2010 Fantasy Football WR Rankings – Week 15

Dec 14, 2010

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Here’s my Week 15 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Andre Johnson @ Tennessee
2. Reggie Wayne vs. Jacksonville
3. Marques Colston @ Baltimore
4. DeSean Jackson @ New York Giants
5. Roddy White @ Seattle
6. Hakeem Nicks vs. Philadelphia
7. Deion Branch vs. Green Bay
8. Calvin Johnson @ Tampa Bay
9. Miles Austin vs. Washington
10. Anquan Boldin vs. New Orleans
11. Wes Welker vs. Green Bay
12. Terrell Owens vs. Cleveland
13. Jeremy Maclin @ New York Giants
14. Pierre Garcon vs. Jacksonville
15. Vincent Jackson vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
16. Brandon Marshall vs. Buffalo
17. Dwayne Bowe @ St. Louis
18. Greg Jennings @ New England
19. Santonio Holmes @ Pittsburgh
20. Mike Wallace vs. New York Jets
21. Larry Fitzgerald @ Carolina
22. Mike Williams (TB) vs. Detroit
23. Chad Ochocinco vs. Cleveland
24. Derrick Mason vs. New Orleans
25. Hines Ward vs. New York Jets
26. Brandon Lloyd @ Oakland
27. Santana Moss @ Dallas
28. Steve Johnson @ Miami
29. Steve Breaston @ Carolina
30. Lance Moore @ Baltimore
31. Braylon Edwards @ Pittsburgh
32. Davone Bess vs. Buffalo
33. Earl Bennett @ Minnesota (Monday)
34. Louis Murphy vs. Denver
35. Roy Williams vs. Washington
36. Kenny Britt vs. Houston
37. Mike Williams (SEA) vs. Atlanta
38. Legedu Naanee vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
39. Sidney Rice vs. Chicago (Monday)
40. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Arizona
41. Johnny Knox @ Minnesota (Monday)
42. Arrelious Benn vs. Detroit
43. Jacoby Ford vs. Denver
44. Mike Thomas @ Indianapolis
45. Donald Driver @ New England
46. Michael Crabtree @ San Diego (Thursday)
47. Anthony Armstrong @ Dallas
48. Blair White vs. Jacksonville
49. Brandon Gibson vs. Kansas City
50. Ruvell Martin vs. Atlanta
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Inside the numbers:

  • Andre Johnson has 15 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns in his past two games. It’s time he reclaims his number one ranking.
  • I don’t see Reggie Wayne matching the 15 catches for 196 yards he had the last time he faced Jacksonville, but he should put up big numbers.
  • You can pass the ball on the Ravens and Marques Colston, who has 535 yards and five touchdowns in his past six games, should be the primary beneficiary.
  • Hakeem Nicks caught seven passes for 96 yards. Barring any setbacks, it looks like he’s a strong WR1 once again.
  • If Matt Cassel can’t play this week, it would be hard to do so with Dwayne Bowe, who has faded as fast as Brett Favre the past two weeks.
  • Should somebody tell Deion Branch that it’s not 2005 anymore. The guy has been ridiculous the past two weeks. Meanwhile Wes Welker is averaging 79.3 yards and a score over his last four games.
  • In the first meeting with Cleveland T.O. caught ten passes for 210 yards.
  • Brandon Marshall was able to play last week, and barring a setback should be a force against Buffalo this week.
  • Greg Jennings, Sidney Rice, and Santonio Holmes will be hard to count on this week because of quarterback play. Larry Fitzgerald says “welcome to my world”.
  • ***Update***  Big Mike Williams appears good to go this week so I’m adding him to the rankings.
  • ***Update***  With both Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson, I have to downgrade Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin.

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43 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Grant
    December 14th, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    So usually I come in here and make crazy recommendations that either turn out to either be decent, or to be total flops. And most of the time, I do so for my own merit, hoping to make a good call that nobody else saw. But this time, I come bearing a suggestion in hopes that it will assist your accuracy rankings. And also for my own merit.

    Seattle’s Mike Williams should finally be healthy on Sunday. He almost played this past weekend, but thankfully he sat out in order to be fully ready to go next week. In his last 6 full quarters of play (full game against Arizona, first half against New Orleans before getting hurt), he’s had 16 catches for 244 yards, on a ridiculous 22 targets. In Week 6 (first game with Deion Branch gone), he had 10 rec for 123 yards. At Chicago.

    The Seahawks play at home this weekend against Atlanta (24th in passing defense). They are missing Deon Butler, and potentially Ben Obomanu, due to injuries. This is all the perfect storm for Williams, whose presence has directly correlated with Matt Hasselbeck’s success since Week 6.

