Fantasy Football Rankings: Hakeem Nicks and WRs Who Will Light Up Scoreboards

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIINovember 27, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants is tackled by Nolan Carroll #28 of the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Week 12 presents matchups across the league that could mean big things for some of the top-tier wide receivers in the NFL.

We are at that point in the fantasy football season where your rosters should be almost finalized and ready to make a run at the playoffs.

Now it's time to just sit back and watch the players perform.

Here are predictions for the top three performances this week at the wide receiver position.

3. Wes Welker (New England)

Despite back-to-back games with relatively quiet performances, Wes Welker is still leading the NFL in receiving yards this year.

His 1,028 yards this season has really caused many to question whether or not he deserves to be mentioned in the elite category of wide receivers.

Whether or not you see him that way, the production speaks for itself.

Welker will get back on track after two off weeks when New England travels to Philadelphia this weekend.

With Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie likely out with injuries, Welker is going to get a lot of favorable matchups.

If Joselio Hanson or Brandon Hughes get matched up on Welker, you can bet Brady will send the ball his way.

2. Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers)

Much like Welker, Steve Smith's production has dropped in the previous two weeks after a brilliant start to the season.

Also, like Welker, I would expect him to get back on track this weekend.

The Indianapolis Colts aren't statistically the worst passing defense in the league, but in reality they actually are the worst.

The only reason the stats don't show it, is because teams quickly get up and run the ball to secure the game.

They are allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete a league high 70.9 percent of their passes.

Smith may only need the first half to put up all the stats he needs. A couple big catches and he will be right back on track with a triple-digit receiving yard performance.

1. Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants)

Teams seem lost when it comes to covering the New York Giants now that Victor Cruz has emerged as a huge threat across from Hakeem Nicks.

In recent weeks, Cruz has actually outperformed Nicks and surpassed him as the leading receiver for the Giants this season.

Nicks is, still, the best receiver on the roster.

This Monday night we should see a pretty high-scoring showdown between the Giants and the Saints.

The Saints defense has struggled all season against the run and pass. Obviously, the Giants primary success has come through the air.

Both teams are going to put up points, which means more passes and catches for the wide receivers.

Expect big days from both Cruz and Nicks.