Week 13 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Let’s continue our look around the league and try to determine which wide receivers are worth playing this week, and who may be better off left on your bench:

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

Thoughts:

  • A.J. Green has been the better player overall this season, but Calvin Johnson has come alive over the past four weeks.  In fact, he has outperformed Green with 32 receptions for 619 yards and three touchdowns vs. Green’s 23 receptions for 386 yards and three touchdowns.  The truth is, picking between the two is really splitting hairs.  At this point, the hotter player deserves to be sitting atop the rankings.
  • Would anyone be surprised to see tonight’s Saints-Falcons game breakdown into a shootout?  With the Saints allowing nearly 300 passing yards per game, as well as 22 TD, it’s easy to imagine both Julio Jones and Roddy White posting gaudy numbers.  However, the debate between which will be the better option could suppress both of their values.
  •  Hakeem Nicks finally appears to be healthy, or at least getting there.  It’s easy to imagine him fully breaking out against the Redskins, isn’t it?
  • It has been a good stretch for Brandon Marshall, posting 31 receptions for 342 yards and four touchdowns over his past four games.  The question is, can he find the end zone against a Seahawks defense that has allowed just 10 passing touchdowns this season?  Throw in the fact that they give up little yardage (200.7 yards per game) and there would be cause for concern…  If the Seahawk corner back duo had missed the game, as originally expected, things would be different.  With the current word being that appeals will keep them on the field, Marshall drops down to WR2 status.
  • While Greg Jennings is expected back this week, I wouldn’t suddenly push him up towards the top of the rankings so quickly.  The Packers have numerous other options at their disposal and you would think Jennings would be eased back into the mix.  Think of him more like a WR3, at best, and probably someone best served to have on your bench.
  • It didn’t take Pierre Garcon long to look healthy and on point with Robert Griffin III, did it?
  • I know Steve Smith hasn’t done too much recently, and has scored just one touchdown this season.  That said, the Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 22 passing TD on the year and it finally appears like Cam Newton is finding his way.  As a WR2, you have to like Smith’s potential to produce for you this week.
  • It’s looking more and more like another week of Charlie Batch quarterbacking for the Steelers (though that could be changing, and quickly).  Mike Wallace owners can all grumble and leave him on their bench, outside of three receiver formats unless Ben Roethlisberger ultimately does play.
  • Will Danny Amendola be more than a decoy this week?  We’ll have to monitor the news to see, but for now I would be extremely cautious with him.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 rankings:

Week 13 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses
Week 13 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

7 comments

  1. Mike W says:

    Who should I start at WR this week? Pick 2 out of the following: Greg Jennings, Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman, Mike Williams, Chris Givens, Jarius Wright? Thanks

  2. Mike W says:

    And at TE should I start Heath Miller, Kyle Rudolph, or Vernon Davis?

  3. Mike W –

    WR – To me, Jennings is too big of a risk in his first game back. The Packers have so many other weapons it is easy to imagine him being eased back in gently. I would put Gordon as your top option with Williams or Edelman second. Edelman’s problem is it is New England, so who knows what they are going to do, which is why I’d lean Williams.

    TE – Everyone seems to have Miller and Davis….lol I’d stick with Davis’ upside here, with Rudolph a close second.

  4. Brenden says:

    I’m 11-1 with the #1 seed locked, so its not the biggest deal if it comes back to bite me, but I think I’m going to start Greg Jennings over Danario Alexander..are Alexander’s numbers gonna blow Jennings’ out of the water or would you consider this for the fantasy playoffs also?

    • It’s going to depend on how the Packers utilize Jennings and spread the ball. Randall Cobb has become such a vital part of their offense that it is far from a given Jennings sees the type of targets we’re used to (have to get the ball to Jordy Nelson, among others, as well).

      I would take it week-by-week and see how things are going.

  5. Joseph says:

    I have Cecil shorts as my wr/rb option but with 20 mph winds and rain in buffalo I am thinking of switching for b. wells or Ryan Matthews….thoughts????

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