Let’s continue our tour around the NFL by looking at the Top 50 wide receivers for the coming week. Who is the most valuable receiver for the New York Giants? Has Denarius Moore emerged as a must use option? Who are the receivers we should avoid?
Let’s try to answer these questions and all the rest for Week 11.
- Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, vs.Carolina
- Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers, vs. Tampa Bay
- Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals, at San Francisco
- Wes Welker, New England Patriots, vs. Kansas City
- Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins, vs. Buffalo
- Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons, vs. Tennessee
- Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers, at Detroit
- Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys, at Washington
- A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals, at Baltimore
- Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers, vs. Tampa Bay
- Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers, at Chicago
- Mario Manningham, New York Giants, vs. Philadelphia
- Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders, at Minnesota
- Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens, vs. Cincinnati
- Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs, at New England
- DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles, at New York Giants
- Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons, vs. Tennessee
- Brandon Lloyd, St. Louis Rams, vs. Seattle
- Laurent Robinson, Dallas Cowboys, at Washington
- Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants, vs. Philadelphia
- Victor Cruz, New York Giants, vs.Philadelphia
- Santonio Holmes, New York Jets, at Denver
- Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills, at Miami
- Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings, vs. Oakland
- Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers, vs. Arizona
- Plaxico Burress, New York Jets, at Denver
- Damian Williams, Tennessee Titans, at Atlanta
- Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears, vs.San Diego
- Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers, at Chicago
- Steve Breaston, Kansas City Chiefs, at New England
- Deion Branch, New England Patriots, vs. Kansas City
- Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks, at St. Louis
- Early Doucet, Arizona Cardinals, at San Francisco
- Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks, at St. Louis
- Eric Decker, Denver Broncos, vs. New York Jets
- Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at Green Bay
- Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles, at New York Giants
- Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons, vs. Tennessee
- David Nelson, Buffalo Bills, at Miami
- Greg Little, Cleveland Browns – vs. Jacksonville
- Jabar Gaffney, Washington Redskins, vs. Dallas
- Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at Green Bay
- Braylon Edwards, San Francisco 49ers, vs. Arizona
- Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens, vs. Cincinnati
- Jerome Simpson –Cincinnati Bengals, at Baltimore
- Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs, at New England
- Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans, at Atlanta
- James Jones, Green Bay Packers, vs. Tampa Bay
- Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions, vs. Carolina
- Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland Browns, vs. Jacksonville
Larry Fitzgerald has proven that he can produce with John Skelton at quarterback, scoring three touchdowns in the past two games, including a 146 yard performance in Week 10.
Since the 49ers defense is the best against the run and Beanie Wells is hurting, you would think Arizona is going to pass a little bit more this week.
Fitzgerald should be in line for another big day.
Wes Welker is having a great season, but he’s now had fewer than 50 receiving yards in three of his past four games. As Rob Gronkowski continues to get more and more involved, it appears to be coming at Welker’s expense.
Does that mean we should downgrade him much? Of course not, because the potential is always there for him to erupt again (136 yards in Week 9, for instance). It’s hard to consider him anything but a mid-level No. 1 wide receiver, at worst, and still one of the elite in the game.
While Dwayne Bowe would’ve been a much better option, the loss of Matt Cassel has to be considered a knock to his value. He still should be able to produce, but he’s no longer one of the elite until he proves otherwise.
Brandon Lloyd has scored touchdowns in two of his past three games as he develops a rapport with Sam Bradford. With the Seahawks passing defense ranking in the middle of the pack this season (243.0 passing yards per game, 12 TD, 9 INT), Lloyd should be considered a solid No. 2 wide receiver. The more he and Bradford play together, the better they are going to get.
Since it looks unlikely that Jeremy Maclin will play in Week 11 (which is why he was left off these rankings) the pressure will be on DeSean Jackson to step up. He had just eight receptions for 93 yards in his past three games and has five games of fewer than 50 yards on the year.
It’s hard to put too much faith in him, leaving him as nothing more than a No. 2 wide receiver with upside.
Denarius Moore has become the go-to receiver for the Oakland Raiders (at least for now). With a matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, which allow 272.8 passing yards per game (as well as 18 TD, tied for second most in the league), Moore would be very good to play this week with the potential to entrench himself as a No. 1 wide receiver before long.
Hakeem Nicks tends to get the focus of opposing defenses, which may be limiting his potential to produce, but is opening things up for the other receivers. Mario Manningham has a touchdown in three straight games and can be considered the better option for now.
However, Nicks, Manningham and Victor Cruz have entrenched themselves as viable options on a weekly basis even in shallower formats.
Against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, Anquan Boldin managed a total of seven receptions for 44 yards. However, the loss of Leon Hall for the Bengals should allow Boldin to be productive. Don’t shy away from him for this week.
There’s little doubt that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to have to throw the ball if they want to keep pace with the Packers. Mike Williams has started to show a little bit of promise, though not necessarily a lot (8 receptions for 89 yards over the past two weeks), so consider him nothing more than a No. 3 wide receiver.
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