Week 16 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Knowing who the top guys are at wide receiver is easy. Maybe your star has a better matchup than in the past or a worse one, but are you really going to bench them anyway? The decisions start to come when you get into the middle of this list. And those decisions may determine your championship this week. Here is the way I see the wide receivers rankings shaking out:

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

 

  • The last time the Bengals and Steelers squared off was the one time this year that A.J. Green was shut down, catching just one pass, though it was a TD. The Steelers defense is the best in the league against the pass so Green loses a few spots in this week’s rankings, but he’s still a must start.
  • This last Sunday it seemed clear that Dez Bryant was slowed with his finger injury, but he still caught four passes and still found the endzone for the 8th time in six games. New Orleans shut down Tampa Bay last week, but don’t be fooled, it’s still a bad secondary and Bryant and Miles Austin should exploit it this week.
  • While Eric Decker is not the big play receiver that Demaryius Thomas is, he’s consistent and there’s something to be said for that. Decker has 16 catches in the last two weeks and he somewhat quietly has amassed 9 TD’s so far. He’s a must start outside of the shallowest of leagues.
  • I don’t think there is any debate as to which team has the worst secondary in football, it’s hands down the Tampa Bay Bucs. This is why I am so high on the Rams this week. Both Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson should turn in numbers worthy of being used in the majority of leagues.
  • The more comfortable that Nick Foles gets running the Eagles offense the better the numbers Jeremy Maclin puts up. And while the Eagles as a team seem to be falling apart, Foles and Maclin are improving. This week going up against Washington might not mean a win, but it should mean good numbers for Maclin.
  • It was a step forward this last week for Greg Jennings who had four catches and 50 yards. In Jennings absence James Jones and Randall Cobb have stepped up, but the Packers seem intent on working Jennings back into the mix. He’s not a must start, but he’s getting back there.
  • Who knows which Kenny Britt will show up week to week? Two weeks ago he had 8 catches for 143 yards and then last week just 1 catch for 7 yards. Green Bay’s secondary isn’t great and the Titans will likely be playing from behind against the Packers, but even still it’s hard to count on Britt completely.
  • While he is playing second fiddle to Cecil Shorts once again, Justin Blackmon is still a solid option. Blackmon has 25 catches in the last five games even though he has a game with just one catch mixed in there. This week the Jags play the Patriots and should continue their pass happy ways meaning enough catches for both Shorts and Blackmon.
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16 comments

  1. Nick Tenaglia says:

    so looking at the RB rankings and now the WR rankings, I have a glut of options for this week….

    Need 2 RB, 2 WR and a Flex
    AP, Ray Rice, DeMarco Murray
    Cruz, Steve Smith, Garcon, Mike Wallace, Miles Austin

    Initial thoughts are AP, Rice, Murray, Cruz, Smith. Should I change this?

  2. brian says:

    I’ve made it to the championship but now two of my top three receivers are injured. Who do you think is a better play at WR, Dez or Roddy? I’ve also got Jennings and Decker sitting on my bench as a side note.

  3. Andy says:

    Professor,
    Which 3 WRs should I start? Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, Vincent Jackson or Miles Austin? I am thinking to start Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant but Bryan is hurt. Thanks.

  4. Mike W says:

    Mike Williams, Josh Gordon, or Greg Jennings who should i go with?

  5. Nick – I agree with your gut call. Gives you the most opportunity. As for the D, I would be going Colts

    Brian – Gotta go with Dez Bryant right now.

    Andy – I would probably start Bryant over Jackson like you have it, but they are really close.

    Mike W – Mile Williams for me, with Jennings very close

  6. Roll Tide says:

    Prof –

    I have Bryant, Alexander, Torrey Smith, J Gordon and TY Hilton at WR and was hoping to play Dez and Danario but after Alexander getting shutout last week am looking at Dez and Hilton.

    I could also start another WR at Flex but Marshawn and Knowshon will fill my RB and Flex.

    Thx in advance.

  7. bucsfan17345 says:

    My.Wr are roddy white miles autstin amendola and erick decker. My rb are richardson, foster and ridley. I need to start 2 rb, 2 wr and a flex

  8. Steve says:

    Reggie Wayne, AJ Green, Roddy White & Pierre Garcon? Standard league, start 3.

    AJ Green is a lock, but which other 2? I have it set as White & Wayne, but Garcon is projected more than Wayne and the same as White.

  9. Rolltide – I know there is sme risk, bu. would actually g with Smith along with Bryant. Against the Giants, I think he has the highest upside.

    bucsfan – I would def. play all three running backs along with White & Decker

    Steve – I think. Agree, would have Wayneon te bench, bt t is really close.

  10. bucsfan17345 says:

    So you would bench miles going against saints d.

  11. frank says:

    I have wayne, white, dez, and moreno. I was going to put moreno in the flex and was thinking dez and white for my wrs. Who do you think I should play out of those 4?

  12. brian fee says:

    Start Cam Newton or Tony Romo?
    I can start 3 RB’s & 3 WR/TE’s from among:
    Trent Richardson’ Chris Johnson, Knowshon Moreno, Andre Johnson, Vincent Jackson, Randall Cobb, Miles Austin. Jeremy Maclin and Aaron Hernandez.
    Finally, Houston or Seattle Defense?

  13. bucsfan – I just have more faith in Bryant at this point. I agree Decker/Austin are close, but I’d lean Decker.

    frank – I agree with how you’ve got it set

    brian fee – Here’s what I’d do:
    QB – I like Romo, but it’s impossible to bench Newton
    WR/TE – A. Johnson/Jackson/Cobb
    RB – Richardson/Moreno/Johnson
    D – Seattle, but it’s a coin flip

    It’s hard to sit Hernandez, but given the other options and the chance of a blowout limiting his numbers, I’d go this way

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