2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 17: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 27, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants breaks the tackle attempt of Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets during the first half on December 24, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Victor Cruz vs. Cowboys

While fellow top receivers like Calvin Johnson, Jordy Nelson and Roddy White could fall victim to a short workweek because their teams are headed for the playoffs, second-year standout Victor Cruz and the Giants will be fighting for their playoff lives on Sunday night against the Cowboys.

While Cruz had a couple of average games against the Cowboys and Redskins in recent weeks, he came back with a huge performance against the Jets totaling 164 yards and a touchdown on a mere three receptions.

Once again, Cruz helped in creating his own luck, as he flashed his trademark reflexes after catching a routine first-down reception, and quickly turned his head and hips up field, positioning himself to break tackles and run down the sideline for a 99-yard touchdown.

As I’ve pointed out repeatedly this year, Cruz’s quick movements can get him in trouble at times as he will turn his body up field (mainly taking his eyes off the football) before he’s hauled the football to his chest. However, the upside of this is his 99-yard touchdown or his first big score of the year against the Eagles in Week 3.

While I’m concerned with some of Cruz’s comments to the media at times, he’s clearly one of the bright young playmakers in football and is a possible low-end WR-1 next summer, if he should secure a starting job opposite Hakeem Nicks.

As for this week, Cruz is a must-start WR-1 and is capable of going off for a huge game at any time. With everything on the line, don’t expect the Giants to take their foot off the peddle until the victory is official.

Please Note – ** means player could receive early rest on final week.

1 Victor Cruz Cowboys
2 Larry Fitzgerald Seahawks
3 Mike Wallace at Browns
4 Steve Smith at Saints
5 A.J. Green Ravens
6 Hakeem Nicks Cowboys
7 Wes Welker Bills
8 Calvin Johnson** at Packers
9 Roddy White** Buccaneers
10 Jordy Nelson** Lions
11 Brandon Marshall Jets
12 Julio Jones** Buccaneers
13 Antonio Brown at Browns
14 Percy Harvin Bears
15 Demaryius Thomas Chiefs
16 Jeremy Maclin Redskins
17 Torrey Smith at Bengals
18 Laurent Robinson at Giants
19 Dez Bryant at Giants
20 Miles Austin at Giants
21 Marques Colston** Panthers
22 Malcom Floyd at Raiders
23 Dwayne Bowe at Broncos
24 DeSean Jackson Redskins
25 Reggie Wayne at Jaguars
26 Michael Crabtree** at Rams
27 Darrius Heyward-Bey Chargers
28 Denarius Moore Chargers
29 Steve Johnson (I) at Patriots
30 Mario Manningham (I) Cowboys
31 Santana Moss at Eagles
32 Jabar Gaffney at Eagles
33 Anquan Boldin at Bengals
34 Nate Washington at Texans
35 Brandon Lloyd 49ers
36 Santonio Holmes at Dolphins
37 Plaxico Burress at Dolphins
38 Vincent Jackson (I) at Raiders
39 Nate Burleson** at Packers
40 Early Doucet Seahawks
41 James Jones Lions
42 Titus Young at Packers
43 Donald Driver** Lions

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