2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 16: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 20, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 15:  Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a 29-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Georgia Dome on December 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Julio Jones @ Saints

In recent weeks rookie receiver Julio Jones has proven to be the Atlanta Falcons new top big-play threat. This was what the Falcons had hoped for when they traded up to select him in the first round, and now fantasy owners should view him as a top 10 play this week. Maybe it was just garbage time, but if you go back and look at some of the receptions Jones was making in the fourth quarter against the Jaguars, you could see this kid's confidence growing before your eyes.

Making terrific plays look routine is the trademark of any great receiver and while Jones still has Roddy White to contend with, it’s to his benefit for production. White is the receiver who has to deal with role coverage, as Jones gets more one on one match-ups. This week's match-up against the Saints should be another fine performance for the budding star.

Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd @ Lions

In what may be his final season with the San Diego Chargers, Vincent Jackson has certainly taken his fantasy owners on an up and down carousel ride. One game Jackson can look like one of the elite big-play receivers in the league, giving you a 30-plus point performance. Then he can show up the next week with one reception for 16 yards.

This week Jackson is a must start even with this boom or bust ways, because Philip Rivers is clearly playing better and San Diego has one of the better pass friendly match-ups, as they head out to Detroit and face the Lions. Just last week Darrius Heyward-Bey posted over 150 yards and a 43-yard touchdown reception against this defense. Jackson should have opportunities for those kind of numbers.

Not only is Jackson a must play, but Malcom Floyd should have strong WR-3 consideration, as he’s known for making big-plays and is coming off a solid performance against the Ravens. With playoff hopes still on the line for both teams, this should be one where both teams score over 35 points.

More Week 16 Rankings – QB | RB | TE | Waivers | Start/Sit |

1 Calvin Johnson Chargers
2 Vincent Jackson @ Lions
3 Roddy White @ Saints
4 Brandon Marshall @ Patriots
5 Mike Wallace Rams
6 Steve Smith Buccaneers
7 A.J. Green(I) Cardinals
8 Jordy Nelson Bears
9 Larry Fitzgerald @ Bengals
10 Julio Jones @ Saints
11 Wes Welker Dolphins
12 Antonio Brown Rams
13 Torrey Smith Browns
14 Laurent Robinson Eagles
15 Dez Bryant Eagles
16 Miles Austin Eagles
17 Marques Colston Falcons
18 Demaryius Thomas @ Bills
19 Percy Harvin @ Redskins
20 Santana Moss Vikings
21 Victor Cruz @ Jets
22 Michael Crabtree @ Seahawks
23 Hakeem Nicks @ Jets
24 Jeremy Maclin (I) @ Cowboys
25 Jabar Gaffney Vikings
26 Anquan Boldin Browns
27 Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Chiefs
28 Santonio Holmes Giants
29 Lance Moore Falcons
30 Dwayne Bowe Raiders
31 Nate Burleson Chargers
32 Malcom Floyd @ Lions
33 Donald Driver Bears
34 Plaxico Burress Giants
35 DeSean Jackson (I) @ Cowboys
36 Nate Washington (I) Jaguars
37 Steve Johnson (I) Broncos
38 James Jones Bears
39 Early Doucet @ Bengals
40 Brandon Lloyd @ Steelers
41 Titus Young Chargers
42 Mike Williams (TB) @ Panthers
43 Mario Manningham (I) @ Jets
44 Reggie Wayne Texans