Week 11 fantasy rankings aren't quite like any other week. I'll run you through the top 36 WRs for Week 11 and explain why Wes Welker is the number one receiver this week.
For coaches on a time crunch, the full list of the top 36 fantasy ranking WRs is listed above the discussion.
|4||Larry Fitzgerald ||Ari ||@SF |
|5||Steve Smith ||Car ||@Det |
|6||Roddy White** ||Atl ||Ten |
|7||Dez Bryant ||Dal ||@Wsh |
|8||Dwayne Bowe ||KC ||@NE |
|9||Brandon Marshall ||Mia ||Buf |
|10||Jordy Nelson ||GB ||TB |
|11||Laurent Robinson ||Dal ||@Wsh |
|12||Hakeem Nicks ||NYG ||Phi |
|Brandon Lloyd ||StL ||Sea |
|14||Vincent Jackson ||SD ||@Chi |
|15||Stevie Johnson* ||Buf ||@Mia |
|16||Plaxico Burress ||NYJ ||@Den |
|17||A.J. Green* ||Cin ||@Bal |
|18||Anquan Boldin ||Bal ||Cin |
|19||Mario Manningham ||NYG ||Phi |
|20||DeSean Jackson** ||Phi ||@NYG |
|21||Sidney Rice* ||Sea ||@StL |
|22||Santonio Holmes ||NYJ ||@Den |
|23||Damian Williams ||Ten ||@Atl |
|24||Earl Bennett ||Chi ||SD |
|25||Vincent Brown** ||SD ||@Chi|
|26||Denarius Moore ||Oak ||@Min |
|30||Victor Cruz ||NYG ||Phi |
|31||Deion Branch||NE ||KC |
|32||Michael Crabtree ||SF ||Ari |
|33||Doug Baldwin ||Sea ||@StL |
|34||Steve Breaston ||KC ||@NE |
|35||Torrey Smith ||Bal ||Cin |
|36||Mike Williams ||TB ||@GB |
* Injured players only have the listed rank if they have practiced fully.
** Assumes a teammate is injured (Vincent Brown loses value if Malcolm Floyd returns.)
Wes Welker, New England Patriots, vs. KC
In the wide world of fantasy, most gurus are putting Welker somewhere around number four.
The thing is, Tom Brady has proved that all of his receivers and tight-ends are threats and the Chiefs don't have an answer for any of them.
Note that Welker caught 40 balls for 616 yards and five touchdowns in his first four games this season. When you take that average in PPR leagues, that's 32.9 points per game. Those are Tom Brady-like numbers from a wide receiver.
He's slowed down a lot, yes, but look at his opponents the past couple weeks: the Jets, Dallas, at Pittsburgh, the Giants and the Jets again.
He's ranked low because he slowed down against stout defenses, but you can believe he'll get over 100 yards on five or more passes for a pair of touchdowns against Kansas City.