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Week 15 Rankings

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Week 15 Receivers

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

WR Notes: Coming off his worst game in two months, Calvin Johnson should bounce back at home against the Ravens. … Josh Gordon is coming off the most prolific four-game receiving stretch in NFL history. His 1,400 yards are already a Browns franchise record. You might want to start him against the Bears. … Wes Welker’s (concussion) loss is Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker’s gain, as the duo is going up against arguably the league’s worst secondary with one less competitor for targets. Thomas is a strong bet to score his 12th touchdown, while Decker is in prime position for a third straight monster game. … Speaking of dynamic duos, can anyone stop Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery? Even with Joe Haden at their disposal, the Browns are unlikely to answer the bell. That raises an interesting question: With two genuinely elite options to choose from, whom will Haden cover? The guess here is Marshall, but it’s nothing more than that: A guess. Whoever isn’t drawing Haden’s attention will get highly burnable sidekick Buster Skrine. Whatever Haden does — sticks to his left side, throws looks at both players, shadows Marshall — there’s every reason to believe both Marshall and Jeffery will keep producing at an elite level in coach Marc Trestman’s humming offense.

Even with a 16-target game thrown in, Dez Bryant is averaging just eight looks over his past six games. It’s extremely curious for a team getting no production from Miles Austin, and diminishing returns from Jason Witten. Bryant has another golden opportunity to get on track in Green Bay’s bottom-12 pass defense. … Although the calculus has changed at quarterback in Houston — Case Keenum’s play has gone from good to sub-par — Andre Johnson has to be licking his chops for his rematch with the Colts, whom he stung for nine catches, 229 yards and three touchdowns in Week 9. Coming off a 13-catch game, Johnson remains locked in as a WR1. … Keenan Allen’s shoulder injury won’t be an issue against the Broncos after the stud rookie got in a full week of practice. Allen is going to be a WR1 in 2014. … For Jordy Nelson, it’s all about one thing: Aaron Rodgers. If Rodgers plays, he’ll be moved up the ranks. If Rodgers sits, he’ll be moved down. Nelson has done well not to fall off the radar in Rodgers’ absence, but his opportunities to make big plays are drastically fewer and farther between with Matt Flynn under center.  

The time isn’t right to jump ship on Pierre Garcon, who is a veritable guarantee to catch 6-7 passes, even with Kirk Cousins under center. … The only thing keeping Larry Fitzgerald from climbing even higher up this list is the fact that Tennessee has allowed a league-low 12 passing touchdowns. The Bruce Arians effect is finally taking hold in Arizona. … As for Fitzgerald’s breakout teammate Michael Floyd, an ankle injury has not only his WR2 light flickering, but his WR3 viability. Floyd is highly questionable for Week 15, and appears ultimately unlikely to play. He’ll be a player you need to check on Friday and Sunday. … Maybe Roddy White isn’t back back — he’s definitely not leading the league in separation during his two-game hot streak — but his 18 catches for 216 yards are all the reason you need to trot him out at home against one of the league’s truly putrid defenses. … Julian Edelman is a PPR specialist hiding in a WR2’s body, but now the Pats’ de-facto No. 1 option in the passing game, he simply can’t be any lower on this list. Edelman is a bit of a zero-calorie diet for standard-league purposes, but the sheer amount of targets he draws gives him a floor much higher than his actual height.    

Torrey Smith has settled in as a boom-or-bust WR2, but will have plenty of opportunities to go boom on Ford Field’s turf against the Lions’ burnable secondary. … Cecil Shorts has had six straight rotten matchups. He finally has a good one in the Bills, who’ve been handing out big weeks to opposing receivers like hot cakes. Shorts is an underappreciated play for Week 15. … On the other side of the coin is Victor Cruz, who is coming off seven straight solid matchups but has little to show for it because of the play of Eli Manning. Now he gets the Seahawks’ top-ranked pass defense. It’s criminal that Cruz finds himself in WR3 territory, but that’s where we’re at as Manning plunges to new weekly lows. … It hasn’t been fancy, but Dwayne Bowe has been fantasy’s No. 19 receiver over the past five weeks. He’s finally a safe, every-week WR3. … Consider T.Y. Hilton a DeSean Jackson for these confusing modern times. Hilton has been on a cold streak, but his upside is such that he’s very hard to bench as a WR3. You just never know when he’s going to blow up and win you a week. He did so the last time the Colts faced the Texans, catching seven passes for 121 yards and three scores. With Darrius Heyward-Bey benched and Da’Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill starting to draw defensive attention, Week 15 could be the week Hilton finally breaks back out.

Speaking of Rogers, he’s certainly not a low-risk option — we’re talking about an undrafted rookie with nine career targets — but he’s definitely high reward. Raw though his game may be, Rogers is positively oozing with big-play ability, and absolutely what the Colts offense has been looking for. Andrew Luck is starved for viable targets, while Hilton has needed someone to deflect heat. Rogers could catch 10 passes Sunday or he could catch zero. If you’re fixin’ for a hail mary WR4, though, he’s your man. … Another high-reward WR4? Cordarrelle Patterson, who was unstoppable with a head of steam against the Ravens. There’s a reason this guy was a first-round pick. … Playing through shoulder and ankle injuries, Kendall Wright’s upside won’t be what we’re used to seeing against the Cardinals. … Greg Jennings has been playing better with Matt Cassel under center, but is still little more than a WR4. … If Aaron Rodgers doesn’t suit up, it will remain “trust James Jones and Jarrett Boykin at your own peril.” … Ace Sanders is a nifty little WR4, but nothing more. Anything more than 4-60 would be icing on the cake. … Miles Austin might be done.   

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