2012 Fantasy Football Week 12: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIINovember 20, 2012

Nov 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) scores a game winning touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jaguars 43-37. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Fantasy owners with Andre Johnson were waiting for an explosive game from the veteran and they finally got it against the Jaguars. Johnson put the game away with a 48-yard touchdown to seal the game in overtime, helping him finish with 14 receptions for 273 yards and the big score.

With top cornerback Jonathan Joseph questionable this week, the Lions will have respectable odds of forcing the Texans into another high-scoring game on Thanksgiving. Look to Johnson as a must-start WR1 going forward.

What Did We Learn From Week 11?

- While Antonio Gates, Ryan Mathews, Malcom Floyd and Philip Rivers have all been disappointments this year, Danario Alexander continues to impress. Gates, Mathews and Floyd are likely to continue to be prioritized in the defensive game plan over Alexander, which helps put Alexander in favorable situations. Until proven otherwise, Alexander is worth using as a WR2.

- Calvin Johnson continues to show us he can play through his knee injury at a high level. Even if Matthew Stafford happens to be knocked out due to injury, Johnson will be fine as Shaun Hill has proven in the past that he can get the job done. Consider Johnson as an elite WR1 option again.

- Maybe Coach Ken Whisenhunt thinks it’s better to have rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley starting over John Skelton, but fantasy owners shouldn’t be happy about it. Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts were virtually nonexistent against the Falcons last week, and we should expect their production to suffer until Skelton or Kevin Kolb returns to the lineup.

- Nick Foles had his starting debut last week, but did nothing to help fantasy owners with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Jackson totaled two catches for five yards and Maclin was held without a catch. Both are candidates for your bench until we see more from Foles or Michael Vick returns.

Sean’s Week 12 Watch List

- Julio Jones played last week, but he failed to make an impact for fantasy owners. Jones apparently left the game in the fourth quarter hobbled and didn’t return. It would be wise to keep him on your bench this week, even if the Falcons suit him up, unless he can partake in a full practice by Friday.

That hurts because Jones is playing against the Buccaneers league-worst pass defense, but it’s likely the Falcons may hold him out if he continues to have problems.

- According to Ohm Youngmisuk, Hakeem Nicks seems to feel like he’s close to 100 percent back to health, but I will believe it when I see it. That said, Nicks is a worthy WR3 start this week in what should be a high-scoring game against the Packers.

1 A.J. Green Raiders
2 Vincent Jackson Falcons
3 Roddy White @ Buccaneers
4 Calvin Johnson Texans
5 Demaryius Thomas @ Chiefs
6 Andre Johnson @ Lions
7 Brandon Marshall Vikings
8 Reggie Wayne Bills
9 Dez Bryant Redskins
10 Eric Decker @ Chiefs
11 Victor Cruz Packers
12 Randall Cobb @ Giants
13 Wes Welker @ Jets
14 Marques Colston 49ers
15 Jordy Nelson (I) @ Giants
16 Danario Alexander Ravens
17 Julio Jones (I) @ Buccaneers
18 Percy Harvin  (I) @ Bears
19 Danny Amendola @ Cardinals
20 Denarius Moore @ Bengals
21 Mike Wallace @ Browns
22 Torrey Smith @ Chargers
23 Miles Austin Redskins
24 Steve Smith @ Eagles
25 Hakeem Nicks Packers
26 Cecil Shorts Titans
27 Mike Williams Falcons
28 Justin Blackmon Titans
29 Dwayne Bowe (I) Broncos
30 Steve Johnson @ Colts
31 Lance Moore 49ers
32 Michael Crabtree @ Saints
33 Jeremy Kerley Patriots
34 DeSean Jackson Panthers
35 Kendall Wright @ Jaguars
36 James Jones @ Giants
37 Larry Fitzgerald Rams
38 Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Bengals
39 Sidney Rice @ Dolphins
40 Kenny Britt @ Jaguars
41 Brandon Lloyd @ Jets
42 Santana Moss @ Cowboys
43 Ryan Broyles Texans
44 Brandon LaFell @ Eagles
45 Jeremy Maclin Panthers

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