Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 30, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 20:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons fails to pull in this touchdown reception inbounds against Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans at Georgia Dome on November 20, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/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.  How will Miles Austin’s impending return change our outlook of the Dallas Cowboys?  Has Mike Williams become a good play once again?  How should we value Andre Johnson?  Let’s look at these questions and all the rest:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
  2. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Victor Cruz – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
  4. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
  5. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
  6. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  7. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Dallas
  9. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – vs. Oakland
  10. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
  11. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
  12. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  13. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
  14. Brandon Lloyd – St. Louis Rams – at San Francisco
  15. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – at Chicago
  16. Laurent Robinson – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  17. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – at Pittsburgh
  18. Vincent Jackson – Seattle Seahawks – at Jacksonville
  19. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
  20. Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Denver
  21. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – vs. Atlanta
  22. Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – vs. Tennessee
  23. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle
  24. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  25. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
  26. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  27. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
  28. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  29. Mile Austin – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  30. Deion Branch – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  31. Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – at Minnesota
  32. Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – at Washington
  33. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  34. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Jets
  35. Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City
  36. Plaxico Burress – New York Jets – at Washington
  37. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
  38. Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  39. Damian Williams – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
  40. James Jones – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
  41. Riley Cooper – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle
  42. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  43. Nate Burleson – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
  44. Darius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – at Miami
  45. Earl Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City
  46. Steve Breaston – Kansas City Chiefs – at Chicago
  47. Jerome Simpson – Cincinnati Bengals – at Pittsburgh
  48. Jabar Gaffney – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Jets
  49. Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  50. Devin Hester – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City


  • After seeing the New Orleans Saints run roughshod over the Giants defense, is there any doubt that Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers can follow suit?  Both Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson have got to be considered among the best options for the coming week.
  • It’s a near foregone conclusion that the Giants are going to be playing from behind and will need to pass the ball in order to keep up with the Packers.  Over his past four games Victor Cruz has averaged 115.0 yards per game.  Over his past two games he has picked up 285 yards and three TD.  With Hakeem Nicks generating a lot of attention, Cruz has stepped up and become the main man in New York.  He has to be considered the superior option and one of the elite in the league against a Packers defense allowing 287.8 passing yards per game.  As for Nicks, he’s more of a WR2 at this point.
  • With Miles Austin expected to return to the lineup this week, you have to wonder how it will affect the performances of Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson.  There should be more than enough balls to go around, at least you would think.  Plus, you would think that the Cowboys will take the time to work Austin back into the mix.  Robinson, who has scored in five consecutive games (seven touchdowns over that span) should still be considered a viable option against a Cardinals defense allowing 250.2 passing yards per game.  However, it may not be long before he’s nothing more than a WR3, so keep that in mind.
  • How does the latest loss at quarterback hurt the value of Andre Johnson?  Who knows, but it’s hard to consider him more than a WR2 with a rookie quarterback throwing him the ball.  Hopefully they prove us wrong, but for now you have to be concerned.
  • After Stevie Johnson put on a show against Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets (eight receptions for 75 yards and one TD) how can you not consider him a WR2 this week?  Obviously we don’t want to ignore the previous two weeks (a total of four receptions for 24 yards), but we all know he’s better than that.
  • Vincent Jackson continues to be all or nothing for fantasy owners.  When he’s good he’s unbelievable (four games with at least 100 yards and one TD).  Unfortunately, in the other seven games his high is 63 yards and he hasn’t scored.  He has a tough matchup against a Jaguars defense that is allowing just 183.4 passing yards per game (and just 13 TD), making him more of a low-end WR2.
  • DeSean Jackson keeps working against himself, but the Eagles clearly need him to produce.  Don’t shy away from him as a low-end WR2, but he clearly has become someone that is tough to trust.  If you have more trustworthy options, you will want to consider them.  He was benched last week and there is no reason to think that Andy Reid won’t sit him down again.
  • Over his past two games Mike Williams has posted 13 receptions for 167 yards and two TD.  Is anyone still ignoring him?  It took a long time to get going, but he is finally showing what made him a highly sought after selection heading into the season.  He should be considered a borderline WR2 for the coming week, and by the fantasy playoffs could entrench himself as a must-play option.
  • Welcome back to viability Reggie Wayne!  He exploded in Week 12 for five receptions, 122 yards and one TD.  Taking on the porous Patriots pass defense, it’s hard not to like him as a WR3 for the coming week.
  • Who is actually the better Jets receiving option?  Plaxico Burress has 34 receptions for 479 yards and seven TD vs. Santonio Holmes’ 37 receptions for 494 yards and five TD.  Its close, but neither should really be getting you excited.  Consider them nothing more than WR3s, at best.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 articles: