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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 11 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is averaging 113 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He’s facing a tough Pittsburgh Steelers pass defense. Does it really matter with Megatron?
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2. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson is averaging 90.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He’s facing the Washington Redskins. The Skins are yielding 274.8 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game.
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3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall is averaging 87.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are giving up 239.7 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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4. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Pierre Garcon is averaging 89.2 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. I’m expecting a shootout with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 306.5 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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5. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 88.1 yards and a touchdown per game He has five scores in the past three games. Thomas is facing the Kansas City Chiefs.
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6. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Andre Johnson is averaging 94.4 yards per game and has five touchdowns in the past two weeks. He should eat up the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 246.6 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
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7. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Wes Welker is averaging 64 yards and a touchdown per game. He has a tough draw against the Chiefs, but he’s so hard to cover.
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8. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson has played well with Mike Glennon at quarterback. He should light up the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are yielding 252 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game.
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9. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 101.3 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He’s got a tough matchup against Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns, but he’d be hard to sit this week.
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10. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen is averaging 89.7 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past six games. He’s facing the Miami Dolphins.
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11. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 89.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns. He’s squaring off with the Detroit Lions. The Lions are giving up 275.6 yards and 1.7 touchdowns.
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12. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald is averaging 54.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He’s facing the Jacksonville Jags. The Jags are allowing 235.9 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
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13. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is averaging 89.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals give up 209.4 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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14. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 85.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s going up against the New York Giants. The G-Men yield 226.9 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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15. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Eric Decker is averaging 80.1 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s also a decent play against the Chiefs.
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16. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Victor Cruz is averaging 79.3 yards and 0.4 touchdowns. He hasn’t scored in five straight games. Cruz is due for some salsa dancing. He’s facing the Green Bay Packers. The Pack allow 246.1 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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17. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffrey is averaging 81.7 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 105.2 yards in his past six games. Jeffery is also a strong play against the Ravens.
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18. Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles
Riley Cooper has five touchdowns in the past two games. He’s averaging 92.4 yards and 1.2 touchdowns in his past four games. He should also do well against the Skins.
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19. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola had 122 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers in his last game. He does have a tough matchup against the Carolina Panthers, but Rob Gronkowski will command a ton of attention.
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20. Cecil Shorts III, Jacksonville Jaguars
Cecil Shorts III is averaging 67.4 yards. He is facing the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have yielded 243.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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21. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton is averaging 125.5 yards in two games since Reggie Wayne went down. He plays the Tennessee Titans. The Titans give up 211.3 yards per game. They have only allowed seven passing touchdowns though.
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22. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith is averaging 83.7. He is going up against the Chicago Bears. The Bears allow 249.8 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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23. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
Percy Harvin has to be licking his chops thinking about facing the Minnesota Vikings. He will be amped up to face his former team. The Vikes have allowed 285.7 yards and 2.3 touchdowns. Monitor his playing status.
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24. Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers
Jarrett Boykin is averaging 79.8 yards in his past four games. He should continue to produce against the Giants.
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25. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin is averaging 63.8 yards per game. He is facing the New Orleans Saints, which will likely mean the San Francisco 49ers will have to rely more on Colin Kaepernick’s arm than usual.
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With an exciting tenth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 11 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
After dropping 207 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings perhaps Megatron has put the Madden Megacurse to rest. The Lions will have to pass early and often against Green Bay.
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2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green extended his touchdown streak to eight games. The Chiefs have allowed a ton of touchdown passes. Look for Green to make it nine.
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3. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne is averaging 103.4 yards per game. The Patriots have allowed 285.3 passing yards per game and 19 touchdowns.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas is averaging 99 yards per game. The Chargers have allowed 16 passing scores.
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5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio survived a scare and had 75 yards against the Saints. Look for another big game as the Falcons take on Arizona.
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6. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy had 114 yards last week, but could have had more if he didn’t stop running his route on a would-be game-winning touchdown pass. Without much of a running game, the Falcons will rely on Roddy and company.
