Week 15 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Let’s keep our Week 15 rankings rolling with a look at the best wide receivers for the coming week. Who has the best matchup? Who has been struggling? Let’s take a look:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – at Oakland
  2. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at Denver
  3. Hakeem Nicks –New York Giants – vs. Washington
  4. Jordy Nelson –Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
  5. Percy Harvin –Minnesota Vikings – vs. New Orleans
  6. Roddy White –Atlanta Falcons – vs. Jacksonville
  7. Mike Wallace –Pittsburgh Steelers – at San Francisco
  8. Laurent Robinson –Dallas Cowboys – at TampaBay
  9. Marques Colston –New Orleans Saints – at Minnesota
  10. Victor Cruz –New York Giants – vs. Washington
  11. Larry Fitzgerald –Arizona Cardinals – vs. Cleveland
  12. A.J. Green –Cincinnati Bengals – at St. Louis
  13. Dez Bryant –Dallas Cowboys – at Tampa Bay
  14. Steve Smith –Carolina Panthers – at Houston
  15. Brandon Marshall –Miami Dolphins – a tBuffalo
  16. Dwayne Bowe –Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Green Bay
  17. Vincent Jackson –San Diego Chargers – vs. Baltimore
  18. Antonio Brown –Pittsburgh Steelers – at San Francisco
  19. Stevie Johnson –Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  20. Miles Austin –Dallas Cowboys – at TampaBay
  21. Julio Jones –Atlanta Falcons – vs. Jacksonville
  22. Santana Moss –Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  23. Brandon Lloyd –St. Louis Rams – vs. Cincinnati
  24. Mike Williams –Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Dallas
  25. Anquan Boldin –Baltimore Ravens – at San Diego
  26. James Jones –Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
  27. Demaryius Thomas –Denver Broncos – vs. New England
  28. Nate Washington –Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  29. DeSean Jackson –Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Jets
  30. Santonio Holmes –New York Jets – at Philadelphia
  31. Lance Moore –New Orleans Saints – at Minnesota
  32. Donald Driver –Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
  33. Michael Crabtree –San Francisco 49ers – vs. Pittsburgh
  34. Jeremy Maclin –Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Jets
  35. Torrey Smith –Baltimore Ravens – at San Diego
  36. Plaxico Burress –New York Jets – at Philadelphia
  37. Jabar Gaffney –Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  38. Pierre Garcon –Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  39. Mario Manningham –New York Giants – vs. Washington
  40. Kevin Walter –Houston Texans – vs. Carolina
  41. Deion Branch – New England Patriots – at Denver
  42. Golden Tate –Seattle Seahawks – at Chicago
  43. Nate Burleson –Detroit Lions – at Oakland
  44. Darius Heyward-Bey –Oakland Raiders – vs. Detroit
  45. Eric Decker –Denver Broncos – vs. New England
  46. Johnny Knox –Chicago Bears – vs. Seattle
  47. Malcolm Floyd –San Diego Chargers – vs. Baltimore
  48. Jerome Simpson –Cincinnati Bengals – at St. Louis
  49. Titus Young –Detroit Lions – at Oakland
  50. Greg Little –Cleveland Browns – at Arizona

 

Thoughts:

  • Percy Harvin had a receiving touchdown in his fourth straight game in Week 14.  In fact, over the past four weeks he has 32 receptions (8 receptions or more in three straight weeks) with 393 yards and 5 TD (along with 91 rushing yards).  Yes, the return of Adrian Peterson will likely diminish his role a little bit, but his recent success will mean that he should remain a focal point of the offense.  Taking on a Tampa Bay defense that has been poor against the pass (248.8 passing yards per game and 22 TD) he’s a solid WR1 for the coming week.
  • Jordy Nelson has been a great option all season long (51 receptions for 957 yards and 10 TD), and we all know that the defense he’s taking on doesn’t matter much.  With Greg Jennings out of action, Nelson should be viewed as an even better option this week.  He’s a lock as a WR1.
  • We’d like Dwayne Bowe a lot better this week if he actually had a real quarterback throwing him the ball, wouldn’t we?  It’s not meant as a shot at Tyler Palko, but it’s become clear that he isn’t the man for the job.  In what is going to be a shootout against the Packers (at least a one-sided one), the Chiefs should be primed to throw the ball early and often.  The question is who will be under center?  Could Ricky Stanzi get a chance to throw?  If that happens, could Bowe produce?  He’s a viable WR2, but if he was in a better situation he’d likely be a WR1.
  • Obviously the return of Miles Austin clouds the WR situation inDallasa little bit.  Who is the better option?  Is itAustin?  Is it Dez Bryant?  Is it Laurent Robinson?  Robinson has scored a touchdown in six of his past seven games and has at least 70 yards in four of his previous five.  All three are going to be WR2, at worst, with a favorable matchup with the Buccaneers, but I would use Robinson as my first choice.
  • Brandon Marshall will look to redeem himself after he was pitiful in his last matchup against the Bills (1 reception for 5 yards in Week 11).  However, with that on our minds, do we trust him?  He’s a WR2, for sure, but not more than that.
  • Things appear to be clicking again for Stevie Johnson and Ryan Fitzpatrick.  Johnson has at least 52 yards in each of his past three games (including 116 yards against the Chargers in Week 14) as well as 2 TD.  He hasn’t done much in his career against the Dolphins, however, with 12 receptions for 139 yards and 1 TD in four career matchups.  That said, with the way he’s going right now he is going to have value as a low-end WR2.
  • DeSean Jackson showed a little bit of life in Week 14, with 4 receptions for 59 yards and 1 TD.  Do you trust him as anything more than a WR3 against Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets?  It’s tough, that’s for sure.
  • At least Santonio Holmes has scored in three straight games, right?  The lack of yards of late keeps him from being a WR2 option (he has 22 yards or less in two of his past three games), but in three receiver formats he definitely has appeal.
  • Demaryius Thomas has become the big receiver for the Broncos over the past two weeks, as he has 11 receptions for 222 yards and 3 TD.  Does that mean we should trust him as more than a WR3?  Absolutely not, given the way Broncos games go.  Still, in that spot he’s worth considering, especially against the Patriots.

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15 Responses to Week 15 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

  1. foolintherain says:

    Quick question: how drastic would your adjustments be if Charlie Batch is the Pittsburgh starting WR?

  2. AJ says:

    Steve Smith or V Jax? PPR league

  3. Austin D says:

    I need three… PPR league
    Austin, Marshall, Cruz, welker, Brown
    Brown is looking like my favorite but idk Austin can go off and Marshall wants to prove himself

  4. foolintherain – There would be a slight adjustment, but I don’t think either WR is going to fall dramatically.

    AJ – I’d go Steve Smith, though it is close.

    Austin – Welker & Cruz are obviously must plays. For the third, I would rank them Marshall, Brown then Austin. It is close, but I think Marshall is going to have a big day.

  5. eric says:

    Kevin smith or bradshaw …..torry smith or d Thomas

  6. chris says:

    Should I start julio jones or stevie johnson? Quick response needed…I know i’m gonna kick myself for not starting julio jones.

  7. eric – Thomas for the WR spot. As for the RB, the health of Smith is going to determine it and that’s something we can’t answer for sure. At this point, though, I’d be leaning towards Bradshaw.

    chris – Sorry I missed you on this one :(

  8. mike says:

    hey, im in semi finals of the playoffs and i need to know who to start?

    QB, 2RB, 1RB/WR, 2WR

    QB vick,tebow

    RB lesean mccoy, chirs johnsn, steven jackson, sproles

    WR nicks, nelson, coloston, miles, marshall, larry fitz

    thanks!

  9. Spill says:

    Need 3 WR’s. Which 3 should I start? Santonio Holmes, Santana Moss, J. Gaffney, D. Thomas

  10. Montes says:

    Who do I start Robinson , Cruz , harven , or Thomas from broncos need to start 2 of them

  11. Spill – I’d go with Moss, Holmes & Thomas

    Montes – I’d go with Harvin & Robinson with Cruz as my next option.

  12. FalconFan05 says:

    Nate Washington at Indy, or Dwayne Bowe at Green Bay?

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