Week 12 (2014) Rankings – Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Playoffs are starting as soon as next week and so the time to shine is now. The do or die games are underway and you need to set your lineup with as much thought as possible. Wide receiver gets even deeper with Josh Gordon back this week and this is how I see the top 50 shaking out:

  1. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota
  2. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. Miami
  3. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ NY Giants
  4. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions @ New England
  5. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston
  6. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay
  7. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota
  8. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tennessee
  9. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago
  10. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Cleveland
  11. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay
  12. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville
  13. Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns @ Atlanta
  14. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. Miami
  15. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants vs. Dallas
  16. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins @ Denver
  17. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins @ San Francisco
  18. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons vs. Cleveland
  19. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ New England
  20. Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills vs. NY Jets
  21. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Cincinnati
  22. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints vs. Baltimore
  23. Percy Harvin – New York Jets @ Buffalo
  24. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago
  25. Brandon LaFell – New England Patriots vs. Detroit
  26. Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington
  27. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tennessee
  28. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ New Orleans
  29. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans vs. Cincinnati
  30. Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers vs. St. Louis
  31. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington
  32. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ New Orleans
  33. Cecil Shorts III – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis
  34. Mohamed Sanu – Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston
  35. Eric Decker – New York Jets @ Buffalo
  36. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville
  37. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona
  38. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle
  39. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle
  40. Kenny Britt – St. Louis Rams @ San Diego
  41. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle
  42. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. Detroit
  43. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis
  44. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins @ San Francisco
  45. Cordarrele Patterson – Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay
  46. Reuben Randle – New York Giants vs. Dallas
  47. Kenny Stills – New Orleans Saints vs. Baltimore
  48. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans @ Philadelphia
  49. Terrence Williams – Dallas Cowboys @ NY Giants
  50. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland


  • This week marks the return of Josh Gordon from a ten game suspension. The Browns will be more than happy to have him back and so will the fantasy owners who have been patient enough to hold on to him. Gordon was a gold mine last season and if you want to know what he can do in six games, in the last six games of last season he had 895 yards and 5 TD catches. I have no reason to assume that Gordon won’t be ready to go when he comes out this week and the only reason he is not in the top 10 is because this receiver class is so ridiculously deep.
  • Has there been a better receiver in football the last three weeks than Mike Evans? Obviously the answer to that question is no or else I wouldn’t have asked. Evans has 458 yards and 5 TD’s in the last three weeks and with a game against the Chicago Bears horrid pass defense coming up expect the numbers to keep piling up.
  • A tough one to rank this week is Emmanuel Sanders who suffered a concussion on Sunday. Sanders has seven TD’s in his last five games and he has gone over 100 yards in three of the last four weeks. So if he’s playing this week he’s a must start and he’s probably gonna’ be close to the top 10. However, concussions can be really hard to predict and we have no idea what’s going to happen at this point. Really all you can do is monitor his progress and if he’s going to play you have to play him.
  • Things are starting to look up a little bit for Keenan Allen this season as he has 27 catches the last four games after only catching 28 in the first six games. Still though, he hasn’t topped 100 yards except for once and he only has one TD. Allen still has big talent I believe and so I could see him build on his recent success and finish on a bit of a tear. Still, we just saw the Rams shut down the Broncos passing attack and so I have my doubts about him this week.
  • I am at a bit of a loss for what to do with the Arizona Cardinals passing attack. Michael Floyd had a pair of TD grabs last week, but he also only had two catches total. Up until last week Larry Fitzgerald had strung together three good games in a row, but right now his status is questionable for this week. Meanwhile, John Brown may be the most consistent of the bunch and his role seems to be increasing week by week. All that said all three are sketchy plays this week against Seattle because of the Seahawks secondary and the difficulty in gauging this team.
  • Along this same kind of theme, San Francisco has the flashy more talented Michael Crabtree and the consistent more reliable Anquan Boldin. In the last five games Boldin has three TD catches and he has gotten at least five catches in every one of those games. Even though Crabtree has the bigger upside and should be putting up better numbers you can’t start him over Boldin or a lot of other guys.
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  1. Brian D says:

    Need to pick three Alshon/Gordon/Beckham/Hopkins

  2. George says:

    Edelman or Jason Witten at flex?

  3. JoeS says:

    Im in first place with Gordon J Matthews Wallace Vjax and Andre Johnson. We start 3 wr and 2 flex. I have offered out Wallace and Vjax to try and upgrade to a better wr. Not getting much bites lol. Is G Tate and L Fitz an upgrade to Wallace and Vjax? i really want to shore up the 3rd wr with a better option. I think Tate is that option. ribs are Charles Gio Hill Lamar and Simms

    • Will Overton says:

      I think Tate and Wallace are close with a very slight lean towards Tate. I tink Jackson is better than Fitz, but that one is close too for the rest of the season. I could see doing it, but I don’t think it’s a huge upgrade.

  4. Joel Goerdt says:

    I got a trade offer sent to me: Demaryus Thomas/Forsett for Marshall/Beckham/Benard?? Thoughts.. I have Calvin Johnson-Josh Gordon and Kelvin Benjamin already on my roster..

  5. Jaden says:

    I have Brandon Marshall, Mike Evans and Josh Gordon to decide from on who to start and i can only start 1 as i already have Dez starting this week, my oppenent has Cutler, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte, i would think to go with Marshall but dont know if my opponent having all these Bears players should offset my decision?

    Your advice is appreciated!

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      Yeah, Marshall could offset Cutler, but at the same time, I’m not sure you see a benefit from going with Marshall. Marshall is the best receiver of the 3, so I would tend just to go with the best player not thinking about your opponent. But if everything goes to Jeffrey and Forte, then you are getting a double whammy. I’d like a week of Gordon to see how he does if you have that option, so I go with Evans here.


  6. Dale H says:

    Kenny stills or percy harvin. Leaning to stills inside at dome. What do you think.

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      Both are actually playing in a dome now, and while Stills has the big play potential and will benefit from no Cooks, I think Harvin will be a more consistent part of the offense, but with less upside. It may be the safe and conservative choice, but I go Harvin.


  7. Greg says:

    I’m stacked at WR and have to choose three of the following:

    D.Thomas, Jeffrey, Hilton, Gordon

  8. Chris says:

    Who should be my flex… Harvin, vereen, joique bell or Andrew Hawkins? Was leaning on Hawkins but not really sure

  9. Adel says:

    Would you trade away A.J. Green and Golden Tate away for Calvin Johnson? Thanks for the advice.

  10. Billy says:

    I’m torn up on who to start this week between John Brown vs Seattle or Kenny Britt vs the Chargers, in a PPR league, I’m kind of leaning more towards John Brown, but Seattles secondary scares me. Please advise me who you would start?

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