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Reserve Fantasy Receivers Making an Impact


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No position offers more quality fantasy football options than wide receiver. That’s not only because of the sheer volume of players at the position but also due to the fact that so many guys seem to emerge as the year goes on.

As usual, there are some receivers that didn’t have much fantasy value when the season began but are now rewarding owners on a weekly basis. Here are a few reserve fantasy receivers that owners need to consider getting into their starting lineups:

Ryan Broyles, Detroit – Broyles has seen his fantasy value increase over the second half of the season because of an injury to Nate Burleson and Titus Young’s off-field issues. Starting in place of the suspended Young last Thursday, Broyles burned the Houston Texans for 126 yards on six catches. He has now scored double-digit fantasy points in points per reception leagues four times since Week 7. Broyles is making the most of his opportunities, and Matthew Stafford is showing more confidence in him, so it may be time to get the rookie in to your starting lineup.
 
Julian Edelman, New England – Edelman has been red hot of late, scoring four touchdowns (two receiving, two on special teams) in New England’s last two games. Edelman suffered a head injury against the New York Jets, but when healthy, the New England Patriots have found ways to get him involved in the offense. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to be out at least two more weeks, and with defenses focused on stopping Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez, Edelman’s emergence as a productive fantasy receiver should continue.

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati – The Cincinnati Bengals have been looking for someone to step up and take over the No. 2 receiver job since training camp. Well, if the last three weeks are any indication, Sanu is now clearly that guy. In his last three games Sanu has caught 11 passes for 98 yards and scored four touchdowns, while getting targeted 19 times. Sanu started seeing more snaps when Andrew Hawkins suffered a knee injury, and his targets should only increase over the final five games.

Brandon Stokley, Denver – Slot receivers in Peyton Manning’s offense always seem to have fantasy value, and over the last month, Stokley has benefited from defenses paying extra attention to Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. In his last three games, Stokley has caught 12 balls for 171 yards and two touchdowns, while scoring double-digit fantasy points each of those weeks in points per reception formats. Stokley is not a guy you will start every week, but fantasy owners can do a lot worse than one of Manning’s favorite targets if they need a receiver in a pinch.