2012 Fantasy Football Week 13: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 27, 2012

Nov 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrates with wide receiver Ryan Broyles (84) after catching a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Thanksgiving day game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

A pair of Detroit Lions receivers went over the century mark on Thanksgiving, as Calvin Johnson turned in another dominant performance and rookie Ryan Broyles filled in nicely for Titus Young, who was serving a one-game suspension.

While Johnson is back to his old self over the past month, we shouldn’t discount Broyles odds of maintaining WR3 status down the stretch. The rookie will be a big part of what the Lions will do on offense in the future, but the question is, can Matthew Stafford play more like he did against the Texans or will he regress back to the poor play he’s shown us for most of the season?

If Stafford is ready to perform like the quarterback we saw from 2011, Broyles odds of finding the end zone will go up. If not, Broyles will need to rely on heavy yardage numbers and that the Lions will continue to throw the football close to 50 times a game. Thankfully, this offense has another secondary they can take advantage of as the face the Colts this week.


What Did We Learn from Week 12?

—Cecil Sorts continues to show us why he’s an every week starter in fantasy lineups with another touchdown from over 50 yards last week. The Jaguars are going to give Chad Henne a shot to show why he’s worthy of being the team's starting quarterback for next season, so expect Jacksonville to continue putting the football in the air, even if Maurice Jones-Drew comes back.

—Hakeem Nicks looked about as good as I’ve seen him all year against the Packers. Finally healthy, coupled with Eli Manning’s arm-strength returning, makes Nicks a solid WR2 going forward.


Sean’s Week 13 Watch List

—Pierre Garcon finally looks healthy after a Week 1 foot injury all but ruined his season. Fresh off a big performance against the Cowboys, expect good things from Garcon going forward, and with the way Robert Griffin is playing, we should like Garcon’s odds of holding WR3 status down the stretch.

—We may finally see Greg Jennings back on the field this week, and that likely means bad things for James Jones, who is fresh off a game where he wasn’t even targeted. Don’t expect Jennings to play a full amount of snaps, but if your desperate for a play this week, it looks like you can start him if you’ve held onto him all year.

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

Week 13 Standard Rankings—QB | RB | TE | K | D