Fantasy Football Week 14 Rankings: Wide Receivers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IDecember 10, 2009

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 scores in the second quarter as he beats cornerback Nick Harper #20 of the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium on November 23, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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1. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) @ San Francisco

Kurt Warner’s re-entry into the starting lineup regained Fitzgerald the fantasy value he was losing when Noodle Arm Matt Leinart was under center. And it showed last week against the Minnesota Vikings , as Fitzgerald collected eight passes for a season-high 143 yards and one score.

Point Projection: 20 points

2. Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) vs. Seattle

When Matt Schaub went out with an injury and Rex Grossman came in, fantasy football owners around the country had to be pounding their skull into the nearest blunt object, at least if they had Johnson on their fantasy team. Hopefully, they didn’t pound themselves into unconsciousness, because Schaub came back, and the day was saved—at least for Johnson’s owners, as he ended up with seven catches for 99 yards and one touchdown. Houston wasn’t so lucky, as they fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars . But, that’s not really one of our concerns, now, is it?

Point Projection: 20 points

3. Randy Moss (New England Patriots) vs. Carolina

Moss caught two passes for 66 yards and one touchdown last week in New England’s loss to the Miami Dolphins . It’s a bit troubling to see his catches ebb in each of his last three games, he has scored twice, and will be a weekly threat to do so. That includes this week against the Carolina Panthers , who are fifth in the league in touchdown passes allowed.

Point Projection: 19 points

4. Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints) @ Atlanta

Of all the players on the Saints who showed up on the stat sheet, nobody caught fewer than Colston’s two passes. Yet he still gained 41 yards and scored a touchdown for the second consecutive week and now has a candy-apple sweet match-up with the Atlanta Falcons , who are 29th in the league in pass defense, and 22nd in touchdown passes allowed. Colston had 85 yards and one score against them back in Week 8.

Point Projection: 19 points

5. Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Denver

Wayne didn’t have the production that most fantasy football owners expected against a team in the Tennessee Titans that had previously been killed by passing attacks. Wayne managed just four catches for 48 yards, but he’ll have a chance to redeem himself this week, and that’s exactly what you should expect him to do. Even if he takes on top cover corner Champ Bailey .

Point Projection: 18 points

6. Miles Austin (Dallas Cowboys) vs. San Diego

Austin caught 10 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown against the New York Giants last week as the Cowboys fell. In his last 10 contests, Austin has had fewer than 10 fantasy points only twice, and he’s had 16 or more four times. The San Diego Chargers are a top-10 pass defense, but, then again, so was New York. Austin makes big plays and he likely will do it again in Week 14.

Point Projection: 17 points

7. Sidney Rice (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Cincinnati

Rice was targeted by Brett Favre a total of 16 times in the Vikings’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, and he caught seven of those throws for 72 yards. Rice’s 16 targets were more than double the amount any other receiver got, and two more than Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian combined. Expect much of the same this week.

Point Projection: 17 points

8. Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals) @ Minnesota

It was easy to tell who Carson Palmer was looking for throughout last week’s game against the Detroit Lions , as Ochocinco was targeted 14 times; no other Bengals player had more than four. With that came nine receptions for 137 yards and one score for the Ocho, and this week he gets to go up against a Minnesota Vikings team that was recently strafed by the Arizona Cardinals and who are 21st in pass defense.

Point Projection: 17 points

9. Wes Welker (New England Patriots) vs. Carolina

After a strangely quiet week in New England’s loss to the New Orleans Saints , Welker re-awoke with 10 receptions for 167 yards against the Miami Dolphins , though the Patriots still came up short. He’s still putting together large amounts of catches and yards, but the thing keeping him from putting up even higher fantasy totals are touchdowns—he hasn’t scored since Week Seven, and only four teams have given up fewer touchdown passes than the Carolina Panthers .

Point Projection: 16 points

10. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) @ Baltimore

Megatron should have his own cartoon, because when he’s healthy, he’s saving football fans in Detroit from, well, awful football. Okay, that doesn’t sound like the most exciting program ever to grace the airwaves, but you get the point. Last week, Johnson caught six passes for 123 yards and one touchdown in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals , which was his third score in his last three games.

Point Projection: 16 points

11. Anquan Boldin (Arizona Cardinals) @ San Francisco

Boldin has been fabulous since coming back from injury in Week 10, other than a 53-yard performance in Week 12 with Matt Leinart taking the snaps. However, In the three games with Kurt Warner at quarterback, Boldin has averaged 7.6 catches and 102 yards per game with three touchdowns.

Point Projection: 16 points

12. Brandon Marshall (Denver Broncos) @ Indianapolis

Predictably, Marshall had an excellent game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, catching seven passes for 94 yards and one touchdown. And while his opponent this week, the Indianapolis Colts , can be thrown on a bit—they’re 19th in the league in pass defense—only four teams have allowed fewer scoring passes than they have.

Point Projection: 15 points

13. Steve Smith (New York Giants) vs. Philadelphia

With 13 targets, Smith was targeted at least nine more times than any other Giants player last week, and he responded with six receptions for 110 yards. Smith has unfortunately only scored one time since Week Four, but he’s still piling up the yards, and has at least 70 in each of his last three games. He had eight catches for 68 yards the last time he faced the Philadelphia Eagles , and though he didn’t score then, the Eagles can be had; they’ve 18th in the league in passing scores allowed.

Point Projection: 14 points

14. Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) vs. New Orleans

Without Michael Jenkins lining up opposite him, White was busy last week in Atlanta’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles , getting a total of 20 passes thrown his way, and catching nine of them for 104 yards and one touchdown. This week, he’ll face the New Orleans Saints , the last team he had 100 yards against before doing so against the Eagles.

Point Projection: 14 points

15. Robert Meachem (New Orleans Saints) @ Atlanta

With eight catches for 142 yards and one touchdown last week against the Washington Redskins , Meachem more than announced his presence to any fantasy football owner who was not previously paying attention. He has now scored in five straight games, and with a juicy match-up against the Atlanta Falcons this week, it could be a touchdown in six games in a row.

Point Projection: 13 points