WR Player Rankings for Week 15

WR Player Rankings for Week 15

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/14/11

WR Player Rankings Large - Week 15 - Wes Welker


(Rankings will be updated throughout the week)



WR Player Rankings – Week 15




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1.               Wes Welker (@ Den) – I wouldn’t call this a dream matchup for the Slot Machine, especially with the way the Broncos defense has been playing of late, but New England’s offense is very different than most others in the league and should be able to exploit some holes on Sunday. Bill Belichick will come up with a game-plan to squash all the talk about Tim Tebow and the Brady vs. Tebow matchup—and I guarantee that plan has a lot to do with Wes Welker. If Denver decides to come after Brady, Welker will run a ton of three-step outs and be used as Brady’s quick outlet in case he gets into trouble. If they decide to play off the line and deep, this will also work in Welker’s favor on quick slants and drags over the middle. Either way, the Pats will want to go up early and force Tebow to pass, so look for the offense to play a fast-paced game using the no-huddle and quick passes all day long, a strategy that plays right into Welker’s sweet spot.

2.               A.J. Green (@ StL) – Though only a rookie, A.J. Green has pretty much owned the league this year doing his stuff week in, week out against some of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. This Sunday, however, he won’t have to face a Joe Haden/Champ Bailey/Ike Taylor-type CB like he has all season. He’ll be facing a St. Louis Rams secondary that been torched for 17 TDs by wide receivers (tied for most allowed) and the fifth-most fantasy points in the league. Even if Cedric Benson runs well the whole game, which he should, I still expect at least 100 yards and a TD or two from the possible rookie of the year.

3.               Calvin Johnson (@ Oak) – Okay, so Calvin’s sensational statistical start to the season has pretty much slowed to a virtual halt—I get it. And yes, I know that in the last five weeks, Johnson has averaged just five catches for 63.4 yards while grabbing a grand total of one, lonely touchdown—I get it. Megatron is human. However, being human must also mean the monster receiver has emotions and I guarantee you, something inside of him is telling him to prove himself in these last three weeks. Oakland’s defense has been porous all season long and though most of their deficiencies can be found in their play against the run, something tells me the big guy is going to find a bunch of holes through the air as well this week. 

4.               Hakeem Nicks (vs. Was) – After Victor Cruz stole the spotlight in the Giants’ offense during the middle part of the season, Nicks seems to have regained his WR1 status over the past few weekends. In his last three games, Hakeem was been targeted in the double-digits during each game catching no fewer than seven balls for 87 yards. He also has a couple of touchdowns in that span and though Cruz has actually matched his production during that time, Nicks looks like a man possessed right now and it’s clear that Eli Manning sees it. At Washington in their first matchup of the season, Nicks grabbed seven balls for 122 yards, numbers I can see him reproducing this Sunday although you could likely throw a touchdown in there this time around.

5.               Marques Colston (@ Min) – Colston hasn’t been targeted as much by Drew Brees as he has in seasons past, but that’s what happens when an elite tight end like Jimmy Graham comes in to line up beside you. That said, Marques has had a few outstanding fantasy games this year—mostly against lower-tier pass defenses—which the Minnesota Vikings certainly possess. After catching all seven of his targets for 105 yards and two TDs last week and with Graham being slightly hampered by a bad back, bet on Colston being a steady part of the game-plan again this weekend going up against a Vikings squad that has allowed the most TDs (17, tied) and fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

6.               Mike Wallace (@ SF – Monday Night)

7.               Dwayne Bowe (vs. GB)

8.               Victor Cruz (vs. Was)

9.               Percy Harvin (vs. NO)

10.           Steve Smith – Car (@ Hou)

11.           Antonio Brown (@ SF – Monday Night)

12.           Brandon Marshall (@ Buf)

13.           Miles Austin (@ TB – Saturday Night)

14.           Laurent Robinson (@ TB – Saturday Night)

15.           Jordy Nelson (@ KC)

16.           Stevie Johnson (vs. Mia)

17.           Santana Moss (@ NYG)

18.           Dez Bryant (@ TB – Saturday Night)

19.           Vincent Jackson (vs. Bal – Sunday Night)

20.           Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Cle)

21.           Brandon Lloyd (vs. Cin)

22.           Nate Washington (@ Ind)

23.           Demaryius Thomas (vs. NE)

24.           Denarius Moore (vs. Det)

25.           Damian Williams (@ Ind)

26.           Darrius Heyward–Bey (vs. Det)

27.           James Jones (@ KC)

28.           Devin Aromashodu (vs. NO)

29.           Jabar Gaffney (@ NYG)

30.           Santonio Holmes (@ Phi)

31.           DeSean Jackson (vs. NYJ)

32.           Pierre Garcon (vs. Ten)

33.           Jeremy Maclin (vs. NYJ)

34.           Anquan Boldin (@ SD – Sunday Night)

35.           Lance Moore (@ Min)

36.           Steve Breaston (vs. GB)

37.           Mike Williams – TB (vs. Dal – Saturday Night)

38.           Eric Decker (vs. NE)

39.           Doug Baldwin (@ Chi)

40.           Reggie Wayne (vs. Ten)

41.           Jerome Simpson (@ StL)

42.           Deion Branch (@ Den) ------> BRANCH HAS BEEN DECLARED OUT FOR THIS GAME

43.           Titus Young (@ Oak)

44.           Michael Crabtree (vs. Pit – Monday Night)

45.           Greg Little (@ Ari)

46.           Nate Burleson (@ Oak)

47.           Plaxico Burress (@ Phi)

48.           David Nelson (vs. Mia)

49.           Johnny Knox (vs. Sea)

50.           Torrey Smith (@ SD – Sunday Night)

51.           Robert Meachem (@ Min)

52.           Mario Manningham (vs. Was)

53.           Malcom Floyd (vs. Bal – Sunday Night)

54.           Randall Cobb (@ KC)

55.           Golden Tate (@ Chi)

56.           Donald Driver (@ KC)

57.           Jason Avant (vs. NYJ)

58.           Brad Smith (vs. Mia)

59.           Jacoby Jones (vs. Car)

60.           Early Doucet (vs. Cle)

61.           Kevin Walter (vs. Car)

62.           Kyle Williams (vs. Pit – Monday Night)

63.           Vincent Brown (vs. Bal – Sunday Night)

64.           Dexter McCluster (vs. GB)

65.           Davone Bess (@ Buf) 

66.           Chaz Schilens (vs. Det)

67.           Brian Hartline (@ Buf)

68.           Mohamed Massaquoi (@ Ari)

69.           Mike Williams – Sea (@ Chi)

70.           Andre Roberts (vs. Cle)

71.           Donte Stallworth (@ NYG)

72.           Brandon LaFell (@ Hou)

73.           Lavelle Hawkins (@ Ind)

74.           Jonathan Baldwin (vs. GB)

75.           Riley Cooper (vs. NYJ)




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