    My prediction for Williams: 11 rec, 120 yds, 1 TD

  2. Grant
    December 14th, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    Also … you’re not buying into Vincent Jackson this weekend?

  3. LestersLegends
    December 14th, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Grant – If Williams is able to practice tomorrow, he’ll likely force me to adjust my rankings. He has been awesome when he’s in there. The foot just scares me like Gates. VJax has yet to prove himself, but I suppose he should at least be top 50. The short week, they play on Thursday, concerns me a little.

  4. Joe
    December 14th, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    With a favorable matchup and Collins playing “better”, wouldn’t Kenny Britt be in that top 50?

    I know Fisher talked about having Moss/Britt on the field at the same time wouldn’t happen as often as we’d hope, but perhaps that will change after their loss.

  5. LestersLegends
    December 14th, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    I suppose Joe, though it’s hard to rely on a Titan WR right now. I can see a lot of passes to CJ and Scaife again.

  6. Joe
    December 14th, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Sorry, meant to be a little higher* in the top 50. But I kind of agree with you. It’s very inconsistent and at this time you’re probably better off looking for a safer play than a high risk/reward player. Thanks.

  7. LestersLegends
    December 14th, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    I had him out of the top 50, but I agree with you, especially against Houston he’s a borderline WR3. Depends on whether you are a gambler or not. I think I have a tendency to be conservative when someone is returning from injury.

  8. Tega
    December 14th, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    LLoyd really fell on your list and Boldin is high, he didnt do much against Houston….can i trust him in my lineup in the playoffs

  9. Ray
    December 14th, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    what about Kenny Britt this week against that soft Houston defense? Britt looked healthy last week. I’m debating between Britt and Holmes this week.. are you not ready to trust Kenny yet?

  10. LestersLegends
    December 14th, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    I’ve really soured on the Broncos’ passing attack. Depends on your other options Tega.
    Ray – I’m not super sold on Britt yet, but that wouldn’t be a bad play. Sanchez has been awful so it would be tough for Holmes to do well. Then again, he’s playing his old team so he’ll be extra motivated.

  11. Frank
    December 15th, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    I’m going to the mountain seeking advice. I need a receiver for the last three weeks – but not Brandon Lloyd or Roddy White. Given the schedule and the strange things that happen during the last week, who would you pick? (Yes, everyone is available … the old TSN format)

  12. LestersLegends
    December 15th, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    I’d probably go with Reggie Wayne. You know he’s going to get plenty of looks and for the first time the Colts won’t be shutting everybody down at the end.

  13. Matt
    December 15th, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    Lester, just found your site…I like. I have a tough question for you. I’m in the championship game for my league facing a tough opponent with good match-ups. If you had to pick one receiver and a flex player from the following players, who do you pick for this week: 1) Thomas Jones, 2) Tashard Choice, 3) Robert Meachem, 4) Danny Amendola, 5) Jason Avant, 6) Ruvell Martin, 7) Rashad Jennings, 8)Arrelious Benn.

    I know this is a long list…but its the CHAMPIONSHIP…and I need help.

  14. LestersLegends
    December 15th, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Thanks Matt. Tough one indeed. I’d go with Ruvell unless Big Mike Williams plays, in which case I’d go with Benn. At flex I’d go with Tashard Choice.

  15. Seigemaster
    December 15th, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    In playoff semifinals. TE’s get 1 pt for 6.7 yds. WR’s get 1 pt for 10 yds. TDs=6 pts. Must start 1 WR and 2 WR/TEs.

    I am starting Roddy, TGonzo & Wallace.
    Bench is: Breaston, Amendola, Meachem
    Waiver Wire: MWilliams-SEA, Fasano, LMurphy, VJax, Roy E Williams, Jacoby Jones, Bess.

    Any advice? Thanks for your help!

  16. Mike
    December 16th, 2010 at 3:41 am #

    With Austin collie likely to play…where do you rank him?

  17. Anthony
    December 16th, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    Ive got a wr spot and flex I think B Gibson is gooD this weekbut I have manningham, n Washington, avant, t jones and a dixon

  18. LestersLegends
    December 16th, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    seige – You’re starting the players that I would.
    mike – i would have a hard time starting him. you just don’t know what you’re going to get. i would assume he would get a limited number of snaps, splitting reps with blair white
    anthony – manningham is hurting, dixon is sharing, tjones has disappeared, avant has been quiet, and i don’t love nate with britt back so I’m thinking gibson is your choice too.