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7. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall is likely facing the Niners without Jay Cutler. Even with bad weather and Jason Campbell under center for a half, Marshall finished with 107 yards against the Texans. He’s playing at an unbelievable level.
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8. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Jordy should be back, but Cobb has been the most reliable option the past few weeks. He’s averaging 77.2 total yards with six touchdowns in his past five games. Detroit will have their hands full with Cobb the way Rodgers has been playing.
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9. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Colston has seven touchdowns in the past six games. The Raiders have allowed 17 passing scores. I like Colston’s chances to add to those totals.
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10. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals will need to air it out against Atlanta meaning Fitz should have a busy day.
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11. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy should be healthy coming out of the bye. He scored three touchdowns the last time he faced the Lions.
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12. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Welker caught six more passes giving him 66 on the season. Last year he had 11 catches for 110 yards against the Colts.
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13. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jackson is a little hit or miss, but is very capable of scoring a touchdown and/or turning in a 100-yard day against Carolina.
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14. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker had a five-game scoring streak snapped in horrible fashion with a mere 15 yards. Look for him to rebound against the Chargers.
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15. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
Miles has had a couple of ugly games this year, including last week. He should rebound at home against the Browns. He’s averaging 99 yards at home compared to 63 on the road.
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16. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin was a different player with Foles under center. I’m expecting Vick to miss the game against Washington, which could help Maclin. The Redskins have allowed 301.7 yards per game and 20 touchdowns.
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17. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Wallace will use his speed against Baltimore. The Ravens have allowed 258.2 yards per game. He had 175 yards and a touchdown in two games against them last year.
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18. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez is a little risky as he has three games with fewer than 20 yards. He has averaged 90.7 yards in his other six games. I’m expecting one of the good games against Cleveland.
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19. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
Moore is averaging 71.9 yards with five touchdowns in eight games. The Saints have allowed 307.3 yards per game and 19 passing touchdowns.
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20. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
The weather and the Bears’ defense slowed Johnson last week. He averaged 93 yards the three prior games. He should bounce back against the Jags.
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21. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson didn’t quite have the increase with Foles as Maclin, but he should still be counted on for a good day against Washington.
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22. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Moore had 91 yards last week and should continue to be busy as long as Sproles is out. The Raiders have allowed 17 passing touchdowns.
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23. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith was nearly invisible against Denver. He should rebound against Tampa Bay. The Bucs have allowed a league-high 321.3 yards per game.
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24. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders
DHB is averaging 68.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. He should add to that number against a bad Saints secondary.
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25. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Hartline has eight receptions in each of his past two games. The Bills have allowed 18 passing touchdowns so perhaps Hartline can find the end zone.
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26. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
Amendola caught 11 passes for 102 yards in his return. Expect a ton of targets against the Jets.
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27. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
I’m expecting Bowe to be very busy against the Bengals. I just worry about his production.
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28. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey has three scores in his past two games, but Pittsburgh will be a stiff test.
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29. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
There should be plenty to go around against Detroit.
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30. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Floyd has scored in back-to-back weeks. Denver doesn’t allow a lot of yards (218.4 per game), but they have allowed 16 touchdown passes.
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31. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Stevie’s thigh wasn’t an issue against the Patriots as he caught six passes for 86 yards. Miami is allowing 278 yards per game so another strong effort is probable.
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32. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Williams is averaging 63.1 yards with five touchdowns in nine games. Freeman has been on fire making Williams a WR3 candidate against Carolina.
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33. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree has averaged 71 yards and 1.5 touchdowns the past two games. The Bears present a tough test.
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34. Titus Young, Detroit Lions
Titus is averaging 59 yards and 0.75 touchdowns in his past four games. He should be busy against Green Bay.
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35. Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts
His hip didn’t bother him last week and has extra time to rest and gear up for the showdown with New England.
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36. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts is averaging 89 yards and 0.5 touchdowns over the past four games. Houston presents a tough matchup.
