The NFL schedule finishes Week 13 on Monday with the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans doing battle and that means fantasy football owners will be looking for sleepers, free agents and waiver options to help win matchups and some names to look at includes Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery, Ladarius Green, Ben Tate and Michael Crabtree.
Josh Gordon made history with his day, as he went over 200 yards for the second game in a row to set a record as the first player to do that in consecutive weeks and he showed why he is such a good fantasy option, as he has big play ability and scored two touchdowns, giving him five over the past five games and four in the past three. Over his past three games he has gone over 100 yards and in the last two he has 24 combined catches and 32 targets. Last week he had 14 catches for 237 yards, while this week he had 10 catches for 261 yards and he has shown that he is one of the best fantasy receivers in the game.
The return of Michael Crabtree was a boost for the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick and other players that are worth looking at includes Alshon Jeffery and Ladarius Green, who had a touchdown and 45 yards for the Chargers on Sunday, giving him two scores over the past two games. Jeffery had a huge day as well, his second 200 yard game of the season after going for 12 catches on 15 targets for 249 yards and two touchdowns. This season he has been excellent along with Brandon Marshall and he now has the franchise record.
Some names from earlier in the season that are solid keepers and pickups includes: Justin Blackmon, Kris Durham, Aaron Dobson, Harry Douglas, Jarrett Boykin, Riley Cooper and Keenan Allen. The Packers are dealing with a number of injuries at the wide receiver position after losing Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin is a sleeper option, as he should be one player that gets targets and even with Aaron Rodgers out, the team has been happy how he has established himself in practices, giving him and inside edge with the quarterbacks. Boykin had just one catch in relief in his first game against the Ravens, but the positive part is the fact that he was targeted six times and had 43-yards, showing off some big play ability.
Cobb will be out for a while and possibly the season with a leg injury and he will be out until at least the latter part of the season, as he was placed on the IR with designation to return. James Jones missed practice this week for the Packers after injuring his knee against the Ravens and that means Boykin could start the game and he could be a primary target for Rodgers.
Justin Blackmon is out with a suspension this season but he is a sold keeper option, since he had made quite the impact in his first two games, making 19 catches for 326 yards and one touchdown. In his last game against the Broncos, Blackmon was a fantasy star for the winless Jaguars, making 14 catches for 190 yards and he was targeted 20 times, making it 29 for the season in just two games. While the Jaguars are winless at 0-6, Cecil Shorts and Blackmon have put up some very good numbers and the wideout could be in for a big day again in Week 7.
The Detroit Lions throw more than anyone else in the league and with the emergence of Joseph Fauria and the injury to Calvin Johnson, wideout Kris Durham has stepped up and he could be a solid option in deeper leagues. Durham had 13 targets in the win against the Browns a few weeks ago to give him 16 catches for 215 yards this season and 11 of those catches came in the those two weeks. Durham has been targeted 22 times and last week he had a season-high 83 yards and he could be looked at more in 10 or 12 team leagues especially for owners that have Randall Cobb or James Jones and are looking for a replacement.
Keenan Allen and Riley Cooper are options as well, with Allen coming off of a couple big games since Malcom Floyd went down and he has shown a nose for the end zone as well. Allen has been putting up points like a number one receiver and he could continue that, while Cooper had a big game against the Buccaneers with four catches for 120 yards a touchdown.