Figuring out who the best wide receivers will be from week to week is a little easier than doing so for running backs at this point. But by no means is it simple, especially in Week 13 with all the byes completed and injuries galore throughout the league.
That's why those of us in the fantasy industry put together these lists for you—to give you an idea of what to expect from your players on any given Sunday.
With that, here are the weekend's top 80 wide receivers, along with some detailed analysis on the 10 best starts for the week:
80. Aldrick Robinson (vs. NYG, Monday night)
79. Juron Criner (vs. Cle)
78. Brandon Gibson (vs. SF)
77. Mohamed Massaquoi (at Oak)
76. Jacoby Jones (vs. Pit)
75. Titus Young (vs. Ind)
74. Rueben Randle (at Was, Monday night)
73. Harry Douglas (vs. NO, Thursday night)
72. Emmanuel Sanders (at Bal)
71. Jason Avant (at Dal, Sunday night)
70. Mario Manningham (at StL)
69. James Jones (vs. Min)
68. Donnie Avery (at Det)
67. Damaris Johnson (at Dal, Sunday night)
66. Donald Jones (vs. Jax)
65. Tiquan Underwood (at Den)
64. Greg Little (at Oak)
63. Kevin Walter (at Ten)
62. Cole Beasley (vs. Phi, Sunday night)
61. Kendall Wright (vs. Hou)
60. Brandon Lloyd (at Mia)
59. Antonio Brown (at Bal)
58. Dwayne Harris (vs. Phi, Sunday night)
57. Andre Roberts (vs. NYJ)
56. Mike Thomas (vs. Ind)
55. Brandon Stokley (vs. TB)
54. Jarius Wright (at GB)
53. Golden Tate (at Chi)
52. Nate Washington (vs. Hou)
51. Anquan Boldin (vs. Pit)
50. Sidney Rice (at Chi)
49. Larry Fitzgerald (vs. NYJ)
48. Mohamed Sanu (at SD)
47. Mike Williams (at Den)
46. Jeremy Kerley (vs. Ari)
45. Davone Bess (vs. NE)
44. Chris Givens (vs. SF)
43. Steve Smith (at KC)
42. Dwayne Bowe (vs. Car)
41. Mike Wallace (at Bal)
40. Kenny Britt (vs. Hou)
39. Santana Moss (vs. NYG, Monday night)
38. Denarius Moore (vs. Cle)
37. Torrey Smith (vs. Pit)
36. Vincent Jackson (at Den)
35. Jeremy Maclin (at Dal, Sunday night)
34. Malcom Floyd (vs. Cin)
33. Miles Austin (vs. Phi, Sunday night)
32. Brian Hartline (vs. NE)
31. Brandon LaFell (at KC)
30. T.Y. Hilton (at Det)
29. Danny Amendola (vs. SF)
28. Darrius Heyward-Bey (vs. Cle)
27. Greg Jennings (vs. Min)
26. Stevie Johnson (vs. Jax)
25. Julian Edelman (at Mia)
24. Danario Alexander (vs. Cin)
23. Lance Moore (at Atl, Thursday night)
22. Pierre Garcon (vs. NYG, Monday night)
21. Josh Gordon (at Oak)
20. Michael Crabtree (at StL)
19. Justin Blackmon (at Buf)
18. Ryan Broyles (vs. Ind)
17. Brandon Marshall (vs. Sea)
16. Cecil Shorts (at Buf)
15. Marques Colston (at Atl, Thursday night)
14. Eric Decker (vs. TB)
13. Hakeem Nicks (at Was, Monday night)
12. Randall Cobb (vs. Min)
11. Reggie Wayne (at Det)
Top 10 WR Plays for Week 13
10. Victor Cruz (at Was, Monday night)
Where in the world is the Victor Cruz we were watching earlier this season?
Some of the lackluster numbers he’s been putting up recently can be attributed to the poor play of QB Eli Manning, but you’d still have to expect better production than the 13 catches for 152 yards and one touchdown he’s accumulated over his last four games.
However, a resurgence could be on its way with that TD coming just last week against the Packers and an awful Redskins secondary due up next.
If Eli’s arm has truly gained back its strength, then there’s no reason to think that the Meadowlands Magician won’t be able to put up WR1 numbers, especially with the Redskins defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year.
9. Andre Johnson (at Ten)
When Andre Johnson caught nine balls for 188 yards last week, a new NFL record was set as he now has the most receiving yards in a two-game stretch (461) in the history of the league.
For fantasy owners, I’m sure a touchdown would have been nice to see in his stat line, as he only has three of them on the season, but beggars can’t be choosers.
This weekend, Andre will be facing a Tennessee team that he used to destroy on a regular basis but hasn’t really done much against in their last two meetings.
However, with the out-of-his-mind way he’s been playing of late, I believe he gets back to his old ways and takes it to them this Sunday.
If Cecil Shorts and rookie Justin Blackmon can catch TD passes from the likes of Chad Henne against them (as they did last week), then I’m pretty sure ‘Dre can as well.
8. Jordy Nelson (vs. Min)
Jordy Nelson’s big-play ability was out in full force last Sunday night when he caught that 61-yard touchdown from Aaron Rodgers on the Packers' fourth play from scrimmage.
Unfortunately, Jordy would make just one more catch on the evening, but his final numbers were still good enough to place him in the WR2 range for the week.
This Sunday, the Packers return home after not playing there since Week 9 to take on a fast-fading Minnesota Vikings secondary.
