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Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 10
Bye Week Teams
Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins
Wide Receivers (Updated: Thursday, Nov. 8 - 6:03PM CT)
1. A.J. Green (vs. NYG) – This quote from the Broncos surefire Hall-of-Fame CB, Champ Bailey, pretty much sums up Mr. A.J. Green: “He’s special. I don’t know what his ceiling is. We’ll see. I don’t know how much better he can get, but I’m going to be one of the guys watching… He’s just one of the best, you know?” After catching seven passes for 99-yards and touchdown against Bailey and the Broncos last weekend, Green now has a touchdown in seven straight games and continues to lead all wide receivers in fantasy points per game. In the last three weeks alone, he’s given the business to supposed lock-down cornerbacks Champ Bailey, Ike Taylor (Steelers) and Joe Haden (Browns), so his dominance really knows no bounds. Basically, the man cannot be stopped. This weekend he’ll take on a Giants pass D that allows the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. I can’t wait to see his final stat-line come Sunday afternoon.
2. Julio Jones (at NO) – The man formally known as the “Predator” (before shaving off his dreds) is turning it on and giving fantasy owners reason to believe again, folks. Though he’s only been targeted 11 times over the last two weeks combined, he was still able to manage two 100-yard games against a couple of pretty darn good pass defenses. The Atlanta offense has been rolling all year long and will now get to face a league-worst Saints pass defense in Week 10. Matt Ryan and his offense are going to have to score a bunch against New Orleans if they want to win, so there should be more targets than normal out there for Julio to snag. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Jones has been a MUCH better receiver on the road throughout his 21-game career, putting up over 1,100 yards and 10 TDs in 11 away games versus 451 yards and three TDs in 10 home games. This one’s a no-brainer.
3. Demaryius Thomas (at Car) – Demaryius Thomas currently sits at fourth in the league with 756 receiving yards, seventh with 16.8 yards per catch, 13th with 45 receptions and 10th in fantasy points per game. What’s funny about all those top marks is that Thomas hasn’t even hit his stride yet as he and Peyton Manning are only eight games into their career together. He’s already become one of the more trusted fantasy receivers in the game as well, as he’s only had one week so far this season without at least 75 yards or a touchdown. Carolina has actually been really good against opposing wide receivers this year, but they do have a tendency to give up the big game—and it’s usually to a bigger receiver. Chalk Thomas up for another WR1 performance this weekend.
4. Roddy White (at NO) – To think that either Roddy White or Julio Jones will have anything but a real nice week for your fantasy team this Sunday would be absurd. In last year’s matchup between these two teams at New Orleans, Roddy had 11 catches for 127 yards while Jones came down with eight catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. This year, the Saints pass defense is even worse as they’ve allowed both the most touchdowns and fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers in the league. However, the Saints can score as well, which is surely the most beautiful music to fantasy owners’ ears as it likely means even more passing out of Matt Ryan this weekend.
5. Wes Welker (vs. Buf) – As you would expect from a midget NFL player around this time, Wes Welker is dealing with bumps and bruises galore, but should be no worse for the wear this weekend after enjoying a nice bye week in order to rest his old, miniature bones. Fantasy owners should have loved it as well, as Welker had just put up a couple of major stinkers in the two weeks prior. This weekend he’ll be facing off with one of his (and ours) favorite teams to go against when the Buffalo Bills come to town. Earlier this season, the Slot Machine put up nine catches for 129 yards versus the Bills secondary while last season he combined for 22 catches, 268 yards and two touchdowns against them. Being fully rested at this point, I like his chances for a big game.
6. Reggie Wayne (at Jax, Thursday night) – So even though Wayne was targeted fewer than 10 times (9) for just the second time this season, he was still able to catch seven balls for 78 yards and a touchdown last week against a porous Miami Dolphins secondary. With Andrew Luck throwing for 433 yards in the game, you probably would have expected better numbers from a top-10 fantasy wide receiver, but it certainly wasn’t a poor showing for his owners. However, this week has a chance to be a lot better for Reggie with the Jaguars pass D being pretty well decimated right now and susceptible to the big game as is. Most of Reggie’s touchdowns come at home, but this Thursday night is looking like it could be the exception to the norm. When these two teams faced off back in Week 3, Wayne caught eight of his 15 targets for 88 yards, but ended up with just a mediocre fantasy stat-line as he was kept out of the endzone in the Jaguars lone win of the season. With Andrew Luck in a groove right now, I expect Wayne to come out much better in this one and should be worthy of fantasy numbers somewhere in the mid- to low-end WR1 range.
7. Victor Cruz (at Cin) – Though he’s had a couple of really slow weeks for fantasy owners lately, the Meadowlands Magician should be able to bounce back with some WR1 numbers this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers lit him up pretty hard in Week 9, but the kid is a tough SOB and came through the contest without sustaining any sort of injury worth noting. The Bengals are pretty decent defending wide receivers, but if there was one weakness you could point out in their pass defense, it would be in their efforts against the opposing team’s slot receiver. If Manning targets Cruz in the double-digits like he should in this one, I have no doubt he’ll end up with WR1 numbers for the week.
