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Week 16 Rankings

Friday, December 21, 2012


Week 16 Wide Receivers

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


WR Notes: After the Cardinals talked about using Patrick Peterson to shadow Calvin Johnson, they ended up using box-and-one and gunner coverage. Johnson responded with his NFL record-tying seventh consecutive 100-yard game. … The past eight games have been the most productive stretch of Andre Johnson’s career, averaging 8.4 catches and 120 yards per game. He needs seven receptions and 140 yards over the final two games to join Marvin Harrison as the only receivers with 100+ catches and 1,500+ yards in three seasons.

Demaryius Thomas is a good bet to bounce back from a disappointing performance, but he does have a tough matchup versus Joe Haden. … Dez Bryant and Roddy White will be playing at less than 100 percent, but they’re both top-12 fantasy receivers on the season. Now isn’t the time to sit them in the fantasy playoffs. … Danny Amendola has at least nine targets in every game he’s finished this season. He’s facing the league’s worst passing defense this week.

Victor Cruz’s 2.38 yards per route run is the most of any receiver lining up in the slot this season. …. Bill Belichick heaped the sort of praise on Cecil Shorts that he usually reserves for Fred Jackson. … Steve Smith is 12th in fantasy points over the past five weeks. … Mike Wallace is eighth in fantasy points over the past three weeks. … Pierre Garcon gets a bump with RGIII back under center.

Michael Crabtree is coming off the best three-game stretch of his career, averaging 11.7 targets, eight catches and 100 yards. … Ever wonder why Stevie Johnson has an inordinate level of success against premier cover corners such as Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman? Pro Football Focus says it’s because the Bills allow him to freelance more than other teams do. … Torrey Smith has a great matchup versus the Giants, but his status is in question with a concussion. … Danario Alexander will see plenty of Antonio Cromartie with Malcom Floyd out for the season. … The Cardinals have gone five straight games without a passing touchdown and have just three over their last 10 games.


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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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