  19. Nate
    December 16th, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Just wondering do you see santana moss in front of Bowe or britt this week? Tempting to start Britt and Bowe if Cassel is starting. Also would you play Blount over j charles? Cleveland or NE Defense? Thanks!

  20. LestersLegends
    December 16th, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    I have Moss a little higher than Britt, but I’m just being cautions. If Cassel starts Britt and Bowe sounds good. I like Blount a little better than Charles, but Charles obviously has more updside. I love the Pats D if Rodgers doesn’t play.

  21. Johnny
    December 16th, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Wes welker or mike Williams I’m already starting deion branch

  22. LestersLegends
    December 16th, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    I’d double up on the Pats. Those dudes have been on fire.

  23. Tony
    December 16th, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    need to start 3 wrs (PPR league): woodhead, lloyd, floyd, branch, austin and stevie johnson

    i can also go out and pick up mike williams (sea) or benn if need be

  24. LestersLegends
    December 16th, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    I’d roll with floyd, branch, and austin, but I would consider picking up big mike williams.

  25. LestersLegends
    December 16th, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    Scratch that Floyd is inactive.

  26. John
    December 17th, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    I went with Jackson last night and he came up huge. Im in a PPR and now I need advice on the two WR spots i have left, I have Santana Moss, Garcon, Lloyd, Bowe, and Rice. Big game

  27. LestersLegends
    December 17th, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    I like garcon and Bowe (provided that Cassel is back).

  28. James
    December 17th, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Hi there!

    Im starting Nicks and Austin at WR. Need 1 more.

    Dispite Vikings troubles, im leaning towar P Harvin.

    Have Knox, and many free agents.

  29. LestersLegends
    December 17th, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I do not trust Harvin who has not practiced in weeks, is playing on horrible field conditions with a rookie QB.

  30. Jon
    December 17th, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    So I put V-Jax in last night and was very very happy with my decision to gamble with him over Earl Bennett. However, with Malcom Floyd out last night, I now have to decide between Earl Bennett (outdoors at Minnesota) or Austin Collie (at Jacksonville) as my 3rd WR. Help!

  31. LestersLegends
    December 17th, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    I’d go with Bennett. Just can’t trust Collie who hasn’t played for so long.

  32. Grant
    December 17th, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    Alright Big Daddy, need a little assistance here. PPR league as usual, and I’ve got my QB (Vick) and my RBs (CJ and MJD) locked in. The 3 WRs, though, I am not so sure about:

    Marshall vs BUF
    M. Williams vs ATL
    Jennings @ NE (temps in the 25F-30F range, and possibly snow)
    Bennett @ MIN (temps in the 10F-15F range, and possibly snow)
    Fitzgerald @ CAR
    Rice vs CHI
    Ochocinco vs CLE

    Marshall and Williams are locks in my book (though I’d obviously like your opinion on that). My biggest question is really Jennings vs Bennett. Obviously in the best-case scenario, Rodgers starts and Jennings is a lock … but that looks doubtful. So assuming Flynn starts for GB, is there a scenario in which you would start Bennett (or someone else!) over Jennings?

  33. LestersLegends
    December 17th, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    I’m with you on Marshall and Williams and I think I’d go with my boy Fitz. He’s averaging five catches in his past three games and should have a decent game against Carolina.

  34. Grant
    December 17th, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    I just worry about Skelton’s ability to throw against a team with a slightly-better secondary than last week’s cupcake (Denver). Bottom line, though, is that I’m considering this to be the WR3 spot, and I would easily take Fitz’s standard 10 points there.

  35. don
    December 17th, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    wes welker or mike williams tb

  36. Danny
    December 17th, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    deion branch wes welker mike williams tb johnny knox need to start 2

  37. LestersLegends
    December 17th, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    grant – i hear you. if nothing else he gets you five catches and 50 yards. it’s not great, but he has upside on top of that.
    don – welker
    danny – branch and welker

  38. RoBB
    December 19th, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Who should I start Collie or Holmes

  39. LestersLegends
    December 19th, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    i’d go with holmes. collie is too big of a risk after being off for so long.

  40. Jon
    December 19th, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    Last minute! Once again with Earl Bennett…him tomorrow night in the freezing cold or Danny Woodhead (as WR) tonight in NE??

  41. LestersLegends
    December 19th, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    sorry jon. was at my son’s swimming.

  42. Grant
    December 19th, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Well, I decided to go with my safety blanket, Jennings over Fitzgerald. As of right now, the jury’s still out … but Jenning’s TD catch just put me over the top. I’m headed to the finals …

  43. LestersLegends
    December 19th, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    Nice.

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