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Most fantasy leagues have wrapped up already, but there are some that still play to the bitter end. For those leagues, I present the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 17 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 75.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He has scored a touchdown in four straight games. Dez should finish strong against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 285.2 passing yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. Dez had 110 yards in the first meeting.
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2. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is averaging 120.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. The last time he played the Pittsburgh Steelers he had 14 catches for 237 yards and a touchdown.
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3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall has scored in both games since Jay Cutler’s return. He should have another strong game against the Green Bay Packers. He had 107 yards and a score in the first meeting. The Pack have allowed 248.8 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 87.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He should see plenty of looks as Peyton Manning attempts to set the single-season passing yards record against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have yielded 250.5 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game. Thomas caught 10 balls for 94 yards in the first meeting.
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5. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Eric Decker is averaging 116 yards and 1.8 touchdowns in his past four games. He’s thriving with Wes Welker (concussion) out of the mix. Decker caught eight passes for 133 yards and a score in the first game against the Raiders.
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6. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson is averaging 86.9 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should light up the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 290.7 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game.
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7. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Pierre Garcon is averaging nine catches for 136.5 yards and a touchdown with Kirk Cousins under center. He should finish strong against the New York Giants.
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8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 91 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He had 151 yards and a score in his first meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.
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9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffrey is averaging 96.4 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He had 60 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Packers.
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10. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 94.1 yards and 0.5 yards per game with an additional score in the return game. He had 92 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting against the Cleveland Browns.
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11. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen has five touchdown catches in the past three games. He’s averaging 68.8 yards and a score in his past five games. Allen had nine catches for 124 yards in the first meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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12. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman is averaging 98.2 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in the past five games. He should have a strong finale against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed 1.8 touchdowns per game. Edelman had 79 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting.
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13. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Andre Johnson is averaging 90.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He had eight catches for 76 yards in the first meeting with the Tennessee Titans. If he can manage 142 yards Johnson will have his fourth season with 1,500 yards.
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14. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is dealing with knee and ankle injuries that have held him to a 64.3 yard average in his past three games without a score. He’d occupy the top spot against the Minnesota Vikings if he were healthy. The Vikes have allowed 294.4 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game. Megatron is as likely to get 40 yards as he is to get 140 yards. He’s very unpredictable this week.
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15. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson is averaging 79.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He had 77 yards in the first meeting against the New Orleans Saints.
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16. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Marques Colston is averaging 93.3 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. He finishes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 1.7 touchdown passes per game.
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17. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 76.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He wraps the season up against the Chicago Bears. The Bears have allowed 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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18. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith is averaging 73.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He faces the Cincinnati Bengals. Smith had 46 yards and a score in the first meeting.
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19. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
Mike Wallace is averaging 74.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns in his past five games. He closes out against the New York Jets. The Jets have allowed 249.5 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game. Wallace had 82 yards and a score in the first meeting.
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20. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola caught 10 passes for 104 yards in the first meeting with the Bills. He should close the season on a high note.
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With an exciting Week 16 under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron already broke the single-season receiving yards record. Next up is 2000-yard territory. The Bears held him to 34 yards in Week 7. Look for Megatron get revenge.
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2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
If Megatron wasn’t having such an amazing season, Dez would be the talk of the town. He is averaging 115.4 yards with 10 touchdowns in his past seven games. He finishes up with the Washington Redskins’ 30th-ranked pass defense. Dez had 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns against them in the first meeting.
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3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall is second in the league in receiving yardage (1466) and tied for third receiving touchdowns (11). He had 81 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Detroit.
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4. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith has scored in three of the past four games. He had 104 yards in the first meeting with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints rank 31st in pass defense.
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5. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon is averaging 85.8 yards with three touchdowns in his past five games. He had 86 yards and a touchdown in his last meeting with Dallas.
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6. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb is averaging 93 yards in his past three games. After four weeks without scoring a touchdown, he returned to the end zone last week. He has four touchdowns in five games on turf making him a decent bet facing the Minnesota Vikings on the road.
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7. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has slowed a little, but is still averaging 88.3 yards per game with 11 touchdowns. He wraps the season up against the Baltimore Ravens.
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8. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
I am not expecting Julio to play a full game, but he should be able to do enough damage against the league’s worst pass defense, even in limited time. Julio went for 147 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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9. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax is averaging 88.9 yards on the season with a touchdown in every other game. He had 96 yards in the first meeting with Atlanta.
