No fantasy football position is more frustrating than wide receiver. The wild swings in productivity, sometimes from week to week, lead to a lot of headaches for owners. It hasn't changed even though the league has shifted toward high-flying passing attacks.
As the mad dash for the playoffs continues in Week 12, getting big games from wide receivers will move a lot of fantasy teams closer to a coveted berth. With that in mind, let's take a look at the top wideout options for Thanksgiving week.
1. A.J. Green
Green is on an absolute tear. He's caught at least one touchdown in every game since Week 2. He's put up 44 points over the last three weeks since the Cincinnati Bengals returned from their bye week. And has been held below 11 points just twice all season.
At a position where inconsistency is so common, his reliability makes him even more valuable. He's clearly on the same page with Andy Dalton and there aren't many cornerbacks in the league capable of slowing him down.
His hot streak should continue against an Oakland Raiders defense that is allowing more than 250 passing yards per game. The Raiders have also given up 20 passing TDs, tied for third-most in the league. Green should dominate.
Projection: 20 points
2. Reggie Wayne
What a steal Wayne has been for fantasy owners. Concerns about his age and working with a rookie quarterback caused the veteran receiver's fantasy stock to enter the season incredibly low, and he's turned out to be one of the position's best options.
Just like with Green, consistency has been key. Wayne has caught at least five passes in every game. Every time Andrew Luck needs a big completion, he's going to look Wayne's way first, and that goes a long way in solidifying his value.
The Indianapolis Colts face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Buffalo's secondary has looked completely lost at times during the season, and Wayne's the type of receiver capable of exploiting those mental lapses. In a key game for both teams, the Colts' No. 1 WR should shine.
Projection: 17 points
3. Roddy White
Julio Jones is battling an ankle injury, which has allowed White to assume a couple extra targets per week. In the world of fantasy football, where every point could make the difference between making or missing the playoffs, that's a pretty big deal.
White has reeled in at least seven passes for over 100 yards in each of his last three games. His cause is also helped by fact the Atlanta Falcons running game hasn't been effective, forcing Matt Ryan to throw early and often.
He will probably do that by choice this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who rank dead last in passing yards per game (313). That puts White in line for another 100-yard performance, along with his first touchdown since mid-October.
Projection: 16 points