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Week 17 Rankings

Sunday, December 30, 2012


Week 17 Wide Receivers

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

 

Sunday Update: Roddy White, Julio Jones, Torrey Smith, A.J. Green, Randall Cobb, Hakeem Nicks down. Anquan Boldin off. Harry Douglas slight bump. I don't expect Roddy to do much more than keep his consecutive games streak alive after sitting out practice all week. With the Ravens treating the finale like an exhibition game, it's going to be hard for the Bengals to play their starters more than a quarter or two. 


WR Notes: Entering Week 16, the most receiving yards the Falcons had surrendered to wide receivers in one game was 232 against the Saints in Week 13. Calvin Johnson racked up 225 yards on his own while breaking Jerry Rice's single-season record. He'll be gunning for at least 108 yards this week to reach a cool 2,000 on the season. ... Dez Bryant leads all receivers in fantasy points over the past three weeks and the past five weeks while placing third on the season. He's found the end zone in seven consecutive games. 

Coach Marvin Lewis insists he's finally learned his lesson after resting starters in the past. If you take him at his word, Green is properly ranked as a top-five fantasy receiver. If you believe Marvin's pants are on fire, drop Green to Julio Jones/Roddy White territory. ... The Texans have to win at Indy to secure a playoff bye, so Andre Johnson should play the entire game. ... The Colts are locked into the No. 5 seed, but Reggie Wayne says the team is too young to use the regular-season finale as a "rest" game. ... With a touchdown and/or 100+ yards in four consecutive games, Steve Smith has been a top-10 fantasy receiver over the past five weeks.

Outside of the Week 15 outlier, Danario Alexander has been a consistent fantasy stud in the second half of the season. Keep him rolling against a burnable Raiders secondary. ... I would expect roughly two quarters apiece out of Julio Jones and Roddy White in a matchup with the NFL's most generous pass defense. ... A streaking James Jones is the best bet among the Packers receivers with Randall Cobb's (ankle, knee) status in question, Jordy Nelson likely to be rusty, and Greg Jennings still not quite himself. ... After an 8-catch, 111-yard game last week, Larry Fitzgerald is back on the radar with Brian Hoyer at the helm. 

Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders should see a boost in targets with Heath Miller out and Mike Wallace in doubt versus the Browns. ... Stevie Johnson draws Antonio Cromartie, but he's been arguably the most successful receiver in the league versus elite shadow corners. ... Keep an eye on Jeremy Maclin's knee flare-up; he expects to return to practice on Friday. ... I wouldn't trust Hakeem Nicks to play a full four quarters in what will likely end up a meaningless game for the Giants. ... Ditto Torrey Smith for the Ravens. ... Kenny Britt is still dealing with swelling in his surgically repaired left knee. ... Josh Gordon vs. Greg Little is a toss-up at this point. ... I would take T.Y. Hilton's playmaking potential over Donnie Avery's any week. 


Top 10 WRs for 2013:

1. Calvin Johnson, Lions

2. Dez Bryant, Cowboys

3. A.J. Green, Bengals

4. Julio Jones, Falcons

5. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos 

6. Brandon Marshall, Bears

7. Percy Harvin, Vikings

8. Andre Johnson, Texans

9. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers

10. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

 


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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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