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10. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has 1312 yards and nine touchdowns on the year. He had 82 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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11. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson is averaging 143.3 yards in his past six games, including 151 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts.
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12. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin is averaging 97.7 yards with two touchdowns in his past three games. Michael Vick is auditioning for a new gig so Maclin, the team’s best receiver, should see plenty of opportunities against the New York Giants.
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13. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Welker has averaged 11.3 targets in his last 14 games. He has caught 7.6 passes for 89 yards per game during that span. The last time he faced the Miami Dolphins, Welker had 103 yards and a touchdown.
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14. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks is an extreme risk after failing to catch a pass last week, but Giants are never a team to write off. It will take a miracle for them to sneak into the playoffs, but stranger things have happened. Look for the G-Men to do their part against Philly.
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15. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
It is not secret that Miles has become Robin to Dez’s Batman in Dallas. He does have two touchdowns in his past four games and a favorable matchup against the Redskins.
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16. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
After half a season of mediocrity, Colston blew up for 153 yards last week. He’s a solid play against the Panthers.
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17. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jones leads the NFL with 13 touchdown receptions. He has five in his past four games, including one against the Vikings back in Week 13.
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18. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker has three touchdowns in his past two games and 11 on the season.
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19. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz has been non-existant the past two weeks, but had 100-plus yards and a touchdown in every game he’s played against the Eagles.
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20. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon has been targeted 35 times in the past three games. With Cecil Shorts out, the heavy workload should continue. Blackmon had 62 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Tennessee Titans.
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21. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
DX bounced back from being shut out in Week 15 to score his sixth touchdown in his last seven games. He finishes up against the Oakland Raiders’ 22nd-ranked pass defense. They are also one of ten teams to have allowed 26 or more touchdown passes.
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22. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne has scored in two of his past three games. Wayne was held to 14 yards by the Texans in that other game. Wayne is averaging 98.3 yards with four touchdowns in seven home games and 78.4 yards with one touchdown in eight road games. The Texans are a tough matchup, but playing at home should help his cause.
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23. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree is quietly having a solid season. He’s averaging 69.3 yards with seven touchdowns in his last 11 games. He finishes up against the Arizona Cardinals.
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24. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Lloyd is averaging 113.7 yards in his past three games. He only had one target the last time the Pats faced the Dolphins, but he’s been targeted 37 times in three games since.
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25. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy will play, but how much is the question. He’s more likely than Julio to see limited snaps to rest up for the playoffs. That said, he can still bust out against the Bucs’ pass defense.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 17 2011 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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The Best
1. Calvin Johnson @ Green Bay:  Has an outside chance of averaging 100 yards and a TD per game.
2. Roddy White vs. Tampa Bay:  Tampa’s secondary is so bad (24th in ypg allowed and tied for 30th in TDs allowed) that White should have a field day.
3. Victor Cruz vs. Dallas:  Eli is putting up monster numbers this year, and it’s Cruz (1358 yards, eight TDs) that is doing the most damage.
4. Stevie Johnson @ New England: Averaging 83.4 yards with two TDs in his past five games. The Pats can’t defend the pass.
5. Wes Welker vs. Buffalo:  115 yards away from a top ten single-season receiving yards season. Caught 16 passes for 217 yards and two TDs the last time they met.
6. Steve Smith @ New Orleans:  Smith was a disaster in Week 16 but has the fourth most receiving yards in the league. He caught three passes for 79 yards and a score in the first meeting.
7. Marques Colston vs. Carolina:  It’s pick your poison with all of New Orleans’ weapons. Colston has been one of the top poisons of late.
8. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Seattle:  Averaging 106.3 yards with two TDs in his past three games. Ranks fifth in the league in receiving yards.
9. Julio Jones vs. Tampa Bay:  The Bucs are terrible and Julio has it easy with Roddy, Gonzo, and Turner taking up so much attention.
10. Percy Harvin vs. Chicago:  Game on for Percy. He is so much more productive when Adrian Peterson is out.
11. Demaryius Thomas vs. Kansas City: Averaging 103.5 yards with three TDs in his past four games.
12. Miles Austin @ New York Giants: Has scored in three straight games since his return.
13. Hakeem Nicks vs. Dallas: Should have a much better time away from Revis Island.
14. Dez Bryant @ New York Giants: Has scored in three of his past four games and five of his past seven.
15. Brandon Marshall vs. New York Jets:  Tough match-up, but he had 109 yards the last time he faced the Jets. He’s also scored in three straight games.
