Fantasy Football Week 12 Rankings: Wide Receivers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer INovember 26, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 22:  Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings catches a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 22, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Last week was an interesting one for fantasy football fans. We saw some firsts, like Michael Crabtree’s first touchdown catch; some births, such as Robert Meachem seemingly becoming the favorite red-zone option for Drew Brees; and some rebirths, in the form of Terrell Owens finally having a huge game. The fantasy football playoffs loom right around the corner, and we’re here to help you round that corner and cross the finish line with this edition of Bruno Boys' Fantasy Football Week 12 Wide Receiver Rankings.

1. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) at Tennessee

Fitzgerald caught another touchdown pass last week in the Cardinals’ win over the St. Louis Rams. It was the third game in succession that Fitzgerald found his way into the end zone. His matchup this week against the woeful outfit the Titans put out to defend the pass is one to savor. However, if Kurt Warner (head injury) can’t give it a go on Sunday, and the Cardinals’ are forced to use Matt Leinart you might not see as much yardage out of Fitzgerald.

Projection: 20 points

2. Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts) at Houston

Wayne had seven catches for 89 yards last week in a solid effort against the Baltimore Ravens. The only thing missing was a touchdown reception fantasy football owners are so used to seeing him make—considering he had eight in nine games previous to last week. Wayne has actually gone without a touchdown in two of his last three games, but expect that to change this week.

Projection: 19 points

3. Vincent Jackson (San Diego Chargers) vs. Kansas City

Jackson has been so excited for the new Twilight movie to come out that he couldn’t keep football in the forefront of his mind for the last two weeks. Okay, that was completely made up, but there has to be some reason he’s been so mediocre over his past two games. In those games he has a combined total of just five catches for 66 yards and no touchdowns. However, the Kansas City Chiefs are often a good remedy for what ails wide receivers, and a return to prominence for Jackson seems like a good bet this week—especially when you take into consideration that the last time he faced Kansas City he went for 142 yards and one score.

Projection: 19 points

4. Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) vs. Indianapolis

It’s hard to believe that, prior to Monday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans, Johnson hadn’t scored a touchdown in four games. But he ended that drought with a score on one of his four catches, and added 78 receiving yards against Tennessee. Though Indianapolis has been tough against the pass most of the season, the last time Johnson faced them, Week 9, he had 10 receptions for 103 yards.

Projection: 18 points

5. Randy Moss (New England Patriots) @ New Orleans

Though the New Orleans Saints have only allowed nine touchdowns through the air this season, eight of those have come gone into the hands of a wide receiver, which places the Saints in a tie for 10th-most touchdowns allowed to receivers in the league. It’s not a super-high number, of course, but when talking about Moss, who has scored seven times over his last four games, it’s an indicator that he should find his way into the end zone yet again.

Projection: 17 points

6. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) vs. Green Bay   **CHECK INJURY STATUS**

Megatron had a season-high 166 receiving yards, and his first touchdown grab since Week 2, last week against the Browns. This is exactly the type of game fantasy football owners needed to see from Johnson. It reaffirms the faith that many placed in him at the start of the year, because defenses like the one Cleveland threw out are the ones that Johnson should murder. The Packers, who just lost Al Harris for the season, have allowed more touchdown throws than all but three other NFL squads, so expect CJ to do big things.

Projection: 17 points

7. Greg Jennings (Green Bay Packers) @ Detroit

Using Jennings on your fantasy team in the last six weeks or so was akin to getting a toothbrush on Halloween. You may have needed a toothbrush, and in some way it was useful, but it just wasn’t what you were expecting, or hoping for. Last week, Jennings went from toothbrush to full-size Snickers bar with a season-high 126 receiving yards and one touchdown on five catches. This week, he could turn into a king-sized Snickers bar considering his opponent. The Detroit Lions have allowed the third-most receiving yards and fifth-most touchdown catches to wide receivers this season.

Projection: 17 points

8. Sidney Rice (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Chicago

Two weeks ago came the yards, last week came the touchdowns. After a 200-yard receiving game, but no scores, against the Detroit Lions, Rice caught two touchdown passes last week against the Seattle Seahawks, and has quickly vaulted to must-start status. As a nice bonus, the Chicago Bears have allowed the sixth-most touchdowns to wide receivers this season.

Projection: 16 points

9. Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Tampa Bay

White has had two disappointing performances in his last three contests, including last week’s four-catch, 45-yard display against the New York Giants. He hasn’t scored in three games, but he has an excellent chance to reverse that trend this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs are tied with the Seattle Seahawks for the second-most touchdowns given up to wide receivers.

Projection: 16 points

10. Anquan Boldin (Arizona Cardinals) @ Tennessee

Last week’s eight-catch, 103-yard effort against the St. Louis Rams marked the second straight game in which Boldin had eight catches for over 100 yards. He also caught his first touchdown pass since Week 3. Now that he’s totally healthy, Boldin belongs in the class of elite fantasy football wideouts. Like Fitzgerald, this ranking is contingent upon quarterback Kurt Warner playing.

Projection: 15 points

11. Wes Welker (New England Patriots) @ New Orleans

If Welker actually scored touchdowns, he’d be the best fantasy football receiver on the planet considering all the yards and receptions he piles up. He had a monster game last week, with 15 catches for 192 yards, and still has played just one game this season in which he had fewer than eight catches and 80 yards. Yet, he hasn’t scored in three games. For a guy who averages nearly 10 receptions per game, he’s scored only four times.

Projection: 15 points

12. Mike Sims-Walker (Jacksonville Jaguars) @ San Francisco

Sims-Walker scored for the third consecutive game last week as his squad beat the Buffalo Bills. He caught a total of eight passes for 91 yards, which marked the fifth time in nine games he’s accumulated at least 90 receiving yards. He’s got a solid match-up this week against a San Francisco 49ers team that is 30th in pass defense.

Projection: 14 points

13. Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Cleveland

Last week, the Cleveland Browns allowed five touchdown passes to the Detroit Lions, so Ochocinco & Co. have to be licking their chops. He had just three catches for 24 yards the last time Cleveland and Cincinnati hooked up, but two of those receptions went for touchdowns, easing any pain that may have otherwise occurred.

Projection: 13 points

14. Hines Ward (Pittsburgh Steelers) @ Baltimore

Ward had a predictably good game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, with one touchdown reception as part of his 10-catch, 128-yard effort. It probably will not be quite so easy this week against the Baltimore Ravens, who are a much better defensive unit than Kansas City, and whose six touchdowns allowed to wideouts is tied for seventh-best in the NFL.

Projection: 13 points

15. Donald Driver (Green Bay Packers) @ Detroit

Driver has fallen off a bit over the past couple weeks, with games of 50 and 40 receiving yards, respectively. But his opponent this week is none other than the Detroit Lions, and that is always music to the ears of fantasy football owners. In his last game against them, Driver had seven catches for 107 yards.

Projection: 12 points