Week 14 Fantasy Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Eric StashinSenior Writer IDecember 8, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 4:  Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings beats Andre' Goodman #21 of the Denver Broncos for a touchdown at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 4, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /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 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.

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


Percy Harvin

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

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

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.


Dwayne Bowe

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

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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