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Week 7 Rankings

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Week 7 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 A.J. Green vs. PIT -
2 Calvin Johnson at CHI -
3 Percy Harvin vs. ARZ -
4 Victor Cruz vs. WAS -
5 Brandon Marshall vs. DET -
6 Larry Fitzgerald at MIN -
7 Wes Welker vs. NYJ Questionable (ankle); will play
8 Jordy Nelson at STL -
9 Marques Colston at TB -
10 Hakeem Nicks vs. WAS Healthiest Nicks has been in a month
11 Torrey Smith at HOU Strong play regardless of J-Jo's status
12 Kenny Britt at BUF Breakout game?
13 Reggie Wayne vs. CLE Will draw Buster Skrine in the slot
14 Vincent Jackson vs. NO Probable (calf)
15 Dez Bryant at CAR Game-time call; signs suggest Dez plays
16 Mike Wallace at CIN -
17 Andre Johnson vs. BAL Probable (groin)
18 Brandon Lloyd vs. NYJ -
19 Steve Smith vs. DAL -
20 James Jones at STL -
21 Stevie Johnson vs. TEN -
22 Antonio Brown at CIN -
23 Randall Cobb at STL -
24 Miles Austin at CAR Probable (hamstring)
25 Lance Moore at TB Probable (hamstring)
26 Denarius Moore vs. JAC -
27 Mike Williams vs. NO -
28 Anquan Boldin at HOU -
29 Michael Crabtree vs. SEA -
30 Justin Blackmon at OAK Force-feed?
31 Donnie Avery vs. CLE -
32 Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. JAC Probable (shoulder)
33 Sidney Rice at SF -
34 Josh Gordon at IND -
35 Jeremy Kerley at NE Probable (finger)
36 Domenik Hixon vs. WAS -
37 Nate Washington at BUF -
38 Brandon LaFell vs. DAL -
39 Kendall Wright at BUF -
40 Stephen Hill at NE Questionable (hamstring)
41 Brandon Gibson vs. GB -
42 Kevin Ogletree at CAR Bump if Dez sits out
43 Greg Little at IND -
44 Nate Burleson at CHI -
45 Andrew Hawkins vs. PIT Probable (back)
46 Jerome Simpson vs. ARZ Will start
47 Leonard Hankerson at NYG Starting for Garcon
48 Santana Moss at NYG -
49 Andre Roberts at MIN -
50 Golden Tate at SF -
51 Chris Givens vs. GB -
52 Devery Henderson at TB -
53 Cecil Shorts at OAK Starting for Laurent Robinson
54 Earl Bennett vs. DET Sidelined (hand)
55 T.Y. Hilton vs. CLE -
56 Devin Hester vs. DET Probable (quadriceps)
57 Marvin Jones vs. PIT -
58 Donald Jones vs. TEN -
59 Josh Morgan at NYG -
60 Emmanuel Sanders at CIN -
61 Titus Young at CHI Probable (knee)

WR Notes: A.J. Green is the hottest receiver in fantasy and has a much better matchup this week against Ike Taylor, who has resorted to grabbing opposing wideouts because he can no longer cover them. … Calvin Johnson has a tough matchup against a stingy Bears defense, but he’s become the “ultimate mismatch” in the NFL. The Lions are even moving him to slot more frequently to take advantage of his underrated run-after-catch skills.

Harvin broke six tackles versus the Redskins last week. Per Pro Football Focus, only four receivers have more for the entire season. Harvin’s 418 yards after the catch are 129 more than the next closest receiver. … Cruz has 125 receptions and 2,032 yards, sixth all-time in both categories over the first 25 games of a career. … Marshall leads all receivers with 2.92 yards per route run this season.

Dez Bryant has out-targeted Miles Austin 28-11 over the past two games. Bryant’s 31.82 target percentage is tied with Larry Fitzgerald for sixth among NFL wideouts. If Dez isn’t Dallas’ No. 1 receiver, someone needs to tell Tony Romo. The Cowboys need the exceptionally talented Bryant to be their top passing-game threat, and Romo knows it. … Torrey Smith’s matchup isn’t as forbidding as it looks. Texans shadow corner Johnathan Joseph has been torched by Jordy Nelson and Jeremy Kerley while battling a groin injury.

Finally getting back to peak form, Britt said Wednesday was one of his best practices since returning to the field this summer. He has an excellent matchup against a Bills defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Rookie Stephon Gilmore has proven to be not ready for prime time in hanging with No. 1 receivers. … Wayne has a second straight tough matchup versus Joe Haden, but the Colts are moving him around more than ever. Even with the bye week, he’s lapping the field in targets with 14 per game. … Wallace has scored in every game but one, which should be no surprise since he’s tied for the league lead in end zone targets. … Nicks’ first Wednesday practice of the season is promising for his long-term outlook.

I’ve defended Andre Johnson the past few weeks, noting that he’s just missed on a handful of big plays and his targets are down because the Texans hadn’t been involved in shootouts. Against the Packers, though, I noted that he’s missing dangerous run-after-catch ability and doesn’t sky for balls in traffic last he once did so willingly. NFL Films’ Cosell, who ranked Johnson as the No. 1 receiver in the league as recently as this summer, agrees that the once-dominant wideout is slowing down “a little bit” and is “not quite as explosive.”  

Calling him a “personnel and coach’s dream,” Aaron Rodgers predicted that Randall Cobb will go down as one of the better picks of GM Ted Thompson’s career, “if not the best.” NFL Films’ Greg Cosell “loves” Cobb, suggesting that he will become “more and more involved” in the Packers offense. The matchup with Cortland Finnegan will be one to watch this week, but Cosell believes Cobb can win against the Rams’ slot corner.

Lance Moore has returned to practice and appears to be over his hamstring injury. His targets should get a bump with Jimmy Graham likely to sit. … Denarius Moore is a great trade target this week. He’s been heavily targeted, rewarding Carson Palmer with big plays down the field and after the catch. … Although he’s seeing just half of Vincent Jackson’s targets, Mike Williams is playing as well as he did as a rookie. … The Jaguars want to “force-feed” Justin Blackmon, and the matchup is right against a porous Raiders secondary.

Hixon made a series of spectacular catches last week at San Francisco, and this week’s opponent allows as many big plays in the passing game as any defense in the league. … Josh Gordon’s fantasy outlook takes a hit with Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin returning to practice. Absent a full route tree, Gordon could be pushed into a situational deep threat role.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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