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Week 12 Rankings

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Week 12 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson vs. TB Probable (knee)
2 Dez Bryant at NYG Probable (back)
3 Andre Johnson vs. JAC -
4 Demaryius Thomas at NE -
5 Brandon Marshall at STL -
6 Vincent Jackson at DET Probable (knee)
7 Pierre Garcon vs. SF Probable (ankle)
8 Antonio Brown at CLE -
9 Josh Gordon vs. PIT -
10 Victor Cruz vs. DAL -
11 Jordy Nelson vs. MIN -
12 Alshon Jeffery at STL -
13 Wes Welker at NE Probable (concussion)
14 T.Y. Hilton at ARZ -
15 Eric Decker at NE -
16 Torrey Smith vs. NYJ -
17 Harry Douglas vs. NO Probable (knee)
18 Kendall Wright at OAK -
19 Marques Colston at ATL -
20 Keenan Allen at KC Probable (knee)
21 Danny Amendola vs. DEN Probable (groin)
22 Larry Fitzgerald vs. IND -
23 Jarrett Boykin vs. MIN -
24 Cecil Shorts at HOU Probable (groin)
25 Dwayne Bowe vs. SD -
26 Anquan Boldin at WAS -
27 Steve Smith at MIA -
28 Roddy White vs. NO Probable (shoulder)
29 Michael Floyd vs. IND Probable (shoulder)
30 Rueben Randle vs. DAL -
31 Emmanuel Sanders at CLE Probable (foot)
32 Aaron Dobson vs. DEN -
33 Mike Wallace vs. CAR -
34 James Jones vs. MIN -
35 Brian Hartline vs. CAR -
36 Nate Burleson vs. TB Probable (arm)
37 Miles Austin at NYG Probable (hamstring)
38 Rod Streater vs. TEN Probable (hip)
39 Brandon LaFell at MIA -
40 Rishard Matthews vs. CAR -
41 Santonio Holmes at BAL Probable (hamstring)
42 Terrance Williams at NYG -
43 DeAndre Hopkins vs. JAC -
44 Kenny Stills at ATL -
45 Marlon Brown vs. NYJ Probable (knee)
46 Greg Jennings at GB -
47 Chris Givens vs. CHI -
48 Tavon Austin vs. CHI -
49 Kris Durham vs. TB -
50 Cordarrelle Patterson at GB -
51 Dexter McCluster vs. SD -
52 Eddie Royal at KC -
53 Jerricho Cotchery at CLE -
54 Ace Sanders at HOU -
55 Lance Moore at ATL -
56 Julian Edelman vs. DEN -
57 Vincent Brown at KC -
58 Nate Washington at OAK -
59 Mario Manningham at WAS Probable (knee)
60 David Nelson at BAL Probable (illness)
61 Ted Ginn at MIA -
62 Greg Little vs. PIT -
63 Jarius Wright at GB -
64 Donnie Avery vs. SD -
65 Tandon Doss vs. NYJ -
66 Tiquan Underwood at DET -
67 Andre Holmes vs. TEN -
68 Justin Hunter at OAK Probable (concussion)
69 Andre Roberts vs. IND Probable (knee)
70 LaVon Brazill at ARZ -
71 Markus Wheaton at CLE -
72 Davone Bess vs. PIT -
73 DeVier Posey vs. JAC -
74 Jerome Simpson at GB -
75 Stephen Hill at BAL Probable (foot)
76 Robert Meachem at ATL -
77 Darrius Heyward-Bey at ARZ Probable (ankle)
78 Kenbrell Thompkins vs. DEN -
79 Jacoby Jones vs. NYJ -
80 Austin Pettis vs. CHI -
81 Aldrick Robinson vs. SF -
82 Darius Johnson vs. NO -
83 Kerry Taylor at HOU -
84 Greg Salas at BAL -

WR Notes: An immovable object (Calvin Johnson and his 35 catches for 746 yards and seven touchdowns over his past four games) meets an irresistible force (Darrelle Revis) this weekend. Get your popcorn ready. The duo tangled in 2010, where Revis held Megatron to one catch for 13 yards. That was an entire knee ago, however. … Dez Bryant hasn’t produced like fantasy’s No. 2 receiver this season, and really hasn’t even come close. The Cowboys have had an entire bye week to think about what they’ve done, though, and that’s target Bryant fewer times than Cecil Shorts. Dez’s vengeance should start raining down upon the league. … Andre Johnson got what he wanted: Matt Schaub’s “return” lasted all of one half. That’s a very good thing for fantasy owners. … Demaryius Thomas has 512 yards after the catch. No other receiver has more than 450. With Aqib Talib (hip) looking shaky, there’s no one on New England who can stop Denver’s No. 1 receiver. … Pierre Garcon has still caught fewer than six passes only once all season, and even then it was five. Averaging 120 yards over his past three games, he’s earned his WR1 ranking.

