Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 12: Wide Receivers in standard and PPR leagues

Thomas B. Shea

Which Wide Receivers can you trust as you make the push for the playoffs? Read here and find out!

No position in fantasy football is more frustrating than wide receiver. Consider Oakland Wide Out Denarius Moore. He's been rock solid for his last five weeks. Averaging 8.4 targets and 12.6 fantasy points per game with 4 touchdowns. So, he's a lock WR1 in Week 11, right? Well, he did get seven targets, but only caught one ball for nine yards. Ugh. Who can you trust? Let's try to not "chase stats" and instead consider the match-up information, along with target data, below. Both are becoming more and more important as we evaluate which wide receivers are the favorites for their respective quarterbacks. And of course, a general notes section will highlight some important points for the week. Let's start right there:

NOTES:

  • Ok, ok Andre Johnson is back. Maybe he never really went anywhere, but Week 11 was his welcome home party. He had 273 yards while catching 14 of his 19 targets and topped if off with a touchdown. Let's see how he can do on Turkey Day on a short week in Dtown.
  • When most rookies are supposed to wearing out, Justin Blackmon apparently has just discovered that the 2012 season has begun. In the same overtime game as ‘Dre above, Blackmon had a touchdown to go with 236 yards. An amazing 33.7 yards per catch.
  • Dez Bryant has finally become what I projected him to be in August, a stud. He and Tony Romo seem to be clicking as Dez has caught 75% of Tony's targets in the last two weeks for 15 catches, 232 yards and two touchdowns. And couple that with a terrible Redskin secondary.....he'll be highly rated, below.
  • Finally, I need to mention the emergence of Danario Alexander. This is a guy that may have been on your waiver wire a few weeks or days ago, but not any longer (go check!). In his three starts with the Chargers, this Vincent Jackson clone (6'5" 217 lbs) is averaging 15.7 points, 97 yards and a touchdown per game! Snatch him and Start him.
  • These guys had a disappointing Week 11 and we have to wonder what the future brings: Jeremy Maclin (0-yards), DeSean Jackson (5-yards), Torrey Smith (7-yards), Andre Roberts (7-yards), Denarius Moore (9-yards), Larry Fitzgerald (11-yards), Mike Wallace (26-yards with a FL) and James Jones (33-yards).
  • Keep an eye on these wide receivers that are battling through injury: Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, Julio Jones, Wes Welker, Brandon Marshall, Percy Harvin, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Brandon Lloyd, Jeremy Kerley and Pierre Garcon.
  • The bye weeks are over, so feel free to start everyone.

TARGETS:

Just as I mentioned, fantasy wide receiver scoring can be fluky. But, one thing that you can't argue with is targets. See the chart below showing the Year-To-Date and Week 11 target leaders:

Year-To-Date

Week 11

Reggie Wayne (130)

Andre Johnson (19)

Brandon Marshall (107)

Reggie Wayne (18)

Calvin Johnson (105)

Dez Bryant (15)

Wes Welker (104)

Roddy White (13)

Victor Cruz (104)

Justin Blackmon (13)

Larry Fitzgerald (101)

Anquan Boldin (12)

Roddy White (93)

Miles Austin (12)

Dwayne Bowe (93)

A J Green (12)

Andre Johnson (92)

Randall Cobb (12)

Vincent Jackson (88)

Vincent Jackson (11)

Steve Johnson (88)

Wes Welker (11)

Brian Hartline (87)

Danario Alexander (11)

FANTASY POINTS ALLOWED (FPA):

FPA is a great judge of the strength of a future match-up. The number next to the teams' name represents how many fantasy points that team is giving up to the entire receiving corps on an average weekly basis. Obviously, you want your guy to play against a team that is allowing a LOT of points to WR's:

Best Defense Against Opposing WR's

Worst Defense Against Opposing WR's

PIT Steelers (16.59 pts allowed)

NO Saints (29.92 pts allowed)

SEA Seahawks (17.14 pts allowed)

TB Bucs (28.88 pts allowed)

SF 49ers (17.36 pts allowed)

NE Patriots (27.75 pts allowed)

ATL Falcons (17.96 pts allowed)

NY Giants (27.51 pts allowed)

NY Jets (18.04 pts allowed)

WAS Redskins (27.32 pts allowed)

CIN Bengals (18.91 pts allowed)

IND Colts (27.24 pts allowed)

STL Rams (19.05 pts allowed)

CLE Browns (26.54 pts allowed)

CAR Panthers (19.07 pts allowed)

JAC Jags (24.68 pts allowed)

WEEK 12 RANKINGS:

Player (TEAM)

Standard Scoring

PPR Scoring

Calvin Johnson (DET)

1

1

A J Green (CIN)

2

2

Roddy White (ATL)

3

3

Demaryius Thomas (DEN)

4

5

Randall Cobb (GB)

5

6

Reggie Wayne (IND)

6

4

Dez Bryant (DAL)

7

7

Andre Johnson (HOU)

8

8

Brandon Marshall (CHI)

9

9

Vincent Jackson (TB)

10

13

Victor Cruz (NYG)

11

10

Eric Decker (DEN)

12

11

Wes Welker (NE)

13

12

Marques Colston (NO)

14

14

Steve Johnson (BUF)

15

15

Jordy Nelson (GB)

16

16

Michael Crabtree (SF)

17

17

Hakeem Nicks (NYG)

18

21

Danario Alexander (SD)

19

18

Cecil Shorts (JAC)

20

19

Miles Austin (DAL)

21

20

Denarius Moore (OAK)

22

22

Steve Smith (CAR)

23

23

Torrey Smith (BAL)

24

26

Lance Moore (NO)

25

24

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)

26

25

Sidney Rice (SEA)

27

27

T Y Hilton (IND)

28

28

Malcom Floyd (SD)

29

30

Mike Wallace (PIT)

30

31

Percy Harvin (MIN)

31

29

James Jones (GB)

32

32

Danny Amendola (STL)

33

33

Darrius Heyward-Bey (OAK)

34

34

Justin Blackmon (JAC)

35

37

Golden Tate (SEA)

36

38

Mike Williams (TB)

37

35

Kenny Britt (TEN)

38

39

Nate Washington (TEN)

39

36

DeSean Jackson (PHI)

40

40

Mohamed Sanu (CIN)

41

42

Anquan Boldin (BAL)

42

41

Brandon Lloyd (NE)

43

43

Ryan Broyles (DET)

44

45

Brandon LaFell (CAR)

45

44

Jeremy Maclin (PHI)

46

46

Santana Moss (WAS)

47

47

Josh Gordon (CLE)

48

48

Jeremy Kerley (NYJ)

49

49

Julian Edelman (NE)

50

50

For more fantasy info, head over to the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 4-8:30 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Check out SB Nation's own Fantasy Football game, Pick 6!

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

In This Article

Teams
Players
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.