It's all about opportunity at this stage of the game. Players that have targets coming their way and are in a good matchup are the guys you're going to want to target. Plus, it always helps to be a young player on a bad team because the team will want to get some extra looks to help their offseason evaluation.
Cordarrelle Patterson (owned in 26 percent of leagues)
Some guys are just playmakers. Even if they only get the ball a few times a game, they can just come up big. That's Cordarrelle Patterson to a T. He almost pulled off a miracle against the Ravens with a 79-yard TD in the last minute of the game. He finished with 141 receiving yards and six rushing yards.
This wasn't his first blip on the radar this year and he's actually developed some consistency. He had 33 yards against the Bears with a score last week, and before that he caught eight balls against the Packers for 54 yards.
The targets have been there for Cord with a total of 23 over the last three weeks. He's clearly becoming a bigger part of the progression for his quarterback and the loss of Adrian Peterson suggests the team will have to get a little more creative. Cord does have three carries in the last two weeks and will likely get some looks in that facet, as well. He has even been lining up in the backfield.
There is too much to like to leave him on the wire. The Vikings welcome the Eagles to town on Sunday, so they're going to need Cord to make some plays for them.
Rod Streater (owned in 19 percent of leagues)
It wasn't a discouraging week for Oakland's top receiver. Rod Streater exploded against the New York Jets to the tune of seven catches, 130 yards and a score. He was targeted a season-high 10 times in the loss.
The targets are nothing new for Streater and he's been targeted at least eight times in three of the of last four games with a four-target game mixed in there.
The Raiders aren't expecting Denarius Moore back any time soon and he doesn't have a timetable to return, so the role as the team's split end seems like it's Streater's for at least another week.
One of the more interesting things about his big game on Sunday was that it came against Antonio Cromartie. Cro is one of the better corners in the league and he's shut down a lot of receivers throughout the season. It'll get easier for him on Sunday when he'll likely get a look at Brandon Flowers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Excluding last week's dud by the Washington Redskins, the Chiefs have been a little exposed in the passing game, so there is some nice opportunity here.
Streater serves as a nice WR2 with upside in most leagues with a little added incentive in PPR leagues.
Marlon Brown (owned in 10 percent of leagues)
As mentioned in Cordarrelle Patterson's section, he came close to pulling off a miracle, and that's because of Marlon Brown's TD catch with four seconds left to give the Baltimore Ravens the win. That catch put a nice little bow on his seven-catch, 92-yard game on 11 targets.
He has more or less been nonexistent in the past three weeks with only one catch in each of those games. Although, the matchups were terrible in those games with the Steelers, Jets and Bengals over that stretch.
Things get a little better for Brown on Monday Night Football in Week 15 at Detroit. The Lions have been vulnerable in the pass with allowing 34 points to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, 24 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12 and 37 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11.
Brown has a high-upside in a dome game. It's not a bad idea to keep him on your bench as a stash, then maybe switch him in your lineup in favor of a lower-upside Sunday afternoon guy. That's in case you are having a horrible Sunday early-afternoon or Peyton Manning and Co. put up some big numbers against you.
Michael Crabtree (owned in 54 percent of leagues)
The San Francisco 49ers got all they needed against the Seattle Seahawks in a 19-17 win on Sunday. Colin Kaepernick was up to his usual underwhelming ways with passing numbers of 15-of-29 for 175 yards, one TD and one interception. His score went to Vernon Davis in the second quarter.
Crabtree made his second start of the season in the win, catching four balls for 40 yards on eight targets. He had two catches for 68 yards in his debut back in Week 13.
Crabtree played 61 of the 49ers' 69 snaps, so the low numbers are expected to be on the rise. Plus, he gets a pass against Seattle's terrific defense.
He gets the Buccaneers at home in Week 15. Crabtree probably won't be matched up on Darrelle Revis with Anquan Boldin putting up bigger numbers and lining up all over the field. He'll be a high-upside play as a WR2. Fantasy owners shouldn't forget how great the Crabby-Kap connection was last December despite the quiet passing attack all year.
Da'Rick Rogers (owned in two percent of leagues)
Well, it's not often we see a player with no targets completely bust out for a two-touchdown, 107-yard game in the middle of December, but that's what happened with the Colts on Sunday. Da'Rick Rogers did not have any sort of stat before Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
What's more, he's been completely off the football radar, so it's kind of hard to buy into this. Although, the upside is undeniable with the Colts dying for someone to step up next to T.Y. Hilton. He's worth a look as a high-upside player in most leagues.