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Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 11
Bye Week Teams
Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
Wide Receivers (Updated: Sunday, Nov. 18 - 10:21AM CT)
1. Calvin Johnson (vs. GB) – You could almost smell the burning filaments from the light bulb that went on over Calvin Johnson’s head this past Sunday. 12 catches, 207 yards and a touchdown later, we finally seem to have the fantasy machine formally known as Megatron back in our midst. The season hasn’t gone quite as planned for his millions of fantasy owners, but after nine games, Johnson now leads the league in receiving yards, is tied for fifth in receptions and is on pace for a career high 107 catches and 1732 yards. His two touchdowns and sixth-place ranking in fantasy points per game still leave something to be desired, but I expect both those numbers to rise this weekend when the Lions take on the rival Green Bay Packers. The Packers pass defense started out much improved, but has fallen off lately with their defense as a whole succumbing to the injury bug. In nine career matchups, Megatron has averaged 89 yards and over a touchdown per game against this team, numbers I fully expect him to exceed this Sunday.
2. A.J. Green (at KC) – Is there no end to this man’s talent? I would say not after watching Green catch seven balls for 85 yards and a touchdown against constant New York Giants double-teams this past weekend. His touchdown catch not only brought his total to a league-leading nine on the season, but also extended his streak to a staggering eight straight games with a TD. This weekend he gets to go to Kansas City and face a Chiefs defense that has allowed the fewest receptions to wide receivers this year, but strangely the sixth-most touchdowns as well. Green has already shown that it doesn’t really matter which defense he has to face or how good the man covering him is, so I wouldn’t expect CB Brandon Flowers and the Chiefs to suddenly be able to put the clamps down on him either.
3. Roddy White (vs. Ari) – Roddy White sure looks to be over all those knee injuries that were hampering him the previous couple of years, doesn’t he. He simply looks faster than he has been in recent memory and obviously just as dominant, as he’s currently on pace for 96 catches, a career-high 1,463 yards and his second-highest fantasy points per game average. Now I don’t know if the Arizona Cardinals plan to shadow Roddy or Julio Jones with Patrick Peterson this Sunday, but with the way Roddy plays at home, I don’t think it will matter. White has put up either a touchdown or 100 yards (or both) in each of the Falcons four home games this season and as you might expect, double-digit fantasy points in each one as well. I expect this to be another gem of a week for his fantasy owners this Sunday.
4. Reggie Wayne (at NE) – As usual, touchdowns have been a bit scarce for Reggie Wayne this season, but my oh my have his receptions and yardage made up for the deficiency. At the moment, Wayne leads the league in receptions (69) and targets (112), is second in receiving yards (931) and third in catches for 20 yards or more (16) even though his long on the season went for just 30 yards. It wouldn’t shock me to see Bill Belichick cater his defense to stopping Mr. Wayne this week as he’s done this sort of thing plenty of times before, but I don’t really think it’s going to matter too much with the telepathy going on between Reggie and Andrew Luck right now. With Wayne playing at such a high level this season, I expect him to surgically dissect this porous Patriots pass D for some seriously nice fantasy numbers this week.
5. Jordy Nelson (at Det) – After a nice bye week to rest up his ankle, Jordy Nelson is set to get back in the lineup and play against the Detroit Lions this Sunday. Nelson was absolutely rolling before coming down with his ankle injury and in a game that has the looks of a shootout indoors in Detroit, there’s no reason to think he won’t be back playing at a high level again. In two games against the Lions last season, Nelson combined to put up 13 catches, 188 yards and three touchdowns. With the Lions secondary decimated by injury and unable to double-cover him due to the excellent play of Randall Cobb and James Jones, I fully expect Jordy to have one of those big games he tends to come through with from time to time.
6. Marques Colston (at Oak) – Despite the recent lack of yardage and catches, Marques Colston is still on pace for career-highs in touchdowns (12) and fantasy points and second-bests in targets (142), receptions (84) and receiving yards (1,159). He also has seven touchdowns in his last six games and will now face a Raiders defense that gives away receiving TDs like they’re tootsie rolls on Halloween. Like I said, Colston’s receptions and yards have been down a bit lately, but in a game that could end up one of the biggest shootouts of the weekend, I believe this will be the week his numbers climb back up.
7. Randall Cobb (at Det) – This kid is really something else, isn’t he. Throughout the entire offseason, I repeatedly heard rumblings out of Green Bay saying that Cobb was a superstar in the making and that it would be nearly impossible to take him off the field for even one play. Well, it seems somebody in Packerland knows what he’s talking about as Cobb has shown to be all that and more so far this season. He’s pretty much the same type of player as Percy Harvin at this point and is actually just a few tenths of a point behind Percy in fantasy points per game. He’s been especially lethal over the last month or so as Randall has either had a touchdown or 100 yards in each of his last five games. I’d normally expect him to do well in a shootout type of game like this one should be, but since he’s playing indoors up in Detroit, I expect him and his electric legs to do even better than that.
