None of these receivers are widely owned, so if you need a good sleeper to bolster your NFL fantasy score this week, pick them up and start them.
Best bet: Kendall Wright, CHI at BAL
Mitchell Trubisky showed he can move, create time, and find receivers downfield in his rookie-like debut. On Monday Night Football against one of the top defenses in the league, wide receivers caught six passes on ten targets. In Chicago, that is a windfall.
Kendall Wright garnered five targets. He caught four for 46 yards. He is the clear-cut top target among the wide receivers. Wright, along with most of his teammates, seems excited about their new rookie passer. The extra spring in the step and more effort was evident Monday.
That will continue this week against a Baltimore defense that has struggled in the secondary. Trubisky to Wright will be a common call. Wright scores at least once and goes over 100 yards as the rookie quarterback earns his first NFL victory.
Good bet: Adam Humphries, TB at AZ
Adam Humphries is averaging over 50 receiving yards per game as the fourth or maybe the fifth option in Jameis Winston’s offense. Patrick Peterson will bump him up at least one notch in the pecking order as either Mike Evans or DeSean Jackson will be blanketed by Arizona’s Pro Bowl corner.
Humphries will get his yards and probably a few more. His first touchdown will also happen, pushing him into a top-20 NFL fantasy finish.
Gamblers’ bet: Robby Anderson, NYJ vs NE
Jets’ quarterback Josh McCown is a conservative passer. But every game, he unloads a long pass or two toward his speedster, Robby Anderson. This week, the Jets will probably chase points against New England. McCown is a savvy veteran, and he knows the Patriots’ secondary can be beaten deep. Look for him to take 5-7 chances downfield in this game, the majority of which are aimed in Anderson’s direction.
Anderson goes over 100 yards with just four catches and scores a touchdown for the Jets who keep the score respectable against New England.
Adam Thielen and Taylor Gabriel are well-owned, but under-started sleepers this week thanks to injuries. Both should provide good NFL fantasy value in the absence of other receivers on their teams. I also like Donte Moncrief to get re-established in the Colts’ passing game Monday against the Titans.
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