Fantasy Football Week 10: Rankings for the Top 80 Wide Receivers

Jeremy AlpertSenior Analyst IINovember 8, 2012

Figuring out who the best wide receivers will be from week to week is a little easier than doing so for running backs at this point, but by no means is it simple.

That's why those of us in the fantasy industry put together these lists for you—to give the reader a gauge of what to expect from his or her players on any given Sunday.

With that, here are the weekend's top-80 wide receivers, along with some detailed analysis on the 10 best starts for the week.

(BYE: Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins)


80. David Gettis (vs. Den)

79. Tiquan Underwood (vs. SD)

78. Devin Hester (vs. Hou, Sunday night)

77. Jacoby Jones (vs. Oak)

76. Doug Baldwin (vs. NYJ)

75. Mohamed Sanu (vs. NYG)

74. Kevin Ogletree (at Phi)

73. Seyi Ajirotutu (at TB)

72. Devery Henderson (vs. Atl)

71. Dexter McCluster (at Pit, Monday night)

70. Louis Murphy (vs. Den)

69. Kevin Walter (at Chi, Sunday night)

68. Jason Avant (vs. Dal)

67. Earl Bennett (vs. Hou, Sunday night)

66. Jonathan Baldwin (at Pit, Monday night)

65. Jabar Gaffney (vs. Ten)

64. Jerome Simpson (vs. Det)

63. Brandon Stokley (at Car)

62. Mario Manningham (vs. StL)

61. Stephen Hill (at Sea)

60. T.J. Graham (at NE)

59. Danario Alexander (at TB)

58. Michael Jenkins (vs. Det)

57. Domenik Hixon (at Cin)

56. Jerricho Cotchery (vs. KC, Monday night)

55. Brandon Gibson (at SF)

54. Andrew Hawkins (vs. NYG)

53. Rod Streater (at Bal)

52. Harry Douglas (at NO)

51. Chris Givens (at SF)

50. Sidney Rice (vs. NYJ)

49. Justin Blackmon (vs. Ind, Thursday night)

48. Michael Crabtree (vs. StL)

47. Donnie Avery (at Jax, Thursday night)

46. Jeremy Kerley (at Sea)

45. Brandon LaFell (vs. Den)

44. Cecil Shorts (vs. Ind, Thursday night)

43. Davone Bess (vs. Ten)

42. Golden Tate (vs. NYJ)

41. Laurent Robinson (vs. Ind, Thursday night)

40. Kendall Wright (at Mia)

39. Darrius Heyward-Bey (at Bal)

38. T.Y. Hilton (at Jax, Thursday night)

37. Ryan Broyles (at Min)

36. Emmanuel Sanders (vs. KC, Monday night)

35. Lance Moore (vs. Atl)

34. Danny Amendola (at SF)

33. Jeremy Maclin (vs. Dal)

32. Dez Bryant (at Phi)

31. Anquan Boldin (vs. Oak)

30. Donald Jones (at NE)

29. Andre Johnson (at Chi, Sunday night)

28. Steve Smith (vs. Den)

27. Brian Hartline (vs. Ten)

26. DeSean Jackson (vs. Dal)

25. Nate Washington (at Mia)

24. Malcom Floyd (at TB)

23. Mike Williams (vs. SD)

22. Stevie Johnson (at NE)

21. Kenny Britt (at Mia)

20. Dwayne Bowe (at Pit, Monday night)

19. Hakeem Nicks (at Cin)

18. Brandon Marshall (vs. Hou, Sunday night)

17. Titus Young (at Min)

16. Miles Austin (at Phi)

15. Torrey Smith (vs. Oak)

14. Calvin Johnson (at Min)

13. Brandon Lloyd (vs. Buf)

12. Mike Wallace (vs. KC, Monday night)

11. Denarius Moore (at Bal)


The Top 10 WR Starts for Week 10 

10. Eric Decker (at Car)

Eric Decker now has five straight games with a touchdown catch (seven TD in that span), and to be honest, I’m not shocked in the slightest bit.

When you consider the situation he’s in, his rise to prominence had to at least be on the radar for fantasy owners this year.

The situation I’m talking about is Decker’s current role as the “WR2” in a Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos offensive attack.

When you look back at the last decade of Manning’s career, there hasn’t been a single year in which he didn’t at least get his WR2 recognized as a start-able option in the fantasy world, and more often than not, it's been in some form of a starring role.

Eric Decker is every bit as good as Reggie Wayne was years ago and better than Pierre Garçon ever was, so if you were one of the forward-thinking owners or just a guy who took a chance in your draft, kudos to you, as Decker currently stands as the fifth-best wide receiver in points per game this season.

Oh, and yes, he’s going to have another touchdown this week. 


9. Vincent Jackson (vs. SD)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—if there’s one thing Vincent Jackson does well in this game, it’s taking full advantage of a poor pass defense.

Not that San Diego is awful by any means, but combining the facts that the Chargers are still dealing with an injury or two and that there is no doubt they’ll have to pinch in their safeties to defend against RB Doug Martin, Jackson should have no problem putting up some fine WR1 numbers this weekend.

Vincent has had five great games out of eight this year, with each of them coming against suspect pass defenses (Giants, Redskins, Chiefs, Saints and Raiders).

I expect this week’s game to be his sixth. 


8. Marques Colston (vs. Atl)

Marques Colston is currently on pace for career highs in targets, receiving yards, touchdowns and, most importantly, fantasy points.

