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Week 14 Rankings

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week 14 Receivers

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

WR Notes: There’s not much left to be said about Josh Gordon’s historic two-week run, except that his reward might be his fourth starting quarterback of the season, one whose best play with the Bears was “three-step fetal position.” Gordon would remain a cinch WR1 even were Caleb Hanie to start over Jason Campbell (concussion), but he’d be in the 8-10 range instead of the 2-4 range. … For whatever reason, the Cowboys haven’t been able to will Dez Bryant to a 100-yard performance in any of his past five games, where he’s drawn a total of just 44 targets. Scheming its best player open must remain a priority for Big D as it looks to fend off Philadelphia for the NFC East. … A Bash Brothers for a new generation, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery have been pillaging the NFL’s village over the past month, rampaging into fantasy’s top-five receivers as a duo even as they compete for targets from a backup quarterback. Who is tasked with stopping them for Week 14? A Cowboys defense allowing 295 passing yards per game. Good night and good luck.

A.J. Green has six 80-yard performances in his past seven games, but will have his hands full with Vontae Davis, who’s emerged as a legitimate top-10 cornerback. … Demaryius Thomas YAC update: Still leading the league. With just seven catches for 147 yards over his past two games, expect Thomas to get the “Decker treatment” against the Titans’ stingy secondary. … Coming off one of his slower three-game stretches of the season (11-198-1), DeSean Jackson gets a Lions secondary that specializes in allowing big plays. The league’s most efficient deep-ball receiver, D-Jax will have ample opportunity to corral his eighth touchdown. … In theory, Andre Johnson’s matchup with the Jaguars’ leaky pass defense is good, but this is the same Jags D that completely torpedoed Houston’s passing attack less than two weeks ago. Now the sides are squaring off in Jacksonville on a short week. … Matchups haven’t mattered for NFL receptions leader Antonio Brown, but he’s got another rough one in the Dolphins, who are permitting the second fewest fantasy points to receivers. 5-60 is still a good bet, but Brown will have to work for the 7/92 he’s been averaging.   

Vincent Jackson is the veritable definition of “boom or bust,” but will do battle with a Bills secondary that’s made a habit of watching rival receivers go “boom.” Just last week, Buffalo worked hard to ensure Roddy White’s 2013 would not be in vain. Fire up V-Jax as a high-end WR2. … Only three teams are allowing more fantasy points to wideouts than the Vikings. Torrey Smith, who has scored in three of his past four games, is in line for a nice afternoon. … Pierre Garcon had a nightmarishly bad Week 13, committing two drops while letting another pass get ripped out of his hands for a game-sealing fumble. Either way, he still managed to haul in nine passes for 61 yards. No. 2 in the league in catches, Garcon has the floor of a mid-range WR2, and the ceiling of a high-end WR1. … Larry Fitzgerald has cleared 80 yards just twice in 12 games, but is on a touchdown-scoring bender, notching four in three weeks. One reason Fitz has risen back to prominence in the red zone? His vise-like hands. Fitz has dropped just one of 56 catchable balls this season, giving him a league-leading drop rate of 1.79 in Pro Football Focus’ ratings.


Fantasy’s No. 3 receiver over the past three weeks, Michael Floyd has gone at least 5-99 every game in the process. Each of his past 20 receptions has created a first down. He’s going to have little trouble probing a banged-up Rams secondary that has to account for both Floyd and Fitz. … According to Pro Football Focus, Kendall Wright is the league’s fourth most efficient receiver from the slot. It’s one of the main reasons Wright has caught at least five passes in 10-of-12 games, getting held below six just three times. On pace for a 95/1,120/3 line, only Wright’s sluggish touchdown rate is keeping him from every-week WR2 status. … If Roddy White wasn’t “back” last week, he was as close as you could get without actually being there. Breezing to a season-high 10 catches for 143 yards, White gained consistent separation, won contested passes, did work along the sideline and even got away with some of his trademark offensive pass interference. White looked more than ready to take advantage of a reeling Packers defense in Week 14. … Although he’s been held to just three catches in three straight games, Riley Cooper is an excellent WR3 against a Lions secondary with a propensity for getting burned.

Julian Edelman is coming off the best two-game stretch of his career, but objects in the Patriots’ fantasy mirror are often further away than they appear. What is the game plan one week can be the opposite the next. Edelman is playing extremely good football right now — he’s running crisp routes and getting open almost at will — but he’s not someone you follow down the WR2 rabbit hole. WR3 is a much safer bet. … Speaking of two-game stretches, Mike Wallace is coming off his best of the season. Now he gets his former team, a club that’s been getting rubbished by opposing No. 1s of late. The blood is going to run hot on both sides, but Wallace is a strong bet for at least a WR3 afternoon. … Stevie Johnson was seemingly the only receiver to have Darrelle Revis’ number during Revis’ time in New York. However, Revis held Johnson in check last Week 1, while Johnson is coming off a quiet game where he committed a game-changing fumble. Johnson has proven he can occasionally escape from Revis Island, but he’s still just a mid-range WR3. … Nate Burleson played 60-of-83 snaps last week. His zero-catch day was likely a fluke. … If Aaron Rodgers doesn’t return, trust James Jones and Jarrett Boykin at your own peril. … Andre Holmes will be worth a WR4 jump ball if Denarius Moore (shoulder) sits, as expected.  

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