Let’s continue our tour around the NFL by looking at the Top 50 wide receivers for the coming week.
How good of a play is Percy Harvin? Where does a returning Jeremy Maclin fall on the rankings? Is Dwayne Bowe usable taking on the New York Jets?
Let’s look at these questions and all the rest.
- Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
- Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at Washington
- Victor Cruz – New York Giants – at Dallas
- Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – vs. Oakland
- Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
- Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
- Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – at Dallas
- Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
- Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – vs. Oakland
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Houston
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
- Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco
- Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers – vs. Buffalo
- Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Indianapolis
- Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – vs. Philadelphia
- Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
- Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – at Miami
- Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – at Tennessee
- Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – vs. Kansas City
- Brandon Lloyd – St. Louis Rams – at Seattle
- Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at San Diego
- Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – vs. New England
- Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Jacksonville
- Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
- Laurent Robinson – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
- Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Indianapolis
- DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Miami
- Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts – at Baltimore
- Deion Branch – New England Patriots – at Washington
- Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – vs. Buffalo
- Nate Burleson – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
- Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears – at Denver
- Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Jets
- Golden Tate – Seattle Seahawks – vs. St. Louis
- Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – at Green Bay
- Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – vs. Chicago
- Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – at Tennessee
- Plaxico Burress – New York Jets – vs. Kansas City
- Jabar Gaffney – Washington Redskins – vs. New England
- Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – vs. New Orleans
- Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at Baltimore
- Damian Williams – Tennessee Titans – vs. New Orleans
- Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – at Cincinnati
- Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – vs. Philadelphia
- Jerome Simpson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Houston
- Steve Breaston – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Jets
- James Jones – Green Bay Packers – vs. Oakland
Green Bay Packers Receivers
Over the past four weeks Greg Jennings (17 receptions, 206 yards, three TDs) has been outplayed by teammate Jordy Nelson (19 receptions, 306 yards, four TDs).
Both players are obviously going to continue to thrive, and Jennings is going to come in first on the rankings (thanks to scoring in each of the past two games while Nelson has gone scoreless). Still, the split is worth noting and helps to keep Jennings down a few spots, though he remains a WR1.
New York Giants Receivers
Hakeem Nicks found the end zone twice in Week 13 and now has 14 receptions for 175 yards and two TDs over the past two weeks.
Of course, Victor Cruz has 16 receptions for 276 yards and two TDs over the same span. Cruz remains the better option, though both should play vital roles this week in a must-win game against the Cowboys.
When the Minnesota Vikings have needed Harvin, he has performed impressively. He has touchdowns in three straight games (four TDs over this span). He’s coming off an eight-reception, 156-yard, two-TD performance and has 95 yards or more in back-to-back games.
Generally, the Detroit Lions would’ve represented a difficult matchup, but we all know that with Suh suspended they are not the same team.
Granted, if Adrian Peterson returns, he won’t be as big of a focus, but at the same time he will just add a player that the Lions need to concentrate on. That would give Harvin even more room to operate.
Dallas Cowboys Receivers
The New York Giants have been torched by the pass in recent weeks, leaving them allowing the fourth-most passing yards per game (260.2).
Dez Bryant is probably the top option in Dallas (coming off an eight-catch, 86-yard, one-TD day), especially with touchdowns in three of his past four games. However, with Miles Austin due back and Laurent Robinson also in the mix, you just don’t know who is going to get what opportunities.
With Robinson hurting at this point, I would probably rank them Bryant, Austin and Robinson, though if all are on the field you never know who is going to have the biggest day. Consider them all WR2, at worst, for the time being.
Larry Fitzgerald has 10 total receptions over his past three games, failing to amass more than 55 yards in any contest. We all know the potential he has to post big numbers, so consider him a high-end WR2, but at this point we have to temper expectations.
Santana Moss has an extremely attractive matchup, but has he done enough to be considered anything more than a low-end WR2?
He’s averaging 46.5 yards per game (eight games on the season) and has only scored two TDs. He’s a high-risk, high-reward option.
The latest receiver to find himself on Revis Island will be Dwayne Bowe. Considering the quarterback issues and the fact that he hasn’t scored or exceeded 90 yards since Week 5, does anyone really trust him?
He’s nothing more than a WR3.
Mike Williams continued his recent roll, posting his third consecutive game of at least 83 yards in Week 13 (5 receptions for 93 yards).
The Jaguars may not be an ideal matchup, but they have allowed 16 passing TDs on the season. Consider Williams a borderline WR2 this week.
Oakland Raiders Receivers
At this point, it is anyone’s guess if Denarius Moore or Jacoby Ford will be able to return to the field for Week 14. Darius Heyward-Bey is the only option worth considering from Oakland.
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