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Week 13 – Wide Receiver Rankings

The top stories from last week were Tiquan Underwood‘s 108 yards and 2 scores, Justin Hunter‘s 6 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, Julian Edelman‘s 9 catches for 110 yards and two scores, and Josh Gordon absolutely exploding for 14 catches, 237 yards, and a touchdown.

Other notables from Week 12 were Nate Burleson returning to the Lions starting lineup with 77 yards and a score, Cordarrelle Patterson racking up 8 catches on 11 targets, Jacoby Jones scoring on a long ball, finishing with 16 fantasy points, and Mike Wallace finally showing up with a 53 yard touchdown catch.

Bye weeks are officially over, meaning that now only injuries can affect your top players’ playing status. As the fantasy playoffs come into view, it is more important now than ever to start the correct players in your lineup.

Also, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Stuff your faces, find that warm spot on the couch, and enjoy watching arguably the best week of football each year with your family and friends.

Tiquan  Underwood of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tiquan Underwood of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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 Q = Questionable, P = Probable

Note: Opponents are always taken into account when ranking players week to week.

Rank Player Team Status Week 13 Opponent Avg. Points
1 Calvin Johnson DET GB 18.7
2 Brandon Marshall CHI @MIN 13.7
3 Dez Bryant DAL OAK 11.9
4 Demaryius Thomas DEN @KC 14.1
5 A.J. Green CIN @SD 12.5
6 Josh Gordon CLE JAC 14.7
7 Antonio Brown PIT @BAL 12.8
8 Pierre Garcon WAS NYG 10.2
9 Andre Johnson HOU NE 11.8
10 DeSean Jackson PHI ARI 12.8
11 Jordy Nelson GB @DET 12.4
12 Larry Fitzgerald ARI @PHI 9.8
13 Torrey Smith BAL PIT 9.4
14 Vincent Jackson TB @CAR 10.8
15 T.Y. Hilton IND TEN 9.6
16 Alshon Jeffery CHI @MIN 10.7
17 Wes Welker DEN @KC 10.9
18 Victor Cruz NYG @WAS 9.7
19 Keenan Allen SD CIN 9.2
20 Kendall Wright TEN @IND 8.0
21 Harry Douglas ATL @BUF 8.3
22 Anquan Boldin SF STL 9.3
23 Dwayne Bowe KC DEN 6.5
24 Rueben Randle NYG @WAS 7.9
25 Marques Colston NO @SEA 6.9
26 Jarrett Boykin GB @DET 5.8
27 Steve Smith CAR TB 6.9
28 Steve Johnson BUF Q ATL 7.6
29 Eric Decker DEN @KC 8.7
30 Danny Amendola NE @HOU 6.0
31 Riley Cooper PHI ARI 9.4
32 Mike Wallace MIA @NYJ 7.3
33 James Jones GB @DET 7.2
34 Michael Floyd ARI @PHI 8.7
35 Denarius Moore OAK Q @DAL 8.7
36 Brian Hartline MIA @NYJ 7.2
37 Cecil Shorts JAC @CLE 7.6
38 Terrance Williams DAL OAK 7.4
39 Aaron Dobson NE @HOU 7.7
40 Golden Tate SEA NO 7.9
41 Emmanuel Sanders PIT Q @BAL 7.1
42 Julian Edelman NE @HOU 7.8
43 Dexter McCluster KC DEN 4.5
44 Jerricho Cotchery PIT @BAL 8.3
45 Hakeem Nicks NYG Q @WAS 6.2
46 Rod Streater OAK @DAL 6.5
47 Tiquan Underwood TB @CAR 6.5
48 Percy Harvin SEA  Q NO 1.7
49 Tavon Austin STL @SF 7.4
50 DeAndre Hopkins HOU NE 5.9

Analysis:

1. Calvin Johnson – He’s averaging 172 receiving yards per game over the last 5 games. Good grief.

2. Brandon Marshall – He has 9 touchdowns in 11 games this year, and is coming off his first game with double digit catches. Not too shabby.

3. Dez Bryant – Dez is on a scoring slump, but he went over the 100 yard mark last game. He shouldn’t have any issues against the Raiders.

