Who are the best plays at wide receiver this week? Is there a Cowboys receiver who is better than the rest? What does facing the Jets do to the Giants wide receivers?
Let’s take a look at who the recommended options are for Week 16:
- Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. San Diego
- Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Arizona
- Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
- Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – at New England
- Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. St. Louis
- Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – at New York Jets
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Cincinnati
- Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers – at Detroit
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
- Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Buffalo
- Victor Cruz – New York Giants – at New York Jets
- Laurent Robinson – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
- Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. St. Louis
- Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
- Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – vs. Denver
- Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
- Jabar Gaffney – Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
- DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
- Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
- Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
- Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
- Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – at Seattle
- Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
- Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – at Detroit
- Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
- James Jones – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
- Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
- Brandon Lloyd – St. Louis Rams – at Pittsburgh
- Mario Manningham – New York Giants – at New York Jets
- Plaxico Burress – New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
- Donald Driver – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
- Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – at Buffalo
- Golden Tate – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
- Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – at Baltimore
- Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – at New England
- Nate Burleson – Detroit Lions – vs. San Diego
- Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
- Jerome Simpson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Arizona
- Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Damian Williams – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
Last time Wes Welker faced the Dolphins, he had eight receptions for 160 yards and two TDs. For his career, he is averaging 105.4 receiving yards per game.
I know the two young tight ends are now a much bigger part of the offense, but it is impossible not to consider Welker among the best in the league.
Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown
Was the poor passing game of Ben Roethlisberger due to the matchup or the injuries?
Obviously, the 49ers played a role, but it’s possible that the Steelers ride the running game this week against the St. Louis Rams. That’s not to say that Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown aren’t tremendous options, but they may just not be quite as high as we would normally expect them to be.
Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz
With the weapons the Giants have, will Darrelle Revis shadow one receiver? I wouldn’t expect it, meaning it’s hard to downgrade either Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz very far based solely on the “Revis Effect.”
In other words, consider them both solid plays as the Giants' season is on the line (unless there is some news during the week where we hear Revis will get matched up with someone).
Dallas Cowboys Receivers
Tony Romo continues to get all three receivers into the mix, as Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson all scored a TD in Week 15.
At this point, Austin appears to be his go-to receiver once again, but consider all of them viable for Week 16.
He didn’t find the end zone, but Demaryius Thomas had another big day in Week 15 with seven receptions for 116 yards. Over the past three weeks, he has 18 catches for 338 yards and three TDs.
He clearly is the go-to option for Tim Tebow, making him a solid play in all formats.
Stevie Johnson has been coming alive once again, with 198 yards over his past two games. He draws a Broncos defense that has allowed 24 TDs (and has just nine INTs).
Consider him a good play as a WR2 in all formats.
Jabar Gaffney and Santana Moss
Over his past four games, Jabar Gaffney has averaged 91 receiving yards per game, while he’s also scored two TDs. Against a Vikings defense that struggles against the pass (260.4 passing yards per game, 31 TDs, six INTs), he is a very good play.
Santana Moss may be the top receiver for the team, but Gaffney is nearly just as good of an option.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 16 articles: