2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 14: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIDecember 6, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 4:  Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown against the Denver Broncos at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 4, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
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Percy Harvin @ Lions:

With Donovan McNabb under center coupled with Percy Harvin’s own rib issues, the Vikings' talented playmaker had a hard time living up to his low-end WR-2 expectations coming into the season. Of late, Harvin has been able to stay on the field and rookie quarterback Christian Ponder has taken a liking to him as the top target in the passing game.

Harvin had a WR-1 performance against the Falcons and followed that up with two impressive touchdowns to go with over 150 yards receiving against the Broncos. Throw in Harvin’s touches in the run game and a great matchup against the Lions, and you can see why he grades out as our top-ranked receiver for Week 14.

No one would expect Ponder to play like Drew Brees, but it’s hard to ignore the Lions secondary when corners like Eric Wright get embarrassed by Brees and Robert Meachem for a long touchdown score last week. Detroit is playing like they want to miss the playoffs, while the Vikings are putting up competitive games against good teams. Look for Harvin to have another huge performance this week.


Torrey Smith vs. Colts:

If you’re in need of some big play upside to beat out a better team in the first round of the playoffs, you might want to get Torrey Smith in your lineup this week. Smith is a boom-or-bust player, but against the Colts he should have some opportunities downfield.

We saw Smith breakout in his debut against the Rams with three touchdowns in the first half, and while no one can expect that kind of production, he could have the kind of performance to help you advance in the playoffs.

More WK 14 Rankings – QB | RB | TE | K/D | Flex | Waivers | Start / Sit |

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