After a slow start to the season, Marques has pulled it together for his fantasy owners by averaging top-10 fantasy points over the last five weeks, and with an inter-division matchup with the Falcons on tap, there’s no reason to believe his streak will change.

Last year against Atlanta, he averaged 7.5 catches for 97 yards while grabbing one touchdown in two games, numbers I can easily see him repeating with the touchdown going in his favor in this one. 


7. Victor Cruz (at Cin)

Though he’s had a couple of really slow weeks for fantasy owners lately, the Meadowlands Magician should be able to bounce back with some WR1 numbers this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Steelers lit him up pretty hard in Week 9, but the kid is a tough SOB and came through the contest without sustaining any sort of injury worth noting.

The Bengals are pretty decent at defending the wide-receiver position, but if there is one weakness to point out in their pass defense, it is in their efforts against the opposing team’s slot receiver.

If Manning gives Cruz double-digit targets like he should in this one, I have no doubt he’ll end up with WR1 numbers for the week. 


6. Reggie Wayne (at Jax, Thursday night)

So even though Wayne was targeted fewer than 10 times (nine) for just the second time this season, he was still able to catch seven balls for 78 yards and a touchdown last week against a porous Miami Dolphins secondary.

With Andrew Luck throwing for 433 yards in the game, you probably would have expected better numbers from a top-10 fantasy wide receiver, but it certainly wasn’t a poor showing for his owners.

However, this week has a chance to be a lot better for Reggie, with the Jaguars' pass D being pretty decimated and susceptible to the big game in its current state.

Most of Reggie’s touchdowns come at home, but this Thursday night is looking like it could be the exception to the norm.

When these two teams faced off back in Week 3, Wayne caught eight of his 15 targets for 88 yards, but ended up with just a mediocre fantasy stat line, as he was kept out of the end zone in the Jaguars' lone win of the season.

With Luck in a groove right now, I expect Wayne to come out much better in this one, and he should be worthy of fantasy numbers somewhere in the mid-to-low-end WR1 range. 


5. Wes Welker (vs. Buf)

As you would expect from a midget NFL player around this time, Wes Welker is dealing with bumps and bruises galore, but should be no worse for the wear this weekend after enjoying a nice bye week in order to rest his old, miniature bones.

Fantasy owners should have loved it as well, as Welker had just put up a couple of major stinkers in the two weeks prior.

This weekend, he’ll be facing off with one of his favorite teams to go against when the Buffalo Bills come to town.

Earlier this season, the Slot Machine put up nine catches for 129 yards versus the Bills' secondary while last season, he combined for 22 catches, 268 yards and two touchdowns against them.

Being fully rested at this point, I like his chances for a big game. 


4. Roddy White (at NO)

To think that either Roddy White or Julio Jones will have anything but a really nice week for your fantasy team this Sunday would be absurd.

In last year’s matchup between these two teams at New Orleans, Roddy had 11 catches for 127 yards, while Jones came down with eight catches for 128 yards and a touchdown.

This year, the Saints' pass defense is even worse, as they’ve allowed both the most touchdowns and fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers in the league.

However, the Saints can score as well, which is surely the most beautiful music to fantasy owners’ ears, as it likely means even more passes out of Matt Ryan this weekend. 


3. Demaryius Thomas (at Car)


Demaryius Thomas currently sits at fourth in the league with 756 receiving yards, seventh with 16.8 yards per catch, 13th with 45 receptions and 10th in fantasy points per game.

What’s funny about all those top marks is that Thomas hasn’t even hit his stride yet, as he and Peyton Manning are only eight games into their career together.

He’s already become one of the more trusted fantasy receivers in the game as well, as he’s only had one week so far this season without at least 75 yards or a touchdown.

Carolina has actually been really good against opposing wide receivers this year, but it does have a tendency to give up the big game—and it’s usually to a bigger receiver.

In other words, chalk Thomas up for another WR1 performance this weekend. 


2. Julio Jones (at NO)

The man formally known as the “Predator” (before shaving off his dreads) is turning it on and giving fantasy owners reason to believe again, folks.

Though he’s only been targeted 11 times over the last two weeks combined, he was still able to manage two 100-yard games against a couple of pretty darn good pass defenses.

The Atlanta offense has been rolling all year long and will now get to face a league-worst Saints pass defense in Week 10. Matt Ryan and his offense are going to have to score a bunch against New Orleans if they want to win, so there should be more targets than normal out there for Julio to snag.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Jones has been a much better receiver on the road throughout his 21-game career, putting up over 1,100 yards and 10 TD in 11 away games versus 451 yards and three TD in 10 home games.

This one’s a no-brainer. 


1. A.J. Green (vs. NYG)

This quote from the Broncos' surefire Hall of Fame CB, Champ Bailey, pretty much sums up Mr. A.J. Green:

“He’s special. I don’t know what his ceiling is. We’ll see. I don’t know how much better he can get, but I’m going to be one of the guys watching…He’s just one of the best, you know?”

After catching seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown against Bailey and the Broncos last weekend, Green now has a touchdown in seven straight games and continues to lead all wide receivers in fantasy points per game.

In the last three weeks alone, he’s given the business to supposed lockdown cornerbacks Champ Bailey, Ike Taylor (Steelers) and Joe Haden (Browns), so his dominance really knows no boundaries.

Basically, the man cannot be stopped.

This weekend, he’ll take on a Giants pass D that allows the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs.

I can’t wait to see his final stat line come Sunday afternoon.


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