It’s the fantasy football semis, and that means it’s literally do-or-die for your season. With that in mind, you likely have a good idea about what your roster is at this point and if you need a hail mary out of a position. If you have the cajones to still be streaming, congrats. If you’re a Julio Jones or AJ Green owner and are doing it out of necessity, condolences. Just like the rest of the year, here are three wide receivers available in more than 50% of leagues, with one available in fewer than 10% to try to help you out this weekend.
Mohamed Sanu versus San Francisco (49% owned)
The easy one-to-one replacement for a Julio Jones owner, Sanu will get a boatload of targets this week in Julio’s stead. He isn’t the sexy pick (that’s Taylor Gabriel), but he’s gotten seven or more targets in three of his last five games, and that’s not a number that is likely to decrease without Julio. The big fear is that the Falcons go up big early and sit on the ball, limiting Sanu’s touches. However, they are taking on the 49ers who have yielded the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, including getting chewed up by such notables as Robby Anderson and Joshua Bellamy in consecutive weeks. They’re awful, and Sanu is going to get enough opportunity to produce.
J.J. Nelson versus New Orleans (25% owned)
John Brown is dealing with issues from his sickle-cell trait, Michael Floyd is a Patriot, Jaron Brown is on IR. It’s nothing but Nelson and Fitzgerald against the Saints this weekend, and this is after Nelson has scored three touchdowns on five touches over the last two games. He will get plenty more than that this game, and he will do it against a Saints secondary who has been middle of the pack against wide receivers, but who will be without their best defender in Delvin Breaux.
Jeremy Kerley at Atlanta (9% owned)
Vance McDonald is on IR. Torrey Smith is out with post-concussive symptoms from a brutal play against the Jets last week. Kerley and Quinton Patton need to step up and fill in the targets that have to go… somewhere. Kerley was a PPR relevant wide receiver briefly about ten weeks ago. With the 49ers traveling to Atlanta and their porous defense, he’s a good shot for production. He has more viability in a PPR than standard, but is a home run play for production if you’re desperate.