Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Week 12 has arrived and with no byes your lineup decisions are going to be tougher than ever, especially with more pressure as a lot of teams are in must win situations with the fantasy playoffs looming. With these things in mind here is how I rank the top 50 wide receivers for this week:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. New Orleans
  2. Odell Bekcham Jr – New York Giants @ Washington
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Seattle
  5. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia
  6. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego
  7. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Indianapolis
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco
  9. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. St. Louis
  10. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
  11. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ Houston
  12. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets vs. Miami
  13. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina
  14. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. New England
  15. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay
  16. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee
  17. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins @ NY Jets
  18. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Tampa Bay
  19. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego
  20. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee
  21. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. New England
  22. Eric Decker – New York Jets vs. Miami
  23. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo
  24. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit
  25. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Atlanta
  26. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins vs. NY Giants
  27. Travis Benjamin – Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore
  28. Danny Amendola – New England Patriots @ Denver
  29. Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Seattle
  30. Kamar Aiken – Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland
  31. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts vs. Tampa Bay
  32. Brandon LaFell – New England Patriots @ Denver
  33. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
  34. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia
  35. Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City
  36. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco
  37. James Jones – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
  38. Rishard Matthews – Miami Dolphins @ NY Jets
  39. Stevie Johnson – San Diego Chargers @ Jacksonville
  40. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins vs. NY Giants
  41. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints @ Houston
  42. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh
  43. Marvin Jones – Cincinnati Bengals vs. St. Louis
  44. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina
  45. Marquess Wilson – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay
  46. Reuben Randle – New York Giants @ Washington
  47. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints @ Houston
  48. Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona
  49. Leonard Hankerson – Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota
  50. Nate Washington – Houston Texans vs. New Orleans

Thoughts:

  • For six straight weeks Allen Robinson has reached double digits in standard scoring fantasy football leagues. This includes five TD grabs in his last six games and he’s averaging 90 yards per game. Robinson has turned himself into one of the safest, most consistent receivers in the game. Add to this that he has a nice matchup with the struggling Chargers and he is a surefire Top 10 option.
  • We are 11 weeks into the season and Larry Fitzgerald is still getting it done. He started strong and a lot of experts thought that he was going to fade, but in the last three games he has averaged nine catches and 101 yards. The TD have slowed a bit since the first few weeks, but Carson Palmer is clearly looking at Fitzgerald a lot every week and that isn’t changing. Fitzgerald is a lot like Robinson in that he is a safe bet to approach double digits in points every week.
  • I may be too high on Brandin Cooks, and it wouldn’t be the first time, but he has hit his stride. He has five TD catches in his last three games and has 71 yards or more in five of his last six games. The New Orleans Saints are back to their pass heavy ways and while they still like to spread the ball around, he is clearly the focal point of the offense and they’ve finally noticed that he’s their best playmaker.
  • It’s not easy to trust Jordan Matthews, but it’s also hard not to in a matchup with the Detroit Lions. While the Lions have been better the last couple weeks on defense, that secondary is still sketchy. Matthews has had his moments this season, he just hasn’t been able to keep it up consistently week to week. Last year in a matchup like this he would be in the Top 10, but with Mark Sanchez at QB and the offense struggling he’s just a high upside WR2.
  • It’s been a while since Travis Benjamin has found his way into the end zone. With that said he’s still getting a decent amount of targets and in his last game before the bye he caught seven balls for 113 yards. A matchup with the Baltimore Ravens may be just what it takes to get back into the end zone and he should close in on 100 yards yet again. This is another high upside play given this matchup.
  • Last week was a down week for Rishard Matthews, but it doesn’t erase what he’s done the rest of the season. He has been putting up solid numbers as the Dolphins number two option and I think he should be able to get back on track in a game where Jarvis Landry may be taken out of the equation. Matthews should be good for 60 – 70 yards and if he finds the end zone you have a really nice WR3/Flex option.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Tight Ends
Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Quarterbacks

16 comments

  1. Haggy says:

    You would start Jordan Mathews over Martavis Bryant.??? I have Bryamt at Flex. Starting Diggs and Landry at WR. I know Bryant is at Seattle but he has Brown to take the pressure off. Mathews is like Melvin Gordon. Cross your fingers and pray for more than 5 points. What would you do. Is it close enough to kick Mathews to the bench this week and go with Bryant.

  2. Jake says:

    Would you trade aj green and jeremy hill for dez bryant? I already have tyler eifert and jeremy hill has been on my bench. Trying to gear up for the playoffs and figure i wont be playing hill anyways.

  3. Haggy – I didn’t do these rankings, but personally I’d go with Bryant over Matthews (who I have no faith in whatsoever). In fact, I’d be avoiding using Matthews in most cases.

    Jake – Yea, I dubbed Green a sell high candidate a few weeks ago. If you don’t need Hill, go for it

  4. Brandon says:

    A trade for D Martin and Rawls emerging in Seattle has left me with too much depth, could your rank these guys in order for week 12, 1 pt PPR. AP, Martin, McCoy, Rawls, Ingram, Demayrius Thomas, And Odell Beckham. I only have to start one WR so is was going to roll with ODB and bench Thomas and Ingram??

  5. Ian says:

    PPR Flex Question: Jeremy Langford, Jeremy Hill, Stefon Diggs, or Jordan Matthews?

    • Ugh, I guess Langford but I really don’t like any of them all that much

      • Ian says:

        Neither do I. I have forte too. Enough touches to go around to play both of them?

        Also is it time to finally drop Matthews and stash RB handcuffs for playoffs? He plays nearly every snap I keep thinking he will finally get going.

        • It’s obviously hard to drop him, because the potential is still there, but I’m not against it because he’s going to b impossible to trust.

          As for Langford/Forte, they are going to split touches and you’d think the ground will be the focus

  6. Ragaller says:

    Injuries are killing my WR/TE. I”m looking forward to my playoffs (week 14-16) Which 2 of these would be your top choices for my playoff run: D. Baldwin, Gren-beckham, Moncrief, A Gates, T Ginn, Dwayne Harris or Crowder.
    Thanks for the help, I need it!

  7. Rob says:

    Need help with who to start in my flex.. LaFell, Michael Floyd, or Stevie Johnson? Thanks

    • I want to say LaFell, given all of the injuries, and he certainly has the highest upside. Johnson is the “safest” and probably the most prudent play.

      With Floyd, while he has the best matchup, there are too many other options and he’s banged up so I’d avoid him.

      It comes down to the risk you want to take

  8. Rob says:

    Hi Eric – do you like AJ Green or Lamar Miller better for flex this week (non-PPR)? Thanks!

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