Week 12 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

There is nothing better than football on Thanksgiving, and while we may not have the marquee matchups we should get plenty of fantasy goodness to start Week 12 off right. On top of that we’ll have a decently full Sunday with just two teams on bye. There should be plenty of fantasy options to choose from at wide receiver and we’re going to give you our Top 50 right now:

  1. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta
  2. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Tennessee
  3. Odell Beckham – New York Giants at Philadelphia
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver
  5. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans
  6. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay
  7. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers at Minnesota
  8. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay
  9. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco
  10. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Arizona
  11. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami
  12. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland
  13. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh
  14. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots at NY Jets
  15. Josh Gordon – New England Patriots at NY Jets
  16. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions vs. Chicago
  17. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver
  18. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati
  19. Alshon Jeffery – Philadelphia Eagles vs. NY Giants
  20. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans at Houston
  21. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington
  22. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland
  23. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks at Carolina
  24. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals at LA Chargers
  25. Golden Tate – Philadelphia Eagles vs. NY Giants
  26. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans
  27. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears at Detroit
  28. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks at Carolina
  29. Keke Coutee – Houston Texans vs. Tennessee
  30. Tre’Quan Smith – New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta
  31. Sterling Shepard – New York Giants at Philadelphia
  32. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh
  33. DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle
  34. John Brown – Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland
  35. Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers at Minnesota
  36. Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Arizona
  37. Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears at Detroit
  38. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle
  39. Taylor Gabriel – Chicago Bears at Detroit
  40. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco
  41. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals at LA Chargers
  42. Danny Amendola – Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis
  43. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans
  44. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay
  45. Michael Crabtree – Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland
  46. Adam Humphries – Tampa  Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco
  47. Demaryius Thomas – Houston Texans vs. Tennessee
  48. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco
  49. Donte Moncrief – Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo
  50. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Arizona

Thoughts:

  • All the attention for Minnesota seems to be geared towards Adam Thielen, and rightfully so given the guy has 85 catches. However Stefon Diggs has been great too and he is one of the hottest receivers out there right now. Diggs has 31 catches in his last three games with a TD in two straight. He has had a reputation as being boom or bust, but he actually has eight or more catches in six of his nine games. He doesn’t make the discussion for the top tier it seems, but maybe he should.
  • Signs are pointing towards A.J. Green being able to play this week given how he appeared close to playing last week and the Bengals fighting for their playoff lives. Green is having a fantastic season with 75 yards or more in all but one games and 5 or more receptions in all but one as well. There may be some skepticism with a matchup against Denzel Ward and having just come off injury, but if he’s playing you are crazy to use him.
  • Things seem to be starting to pick up for Doug Baldwin in Seattle after a rough season marred by injury. He has 16 receptions in his last three games and was finally able to find the end zone in this last game against the Packers. The Panthers defense is just coming off a game where they got torched by Kenny Golladay and Baldwin will look to keep that going.
  • There is a lot of buzz on Tre’Quan Smith after his massive game this past week against the Eagles. I’m going to be the guy pumping the breaks though. This is a fantastic matchup against the Falcons and the Saints should rack up the points, but they’ve been racking up the points every week and in the four games before this past Sunday he had only four catches total. There is a nice ceiling with, but there’s also a really low floor and no guarantee which end you’re going to get.
  • It kind of feels like the Arizona Cardinals offense has some momentum going with Byron Leftwich as the offensive coordinator and Josh Rosen making strides at QB. This has had a positive effect on Larry Fitzgerald, who now has four TD catches in his last four games after not catching one the entire season up to that point. With a pretty decent matchup against the Chargers on tap he could certainly add to it this week.
  • The Baltimore Ravens could be better off with Lamar Jackson at quarterback the rest of the way, but the fantasy value of the Ravens wide receivers are not better off at all. Jackson isn’t going to be throwing the ball any more than necessary and when he does throw it they are likely going to be safe throws. It’s a shame as John Brown was having a fantastic season, but it’s going to be really hard to trust him the if Jackson remains the starter.

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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 (2018): Top 15 Kickers
Week 12 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

8 comments

  1. Krysta says:

    14 Team PPR, Assuming Michael Thomas as WR 1. Need WR2 and flex of JuJu, Jarvis Landry or AJ Green (did you mean to say “crazy NOT to use him above”?)?

  2. Brian says:

    Hey Prof…need 2 for 1 point ppr…

    Corey Davis, Tyler Boyd, Courtland Sutton, or Jalen Richard…..

  3. Brian says:

    Wentz or Cousins?

  4. Daniel Gray says:

    Based on ratings alone, the answer seems obvious, but I have a nagging question.

    Need 2. Half PPR:

    Tyler Boyd
    DJ Moore
    Adam Humphries
    Josh Reynolds.

    It seems Boyd/Moore is obvious, but I keep looking at Reynolds. Am I overthinking it?

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