Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings: Wide Receivers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IDecember 4, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots warms up against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Bruno Boys want to make sure Week 13 isn’t an unlucky one for you out there in Bruno Boys Nation. Thus, we’ve ranked our top-70 wide outs as we always do, breaking down their match-ups and letting you know who will do what. All you need to do to avoid the curse of week 13 is read the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 13 Wide Receiver Rankings.

1. Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) @ Jacksonville

Johnson had a disappointing total of 67 receiving yards last week against the Indianapolis Colts, a team he had earlier burned for over 100. He’s, also, scored just once over his last six games, but look for that to change this week against a Jacksonville team that has allowed the fourth-most touchdowns to opposing wide outs this year with 15.
Point Projection:18 points

2. Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Tennessee

The 19 receiving yards Wayne accumulated last week in the Colts’ win over the Texans were easily his lowest total of the season, but he didn’t completely fail his fantasy owners because one of his three receptions on the day went for a score. This week his match-up is outstanding as he’ll square off against a Tennessee Titans’ squad that is giving up 27.7 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers per game, and his production should mirror that.
Point Projection: 17 points

3. Randy Moss (New England Patriots) @ Miami

Four weeks ago, the Patriots played the Dolphins and Moss put up huge numbers – six catches for 147 yards and one touchdown. That was the start of a three-game streak of touchdown catches that ended last week with New England’s blowout loss to the Saints. A game in which Moss had just three catches for 67 yards. In week 13, you have to expect Tom Brady, and subsequently, Moss, to bounce back in a huge way against a Miami pass defense that is just 23rd in the NFL.
Point Projection: 17 points

4. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) vs. Minnesota

Fitzgerald had a fantastic match-up last week against Tennessee, but his value was killed when noodle-armed Matt Leinart got the call at quarterback instead of Kurt Warner in a surprise move. Though Leinart played decently, you could see that the Cardinals aerial assault was not the same. If Warner ends up not playing again this week, move Fitzgerald down in the rankings, but as of this writing, it appears as Warner is a go, which means a big day for Fitz against a Vikings’ defense that is simply average against the pass.
Point Projection: 16 points

5. Brandon Marshall (Denver Broncos) @ Kansas City

Marshall rebounded from a poor showing (and an appearance by Chris Simms at quarterback) in Week 11 by catching six passes for 86 yards last week against the New York Giants. This week, with Kyle Orton getting plenty of time to rest, and facing a Chiefs defense that can be thrown on by high school teams, Marshall’s potential is sky-high. Use him confidently as a WR1.
Point Projection: 16 points

6. Sidney Rice (Minnesota Vikings) @ Arizona

It’s been a fantastic breakout season for Rice, who continued his stellar junior season with six catches for 89 yards last week. There has been one blemish, though, during the wide out’s 2009 season and that’s a lack of touchdowns. Rice didn’t score last week after a two-touchdown game the previous week and has just four on the season despite 56 receptions. Anyone who gets the amount of looks he does is bound to find the end zone, and he’ll do so this week against a creamy-soft Cardinals pass defense.
Point Projection: 15 points

7. Vincent Jackson (San Diego Chargers) @ Cleveland

What’s happening here? Why didn’t Jackson tear up the Chiefs like we all knew he could – no, like we all knew he would? Maybe it’s because the game was out of hand early, but shouldn’t someone capable of being so dominant do better than two receptions for 27 yards? If he doesn’t start to redeem himself this week against the putrid Browns, then we’ll start to worry – but we’re confident that won’t be necessary.
Point Projection: 15 points

8. Mike Sims-Walker (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. Houston

Sims-Walker failed to make a fantasy impact for the first time in four games last week, as he came up with only four catches for 46 yards against the San Francisco 49ers. However, Sims-Walker has not had two sub-par contests in succession at any point this season, and we expect that trend to continue against Houston, a team in which he compiled six catches for 81 yards against the last time he faced them, back in Week 3.
Point Projection: 14 points

9. Wes Welker (New England Patriots) @ Miami

Last week’s game against the Saints was easily Welker’s worst outing of the season – as it was for many Patriots players. Welker tied his season-low with just six receptions and set a season-low with only 32 receiving yards. He had nine catches for 84 yards in his last game against the Dolphins and will undoubtedly get back to the production his fantasy owners have grown accustomed to.
Point Projection: 13 points

10. DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Atlanta **CHECK INJURY STATUS**

Jackson scored his second touchdown in as many games last week against the Washington Redskins, and, has a very favorable match-up against the Atlanta Falcons, who are allowing 19.3 fantasy points per contest, this week. It is worth noting that Jackson did leave last week’s game against Washington with a concussion, so be sure he’s in the lineup before using him this week.
Point Projection: 13 points

11. Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Philadelphia

With a team-high 13 targets in week 11, White had five receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. Despite all those targets, it was looking like a grim day for both White and his fantasy owners, at least until 0:23 was left on the game clock; that was when White made his fifth reception, a touchdown pass that won the game for the Falcons and added six points to his fantasy owners’ scores. The catch, also, earned White some points with back-up QB Chris Redman, who’ll be the one under center for the Falcons this week.
Point Projection: 13 points

12. Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Detroit

The Ocho has been disturbingly quiet of late, though there’s no need to tell his fantasy owners that after last week’s three-catch, 38-yard performance. Ochocinco hasn’t caught a touchdown since Week 7, but look for that to change this week against the Lions. They are the only team in the league allowing more than 270 passing yards per game (they allow 281), and they’ve given up more passing touchdowns than any other NFL squad, allowing 27 TDs through the air.
Point Projection: 13 points

13. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) @ Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Bengals’ have only allowed opposing wide receivers to catch five touchdown passes this season, which is the fourth-best ranking in the NFL, but if anyone can bust that stat wide open, it would be Megatron. Johnson caught a touchdown last week, and now has traversed into the end zone in two consecutive games. With Detroit likely having to throw often in this one, we like his chances to extend that streak to three.
Point Projection: 13 points

14. Anquan Boldin (Arizona Cardinals) vs. Minnesota

Anquan Boldin led Cardinals receivers last week with nine targets, five catches and 53 yards, numbers that aren’t normally good enough to lead the Arizona aerial assault. Remember, though, that was with Matt Leinart at quarterback; with Kurt Warner’s expected return should come better numbers. After all, Boldin had two 100 yard outings in the two weeks prior to week 11.
Point Projection: 12 points

15. Steve Smith (New York Giants) vs. Dallas

Smith turned 11 targets into seven receptions and 71 yards on Thanksgiving as the Giants got smoked by the Broncos. In a key divisional game this week, expect much better production. Smith had one of his best games of the season in Week two against these Cowboys, with 10 receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown.
Point Projection: 12 points

16. Miles Austin (Dallas Cowboys) @ New York Giants

After a two-game slump, Miles Austin came back to prove to fantasy owners he was no fluke by latching on to seven passes for 145 yards and one score last week against the Raiders. He didn’t do much against the Giants back in Week two when these teams first met up, but then again, he didn’t have the opportunity to do so. It should be a different story this week. Not only is Austin more involved in the Cowboys’ offense, the Giants have not been as strong defensively as they were in that week two match-up, giving up 17+ fantasy points to the wide receiver position in the last six weeks.
Point Projection: 11 points

17. Hines Ward (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Oakland

Hines Ward made more commotion with his post-game comments about Big Ben’s concussion on Sunday night after the Steelers lost to the Ravens than he did on the field during the game – he had just three catches for 47 yards. Still, if Big Ben returns to the lineup, there’s no reason to downgrade Ward, who is having a superb season, and will remain a favorite target of the Steelers’ QB. Use Ward as a solid WR2 play against the Raiders, who just got burnt through the air by the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
Point Projection: 11 points

18. Donald Driver (Green Bay Packers) vs. Baltimore

Driver tore up the Lions like many expected him to on Thanksgiving, catching seven passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also led the team with 10 targets. He’ll have a difficult match-up this week against the Baltimore Ravens, however, as they are 12th in the league in pass defense and ninth in passing scores allowed. Still, the veteran has earned himself a spot in your line-up with his solid play this season.
Point Projection: 10 points

19. Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints) @ Washington

Colston came up huge against the Patriots on Monday night, with four receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown. But, he faces off against the No. 1 pass defense in the league this week and does so on the road. Don’t forget that prior to the big game on Monday Night, Colston had been struggling with just 10 combined fantasy points over the previous three weeks. While we still foresee good things for him, we don’t foresee great things for him.
Point Projection: 10 points

20. Devin Hester (Chicago Bears) vs. St. Louis

Despite an absurdly bad performance against the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears should be able to handle the Rams in week 13, and Hester will undoubtedly rebound from his one-catch, 20-yard performance. St. Louis has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, ranking 22nd in the league against the pass, something that Hester will exploit.
Point Projection: 10 points