Fantasy Football Week 4: Early Top 50 Wide Receiver Rankings

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIISeptember 25, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after he scored a 41-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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A touchdown by a wide receiver was the center of controversy around the world of the NFL on Monday night.

Unless someone in your fantasy league started the Seattle Seahawks’ Golden Tate and won his or her matchup by a narrow margin, that fact is inconsequential.

Three of the top four fantasy games at the wide receiver position came from the AFC North in Week 3. The best performance by a WR in Week 3 came from Cincinnati’s electric sophomore, A.J. Green. On 11 targets, he caught nine balls for 183 yards and a touchdown.

One of those looks came on a deep bomb by fellow rookie Mohamed Sanu, which resulted in the 73-yard score. Too bad Sanu wasn’t involved on the other end of some plays, or he would have been higher up on the list of receiver performances.

Green also had one rushing attempt which went for 11 yards.

Another young AFC North wideout had a phenomenal performance on Sunday night for different reasons. Torrey Smith saw 10 passes thrown in his direction, caught six of them and contributed 127 yards and two touchdowns to the Baltimore Ravens’ winning effort on Sunday night.

Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers was the third AFC North guy to have a big day, albeit in a loss. Also receiving double-digit targets, Wallace got 11 looks from Ben Roethlisberger. He caught eight for 123 yards and a touchdown.

But he won’t be playing in Week 4, as the Steelers are on a bye.

The name sandwiched between those three on the leaderboard of Week 3’s top scorers is a familiar one.

It’s Calvin Johnson.

Megatron caught 10 passes on 12 targets for 164 yards and a touchdown for the Detroit Lions in a shootout with the Tennessee Titans.

Johnson’s name will again appear at the top of my wide receiver rankings for Week 4.


1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

In one game, Megatron had three catches for 29 yards against the Vikings in 2011. In the other, he had seven for 108 and two scores.


2. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings (at Detroit Lions)

Harvin averaged 99 total yards per game against the Lions in 2011, also scoring a touchdown.


3. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (vs. Oakland Raiders)

Throw out Thomas' recent history against the Raiders. Peyton Manning likes to get him the ball and can do so more effectively than Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow.


4. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (vs. Tennessee Titans)

There is no longer a Cortland Finnegan to irritate Johnson when he plays the Titans.


5. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

Hopefully, Jennings will be 100 percent by Sunday. If so, the Saints will be gracious enough to allow him to create some nice statistics.


6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (vs. Carolina Panthers)

7. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (at Jacksonville Jaguars)

8. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Miami Dolphins)

9. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (vs. Carolina Panthers)

10. Wes Welker, New England Patriots (at Buffalo Bills)

11. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

12. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Cleveland Browns)

13. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers (at Atlanta Falcons)

14. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Washington Redskins)

15. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (at Philadelphia Eagles)

16. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (at Philadelphia Eagles)

17. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots (at Buffalo Bills)

18. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. San Diego Chargers)

19. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (at Dallas Cowboys)

20. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Chicago Bears)

21. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Chicago Bears)

22. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. New York Giants)

23. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints (at Green Bay Packers)

24. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

25. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. New York Giants)

26. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

27. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (vs. New England Patriots)

28. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers (at New York Jets)

29. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans (at Houston Texans)

30. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals (at Jacksonville Jaguars)

31. Laurent Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

32. Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Cleveland Browns)

33. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (at Green Bay Packers)

34. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (vs. Oakland Raiders)

35. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

36. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Cleveland Browns)

37. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers (at Kansas City Chiefs)

38. Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings (at Detroit Lions)

39. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Washington Redskins)

40. Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

41. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks (at St. Louis Rams)

42. Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers (at Atlanta Falcons)

43. Devery Henderson, New Orleans Saints (at Green Bay Packers)

44. Greg Little, Cleveland Browns (at Baltimore Ravens)

45. Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Chicago Bears)

46. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

47. Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (at Houston Texans)

48. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (at Denver Broncos)

49. Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

50. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (at Dallas Cowboys)



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