Eli Rogers (WR, PIT) - Fantasy Football Playoffs Waiver Wire

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ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers only had one catch in Week 15, but that catch was an 18-yard touchdown grab. Rogers has had five targets or less in each of the last three games, but has caught of his last nine targets. Eight of Rogers' 16 catches have come over the last four games, but has not had more than four catches in any game this season.

Fantasy owners may look at Rogers' numbers and think that he is not worthy of a second look, but the injury to Antonio Brown opens up the whole Steelers' receiving corps. Brown had 58 targets in his four games before getting hurt last week, so the Steelers will need to shift the workload to the healthy receivers. Rogers may not have great statistics this season, but he caught 48 of his 66 targets for 594 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Rogers and the Steelers will play the Texans (who allow the 5th-most points to fantasy WR) this week and Rogers may be the best sleeper play on the board this week. With Brown done for the season, Rogers will likely be the third receiver for a Steelers' team that has been throwing the ball very efficiently over the last five weeks. He is not safe as a starting WR, but there is real flex appeal with Rogers and, because of the matchup, he has the potential to be a double-digit performer even in standard leagues.


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