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37. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Lloyd only managed 45 yards against the Bills. Though he scored twice in London he only produced 28 yards. He’s a bit of a risky play against the Colts.
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38. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin only has one touchdown on the year and is averaging 60.9 yards per game. He has had some success against Pittsburgh in the past, averaging 87 yards and 0.5 touchdowns the past two years.
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39. Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals
Roberts is averaging 84.7 yards over the past three games. He should be targeted heavily against Atlanta.
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40. Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers
I’m expecting Antonio Brown to be out again making Sanders a borderline option against Baltimore.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 11 2011 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1.  Greg Jennings @ Tampa Bay:  Bucs giving up 273.1 ypg can 15 passing TDs.
2.  Calvin Johnson vs. Carolina:  First game without either 100 yards or a touchdown. 81 yards isn’t a bad low water mark.
3.  Steve Smith @ Detroit:  Still averaging 105.7 ypg. Averaging 141.7 ypg on the road this year.
4.  Wes Welker vs. Kansas City:  Averaging eight catches and 111.8 ypg.
5.  Dez Bryant @ Washington:  Averaging 75 yards the past two games with a score.
6.  Larry Fitzgerald @ San Francisco:  Three TDs in the past two weeks. Kolb can stay out.
7.  A.J. Green @ Baltimore:  He’s scored in four of the last five games and six of nine on the year.
8.  Victor Cruz vs. Philadelphia:  Averaging 91.3 ypg the past three games.
9.  Brandon Marshall vs. Buffalo:  Averaging 7.5 catches for 102 yards the past two games.
10.  Anquan Boldin vs. Cincinnati:  Won’t miss Leon Hall who tore his Achilles.
11.  Mario Manningham vs. Philadelphia:  Has scored in three straight games.
12.  Stevie Johnson @ Miami:  As long as his shoulder checks out he’s a solid WR1 against the fish.
13.  Brandon Lloyd vs. Seattle:  Averaging 63.8 yards with two TDs over the past four games.
14.  Roddy White vs. Tennessee:  Drops are far too frequent.
15.  DeSean Jackson @ New York Giants:  Maclin is hurting. DeSean needs to make nice.
16.  Laurent Robinson @ Washington:  Averaging 69.3 yards with four TDs in the past three games.
17.  Vincent Jackson @ Chicago: He’s too hit or miss to be a WR1 against a tough Bears defense.
18.  Jordy Nelson @ Tampa Bay:  Hit or miss but big game potential.
19.  Percy Harvin vs. Oakland:  Raiders giving up 261.4 ypg.
20.  Denarious Moore @ Minnesota:  Vikings are terrible against the pas. Raiders wides are inconsistent but he’s played well with Palmer.
21.  Hakeem Nicks vs. Philadelphia:  Should see plenty of Nnamdi who held him to 25 yards in Week 3.
22.  Santonio Holmes @ Denver:  Averaging 53.8 yards with three TDs in his past five games.
23.  Plaxico Burress @ Denver:  Averaging 47.7 ypg with four TDs in the past three games.
24.  Dwayne Bowe @ New England:  I’d like Bowe a lot better if Cassel wasn’t out for the year against the league’s worst pass defense.
25.  Earl Bennett vs. San Diego:  Averaging 88.0 yards over the past two games.
26.  Deion Branch vs. Kansas City:  Two TDs in his past three games.
27.  Damian Williams @ Atlanta:  Averaging 79.0 yards the past three games.
28.  Vincent Brown @ Chicago:  Averaging 88.0 yards over the past two games.
29.  Harry Douglas vs. Tennessee:  Julio Jones likely out. Averaging 84.0 yards over the past three games.
30.  South Mike Williams @ Green Bay:  Slowed against the Texans but that was expected. Bucs will have to pass a ton against Green Bay.
31.  Doug Baldwin @ St. Louis:  74.8 yards over his past five games.
32.  David Nelson @ Miami:  Has scored in consecutive games.
33.  Early Doucet @ San Francisco:  Three TDs in his past four games.
34.  Greg Little vs. Jacksonville:  Averaging 50.8 yards the past five games.
35.  Jabar Gaffney vs. Dallas:  Quieter in recent weeks but the options are limited as the injuries continue for the Skins.
