Here are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 12 (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 12 glory...or the wideouts with great track records against middling pass defenses.
On the injury front, Antonio Brown (ankle) and Julio Jones (ankle) shall remain off the board for now. If Jones is a no-go, Atlanta's Harry Douglas would garner a prominent spot in the countdown.
Week 12: Top 50 Receivers
1. A.J. Green vs. Oakland
2. Andre Johnson @ Detroit
3. Reggie Wayne vs. Buffalo
4. Calvin Johnson vs. Houston
5. Roddy White @ Tampa Bay
6. Dez Bryant vs. Washington
7. Demaryius Thomas @ Kansas City
8. Marques Colston vs. San Francisco
9. Vincent Jackson vs. Atlanta
10. Randall Cobb @ N.Y. Giants
11. Denarius Moore @ Cincinnati
12. Steve Smith @ Philadelphia
13. Victor Cruz vs. Green Bay
14. Steve Johnson @ Indianapolis
15. Hakeem Nicks vs. Green Bay
16. Brandon Marshall vs. Minnesota
17. Miles Austin vs. Washington
18. Malcom Floyd vs. Baltimore
19. Michael Crabtree @ New Orleans
20. Wes Welker @ N.Y. Jets
20a. Larry Fitzgerald vs. St. Louis
21. Danny Amendola @ Arizona
22. Jordy Nelson @ N.Y. Giants
23. Eric Decker @ Kansas City
24. Mike Wallace @ Cleveland
25. Torrey Smith @ San Diego
26. Justin Blackmon vs. Tennessee
27. Lance Moore vs. San Francisco
28. Jeremy Maclin vs. Carolina
29. Dwayne Bowe vs. Denver
30. Brandon Lloyd @ N.Y. Jets
31. T.Y. Hilton vs. Buffalo
32. Sidney Rice @ Miami
33. Danario Alexander vs. Baltimore
34. Josh Gordon vs. Pittsburgh
35. Nate Washington @ Jacksonville
36. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Cincinnati
37. Cecil Shorts vs. Tennessee
38. James Jones @ N.Y. Giants
39. Jeremy Kerley vs. New England
40. DeSean Jackson vs. Carolina
41. Brandon LaFell @ Philadelphia
42. Kenny Britt @ Jacksonville
43. Anquan Boldin @ San Diego
44. Brian Hartline vs. Seattle
45. Donald Jones @ Indianapolis
46. Mike Williams vs. Atlanta
47. Santana Moss @ Dallas
48. Ryan Broyles vs. Houston
49. Mohamed Sanu vs. Oakland
50. Kendall Wright @ Jacksonville
50a. Pierre Garcon/Leonard Hankerson @ Dallas
50b. Donnie Avery vs. Buffalo
50c. Golden Tate @ Miami
50d. Davone Bess vs. Seattle
50e. Andre Roberts vs. St. Louis
1. The Buccaneers might have the NFL's worst pass defense, but the unit has done a decent job containing Roddy White over the years. In White's last six games against Tampa Bay, he's averaging only six catches, 76 yards and 0.3 touchdowns.
2. In his last five home games against AFC foes, Calvin Johnson has healthy averages of four catches, 77 yards and one touchdown. And that includes a one-catch, 13-yard clunker against the Jets in 2010.
3. It wasn't my intention to rank Wes Welker down at No. 20, especially with the Patriots averaging 42.5 points in their last four games. But in his last six outings against the Jets, he's averaging just 6.2 catches, 68.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns.
4. Let's forget about Victor Cruz's 10 catches and 106 yards (with zero scores) in the last three games...or that he's never scored a touchdown against Green Bay. Instead, let's focus on Cruz's five-game home record this season: per-outing averages of five catches, 97 yards and one touchdown.
5. For what it's worth, Brandon Marshall (69 catches, 925 yards, eight TDs) has caught 14 balls for 185 yards and one touchdown in two career meetings with the Vikings. But none of that should matter if Jason Campbell—and not Jay Cutler—starts for the Bears on Sunday. It's a real crapshoot without Cutler at the helm.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.