Week 12 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Which hot receivers should continue their roll?  Who would we expect to slow down?  Which injuries will play a major role in Week 12?  Let’s try to dissect it all:

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

Thoughts:

  • People’s ill-conceived concerns regarding Calvin Johnson have quickly been washed away over the past two weeks as he has posted 17 catches for 350 yards and two touchdowns.  A lot of his early season “struggles” were simply due to an inability to find the end zone.  While the Texans don’t give up many yards, they have allowed 17 passing touchdowns.  He should remain one of the elite options in the league.
  • Peyton Manning is on a roll throwing touchdowns, and while Demaryius Thomas hasn’t been the biggest benefactor (five touchdowns this season) you would think it’s only a matter of time.  He already has 57 catches and 933 yards, plus has a favorable matchup.  Consider him one of the best options this week, as he has 25 catches for 391 yards and two touchdowns over the past four weeks (in comparison Eric Decker has 16 catches for 180 yards, but five touchdowns).
  • Despite the recent struggles of Eli Manning, don’t be surprised to see the Giants and Packers embark in a shootout this week.  That should mean good things from all involved, including Hakeem Nicks.
  • In regards to Green Bay, does anyone really want to bet who the go to receiver is?  The Packers have shown a dedication to get Randall Cobb the ball, so at this point he would be my top choice.  If you need any further proof, he has scored six touchdowns in the past four games.  He’s suddenly emerged as a WR1.
  • With Rob Gronkowski out, will Wes Welker finally become more of a touchdown threat?  He has only scored twice this season, but he had nine touchdowns last season (though none came against the Jets).  That said I would consider him a low-end WR1 given the absence of Gronkowski.
  • Dez Bryant (21 receptions, 357 yards, 2 TD) has been the more productive than Miles Austin (24 receptions, 299 yards, 0 TD).  While both are very good options against the Redskins, Bryant should be considered the better one.
  • If Julio Jones is healthy, he’s a much better option than a mid-level WR2.  Unfortunately there is going to be a lot of risk involved in utilizing him this week.  For now, we have to monitor the news.
  • Prior to a dud against the Pittsburgh Steelers (1 reception for 7 yards), Torrey Smith had actually scored three touchdowns in his previous two games.  He has seven touchdowns on the season and draws a favorable matchup.  Don’t get discouraged due to a poor game.
  • The Seahawks are a different team on the road, so despite Sidney Rice scoring four touchdowns over his past three games I would have a hard time trusting him.  He’s more of a WR3, at best.
  • How far does Mike Wallace fall with Charlie Batch at quarterback?  It certainly is hard to trust the Steelers big play receiver, but it certainly isn’t impossible that he produces (see the Jacksonville Jaguars and Week 11).  The Cleveland Browns are allowing 248.8 yards per game and 17 TD, so keep him slotted in as a low-end WR2/high-end WR3.
  • Sure, the Jets could make some plays against New England but is anyone really willing to guess which Jets receiver will make the plays?  I’ll go with Jeremy Kerley, but that doesn’t mean it’s not Chaz Schillens or someone else.  It’s not a situation to have much faith in.

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21 Responses to Week 12 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

  1. Mike W says:

    For my second flex spot, do I start Julian edelman, josh gordon, golden tate, or james starks?

  2. Brenden says:

    do i give denario alexander the start over bowe this week? bowe has been killing me

  3. Cara says:

    Got Green as my number 1 now need to pick two more:
    Amendola, Shorts, Stevie Johnson, James Jones and Denario Alexander????

  4. Sean says:

    This week I have a few problems in my roster and any help would be nice
    QB: This week I’m still starting tony romo over josh freeman. I think romo will come up big on thanksgiving, but freeman has been looking good
    WR: This week I have a few options at wr that your help would be nice with. My wrs right now are wes welker, demaryius Thomas, larry Fitzgerald, Danny amendola, or denarius moore. Right now I’m starting welker, Thomas, and Fitzgerald. I think I should take out fitz for someone but I’m not sure who.
    RB: I have a few problems here… My rbs are lesean McCoy, f-jax, mikel leshoure, and Bryce brown. I’m not really sure what to do here. If shady doesn’t start should I play jackson or brown? Right now I’m starting McCoy and leshoure, but mccoys avaliability is scaring me. Any help here would be nice.
    TE: I’m starting owen Daniels over Brandon pettigrew. Daniels has been amazing this season and I think is the much better option than pettigrew
    K: Jason hanson
    D: Seattle. I dropped Cincinnati for Bryce brown this week, but I think Seattle is the better option than cinci

  5. jason says:

    Need to fill 1qb,2rb,3wr,1te,1flex

    stafford,dalton
    j.charles,m.leshoure,l.mccoy
    d.thomas,j.nelson,p.harvin,d.moore,c.shorts,t.young
    a.hernandez,o.daniels

    who should I start?

    who should i start?

  6. Mike W – I’d go Starks

    Brenden – If both are healthy it’s close, but I’d go Alexander

    Cara – Amendola is hurting, which is a big issue. We’ll have to monitor the news to see how that plays out, but for now let’s assume he’s not available. With that in mind, I’d go Shorts & Johnson.

    Sean – Would’ve been Amendola over Fitzgerald, but the injury changes that. Fitzgerald/Moore is a coin flip, but I’d go Fitz. For the RB, I’d go Brown & Leshoure at this point.

    jason –
    QB – Dalton
    RB – Don’t think you have a choice, as I wouldn’t count on McCoy playing (monitor the news, to be safe)
    WR – Thomas, Nelson & Harvin
    TE – Daniels
    FLEX – Shorts (Hernandez is the second choice)

    • Mike W says:

      I think my gut is telling me to go with Edelman over the others, but Starks is an intriguing play also… The only thing I am worried about is he touched the ball 25 times each the last 2 games and hasn’t gotten over 8 fantasy points….

  7. Paul says:

    Which 2 rb should I start? Forte Morris or green Ellis?

  8. Paul says:

    Which WR should I start Josh Gordon Brandon Lafell Jeremy Kerley Darious Heyward Bey Donnie Avery Andrew Hawkins Jacoby Jones Randy Moss Mario Manningham Julien Edlman Emmanuel Sanders Nate Washington Golden Tate Brandon Gibson Andre Roberts Devon Bess Donald Jones Kendal Wright Kevin Ogletree Kevin Walter Stephen Hill? I kno it’s a lot to pick from but it’s an important start form me this week.

  9. Paul – It really is a coin flip, as I have them right in a row. That said, I’d probably roll Morris & Green-Ellis

    For the WR – DHB, LaFell, Kerley, Gordon, Edelman, Washington in that order

  10. Brandon says:

    Need a Flex play this week. Britt, Ballard, Bryce Brown, Maclin, or Hartline. Could you please rank from your best play to least favorite.

    I’m leaning Ballard or Britt due to matchups.

  11. Kurt says:

    Hey roto thanks for the help I have a question for this week mike Williams or denario Alexander I have josh freeman as qb so I get a lot of points when the hook up but idk this week.

  12. Brandon – I prefer Brown, with Ballard as choice number two. Of the WR, Maclin is my top choice, but he’s third overall.

    Kurt – I would go Alexander, but they are extremely close and could go either way.

  13. Andrew H says:

    I need three wr. I have Danny amadola, mike wallace, Steve johnson, Steve smith, sidney rice, and anquan bolden. 1 point ppr. Thx for any advice.

  14. Mike Rafael III says:

    Who should I start? 2 WR

    Demaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, Kenny Britt, Steve Smith, James Jones, Andre Roberts, Danario Alexander?

    2 RB
    Marshawn Lynch, Beanie Wells, Mark Ingram, Bryce Brown.

    Anyone for Flex. Thanks professor!

  15. Andrew H – Amendola would be a must play, except that he’s banged up. Monitor the news, but it’s impossible to trust him at this point. With that said, I’d go Smith, Wallace & Johnson.

    Mike Rafael III –
    WR – Thomas & Nelson
    RB – Lynch & Brown
    FLEX – Smith (if we knew Wells’ role, he may get the nod but is too risky in his first game back)

  16. Dan says:

    I need two WR Steve Smith,Steve Johnson or T.Y Hilton.Leaning towards Hilton as the other two have been busts.

    Thanks Again!

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