Week 12 Rankings (2020): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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by Will Overton 

Week 12 is always a great week. Not only do we get a full day of football on Thanksgiving, but we also end the stretch of bye weeks and have a slate where every single team is playing. This does make lineup decisions more difficult though, so my aim is to help you out there by giving my top 50 wide receivers for the week in order: 

  1. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
  2. DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia 
  3. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs @ Tampa Bay
  4. Deandre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals @ New England
  5. Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills vs. LA Chargers
  6. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ Buffalo
  7. Terry McLaurin – Washington Football @ Dallas 
  8. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Denver 
  9. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia 
  10. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons vs. Las Vegas
  11. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina
  12. Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ Detroit 
  13. A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis
  14. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Las Vegas
  15. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay
  16. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City
  17. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers @ Minnesota
  18. Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina
  19. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 
  20. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore 
  21. Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers @ Minnesota  
  22. Chase Claypool – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore  
  23. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City 
  24. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 
  25. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington
  26. D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland 
  27. Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans @ Detroit 
  28. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  29. Antonio Brown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City
  30. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins @ NY Jets
  31. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers @ Buffalo  
  32. Ceedee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington
  33. Darius Slayton – New York Giants @ Cincinnati
  34. Michael Pittman Jr. – Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee  
  35. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Houston
  36. Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals vs. NY Giants
  37. Brandon Aiyuk – San Francisco 49ers @ LA Rams
  38. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals @ New England
  39. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants @ Cincinnati
  40. Nelson Agholor – Las Vegas Raiders @ Atlanta
  41. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers @ Minnesota 
  42. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals vs. NY Giants
  43. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville
  44. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis
  45. Tim Patrick – Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans
  46. Jakobi Meyers – New England Patriots vs. Arizona 
  47. Jalen Reagor – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle
  48. John Brown – Buffalo Bills vs. LA Chargers
  49. Breshad Perriman – New York Jets vs. Miami
  50. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh

Thoughts:

  • There is something to be said for consistency. It’s why Keenan Allen has been a top 15 wide receiver for years now, despite people not talking about him. I think the new version of that guy might be Terry McLaurin. Week in and week out McLaurin is a WR1 or WR2 for fantasy teams without fail, yet he never gets lumped in talks of the game’s best receivers. He doesn’t find the endzone quite enough, partly due to the offense around him, which limits the number of times he checks in as the week’s best guy, but you’ll always find him somewhere in the 5 – 25 range of points scored. That may not be sexy, but if you play fantasy football, it should be.
  • If you’re looking for a guy who could certainly outplay his ranking this week in terms of upside, D.J. Moore is as good a bet as anyone. Moore has been heating up with 11 catches and 223 yards combined the last two weeks, also finding the end zone once. While it feels like his performances have been very boom or bust, the fact that he has 90 or more yards in six of his 11 games is pretty impressive to say the least, especially given how good his counterpart Robby Anderson has performed as well. Moore could blow up and be a top five guy at the position this week against the Vikings defense and I wouldn’t be at all surprised.
  • On the other side of the ball in that game is a scenario to watch leading up to Sunday. Adam Thielen reportedly tested positive earlier this week for COVID and was placed on the COVID list. He has since tested negative, opening up the door that the first test was a false positive and the possibility that he could play still. These rankings are set based on Thielen playing on Sunday. If Thielen can’t go on Sunday Justin Jefferson should jump up into the top 15, possibly top 12. The deep ball connection between Kirk Cousins and Jefferson is just fantasy gold right now.
  • The situation in Tampa Bay continues to be interesting to watch on fold. For the second week in a row Tom Brady was able to get all three of his top end targets involved in the passing game and make them fantasy relevant. I think you could make an argument for any of the three in any order really, but for me the big play and touchdown upside of Chris Godwin still puts him ahead of the pack. That said, it was Antonio Brown leading the team in targets and receptions, and while TD’s may be hard to come by with Godwin and Mike Evans, as well as Rob Gronkowski in the mix, if he continues to build on this connection with Brady he could a must start in PPR formats soon.
  • The devastating injury to Joe Burrow certainly has ripple effects in fantasy far beyond just Burrow owners. Given the injury and the lack of faith I have in Ryan Finley you see that Tee Higgins has gone from a top 20 guy in my rankings to a fringe flex option, and Tyler Boyd drops all the way 42 on this list which may still be generous. The Bengals have a good matchup still this week with the Giants, but whether or not anyone can get the ball into these playmakers hands will be another thing and I just don’t have much faith.
  • If you have played for fantasy football these last few years you have certainly added and dropped Nelson Agholor at least once if not multiple times in the last couple of years. He’s just one of those guys who floats on the wire, has a big week and gets picked up and then flounders and gets dropped again and cycles back and forth forever. It’s why he hasn’t made these rankings before now this year, but it’s hard to ignore his six TD’s in 10 games. There is no number one receiver in Las Vegas, unless you count Darren Waller, but Agholor is the only guy on the team I think could ever be started right now. He’s very boom or bust, but if you get a game like last week he could be a huge difference maker.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

2 COMMENTS

  1. 1/4pt PPR & 4pt/passing TD:

    – Start Sterling Shepard or Kendall Hinton?
    – Start Brian Hill or Matt Breida?

    Non-PPR:

    – Pick one as RB2 between Matt Breida, Brian Hill, Benny Snell?
    – Pick one as Flex between leftover RB’s and Robert Woods?

    Non- PPR:

    – Flex Zack Moss or Austin Ekeler?
    – Do I start Julio Jones if he plays? or do I start Michael Pittman Jr., Deebo Samuel, or Kyle Rudolph (if Thielen is out)? Who do I start if Jones is out?

    • – I guess I’d roll on Hinton
      – Hill

      – I don’t trust the Steelers game to happen, so Hill
      – Woods

      – Moss
      – Pittman for me

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