Here are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 7 (standard-scoring leagues).
This countdown simply identifies the weekend's best bets for catches, total yards, touchdowns and receiving targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers, tight ends and running backs.
When it comes to crafting a weekly listing of elite wide receivers, simply follow the trail of quarterbacks primed for Week 7 glory or wideouts with great track records against middling pass defenses.
On the injury front, Greg Jennings (groin) shall remain off the list for now.
NOTE: The Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos are all on byes.
Week 7: Top 50 Receivers
1. Brandon Marshall vs. Detroit
2. Victor Cruz vs. Washington
3. A.J. Green vs. Pittsburgh
4. Percy Harvin vs. Arizona
5. Calvin Johnson @ Chicago
6. Wes Welker vs. N.Y. Jets
7. Reggie Wayne vs. Cleveland
8. Larry Fitzgerald @ Minnesota
9. Dez Bryant @ Carolina
10. Marques Colston @ Tampa Bay
11. Steve Johnson vs. Tennessee
12. Mike Wallace @ Cincinnati
13. Jordy Nelson @ St. Louis
14. Vincent Jackson vs. New Orleans
15. Andre Johnson vs. Baltimore
16. Steve Smith vs. Dallas
17. Kenny Britt @ Buffalo
18. Mike Williams vs. New Orleans
19. Hakeem Nicks vs. Washington
20. James Jones @ St. Louis
21. Torrey Smith @ Houston
22. Brandon Lloyd vs. N.Y. Jets (shoulder woes)
23. Josh Gordon @ Indianapolis
24. Antonio Brown @ Cincinnati
25. Denarius Moore vs. Jacksonville
26. Donnie Avery vs. Cleveland
27. Michael Crabtree vs. Seattle
28. Miles Austin @ Carolina
29. Brandon Gibson vs. Green Bay
30. Andre Roberts @ Minnesota
31. Justin Blackmon @ Oakland
32. Anquan Boldin @ Houston
33. Sidney Rice @ San Francisco
34. Nate Washington @ Buffalo
35. Santana Moss @ N.Y. Giants
36. Kendall Wright @ Buffalo
37. Stephen Hill @ New England
38. Donald Jones vs. Tennessee
39. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Jacksonville
40. Andrew Hawkins vs. Pittsburgh
41. Devin Hester vs. Detroit
42. Devery Henderson @ Tampa Bay
43. Leonard Hankerson @ N.Y. Giants
44. Jeremy Kerley @ New England
45. Randall Cobb @ St. Louis
46. Domenik Hixon vs. Washington
47. Brandon LaFell vs. Dallas
48. Chris Givens vs. Green Bay
49. Greg Little @ Indianapolis
50. Nate Burleson @ Chicago
1. There is no bigger lock for Week 7 greatness than Brandon Marshall. In five total games with the Chicago Bears, Marshall (19 catches, 282 yards, two touchdowns in his last two games) has notched double-digit targets three times. And in that span, he tallied 100 yards and one touchdown for Weeks 1, 4 and 5.
Throw in the fact that Marshall rolled the Detroit Lions for 10 catches and 102 yards in December 2010, and it's easy to see why he's a possible match for unrivaled success among receivers on Monday night.
2. Victor Cruz, the NFL co-leader in receiving targets (70), has reached the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 100 yards and/or one touchdown in all six games. And in his last three outings, Cruz boasts 20 catches, 34 targets, 217 yards and five touchdowns.
3. Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson (27 catches, 316 yards, three touchdowns) has accrued double-digit targets in four straight games. That's a telltale sign of his mini-slump (215 yards, one touchdown in that span) ending soon.
4. Andre Johnson (25 catches, 358 yards, two touchdowns) has experienced a "bookend" effect this season. For Weeks 1 and 6 (the first and last games to date), Johnson collected eight catches, double-digit targets and at least 75 receiving yards. In the middle four outings, only nine catches and 164 yards. Ugh.
5. Santana Moss (16 catches, 223 yards, two touchdowns in 2012) has a so-so track record against the rival New York Giants, averaging only five catches, 48 yards and 0.25 touchdowns in his last four outings. However, in the same four-game span, Moss claims averages of seven catches, 77 yards and 0.5 touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys.
6. In his last six games against the Bears (2009-11), Calvin Johnson has averaged six catches, 90 yards and 0.5 touchdowns—strong numbers that would look even better if the NFL recognized end-zone "receptions" of four feet and one knee in 2010.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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