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Week 12 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:23
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by Will Overton

There’s no time to waste this week in getting your lineups set and ready to go with three games on Thursday. We also have all 32 teams playing, so there are plenty of options for your starting lineups. Let’s break down which of those options are best and look at the Top 50 Wide Receivers of the week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona
  3. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Cleveland
  4. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington
  5. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh
  6. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia
  7. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Seattle
  8. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ Tampa Bay
  9. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers @ Oakland
  10. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit
  11. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta
  12. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. Carolina
  13. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ NY Jets
  14. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay
  15. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo
  16. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles
  17. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco
  18. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. San Diego
  19. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh
  20. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles
  21. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati
  22. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City
  23. Terrelle Pryor – Cleveland Browns vs. NY Giants
  24. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota
  25. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia
  26. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets vs. New England
  27. Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers @ Houston
  28. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins @ Dallas
  29. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans @ Chicago
  30. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles
  31. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia
  32. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco
  33. Kenny Britt – Los Angeles Rams @ New Orleans
  34. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ Dallas
  35. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. Carolina
  36. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants @ Cleveland
  37. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota
  38. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City
  39. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati
  40. Travis Benjamin – San Diego Chargers @ Houston
  41. Will Fuller – Houston Texans vs. San Diego
  42. Cameron Meredith – Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee
  43. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins @ Dallas
  44. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver
  45. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore
  46. Tajae Sharpe – Tennessee Titans @ Chicago
  47. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington
  48. Corey Coleman – Cleveland Browns vs. NY Giants
  49. Eli Rogers – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis
  50. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta

Thoughts:

  • I don’t put Dez Bryant in the Top 5 of this list without hesitation, but my fears are slowly being eased. In four games since returning from injury he has four TD grabs, and while he had one terrible game he has had three really good ones. I worried at first about Dak Prescott being able to get him the ball effectively, but those fears have been answered as Bryant keeps racking up the yardage. This is a prime matchup in a big spot on Thanksgiving Day, so I expect that we’ll see the best from Bryant.
  • The model of consistency at the position right now might just be Larry Fitzgerald. The veteran receiver has at least five catches in every game this season. In just the last four games he has 37 catches, a truly impressive feat. The struggle of it is that he hasn’t found the end zone in any of the last five games. Fitzgerald is still getting targeted in the red zone more than anyone else and so I think the TD’s are going to come and meanwhile he gets you points in other ways.
  • At last Julian Edelman is starting to come alive for the Patriots. He has two TD grabs in the last three games and in the last two weeks he has 15 catches for 176 yards. The Patriots options on offense are dwindling and Edelman is re-emerging as the go to guy for Tom Brady. This is a good time for Edelman to hit a big time matchup against the New York Jets too and I expect we’ll see borderline WR1 numbers.
  • Father time has yet to catch up with Steve Smith Sr., as he just turned in one of his best performances of the season with eight catches for 99 yards and a TD. This is now back to back weeks with a TD catch and he’s back to that place where you can trust him as an almost weekly option. Smith has supplanted Mike Wallace as the go to guy once again and I see him as an option in all formats this week.
  • Who would’ve thought after waiting all this time for Kenny Britt to be a consistent fantasy option, it finally happens when he has some of the worst QB’s of his career. He is consistently grabbing four to five catches and he’s a threat to score a TD in every game. Now he’s coming into a huge opportunity against the New Orleans Saints, and while Jared Goff is less than trustworthy the numbers should still be there.
  • At this point how can you not trust Rishard Matthews to be an every week player for you? In the last seven weeks he has 6 TD and is averaging almost five catches per game. Despite not finding the end zone this last week, it may have been Matthews best game as he grabbed nine catches for 122 yards. Marcus Mariota gets others involved, like Tajae Sharpe, Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright, but Matthews is the go to go guy and I trust him at this point in almost any matchup.

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