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Week 12 Rankings

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Week 12 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 A.J. Green vs. OAK -
2 Calvin Johnson vs. HOU Probable (knee)
3 Demaryius Thomas at KC Probable (knee)
4 Roddy White at TB -
5 Brandon Marshall vs. MIN Probable (shoulder)
6 Vincent Jackson vs. ATL -
7 Reggie Wayne vs. BUF -
8 Dez Bryant vs. WAS -
9 Julio Jones at TB -
10 Randall Cobb at NYG -
11 Wes Welker at NYJ -
12 Victor Cruz vs. GB -
13 Andre Johnson at DET -
14 Jordy Nelson at NYG -
15 Eric Decker at KC -
16 Hakeem Nicks vs. GB Probable (knee)
17 Marques Colston vs. SF -
18 Steve Smith at PHI -
19 Danario Alexander vs. BAL -
20 Miles Austin vs. WAS Sidelined (hip)
21 James Jones at NYG -
22 Cecil Shorts vs. TEN -
23 Larry Fitzgerald vs. STL -
24 Torrey Smith at SD -
25 Kenny Britt at JAC Probable (knee)
26 Denarius Moore at CIN -
27 Lance Moore vs. SF -
28 Stevie Johnson at IND -
29 Michael Crabtree at NO -
30 Justin Blackmon vs. TEN -
31 Mike Wallace at CLE -
32 Malcom Floyd vs. BAL -
33 Ryan Broyles vs. HOU -
34 Mike Williams vs. ATL -
35 Sidney Rice at MIA -
36 Jeremy Maclin vs. CAR -
37 DeSean Jackson vs. CAR -
38 Dwayne Bowe vs. DEN Probable (neck)
39 Brian Hartline vs. SEA -
40 Brandon Lloyd at NYJ -
41 Anquan Boldin at SD -
42 T.Y. Hilton vs. BUF -
43 Julian Edelman at NYJ Sidelined (head)
44 Donnie Avery vs. BUF Probable (concussion)
45 Darrius Heyward-Bey at CIN Probable (hamstring)
46 Nate Washington at JAC -
47 Golden Tate at MIA -
48 Brandon LaFell at PHI -
49 Josh Gordon vs. PIT -
50 Donald Jones at IND -
51 Davone Bess vs. SEA -
52 Emmanuel Sanders at CLE -
53 Greg Little vs. PIT -
54 Chris Givens at ARZ -
55 Mohamed Sanu vs. OAK -
56 Kendall Wright at JAC Probable (-)
57 Pierre Garcon at DAL -
58 Andre Roberts vs. STL -
59 Santana Moss at DAL -
60 Jarius Wright at CHI -
61 Brandon Gibson at ARZ -
62 Brandon Stokley at KC -
63 Michael Jenkins at CHI Probable (foot)
64 Jerome Simpson at CHI Probable (-)
65 Chaz Schilens vs. NE Sidelined (head)
66 Stephen Hill vs. NE -
67 Clyde Gates vs. NE Sidelined (concussion)
68 Jeremy Kerley vs. NE -

WR Notes: A.J. Green’s streak of nine consecutive games with a touchdown ties Lance “Bambi” Alworth for the third-longest behind Jerry Rice (12) and Crazy Legs Hirsch (10). … Demaryius Thomas is on pace for a 91/1,506/8 stat line. He just a pair of passes last week that would have given him a 100-yard game.

Roddy White has a streak of three consecutive games with 110+ yards and 7+ receptions. With Julio Jones at less than full strength, he should be the focus of the offense against a Bucs defense surrendering the second-most fantasy points to receivers. … Brandon Marshall (shoulder) missed Wednesday’s imaginary practice but is expected to play versus the Vikings.

Vincent Jackson put the Bucs on his back last week, which is hardly surprising. Josh Freeman has already set a career-high for completions of 20+ yards. … Reggie Wayne has been a model of consistency, becoming the first receiver since 1960 with 70+ yards in each of the first 10 games of the season. … Dez Bryant is playing the best stretch of football in his short, checkered (and over-scrutinized) career. Outside of the two games he was used as a decoy because he was questionable due to injuries, Bryant is averaging a 8/108/0.8 stat line over his past five.

Having emerged as Aaron Rodgers’ go-to receiver, Randall Cobb is on pace for 86 catches, 1,102 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns. … Andre Johnson insists his “stride is opening up” and he’s just now getting his legs back. He could have shattered Flipper Anderson’s single-game record of 336 yards had he reeled in a trio of passes that just barely escaped his grip last week. After the monster breakout game, Johnson is now on pace for a 96/1,392/5 stat line, which would be the third-best season of his career.

Julio Jones participated in the walk-through portions of Wednesday’s practice and is expected to start at Tampa Bay. He was missing his trademark explosiveness in last week’s game. … Coming off his best game since mid-September, Hakeem Nicks insists his knee and ankle feel as good as they have all season. … Steve Smith has another plus matchup against an Eagles secondary that has hemorrhaged big plays the past few weeks. … Danario Alexander has 18 targets to Malcom Floyd’s 13 since being installed as the starter over Robert Meachem. Philip Rivers’ latest go-to receiver is behind only Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, and Andre Johnson in fantasy points over the past three weeks.

Larry Fitzgerald has been through QB hell before. Two years ago, he closed out the season with a pair of 125-yard games in the final three with Richard Bartel and a greenhorn John Skelton under center. … Kenny Britt faces a secondary that just rolled over for a career game to Andre Johnson. … Danny Amendola is still in a walking boot, so be sure to check on his status this weekend.  … Percy Harvin just starting walking again on Wednesday. I would never count him out until the Vikes announce as much, but it’s hard to imagine him succeeding against the Bears secondary.

Courtesy of Matchups guru Evan Silva, Chad Henne’s target breakdown this season: Justin Blackmon 18, Cecil Shorts 16, Michael Spurlock 8, Jalen Parmele 6, Marcedes Lewis 5. Shorts is on pace for a 1,000-yard season. Blackmon’s Week 11 stat line would have been closer to 8/250/2 instead of 7/236/1 had the ball not been stripped out of his hands in the end zone. … Mike Wallace can’t be trusted as a plug-and-play fantasy starter with Charlie Batch’s pop-gun arm replacing Big Ben and Byron Leftwich.

Brian Hartline squares off against the NFL’s latest shutdown corner in Richard Sherman. … Brandon Lloyd’s 0.86 points per target is the lowest figure from a Patriots receiver since Julian Edelman’s rookie season of 2009. …. Santana Moss has seen only 6 percent of Robert Griffin III’s targets over the past three weeks. With Pierre Garcon hobbled and playing limited snaps, there’s not a Redskins receiver that can be trusted. … Ditto the Jets receivers with Jeremy Kerley in a similar situation to Garcon.

 

Sunday Update: Bumped Julio Jones for the shootout potential against the NFL's worst pass defense missing its top cornerback. According to NFL Network's Jeff Darlington, Jones looked fine in pregame warmups and the Falcons staff agrees. A source tells Darlington that Jones looked good in practice all week. Bumped Danario Alexander slightly. Dropped Dwayne Bowe a few spots with the Chiefs o-line in tatters.

 


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