2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 13: Wide Receivers Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 29, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 27:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals hauls in a catch for the first down at Paul Brown Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Bengals defeated the Browns 23-20.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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A.J. Green @ Steelers

Returning from a knee injury that held him out of the team's important division game against the Ravens, A.J. Green caught balls for over 100 yards against the Browns last week. Green just missed touchdowns on two of his three receptions, as early in the game he got behind Joe Haden but only picked up 24 yards because Andy Dalton underthrew the pass.

When the game was on the line, Green stepped up for his team on a third-down play over the middle to beat Haden once again, leaping up in the air, hauling in the passing and running down to the 1-yard line for what would be a game-winning field goal.

It’s a play like that that make so many fantasy owners (and Bengals fans) feel good about this young receiver's future, as he not only makes big plays, but he can do it when the team needs it most. To top it all off, Green isn’t the distraction that Chad Johnson/Ochocinco was in his time with Cincinnati, so we won’t have to worry about crazy things he might do or say that would get him in trouble.

This week, Green will match up against the Steelers for the second time in a month. The first time Green played them, he only had one reception—but it was for a 36-yard touchdown score. On that play, Green suffered the knee injury that cost him time against the Ravens, but fantasy owners should expect Green to be a full go this week.

Thus far, most teams that face Green haven’t had an answer to stop him, and it will be interesting to see how the Steelers gameplan both Green and Dalton the second time around. Despite the tough matchup, Green is at least a WR-2 this week and should be considered matchup proof going forward, as the knee injury doesn’t seem to be affecting his overall production.

More WK 13 Rankings – QB | RB | TE | Flex | K/D | Waivers | Start / Sit |

1 Calvin Johnson @ Saints
2 Greg Jennings @ Giants
3 Wes Welker Colts
4 Roddy White @ Texans
5 Marques Colston Lions
6 Steve Smith @ Buccaneers
7 Laurent Robinson @ Cardinals
8 Jordy Nelson @ Giants
9 Hakeem Nicks Packers
10 Percy Harvin Broncos
11 Mike Wallace Bengals
12 Dez Bryant @ Cardinals
13 A.J. Green (I) @ Steelers
14 Victor Cruz Packers
15 Brandon Lloyd @ 49ers
16 Antonio Brown Bengals
17 Anquan Boldin @ Browns
18 Vincent Jackson @ Jaguars
19 Larry Fitzgerald Cowboys
20 Torrey Smith @ Browns
21 Michael Crabtree Rams
22 Santonio Holmes @ Redskins
23 Mike Williams (TB) Panthers
24 Steve Johnson Titans
25 Brandon Marshall Raiders
26 Mario Manningham (I) Packers
27 Dwayne Bowe @ Bears
28 Julio Jones (I) @ Texans
29 Andre Johnson (I) Falcons
30 Reggie Wayne @ Patriots
31 Eric Decker @ Vikings
32 DeSean Jackson @ Seahawks
33 Plaxico Burress @ Redskins
34 James Jones @ Giants
35 Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Dolphins
36 Santana Moss (I) Jets
37 Deion Branch Colts
38 Nate Burleson @ Saints
39 Nate Washington @ Bills
40 Jerome Simpson @ Steelers
41 Damian Williams @ Bills
42 Lance Moore Lions
43 Earl Bennett Chiefs