It is the fantasy football playoffs and the wide receiver is the most wide open position in the game. Which studs can you count on down the stretch as even Calvin Johnson has disappeared over the past couple of weeks? How much damage can the Dallas Cowboys trifecta do on Saturday against the Buccaneers? What about the guys in New England? I really like Roddy White and Brandon Marshall this week as well. It is make or break time in the fantasy playoffs and you have to stay up to date with the Week 15 wide receiver rankings.
I guess the Chargers seem to be back and doing their usual December rush to the playoffs after dismantling the Jags on Monday Night, although I think my local high school team would be able to cover the spread against the Jags right now. We are entering what should be the first week of the fantasy playoffs with your team, so if you are reading this, congratulations on getting this far, you must have a pretty decent roster, and hopefully all of your wide receivers are on this list. Will Andre Johnson be an elite receiver down the stretch or was I right to call him over rated on our Sirius/XM radio show (5-8pm EST Saturday and 7-10pm EST Sunday on Sirius 210/XM 87 by the way)? Is Mike Wallace ready to have a strong finish? Will Larry Fitzgerald be crippled by poor quarterback play? How long can Victor Cruz keep this up? When setting this all important roster, be sure to see who we have where in the wide receiver rankings.
After two subpar weeks, Wes Welker bounced back big time last week with over 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns. We will find two Patriots receivers in the top 20 of the rankings this week. You will also find two Giants wide receivers in the top 20 as Victor Cruz is becoming a favorite target of Eli Manning. Stevie Johnson dropped three potential touchdown passes and not only shot himself in the foot in celebration, but also shot the Bills in the foot with an excessive celebration penalty. Andre Johnson is suffering without Matt Schaub in the lineup and will now have T.J. Yates as his quarterback. Can we expect much out of Johnson with Yates throwing him the ball? Will Dez Bryant be a factor for the Cowboys for all four quarters and not just two of them? How do Riley Cooper and Jason Avant stand after their big weeks? What can we expect from Miles Austin as he returns from injury? Get all over your answers to your fantasy lineup questions with this week’s wide receiver rankings.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there in fantasyland, and here's to hoping that you are all thankful for still being in contention in your leagues here in Week 12. As you will see below, I hope that you have many Lions and Packers if you plan on staying in the thick of the hunt when this weekend's games are over as I am looking for an aerial show on Turkey Day. Of all of the questions we have entering the final weekend in November, the most important would be what to expect from Andre Johnson in his first game back, especially with a new quarterback. Where the hell has Wes Welker been the past few weeks? How did Calvin Johnson not have a touchdown when Stafford threw five of them? Why is DeSean Jackson such an A-Hole? Can we expect Laurent Robinson's magic to continue? it is just a couple of weeks until the fantasy playoffs and in order to make the right choices do not miss the Week 12 Wide Receiver rankings.
Fantasy players from coast to coast are counting their blessings that both Calvin Johnson and Steve Smith will be back after their byes, and they are 1-2 in the rankings this week. We will be without Miles Austin again for a few weeks, and you might be surprised just how much I like Laurent Robinson this week, and while Austin is out. Cincinnati rookie A.J. Green continues to rise up the rankings as I gain more and more confidence in him and quarterback Andy Dalton. Will this be the week Andre Johnson comes back? Is this the week that MIke Williams finally has a good game? Can Julio Jones back up his big performance from last week? Will Hakeem Nicks, Andre Johnson, or Wes Welker play this week? Why does Jeff Mans have frosted tips? There is no answer to that one, but any question you have at wide receiver can be answered by your Week 10 rankings.
Who will be the top wide receiver in Week 9 in the NFL? This week we welcome Larry Fitzgerald to the top of the list, regardless of the performance of the quarterback in the desert this season. You will find one surprising name in the top 20 this week I think, and it is a player that we expected to be there every week before the season started, but has disappointed time after time after time. Other than that we have a lot of similar names among the top ranked guys. Can the Bengals' passing game continue to impress? What about the Bills? Do we see a resurgence in San Diego after a miserable loss on Monday night? What about Michael Crabtree? Is he ready to live up to the hype? How about Brandon Lloyd in his new home? Before setting your lineups be sure to take a look at the Week 9 wide receiver rankings.
Welcome back to fantasy relevance Marques Colston! Of course everyone on the Saints, including some of the fans, scored fantasy points last Sunday night, but Colston certainly has looked like the impressive rookie who once had tight end eligibility and ruled fantasy football. Thankfully for his fantasy owners, Wes Welker will be back on the field and I'm sure racking up the receptions against the Steelers. Where do guys who grabbed my attention last week rank for Week 8? That's right, I'm talking about Brandon Lloyd and Demaryius Thomas. Which Jackson, DeSean or Vincent, will have the better game? Will Andre Johnson be back? Your Week 8 matchup could make or break your season, so be sure to prepare by reading the wide receiver rankings.
All I know is one thing. I've got a fever! And the only cure is more Sanzenbacher! The Bears' undrafted free agent wide receiver caught a touchdown for the second consecutive game, and even though he is short and white, he has at least gained my attention. In a short pass, pass happy offense, Sanzenbacher is at least worth a roster spot as long as he is producing. Injuries to stars such as Hakeem Nicks and Dez Bryant again make setting your rosters difficult, and what can you count on from Marques Colston in his first game back from injury (here's a hint, he ain't on this list!). I would also like to point out to the person who tweeted Fantasy Alarm this past weekend that I had forgotten to include Brandon Marshall that I knew that he wasn't going to have a big week and that is why he wasn't on the list.........ok, that's not true, it was my mistake, but hey it sounded good for a second! Wide receiver is definitely the most fluid and deep position in fantasy football, but it is also the hardest to gauge as it seems sometimes that guys' fortunes change greatly from week to week. However, the league has turned into a pass heavy sport, so the decisions you make here are probably the most crucial of your week.
Week 3 of the NFL season is right around the corner and the wide receiver picture looks very differently already in just the first two weeks of the season. Receivers in Carolina aren't looking as badly as we thought before the season started, while the situation in Indianapolis continues to look bleak. Is rookie A.J. Green going to continue what he did in Week 2? How many points are the Chargers going to put up against the Chiefs this week? What effect will Jerome Simpson's "delivery" have on his fantasy value? Will we be in awe of Ochocinco's statistics? Below are how I think the third week of the season is going to play out and so much more in the world of wide receivers.
The position that seemed to gain the most steam in 2011 in fantasy football was wide receivers. They never would be even thought of in the first round in years past, but this season I saw as many as four in the first twelve picks. Of course the highlight of the week was Wes Welker's 99 yard touchdown reception on Monday night, but also Calvin Johnson proved once again that he is just completely unguardable. Dez Bryant looked like he was going to take the next step towards fantasy stardom, and Kenny Britt he can run on the field too, not just from the police. The passing games across the NFL were in sync like never before, and now you have to wonder if that trend will continue. From Calvin Johnson to Dominik Hixon, take a look at who will be the top 50 performers in the world of wide receivers in Week 2.