16. Laurent Robinson @ New York Giants: Was invisible last week, but has been one of the top fantasy WRs since Week 4 with a nose for the end zone.
17. DeSean Jackson vs. Washington: He’s been solid in two of the past three games and I anticipate he finishes strong.
18. Malcom Floyd @ Oakland: Averaging 82.0 yards with three TDs in his past four games.
19. Jeremy Maclin vs. Washington: Scored last week and could be asked to do more with Shady banged up.
20. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. San Diego: Averaging 101.0 yards in the past three games.
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The Rest
21. Reggie Wayne @ Jacksonville
22. Mike Wallace @ Cleveland
23. Antonio Brown @ Cleveland
24. A.J. Green vs. Arizona
25. Jordy Nelson vs. Detroit
26. Santonio Holmes @ Miami
27. Nate Washington @ Houston
28. Vincent Jackson @ Oakland
29. Santana Moss @ Philadelphia
30. Nate Burleson @ Green Bay
31. Dwayne Bowe @ Denver
32. Michael Crabtree @ St. Louis
33. Mario Manningham vs. Dallas
34. Brandon Lloyd vs. San Francisco
35. Jabar Gaffney @ Philadelphia
36. Mike Williams @ Atlanta
37. Torrey Smith @ Cincinnati
38. Andre Johnson vs. Tennessee
39. Andre Roberts vs. Seattle:
40. Pierre Garcon vs. Houston
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Here’s my Week 17 wide receiver rankings for the leagues that play the full season out.
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1. Brandon Marshall @ New England
2. Calvin Johnson vs. Minnesota
3. Roddy White vs. Carolina
4. Greg Jennings vs. Chicago
5. Dwayne Bowe vs. Oakland
6. Vincent Jackson @ Denver
7.  Miles Austin @ Philadelphia
8. Reggie Wayne vs. Tennessee
9. Jeremy Maclin vs. Dallas
10. Kenny Britt @ Indianapolis
11. Mike Wallace vs. Cleveland
12. Brandon Lloyd vs. San Diego
13. Mike Williams (TB) @ New Orleans
14. Mario Manningham @ Washington
15. Santonio Holmes vs. Buffalo
16. Santana Moss vs. New York Giants
17. Pierre Garcon vs. Tennessee
18. Anquan Boldin vs. Cincinnati
19. Robert Meachem vs. Tampa Bay
20. Jacoby Jones vs. Jacksonville
21. Mike Thomas @ Houston
22. Larry Fitzgerald @ San Francisco
23. Percy Harvin @ Detroit
24. Braylon Edwards vs. Buffalo
25. Michael Crabtree vs. Arizona
26. Big Mike Williams (SEA) vs. St. Louis
27. Hines Ward @ Cleveland
28. Davone Bess vs. New England
29. DeSean Jackson vs. Dallas
30. Jerome Simpson @ Baltimore
31. Stevie Johnson @ New York Jets
32. Sidney Rice @ Detroit
33. Derrick Mason vs. Cincinnati
34. Johnny Knox @ Green Bay
35. Josh Morgan vs. Arizona
36. Jacoby Ford @ Kansas City
37. Kevin Walter vs. Jacksonville
38. Derek Hagan @ Washington
39. Lance Moore vs. Tampa Bay
40. Andre Caldwell @ Baltimore
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Inside the numbers:

  • I guess I got carried away with Vincent Jackson’s ranking last week. He should be a solid WR1 this week though.
  • Greg Jennings scored in his first meeting with Chicago, but has been a beast in his past ten games averaging 98.5 yards with nine touchdowns.
  • Andre Johnson appears to be done for the year. You’ll have to look elsewhere. Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter should step up.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if Ochocinco sat out again. Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell are decent plays despite a tough matchup.
  • With everything wrapped up, I can’t trust Deion Branch or Wes Welker.
  • ***Update *** Philly can’t improve their playoff positioning, which makes me worried about DeSean Jackson’s usage.
  • ***Update***  With Hakeem Nicks out, Derek Hagan returns to the rankings.
  • ***Update*** Marques Colston had his knee scoped. Robert Meachem should be the main benefactor.

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