Fantasy Football Week 15: Donald Driver and Sleeper WRs Who Will Come Up Huge

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 20:   Donald Driver #80 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after  E.J. Biggers of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is called for pass interference on November 20,2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Pretty much every fantasy team that is still alive this season is pretty good. With that said, there is rarely a team that doesn't have at least one or two holes. Because of that, many fantasy owners are likely looking for a quick fix that they can trust in the playoffs.

One position that provides plenty of options in that regard is wide receiver. There have been some injuries to impact wide receivers in recent weeks, and that has allowed some others to step out from the shadows. Here are three sleeper receivers, either on the free agent market or the depths of your bench, that will come up huge on Sunday.

Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos

Seeing as his quarterback is Tim Tebow, it is understandable why some owners might be apprehensive to start Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Tebow has looked to him often in recent weeks, however, as he has over 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns over the past two games.

If that weren't incentive enough, Thomas will face the New England Patriots and their league-worst pass defense this week. I don't expect the Broncos to deviate much from their run-first attack, but when Tebow does decide to pass, he should have more success than usual. Thomas is big and athletic, so I certainly anticipate the Pats' patchwork secondary having issues against him.

Santana Moss - Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss has slowly worked his way back to relevancy since suffering a broken hand, and it culminated with an 81-yard, one-touchdown performance last week against the New England Patriots. With quarterback Rex Grossman actually playing quite well as of late and tight end Fred Davis suspended, Moss has plenty of potential right now.

The 'Skins will face the New York Giants and their 29th-ranked pass defense on Sunday, so Moss should see plenty of targets. The Giants have been torched through the air over the past several weeks, meaning Washington likely won't deviate far from that gameplan. Without much competition for catches, Moss should have a very solid game this week.

Donald Driver - Green Bay Packers

While an injury to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings will keep him out a couple weeks, hurting many fantasy owners, it could also help many others. After coasting through much of the season as quarterback Aaron Rodgers' fourth or fifth target in the passing game, veteran receiver Donald Driver has suddenly come to life with eight catches and two touchdowns over the past two weeks.

With Jennings out and tight end Jermichael Finley getting fewer and fewer looks from Rodgers, Driver has suddenly become the No. 2 option behind Jordy Nelson. While the Kansas City Chiefs have been pretty good against the pass this season, the Packers can and will pass on anyone. Most of the attention will likely be paid to Nelson on Sunday, but I think Driver will be heavily-targeted in the red zone and could come away with a couple scores.