Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers with the Best Matchups

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IINovember 11, 2012

The wide receiver position is one of the hardest to figure out for fantasy football owners because of the multitude of options at the disposal of quarterbacks. One week your guy could be riding high with a huge performance, and the next could be a dud.

Still, there are several receivers in the league that you just can’t justify sitting on your bench, no matter the matchup.

This week there are a few of those guys who are not only must-starts, but who are going into very favorable matchups, giving them high-boom chances and low-bust potential.

Take a look at my breakdown of the Top 5 receivers this week. Then I’ll lay down a list of my Top 40 wide receiver projections for Week 10.


Top 5 Wide Receivers in Week 10

 1. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (vs. New Orleans Saints)

The Matt Ryan-led Falcons are going to explode in the dome in New Orleans in a game that should feature a lot of scoring and fantasy points a-plenty.

New Orleans’ defense has been miserable in every way, letting up a league-high 176.6 yards per game on the ground while also getting gashed for nearly 300 per game through the air. They've also surrendered 16 touchdowns through the air, a number that likely has White, Ryan and Julio Jones salivating.

It hasn’t been pretty for the Saints, and it's not going to get any better this week.


2.  A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. New York Giants)

Green has caught a touchdown in his last seven games and leads the league in fantasy points per game (14.8—tied with Brandon Marshall).

That bodes well for his chances against a Giants' defense that’s allowing 8.2 yards per pass attempt (the second-highest in the NFL). They’ve also surrendered 13 passing touchdowns, a number Green will gladly add to in Week 10.

Cincinnati has struggled, but Green and quarterback Andy Dalton are in sync, and it won’t affect the Bengals wide receiver’s fantasy value this week.


3. Wes Welker, New England Patriots (vs. Buffalo Bills)

Welker had one of his most productive games of the season against the Bills in Week 4, although he failed to get into the end zone. He’s rehabbing a hurt ankle but has had two weeks to prepare for this one.

The Bills' defense just isn’t very good, in any respect. They get gouged by the pass and completely blown up in the running game.

That means the Foxborough crowd is going to be in store for a big day by the Pats' offense. Welker is a key component of that effort and will have a big fantasy day for his owners.


4. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

Cincinnati hasn’t been as bad against the pass as they have against the run, but that won’t stop the top target of Eli Manning from having a big day in Week 10.

Cruz has been contained the last two weeks against the Top 5 pass defenses of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. His entire body of work is undeniable, though, and he’s facing the Bengals D at the right time.

They’ve surrendered 59 fantasy points to wide receivers over the past two games, according to ESPN.


5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (vs. New Orleans Saints)

There’s not much left to say after breaking down Roddy White above. Like White, Jones has the benefit of playing in a big-play offense led by Matt Ryan. The matchup doesn’t get any better; the Saints are giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.


Top 40 WR Rankings

Pos. Player Opponent Proj. Avg.
1 Roddy White, ATL NO 20 11.3
2 A.J. Green, CIN NYG 19 14.8
3 Wes Welker, NE BUF 18 9.9
4 Victor Cruz, NYG CIN 18 12.1
5 Julio Jones, ATL NO 17 11.1
6 Vincent Jackson, TB SD 17 12.9
7 Mike Wallace, PIT KC 16 9.9
8 Eric Decker, DEN CAR 15 12
9 Calvin Johnson, DET MIN 15 9.9
10 Malcom Floyd, SD TB 14 7.4
11 Brandon Marshall, CHI HOU 13 14.8
12 Miles Austin, DAL PHI 13 10.3
13 Denarius Moore, OAK BAL 13 8.6
14 Andre Johnson, HOU CHI 12 8.0
15 Demaryius Thomas, DEN CAR 12 11.3
16 Torrey Smith, BAL OAK 12 9.4
17 Steve Johnson, BUF NE 12 7.8
18 Mike Williams, TB SD 11 9.5
19 Anquan Boldin, BAL OAK 11 6.9
20 Danny Amendola, STL SF 11 6
21 Sidney Rice, SEA NYJ 11 7.1
22 Dez Bryant, DAL PHI 10 7.4
23 Hakeem Nicks, NYG CIN 10 4.7
24 DeSean Jackson, PHI DAL 10 8.8
25 Brandon Lloyd, NE BUF 10 7.3
26 Michael Crabtree, SF STL 9 7.4
27 Dwayne Bowe, KC PIT 9 8.6
28 Brian Hartline, MIA TEN 9 8.8
29 Davone Bess, MIA TEN 9 5.5
30 Kenny Britt, TEN MIA 9 3.4
31 Marques Colston, NO ATL 9 11.8
32 Danario Alexander, SD TB 8 3
33 Donald Jones, BUF NE 8 5.8
34 Darrius Heyward-Bey, OAK BAL 8 5.1
35 Jeremy Maclin, PHI DAL 7 6.3
36 Andrew Hawkins, CIN NYG 7 5.8
37 Nate Washington, TEN MIA 7 7.6
38 Emmanuel Sanders, PIT KC 7 4.3
39 Ryan Broyles, DET MIN 6 3.1
40 Michael Jenkins, MIN DET 6 3.3


*All fantasy points used and projected are based on ESPN standard scoring


Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: 


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