8. Marques Colston (vs. Atl) – Marques Colston is currently on pace for career-highs in targets, receiving yards, touchdowns and most importantly—fantasy points. After a slow start to the season, Marques has pulled it together for his fantasy owners by averaging top-10 fantasy points over the last five weeks and with an inter-division matchup with the Falcons on tap, there’s no reason to believe his streak will change. Last year against Atlanta he averaged 7.5 catches for 97 yards while grabbing one touchdown in two games, numbers I can easily see him repeating with the touchdown going in his favor in this one.
9. Vincent Jackson (vs. SD) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—if there’s one thing Vincent Jackson does well in this game, it’s taking full advantage of a poor pass defense. Not that San Diego is awful by any means, but combining the facts that they’re still dealing with an injury or two and that there is no doubt they’ll have to pinch in their safeties to defend against RB Doug Martin, Jackson should have no problem being able to put up some fine WR1 numbers this weekend. Vincent has had five great games out of eight this year with each of them coming against suspect pass Ds (Giants, Redskins, Chiefs, Saints and Raiders). I expect this week’s game to be his sixth.
10. Eric Decker (at Car) – Eric Decker now has five straight games with a touchdown catch (seven TDs in that span) and to be honest, I’m not shocked in the slightest bit. When you consider the situation he’s in, his rise to prominence had to at least be on the radar for fantasy owners this year. The situation I’m talking about is Decker’s current role as the “WR2” in a Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos offensive attack. When you look back at the last decade of Manning’s career, there hasn’t been a single year he didn’t get his WR2 at least recognized as a start-able option in the fantasy world and more often than not, some form of a starring role. Eric Decker is every bit as good as Reggie Wayne was years ago and better than Pierre Garcon ever was, so if you were one of the forward-thinking owners or just a guy who took a chance in your draft, kudos to you as Decker currently stands as the fifth-best wide receiver in points per game this season. Oh, and yes, he’s going to have another touchdown this week.
Wide Receivers 11-80
11. Denarius Moore (at Bal)
12. Mike Wallace (vs. KC, Monday night)
13. Brandon Lloyd (vs. Buf)
14. Calvin Johnson (at Min)
15. Torrey Smith (vs. Oak)
16. Miles Austin (at Phi)
17. Titus Young (at Min)
18. Brandon Marshall (vs. Hou, Sunday night)
19. Hakeem Nicks (at Cin)
20. Dwayne Bowe (at Pit, Monday night)
21. Kenny Britt (at Mia)
22. Stevie Johnson (at NE)
23. Mike Williams (vs. SD)
24. Malcom Floyd (at TB)
25. Nate Washington (at Mia)
26. DeSean Jackson (vs. Dal)
27. Brian Hartline (vs. Ten)
28. Steve Smith (vs. Den)
29. Andre Johnson (at Chi, Sunday night)
30. Donald Jones (at NE)
31. Anquan Boldin (vs. Oak)
32. Dez Bryant (at Phi)
33. Jeremy Maclin (vs. Dal)
34. Danny Amendola (at SF)
35. Lance Moore (vs. Atl)
36. Emmanuel Sanders (vs. KC, Monday night)
37. Ryan Broyles (at Min)
38. T.Y. Hilton (at Jax, Thursday night)
39. Darrius Heyward-Bey (at Bal)
40. Kendall Wright (at Mia)
41. Laurent Robinson (vs. Ind, Thursday night)
42. Golden Tate (vs. NYJ)
43. Davone Bess (vs. Ten)
44. Cecil Shorts (vs. Ind, Thursday night)
45. Brandon LaFell (vs. Den)
46. Jeremy Kerley (at Sea)
47. Donnie Avery (at Jax, Thursday night)
48. Michael Crabtree (vs. StL)
49. Justin Blackmon (vs. Ind, Thursday night)
50. Sidney Rice (vs. NYJ)
51. Chris Givens (at SF)
52. Harry Douglas (at NO)
53. Rod Streater (at Bal)
54. Andrew Hawkins (vs. NYG)
55. Brandon Gibson (at SF)
56. Jerricho Cotchery (vs. KC, Monday night)
57. Domenik Hixon (at Cin)
58. Michael Jenkins (vs. Det)
59. Danario Alexander (at TB)
60. T.J. Graham (at NE)
61. Stephen Hill (at Sea)
62. Mario Manningham (vs. StL)
63. Brandon Stokley (at Car)
64. Jerome Simpson (vs. Det)
65. Jabar Gaffney (vs. Ten)
66. Jonathan Baldwin (at Pit, Monday night)
67. Earl Bennett (vs. Hou, Sunday night)
68. Jason Avant (vs. Dal)
69. Kevin Walter (at Chi, Sunday night)
70. Louis Murphy (vs. Den)
71. Dexter McCluster (at Pit, Monday night)
72. Devery Henderson (vs. Atl)
73. Seyi Ajirotutu (at TB)
74. Kevin Ogletree (at Phi)
75. Mohamed Sanu (vs. NYG)
76. Doug Baldwin (vs. NYJ)
77. Jacoby Jones (vs. Oak)
78. Devin Hester (vs. Hou, Sunday night)
79. Tiquan Underwood (vs. SD)
80. David Gettis (vs. Den)
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