36.  Torrey Smith vs. Cincinnati:  Averaging 54.4 yards over the past five games.
37.  Sidney Rice @ St. Louis: Suffered a concussion last week but should be cleared.
38.  Steve Breaston @ Kansas City:  Averaging 65.8 ypg over the past six games but will miss Cassel.
39.  James Jones @ Tampa Bay:  Fourth option in the passing game but could still put up a big game.
40.  Jerome Simpson @ Baltimore:  100 yards or a score in the past three games.
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Here’s my Week 11 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Roddy White @ St. Louis
2. Reggie Wayne @ New England
3. Hakeem Nicks @ Philadelphia
4. DeSean Jackson vs. New York Giants
5. Greg Jennings @ Minnesota
6. Calvin Johnson @ Dallas
7. Dwayne Bowe vs. Arizona
8. Terrell Owens vs. Buffalo
9. Anquan Boldin @ Carolina
10. Dez Bryant vs. Detroit
11. Marques Colston vs. Seattle
12. Andre Johnson @ New York Jets
13. Brandon Lloyd @ San Diego
14. Miles Austin vs. Detroit
15. Brandon Marshall vs. Chicago
16. Percy Harvin vs. Green Bay
17. Larry Fitzgerald @ Kansas City
18. Mike Wallace vs. Oakland
19. Santonio Holmes vs. Houston
20. Michael Crabtree vs. Tampa Bay
21. Jeremy Maclin vs. New York Giants
22. Chad Ochocinco vs. Buffalo
23. Steve Johnson @ Cincinnati
24. Hines Ward vs. Oakland
25. Pierre Garcon @ New England
26. Mario Manningham @ Philadelphia
27. Wes Welker @ Indianapolis
28. Johnny Knox @ Miami
29. Mike Williams (SEA) @ New Orleans
30. Mike Williams (TB) @ San Francisco
31. Braylon Edwards vs. Houston
32. Steve Breaston @ Kansas City
33. Mike Thomas vs. Cleveland
34. Nate Burleson @ Dallas
35. Davone Bess vs. Chicago
36. Deion Branch @ Indianapolis
37. Lee Evans @ Cincinnati
38. Mike Sims-Walker vs. Cleveland
39. Santana Moss @ Tennessee
40. Danny Amendola vs. Atlanta
41. Kevin Walter @ New York Jets
42. Lance Moore vs. Seattle
43. Randy Moss vs. Washington
44. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Baltimore
45. Robert Meachem vs. Seattle
46. Malcom Floyd vs. Denver
47. Patrick Crayton vs. Denver
48. James Jones @ Minnesota
49. Donald Driver @ Minnesota
50. Roy Williams vs. Detroit

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Inside the numbers:

  • Roddy White gets extra time for his knee to heal. Not that it troubled him in Week 10.
  • New England is getting killed by the pass (277.8 ypg). The last time Reggie Wayne faced them he caught ten passes for 126 yards and two scores.
  • The last time he faced the Eagles, Nicks caught four passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. It’s highly possible he catches TD #10 this week.
  • In the first meeting with the Vikings Greg Jennings caught six passes for 74 yards and a score. Expect more of the same.
  • T.O. may not have had any run-ins with Buffalo like he has with his other former teams, but he’s certain to be up for the meeting.
  • DeSean Jackson tormented the Giants to the tune of 256 yards and 2 TDs last year.
  • Any question who’s the top WR in Dallas right now. Forget Roy Williams, Miles Austin can carry Dez Bryant’s shoulder pads.
  • My gut says Hines Ward will be able to play this week. He was dying to get back in their Sunday night.
  • With Steve Smith out, I slid Mario Manningham up a few notches.
  • Danny Amendola has scored in three straight games, and has a favorable match-up against Atlanta.
  • I don’t have any faith in Randy Moss right until he proves otherwise.

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