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Fantasy football rankings, rest of season: Wide receivers

It's almost time for the fantasy playoffs. Here are our rest of season rankings and a look at three receivers that should dominate down the stretch.

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As fantasy owners, we've been waiting all season to see what Josh Gordon would provide once he got back on the field. He didn't disappoint against Atlanta, unless you were using him in a touchdown-only league. The rumors that he would be on a snap count of 20 or 30 plays were completely false. The worries about him being rusty were also debunked almost immediately. Atlanta's defense is not the strongest, so we'll have to see how he fares against the Bills this week. He should have some really big weeks during the fantasy playoffs, which is what really matters. Those who took the risk and drafted him will be completely vindicated. My only concern is the Browns' reliance on their running game. That offensive philosophy might eat into Gordon's fantasy totals.

Odell Beckham Jr. is another receiver who has rewarded the patience of fantasy owners who stuck with him. He missed the Giants first four games but has now scored double digit points in five of the seven games he's played. I'm sure the attention paid to him by defenses will increase but he showed on Sunday that even double teams can's stop him. His schedule down the stretch sets up perfectly for a strong finish. My concern with for him is his quarterback. If Eli is off, that will obviously affect OBJ. Let's hope that the offense finds it's groove and this was the beginning of a hot streak.

If you own Calvin Johnson and are going to make the playoffs, it's time for rejoicing. His schedule between now and Week 16 is fantasy gold. He faces four weak defenses and should put up some great numbers. We deserve this because of suffering through his four goose eggs and a one-point game. I believe we'll see the real Megatron rise and dominate like he did in Week 1. I hope my lack of concern about his last two games is not misplaced. Detroit has faced two great defenses and that has resulted in a lack of production from the Lions as a whole. I believe Detroit makes a push for the playoffs with Matthew Stafford-to-Johnson leading the way.

Wide receiver rankings, rest of season

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team DK DC JD SK
1 Demaryius Thomas DEN 1 1 1 1
2 Jordy Nelson GB 2 3 3 5
3 Dez Bryant DAL 5 4 2 3
4 Antonio Brown PIT 3 2 4 6
5 Calvin Johnson DET 4 5 5 2
6 A.J. Green CIN 6 8 6 15
7 T.Y. Hilton IND 8 7 7 14
8 Randall Cobb GB 7 9 12 8
9 Julio Jones ATL 15 10 8 4
10 Josh Gordon CLE 9 6 10 16
11 Emmanuel Sanders DEN 11 12 17 7
12 Mike Evans TAM 12 16 11 11
13 Brandon Marshall CHI 14 11 18 9
14 Odell Beckham NYG 10 17 9 17
15 Alshon Jeffery CHI 13 15 16 10
16 Jeremy Maclin PHI 18 13 13 24
17 Roddy White ATL 20 20 21 13
18 Sammy Watkins BUF 17 19 15 23
19 Kelvin Benjamin CAR 16 14 19 40
20 Percy Harvin NYJ 33 26 22 12
21 Golden Tate DET 23 18 20 36
22 Denard Robinson JAC 19 34 26 19
23 Julian Edelman NE 30 22 29 21
24 Jordan Matthews PHI 24 27 14 42
25 DeSean Jackson WAS 22 23 24 38
26 DeAndre Hopkins HOU 21 25 32 30
27 Mike Wallace MIA 25 21 39 26
28 Andre Johnson HOU 29 28 33 22
29 Vincent Jackson TAM 32 29 27 25
30 Keenan Allen SD 40 30 28 20
31 Anquan Boldin SF 26 37 23 37
32 Marques Colston NO 27 44 25 33
33 Brandon LaFell NE 36 38 37 29
34 Steve Smith Sr. BAL 48 24 36 39
35 Rueben Randle NYG 46 42 45 18
36 Eric Decker NYJ 28 40 -- 32
37 Andrew Hawkins CLE 34 32 34 --
38 Jarvis Landry MIA 37 43 30 48
39 Cecil Shorts III JAC 45 35 -- 28
40 Torrey Smith BAL 43 39 31 47
41 Mohamed Sanu CIN 44 41 42 35
42 Michael Crabtree SF 42 36 44 41
43 Reggie Wayne IND 35 -- -- 27
44 Martavis Bryant PIT 31 31 -- --
45 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 49 33 40 --
46 Kendall Wright TEN 50 47 46 34
47 John Brown ARI 41 50 35 --
48 Doug Baldwin SEA -- 49 -- 31
49 Kenny Stills NO 38 -- -- 44
50 Malcom Floyd SD 39 -- -- 43
-- Michael Floyd ARI 47 48 41 --
-- Greg Jennings MIN -- -- 38 --
-- Kenny Britt STL -- -- 43 46
-- Terrance Williams DAL -- 45 48 50
-- Allen Hurns JAC -- -- -- 45
-- Pierre Garcon WAS -- 46 -- --
-- Davante Adams GB -- -- 47 --
-- Dwayne Bowe KC -- -- 49 49
-- Cordarrelle Patterson MIN -- -- 50 --

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