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Updated Week 9 Rankings

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Week 9 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 A.J. Green vs. DEN -
2 Demaryius Thomas at CIN -
3 Brandon Marshall at TEN -
4 Victor Cruz vs. PIT Probable (calf)
5 Steve Smith at WAS -
6 Julio Jones vs. DAL -
7 Percy Harvin at SEA Probable (hamstring)
8 Vincent Jackson at OAK -
9 Reggie Wayne vs. MIA -
10 Roddy White vs. DAL Probable (back)
11 Eric Decker at CIN -
12 Calvin Johnson at JAC -
13 Mike Wallace at NYG -
14 Jeremy Maclin at NO -
15 Marques Colston vs. PHI -
16 Randall Cobb vs. ARZ -
17 Andre Johnson vs. BUF -
18 Larry Fitzgerald at GB -
19 Denarius Moore vs. TB -
20 DeSean Jackson at NO Sidelined (ankle)
21 James Jones vs. ARZ -
22 Hakeem Nicks vs. PIT Probable (knee)
23 Miles Austin at ATL Probable (hamstring)
24 Jordy Nelson vs. ARZ Questionable (hamstring)
25 Lance Moore vs. PHI -
26 Dwayne Bowe at SD -
27 Torrey Smith at CLE -
28 Antonio Brown at NYG -
29 Stevie Johnson at HOU -
30 Malcom Floyd vs. KC -
31 Titus Young at JAC Probable (knee)
32 Sidney Rice vs. MIN -
33 Dez Bryant at ATL Questionable (hip)
34 Kenny Britt vs. CHI Probable (knee)
35 Mike Williams at OAK -
36 Cecil Shorts vs. DET -
37 Anquan Boldin at CLE -
38 Josh Gordon vs. BAL -
39 Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. TB -
40 Andre Roberts at GB -
41 Aldrick Robinson vs. CAR -
42 Nate Washington vs. CHI Probable (knee)
43 Donnie Avery vs. MIA -
44 Kendall Wright vs. CHI -
45 Andrew Hawkins vs. DEN -
46 Brian Hartline at IND Questionable (groin)
47 Dwayne Harris at ATL -
48 Greg Little vs. BAL -
49 Ryan Broyles at JAC -
50 Louis Murphy at WAS Sidelined (ankle)
51 Davone Bess at IND -
52 Golden Tate vs. MIN -
53 Santana Moss vs. CAR -
54 Justin Blackmon vs. DET -
55 Domenik Hixon vs. PIT -
56 Josh Morgan vs. CAR -
57 Earl Bennett at TEN -
58 Brandon Stokley at CIN -
59 Jerome Simpson at SEA -
60 Donald Driver vs. ARZ -
61 Donald Jones at HOU Probable (neck)
62 Jon Baldwin at SD -
63 Leonard Hankerson vs. CAR -

WR Notes: We discussed Brandon Lloyd’s touchdown regression last week, and he responded with two scores. This week’s obvious candidate for regression to the mean is Calvin Johnson, whose receptions and receiving yards are nearly identical to his first eight weeks of the 2011 season. The touchdowns are going to come in bunches for the NFL’s premier red-zone weapon and skill-position player.

A.J. Green is on pace for 10+ red-zone scores this season. Since 2008, only Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Visanthe Shiancoe and Rob Gronkowski have accomplished the feat. … Julio Jones toyed with an overmatched Nnamdi Asomugha to the tune of 4.1 yards per route run. Demaryius Thomas was even more impressive, torching the Saints for a whopping 4.89 yards per on 28 routes. As a reference point, Andre Johnson’s 2.59 yards per route run led the league over the previous three seasons.

Cam Newton just missed Steve Smith on a trio of red-zone passes in what could have been another monster performance for 89 at Chicago. Smith is a must-start fantasy play against a Redskins defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. … With the best suddenness in the league, Harvin has 140 more yards after the catch than the next closest receiver.

Reggie Wayne, slot receiver? Under Bruce Arians, Wayne has been in the slot on 63 percent of his routes this season compared to just 20 percent from 2008-2011. It’s working. Wayne leads all receivers in targets, yards and receptions per game. … Eric Decker has scored in four consecutive games, tying Victor Cruz for the second-longest streak this year.

Mike Wallace had a nice bounce-back game on a sloppy field versus the Redskins. He made a spectacular one-handed grab at the pylon only to be ruled just out of bounds. … Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson are both candidates for big games against a Saints defense that has been scorched for long plays by Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Vincent Jackson, and Robert Meachem of late.

The Packers have had trouble covering Larry Fitzgerald in the past, but the Cardinals persistent offensive line woes are killing his production. … Cutting through the static, Dez Bryant is sixth in fantasy points over the past three weeks. … Denarius Moore has emerged as a legit No. 1 receiver. You don’t see deep threats averaging 8.5 targets per game and 6.5 yards after the catch.

Torrey Smith has a date with shadow corner Joe Haden. … At this point, it would be a surprise if Jordy Nelson plays through the hamstring injury with a bye week upcoming. … The difference between Wes Welker and Lance Moore? Welker makes plays after the catch. Only 10.4 percent of Moore’s 433 yards have come after the catch, which is the lowest figure of all full-time receivers.

Over the early-season injury hump, Titus Young and Sidney Rice should be good for WR3 value the rest of the way. … Kenny Britt lost two big plays to questionable penalties last week. He has a tough matchup against Tim Jennings and the Bears this week. … Leonard Hankerson has been a major disappointment as Pierre Garcon’s replacement. He just doesn’t move well.

I pointed out last week that Cecil Shorts’ long touchdown came via busted coverage. It’s only fair to point out this week that he lost a long reception at Green Bay when replay showed that he used the ground to help secure the ball. Showing an impressive rapport with Blaine Gabbert, Shorts has emerged as a heavily targeted go-to receiver the past two weeks. Shorts has averaged an impressive 2.70 yards per route run while the rest of the Jacksonville receivers are below the league average of 1.58.

Sunday Update: Jordy Nelson ON, Randall Cobb/James Jones down slightly. Calvin Johnson (knee), Dez Bryant (hip), Brian Hartline down. Aldrick Robinson up, Leonard Hankerson down after it was determined that Robinson will start.

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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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