2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: NFL Week 15

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 10, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 9:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a catch and is tackled by Morgan Burnett #42 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn /Getty Images)
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With an exciting 14th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 15 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.

1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

The Arizona Cardinals just got chewed up and spit out by the Seattle Seahawks. What are they going to do to stop Megatron? He’s averaging 155.8 yards the past five games.

2. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

V-Jax had 216 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 284.5 yards per game and 27 passing scores. I don’t see how they can stop him.

3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Suddenly Green has not scored a touchdown in three straight games after scoring in nine straight games. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 25 passing scores. Green should reach paydirt.

4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Julio has scored in two of the past three games.

The New York Giants have allowed 252.8 yards per game and 20 passing scores. This should be a high-scoring affair.

5. Victor Cruz, New York Giants

Cruz has two straight 100-yard games and has also scored in two of his past three games. He’ll be busy in Atlanta.

6. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

Colston had 73 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Tampa Bay. The Bucs have allowed 311.6 yards per game and 23 passing scores.

7. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

Nicks has also scored in two of the past three weeks. He’s coming on at the right time.

8. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

Thomas is averaging 92.1 yards with eight touchdowns in 13 games. The Baltimore Ravens are giving up 246.7 passing yards per game. Peyton Manning is on fire, and Thomas is his weapon of choice.

9. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

Marshall is averaging 103.2 yards with nine touchdowns in 13 games. He has gone for 165 and 160 in his past two games respectively. The Green Bay Packers shut him down (24 yards) in their first meeting.

10. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

Roddy bounced back from a couple of quiet games with 117 yards and a score against the Carolina Panthers. He should come up big against the G-Men.

11. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

Johnson takes on the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed 241.8 yards per game and 22 passing scores.

12. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

DX is averaging 92.5 yards with five touchdowns in the past six games. He’s easily Philip Rivers’ favorite target going into the Panthers game.

13. Wes Welker, New England Patriots

Welker is generally good for eight catches for 90 yards. The Pats will likely struggle to run the football against the San Francisco 49ers, so Welker could be even busier than usual.

14. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

Smith has back-to-back 100-yard games. Cam Newton is on fire. The San Diego Chargers have allowed 24 passing touchdowns.

15. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

Wayne is always good for a ton of looks. Last week he scored for the first time since Week 9. Andrew Luck will lean on him against Houston.

16.  Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

With Dez out of the picture, Miles will see an increase in targets. The Pittsburgh Steelers defense is tough, but they had trouble stopping the San Diego Chargers last week

17. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger’s return did wonders for Wallace. He had 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week. His speed will test Dallas’ secondary.

18. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

Crabtree has averaged 97 yards the past two games. He has a favorable matchup against the Patriots.

19. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Cobb is electric and the most reliable Packers receiver right now. He was quiet in the first game against Chicago, but he has a much more vital role now.

20. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

Garcon has scored in three straight games, averaging 93 yards per game during the stretch. Robert Griffin III could miss this game against the Cleveland Browns, but last week’s touchdown was thrown by Kirk Cousins.

21. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks

Rice didn’t have to break a sweat as Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks defense did the damage against Arizona. Sidney has six touchdowns in his last seven games. The Buffalo Bills have allowed 22 touchdowns.

22. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints

Moore caught nine passes for 121 yards in the first meeting with Tampa Bay.

23. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Williams has scored in consecutive weeks, giving him seven scores on the year. He should continue to roll as the Bucs face the Saints.

24. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars

Obviously he’ll have to pass the concussion tests before we can pencil him in. He had scored in four straight games prior to missing last week. The Miami Dolphins have allowed 250.6 passing yards per game.

25. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

Decker has just one touchdown in his past five games after scoring seven in five games during Weeks 4-9. The way Peyton is playing, Decker is a decent play against Baltimore.

26. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens

Torrey Smith will likely draw more of Champ Bailey’s attention, leaving Boldin to do the damage. He has three touchdowns in the past two games.

27. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans

Britt caught eight passes for 143 yards against the Colts. He scored a touchdown in the two prior games. He’ll see his share of Antonio Cromartie in this one.

28. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers

Floyd has four touchdowns in the past six games.

29. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

Hilton is averaging 70.8 yards with three touchdowns in his past four games.

30. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

Maclin had 104 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs. Cincinnati will be a tougher foe, but Nick Foles should look to get him the ball.

31. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

Stevie was able to battle through his nagging hamstring injury en route to 71 yards against the St. Louis Rams. Seattle will be a tougher draw.

32. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

Gordon is averaging 71 yards with five touchdowns in his last nine games. The Redskins have allowed 289.3 yards per game and 27 passing scores.

33. Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams

Givens has averaged 63.9 yards in his last nine games. He should see plenty of looks if Danny Amendola remains out.

34. James Jones, Green Bay Packers

Jordy Nelson likely won’t play, making Jones a viable option.

35.  Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

Smith has a tough matchup with Denver, but perhaps the changes made in Baltimore will open the offense up.

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