8. Demaryius Thomas (vs. SD) – Demaryius Thomas has obviously been a super-stud for his fantasy owners all year as he currently sits at fourth in the league with 891 receiving yards, eighth with 16.5 yards per catch, 10th with 54 receptions and most importantly, 6th in fantasy points per game. However, his first matchup against the San Diego Chargers this season wasn’t his best effort as he caught a season-low two balls for 37 yards, though his fantasy week was saved when one of those catches went for a touchdown. His numbers should increase in this one, though, seeing that Demaryius has three 100-yard games in four home contests so far this season.
9. Denarius Moore (vs. NO) – With as much as Carson Palmer seems to love him, Denarius Moore could easily end up with top-five fantasy numbers this weekend in a game that’s looking like a big-time shootout in the making. Moore has been targeted no less than eight times in each of his eight games played this season and has now caught a touchdown in his four of his last five. Sometimes it takes a little while for him to get going, but once he does, the kid is basically a human highlight reel every single week. The New Orleans Saints have allowed the second-most passing yards, third-most receiving touchdowns and most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season, so there’s really no reason not to have Denarius up here in the top-10.
10. Julio Jones (vs. Ari) – QUESTIONABLE - GAME-TIME DECISION – Even though he was out with a lower leg/ankle problem for half the game last weekend, the man formally known as the “Predator” (before shaving off his dreds) was still able to grab four balls for 75 yards against the Saints. If he had been healthy the whole game, I honestly believe he would have ended up with 150 yards and a TD. He simply looked that dominant. This weekend he returns home to play an Arizona Cardinals pass D that has a tendency to give up big games to wide receivers. If CB Patrick Peterson is sent out on the field to shadow Roddy White all game, Julio will be the one with gigantic numbers this Sunday. However, even if he tries to stick with Jones instead, I still believe the numbers will be there as Peterson has been regularly beaten of late by the likes of Michael Crabtree, Randall Cobb and James Jones.
Wide Receivers 11-80
11. Eric Decker (vs. SD)
12. Wes Welker (vs. Ind)
13. Brandon Lloyd (vs. Ind)
14. Dez Bryant (vs. Cle)
15. Steve Smith (vs. TB)
16. Larry Fitzgerald (at Atl)
17. Andre Johnson (vs. Jax)
18. Miles Austin (vs. Cle)
19. Darrius Heyward-Bey (vs. NO) - QUESTIONABLE - GAME-TIME DECISION
20. Vincent Jackson (at Car)
21. Jeremy Maclin (at Was)
22. Brandon Marshall (at SF, Monday night)
23. DeSean Jackson (at Was)
24. Danny Amendola (vs. NYJ)
25. Titus Young (vs. GB)
26. James Jones (at Det)
27. Stevie Johnson (vs. Mia, Thursday night) – 6 catches - 79 yards - 0 TDs
28. Brian Hartline (at Buf, Thursday night) – 4 catches - 49 yards - 0 TDs
29. Donald Jones (vs. Mia, Thursday night) – 2 catches - 11 yards - 0 TDs
30. Mike Wallace (vs. Bal, Sunday night)
31. Torrey Smith (at Pit, Sunday night)
32. Dwayne Bowe (vs. Cin)
33. Lance Moore (at Oak)
34. Donnie Avery (at NE)
35. Jeremy Kerley (at StL)
36. T.Y. Hilton (at NE)
37. Danario Alexander (at Den)
38. Mike Williams (at Car)
39. Malcom Floyd (at Den)
40. Greg Little (at Dal)
41. Rod Streater (vs. NO)
42. Brandon LaFell (vs. TB)
43. Pierre Garcon (vs. Phi)
44. Anquan Boldin (at Pit, Sunday night)
45. Josh Gordon (at Dal)
46. Ryan Broyles (vs. GB)
47. Cecil Shorts (at Hou)
48. Andre Roberts (at Atl)
49. Laurent Robinson (at Hou)
50. Chris Givens (vs. NYJ)
51. Michael Crabtree (vs. Chi, Monday night)
52. Davone Bess (at Buf, Thursday night) – 6 catches - 50 yards - 1 TD
53. Andrew Hawkins (at KC)
54. Santana Moss (vs. Phi)
55. Mohamed Sanu (at KC)
56. Brandon Gibson (vs. NYJ)
57. Alshon Jeffery (at SF, Monday night)
58. Michael Floyd (at Atl)
59. Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Bal, Sunday night)
60. Riley Cooper (at Was)
61. Kevin Walter (vs. Jax)
62. Brandon Stokley (vs. SD)
63. Harry Douglas (vs. Ari)
64. Leonard Hankerson (vs. Phi)
65. Travis Benjamin (at Dal)
66. T.J. Graham (vs. Mia, Thursday night) – 2 catches - 5 yards - 0 TDs
67. Derek Hagan (vs. NO)
68. Mohamed Massaquoi (at Dal)
69. Tiquan Underwood (at Car)
70. Dexter McCluster (vs. Cin)
71. Josh Morgan (vs. Phi)
72. Jacoby Jones (at Pit, Sunday night)
73. Damaris Johnson (at Was)
74. Devery Henderson (at Oak)
75. Brian Quick (vs. NYJ)
76. Kevin Ogletree (vs. Cle)
77. Justin Blackmon (at Hou)
78. Mario Manningham (vs. Chi, Monday night)
79. Earl Bennett (at SF, Monday night)
80. Louis Murphy (vs. TB)
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