Here are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 15 (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 15 glory or the wideouts with great track records against middling pass defenses.
On the injury front, Dez Bryant (finger) and Jordy Nelson (hamstring) shall remain off the board for now.
Week 15: Top 50 Receivers
1. Calvin Johnson at Arizona
2. Brandon Marshall vs. Green Bay
3. Victor Cruz at Atlanta
4. Julio Jones vs. NY Giants
5. Andre Johnson vs. Indianapolis
6. Demaryius Thomas at Baltimore
7. A.J. Green at Philadelphia
8. Vincent Jackson at New Orleans
9. Roddy White vs. NY Giants
10. Reggie Wayne at Houston
11. Wes Welker vs. San Francisco
12. Marques Colston vs. Tampa Bay
13. Steve Smith at San Diego
14. Hakeem Nicks at Atlanta
15. Randall Cobb at Chicago
16. Miles Austin vs. Pittsburgh
17. T.Y. Hilton at Houston
18. Danario Alexander vs. Carolina
19. Kenny Britt vs. NY Jets
20. Steve Johnson vs. Seattle (Toronto)
21. Brandon Lloyd vs. San Francisco
22. Mike Wallace at Dallas
23. Justin Blackmon at Miami
24. Anquan Boldin vs. Denver
25. Josh Gordon vs. Washington
26. Lance Moore vs. Tampa Bay
27. Eric Decker at Baltimore
28. Torrey Smith vs. Denver
29. Michael Crabtree at New England
30. Jeremy Maclin vs. Cincinnati
31. Antonio Brown at Dallas
32. Chris Givens vs. Minnesota
33. Pierre Garcon at Cleveland (presuming Kirk Cousins at QB)
34. Greg Jennings at Chicago
35. Donnie Avery at Houston
36. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Detroit
37. Cecil Shorts at Miami
38. Brandon Gibson/Danny Amendola vs. Minnesota
39. Sidney Rice vs. Buffalo (Toronto)
40. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Kansas City
41. Malcom Floyd vs. Carolina
42. Jason Avant vs. Cincinnati
43. Jonathan Baldwin at Oakland
44. Denarius Moore vs. Kansas City
45. Jeremy Kerley at Tennessee
46. Nate Washington vs. NY Jets
47. Davone Bess vs. Jacksonville
48. James Jones at Chicago
49. Jarius Wright at St. Louis
50. Mike Williams at New Orleans
50a. Golden Tate vs. Buffalo (Toronto)
50b. Rod Streater vs. Kansas City
50c. Brian Hartline vs. Jacksonville
50d. Kris Durham at Arizona
1. On the road this season, Demaryius Thomas has robust averages of six catches, 97 yards and 0.43 touchdowns per game. And of the seven outings, Thomas crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one TD six times.
2. Victor Cruz is a stellar receiver from any angle. But his four-game track record (regular season) against NFC South foes is absurd—per-outing averages of 8.5 catches, 125 yards and one touchdown.
3. Brandon Marshall, the current NFL leader in receptions (101), also claims a top-five ranking in targets (157), receiving yards (1,342) and touchdowns (nine). Through 13 games, he also boasts seven 100-yard efforts and 10 outings of double-digit targets. The only real smudge on Marshall's resume: His two-catch, 24-yard clunker against the Packers in Week 2.
4. For the season, Nate Washington has collected six or more targets eight times. And of his six home outings to date, Big Nate crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one TD four times.
5. There are three certainties in life: Death, taxes and Reggie Wayne scoring a touchdown in Week 15. In his last five games against the Texans, Wayne is a perfect 5-for-5 in finding the end zone. He also has per-outing tallies of 10.6 targets in that span.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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