Fantasy teams in deeper leagues get a little bit of relief. There are no more byes! That means owners should be looking to maximize their bench on guys who could blow up with either an injury or a change in identity. NFL teams that can't get anything going are more apt to change things up, so there are a couple players who are worth a look in deep leagues with some interesting opportunities.
Julian Edelman (owned in 37 percent of leagues)
If you had Julian Edelman as your most impactful playmaker in Sunday's game against the Broncos, well, you might want to head to a casino or buy a lottery ticket. Edelman was outstanding with his line of nine catches, 110 receiving yards and two scores on 11 targets. He was also on the punt team and had 39 return yards.
This was arguably the healthiest the Patriots have been all season. Shane Vereen made his second consecutive appearance after breaking his wrist in Week 1, Rob Gronkowski hasn't had any setbacks since returning and Danny Amendola hasn't suffered any new injuries in a few weeks.
It's tough to ever bet on a Patriots player for the way they always have a different player step up out of the blue, so it's not going to be easy to grab a guy like Edelman unless you're cutting some dead weight. In fact, he had just six catches combined in his previous three games and averaged only 15 yards per game.
Ace Sanders (owned in 0 percent of leagues)
He got off to a hot start in Sunday's win over the Houston Texans. Sanders had a 51-yard catch on the first drive, but he was able to add a few more short plays to get him up to a line of 61 yards and four receptions on five targets.
Prior to that game, he had been coming off a 10-target game against the Arizona Cardinals. Sanders caught eight of those for 61 yards in the loss. The Jaguars really haven't figured anything out besides Cecil Shorts, so there is plenty of opportunity for Sanders. He should be a popular target on Sunday with the Jags going up against the Browns. Shorts will get the tough matchup on cornerback Joe Haden, so Sanders may see close to 10 targets in the road game. An obvious gamble, but there's a lot of upside for a guy who can make plays in the open field.
Justin Hunter (owned in 1 percent of leagues)
Turning back the clock to Week 3, there were plenty of trade rumors swirling about the Tennessee Titans dealing Kenny Britt. That was fueled primarily by the play of receiver Justin Hunter. He scored in back-to-back weeks and was getting some snaps and targets in the red zone.
He had been quiet for a while and a concussion kept him off the field in Week 11 against the Colts. He returned with a bang on Sunday, catching all six of his targets for 109 yards and a score. His big play did come on a 54-yard strike, so this is a little bit of a fluke.
The Titans have been much more effective in passing the ball with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, so there can be plenty to go around after slot man Kendall Wright. If you're looking for upside, Hunter is a sneaky pickup in a deep league. He'll get a chance to show what he can do in the dome against the Indianapolis Colts.
Ted Ginn (owned in 18 percent of leagues)
Maybe it was because it was against his former team, but Ted Ginn was targeted 10 times against the Miami Dolphins. Although, he did catch just three of those for 11 yards.
He operates out of the slot and will go up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13. Over the past four weeks, here's a look at the type of games they've given up: Doug Baldwin 6-75-1, Rishard Matthews 11-120-2, Harry Douglas 6-134-1 and Nate Burleson 7-77-1. It will take a little slice of crazy to start him, but it wouldn't be a shock to see him hang a big number on the Bucs.
Jacoby Jones (owned in 12 percent of leagues)
The New York Jets defense looked bad for the first time in a while on Sunday. Ed Reed was the culprit on the big play, giving up a 66-yard score to Jacoby Jones on a post route. Jones added a few more catches to finish with four receptions, 103 yards and that score.
It was his first 100-yard game and the Ravens will likely want to stretch the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers to keep them honest. Pittsburgh has given up plenty of big plays to the likes of Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon and Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. He's a very risky play, but he could catch a bomb against a vulnerable secondary.
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