Stay alive in your fantasy playoffs with some savvy receiver starts

Brad Evans
Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute

Survive and advance. That is the motto this time of year for those likely enough to still be kicking. Only one week away from the fantasy Super Bowl, many are diving deep hoping to unearth a second season savior. To assist you in your trophy quest, here are three receivers destined to take you to the Promised Land:

Michael Crabtree, SF – In his first two games of the season, Crabtree has barely scratched the surface. Thus far, he’s totaled 12 target, six receptions and 108 yards without a touchdown. However, Week 15 brings a unique opportunity. Assuming Darrelle Revis shadows Anquan Boldin, he should exploit a matchup between corners Jonathan Banks and Leonard Johnson, a duo that’s allowed a catch rate of 64.2 percent. In sunny Tampa, expect Crabtree to shine brightly en route to a top-20 day.

Dennis Pitta, Bal – Back in action after an extended layoff, Pitta was spectacular against Minnesota hauling in six receptions (on 11 targets) for 48 yards and a touchdown. Joe Flacco’s favorite red-zone target from a season ago should build on his season debut. The Ravens’ Week 15 opponent, Detroit, has allowed seven tight ends to surpass the 50-yard mark this year. Consider him a midrange TE1 this week.

Da’Rick Rogers, Ind – Though blessed with incredible raw talent, the rookie was passed over in last April’s NFL draft, a victim of his poor off-the-field choices. Cut by Buffalo prior to Week 1, he was immediately signed to the Colts’ practice squad. Last week, Indy’s gamble paid off. On a team-high nine targets, he grabbed six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. This week matched against a Texans secondary that’s allowed four WR top-20 finishes in its past five, the unheralded youngster should deliver useful WR3 numbers in all leagues.

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