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Week 14 Rankings

Sunday, December 09, 2012


Week 14 Wide Receivers

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



WR Notes: Jerry Rice holds the single-season NFL record with 1,848 receiving yards in 16 games. Over Calvin Johnson’s last 16 games, he’s hauled in 122 passes for 2,199 yards and 11 touchdowns. … A picture of consistency, Demaryius Thomas is top-five on the season, over the past five weeks, and over the past three weeks.

Brandon Marshall has six 100-yard performances in 12 games this season. All Bears wide receivers combined had produced seven 100-yard performances in last 85 games prior to the 2012 season. … This year’s lesson in patience has been provided by Dez Bryant, who has double digit fantasy points in all but the two injured/decoy games since Week 4. Tony Romo is now sporting a passer rating of 118.1 on throws to Bryant, who is fantasy No. 1 receiver over the past three weeks. Bryant’s numbers through 39 career games compare favorably to those of Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.

See the QB notes on Josh Freeman if you can’t get excited about Vincent Jackson’s dream matchup. … Wes Welker is a tough matchup in the slot for an undermanned Texans secondary. … Julio Jones’ upside can never be benched. ... Don’t overthink Roddy White’s disappointing Week 13 output. Before the Saints game, the last time he was held under two catches was six years ago.

Randall Cobb, Greg Jennings, and James Jones all have a good chance of finding the end zone against a Lions defense averaging 33.3 fantasy points to wide receivers over the past three games. … Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Marques Colston are all candidates to blow up in a potential fantasy bonanza. … The Redskins’ secondary has been a weakness all season, allowing the second-most receiving yards after the catch. Torrey Smith got open consistently versus the Steelers last week and should feast more famine in the week’s most intriguing matchup. … Danario Alexander may be on fire, but the Steelers secondary has been the cooler, holding opposing QBs under 180 yards for seven consecutive games.

Take this lesson into next season: The four receivers ranked 7-10 in fantasy points over the past five weeks are Cecil Shorts, Alexander, T.Y. Hilton, and Justin Blackmon. Don’t draft low-upside WR3 types. A keen fantasy owner can find their like (including Cobb) on the waiver wire the week before a breakout to top-20 territory. … Only Percy Harvin, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Calvin Johnson have more than Shorts’ 400 yards after the catch this season. Check back Friday to make sure he’s cleared from his concussion and on track to play. Antonio Cromartie will be shadowing Justin Blackmon, not Shorts.

Steve Smith is more trustworthy than you think against a banged-up Asante Samuel. He’s cleared 60 yards or scored a touchdown in six of the past seven games with a steadily improving Cam Newton. … Pierre Garcon is 13th in fantasy points over the past three weeks. … Eric Decker’s targets have dwindled, leaving him as a boom-or-bust play against a shabby Raiders secondary. I would play him as a WR3 this week. … Larry Fitzgerald welcomes back John Skelton, with whom he burned Seattle for nine catches and 149 yards in the season finale a year ago.

While Josh Gordon is coming off his best game of the season, it’s fair to point out that QBs are throwing to their No. 1 receiver just 6.1 times per game -- the lowest figure in the league -- against the Chiefs. … Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper face a Bucs defense allowing the most fantasy points to opposing receivers. … Mike Wallace welcomes Ben Roethlisberger back with open arms, but he’s going to be hard to trust as a legit WR3 while sharing co-starter status with Emmanuel Sanders. … Michael Crabtree should be more consistently targeted with Mario Manningham (shoulder) in doubt. … Dwayne Bowe can’t be trusted against top corner Joe Haden. … Ditto Denarius Moore/Champ Bailey and Justin Blackmon/Antonio Cromartie. ... Golden Tate is fantasy's No. 15 receiver over the past five weeks, though his 19 targets are the lowest of any receiver in the top-40. That's what we call an outlier.



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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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