Week 11 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Let’s continue our tour around the NFL by looking at the Top 50 wide receivers for the coming week.  Who is the most valuable receiver for the New York Giants?  Has Denarius Moore emerged as a must use option?  Who are the receivers we should avoid?  Let’s try to answer these questions and all the rest for Week 11:

  1. Calvin Johnson –DetroitLions – vs.Carolina
  2. Greg Jennings –Green BayPackers – vs.TampaBay
  3. Larry Fitzgerald –ArizonaCardinals – atSan Francisco
  4. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs.Kansas City
  5. Brandon Marshall –MiamiDolphins – vs.Buffalo
  6. Roddy White –AtlantaFalcons – vs.Tennessee
  7. Steve Smith –CarolinaPanthers – atDetroit
  8. Dez Bryant –DallasCowboys – atWashington
  9. A.J. Green –CincinnatiBengals – atBaltimore
  10. Jordy Nelson –Green BayPackers – vs.TampaBay
  11. Vincent Jackson –San DiegoChargers – atChicago
  12. Mario Manningham –New YorkGiants – vs.Philadelphia
  13. Denarius Moore –OaklandRaiders – atMinnesota
  14. Anquan Boldin –BaltimoreRavens – vs.Cincinnati
  15. Dwayne Bowe –Kansas CityChiefs – atNew England
  16. DeSean Jackson –PhiladelphiaEagles – atNew YorkGiants
  17. Julio Jones –AtlantaFalcons – vs.Tennessee
  18. Brandon Lloyd –St. LouisRams – vs.Seattle
  19. Laurent Robinson –DallasCowboys – atWashington
  20. Hakeem Nicks –New YorkGiants – vs.Philadelphia
  21. Victor Cruz –New YorkGiants – vs.Philadelphia
  22. Santonio Holmes –New YorkJets – atDenver
  23. Stevie Johnson –BuffaloBills – atMiami
  24. Percy Harvin –MinnesotaVikings – vs.Oakland
  25. Michael Crabtree –San Francisco49ers – vs.Arizona
  26. Plaxico Burress –New YorkJets – atDenver
  27. Damian Williams –TennesseeTitans – atAtlanta
  28. Earl Bennett –ChicagoBears – vs.San Diego
  29. Vincent Brown –San DiegoChargers – atChicago
  30. Steve Breaston –Kansas CityChiefs – atNew England
  31. Deion Branch – New England Patriots – vs.Kansas City
  32. Sidney Rice –SeattleSeahawks – atSt. Louis
  33. Early Doucet –ArizonaCardinals – atSan Francisco
  34. Doug Baldwin –SeattleSeahawks – atSt. Louis
  35. Eric Decker –DenverBroncos – vs.New YorkJets
  36. Mike Williams –TampaBayBuccaneers – atGreen Bay
  37. Jason Avant –PhiladelphiaEagles – atNew YorkGiants
  38. Harry Douglas –AtlantaFalcons – vs.Tennessee
  39. David Nelson –BuffaloBills – atMiami
  40. Greg Little –ClevelandBrowns – vs.Jacksonville
  41. Jabar Gaffney –WashingtonRedskins – vs.Dallas
  42. Arrelious Benn –TampaBayBuccaneers – atGreen Bay
  43. Braylon Edwards –San Francisco49ers – vs.Arizona
  44. Torrey Smith –BaltimoreRavens – vs.Cincinnati
  45. Jerome Simpson –CincinnatiBengals – atBaltimore
  46. Jonathan Baldwin –Kansas CityChiefs – atNew England
  47. Nate Washington –TennesseeTitans – atAtlanta
  48. James Jones –Green BayPackers – vs.TampaBay
  49. Nate Burleson –DetroitLions – vs.Carolina
  50. Joshua Cribbs –ClevelandBrowns – vs.Jacksonville