In their last five games, the Vikes have given up 11 passing TDs and allowed seven different receivers to put up nine or more fantasy points against them, so Nelson looks to be in good shape here.
Greg Jennings returning to the lineup should also be a nice boost for him, as the defense will now have one more threat they’ll need to pay attention to.
In last year’s home matchup against Minnesota, Jordy grabbed five passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
I expect something close to that again this Sunday.
7. Dez Bryant (vs. Phi, Sunday night)
Dez Bryant is obviously on the best roll of his career right now. He’s caught 23 balls for 377 yards and four touchdowns over the last three weeks.
In fact, if Calvin Johnson hadn’t transformed back into Megatron right around the same time, Bryant would have the most fantasy points in the league for wide receivers since Week 10.
This Sunday night, the Cowboys welcome the Philadelphia Eagles to town—and I do mean welcome—as Bryant will look to continue his recent hot play against the same team he started his latest streak against back in Week 10.
In that game, Dez had three catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, but with as poor as the Eagles defense has been playing of late and as well as Bryant has been playing, I expect even better numbers this time around.
6. Julio Jones (vs. NO, Thursday night)
Jones had been dealing with an ankle injury prior to last week’s game, but evidently he was able to put the injury behind him, seeing as how he torched Tampa Bay for 147 yards on six catches, including an 80-yard TD.
The big man out of Alabama is definitely back on track now and will be looking to go off against a Saints team he’s had success against before.
In their final matchup last season, Jones came down with eight catches for 128 yards and a TD against them, while back in their first game of 2012, he was well on his way to a big game before hurting his ankle and ending up with just four catches for 75 yards.
You can bet he’ll want to make up for his lost time in that one, so with this game having all the makings of an old-fashioned shootout and Jones coming off one of his best games of the season, I’m banking on him putting up at least 100 yards and a TD.
5. Wes Welker (at Mia)
Wes Welker has at least five catches in 10 straight games now after accumulating seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving.
I mention this because in the nine games he’s faced the Dolphins since joining the Patriots back in 2007, not once did Welker catch fewer than five balls in a game.
In fact, some of his finest performances as a pro have been against Miami, with one of them coming in Miami last season when he had eight receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
With Tom Brady’s other go-to guy, Rob Gronkowski, still out with an injury, you can bet Welker will see his fair share of targets in this game and should be able to put up WR1-type numbers with the action.
4. Roddy White (vs. NO, Thursday night)
White had been on a tear prior to last week’s game, putting up 355 yards on 22 catches over the previous three weeks with a low yardage output of 114 yards.
His problem, however, is that he hasn’t found the end zone in five straight contests now and has grabbed just a measly four TDs on the season.
He’s been targeted 43 times over the past four weeks, so the opportunities are going to be there for White down the stretch, but he really needs to become a bigger threat in the red zone.
Roddy had good success against the Saints three weeks ago, catching seven balls for 114 yards, but as has been his bugaboo of late, he’s also been held without a TD against them in their last three meetings.
The game this Thursday will undoubtedly be a shootout, and after Julio Jones' big performance last week, there’s no way Roddy will see anything but single coverage all day long.
White is a must-start in what will be one of the more entertaining games of the week, especially since he’s had either a touchdown or 100 yards (or both) in every one of his home games this season.
3. Demaryius Thomas (vs. TB)
Demaryius Thomas has either had a touchdown or 100 yards in four of his five home games this season, and in the one he didn’t, he was being tailed by All-Pro cornerback Johnathan Joseph all game long.
Not that I believe it would matter at this point with as well as Thomas has been playing, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have nothing on the defensive side of the ball that even remotely resembles a shutdown CB, so Demaryius should be able to run wild at home yet again.
In fact, the Buccaneers might just have the worst pass defense in the league, as they’ve not only allowed the most receptions and most yards this year, but they also allow the second-highest yards per pass attempt (8.4) and, more importantly, the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
A whole lot of goodness should be coming DT’s way this Sunday.
2. A.J. Green (at SD)
So it looks like A.J. Green will have to start anew in Week 13 with his nine-game touchdown streak coming to an end last weekend.
He did, however, manage to go over 100 yards for the first time since Week 6, so at least he didn’t leave his fantasy owners out in the cold.
He still leads all wide receivers in fantasy points and will be looking to widen the margin this Sunday against a banged up and beatable Chargers secondary.
They’ve allowed three different receivers to put up double-digit fantasy points against them in the last two weeks alone and have allowed the second-most TDs to wide receivers on the season.
They also seem to have a bit of trouble covering the taller pass-catchers of the league, so Green should have no problem putting up his normal top-of-the-line fantasy numbers in this one.
1. Calvin Johnson (vs. Ind)
What a dream matchup Calvin Johnson has this week!
First of all, the numbers Megatron has put up over the last four weeks are nothing short of astounding.
In the Lions' last four games, Calvin has 32 catches on 49 targets for 619 yards and three touchdowns, which come out to an average of eight catches, 154.8 yards and almost a TD per game!
In case you were wondering, those 619 yards are more than what Randall Cobb, Jimmy Graham, Denarius Moore and Mike Wallace have put up in the entire season!
Anyway, our favorite inhuman receiver faces a Colts defense this Sunday that has allowed the fourth-most receptions, sixth-most touchdowns and, most importantly, the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing WRs this year.
Besides that, Calvin loves playing these AFC teams, as he’s averaged 6.7 catches for 117.5 yards and 1.1 touchdowns against them over the past two seasons (seven games).
Basically, I hope Megatron is on your team this week and not your opponent’s.
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