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Week 11 Rankings

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Week 11 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson vs. GB Questionable (knee)
2 A.J. Green at KC -
3 Demaryius Thomas vs. SD -
4 Reggie Wayne at NE -
5 Brandon Marshall at SF -
6 Jordy Nelson at DET Probable (ankle)
7 Roddy White vs. ARZ -
8 Vincent Jackson at CAR -
9 Danny Amendola vs. NYJ -
10 Wes Welker vs. IND Questionable (ankle)
11 Randall Cobb at DET -
12 Marques Colston at OAK -
13 Eric Decker vs. SD -
14 Dez Bryant vs. CLE -
15 Denarius Moore vs. NO -
16 Steve Smith vs. TB -
17 Julio Jones vs. ARZ Questionable (ankle)
18 Miles Austin vs. CLE -
19 Andre Johnson vs. JAC -
20 Larry Fitzgerald at ATL -
21 Stevie Johnson vs. MIA -
22 Dwayne Bowe vs. CIN Probable (thigh)
23 James Jones at DET -
24 Mike Wallace vs. BAL -
25 Jeremy Maclin at WAS Probable (back)
26 Torrey Smith at PIT Probable (chest)
27 Brandon Lloyd vs. IND Probable (knee)
28 Lance Moore at OAK -
29 DeSean Jackson at WAS -
30 Malcom Floyd at DEN -
31 Brian Hartline at BUF -
32 Mike Williams at CAR -
33 Danario Alexander at DEN -
34 Titus Young vs. GB Probable (knee)
35 Michael Crabtree vs. CHI -
36 Cecil Shorts at HOU -
37 Donnie Avery at NE -
38 Pierre Garcon vs. PHI Questionable (foot)
39 Brandon LaFell vs. TB -
40 Andre Roberts at ATL -
41 Davone Bess at BUF -
42 Jeremy Kerley at STL Questionable (heel)
43 Rod Streater vs. NO -
44 Greg Little at DAL -
45 Josh Gordon at DAL -
46 Anquan Boldin at PIT -
47 Emmanuel Sanders vs. BAL -
48 Laurent Robinson at HOU -
49 Donald Jones vs. MIA -
50 T.Y. Hilton at NE -
51 Andrew Hawkins at KC Sidelined (knee)
52 Chris Givens vs. NYJ -
53 Mario Manningham vs. CHI -
54 Stephen Hill at STL Probable (illness)
55 Alshon Jeffery at SF Probable (hand)
56 Ryan Broyles vs. GB -
57 Santana Moss vs. PHI Probable (concussion)
58 Derek Hagan vs. NO -
59 Leonard Hankerson vs. PHI -
60 Brandon Gibson vs. NYJ -
61 Brandon Stokley vs. SD -
62 Justin Blackmon at HOU -
63 Jerricho Cotchery vs. BAL -
64 Michael Floyd at ATL -

WR Notes: We told you not to panic on Calvin Johnson because he’s most talented skill-position player and most dangerous red-zone weapon in the NFL. He’s now on pace for 107 receptions and 1,732 yards, which would better last year’s career-high numbers. As you know, the touchdowns are coming. … Peyton Manning has gone 33-of-40 (82.5 percent) throwing to Demaryius Thomas over the past five games, including eight plays of 30+ yards. Only Brandon Marshall and Megatron have more fantasy points over the past three weeks. … Marshall’s 100.4 receiving yards per game is the highest average in Bears history.

Playing at the highest level of his career, Reggie Wayne draws a Patriots defense allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers. … Jordy Nelson (hamstring, ankle) looked like his “normal self” in Wednesday’s practice. … Julio Jones (ankle) was held out Wednesday, but is expected to play. Patrick Peterson had trouble with Michael Crabtree’s run-after-catch ability, and Jones is far more explosive. … Vincent Jackson is fantasy’s No. 1 receiver over the past five weeks.

Wes Welker dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball last week that would have put him over 100 yards and possibly added a touchdown. … Randall Cobb is arguably the Packers MVP through nine games. … Already a top-five fantasy receiver over the past five weeks, Denarius Moore is facing the most generous defense to fantasy receivers. … Steve Smith’s matchup is nearly as promising, as the Bucs’ 321.3 passing yards allowed is the highest average in the NFL.

Fitzgerald would be ranked higher if not for the prospect of drawing Asante Samuel in shadow coverage. The Falcons have shut down No. 1 receivers this season. … Is the light finally flipping on for Dez Bryant? Even with a 37-yard touchdown nullified by replay, Bryant is a top-12 fantasy receiver over the past five weeks. … Stevie Johnson squares off against Miami, a consistently good matchup for receivers all season. … Mike Wallace’s outlook is dimmed by the absence of Big Ben. … Over the past two years, Torrey Smith has been overthrown 26 times, seven more than the next-closest receiver (Larry Fitzgerald).

The Redskins have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, but they’ve actually improved over the past month. Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson still fall under the WR3 umbrella with a rookie QB making his first start. ... Brandon Lloyd has just two games over 70 yards all season. … Michael Crabtree squares off against the most effective cornerback tandem in the NFL while a streaking Cecil Shorts runs into a Houston defense ranked as the toughest versus No. 1 receivers according to Football Outsiders. Teammate Laurent Robinson is leading the league in targets since returning from a concussion two weeks ago.

Pierre Garcon’s (foot) chances of playing this week are reportedly “better than you think,” and coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged as much after Wednesday’s limited practice. It’s a prove-it game for Garcon as more of a flex option than a true WR3. … Brandon LaFell, Donnie Avery, and Davone Bess all have fine matchups against top-10 defenses in fantasy points surrendered to receivers. … Greg Little appears to be slowly regaining the No. 1 receiver mantle from Josh Gordon.


Sunday Update: Dropped Julio Jones slightly as he will reportedly be "limited" versus the Cardinals. I'd still have a hard time benching his potential for a monster game. Dez Bryant and Miles Austin get bumped up with Joe Haden out of the lineup. The Browns secondary rivals the Saints and Bucs for league worst with Haden sidelined.

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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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