Here are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 14 (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 14 glory or the wideouts with great track records against middling pass defenses.
On the injury front, Danny Amendola (foot) and Sidney Rice (possible concussion) shall remain off the board for now.
Week 14: Top 50 Receivers
1. Dez Bryant at Cincinnati
2. Calvin Johnson at Green Bay
3. Andre Johnson at New England
4. Demaryius Thomas at Oakland
5. Brandon Marshall at Minnesota
6. Julio Jones at Carolina
7. A.J. Green vs. Dallas
8. Victor Cruz vs. New Orleans
9. Reggie Wayne vs. Tennessee
10. Wes Welker vs. Houston
11. Randall Cobb vs. Detroit
12. Vincent Jackson vs. Philadelphia
13. Steve Smith vs. Atlanta
14. Pierre Garcon vs. Baltimore
15. Marques Colston at N.Y. Giants
16. Roddy White at Carolina
17. Hakeem Nicks vs. New Orleans
18. T.Y. Hilton vs. Tennessee
19. Torrey Smith at Washington
20. Steve Johnson vs. St. Louis
21. Eric Decker at Oakland
22. Chris Givens at Buffalo
23. Cecil Shorts vs. N.Y. Jets
24. Greg Jennings vs. Detroit
25. Miles Austin at Cincinnati
26. Kenny Britt at Indianapolis
27. Brandon Lloyd vs. Houston
28. Josh Gordon vs. Kansas City
29. Lance Moore at N.Y. Giants
30. Dwayne Bowe at Cleveland
31. Danario Alexander at Pittsburgh
32. Michael Crabtree vs. Miami
33. Larry Fitzgerald at Seattle
34. Mike Wallace vs. San Diego
35. Malcom Floyd at Pittsburgh
36. Golden Tate vs. Arizona
37. Denarius Moore vs. Denver
38. Jeremy Maclin at Tampa Bay
39. Anquan Boldin at Washington
40. Antonio Brown vs. San Diego
41. Donnie Avery vs. Tennessee
42. Justin Blackmon vs. N.Y. Jets
43. James Jones vs. Detroit
44. Mike Williams vs. Philadelphia
45. Jerome Simpson vs. Chicago
46. Jeremy Kerley at Jacksonville
47. Nate Washington at Indianapolis
48. Davone Bess at San Francisco
49. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Denver
50. Donald Jones vs. St. Louis
50a. Kendall Wright at Indianapolis
50b. Brian Hartline at San Francisco
50c. Damaris Johnson at Tampa Bay
1. Calvin Johnson has amassed 38 catches, 61 targets, 661 yards and four touchdowns in his last four games. He's also on pace for 1,904 yards, a mark that would eclipse Jerry Rice's single-season NFL record for receiving yards (1,848 in 1995).
2. Dez Bryant is a risky No. 1 pick here. For his recently completed homestand against the Browns, Redskins and Eagles, Dez totaled 26 catches, 388 yards and five touchdowns. For his six road games this season, Bryant has just 26 receptions, 313 yards and three touchdowns.
3. Donnie Avery may have torched the Lions for two touchdowns last week, including the game-winner with no time on the clock. But T.Y. Hilton (39 catches, 588 yards, six TDs) was the only Indy wideout to post 100 yards vs. Detroit. Since Week 9, Hilton has two outings of double-digit targets, three games of 100 yards and four TDs.
4. Brandon Marshall has racked up 17 targets twice this season—against the Jaguars in Week 5 (12 catches, 144 yards, one TD) and the Vikings two weeks ago (12 catches, 92 yards).
5. I have a good news/bad news proposition with Anquan Boldin: Since Week 8, Boldin ranks among the top 10 wideouts in targets (44). On the flip side, the Ravens receiver hasn't scored a road touchdown since Week 7 of last year (Jacksonville).
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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