Predictably, Vincent Jackson has run frustratingly hot and cold this season, but this could be the rare instance where he follows up a big game with another big game. Detroit is allowing the third most passing yards in the league, and the second most fantasy points to enemy receivers. All the ingredients are there for V-Jax to pop big plays. … Antonio Brown gets Joe Haden this weekend, but the notion that Haden is some Revis-esque sphinx is overblown. He’s a great corner, but not an eraser. Brown’s already excellent season has gone hyperdrive since his Week 9 message benching, and Haden is going to be hard pressed to stop him from going at least 5-75. … Josh Gordon seems to alternate big games the way Vincent Jackson does, but should be able to out-physical Pittsburgh’s Ike Taylor the way Calvin Johnson did in Week 11. Gordon is averaging 12.8 fantasy points per game, which is fifth amongst wideouts. … Averaging seven catches for 87 yards in the two full games since Aaron Rodgers went down, Jordy Nelson has hardly fallen off the face of the earth, but will remain more WR2 than WR1 until he gets his quarterback back.    

Wes Welker’s upside is such that he’s still an every-week WR2, but as his touchdowns have slowed, so has his fantasy production. He’s just the No. 31 receiver over the past five weeks, and averaging a modest six catches for 65 yards on the season. Of course, you can count on Peyton Manning peppering Welker with targets as he seeks revenge on the team that thanked him for his six years of 100-catch service by low-balling him in free agency. … T.Y. Hilton was a few Andrew Luck overthrows away from his third straight 100-yard game in Week 11. Cooking with gas as the Colts’ new No. 1 receiver, Patrick Peterson isn’t going to be enough to wreck Hilton’s Week 12. … Targeted 86 times this season, Torrey Smith has just one drop. … Harry Douglas won’t draw Keenan Lewis’ shadow Thursday evening, and averaging seven catches for 107 yards over his past five games, is a good bet to keep on chugging from the slot for a team that figures to be playing from behind against the Saints.

Tied for ninth in the league with 59 receptions, Kendall Wright is doing battle with a Raiders team allowing the seventh most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Wright would be the fantasy talk of the town if only he had more than one touchdown. Don’t hold it against a stabilizing force at a volatile position. Wright needs to be 100 percent started in three-receiver leagues. … Marques Colston rested his knee in Week 9. Since returning in Week 10, he’s caught 12 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown across two games. Colston is not the player he was in his prime, but still the No. 1 receiver for one of the league’s very best offenses, he’s back to every-week WR3 status. … Fading a bit in recent weeks, Keenan Allen now has a minor knee injury and the Chiefs’ league-leading defense to contend with. Allen is still a player a large majority of owners need to be starting, but he’s more WR2/3 than WR1/2 for Week 12. … Larry Fitzgerald got upstaged by Michael Floyd in Week 12, but still managed to score his sixth touchdown of the season. Coach Bruce Arians hasn’t been able to return Fitz to WR1 status, but he’s been arguably fantasy’s best WR3.

Jarrett Boykin’s 74.4 catch percentage (he’s corralled 29-of-39 targets) leads all active receivers. He’s still a bit of a fantasy leap of faith with Scott Tolzien under center for the Pack, but very few owners should be in position to bench a player who’s cleared 80 yards in four of his past five games. … The matchup couldn’t be better for Dwayne Bowe, who’s coming off back-to-back decent games into a showdown with arguably the league’s worst secondary. He’s still a mere WR3, but not the low-end one we’ve grown accustomed to. … The “squeaky wheel” theory will be put to the test with Cecil Shorts against the Texans. Only four teams are allowing fewer fantasy points to receivers, while Houston continues to lead the league in passing yards against (168 per week). There’s almost no way Shorts will be held to two catches for the third consecutive game, but don’t count on 8-100, or even 6-80, just because Shorts complained after Sunday’s loss. … This is the week fantasy owners have targeted for Roddy White to get back on track, but as Evan Silva lays out in this week’s Thursday Matchups column, it’s no sure thing against a Saints defense that’s largely eliminated enemy No. 1 wideouts this season.

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