Week 14 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Recievers

by Will Overton

I think we can agree that Calvin Johnson is once again the consensus number one receiver in football, no matter the week, no matter the matchup. He’s averaging 9 catches for 158 yards per game over his last five games and clearly no one can touch that. There are still 49 other guys on this list that you actually have to think about whether to start or sit, who to play over who, and it matters now more than ever.

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

 

  • At this point does Wes Welker’s weekly questionable injury tag scare anyone? Despite being questionable every week he’s yet to miss a game and has caught at least six passes in every game since week two. There is definitely something to be said for consistency.
  • Most consider Vincent Jackson a top ten receiver, especially in a plus matchup with the Eagles who allow a lot of WR TD’s. However the fact that his calf is bothering him scares me. As does the fact that in the last 6 weeks he hasn’t topped 100 yards once and has 5 catches or less in 5 of those 6 games. He’s a good play and a must start, but not top 10 to me.
  • After his performance on Monday Night I think we can start talking about how exciting the Robert Griffin III to Pierre Garcon connection is. Let’s hope Garcon can stay healthy this time around because the upside is extremely high and Baltimore’s defense isn’t what it once was.
  • The fact that Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to start on Sunday barring an unforeseen setback has Mike Wallace back to must start territory in my opinion. It’s been a struggle for Wallace with Roethlisberger out, but the two were really clicking before Roethlisberger went down and I have high hopes that they pick up where they left off.
  • I may be a bit too high on Kenny Britt who has been nothing but a disappointment so far this season, but I’m giving him one more chance. The Titans have said they’re committed to trying to get the ball in his hands more and he has a TD in back to back games now. The matchup with Indianapolis is a decent one and Britt could see his best game of the season Sunday, or he could do nothing as well.
  • The status of Cecil Shorts this week is totally up in the air at this point in time. He had been cleared after concussion testing, but oddly he’s still experiencing concussion symptoms which does raise a red flag. The Jets aren’t a great matchup, but if Shorts is out Justin Blackmon is just about the only playmakers on that team at this points, he should see plenty of targets.
  • Who would have thought that Larry Fitzgerald would ever be ranked this low in any week without an injury? But at this point can you really trust him? Ryan Lindley is possibly one of the worst QB’s to ever start a football game and he’s completely sapped the value of Fitzgerald. I don’t care how many targets Fitz gets if the ball is never in his reach.
  • The inconsistency of Darrius Heyward-Bey is one of the more frustrating things in fantasy football for me, probably cause I own him in way too many leagues. He’s up one week and down the next. And with Oakland taking on a good Denver secondary I don’t like this chances of being up this week. You could play him and hit it big, but it’s too much risk for me.

 

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12 comments

  1. Torch says:

    Bye week for me courtesy of finishing first, any advice on Jordy Nelson? With his hamstring issue reemerging (for how long), an additional target option with Jennings active and week 15/16 matchups against CHI./HOU. – is he worth holding on the bench for the playoffs? Lost Broyles to his ACL, so I’m left with Andre Johnson, Danario Alexander (terrible matchups going forward) and Josh Gordon (had Givens, but just swapped him for H. Miller with Ben likely back). Thoughts? Thanks for the season winning advice.

  2. GT says:

    Holy cow…

    38. Dwayne Bowe
    39. James Jones
    40. Larry Fitzgerald
    41. Anquan Boldin
    42. Denarius Moore
    43. Brandon Lloyd

    Didn’t see THAT on draft day

  3. S says:

    I think I’m gonna roll the dice with Decker, which leaves me between Gordon/Alexander. My head is telling me Gordon given the matchup. Any significant reason why you have Alexander ranked ahead of Gordon? Talent at this point seems equal (both 6’4, 225-ish), QB play is equal. The only thing keeping Gordon back is the inconsisent play from weeks prior.

  4. robert says:

    I have some tough wr decisions this week. Standard league; 1 pt for each 15 yards 6 points TD. I need to start 3 of the following: R. White, G. Jennings, TY Hilton (Luck My QB), Danario Alexander, Cecil Shorts (if not injured), Josh Gordon. I am gonna start Roddy for sure, I don’t know if I should trust Jennings. Do I start Cecil if he plays? Scares me coming off an injury. Thanks for advice!

  5. S – Inconsistency has to be part of it and, with Ike Taylor out, it’s easy to see Alexander having another big week.

    robert – I would go jennings, as he immediately looked like a major part of the offense. Shorts is an injury risk, so I’d probably go Hilton with Alexander as my next choice.

  6. Double G says:

    Wallace or Jennings this week?

  7. Todd says:

    Givens or Fjax flex???? PPR….Thank you.

    • I don’t rust Jackson too much, but I think it comes down to if Amendola is playing or not. If he is, I definitely have less faith in Givens and would use Jackson.

      If he’s not, it’s really close. I’d probably say Givens, but he’s higher risk. Jackson would definitely be the “safer” option.

  8. Tommay says:

    Brandon Lloyd, Kenny Britt, or Justin Blackmon for my wr3 …. Thought I’d have Harvin in =*(

    Im up against Tom Brady in a 1QB league (Non-PPR) so I have Lloyd slotted in right now, also thinking hernandez’s inconsistent looks and edelmens injury might help Brady look Lloyds way this week…. Any input on who’s the safe and whos the high upside?

    • I’d probably go Britt, honestly. He’s started coming alive recently and has been on the field and getting targets.

      With Shorts out Blackmon could have potential, but it’s tough to trust him. Same could be said of Lloyd, but the lack of looks thus far makes it impossible to trust him.

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