tate (vs SF), WR Seattle Seahawks
Tate was 2nd on the team in targets and had 64 yards in Week 15. He’s been a solid play the second half of the season. The Niners are an incredibly difficult matchup, but I think Tate’s speed and shiftiness benefits him against the larger San Francisco defenders.
Randy Moss (@ SEA ), WR San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick has revived the vertical game in San Francisco. Moss has been re-integrated into the offense as of late and has seen his share of deep balls. A nice touchdown last week, and he should have had an even bigger one the week before. The Seahawks defense has been an extremely tough matchup for fantasy receivers but has gotten a bit easier with the suspension of Brandon Browner. That trend sees a drastic spike if Richard Sherman is also suspended this week. Even if he does play, I expect him to spend most of his time on Michael Crabtree, leaving Moss to benefit.
Josh Gordon (@ DEN), WR Cleveland Browns
On the heels of a hot streak, Gordon had a down game in Week 15. He was still second on the team in targets with 8. Denver is a below average matchup for fantasy receivers but have been getting easier as the season progresses. Teammate Greg Little also continues to see more action, as he led the team with 9 targets last week.
Nate Washington (@ GB), WR Tennessee Titans
Washington has been one of our go-to desperation plays all year. He led the team in receiving last week and should see a big bump in activity this week with rookie receiver, Kendall Wright, sidelined by injury. The Packers present a fairly tough matchup for fantasy receivers. I expect Kenny Britt to draw more attention than Washington.
Philadelphia Eagles WR (vs WAS)
Riley Cooper and Jason Avant have become serviceable to good options with DeSean Jackson on the sidelines and Nick Foles under center. I think we see Foles sling it around at home against a pretty good Redskins matchup.
Washington Redskins WR (@ PHI)
Same game, opposite sideline. After a couple of good months for Josh Morgan and Santana Moss, both stayed relevant with Kirk Cousins at the helm. Each registered 6 fantasy points in Week 15. Leonard Hankerson stole the show with two unexpected touchdowns. Morgan has been the most consistent of the group, you can count on him for 5-8 points. Generally, Moss has the biggest upside. Hankerson is downgraded if Kirk Cousins returns to the bench and RG3 returns to action.
Donnie Avery (@ KC), WR Indianapolis Colts
He usually only gets you 4 points. Hey, that’s better than nothing. There is upside to be had in the Colts pass happy offense, though. Avery sees plenty of targets and has produced 4 double digit fantasy games this year.
Domenik Hixon (@ BAL), WR New York Giants
6 targets for 80 yards in Week 15. He’s averaged 9 ppg over the last two contests and he is seeing a fair amount of snaps. The Ravens are a good matchup for fantasy wide receivers.
Alshon Jeffery (@ ARI), WR Chicago Bears
He produced absolutely nothing in Week 15. Are you excited yet? He got four great looks that were all for big chunks of yardage or touchdowns. He has to lay off the offensive pass interference. The Cardinals are a terrible matchup for fantasy receivers, but you can hope that Brandon Marshall draws so much attention that Jeffery benefits.
Joseph Morgan (@ DAL), WR New Orleans Saints
The Cowboys have turned into one of the best matchups possible for fantasy receivers. Morgan had 12 points on 3 targets last week. Over his last 7 games he is averaging 6 points. Over the last 3 weeks he is averaging 7.5 ppg.
Brandon Stokley (vs CLE), WR Denver Broncos
Before his injury a few weeks ago, Stokely was on a little run. He is Manning’s security blanket. He’s got a good shot at a touchdown at home against a declining Browns matchup. Cleveland has been trending easier for fantasy receivers. We know Stokley is one guy that Joe Haden will not be covering. That is great news.