Fantasy Football Week 10 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 8, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 14:  Wide receiver A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass in front of defensive back Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Which wide receivers benefit from the best matchups?  Who is banged up and therefore a risky option?  Who should be in your lineup and who shouldn’t?  Let’s try to answer all your questions with this week’s rankings:

  1. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New York Giants
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  3. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  4. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  5. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  6. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  7. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Diego
  8. Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
  9. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  10. Victor Cruz – New York Giants – at Cincinnati
  11. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears – vs. Houston
  12. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
  13. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  14. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Oakland
  15. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  16. Brandon Lloyd – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  17. Steve Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at New England
  18. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – vs. Denver
  19. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – at Baltimore
  20. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – at Chicago
  21. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – at Cincinnati
  22. Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – at Tampa Bay
  23. Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins – Tennessee
  24. Danny Amendola – St. Louis Rams – at San Francisco
  25. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh
  26. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  27. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Diego
  28. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  29. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  30. Emmanuel Sanders – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  31. Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Jets
  32. Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans – at Miami
  33. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco – vs. St. Louis
  34. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  35. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – at Miami
  36. Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – at Baltimore
  37. Titus Young – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  38. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  39. Jeremy Kerley – New York Jets – at Seattle
  40. Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville – vs. Indianapolis
  41. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Oakland
  42. Danario Alexander – San Diego Chargers – at Tampa Bay
  43. Ryan Broyles – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  44. Donnie Avery – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  45. Jerome Simpson – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  46. Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Indianapolis
  47. Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – vs. Tennessee
  48. Mario Manningham – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  49. Brandon Stokely – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
  50. Devery Henderson – New Orleans – vs. Atlanta


  • Will it be Julio Jones or Roddy White getting the bulk of the looks against a Saints’ passing defense that has been rather porous this season?  That debate keeps both of them from the top spot, though either could produce like the best wide receiver this week.  While I would prefer Julio Jones, by a hair, both should be considered top options.
  • Would anyone have predicted that Reggie Wayne would lead the NFL in receiving yards through the first nine weeks of the season?  He hasn’t scored the touchdowns that other receivers have (he has three TD this season), but he scored in Week 9 and with Andrew Luck at the helm he always is a threat.
  • The only reason there are any questions regarding Calvin Johnson is his lack of touchdowns this season.  However, he’s seemingly knocked on the door every week and against a Vikings defense that has allowed 14 passing touchdowns, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him find the end zone.  Sure, he hasn’t scored in his last two matchups with them (dating back to 2011), but we all know how good he is and what is possible.
  • Does anyone think that Carolina can slow down Eric Decker right now?  He’s scored two touchdowns in back-to-back games and has six touchdowns in his last four games.  He may not get the yardage, but he’s going to likely be a constant red zone threat.
  • Denarius Moore saw his touchdown streak end at three in Week 9.  While the Ravens’ defense is banged up, they still have allowed just six passing touchdowns on the season.  While it’s easy to imagine Moore and Carson Palmer doing some damage, I would consider him more of a low-end WR2 this week.
  • The last time Stevie Johnson faced the Patriots he struggled with two catches for 23 yards.  However, in two matchups in 2011 he had 12 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns.  He’s definitely worth using as a WR2.
  • While the 49ers are a tough test, it’s hard to shy away from Danny Amendola who should return to being a very good PPR option.  As a low-end WR2/high-end WR3, I would absolutely be willing to use him in his first game back.
  • With Antonio Brown likely out, Emmanuel Sanders should step into the starting lineup and play a major role for the Steelers.  That alone makes him a viable WR3 option.
  • Will Hakeem Nicks be healthy enough to play?  Consider his spot on the rankings extremely tenuous, at best.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 rankings: