2012 Fantasy Football WR Rankings – Week 12

Nov 19, 2012

With an exciting 11th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 12 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron has scored in four of five Thanksgiving games. He’s averaging 159.7 yards in his past three games. The Houston Texans will be tough, but he’s a machine.
2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has now scored in nine straight games. He’s unstoppable. The Oakland Raiders have allowed 20 passing touchdowns so running the streak to 10 is probable.
3. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy has three straight 100-yard games. Julio Jones is banged up so White could be busy as ever against Tampa Bay. The Bucs have allowed 312.6 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
4. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax is averaging 86.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He will challenge the Atlanta Falcons secondary.
5. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
The Vikings secondary has been out of sorts since Chris Cook went down. Marshall will have his way with them.
6. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas is averaging 93.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns this year. Peyton is on fire. The Chiefs have allowed 20 touchdown passes.
7. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez had 12 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. It was his second straight game with a score. This week he takes on the Washington Redskins. The ‘Skins have allowed 289.2 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
8. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb has averaged 68.7 yards with seven touchdowns in his past six games. The Giants have allowed 257.8 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
9. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Nobody gets targeted at the same frequency as Wayne. The Buffalo Bills have allowed 19 passing touchdowns.
10. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Don’t look now, but Andre Johnson has averaged 117.4 yards in his last five games. The Lions have allowed 16 passing touchdowns.
11. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
With Gronk out the Patriots will rely more heavily on Wes Welker. He has six or more receptions in his past eight games. The Jets have allowed 14 passing scores.
12. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Colston is averaging 72.1 yards and 0.7 touchdowns this year. The San Francisco 49ers are a tough foe, but the Saints are hot.
13. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
Austin has been pretty mediocre the past three games (55.3 yards per game), but should explode against Washington.
14. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz averaged 89.6 yard and a touchdown in his first seven games. He averaged 38.7 yards the past three games without a score. He should bounce back against Green Bay following his bye.
15. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker has eight touchdowns in the past seven games. The Chiefs have allowed 20 passing scores.
16. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy was able to return to action. He should be closer to form against the Giants.
17. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
The Bears present a tough challenge. I don’t trust Ponder to keep his composure. Percy’s ankle is also a concern.
18. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Wallace has elite speed, but could struggle with Big Ben out. He scores every other game over the course of his career so he’s always a threat.
19. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio’s ankle is a concern, but if he can go he has a favorable matchup with Washington.
20. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks had nine catches for 75 yards prior to the bye. He should build on that against Green Bay.
21. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts is averaging 87.4 yards with three touchdowns in his last five games. The Titans have allowed 266.2 yards and a pair of scores per game.
22. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Moore is averaging 85.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in four home games. He faces the Niners.
23. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
DX is averaging 97 yards and a touchdown in his last three games. Baltimore has allowed 250.1 yards per game.
24. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks
Rice has four touchdowns in his past three games. The Miami Dolphins have allowed 266.3 yards per game.
25. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
Moore let down his owners against the Saints, but just about everyone has a stinker. He should get back on his horse against the Bengals.
26. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith has just one touchdown on the year, but at this point the Philadelphia Eagles are in shambles.
27. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree should be a nice play against New Orleans. The Saints have allowed 305 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game.
28. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
He caught seven more passes. Rank him higher in PPR leagues, but he remains a solid standard league option against the Arizona Cardinals.
29. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith is pretty hit or miss, but he should be decent against the Chargers.
30. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Bowe’s neck injury forced him out of action before catching a pass. He’s a slight risk against Denver.
31. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Fitz is a gamble thanks to terrible quarterback play. It’s sad when you long for the days of Kevin Kolb. He’s a WR3 at best against the Rams.
32. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Johnson has 12 catches for 165 yards the past two games. The Colts have allowed 18 touchdowns.
33. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon had his coming out party against Houston. Chad Henne will get the start again, which should help Blackmon’s cause. The Titans struggle against the pass.
34. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has two 100-yard games on either side of a catchless dud. He has a nice draw against the Bills this week.
35. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Floyd is playing third fiddle to DX and Antonio Gates. He still has a pair of scores and a 59.3 yard average in his past three games. He’s a decent play against Baltimore.
36. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders
DHB is averaging 75 yards in his last three games. He’s a decent option against Cincinnati.
37. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Williams is averaging 59.7 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. I expect Freeman to attempt a lot of passes against Atlanta.
38. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin caught eight passes for 79 yards against Pittsburgh. He’s a low-end WR option against San Diego.
39. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
I can’t believe how far the Eagles have fallen. Maclin has the talent, but he’s a risky start against Carolina after failing to catch a pass last week.
40. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Britt should be a bigger part of the offense against Jacksonville coming out of the bye. The Jags have allowed 276.9 yards per game.
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27 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Nico
    November 20th, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Im thinking of playing heyward and Cruz.
    my other guys are James Jones and Floyd.
    should i bench Heyward for any of those two?

  2. LestersLegends
    November 20th, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Cruz should be in there. The other three options are similar. DHB is a solid option.

  3. d9988
    November 20th, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    What a coincidence, i was planning on starting Bryant, Wayne, and Cobb. They are ranked sequentially.

    Would you consider starting vernon davis over any of them in a TD only league?

  4. LestersLegends
    November 20th, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    I wouldn’t. One game doesn’t make him back when you have those options.

  5. Tega
    November 21st, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    No B. Lloyd on the list??

  6. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Averaging 31 yards the past four games. Edelman cut into his playing time.

  7. toni
    November 21st, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Trying to squeeze my way into the playoffs after a dismal 5-6 thus far. Any help for my team (Stilettos!) is very much appreciated:

    My lineup:
    MReece (just replaced for McGahee)
    DAlexander (flex)
    Tucker (K)
    Houston DEF (very disappointing ZERO points last week)

    Torrey Smith
    JJones (GB WR)
    Myers (TE)
    DMuray (still holding on to hope!)

  8. Dr Mel
    November 21st, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I’m assuming the smart play is Brady over Luck this week. However, I keep juggling my WR’s. Can you help me decide? I have Julio, (injury?)
    Amendola, Cruz, DX & Crabtree. Thanks as always!

  9. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    toni – solid squad. I like Myers a little better than Olsen. Otherwise I like what you’ve got.
    Dr Mel – I’d go Brady. WRs Cruz, DX, Crabtree

  10. wayne
    November 21st, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    should I trade Julio Jones for Marshall ?

  11. Tom
    November 21st, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    D-jax, S. Rice or J. Edelman? Thanks!!

  12. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 6:43 pm #


  13. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 6:46 pm #


  14. Silent G
    November 21st, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    What are your thoughts on Garcon? Is he worth holding onto, or should I drop him for Blackmon? Thanks.

  15. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Rather have Blackmon. Garcon too risky.

  16. Silent G
    November 21st, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    Thanks, it appears that Blackmon has a slightly better rapport with Henne, and now Gabbert and Robinson are both on the IR. So, more potential tocuhces… Just wasn’t sure about Garcon, he can be great when healthy, but who knows? Appreciate the prompt response!

  17. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Injuries like that worry me. Agree with your assessment with Henne in and Robinson and Gabbert out.

  18. Grant
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Why don’t you just … you know … go ahead and bump Blackmon up into the Top 10 this week. It would make all of us feel better. :)

  19. LestersLegends
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Not ready to annoint him just yet. I like getting Henne as his starter though

  20. Cole
    November 24th, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    ok I have Michael Crabtree, Steve Johnson and Denario Alexander which do you think I should start? I am already starting victor Cruz.

  21. LestersLegends
    November 24th, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    DX and Crabtree

  22. Bill
    November 24th, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Would you rather start Torrey or Blackmon? I know you rank Torrey higher but with Flacco on the road I’m worried he will give me another goose-egg. I’m not going for a homerun so is Blackmon safer?

  23. Joel
    November 24th, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Need to start 3 receivers. With Harvin and sproles iffy – have Cobb, Cecil Shorts, TY Hilton, Desean Jax or Crabtree on waivers. Thinking definitely Cobb and Shorts. Do you think it would be wise to take a flyer of Crabtree over Hilton? D Jax too suspect?

  24. LestersLegends
    November 24th, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Bill – I’d put them in same tier. If your gut say Blackmon, he is coming off an amazing performance.
    Joel – Harvin is out. Cobb, Shorts, Crabtree

  25. Joel
    November 25th, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Thank you sir, everybody have a good week!

  26. Dr Mel
    November 25th, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Ryan- you may not get this, but in case you do…since Julio is starting do I replace him for Crabtree or DX? Or, should I sit Julio in case he reinjures his ankle? Thanks & good luck this weekend!

  27. LestersLegends
    November 25th, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    No problem. You too Jole.
    Dr. Mel – Tough one to have because of his matchup. I am starting him in two leagues because my backups are DeSean and Maclin in one and Britt and Maclin in the other. I would say Crabtree is your safe pick. DX is your moderate pick with more risk and more reward. Julio is your risk pick. High risk/high reward. Depends if you want to roll the dice.

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