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Week 13 Rankings

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Week 13 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson vs. GB Probable (knee)
2 A.J. Green at SD -
3 Dez Bryant vs. OAK Probable (back)
4 Demaryius Thomas at KC -
5 Brandon Marshall at MIN Probable (quadriceps)
6 Antonio Brown at BAL -
7 Josh Gordon vs. JAC Sidelined (head)
8 Pierre Garcon vs. NYG -
9 DeSean Jackson vs. ARZ -
10 Jordy Nelson at DET -
11 Alshon Jeffery at MIN -
12 Andre Johnson vs. NE -
13 Victor Cruz at WAS -
14 Vincent Jackson at CAR Probable (knee)
15 Keenan Allen vs. CIN -
16 Torrey Smith vs. PIT -
17 Larry Fitzgerald at PHI -
18 T.Y. Hilton vs. TEN Probable (shoulder)
19 Wes Welker at KC -
20 Kendall Wright at IND Probable (ankle)
21 Harry Douglas at BUF Probable (knee)
22 Riley Cooper vs. ARZ Probable (knee)
23 Eric Decker at KC -
24 Michael Floyd at PHI Probable (shoulder)
25 Steve Smith vs. TB Probable (knee)
26 Mike Wallace at NYJ -
27 Cecil Shorts at CLE Probable (groin)
28 Nate Burleson vs. GB -
29 Anquan Boldin vs. STL -
30 Golden Tate vs. NO -
31 Rod Streater at DAL -
32 Stevie Johnson vs. ATL Probable (groin)
33 Jarrett Boykin at DET -
34 Marques Colston at SEA -
35 Dwayne Bowe vs. DEN -
36 Danny Amendola at HOU -
37 Hakeem Nicks at WAS Probable (groin)
38 Brian Hartline at NYJ -
39 James Jones at DET -
40 Roddy White at BUF Probable (shoulder)
41 Emmanuel Sanders at BAL -
42 Rueben Randle at WAS -
43 Michael Crabtree vs. STL -
44 Cordarrelle Patterson vs. CHI -
45 Julian Edelman at HOU -
46 Brandon LaFell vs. TB -
47 Robert Woods vs. ATL Probable (ankle)
48 Tavon Austin at SF -
49 Justin Hunter at IND -
50 Terrance Williams vs. OAK -
51 Santonio Holmes vs. MIA -
52 Miles Austin vs. OAK Probable (hamstring)
53 Dexter McCluster vs. DEN -
54 Marvin Jones at SD -
55 Rishard Matthews at NYJ -
56 Tiquan Underwood at CAR -
57 DeAndre Hopkins vs. NE -
58 Marquise Goodwin vs. ATL -
59 Kenbrell Thompkins at HOU Questionable (hip)
60 Greg Jennings vs. CHI Questionable (achilles)
61 Kenny Stills at SEA -
62 Andre Holmes at DAL -
63 Doug Baldwin vs. NO -
64 Mohamed Sanu at SD -
65 Ted Ginn vs. TB -
66 Chris Givens at SF -
67 Kris Durham vs. GB -
68 Donnie Avery vs. DEN -
69 Marlon Brown vs. PIT -
70 Mario Manningham vs. STL Questionable (knee)
71 Nate Washington at IND -
72 Andre Roberts at PHI -
73 Jacoby Jones vs. PIT -
74 Mike Brown at CLE -
75 Ace Sanders at CLE -
76 LaVon Brazill vs. TEN Questionable (back)
77 Jerricho Cotchery at BAL -
78 Da'Rick Rogers vs. TEN -
79 Jason Avant vs. ARZ -
80 Josh Morgan vs. NYG -
81 Darius Johnson at BUF -
82 David Nelson vs. MIA Probable (illness)
83 Lance Moore at SEA -
84 Greg Little vs. JAC -
85 Davone Bess vs. JAC -
86 Jermaine Kearse vs. NO Probable (concussion)
87 Vincent Brown vs. CIN -
88 Jerome Simpson vs. CHI -
89 Cole Beasley vs. OAK -
90 Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. TEN -
91 Santana Moss vs. NYG -
92 Robert Meachem at SEA -
93 Jarius Wright vs. CHI -


