Week 11 Fantasy Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 16, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a tipped pass for a second half touchdown in front of  Jason Babin #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Cardinals won 21-17. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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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.


  1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, vs.Carolina
  2. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers, vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals, at San Francisco
  4. Wes Welker, New England Patriots, vs. Kansas City
  5. Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins, vs. Buffalo
  6. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons, vs. Tennessee
  7. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers, at Detroit
  8. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys, at Washington
  9. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals, at Baltimore
  10. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers, vs. Tampa Bay
  11. Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers, at Chicago
  12. Mario Manningham, New York Giants, vs. Philadelphia
  13. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders, at Minnesota
  14. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens, vs. Cincinnati
  15. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs, at New England
  16. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles, at New York Giants
  17. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons, vs. Tennessee
  18. Brandon Lloyd, St. Louis Rams, vs. Seattle
  19. Laurent Robinson, Dallas Cowboys, at Washington
  20. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants, vs. Philadelphia
  21. Victor Cruz, New York Giants, vs.Philadelphia
  22. Santonio Holmes, New York Jets, at Denver
  23. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills, at Miami
  24. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings, vs. Oakland
  25. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers, vs. Arizona
  26. Plaxico Burress, New York Jets, at Denver
  27. Damian Williams, Tennessee Titans, at Atlanta
  28. Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears, vs.San Diego
  29. Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers, at Chicago
  30. Steve Breaston, Kansas City Chiefs, at New England
  31. Deion Branch, New England Patriots, vs. Kansas City
  32. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks, at St. Louis
  33. Early Doucet, Arizona Cardinals, at San Francisco
  34. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks, at St. Louis
  35. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos, vs. New York Jets
  36. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at Green Bay
  37. Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles, at New York Giants
  38. Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons, vs. Tennessee
  39. David Nelson, Buffalo Bills, at Miami
  40. Greg Little, Cleveland Browns – vs. Jacksonville
  41. Jabar Gaffney, Washington Redskins, vs. Dallas
  42. Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at Green Bay
  43. Braylon Edwards, San Francisco 49ers, vs. Arizona
  44. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens, vs. Cincinnati
  45. Jerome Simpson –Cincinnati Bengals, at Baltimore
  46. Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs, at New England
  47. Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans, at Atlanta
  48. James Jones, Green Bay Packers, vs. Tampa Bay
  49. Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions, vs. Carolina
  50. 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.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 11 articles:

Top 25 Quarterbacks

Top 40 Running Backs

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