  • Larry Fitzgerald has proven that he can produce with John Skelton at QB, scoring 3 TD over his past two games (including a 146 yard performance in Week 10). With the 49ers defense the best against the run and Beanie Wells hurting, you would thinkArizonais going to go a little bit more pass-centric this week. Fitzgerald should be in line for another big day.
  • We all know the type of season Wes Welker is having, but he’s now had fewer than 50 receiving yards in three of his past four games. As Rob Gronkowski continues to get more and more involved, it appears to be coming at Welker’s expense. Does that mean we should downgrade him too far? Of course not, because the potential is always there for him to erupt again (136 yards in Week 9, for instance). It’s hard to consider him anything but a mid-level WR1, at worst, and still one of the elite in the game.
  • While Dwayne Bowe would’ve been a much better option, the loss of Matt Cassel has to be considered a knock to his value. He still should be able to produce, but he’s no longer one of the elite until he proves otherwise.
  • Brandon Lloyd has scored touchdowns in two of his past three games as he continues to develop a rapport with Sam Bradford. With the Seahawks passing defense ranking in the middle of the pack this season (243.0 passing yards/game, 12 TD, 9 INT), Lloyd should be considered a solid WR2. The more he and Bradford play together the better they are going to get.
  • With it looking unlikely that Jeremy Maclin plays in Week 11 (which is why he was left off these rankings) the pressure will be on DeSean Jackson to step up and perform. Of course, he has just 8 receptions for 93 yards over his past three games and has five games of fewer than 50 yards on the year. It’s hard to put too much faith in him, leaving him as nothing more than a WR2 with upside.
  • DenariusMoorehas clearly become the go to receiver for the Oakland Raiders (at least for now). With a matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, a team allowing 272.8 passing yards per game (as well as 18 TD, tied for second most in the league), Moore is looking like a very good play in all formats with the potential to entrench himself as a WR1 before long.
  • Hakeem Nicks tends to get the focus of opposing defenses, which may be limiting his potential to produce but is opening things up for the other receivers. Mario Manningham has a touchdown in three straight games and can be considered the better option for now. However, Nicks, Manningham and Victor Cruz have all entrenched themselves as viable options on a weekly basis even in shallower formats.
  • Against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010 Anquan Boldin managed a total of 7 receptions for 44 yards. However, the loss of Leon Hall should allow Boldin to stay productive. Don’t shy away from him for this week.
  • There’s little doubt that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to have to throw the ball if they want to keep pace with the Packers. Mike Williams has started to show a little bit of something, though not necessarily a lot (8 receptions for 89 yards over the past two weeks), so consider him nothing more than a WR3.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 11 articles:

Week 11 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses
Week 11 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs


  1. Cara says:

    Playing Marshall as my #1 and need to chooseif Laurent Robinso and Victor Cruz should be my 2 and 3 or.. someone just dumoed DeSean Jackson. Do I take a chance??

  2. Josh says:

    Victor Cruz or Denarius Moore in week 11?

  3. Gamer says:

    Hurting at wide receiver this week. Need two from this list: Stevie Johnson, Crabtree, Earl Bennett, Nate Washington – and I see Vincent Brown is available. I’m considering sitting Johnson, starting Bennett; and maybe dropping Washington for a Vincent Brown play this week. Running backs are strong, so looking for upside potential. Thoughts? I know these options are weak :)

  4. Josh – I’d go with Moore. While Cruz has the potential, he faces a lot more competition for receptions.

    Gamer – If you are looking for high risk, high reward I think Brown is the top option. If you want slightly safer, it’s Crabtree and Bennett (since Johnson is hurting and a risky play now). If you are looking for just the two with the highest upside, despite the risk, it’s Brown & Bennett I think.

  5. Mike says:

    Louis Murphy or Daniel Thomas for my flex spot?

  6. Tommy says:

    12-team Non PPR league

    choose 3 Wr’s from:
    Megatron (locked in)
    Dwayne Bowe
    Denarius Moore
    Stevie Johnson

    choose 2 RB’s from:
    Reggie Bush
    Mike Tolbert
    Legarette Bluont
    Kendall Hunter

    Thanks Prof!

  7. 12 team league, 6pt for a TD

    WR: Earl Bennett, B. Lloyd, D. Bowe

    RB: Michael Bush, Reggie Bush, Ogbonnya

    I was plannign to start all three (two at RB, one at Flex) then picking two WRs. Which two WRs would you go with?

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