Week 11 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

With all the quarterback injuries, how do their absences impact the wide receivers they throw the ball to?  Which other receiver should we expect to step up?  Who whould we be avoiding this week?  Let’s take a look:

  1. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – at Kansas City
  2. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  3. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  4. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – at Oakland
  5. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  6. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Arizona
  7. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  8. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Arizona
  9. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  10. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears – at San Francisco
  11. Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  12. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. New Orleans
  13. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  14. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  15. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Cleveland
  16. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  17. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Atlanta
  18. Danny Amendola – St. Louis Rams – vs. New York Jets
  19. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  20. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Cleveland
  21. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  22. Steve Johnson – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  23. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  24. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  25. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  26. Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. New Orleans
  27. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – at Oakland
  28. James Jones – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  29. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  30. Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo
  31. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  32. Brandon Lloyd – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  33. Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  34. Titus Young – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  35. Danario Alexander – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  36. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
  37. Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  38. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  39. Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns – at Dallas
  40. Andre Roberts – Arizona Cardinals – at Atlanta
  41. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Chicago
  42. Andrew Hawkins – Cincinnati Bengals – at Kansas City
  43. Donald Jones – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  44. Laurent Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  45. Donnie Avery – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  46. Emmanuel Sanders – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  47. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  48. Jeremy Kerley – New York Jets – at St. Louis
  49. Brandon Stokely – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  50. Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – at Dallas

Thoughts:

  • There has been a misconception about Calvin Johnson’s “struggles” this season, as his only real failure has been coming up short of the goal line.  We all know that’s a bit of an aberration and after going off for 12 receptions, 207 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 there is little reason to be concerned.  The matchup with the Packers could easily breakdown into a shootout, and there is no reason to think of him as anything but an elite option.
  • Granted we never really know who the go to option is going to be in New Orleans, but more times than not it is going to be Marques Colston.  He has 47 receptions for 652 yards and seven touchdowns.  Given his favorable matchup, it is easy to place him in the Top 5.
  • Not that Jay Cutler is a superstar quarterback, but couple his absence with a tough matchup against the 49ers and it is not hard to imagine a down week for Brandon Marshall.  While I would still consider him a WR1, I would slide him down your rankings a few spots.
  • Wes Welker would be an even better option if he was a TD candidate, wouldn’t he?  The difference between him and Calvin Johnson is that there is no guarantee that they ultimately come.  With Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Stevan Ridley (among others), he may just remain a great player between the 20s.
  • It certainly didn’t take Danny Amendola long to re-entrench himself among the better options in the league, did it?  While the Jets’ defense has played fairly well without Darrelle Revis, it is still easy to imagine Amendola posting big numbers once again.
  • Will Jordy Nelson return this week?  That was the initial plan, so for now we will account for him in the rankings.  The bigger question is if he will return to his role as the team’s top receiver, given the performance of Randall Cobb and James Jones?  We all know that Aaron Rodgers moves the ball around, so look for all three to be viable options in what could be a shootout.
  • Denarius Moore has scored in three of his past four games and draws a Saints’ defense that has allowed 19 passing touchdowns vs. just five interceptions.  Is there anything else we really need to know?  He’s a borderline WR1, but a great option as a WR2 this week.
  • Who will be the better option in Dallas, Miles Austin or Dez Bryant?  The inconsistency Bryant has shown (two weeks with 15 yards or less in the past four games) puts him behind Austin for me, though both should be viable options.
  • The absence of Ben Roethlisberger will likely have a major impact on Mike Wallace, though he should still be a viable WR2.  That said, he has to drop down the rankings a few spots.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 11 rankings:

Week 11 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers
Week 11 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

17 comments

  1. Cara says:

    I can obviously see where you rank all these guys but I am still torn. A.J Green is my only go to. Pick 2 more: Amendola, Stevie Johnson, James Jones and Denario Alexander. I have Shorts too but am figuring its a toss up with those other three.
    Thanks!

  2. Randy says:

    In a standard league, I’m thinking of dropping Lloyd for DHB. I see DHB is ranked higher this week, but would you make the move long term? He’d be my 4th WR after AJ Green, Harvin, and Dez. Thanks!

  3. brian says:

    Professor,

    I am concerned about Brandon Marshall because of his match-up and Cutler’s injury. As of right now I have Roddy White and Denarius Moore as my WRs and Eric Decker in my flex spot (giving him a pass on the clunker last week.) Should I give Marshall the benefit of the doubt and go with him or stick with Decker. I also have Dez Bryant but Cleveland has been really solid lately and he could have his hands full with Joe Haden. What do you think?

    Thanks

  4. Cara – I think Amendola is a must use guy. I understand being torn between the others, because it could be very hit or miss. I’d roll the dice on Johnson, with Jones as my second choice. I am a big Alexander fan, but he’s still extremely risky at this point.

    Randy – It’s probably a tossup, honestly. If the Raiders are going to continue to be a throw first team, DHB is going to have more upside (less competition for receptions).

    brian – I think you are in an enviable situation, honestly. To me Decker/Marshall is a coin flip anyways, so if you are concerned with Marshall I would go with Decker w/o a second thought.

  5. Mark says:

    I have to fill 2 spots. I have heyward bey,dwayne bowe, and lance Moore. Which 2 would you start?

  6. Sean says:

    Hey I have one question: Do you think fitz is due for a comeback? Or is it really time to sit him for better options. You said in a different post to starting denarius Moore over fitz, but I just don’t like the idea of benching such a high pick. Your thoughts?

  7. Aaron says:

    Don’t know who to start as my receivers this week in a standard scoring league. I have amendola, dez Bryant, James jones and Andre Roberts. I need to start two.
    Based off the rankings I should start amendola nd Bryant but dez has been so inconsistent for me it’s getting hard to sart him.

  8. Sean – I have Fitzgerald at 17 this week, so the only way I would sit him is if I am loaded at the position. Moore does qualify, at least for one week. I do stil like Fitzgerald, though, and think he will play a factor e remainder of the year. The matchup just dictates moving him down this week.

    Aaron – I know Dez is tough, but he has more upside then the other two (especially with Joe Haden banged up). I could see the argument for Jones, but with Nelson back you have to wonder how many opportunities e will get.

    Amendola is te clear must start,though.

  9. Gamer says:

    Just confirming; 12 team non-PPR

    WR2 go with Jordy Nelson over Dez Bryant

    Flex go with Afred Morris over Dez Bryant

    I think I’m set (have Rice, Martin and Demaryius Thomas) but wanted to confirm remainnig slots. Thanks

  10. Mogli says:

    i am not sure which 3 WR to start. I am starting Thomas but the other two i idk.
    My WR’s are
    1 Demariyus Thomas (starting)
    2 Dez Bryant (Cowboys)
    3 James Jones (Packers)
    4 Malcolm Floyd (Chargers)

  11. Todd says:

    would you trade C ivory and J gordon for R. cobb in ppr league??? Thank you….

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