Fantasy Football Week 4: Last-Minute Top 50 Wide Receiver Rankings

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIISeptember 30, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15:  Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates scoring a touchdown with teammate Torrey Smith #82 against the Houston Texans during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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A couple of wide receivers for the Baltimore Ravens had exceptional games on Thursday night in Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season. Torrey Smith caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Anquan Boldin received nine for 131.

The Cleveland guys weren’t so fortunate. Greg Little finished the game with four receptions for 77 yards. His game would have been much bigger if not for so many drops.

There isn’t a whole lot of news on the injury front for wide receivers this week. ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk reports that the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks will miss Sunday’s contest with the Eagles.

That elevates Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon on the Giants’ depth chart. I’m unsure of which guy will gain the most attention from Eli Manning, so I can’t rank either player very highly this week.

Another NFC guy, Pierre Garcon of the Washington Redskins, should be available for action against the Buccaneers.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings will welcome wideout Jerome Simpson to the lineup for the first time in Week 4. Simpson served a three-game suspension at the start of the season.

I like what Simpson’s presence can do for Percy Harvin. Simpson should be able to stretch the field a little bit more and give Harvin room to roam. Harvin’s already getting a lot of attention from quarterback Christian Ponder.

He has a great matchup with the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday and checks in as my No. 2 wide receiver this week.

A couple of sneaky desperation plays should come from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. Neither defense is great. This could easily turn into a fun shootout.

Laurent Robinson of the Jaguars and Andrew Hawkins of the Bengals deserve some attention in deeper leagues.

Lastly, Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks makes this list if only because Russell Wilson looks for him when he finally does get to throw it deep.

Below are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 4.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

38. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

39. Santonio Holmes, New York Jets (vs. San Francisco 49ers)

40. Ramses Barden, New York Giants (at Philadelphia Eagles)

41. Titus Young, Detroit Lions (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

42. Santana Moss, Washington Redskins (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

50. Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)