WR Notes: Calvin Johnson’s eight hundred and sixty freakin’ one receiving yards over his past five games are an NFL single-season record. … A.J. Green is doing battle with the league’s worst cornerback corps. In other news, A.J. Green is about to notch his sixth 100-yard performance in seven games. … A stat correction cost Dez Bryant his first 100-yard game since Week 7, but his 16 targets were his second most of the season. In other words, the Cowboys came to the right conclusion over their bye week: Get this guy the freakin’ ball. Bryant is going to tear right through the Raiders’ barely-there secondary on national T.V. … Remember when you didn’t want to start Antonio Brown because he was facing Joe Haden. Neither do we. The league’s receptions leader is going to keep on truckin’ against the Ravens. Only Megatron has more yards through the season’s first 12 weeks. … Josh Gordon: Fifth in the league in receiving despite being suspended for Weeks 1 and 2. His 237 yards in Week 12 were a Browns single-game record.


People are nervous about the Redskins’ offense after Monday’s cartoonishly inept display, but Pierre Garcon still managed to haul in eight passes. That means that, yes, he’s still been held below six catches only once all season, and even then it was five. Soaking up targets and receptions, the yards and touchdowns will be there by the end. … Patrick Peterson had his way with T.Y. Hilton in Week 12, but this is still a player who’s graded out negatively in Pro Football Focus’ ratings four times in 11 games. Peterson is an excellent corner, but is more than capable of being burned. It’s not a prohibitive matchup for DeSean Jackson, who’s been running strong routes and winning 1-on-1s all year. … Although his ceiling has been lowered without Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson has continued to play excellent ball with his football soulmate. He’ll find the seams in Detroit’s leaky pass defense. … This town continues to be big enough for the two of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The matchup couldn’t be better in a Vikings secondary that’s down even more bodies for Week 13.


Dealing with a struggling quarterback, Andre Johnson gets Aqib Talib on Sunday. Johnson sticks at No. 12 because he can’t be ranked any lower, but a big day is going to require some of his best work. … Torrey Smith will do battle with Ike Taylor on Thanksgiving night. This is the same Ike Taylor who was the primary victim of Calvin Johnson and Josh Gordon dropping 20-416-3 on the Steel City the past two weekends. Smith is a good bet for a score. … Keenan Allen is who we thought he was: The best rookie in the AFC. Allen shook off his minor knee injury and slow Weeks 10-11 by snagging nine passes for 124 yards in San Diego’s upset win over the Chiefs. Allen is/was/will be a WR2 with WR1 upside. … Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t exactly roared back to life during Arizona’s four-game win streak, but he has caught 24 passes for 184 yards and four touchdowns. Fantasy’s most valuable WR3 is back on the WR2 radar. … Dome weather is T.Y. Hilton’s kind of weather.


The gravy train is going to run out for Harry Douglas at some point, but it’s hard to bench a guy who’s been fantasy’s No. 9 receiver over the past five weeks. … People are finally climbing aboard the Kendall Wright WR2 train. Held below six catches only twice all season, Wright has cleared 69 yards in seven consecutive games, and is coming off his first 100-yard effort. He has an excellent matchup in a Colts defense that’s slipped against the pass. … Coming off his worst game of the season, expect Eric Decker to be forced fed the ball by Peyton Manning, who’s always made a habit of re-involving players who got left out the week before. … You can believe one of two things about Cecil Shorts. 1. That he’s stuck on Joe Haden Island, or 2. He’s the only legitimate pass-catching threat on the Jaguars’ entire roster. Shorts’ Week 11 temper tantrum earned him 11 looks against the Texans, and you’d better believe Chad Henne isn’t going to stop looking his way against the Browns, elite coverage or not.

Darrelle Revis’ groin injury is looking like a get-out-of-jail free card for Steve Smith, though he’s still not more than a WR3. … No longer on a snap count, Percy Harvin is on the WR2/3 borderline because the Seahawks have a spread-the-wealth offense they’ve pledged not to change, but his weekly upside is obviously much higher. Harvin will likely have a dud or two down the stretch, but his blow-up potential is as big as it ever was. He’s an ideal WR3 who should be in most lineups. … Nate Burleson has caught at least six passes in all four games he’s appeared in this season. The looks come free opposite Calvin Johnson. … Going up against one of the league’s worst secondaries, Rod Streater has some serious WR3 appeal as Matt McGloin’s No. 1 option in the passing game. … If you’ve come up with a reason to trust Roddy White, let us know. … Michael Crabtree is going to be on a snap count, but it’s a good bet he’ll see a lot of time in the red zone. He’s a WR4/5 who could score in his 2013 debut.

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