4. Demaryius Thomas – He had 121 yards in the last meeting with the Chiefs. If the Chiefs’ two stud defensive ends miss this game, Peyton Manning will have no problem torching this defense just like Philip Rivers did last week.

5. A.J. GreenAndy Dalton has been awful lately, but we can’t ignore Green’s talent. He had five straight 100 yard games prior to his dud against the Browns in Week 11.

6. Josh Gordon – WOW. What an explosion against the Steelers. Fourteen catches for 237 yards. He is an absolute monster, and with the recent absence of Jordan Cameron, Gordon is essentially a one man wrecking crew on the Browns’ offense.

7. Antonio Brown – Some pegged this guy as a sleeper candidate this season, but nobody saw this type of production coming. He is on fire. Feed the beast.

8. Pierre Garcon – He sees an incredible amount of targets each week. The Redskins should have an easier time moving the ball on the disappointing Giants.

9. Andre Johnson – The Texans might be the most talented 2-9 team in NFL history, but they have thrown in the towel. This game against the Patriots could get ugly, which means the Texans will most likely be throwing a lot while being behind the whole game.

10. DeSean Jackson – The Cardinals are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, and have an underrated pass defense. DeSean will have to rely on his God-given speed to get open in this game.

11. Jordy Nelson – The Packers’ QB woes continue, but the Lions secondary is absolutely awful. As long as he doesn’t have a big pre game Thanksgiving meal, he should get open quite a bit.

12. Larry Fitzgerald – He showed up big last week with two scores against the Colts. This game looks to be a dandy between two rising teams. The Eagles secondary is very beatable.

13. Torrey Smith – Josh Gordon faced the Steelers last week, and we all know what he did. Torrey is most likely drooling over this matchup.

14. Vincent Jackson – Jackson is no doubt one of the most frustrating players to own. There is no telling how he will perform. The Panthers have a great defense, so don’t expect much this week.

15. T.Y. Hilton – The Colts simply did not come to play last week. They will surely need to come focused this week in order to put away the Titans in the division. Hilton needs to be more reliable.

16-20. Alshon Jeffery has been a pleasant surprise this year, and faces a very weak Vikings secondary this week. Wes Welker hasn’t quite been on his game as of late, but did have 8 catches in his last meeting with the Chiefs. Victor Cruz was very disappointing last week, but has a great matchup against the Redskins. Kendall Wright has been Mr. Consistency this year, and was finally rewarded with a score last week. He could very easily find the endzone again this week against a Colts team that is struggling to click.

21-30. Dwayne Bowe has actually decided to be a part of the Chiefs offense. He’s found new life in recent weeks, and faces a beatable Broncos secondary. Rueben Randle has really come along nicely this year, and might be the most reliable receiver on the Giants at this point.  Jarrett Boykin continues to produce with the backup QBs. Eric Decker is in a small slump right now, but should find some running room against a beat up Chiefs defense.

31-40. Mike Wallace is still alive believe it or not. He finally scored on a long ball that we assumed would happen more often this year. He is still very hard to trust though.  Michael Floyd produced another great game last week, and has a great matchup against the poor Eagles pass defense. Brian Hartline continues to be a decent PPR option. Terrance Williams’ value truly relies on scoring touchdowns, which is hard to predict. Stay away from him for now, especially with Miles Austin back.

41-50. Julian Edelman showed up BIG against the Broncos, but with so many healthy options for Tom Brady, it’s tough to say when he will have another good game. Jerricho Cotchery’s touchdown streak ended with a big fat bagel against the Browns. Tiquan Underwood displayed his talent last week in a two touchdown effort, but faces a hard-nosed Carolina secondary this week. The Rams have opened up the playbook for speedster, Tavon Austin, and he is making the most of his opportunities. He can break a big one any time he touches the ball, but he will most likely continue to be hit 0r miss from a fantasy perspective.


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Addison Witt

Head Fantasy Football writer for FTA. Resident of Indianapolis who spends nearly every second of his free time staying up-to-date on sports news and statistics surrounding the NFL and NBA. Fluent in English and Box Scores.Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio - fan of the Bengals, Reds, Cavaliers, and Ohio State Buckeyes.

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