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Week 13 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:42
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by Will Overton

It is week 13, quite possibly the final week of the regular season for many fantasy football players. Unfortunately for some reason the NFL has felt the need to put a couple of bye week teams in the mix, which could really throw a wrench in fantasy teams plans. We’re here to help though, and we’re giving you our Top 50 Wide Receivers for this week:

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

Thoughts:

  • Despite a few down weeks from Amari Cooper I still believe in him and the Raiders offense. Buffalo’s pass defense isn’t bad, but that doesn’t mean Cooper will be held in check. Oakland is a pass first offense and they won’t change their game plan. If the matchups for others were a bit better he might not come in this high, but I think he’s a WR1 given what’s in front of us.
  • I feel like we say this every week, but it’s another week where we know that the New Orleans Saints passing game is going to blow up, but we don’t necessarily know who gets the rub from it. I have Michael Thomas as the lead guy because he’s been the most consistent week to week and seems to be emerging as a favorite in the red zone. I also have Brandin Cooks as a Top 20 receiver, despite his big fat zero performance last week. This matchup is just too good to let Cooks ride your bench.
  • This last week was a good sign for Brandon Marshall owners who have been beside themselves with frustration as he caught six passes on nine targets for 67 yards and a TD against the Patriots. This was Marshall’s first TD since Week 5.  He benefits from Ryan Fitzpatrick taking back over as starter, but that doesn’t make him a lock top play. This week Marshall and the Jets take on the Colts and their woeful secondary, so if he can’t put up big numbers he may not be cracking the Top 20 again for a while.
  • We were reminded again last night of how much Aaron Rodgers likes to look DaVante Adams’ way when the Packers get near the end zone. The problem is Adams often gets forgotten about a bit too much outside of the red zone and he can be a bit TD dependent, despite the couple weeks of high volume targets that may have been an outlier. Adams is always going to be a bit of a risky play, but the high reward is very alluring.
  • There have been a lot of disappointments at the wide receiver position so far this season, but one of the tops is Jarvis Landry. The Dolphins go to wide out just can’t seem to gain any traction at this point. He has only two TD’s and while that isn’t a huge surprise, the fact that he hasn’t been making up the points with receptions and yards is surprising. Landry hasn’t topped 53 yards in the last four weeks and while his 18 catches isn’t bad, it’s not that great either. He is no longer a sure starter and in a lot of leagues he’s a WR3/FLEX play at best.
  • I have admittedly turned a blind eye to Taylor Gabriel for too long, but he most certainly has my attention now. Gabriel caught two TD passes this last week and now has four of them in his last four games. He is very TD dependent right now and not a supreme play in PPR leagues, but he is a high risk/high reward option along the same vein as a DaVante Adams.
  • Another guy grabbing our attention as of late is Tyreek Hill. The absence of Jeremy Maclin has given Hill a chance to really burst onto the scene the last few weeks. This last Sunday he caught nine passes, including a TD grab, and also ran in a TD from three yards out. Hill is a playmaker in the truest sense of the word, and while Jeremy Maclin may be back this week, though I don’t trust that, I think the Chiefs will be doing whatever they can to get the ball in his hands in any way possible.

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