Sneaky fantasy pickups entering Week 14

Updated: December 9, 2011, 1:43 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

It's difficult to get too sneaky when it comes to December football and the fantasy playoffs. Let's face it; NFC North running backs Kahlil Bell and Brandon Saine could become a lot more interesting this week, but it isn't likely either will hit your starting lineup anytime soon.

I wrote about Saine in last Friday's Sneaky Pickups blog entry and also mentioned San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams, who came through with another long touchdown catch. When it comes to wide receivers, things are often different. Someone like Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens is capable of a monster week at any time, and if you're into the all-or-nothing risks in the games that matter most, he's an attractive option, especially this week against the Luck-less Indianapolis Colts.

For this week's sneaky blog entry, I focused on unowned Smith types at wide receiver, not so much in terms of his style (and speed), but for breakout performances. I'm sure some of you compete in leagues in which each playoff round is two weeks, and you might find yourself trailing by a considerable amount entering Week 15 (or this week). In that case, a home run threat at wide receiver could do more for you than a limited running back, someone like Jackie Battle or any of the Cleveland Browns. (Man, that was ugly Thursday night.) Perhaps you're tired of relying on a limited wide receiver, someone like Reggie Wayne, who has topped seven fantasy points in two contests all year. He's a home run threat by our logic with two big games but owned in way too many leagues.