With injuries mounting, here is a revised and expanded look at the LestersLegends 2012 Week 14 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron has scored a touchdown in the past four games while averaging 165.3 yards per game and putting the Madden Curse on hiatus. This week’s victim is the Green Bay Packers. He torched them for 143 yards and a score in Week 11.
2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green hasn’t scored in two straight games, but he has averaged 98 yards in those games. With 1,107 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games he’s easily the second best receiver this year.
3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall has received 31 targets over the past two weeks. He’s corralled 22 of them for 257 yards and a score. He had 12 catches for 92 yards against the Minnesota Vikings a couple of weeks ago. This time I expect he’ll score a touchdown.
4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has four touchdowns in his past three games. Peyton Manning is locked in as he has had at least eight targets in six straight games. The Oakland Raiders have allowed 256.6 yards per game and 24 passing touchdowns.
5. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson had 56 yards last week, which is a far cry for the 461 yards in totaled in Weeks 10 and 11. He has an opportunity to put up big numbers against the New England Patriots. The Pats have allowed 279.9 yards per game through the air and 22 passing scores.
6. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz should also be highly productive against the New Orleans Saints.
7. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez is living up to the hype, averaging 118.8 yards with six touchdowns in his past four games. The Cincinnati Bengals will be tough, but Dez is on fire.
8. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax crossed the 1,000-yard mark last week. He should have his way against the sliding Philadelphia Eagles.
9. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones is feast or famine. He had just 30 yards in the first meeting with the Carolina Panthers. I’m expecting (hoping) he goes off in this one.
10. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks is coming on and this week’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints is favorable. The Saints have allowed 287.7 yards per game and 23 passing scores
11. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Greg Jennings is back, but now Jordy Nelson is banged up. Cobb had 74 yards and a touchdown in his first meeting with the Detroit Lions.
12. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Welker has scored in two straight games and is up to 92 grabs on the year. The Houston Texans are tough, but when Tom Brady and Welker are clicking, there aren’t many teams that can slow them.
13. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Colston is not providing big yardage, but he has eight touchdowns in 12 games. He’s a strong bet against the New York Giants.
14. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White has been quiet the past two games. He had 169 yards and a pair of scores in the first meeting with the Carolina Panthers. He should get back on track.
15. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne continues to see a ton of looks, but his inability to frequent the end zone keeps him out of WR1 status. He had 91 yards in his first meeting with the Tennessee Titans.
16. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
Austin was at less than 100 percent and he still managed to score against the Eagles. He should be ready to roll against the Bengals.
17. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker is hit or miss, but Peyton loves him in the red zone. Solid option against Oakland.
18. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
DX continues to deliver. He’s averaging 101.5 yards in his past four games. Next up is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
19. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith is up and down, but his matchup with the Washington Redskins is favorable.
20. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Still an injury risk, but he’s explosive. He could put up big numbers against the Baltimore Ravens
21. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith has had at least 60 yards in eight of 12 games. He should be heavily targeted against the Atlanta Falcons.
22. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Moore is averaging 82 yards the past four games. I expect a lot of looks in a shootout with the New York Giants.
23. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has averaged 77.7 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. He faces the Titans.
24. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
Jennings looked pretty solid with 46 yards. He was also very active with eight targets. He should be more productive against Detroit.
25. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin is also up and down, but should be solid against the ‘Skins.
26. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Williams has three touchdowns in his past six games and a nice matchup against the Eagles.
27. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin is a risk given the Eagles play, but he does have a favorable matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 309.4 yards per game and 21 passing scores.
28. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree bounced back with 101 yards against the St. Louis Rams. The Miami Dolphins have allowed 257.7 yards per game through the air.
29. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Johnson scored to salvage his day, but also had hamstring issues. If he’s good to go, he should produce against the Rams.
30. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Floyd has been steady with four straight 60-yard games, scoring in two of them.
31. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jones has scored nine touchdowns this year. He’s a risk/reward play.
32. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks
Rice took a huge shot in the win over the Chicago Bears. He has five touchdowns in the past five games. The Arizona Cardinals play the pass well, making Rice a low-end WR3 this week.
33. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Britt has scored in back-to-back weeks. He’s a solid WR3 option against the Colts.
34. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Wallace is hit or miss, but he will get a lift if Ben Roethlisberger returns to face the Chargers.
35. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon was held to one catch for nine yards last week. Cecil Shorts (concussion) is likely out, so Blackmon should be in line for extra looks against the New York Jets.
36. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Bowe hasn’t scored a touchdown or reached 80 yards since Week 4. Going up against Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns makes Bowe a low-end WR3 at best.
37. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Consistency is not one of Hartline’s strengths. He should see plenty of targets against the San Francisco 49ers. What he’ll do with them is unpredictable.
38. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown made his return and caught five of his ten targets for 58 yards.
39. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
It is a shame that Fitz is dying on the vine in the desert. A tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks makes him a bench candidate.
40. Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts
Avery scored a pair of touchdowns last week. He’s a decent option against the Tennessee Titans
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